Design Futures Student Leadership Forum

The Design Futures Public Interest Design (PID) Student Leadership Forum is a five-day, interdisciplinary forum bringing together student leaders from across the country with practitioners and university faculty who represent some of the most important thought leadership in this emerging subdiscipline.

Each year, Washington University sends 5 students to attend the forum: 2 from architecture, 2 from art and design, and 1 from a different division of the University. Students are selected based on their interest in and commitment to engaged practice in their work. The forum consists of multiple in-depth workshops lead by practitioners and educators, as well as guided reflection, discussion, and exploration of the host city.

Past student participants have said they've benefited from being challenged to think differently about how they connect with communities, their relationship to their own identities, and connections to like-minded peers across the country.

The 2018 Design Futures Forum will be held May 21-25, 2018 at the University of Detroit-Mercy. Interested students should complete this application by March 1, 2018. There is no cost to attend, and students will receive a $200 stipend to support travel expenses. Lodging and most food costs are included in participation.

For more information, contact Liz Kramer (