The Design Colloquium and the Global Design Alliance are excited to host a presentation of an inspiring project that is taking place in Portland OR. The Young Black Professionals (YBP) Workforce Housing initiative was born of a moment in time, the culmination of a history of systemic racism and inequality that burst forth onto the streets of America in the Spring of 2020. The YBP Initiative is an answer to this call for action. BORA Architecture & Interiors and Andersen Construction, in partnership with Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI) and HMS Development, are working together to create a home for young Black professionals in Portland interested in a career in the AEC industry—a place where they can live together in community to support one another in a city where few share their lived experience as a person of color.  Join us to learn about the project and then brainstorm with colleagues in your region on ways to impact your community for the better.

2021 Fall Design Colloquium.pdf

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8:30 am PDT
Introductions and Welcome

Review of Schedule
Rules of Engagement

8:40 am
Community in Action: Exploring a Case Study of Young Black Professionals Housing Initiative for Creating an Equitable Future

Introduction by Amy Donohue, Principal, BORA

Guest Presenters:

Joel Andersen, Andersen Construction and HMS Development
Anthony Deloney, Self-Enhancement, Inc.
Team members from PAE Consulting Engineers, Holmes Structures and BORA

9:30 am
Questions and Group Discussion

10:00 am

10:05 am
Breakout Groups
(you will join the breakout room group where you are located)

  • Northeast
  • Southeast
  • Midwest
  • Southwest
  • Pacific Northwest
  • West Coast

What can design professionals do in the area of advocacy?
Could we explore a similar initiative in our region?

10:50 am
Report Highlights from Regional Discussions

11:45 am