DesignDC: Equity & the Economy

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Design that supports occupant health, wellbeing, and the local economy has never been more urgent. Architects and designers are key actors in challenges wrought by the region’s housing shortage, economic insecurity, and a need for design that provides for safer, healthier users within every level of the built environment. During the second of three DesignDC symposia of 2022, AIA|DC aims to arm our members with the latest information surrounding design for equity and a changing economy.


Day One - In Person 

5:30 – 6:00 pm: Welcome Reception

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Keynote Presentation

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Cocktail Reception


Day Two - Virtual

8:45 am: Opening Remarks

9:00 – 10:00 am: Being a good neighbor: A Successful Design Process within Economically and Ethnically Diverse Stakeholder Groups

10:15 – 11:15 am: The Equitable Urban Block: A Philadelphia Case Study

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Delta Towers - Affordable Senior Living in Washington, DC

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Interior Non-Load Bearing Partitions - presented by Marino\WARE

2:15 – 3:15 pm: A Work in Progress: Equity in Practice

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Towards Toilet Equity: Where Do We "Go" From Here?

Keynote Speaker:

Bobby Boone, AICP, LEED AP - Founder + Chief Strategist, &Access

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With nearly a decade of experience immersed in retail real estate, Bobby is impassioned about empowering engaged tenants, developers, and cities to create community-serving retail. He ensures the viability and sustainability of retail environments with tailored solutions that draw on his market analysis, planning, and strategic merchandising expertise.

Prior to founding &Access, Bobby led a citywide effort to attract and maintain small businesses in Detroit and tackled wide-ranging retail challenges as a senior strategist at Streetsense—from repositioning Fortune 500 brands and malls of yesteryear to crafting expansion strategies for emerging brands and commercial corridors. 

Bobby shares his love of retail with others as a University of Maryland and Harvard University lecturer and speaker at conferences across the nation. He received a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Florida A&M University and a Master of Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. He holds certifications from the American Institute of Certified Planners and LEED-Neighborhood Development.

Bobby also collaborates with other experts to cater an exchange of knowledge to help shape and grow the industry.