EDspaces 2022 EDsession Program & Schedule


Building the Alki Vision: Aligning School Space to District Equity Initiatives

  • Description: Seattle Public Schools aspires to ensure equity in our educational system by unapologetically addressing the needs of students furthest from educational justice. Charged to see Akli Elementary as a vehicle for actualizing the district's commitment to equity and inclusion, the team recognized the need to transform practices to create a building that actively communicates values and messages of belonging and inclusion. Guided by Amara H. Pérez’s critical race spatial lens, we developed an engagement approach amplifying community voice to uncover the active role space plays reproducing social-educational-environmental inequities that are often invisible, ignored, or under-examined in a design process.
  • Date:Thursday, November 3
  • Time:8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
  • Location:EDspaces Classroom C124
  • Track:Community Engagement/Equity
  • Audience:Architects & Designers, Educational Institutions
  • Learning Objective 1:Strategize how to center district equity initiatives in a local, school-based engagement processes.
  • Learning Objective 2:Identify practices for critical dialogue facilitating a socio-spatial exploration of space.
  • Learning Objective 3:Learn how space communicates values and messages of belonging and inclusion.
  • Learning Objective 4:Understand how to disrupt and transform design practices to bring the built environment into equity-centered education.
  • Credit:AIA LU, IDCEC
Amara H. Pérez
Vince Gonzales
Seattle Public Schools Capital and Planning
Rebecca Hutchinson
Deborah Northern
Seattle Public Schools