Public Interest Design Institute

October 6, 2017 - October 7, 2017
4240 Duncan Ave.

This Public Interest Design Institute in St. Louis is presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network, and the Sam Fox School. As part of this two-day program, design professionals and community partners will learn skills and methods to proactively engage in community-based design through fee-based practice. Instructors and special guest speakers will present in-depth case studies of the client and community engagement processes and the outcomes of their award-winning Public Interest Design projects.

Successful completion of this two-day intensive Public Interest Design Institute program qualifies attendees for AIA, ASLA, and USGBC CEUs/PDHs and certification as a SEED Professional.

Learning objectives include:
- How design professionals can serve the public interest and earn fair fees
- Methods of working with a community as a design partner
- Leveraging other partners and assets to address project challenges
- Maximizing a project's positive impact on a community
- Moving beyond LEED to measure positive social, economic, and environmental impact
- Understanding public interest design and how it is reshaping professional practice

Registration & Pricing

Registration is required to attend the Public Interest Design Institute. Pricing levels are split into three categories:
- Members of AIA, ASLA, USGBC, & SEED Network
- General Public
- Students

Super early bird registration is open until July 28. Learn more here>>


Scholarships are available to members of the WashU and St. Louis communities to support participation in this program. Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a committee in late July, late August, and mid-September. Complete the application here>>

About Public Interest Design Institute

Design Corps has collaborated with local partners to produce 33 Public Interest Design Institutes across the United States and abroad since 2011. Summaries, agendas, lists of speakers, and participant evaluations may be found at Contact for more information.