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May 2022
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  • 05/20 Friday
    May Community Dinner
    6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    05/25 Wednesday
    Journey Into the World of Tea | White and Green Teas
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    05/26 Thursday
    Earth Equity and Design for Freedom | Landscapes Forum
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    An Evening with Chef Silvia Baldini
    6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    05/27 Friday
    Bunny Book Group
    10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    05/28 Saturday
    Grace Farms Tour
    10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Open Arts Studio for Families
    10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
    Spring Birdwatching | The Birds and the Trees
    10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Young Gardeners Series
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    05/29 Sunday
    Summer Picnic Series | Memorial Day Celebration
    12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

May Community Dinner



Design for Freedom
Working Group

About the Working Group

In fall 2017, CEO and Founder of Grace Farms Foundation Sharon Prince, and the late Bill Menking, prolific professor, curator, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, discussed the fact that acknowledging forced labor in the building materials supply chain, or what could be done to eliminate it, was not on the industry’s agenda.

From their initial conversation at the SANAA-designed Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut, they corralled leading principals across the architecture, engineering, and construction sectors for the Design for Freedom Working Group and first met in 2018 at Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers in New York City. Since then, an expanding group of experts and leaders from sectors that actualize or influence the built environment joined to raise awareness of modern slavery across industries and o create outcomes that will ensure a clean, ethical building materials supply chain.


“The Design for Freedom Report is essential reading for everyone involved in the design and construction industry.”

— Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director
AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture


Design for Freedom Report

The Design for Freedom report not only provides relevant data and analysis on slavery that is cemented into the very foundations of our buildings, it also documents the emergence of a movement — a radical paradigm shift driven by these global leaders. Members of the Design for Freedom Working Group that contributed to this report represent the full ecosystem of the global architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) professions. While initial attention in these sectors concentrated on developing ethical labor practices on construction and job sites, we now seek to extend this ethos to the building materials supply chain, including subcontractors, manufacturers, and commodities-level providers in such areas as forestry, fiber, and mining.

Read the Report

Design for Freedom Working Group Members

Allen, Cindy | Interior Design, Editor-in-Chief
Baan, Iwan| Photographer and Published Author
Baxi, Kadambari
| Barnard College, Professor and WBYA?, Co-Founder
Bergdoll, Barry, Ph.D. | Center for Architecture, Board President
Bergmann, Kai-Uwe, FAIA | BIG, Partner
Berke, Deborah | Yale School of Architecture,Dean and Deborah Berke Partners, Founder
Best, Rebecca | Material Bank, VP Sustainability & Market Engagement, Howard University, Professor, Vice Chair 
Bevan, Annie | Mindful Materials, CEO
Bernstein, Phillip
| Yale School of Architecture, Assoc. Dean and Prof. Adjunct
Bradley, Paul | Lendlease (U.S.), Global Supply Chain Manager
Bronet, Frances | Pratt Institute, President
Bucher, Alissa | Rogers Partners, Associate Partner
Cabanos, Victoria | Stuart Lynn, Managing Principal/CEO
Califano, Mark, Esq
| Dentons, Partner, Commercial Litigation practice
C.deBaca, Luis, Amb. (ret.) | Professor, University of Michigan Law School and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Childress, James | Centerbrook Architects, Principal
Clemence, Paul |
Photographer and Published Author
Cook, Rick
| CookFox Architects, Founding Partner
Coppedge, Susan, Amb. (ret.) | Krevolin & Horst and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Crawford, Jill | Type A Projects, Founding Partner
Darling, Diana | The Architect’s Newspaper, CEO, Co-Founder, and Publisher
Denison, Dirk | MCHAP Director and Professor at IIT, College of Architecture
Dizon, Angel | Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Managing Director
Foushee, Christine |
Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Director of External Affairs
DuBois, Bill
| Gensler, Certified Construction Specifier/Architect
Dyson, Anna | Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA), Founding Director
Ekman, Rand | HKS, Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer
Gamolina, Julia | Madame Architect, Founder & Ennead, Associate Principal
Gans, Deborah
| GANS & Co., Founder and Principal Architect
Gilbert, Jared | COOKFOX Architects, Director of Communications
Gorman, Jay | Sciame Construction, Project Executive
Grant, Brad | Department of Architecture College of Engineering and Architecture
Green, Michael | MGA, a Katerra Company, President and CEO
Grennan, Conor | NYU Stern, Dean of MBA Students
Gore, Meredith, Ph.D. | University of Maryland, Associate Professor
Grennan, Elizabeth | McKinsey Digital, Global Managing Counsel
Guilliams, Gabe | BuroHappold Engineering, Partner, Lighting Specialist
Harriss, Harriet, Ph.D. | Pratt School of Architecture, Dean
Hernandez-Eli, Jhaelen
 | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Head of Construction
Henderson, Ronald| IIT, Director of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Program
Idenburg, Florian | SO-IL, Founding Principal
Jones, Susan | atelierjones, Founder, Architect
Kaiman, Elliot | Wiggin and Dana, Partner – Design, Construction and Real Estate
Kharitonova, Olya | GoodFolk, Creative Director
King, Leslie P., Esq. | Carlton Fields, Shareholder, Construction Litigation
Klemmer, Andy | Paratus Group, President & Founder
Laidley, Iain, Ph.D. | GoodFolk, Managing Director
Liu, Jing | SO-IL, Founding Principal
Lynch, Brad | Brininstool + Lynch, Founding Principal
MacDonald, Shawn, Ph.D. | Verite, CEO
Malekshahi, Mark. M | Zubatkin Owner Representation, Senior Project Manager
Mao, Bruce | Massive Change Network, Co-Founder and CEO
Marroquin, Diego | East Rock Capital, Partner and Area Capital, Partner
McCadney, Jennifer | Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Special Counsel
McGuigan, Cathleen | Architectural Record, Editor-in-Chief
Medina, Sammy | The Architect’s Newspaper, Executive Editor
Mettam, Kirk | Silman, EVP, Senior Principal
Miller, Peter | Palette Architecture, Founding Partner
Mizzi, Joe | Sciame Construction, President & COO
Montoute, Colin | WXY architecture + urban design, Director of Architecture
Moote, Kilian | Know the Chain/Humanity United, Director
Natke, Patricia Saldaña | UrbanWorks, Founding Partner and President
Oliva, Alfonso | LERA +, Director
Opara, Eddie
| Pentagram, Partner
Oppenheimer, Nat | Silman, EVP, Senior Principal
Posner, Michael | NYU Stern, Professor of Ethics & Finance, Director Center for Business & Human Rights
Prince, Sharon | Grace Farms Foundation, CEO and Founder
Propst, Debbie | MillerKnoll, President, Global Retail
Reynolds, Fiona | Conexus Financial, CEO
Riano, Quilian | Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Dean
Ricks, Alan | MASS Design Group, Founding Principal and Chief Design Officer
Rillosi, Antonio | ExtraVega, CEO & Founder 
Rogers, Robert | Rogers Partners, Founding Principal
Rolland, Ann | FXCollaborative, Partner
Schaeberle, Carolyn | Pratt Institute, Director of the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies
Sharples, Chris | SHoP Architects, Founding Principal
Shaw, Matthew | The Architect’s Newspaper, Contributing Editor
Short, Annabel | IHRB (NY), Built Environment Program-Advisor
Slade, James, FAIA, LEED-AP| Slade Architecture, Founder Partner
Slade, Hayes
| Slade Architecture, Co-Founder and Principal and AIA NY, 2019 President
Trubiano, Franca, Ph.D.  | UPenn – Weitzman School of Design, Architect and Associate Professor in Architecture
Ulicny, Dr. Brian, PhD | Thomson Reuters Labs Americas, Vice President
Varkulja, Luciana | uma architecture, Founder, Architect, & Urban Designer and USC, Professor
Weisz, Claire | WXY Architecture+ urban design, Principal-in-Charge
Williams, Bisi | Massive Change Network, Chief Insights & Analytics Officer
White, Megan | Integral, Chief Sustainability Officer
Yoshida, Shohei
| Shohei Yoshida and Associates, Principal
Yao, Kim, AIA | ARO, Principal and AIA NY 2020 President

American Institute of Architects

Dodge, Sarah | AIA, Senior VP of Advocacy & Relationships
Prosky, Benjamin | AIA NY & Center for Architecture, Executive Director
Seidel, Paula | AIA, Senior Director, Industry and Int’l Relations

Grace Farms Foundation

Prince, Sharon | CEO and Founder
Khattabi, Rod | Chief Accountability Officer & Justice Initiative Director
Thatcher, Chelsea | Founding Creative Director and Chief Marketing Officer
Rizzo, Nora | Sustainable Materials Director
Cleary, Eavan Michele | Director of Brand Design
Rapuano, Elizabeth | Director of Communications
Reynolds, Alina Marquez, Esq. | General Counsel and Justice Initiative Senior Advisor
Sikora, Ashley | Director of Marketing
Walsh, Meg Hely |Strategic Partnerships Advisor


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