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Design for Freedom
Working Group

Design for Freedom
Working Group

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

Baxi, Kadambari | Barnard College, Professor and WBYA?, Co-Founder
Bergdoll, Barry, Ph.D. | Center for Architecture, Board President
Berke, Deborah | Yale School of Architecture, Dean and Deborah Berke Partners, Founder
Bernstein, Phillip | Yale School of Architecture, Assoc. Dean and Prof. Adjunct
Blackstock, Kaley | Gensler, Sustainability Specialist
Bradley, Paul | Lendlease (U.S.), Global Supply Chain Manager
Bronet, Frances | Pratt Institute, President
Bucher, Alissa | Rogers Partners, Associate Partner
Burke-Vigeland, Madeline | Gensler, Principal
Califano, Mark, Esq | Dentons, Partner, Commercial Litigation practice
C.deBaca, Luis, Amb. (ret.) | Grace Farms Foundation, Justice Initiative Senior Advisor and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
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
DuBois, Bill | Gensler, Certified Construction Specifier/Architect
Gans, Deborah | GANS & Co., Founder and Principal Architect
Gilbert, Jared | COOKFOX Architects, Dir. of Communications
Gorman, Jay | Sciame Construction, Project Executive 
Green, Michael | MGA, a Katerra Company, President and CEO
Gore, Meredith, Ph.D. | University of Maryland, Associate Professor
Grennan, Elizabeth | McKinsey Digital, Global Managing Counsel
Guilliams, Gabe | BuroHappold Engineering, Principal Lighting Specialist
Harriss, Harriet, Ph.D. | Pratt School of Architecture, Dean
Hernandez-Eli, Jhaelen | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Head of Construction
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
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
Marroquin, Diego | East Rock Capital, Partner and The World Around, Co-Founder 
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
Moote, Kilian | Know the Chain/Humanity United, Director
Natke, Patricia Saldaña | UrbanWorks, Founding Partner and President
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 | Herman Miller Retail, President
Reynolds, Fiona | Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), CEO
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, Dir. 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, 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
Uzuri, Imani | Vocalist, Composer, Harvard Fellow
Walker, Darren | Ford Foundation, President
Weisz, Claire | WXY Architecture+ urban design, Principal-in-Charge
Yoshida, Shohei | Shohei Yoshida and Associates, Principal

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
Yao, Kim | AIA NY, President and ARO, Principal

Grace Farms Foundation

Prince, Sharon | CEO and Founder
Khattabi, Rod | Chief Accountability Officer & Justice Initiative Director
C.deBaca, Luis, Amb. (ret.) | Justice Initiative Sr. Advisor and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons
Thatcher, Chelsea | Founding Creative Director and Chief Marketing Officer
Adams, Kenyon Victor | Arts Initiative Creative Director
Cleary, Eavan Michele | Director of Brand Design
Fowler, Mark | Nature Initiative Director
Rapuano, Elizabeth | Director of Communications
Reynolds, Alina Marquez, Esq. | General Counsel and Justice Initiative Senior Advisor
Sikora, Ashley | Director of Marketing
Walsh, Meg Hely | Director of Strategic Partnerships


If you are interested in obtaining more information on the Design for Freedom Working Group,
please submit your information here.

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