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Calendar | 2018

Below are events of interest for 2018.
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Thu, Apr 26, 2018

SOCIAL EVENT: Design Activist House Party at Big Oakland

For all the Community Design / Social Justice members: The Open Architecture Collaborative, SFNOMA, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, and ADPSR - Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility (USA) are co-hosting a social event. Come learn about the new initiatives and see what's going on locally.

Date and Time:
Thu, April 26, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

BIG Oakland
351 15th Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Register Here! It's free.

Help celebrate the growth of the public interest design movement with a triple launch party to build community inside and outside the design professions. This is no mere toy car launched into space, this is:

The launch of the DJDS Concept Development Fund, which will seed the development of buildings that address the root causes of mass incarceration and support low income communities of color.
Open Architecture Collaborative’s Pathways to Equity program, which will train young designers on a path to equitable community engaged design practice. We will announce the national pilot that will take place in the Bay Area.

ADPSR’s social media membership model, which is bringing outreach and advocacy to architects, designers, and planners around the world
SFNOMA will reveal its Triple-E 2018 Policy that wraps its arms around the Whitney M Young and Max Bond legacies. Whitney called for Architects to address the needs of the least and Max responded with the successful Architects Renewal Committee of Harlem. We continue to build on strong foundation. SFNOMA is Education and Expertise Embedded into holistic community planning and environment design.

ADPSR, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, the Open Architecture Collaborative, and SFNOMA
Organizer of Design Activist House Party
This is an exciting collaboration between four organizations focused on socil justice, each using their own approach to improving equity and equality. Learn more about the organizations at their websites:


Thu, Jun 21, 2018

OWA EVENT: Book Talk with Christie Coffin

Come join us for a book talk with our very own member, and author Christie Coffin, as she discusses her latest book: Making Places for People: 12 Questions Every Designer Should Ask


Location: Laurel Bookstore
1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Date: June 21st
Time: 7pm

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. The book will be available for purchase at the event!

Making Places for People explores twelve social questions in environmental design. Authors Christie Johnson Coffin and Jenny Young bring perspectives from practice and teaching to challenge assumptions about how places meet human needs. The book reveals deeper complexities in addressing basic questions, such as: What is the story of this place? What logic orders it? How big is it? How Sustainable is it? Providing an overview of a growing body of knowledge about people and places, Making Places for People stimulates curiosity and further discussion.

Christie Johnson Coffin practices architecture in the Western Unites States and internationally in Taiwan, India, and Nicaragua, with a focus on social design for health-care and research laboratory buildings. She is also author of Changing Hospital Environments for Children.

Jenny Young teaches design and human factors in design. Her research on small town development focuses on the roles public buildings play in town stability and vitality. Her architectural practice includes consulting on schools, libraries, clinics, and designing residential projects.

Fri, Sep 21, 2018

OWA EVENT: OWA Annual Retreat

OWA+DP Retreat 2018
Celebrating the Legacy and Community of OWA+DP
Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals

21-23 September 2018, Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma, California,

2018 will be our 30th year hosting the OWA+DP retreat and one of the 45th Anniversary Year Events.

We are pleased to invite you to this year's memorable OWA+DP 45th-anniversary retreat at the beautiful Westerbeke Ranch. Enjoy an amazing 3 day weekend of fun, arts & craft, great food, workshop, fitness, music, dancing, connecting with other amazing women professionals and more! More details here!

Tue, Oct 16, 2018

OWA EVENT: OWA Annual Business Meeting

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Sun, Dec 9, 2018


OWA EVENT: OWA Holiday Party - San Francisco

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