Maurice Cox, Marc Norman, Liz Ogbu, and Emilie Talor sit in on a panel discussion at a Design Futures workshop.

The Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum is a five-day, interdisciplinary forum bringing together student leaders from across the country with practitioner- and university-faculty who represent some of the most important thought leadership in this emerging sub-discipline. We frame the conversation broadly, but try to engender leadership and skill-building for future leaders hoping to use design as a tool for social equity and positive change in underserved communities. Our guiding principles include striving to build the next generation of leadership in the field; continuing to diversify the ecosystem of PID in terms of discipline, background, race, gender, and scale; elevating the rigor and critical capacity of PID curricula; and curating a national network of thought leadership drawn from contributing universities and practitioner-faculty committed to the advancement of the field. 

The second Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum was hosted by Tulane City Center at the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans from June 3-7, 2014.

The 2014 Forum brought together a fantastic group of multi-disciplinary students and recognized leaders in the PID field to build new leadership through the collective exploration of the historical and philosophical roots of PID, as well as necessary leadership skills needed to face the contemporary challenges around practicing PID. Through interactive workshops in a collaborative learning environment, student and faculty participants gained specific training in some of the core skill sets required for effective PID practice. More information and highlights from the 2014 forum can be found here.

June 2014


Blog post by Design Futures Autodesk Foundation recipient Mauricio Urueña: Design's Future is Social

And by Stephanie Dhillon on Design Matters