So You Want To Design For All

August 13, 2021
2:30 pm -4:00 pm ET
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The Young Architects Forum

The webinar will provide a platform for the ongoing dialogue and support for historically underrepresented individuals in architecture. As the profession works towards greater equity and inclusion, YAF advocacy work group is focusing on amplifying and showcasing an array of work from emerging and established leaders rooted in designing a built environment in which all feel a sense of belonging.

Attendees will hear from a diverse group of architects and designers who are committed to design that addresses the unfortunate realities of the past and works towards a more equitable future. The panelists will share their background, vision, project samples, and insights in why consideration for belonging and the varied perspectives and needs of individuals is imperative for architects and their communities. Attendees will learn various methods of incorporating equity in their practice and daily lives.

The panelists will expand on how and why architects should take on a leadership role in their communities and advocate for spaces where all may thrive. This session will have ample Q&A time, allowing for attendees to engage with the panelists.


Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn ways in which the built environment plays a role in perpetuating social inequity as the impacts of climate change are disproportionately felt in marginalized communities and affecting the health, safety, welfare, and belonging of those populations.
  2. Participants will learn about the work of design justice activists who are developing new architectural practices, processes, and paradigms in order to build a just future.
  3. Participants will investigate an intersectional concept of belonging: understanding how issues of equity and belonging intersect with health, social justice, and natural environment in the architectural workplace and built environment.
  4. Participants will be inspired to take action and promote environmental justice and resiliency in their projects and communities where all may feel a sense of belonging as they lead healthy lives.


Jonathan Moody, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, has more than 15 years of high-end design experience focused on integrating digital fabrication and social engagement into the design process. He approaches design with an overall goal of having a major positive impact on communities in need. For Jonathan, architecture is a medium through which people can be connected and inspired by giving tangible being into ideas. Over the last several years, he has passionately devoted himself to community service through mentoring and education programs focused on empowering underserved youth.

Driven by a passion to continue his father’s legacy, Jonathan D. Moody has entrenched himself in firm leadership driving growth and innovation.  Jonathan has helped continue and extend the firm’s position as the largest African-American owned architecture firm. Moody Nolan continues to garner national attention by promoting “diversity by design.” While working on projects, Jonathan is also deeply engaged in strategic implementation of Moody Nolan’s long term aspirations.

Christine Williams, AIA, is a licensed New Mexico Architect currently working alongside the talented team at Formative Architecture. She is an Albuquerque native and University of New Mexico graduate. Over the course of her professional career she has assisted in the design and construction of numerous, award winning, educational, and commercial projects across the state. She spent the last seven years as a Project Architect (three as an Intern Architect) with the award-winning firm, Baker Architecture + Design. While there, she managed the design and construction of multiple community and humanitarian driven projects including the Bernalillo County Tiny Home Village which completed construction in January of 2021.

Christine is also an educator, teaching Autodesk Revit at the UNM School of Architecture and Planning. With her Master's Degree in Architecture she also received a Graduate Certificate in Preservation and Regionalism from UNM and is very interested in adaptive re-use and restoration projects. In her free time Christine enjoys traveling, painting, and reading as well as volunteering her time to Women in Design: New Mexico of which she a former Board Member and PR chair.

Jennifer Park, AIA, joined Brininstool + Lynch as Principal in 2019. She has an undergraduate degree in architecture and art history from Columbia University and a graduate architecture degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Park has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University, and continues as a Studio Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Second Year Studio at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Previously the Founder and Principal of Jurassic Studio, Park has completed acclaimed academic, commercial, residential, and retail projects through practices in New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Chicago. Her design explorations query the relevance of patterns, ornamentation and composition in contemporary architecture. Park is recognized as a 2021 recipient of the AIA National Young Architects Award. Previously, she was the winner of the 2019 Dubin Family Young Architect Award and was the recipient of the 2015 Burnham Prize from the Chicago Architectural Club. She was named one of Chicago's Women of Influence by Michigan Avenue magazine and a finalist for the Curbed Young Guns Award that same year. In addition, Park previously served on AIA Chicago’s board of directors for the past five years as the Vice President of Honors and Awards. She is Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at IIT College of Architecture and is one of the founding members of AIA Chicago’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee where she served as Co-chair for four years.

Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, is a medical planner and Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at HKS, Inc. With national and international experience on a broad range of healthcare, sports, residential, institutional, and commercial/mixed-use projects, she thrives on inclusive community design, building belonging through equitable practices, and empowering the next generation of leaders in the AEC industry.

As member of the AIA COVID-19 Health Impact Task Force, Yiselle led the creation of the Additional Considerations section of the AIA Alternative Care Site Preparedness Assessment Tool V2.0 providing support measures for ethnically diverse and marginalized populations. In 2013, she co-founded the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee and in 2017, founded the “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD) Event program, which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award. Currently, she is the AIA DC Chapter Board Treasurer, NOMA Chair of Research and Development, and an AIA New Urban Agenda Taskforce member.  

Yiselle is a published author, national speaker, and has been featured on various podcasts. She is a storyteller, a 2015 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 AIA Associate Award.

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