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"Cultural Expression in the Built Environment" - UO African American Lecture Series

  • Ford Alumni Center, Giustina Ballroom 1720 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403 (map)

Location: Ford Alumni Center Giustina Ballroom, CEU Credits - pending

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The University of Oregon's Division of Equity and Inclusion, along with AIA Oregon, is proud to present Zena Howard, FAIA, Partner & Managing Director of Perkins & Wills, as the first Speaker in the University of Oregon's 2019-20 African American Workshop & Lecture Series. Ms. Howard sees the built environment as an expression of human understanding and our collective values. As a key leader in Perkins and Will’s cultural practice, she will share how she has used the power of design to engage disenfranchised communities, unite disparate parties, and infuse cultural meaning into projects from national icons to urban landscapes.

Learning Objective 1:
Understand the importance of enhancing public spaces traditionally devoid of significant interpretation with designs and features that stimulate thinking and invite exploration.

Learning Objective 2:
Understand the value of collaborations beyond traditional partners, ultimately to provide a more authentic and holistic approach to the built environment.

Learning Objective 3:
Explore the value of robust community engagement in the development of design concepts, building consensus/support, and energizing the community in a manner that is sustainable long after the project is complete.

Learning Objective 4:
Explore how to use the power of design to engage disenfranchised communities, unite disparate parties, and infuse cultural meaning into projects from national icons to urban landscapes.

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