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Partner Event: The Evolving Role of the Social Impact Designer

  • Autodesk Gallery One Market Street, #200 San Francisco San Francisco, CA (map)

The Trump election, Brexit, and rising nationalism here and abroad have called many things into question, including how we situate the built environment in an overall field of priorities, and they come at a time when the social implications of design have been increasingly prominent. That rise has been predicated on a social democratic philosophy which suggests that the built environment is a public resource. Many public goods (e.g. clean air, clean water) already are under assault. Does the built environment require a new form of defense? If so, what is it?

Welcome by Joe Speicher, ED, Autodesk Foundation
MC – Eric Cesal, Special Projects Director, Curry Stone Design Prize
Moderator – John King, Urban Design Critic, San Francisco Chronicle


  • Brian Tucker, Founder, GeoHazards International
  • Amy Ress, Program Director, Resilient by Design
  • David Baker, David Baker Architects

This event is hosted by the Curry Stone Design Prize in partnership with the Autodesk Foundation

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Scholarships for attendance to this event based on financial need are available through the Curry Stone Foundation. Please email Taryn Turner

Curry Stone Design Prize is one of the most recognized social impact design awards, celebrating socially engaged practitioners and the influence and reach of design as a force for improving lives and strengthening communities.