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    #EQxD2020 Series: J.E.D.I. + Environment

    Friday, December 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PST

    #EQxD2020 SERIES – Practice, Process and Paradigms for the J.E.D.I.
    Session 3: J.E.D.I. + Environment

    The pandemic has demonstrated how much upheaval, suffering, and destruction can be wrought by a global natural disaster. As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, they will bring ever worsening conditions of a similar ilk. As we have seen in the coronavirus pandemic and in recent climate-related disasters, those with less will suffer more. How can the specter of this continued and coming injustice increase the urgency and effectiveness of our climate advocacy in the building sector? How can we increase access to high-performance buildings and healthy cities for poor communities and communities of color? The pandemic has also shown that rapid cultural change is possible. If this moment is an opportunity for societal transformation, how do we want to recalibrate our relationship to the earth? Can an effort to design inclusive and culturally competent high-performance buildings amplify awareness of architecture’s integrated functioning within biological, physical, and cultural systems, resulting in more just and sustainable design? This session will explore the intersections of equity and design for climate change mitigation and adaptation.



    Learning Objectives

    1. Using key readings on justice and the built environment, participants will be able to describe ways in which the built environment plays a role in perpetuating social inequity as the impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt in marginalized communities.
    2. Participants will learn about the work of design justice activists who are developing new architectural practices, processes, and paradigms in order to build a just future that recalibrates our relationship to the earth through the design of inclusive and culturally competent high-performance buildings.
    3. Participants will investigate an intersectional concept of justice, articulating ways in which issues of justice and environment intersect with issues of justice in health, social justice, and equity and justice in the architectural workplace.
    4. Participants will commit to take action to promote climate justice and resiliency in their architectural practices, in their projects, and in their communities.


    About the Speaker

    Hop Hopkins is the Director of Organizational Transformation for the Sierra Club. Born in Dallas, Texas to working class parents, Hop sharpened his analysis organizing as an HIV/AIDS organizer and anti-globalization activist during the WTO uprising. Hop is also a certified Arborist, a Master Gardener and is a certified Community Emergency Response Team instructor. Alongside his wife of seventeen years, Hop homeschools their two daughters and maintains a food forest inhabited by their pet Australian shepherds, chickens, honey bees, fruit trees and multiple compost piles.


    Pre-Readings for Discussion


    Pricing + Registration

    Registration is available for individual sessions, for a package of three sessions (available for the first three and second three consecutive sessions), and for the full series suite of six sessions. To register for a package of three sessions or the full series of six sessions, please view the ticket options for the first session in that ticket bundle.

    The Full Series+ option includes digital access to recordings of all sessions.

    AIA Member

    • 1 Session  $20
    • Package of 3 Sessions  $50
    • Full Series+  $95

    General Admission

    • 1 Session  $30
    • Package of 3 Sessions  $80
    • Full Series+  $155

    AIASF Student Member

    • 1 Session $10
    • Package of 3 Sessions  $20
    • Full Series+  $35


    Need-Based Complimentary Tickets

    The #EQxD2020 Series is welcoming and supportive of those interested in attending that are currently experiencing economic uncertainty. We will ensure that there are no barriers to access for this program.

    In recognition of the compounded challenges of 2020, AIASF Equity by Design will be providing need-based complimentary series tickets for those challenged with financial hardship. If you are a student, emerging professional, or practitioner who is currently unemployed or under-employed, please complete this form to apply for complimentary registration for the series.


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    About the Series: Practice, Process and Paradigms for the J.E.D.I. Agenda

    EQxD 2020: Reflect, Restructure, Recalibrate

    Our society is at a critical inflection point and choices and actions we make today will determine our collective future. This is contextualized by a historic confluence of catastrophic events - a global pandemic, severe economic disruption, racial violence causing civil unrest, and environmental peril caused by climate change. This perfect storm exposes the intersectional impacts of a legacy of systems of societal injustice that have perpetuated inequities for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and others with at-risk identities. This is deeply rooted in systems of injustice that have existed within our society since the founding of our country.

    The resulting shifts and disruptions mean that we live in a time risking peril or potential to overcome the adversity surrounding us. Real and necessary progress towards Justice in our world will only be achieved when we are willing to do the work to expose and dismantle the intricate web of racist and unjust policies and practices that have resulted in multigenerational and harmful outcomes for many. Given the challenging and complex conditions in which we find ourselves today, Equity by Design has committed to adapting from our originally planned symposium program towards a broader agenda.

    AIASF Equity by Design will be hosting a series of workshops and teach-ins that will focus on collecting and evaluating an intentional intersection of research, writings and multi-media in support of developing a critical discourse to fuel strategic actions that result in sustained improvements in the civic realm. The outcome of these workshops will be a roadmap of new practices and policy amendments in activism and advocacy that dismantle systems of oppression and advance progress towards an Anti-racist paradigm in the built environment.

    Join us. Our collective exploration will have a deep focus on how Just and Equitable policies and frameworks drive Diversity and Inclusive opportunities and practices (J.E.D.I.). At the core, we will prioritize Justice, creating a common thread to expand our intersectional mindset.


    Series Schedule


    #EQxD2020 - Architect Registration Examination (ARE) Challenge Scholarship Program

    The ARE Challenge Scholarship Program recognizes that the effort and expense of the architectural licensing process as a barrier to achieving this professional milestone and disproportionately affects candidates of historically underrepresented identities in the profession. In light of the extremely challenging and economically unstable conditions that we are collectively facing, AIASF Equity by Design has established financial assistance scholarships for licensure candidates who are eligible to take the ARE exams.

    Selected Recipients of the #EQxD2020 ARE Challenge Scholarship will be reimbursed for three (3) ARE Exams (Value $705 per recipient), regardless of pass or fail status. Recipients will also receive six (6) complimentary registrations to AIASF ARE prep classes.

    We are also seeking AEC co-sponsorship of this program to fund additional ARE Challenge Scholarship recipients; contact Sponsorship@aiasf.org to learn more.


    • Applicants must be currently eligible to take the ARE Exams for Architectural Licensure.
    • Candidates must be currently authorized to work in the United States.
    • Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the #EQxD2020 series.


    Scholarship Partners
    AIASF Architecture Licensing Committee | AIASF Mentorship Committee | AIASF Equity by Design Committee


    Series Sponsors

    Silver Level

    Sherwin Williams

    Titanium Level

    SMARTci Systems

    Bronze Level

    Cameron Macallister Group

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