TF03 - Designing Women: High-Performance and EDI

Friday, November 22 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

Abstract Text:

Sustainability and high performance become richer when they embrace equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). Come tour four design practices in Atlanta that are taking action to raise the bar on their projects, their own work environments, and inclusion of women in design roles. Perkins+Will, located in a LEED Platinum building, established the design industry’s first Diversity Council to build and sustain a firm-wide culture that celebrates human differences. In 2019, the Human Rights Campaign named Perkins+Will as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” Lord Aeck Sargent, after earning LEED Platinum certification for their workplace and is an organization in the JUST Program developed International Living Future Institute, went on to establish an Equity Subcommittee under its Sustainability Forum to look at equity in community engagement, practice and education. At Epsten Group, also LEED Platinum certified and an organization in the JUST Program, EDI is celebrated. Learn how Epsten’s diverse workforce, which is two-thirds women and includes employees from around the globe, influenced the design of their new office. Cove.Tool, located in the LEED Platinum, historic Hurt Building, puts sustainability first in every aspect of their work and space. This innovative, passionate and inclusive woman-led software and consulting team thrives in their 100% day-lit office alongside natural views and a biophilic environment.

Learning Objectives:

Explore the relationship between high-performance design and workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion

Identify strategies to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in a design practice

Identify sustainability certifications and social justice labels embraced by industry-leading design firms

Discuss the challenges faced by woman designers in a traditionally male-dominated industry.


GBCI Credit Hours:

Event Type: Tour > Session