Inside the LA Studio—Kounkuey Design Initiative - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)

Recorded On: 10/28/2023

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Focused on making the public realm more equitable and just, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization that works in disinvested places around the world, collaborating with communities that have been excluded, harmed, or marginalized by traditional design.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the history and core principles that drive a nonprofit organization working to create a just public realm.
  • Learn about the participatory planning and decision-making processes that help advance equity in all of our projects.
  • Learn about case studies and projects that demonstrate our work through the areas of access that influence life expectancy.
  • Learn how design nonprofit organizations operate and how we secure funding for projects.

Chelina Odbert, Affiliate ASLA

CEO

Kounkuey Design Initiative

Chelina is co-founder and Executive Director of KDI. She believes in the potential of low-cost, high-impact design interventions to improve the physical, economic, and social quality of life in low-income communities. Chelina’s expertise covers a range of topics including leadership, participatory planning, social entrepreneurship, urban development, environmental remediation, and social impact design. She has extensive field experience through her work in Africa, Latin America and the US. Having shaped KDI into an internationally recognized and award-winning design, planning and community development firm, she lectures and speaks around the world and writes about KDI’s community-engaged approach to planning and design.

Adriana Carias

Senior Design Associate

Kounkuey Design Initiative

Adriana is a Design Associate at KDI. She is passionate about applying her design experience to help communities in need, marrying a thorough participatory process with an end product that meets all users’ needs. Adriana provides design support for a range of projects including Productive Public Spaces and gender-inclusive urban design. Adriana holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Catholic University of Honduras and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Southern California.

Lauren Elachi, LEED AP

Senior Design Principal

Kounkuey Design Initiative

Lauren is a Senior Design Principal at KDI. Lauren is interested in using landscape architecture as a tool for activism, rethinking the traditional methodologies of the practice to serve community. She manages multiple planning and design projects across a range of scales and has taught at USC, UCLA, and RISD. Lauren holds a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Christian Rodriguez

Senior Community Associate

Kounkuey Design Initiative

Christian is a Community Associate at KDI’s Coachella office. He is passionate about social, racial, economic, and environmental justice for underserved communities. A proud resident of the Eastern Coachella Valley, Christian is thrilled to be working in his own backyard, with community members, to develop programming and to advocate for environmental justice. Christian studied Philosophy and Political Science at Loyola University Chicago.

Gina Ford, FASLA (Moderator)

Principal and Co-Founder

Agency Landscape + Planning

Focused on making the public realm more equitable and just, Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a non-profit design and community development organization that works in disinvested places around the world, collaborating with communities that have been excluded, harmed, or marginalized by traditional design.

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