Event COTE Meeting - 1 LU/HSW

July 28, 2022 - 5:30pm

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Equity in Architectural Practice: A Workshop with Donna Carter, FAIA

 As a design professional and placemaker, it is the duty of the architect and urban planner to responsibly create for the benefit of all communities affected by their respective projects and to the detriment of none. A key component is community input during the design process, to generate a project representative of its setting. Join us for a workshop with Donna Carter, FAIA, who will lead us through a selection of projects which exemplify best practices in equitable design.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the importance of engaging community stakeholders in project design.
  2. Describe how architecture can be inclusive of existing communities.
  3. Describe how communities can be guided through the historic preservation process and control the restoration of their resources, telling their stories.
  4. Analyze example projects showing community engagement best practices.

This event is free and open to the public, or offers CE credit with a paid ticket. 1 LU/HSW

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Donna Carter, FAIA

DONNA D. CARTER, FAIA is President of CARTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, an architectural, planning and restoration firm in Austin, Texas.  Her practice is focused on projects combining revitalization, historic preservation and new construction within a complete community context.

Ms. Carter's civic activities include service on numerous Austin planning and development task force committees and commissions.  She has authored several master plan and guideline documents balancing preservation, economic viability and community development.  Results oriented, she co-chaired a community led downtown revitalization implementation plan RUDAT A Call… to Action and was an original member of the Mueller Development Implementation Commission.  Statewide service includes past service on the Texas Historical Commission, Past Chair of the State Board of Review and a Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University.

As a civic leader she has held volunteer and board positions for non-profit health care providers and social service advocates since 1986, serving in board and board appointed positions for Austin’s Seton Family of Hospitals from 1996 until 2016 and Austin ECHO.  She has recently finished 2 terms on the board of Huston Tillotson University and currently serves on the board of AIA Austin.

Donna and her firm,have received numerous design and preservation awards including A TSA Design Award and Preservation Texas Award for the Restoration of the Texas and Pacific Terminal Waiting Room in Fort Worth.

Donna is a Registered Architect and Interior Designer and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  She completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and holds a B. A. from Yale University.  She was a Ford Foundation Scholar at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

About COTE

AIA Austin Committee On The Environment (COTE) reflects the profession's commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people, and is dedicated to preserving the earth's capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. COTE typically meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is an American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community working with architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that allow people, communities, and our planet to thrive.

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2022 Committee Chair: Ashley Grzywa, AIA
2022 Committee Chair-Elect: Josh Leger, AIA
Past Committee Chair: Kendall Claus, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Staff Liaison: Rob Hoffman