Steve Cancian

Shared Spaces

Steve Cancian is a nationally recognized participatory designer who combines community organizing, facilitation and design to enable stakeholders to participate in every step of creating their own spaces and places. Often working in Spanish, Steve has led more than 500 design workshops around the country. He specializes in enabling community members to participate as co-designers, rather than just giving input, ensuring that their vision and decisions are reflected in the final outcome. Shared Spaces works only on public and non-profit projects, focusing on projects in park-poor low-income communities and often engaging African-American, Latino, Asian-American and multi-cultural communities.