PID Institute Dallas

The Public Interest Design Institute will provide training to architecture and other design professionals in public interest design with in-depth study over two days on methods of how design can address the critical issues faced by communities.Training in public interest design is a way of enhancing an existing design practice and learning skills to become pro-actively engaged in community-based design through fee-based projects.The Harvard Case Study Method will be used to learn from real examples. These case studies and best practices will be presented and discussed by leaders in the field. The curriculum will be formed around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) metric, a set of standards that outline the process and principles of this growing approach to design. SEED goes beyond green design with a “triple bottom line” approach that includes the social and economic as well as the environmental. The SEED process takes a holistic, creative approach to design driven by community needs. This process provides a step-by-step aid for those who want to undertake public interest design.Continuing education credits will be given as required of professionals by the American Institute of Architects as well as a certification in the SEED process. SEED has been chosen as a Social Equity Pilot credit for LEED certification.

Learning objectives will address:

  1. Finding new clients and public interest design projects
  2. Learning about new fee sources and structures
  3. Using a step-by-step process of working with a community as a design partner
  4. Leveraging other partners and assets to address project challenges
  5. Maximizing a project’s positive impact on a community
  6. Moving beyond LEED to measure the social, economic, and environmental impact on communities
  7. Understanding public interest design and how is it re-shaping the design professions

The Institute is presented by by Design Corps, SEED Network, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, and University of North Texas(UNT).