Centering Community Voices in Equitable Design Solutions: Restorative Justice on Portland's I-5 - 1.5 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Recorded On: 10/27/2023

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This session will review how historic racist housing policies led to systemic inequities, disinvestment, and displacement of minority communities. We will address Portland's Lower Albina neighborhood, where the construction of I-5 displaced Portland's Black community, and how community-centered engagement and landscape architecture can be tools for restorative justice.

Learning objectives:

  • Review how past racist housing policies led to disinvestment in and, ultimately, the displacement of minority communities.
  • Understand the importance of a community-centered engagement approach when working with a community harmed by past injustices.
  • Explore how landscape architects and urban designers can provide physical planning solutions and a guide for policies that reinforce community aspirations through design scenarios and consensus-building.
  • Review governance strategies that empower community members, protect against further displacement, and ensure that future development supports the creation of long-term benefits for historically harmed communities

Kate Brooks, PLA, ASLA


ZGF Architects

Kate Brooks is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with 18 years of professional experience in a broad range of landscape architecture, site planning, and urban design work. Her project experience includes the design of public open spaces, large-scale mixed-use developments, transit and streetscape design, campus and master plans as well as landscapes for U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.

Born and raised in Colorado, Kate’s connection to the outdoors inspired her path to environmental design. She is passionate about implementing resilient and sustainable design strategies and believes biophilic design is essential to connecting humans and communities with the built environment.

Roger S. Lewis, FAIA

NOMAC, Principal

ZGF Architects

Steven Lewis is an architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture. He is currently a principal with the firm ZGF Architects, where he leads the Los Angeles office’s urban design practice. Prior to joining ZGF, Steven held the position of Urban Design Director for the Detroit’s Central Region, where he played a key role in shaping the vision of present and future development. More than anything, Steven is a facilitator of partnerships and alliances between groups and individuals who seek to use architecture and design to effect positive change to our world.

Jeana Woolley


JM Woolley & Associates

Jeana runs her own consulting and real estate development business and works on a variety of multi-disciplined consulting teams to implement plans, programs and projects centered around community revitalization, affordable housing development, business development, workforce development and transportation development for various public agencies. She is a longtime community activist and business owner and has worked for more than 45 years on a variety of economic development initiatives and projects intended to benefit Northeast Portland, its residents and its business owners. The opportunity to empower the Black community in Northeast Portland to make it stronger and more economically viable is personal.


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1.50 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.50 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
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