Columbia | CBIPS: Social Justice and the AEC Industry by Joel Sanders


Past Event

Columbia | CBIPS: Social Justice and the AEC Industry by Joel Sanders

November 10, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker: Joel Sanders

Principal RA, FAIA JSA & MIXdesign

Click here for the video presentation of the lecture


Body Politics: Social Equity and Inclusive Public Space

Joel Sanders, founder and director of JSA/MIXdesign, will discuss how the inclusive design think-tank and consultancy is expanding its mission to consider the inevitable impact that the coronavirus pandemic will have on social equity and public space. Addressing the spatial implications of COVID-19 is an extension of MIXdesign’s commitment to the creation of safe and accessible designed environments that meet the needs of “non-compliant bodies”: people of different ages, races, genders, religions, and abilities that the discipline of architecture has traditionally overlooked.

Learning Objective One: Design:  Learn Best Practice Guidelines for the creation of safe, and inclusive public restrooms and institutional entry sequences that address the health, safety and well-being of people of different ages, genders, religions and disabilities.

Learning Objective Two: History and DEI:  Familiarize participants with the history of architecture’s role in the exclusion of marginalized groups including women, people of color, immigrants and the disabled, from accessing public space.

Learning Objective Three:  Occupant Comfort: Learn strategies for designing building entry sequences that use color, textures, lighting and sound as way-find techniques that allow people with vision, hearing, and mobility impairments to safely navigate public space.

Learning Objective Four:  Health and Wellbeing: Summarize interdisciplinary research that identifies the needs of users who are deaf, disabled, or autistic in public spaces And Learn from those novel behavioral strategies how to design spaces for COVID-19 that minimize overstimulation and disorientation.


Co-Moderator: Harvey Molotch

Professor Emeritus | New York University





Co-Moderator: Feniosky Peña-Mora, Sc.D., FCIOB, NAC

Edwin Howard Armstrong Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University