As part of the 2016 Design Matters Conference, Adrian Fine from the Los Angeles Conservancy described his organization's new initiative to tell the story of LGBTQ heritage sites in the city.
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The conference proceedings from ‘LearnXDesign2015’ are a comprehensive volume of topics across themed design pedagogy and research. The papers delivered at the 3rd International Conference for Design Education Researchers, co-organized by DRS, CUMULUS, and DESIGN-ED, are the focus of these volumes.
As part of the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Polly Carpenter from BSA Foundation detailed how her organization followed the Benevon fundraising model to insert predictable donor cultivation and institutional storytelling initiatives into its work. This presentation provides solid grounding in the fundamental concepts of donor culitvation - useful knowledge for those new to nonprofit management, or for young organizations looking for inspiration to better manage their annual fundraising calendar.
As part of the same-title session at the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Ed Orlowski, associate professor of architecture at Lawrence Technological University, shared a brief presentation about organizing college and graduate-level students to respond to real-world design challenges posed by local community groups. There is much in Orlowski's approach that echoes the work of traditional K-12 architectural organizations, but, of course, his Activist Architecture and Design Studio course at LTU deals with emerging designers in higher education.
At the 2015 Design Matters Conference, Jill Farley and Patrick Miner of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) led a breakout session on "Developing Your Organization's Digital Content Marketing Strategy." Content marketing focuses on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience. This presentation uses CAF's new website as a case study to demonstrate the challenges and opportunities that content marketing presents. Don't miss the valuable list of online resources at the end of the slideshow.
As host of the International Directors Council meeting (aka large organizations round table) at the 2015 Design Matters Conference in Chicago, IL, Kent Martinussen (CEO, Danish Architecture Centre) shared an overview of several architectural organizations practicing in Asia and Europe. The talk emphasized the recent proliferation of architectural organizations globally, and enumerated some of the unique hybrid roles being asked of these organizations by both the design industry as well as government agencies.
Lyla Catellier, the Coordinator of Public Engagement at the Chicago Archtecture Foundation, presented a snapshot of the annual CAF Scavenger Hunt at the 2015 Design Matters Conference in Chicago, IL. These slides provide an overview of the audience statistics and number of sites, as well as a high level look at the outcomes from the event.
Mark Hinshaw, FAIA, FAICP, Principal at Walker Macy, presented a participatory planning project in Port Angeles, Washington as a case study during the 2015 Design Matters Conference. This photo slideshow gives a glimpse into the process behind placemaking efforts at this public harbor walk.
Kieran Long, Keeper of the Design, Architecture, and Digital Department at the V&A, served as the opening keynote of the 2015 Design Matters Conference. The photos in this slideshow illustrate the power of everyday objects to tell meaningful stories. The slides show Kieran's approach to collecting, the V&A's history of welcoming all types of visitors, and a hint of what the new V&A outpost in East London will be.
Megan Canning (Design Trust for Public Space) presented on the Role of the Fellowship at the 2015 Design Matters Conference. This PDF is packed with information on how the Design Trust defines fellows, recruits them, and involves them in their projects. Using the "Under the Elevated" project as an example, the slides show the output from the five fellowships, and how engaging professionals can enrich your organization's process. Also see the Call for Fellows PDF below.