Design Activism: Uplifting Black and Immigrant Leadership in American Public Space Design - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

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This panel introduces leading voices who employ design activism in their work within black and immigrant communities in the United States. Participants will learn about how community design processes can be employed to celebrate the outstanding historical and cultural contribution of black and immigrant communities.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of design activism and its critical role in an increasingly multicultural, multiracial United States.
  • Understand how to both authentically engage and work as partners with black and immigrant communities in the public space design process.
  • Learn about unique public space design features advocated for by black and immigrant communities, and the role of landscape designers in making community ideas a reality.
  • Learn what neighborhood advocacy could look like after designing and opening a public space, to both ensure its success and address neighborhood-wide systems change.

Jose Gutierrez, ASLA

Community Organizer

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Jose Guadalupe Gutierrez is landscape architecture candidate at Cal Poly Pomona and organizer with the LA Neighborhood Land Trust. Jose has worked over the past five years in guiding greenspace projects across LA County through the community design process. His work focuses on community leadership development during and after the development of parks and gardens as well as organizing residents around park funding policy change. As an aspiring landscape architect, Jose is interested applying his technical knowledge to continue to guide projects through the development process and work towards building a quality, region-wide greenspace system that everyone can enjoy.

Jeffrey Hou, ASLA


University of Washington

Jeffrey Hou, Ph.D. is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. As the director of Urban Commons Lab at UW, His work focuses on public space, democracy, and civic engagement. Hou is recognized for his work on guerrilla urbanism and bottom-up placemaking, through collaborative publications including Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010), Transcultural Cities: Border-Crossing and Placemaking (2013), and Design as Democracy: Techniques for Creative Creativity (2017), as well as 18 years of community-based work in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. He is a 2019-2020 Fellow of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Mel Isidor


Isidor Studio

Mel Isidor is a designer, urban planner, and mixed-media artist based in Boston, MA. With a background bridging multiple disciplines, her work is grounded in exploring the intersectional complexities of cities, from physical materiality to the social dynamics of space and place. She recently founded and leads her own design practice [Isidor Studio] exploring the intersections of art, design, and urbanism. Mel's passions lie in work that connects multiple mediums and methodologies—including street photography, ethnographic research, graphic design, web design, mapping, and illustration.


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1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDH credit  |  Certificate available