s Inclusivity & Innovation: Unleash the Creative Potential

Inclusivity & Innovation: Unleash the Creative Potential of Diverse Teams

Teams that are diverse bring together their varied experiences and unique perspectives to create more relevant and impactful designs. An important strategy to effect change is to lead a design process that is inclusive and empathetic. You will hear from architects and clients on their experiences navigating through the profession and creating culturally inclusive places for community. Hear case studies from our new student community centers at UC Berkeley and the University of Denver and learn about inclusive design tools used during our master planning work with the North Orange County Community College District.



Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the critical issues that schools face today and why is diversity important.
  2. Find out how to create a diverse team to address the challenges of multiple needs and perspectives.
  3. Discover how to transform firm or school culture to support our next generation of architects and staff.
  4. Hear how diversity enriches creativity and the ability to build inclusive places for the community.

Broadcast Date

July 21, 2021, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST)

Purchase Price

Member: $0.00
Non-Member Price: $25.00

Meet the Presenters


Jeanne Chen
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners

Jeanne Chen, FAIA is a Principal at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners. She has advanced an inclusive design approach that fosters a culture of communication and cross- fertilization, adding vitality and meaning to the design process and ultimately enriching each effort. Jeanne has worked on campuses including UCLA, UC Berkeley, Caltech, Dartmouth College, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Community Commons currently under construction at the University of Denver.


Dr. Miguel Powers
Fullerton College

Dr. Powers, a Fullerton College English Professor, has been awarded both Fullerton College Teacher of the Year (2018, 2005) and the Extended Opportunity Program and Services Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He earned his doctorate in Education from UCLA in 2015, earning the UCLA Alumni Dissertation Scholarship. Currently, he co-facilitates a statewide Community of Practice (CoP) implementing and researching Growth Mindset and Habits of Mind strategies to improve student success. This ongoing CoP is part of the California Community College Success Network (3CSN) and includes multi-discipline teams from over forty colleges.


Carissa Oyedele
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners
Associate Principal

Carissa Oyedele, AIA is an Associate Principal at Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners. She creatively solves design and management challenges to complex project types of varied programs, schedules, and delivery methods to shape campus masterplans, academic buildings, and civic facilities. She recently created three facilities master plans for North Orange County Community College District and envisioned a new Palm Springs satellite campus for College of the Desert. Carissa has been recognized as a recipient of AIA National Young Architect Award and ENR California Top 20 Under 40.