Design agency can be used as a toolkit to build sustainable communities through civic engagement. Through this webinar, we will explore paths used to identify civic design problems, potential community stakeholders, development partners, clients and funders. Proactive engagement and meaningful action lead to transformative social change.
The architectural profession is experiencing an expanding role as thought and action leaders in improving the cities, town, and neighborhoods in which we live, work, and play. One goal of this presentation is to explore the potential for creating a new peer network for urban planners who are focused on inclusive community engagement!
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Rico Quirindongo, Principal - DLR Group
Rico is a principal and Civic Design Leader for DLR Group. Rico believes that through proactive design, vision, and multi-agency collaboration, opportunities for social change can be realized through urban-scale, civic projects.
"Designers are beginning to move in the true direction of Citizen Architect, taking on the social issues that will shape the future for our children, our cities, our communities and our planet; social change through design."
Driven by the desire to have a meaningful impact on both urban and natural landscapes, Rico works with organizations to positively influence communities through design. He has developed a keen awareness of the special requirements needed to make public and private projects a success. Rico embodies the role of citizen architect and is committed to the betterment of his hometown, Seattle, through public engagement, design, and civic service. Rico is a recognized expert on civic projects and city-convened taskforces to create and execute processes for inclusive and authentic engagement. Rico is currently chair of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority Council, is a Downtown Seattle Association board member, and was AIA Seattle President in 2012-13.