Educational Event

February Third Thursday


AIA Memphis

Nearly every trend line shows the U.S. in the grips of increased polarization, segregation and social isolation. There is an urgent need to reverse these trends. Public libraries, as civic assets, have the unique opportunity to bridge socioeconomic divides and rebuild trust. But in order to do so, they must be truly welcoming to all.

Through transformational design, programming, and management, Memphis is reimagining Cossitt Library to foster equity by connecting people of all backgrounds. Shamichael Hallman will discuss the role of design in the Fourth Bluff partnership with the Cossitt Library and its thread throughout the projects created by Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative.


$25 for members/corporate partners/students

$30 for non-members

includes lunch

RSVPs are required by Tuesday, February 18

Payments: AIA Memphis accepts exact cash or checks payable to AIA Memphis, or pay online. If paying cash or check at the event please RSVP to or call 901.525.3818 to reserve your spot.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations after the end of the day on the registration deadline date provided, in addition to no-shows, will be billed.


Shamichael Hallman currently serves as the manager of the historic Cossitt Library in Memphis, TN. As a part of the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative, Cossitt Library is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation. Reimaging the Civic Commons project is a three-year, national initiative with projects in five U.S. cities. It seeks to revitalize and connect civic assets. Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, Cossitt library is being designed to adapt to the ever-changing needs of the community. Shamichael is passionate about all things faith and technology. He has served as the Campus Pastor for New Direction Christian Church in Memphis, TN since 2010. He has also served in many other roles at the church (often dual) including Youth Pastor, Online/Internet Campus Pastor, and Chief Strategy Officer. In 2014 he became a co-organizer for a faith-based hackathon called Code for the Kingdom. This eventually led to him become a member of the global leadership team, where he helped organize hackathons all over the world. He has given talks to Christian entrepreneurs and technologists at global companies such as Google and Microsoft. He is the author of Hacked: How a Christian Hackathon is Shifting Traditional Engagement Models and Creating an Ecosystem for Life-Transforming Technology.

Shamichael serves on a number of non-profit boards in Memphis and was recently named with a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Memphis Business Journal. He is currently in the Executive Program in Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania where his course includes Business Models for Social Enterprise, Data Science for Social Innovation, and Unleashing Large-Scale Social Movements. He is a featured speaker at the upcoming TEDx Memphis event on February 22 at Crosstown Concourse.


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Image credits


City of Memphis | Groundswell Design Group