Social Justice and the Built Environment

March 9, 2017 in Cambridge
What is the role of architects and designers in relation to the Muslim travel ban, the border wall proposal, and the shooting of Trayvon Martin? How does the physical fabric of our community reinforce poverty, hinder education, and reduce life-expectancy? Shawn will review his research in these topics, and put forward his proposals for the role of designers in resisting injustice, and promoting social equity.

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Shawn Hesse
Architect & Sustainability Consultant at emersion DESIGN

Shawn Hesse is an architect and sustainability consultant who leads the Boston office of emersion DESIGN, an architecture and sustainability consulting firm committed to advancing clients that advance society.

He in an ambassador for the JUST organizations program, founded the Living Building Challenge Collaborative in Boston, and Chairs the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.

Shawn is a member of the LEED Technical Working Group where he is writing social equity credits for future versions of LEED, and is on the national board of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, working to promote human rights through design.