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Equity by Design Hackathon #4: ArchitectuREvolution (3.75 LUs)
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Equity by Design Hackathon #4: ArchitectuREvolution (3.75 LUs)

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
1:00 PM Workshop, 5:30 PM Happy Hour
Where: Syracuse University's Fisher Center
136 Madison Ave.
New York, New York  10016
United States

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UPDATE: the Hackathon is now at capacity, but you can still register for Happy Hour! 

A'18 Theme

The New Urban Agenda serves as a multi-faceted platform for architects to apply our best skills towards imagining and committing to a world that is truly inclusive, where equity is for everyone. The EQxD Hackathon embodies the defining characters of the Agenda—to reinvigorate, to ensure effectiveness, and to create resiliency. Urban development, while different in scale as Practice development, engenders similar goals of wellness for present generations, openness to embrace diversity and evolving demographics, and a pledge towards sustainability for the future by taking bold steps, together, and today.

The EQxD Hackathon is an experience described as action-oriented and inspiring. Groups will assemble in an incubator-like setting to develop transformational concepts for improving Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Architectural Practice and the Communities we serve. The winner will have the opportunity to launch their concept into practice.


In order to maximize access to the #EQxDHack18, this event is hosted outside of A'18 Conference Programming.

  • Option 1 - Register for AIA National A'18 Conference on Architecture Full Pass and the program is included at no additional cost. (This path provides NO CEU credits thru A'18). Please register for Happy Hour to support the event.
  • Option 2 - Not going to A'18, OR looking for 3.75 CEU Learning Credits? AIASF will be sponsoring continuing education at an affordable rate. $100 for the full session and includes Happy Hour.
  • Option 3 - Too busy to attend the Hackathon, but join us for the Happy Hour from 5:30-7:30pm at the Fisher Center. Registration fee will be $25 per person for Happy Hour only.
  • Option 4 - Students, emerging professionals and newly licensed architects can apply for the EQXDHack18 Scholarship that will cover the registration for this event and Happy Hour. Scholarship applications close on April 18. Scholarship does not include registration to A'18.

Syracuse University Fisher Center has graciously provided in-kind sponsorship for the Hackathon venue and the Happy Hour immediately following.

Abstract: Hackathons provide an energizing and alternative method to discover, unleash, and create through proximity, design thinking, and teamwork. It’s what happens when you incubate passion with talent and suspend fear. It’s a mash-up for risk-taking that leads to transformational results. Time is a fascinating influence in Hackathons. Perhaps an irony we are nostalgic about is that more time equates to better results. Discard that- we are not looking for perfection. We are looking for bold innovation.


Meet the #EQxDHack18 Panelists + Jurors

Each one of our panelists has a story to tell about an experience that took them to that place just outside of his or her comfort zone. That’s why they are perfect to collaborate as jurors for the Hackathon. They share a passion for working on “firsts” and not being afraid to find the path (or the support network) to move from idea to realization. Our panelists will also serve as jurors who are diverse by design, thereby representing a collective and multivalent discussion informed by gender, cultural background, role in AEC industry, and years of experience.

Katherine Darnstadt
Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture, urbanism, and interiors firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Architecture Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner, and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She currently teaches at Northwestern University.

Daniel Guillory, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion Autodesk
As Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Autodesk, Daniel is working to integrate all dimensions of diversity and includsion into many parts of the organization, inclusing customer acquisition, recruitment, hiring, people development, advancement, investment, and acquisition. He also is interested in the application of people analytics and passionate about the integration of diversity into the development of Artificial Intelligence. Daniel studied at Stanford University, Universite de Paris, and Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany.

Emmanuel Oni, Active Design Fellow Design Trust for Public Space
Emmanuel Oni is an architectural designer interested in using design as a catalyst for social change, and has experience in the arts as a painter and arts facilitator. He participated in international urbanism workshops in Venice, Hong Kong, and Lagos, and Parson’s Design Workshops. He received a Master’s in Architecture from Parsons School of Design and a dual Bachelor’s in Biology & Psychology from the University of Houston.

Frances Choun, Assoc. AIA, Equity Champion and Mentor, Former Leader in Construction 
Frances is an established and trusted leader formerly as Vice-President of McCarthy’s Northern Pacific Division. Her visionary leadership has propelled the company forward as one of the largest commercial contracting firms in California. Frances launched her career in architecture, where she developed an interest in the construction side of the business. As an industry expert, Frances is regularly called upon by local, trade and national media to address new and projected trends, and is considered a pioneer in advancing women in the construction field. Last year, Frances was in the pioneering class of the Equity by Design Hackathon at the AIA Convention in Atlanta. This year, her fervor for hacking continues and she will help us select a winner.

Lilian Asperin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Session Organizer; Partner, WRNS Studio
As Partner at WRNS Studio, Lilian helps to lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. In her role as Pacific Council Chair for SCUP, she organizes immersive experiences where the most pressing topics within Higher Education are brought to bear. As a Director of the AIASF Board and Co-Chair of the Equity by Design Committee, she is engaged in a national conversation focused on equitable practices within the Architecture profession.

Rosa Sheng, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C; Event Organizer; Principal, SmithGroupJJR
Rosa is an architect with over 23 years experience, who has been involved in a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects, from the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California. As founding chair of Equity by Design and President 2018 of AIA San Francisco, Sheng authored AIA National Resolution 15-1 in 2015, and served on the Equity in Architecture Commission in 2016. She has presented nationally and abroad including Boston, New York, Lisbon, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Equity by Design has been featured in Architect Magazine, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TEDxPhiladelphia and KQED/NPR.


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