'Designing for Democracy' Theme of Speakers Series

MacArthur Fellow Damon Rich will speak at the Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design. Courtesy photo.

By Jeffrey Day, College of Letters and Science

Two designers with a deep commitment to public engagement and social good will speak at this year’s Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design presented by the UC Davis College of Letters and Science Department of Design.

Damon Rich, awarded a MacArthur Fellowship last year, and Rosten Woo will speak at the event titled “Building Power: Designing for Democracy Involving Communities in Design.” The two are founders of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a nonprofit that promotes civic engagement in design and creates programs to engage community organizations and young people in understanding affordable housing, infrastructure design and zoning.

The event will take place in the Ann E. Pitzer Center on May 30 at 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

“Our department cares a lot about sustainability — which includes social equity as one facet — and human-centered and socially responsible design,” said Christina Cogdell, design department chair. “As part of that, we have courses that include public interest and community-based design.”

The Alberini Family Speaker Series in Design is supported through an endowment by the Carlos and Andrea Alberini Family Foundation. The series presents renowned innovators and thinkers in design to inspire student and community engagement and learning.

Full story and bios on speakers here.

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