Chelina Odbert—co-founder and executive director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), an internationally recognized and award-winning design, planning, and community development firm—will deliver a public lecture titled Informal Cities at Hand: Designing Justice Near and Far in conjunction with the annual Informal Cities Workshop. The lecture will be delivered in person in Steinberg Auditorium, and also aired via Zoom (register online).
Odbert believes in the potential of low-cost, high-impact design interventions to improve the physical, economic, and social quality of life in low-income communities. Her expertise covers a range of topics, including participatory planning, social entrepreneurship, urban development, equity, environmental remediation, and social impact design. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College.