Fostering Meaningful Partnerships Between Schools & Communities - Webinar

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    Thursday, April 22 2021

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Today, more than ever, we understand that schools cannot be islands They must be integrated and connected with their broader communities. Drawing upon decades of experience in working with students, educators, community leaders, and local cultural institutions, Salo Levinas and Maria Gorodetskaya, Principals of Shinberg.Levinas, will share how designers can play a role in strengthening the partnership between schools and their communities, instilling pride and encouraging a mutual sense of responsibility. Utilizing examples from projects that connected public charter schools through inspirational initiatives with the Smithsonian African Museum of Art, Georgetown University’s Student Orchestra and the Shakespeare Theatre Company--and underscoring how educational institutions can be catalysts for unifying communities and schools--Levinas and Gorodetskaya will foster a dynamic discussion about the possibilities of collaboration between designers, school officials, students, and communities towards improved growth and understanding.

About the Presenters:

Salo Levinas

Salo Levinas is an internationally recognized architect known for his distinguished and innovative contemporary designs for institutional, commercial, sacred, and residential clients. Levinas’ work has received multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects and two International Design Awards in Italy. His projects have appeared and been reviewed in broad circulation publications and a number of international books and online magazines. Levinas is a frequent lecturer in the U.S. and abroad on responsible design. He has spoken on The Plan Magazine’s program on the margins of the International Biennial of Architecture in Venice (2018), the Buenos Aires Architecture Biennial (2018) and at the 9th Expo Argentine Architects across the World (2012). He also has been an occasional lecturer on architecture at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC; Daily Talks at the Library of Congress; and the University of the District of Columbia. A recognized leader in the Hispanic community, Levinas received the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Leader in Architecture Award for his architectural contribution to the Washington Metropolitan Area and his philanthropic work in the Hispanic community. He is an advisor to La IDEA, a group of DC-based Latin American design professionals and has spoken on panels for the Boston and DC Chambers of Commerce regarding race and economics at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture. A native of Argentina, Levinas received his architectural degree from the University of Buenos Aires’ School of Architecture and Urban Design in 1981.

Maria Gorodetskaya

Maria Gorodetskaya is a principal at Shinberg.Levinas. Maria holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and is a Registered Architect in DC. Her technical expertise, attention to detail, problem-solving focus and strong organizational skills positions her well to manage projects and teams. Maria is committed to realizing the integrity of the project’s design intent from conception to completion. She maintains long-term client relationships and connects the designer’s vision to the client’s goal’s at every stage of the project path, overcoming challenges and researching solutions to maintain shared success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how designers can play a role in strengthening partnerships between schools and their communities.
  • Explore a series of projects that involved partnerships between schools and their communities within the design process.
  • Describe how educational institutions can be catalysts for unifying communities and schools.
  • Summarize the possible ways collaboration between designers, school officials, students and communities can improve growth and understanding in the design world.