Design Futures 2020

May 18 to 22, 2020, All Day
Design Futures workshop


May 18-22, 2020
Washington University in St. Louis 
Apply to represent UTSOA at Design Futures today!

Applications are now open to apply to attend the 2020 Design Futures Public Interest Design Student Leadership Forum! 

This conference is for the next generation of community engaged designers and planners. Dean Addington has graciously agreed to support sending our students to this conference again this year, and Maggie Hansen will attend as the faculty representative for the 2020 Design Futures forum.

When: May 18-22, 2020
Where: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis MO
Who can apply: all UTSOA students in good standing (grad and undergrad students are both eligible)
Due: Applications are due by March 5th (applicants will be notified by mid-March)

Please send your resume and application to Applications are due by March 5, 2020. 

We will be holding an information session on Tuesday, February 18th, 11:30am-Noon in the Main Jury Room (GOL 2.110). We will cover some of the FAQ’s for Design Futures and two UTSOA students who attended last year’s forum in Salt Lake City will be there to talk about their experiences and answer your questions.  


What is Design Futures?
The Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum is a five-day, interdisciplinary forum bringing together student leaders from across the country with practitioner- and university-faculty who represent some of the most important thought leadership in this emerging sub-discipline. We frame the conversation broadly, but try to engender leadership and skill-building for future leaders hoping to use design as a tool for social equity and positive change in underserved communities. Our guiding principles include striving to build the next generation of leadership in the field; continuing to diversify the ecosystem of PID in terms of discipline, background, race, gender, and scale; elevating the rigor and critical capacity of PID curricula; and curating a national network of thought leadership drawn from contributing universities and practitioner-faculty committed to the advancement of the field.

Who goes from UTSOA?
FIVE students from UTSOA will be selected to attend the 2020Design Futures conference. If selected, your housing for the week and most meals are included and you will receive a travel scholarship to cover the flight and travel costs to attend.

How do I apply?
Please send your resume and application to Applications are due by March 5, 2020.

How can I decide if Design Futures is right for me?
Past year’s yearbooks may be viewed at  In addition, here are some testimonials from past conference attendees ( and even one of our funders (