Planning for the second Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum has begun! Following the inaugural Design Futures Forum held at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013, we are excited to announce that co-founding member, the Tulane School of Architecture, will host the next forum in New Orleans on June 3-7 of 2014.
As established in the inaugural forum, the second Design Futures PID Leadership Forum will bring together a select group of multi-disciplinary students and recognized leaders in the PID field to explore the emergence of PID in history, its philosophical roots, and contemporary challenges around practicing PID. Participants will benefit by gaining specific training in some of the core skill sets required for effective PID practice. Some highlights from 2013 included:
- The participation of 43 students, from multiple disciplines and 12 different colleges around the country;
- Hosting of 27 speakers from backgrounds in academia, the non-profit sector, and for-profit sector, and;
- The creation of 9 innovative design proposals; all of which were tailored to address real community challenges;
We are delighted to showcase the winners of the Public Interest Design Forum Challenge of 2013. Click here to learn more about the 2013 Challenge and the winning proposals.
We are proud of the successes of the inaugural forum and look forward to the upcoming forum in 2014. All 29 students and 12 speakers who participated in the post-forum survey indicated that they had a positive experience and would recommend the Design Futures Forum to their peers. Students shared testimonials like: "I feel that this forum will be the defining event in my future career in PID and as an activist in my community and in the world." Faculty reported enjoying networking and learning with likeminded faculty over the five-day forum. One speaker was particularly moved by "the exchange of values among students that demonstrate collective commitment to transformation-essentially watching students discover that they are part of a strong, self-organizing movement with deep cultural and professional roots." Thanks to thoughtful student and presenter feedback, we have identified strengths to build upon and new opportunities; all of which are being incorporated into the 2014 program.
Today's students are tomorrow's leaders and we look forward to helping provide a solid foundation around which to build a successful career path within this emergent field of design practice.