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Barbara Brown Wilson

Barbara Brown Wilson is an assistant professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and the Director of Inclusion and Equity in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the history, theory, ethics, and practice of sustainable community development, and on the role of urban social movements in the built world. Wilson's current research projects include understanding how grassroots community networks reframe public infrastructure in more climate and culturally appropriate ways across the U.S., and helping to elevate the standards of evaluation for community engaged design around notions of social and ecological justice. Her work is often action-oriented, as she collaborates with traditionally marginalized communities to create knowledge that serves both local and practitioner communities. She is author of Resilience for All: Striving for Equity through Community-Driven Design and Questioning Architectural Judgement: The Problem of Codes in the United States. 
In Charlottesville, Wilson is supporting three communities through resident-led redevelopment efforts, and helping build programs that prepare resident youth to serve as valued members of the design team for the work in their own communities, and also for future careers in the field. Nationally, she’s been recognized as one of the top 100 leaders in Public Interest Design. She is a co-founder of the Design Futures Student Leadership Forum, a five day student leadership training which convenes students and faculty from a consortium of universities with leading practitioners all working to elevate the educational realms of community engaged design; and a co-founder of the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC), a nonprofit design center that provides high quality green design and planning services to lower income households and the organizations that serve them. 

Barbara Brown Wilson at LOCUS Leadership Summit

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 1:15pm EDT
Convene
1201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209
United States

Join us at Dr. Barbara Brown Wilson's speaking session!

In the United States, people of color are disproportionally more likely to live in environments with poor air quality, in close proximity to toxic waste, and in locations more vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events.
 
In many vulnerable neighborhoods, structural racism and classism prevent residents from having a seat at the table when decisions are made about their community. In an effort to overcome power imbalances and ensure local knowledge informs decision-making, a new approach to community engagement is essential.
 
In Resilience for All, Barbara Brown Wilson looks at less conventional, but often more effective methods to make communities more resilient. She takes an in-depth look at what equitable, positive change through community-driven design looks like in four communities—East Biloxi, Mississippi; the Lower East Side of Manhattan; the Denby neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan; and the Cully neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. These vulnerable communities have prevailed in spite of serious urban stressors such as climate change, gentrification, and disinvestment. Wilson looks at how the lessons in the case studies and other examples might more broadly inform future practice. She shows how community-driven design projects in underserved neighborhoods can not only change the built world, but also provide opportunities for residents to build their own capacities. 
 

Barbara Brown Wilson at Austin Design Week

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 12:00pm CST
Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Our built and social environments are inherently influenced by decisions made by the power holders in our communities often leading to disparate impacts on our most vulnerable neighbors. Socioeconomically vulnerable communities around the country...

Our built and social environments are inherently influenced by decisions made by the power holders in our communities often leading to disparate impacts on our most vulnerable neighbors. Socioeconomically vulnerable communities around the country are developing their own, increasingly sophisticated, methods for influencing local decision making, often with designers serving as resource allies. This event explores what it means to be a resilient community, how resilience often means disruption of existing power structures, and how design professionals can be allies in building a more just and resilient environment for all.

Together we will examine local and national examples of community resilience building and place our own design disciplines within these contexts as potential allies. The objective of this event is to further discourse on design tools and processes that address complex urban problems through collaboration guided by local knowledge and how they apply to the daily practice of a variety of design disciplines.

Facilitators

Barbara Brown Wilson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Urban + Environmental Planning, University of Virginia

Barbara Brown Wilson’s research and teaching focus on the history, theory, ethics, and practice of sustainable community design and development, and on the role of urban social movements in the built world. Dr. Wilson writes for both academic and mainstream audiences, and is the author of Resilience for All: Striving for Equity through Community-Driven Design (Island Press: 2018), and co-author of Questioning Architectural Judgement: The Problem of Codes in the United States (Routledge: 2013). Her research is often change-oriented, meaning she collaborates with community partners to identify opportunities for engaged and integrated sustainable community development that creates knowledge to serve both local and educational communities.

Nicole Joslin, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director, Austin Community Design and Development Center

Nicole Joslin has a diverse professional and academic background in architecture, development, disaster recovery, and community engagement. Nicole teaches in the Public Interest Design program at the University of Texas and serves as the Executive Director of the Austin Community Design and Development Center, which works to improve the quality of life for all through community-engaged design. Nicole is also chair of the Austin Housing Coalition and board member of Evolve Austin Partners, two coalitions of affordable housing providers and grassroots organizations supporting the development of an affordable, mobile, and sustainable Austin.

Carrie Waller, AIA Co-Chair, AIA DesignVoice, Associate, Gensler

Carrie Waller, an Associate at Gensler Austin, works as a Project Architect and technical designer at a variety of project scales. Carrie has a passion for community-building and housing affordability: she recently led her office in an exploratory design competition to develop urban-focused permanent supportive housing solutions specific to Austin. Currently serving as co-chair of Austin’s AIA DesignVoice committee, she's led events and dialogue related to missing middle housing and density in the state capitol, and has gained experience in qualitative post-occupancy analysis. Carrie completed her M.Arch at UT Austin after transitioning from a career in classical music.

About the Austin Community Design and Development Center

The Austin Community Design and Development Center is a 501(c)3 organization that creates affordable living opportunities through community-engaged design. We envision inclusive and sustainable neighborhoods achieved through an empowered community, a nurturing built environment, and supportive policy and regulation. Our staff of architects and planners collaborate with community members and the organizations that serve them to build inclusive systems of engagement and design sustainable communities.

About DesignVoice

DesignVoice is a committee of the AIA Austin Chapter which facilitates opportunities for design professionals to serve their community through collaborative design focused events and informational programs.

Design Matters Forum with Barbara Brown Wilson

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 3:00pm CST
612 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Enjoy an afternoon of community and conversation with Austin's leaders in health, place, and environmental equity. AEGB is sponsoring ...

Enjoy an afternoon of community and conversation with Austin's leaders in health, place, and environmental equity. AEGB is sponsoring ACDDC to host this year's forum of four luminaries discussing community engagement, sustainable development and public health. Help us envision new pathways forward. Celebrate our collaborations and achievements. More information

3:00 - 4:30 pm Equity & Resilience Forum

Barbara Brown Wilson, University of Virginia
Mark Rogers, Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation
Lourdes Rodriguez, Planet Texas 2050
Amy Belaire, The Nature Conservancy