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A+C festival: Building a JUST Practice
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A+C festival: Building a JUST Practice

When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Where: David Baker Architects
461 Second Street
San Francisco, California 
United States

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“Building a JUST Practice” will be an introduction, deep dive, and discussion about the International Living Future Institute’s JUST Label initiative, described as “a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations.” This relatively new transparency platform is a tool for architecture firms to systematically evaluate the equity and diversity of their practice.


There will also be a comparison of the JUST Label to another established equity certification, B-Corp, which is for for-profit companies that believe businesses can be a force for good while also doing well. It is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance.


The panel will include representatives from David Baker Architects, WRNS Studio, and Stok, local architecture and design firms that have received the JUST Label, as well as a representative from Gelfand Partners. As the only two architecture and design B-Corps in San Francisco, Stok and Gelfand Partners will shed light on that process as well. The firms will share their inspiration to seek and secure these voluntary certifications. They will compare their initial sense of the equitability of their practice with their results and will reflect on the impact of the certifications.  

We will walk through the JUST indicator metrics and discuss the steps taken toward meeting the requirements as well as how questions raised by the metrics encouraged us to look at our practice. We will review differences between JUST and B-Corp Certification and consider the benefits and shortcomings of both.