Adjaye Associates, Decanthropy: How To Build Communities As An Architect (w/ Farida Abu-Bakare, Ian Rolston)

Now more than ever there’s an opportunity to design with purpose, and with a goal of equity so that spaces are built for everyone. But in order to do that, we need to do two things: keep the new generation of young designers engaged and supported, and involve our clients and communities in the design process. In this Best Practice interview, Black Architects + Interior Designers Association Canada (BAIDA) co-founder Farida Abu-Bakare and Director of Advocacy Ian Rolston explain how two-way mentorship, developing a voice, and learning from the communities you build in can transform the architecture industry.

Now more than ever there’s an opportunity to design with purpose, and with a goal of equity so that spaces are built for everyone. But in order to do that, we need to do two things: keep the new generation of young designers engaged and supported, and involve our clients and communities in the design process. In this Best Practice interview, Black Architects + Interior Designers Association Canada (BAIDA) co-founder Farida Abu-Bakare and Director of Advocacy Ian Rolston explain how  two-way mentorship, developing a voice, and learning from the communities you build in can transform the architecture industry.

Interview Takeaways
  • Be your authentic self
  • Collaborate at every level
  • Understand local building methods and environments
  • Share information in a mentorship
  • Keep the younger generation in design
  • Develop your voice
  • Look for a place where you’ll fit
  • Leaders should transform, not transact 
  • Set out to achieve community impact
  • Bring clients into your process
  • Spend time in communities
  • Pursue equity in design

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