Portland, OR – April 6th & 7th, 2017

This two-day course is presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network, and the Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University. Participants will learn skills and methods to pro-actively engage in community-based design through professional fee-based projects. The Public Interest Design Institute curriculum is structured around the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) process and metric, which provides a step-by-step guide for practice, documentation, and showcasing of public interest design projects. Successful participants will earn SEED Certification and professional continuing education credits.


Bryan Bell, SEED: is the Academic Leader of each session, Founder of Design Corps, Founder of the Public Interest Design Institute, and Co-founder of SEED. Bell has supervised the Structures for Inclusion lecture series for ten years, which presents best practices in community-based design. He has published two collections of essays on the topic. Bell has lectured and taught at numerous schools including the Rural Studio with Samuel Mockbee. He has received an AIA National Honor Award in Collaborative Practice. His work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale and the Cooper Hewitt Museum Triennial. He was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2010-11 and a co-recipient of the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize, which is focused on public interest design.
ursula-hartig-pidi-portrait Ursula Hartig holds a Master in Architecture (Diplom Ingenieur) from the Technische Universität Berlin. She is a research fellow at the Department of Architecture, TU Berlin, and founder of CoCoon, a sector for intercultural and interdisciplinary teaching, research, and practice in the field of build environment. Since 2000 she has been project manager and director of TU Berlin‘s DesignBuild Studios including planning, realisation, and documentation of buildings and environments in Mexico and Afghanistan. Ursula initiates and directs the research-consortium European DesignBuild Knowledge Network in cooperation with the habitat unit, developing the dbXchange.eu web-platform.
Palleroni_Sergio2 Sergio Palleroni is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Public Interest Design at Portland State University. Professor Palleroni’s research and fieldwork for the last two decades has been in the methods of integrating sustainable practices to improve the lives of people in underserved communities worldwide. Professor Palleroni has been a consultant on sustainable architecture and development for not-for-profit agencies and governmental and international agencies such as UNESCO, World Bank, and the governments of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua and Taiwan. Palleroni holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Jane Anderson is an architect and Programme Leader for Undergraduate Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. She has worked as an architect in Germany and the UK. Her involvement with architectural education began in 2001 as a participant in the innovative architectural tutor training course at University of East London. She taught with Ruth Morrow and collaborated with her on the book “Building Clouds, Drifting Walls,” which documented the activities of the year one design studio at Sheffield University. She established OB1 LIVE in 2008 with Colin Priest. OB1 LIVE is a programme of live projects commissioned by community-based clients and designed by year one students of architecture and interior architecture.
Susan Thering, Ph.D. is Programs Manager at Design Corps. She has contributed to partnership projects in urban brownfield neighborhoods, rural “coal country” Appalachia, and remote First Nations reservations. Sue’s practice, research, publications, and teaching focus on documenting the outcomes of transdisciplinary and participatory community planning and design, with particular attention to social outcomes. Sue holds professional degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture (BPS Arch, SUNY Buffalo & MLA Cornell) and a research degree in Environmental Science (Ph.D. SUNY-ESF). Prior to joining the Design Corps team, Sue was Executive Director of Design Coalition Institute in Madison WI. Prior to that, Sue was the Founder and Director of the Community Design Action-Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Center for Public Interest Design,
Shattuck Hall
Portland State University, School of Architecture
Portland, OR, 97207
Information about lodging in Portland


Members of AIA, ASLA, SEED, DesignBuild Exchange, & Live Project Network:
• Super Early Bird (ends 3 Feb 2017): $175
• Early Bird (ends 3 March 2017): $200
• After 3 March 2017 : $250

• Super Early Bird (ends 3 Feb 2017 ): $225
• Early Bird (ends 3 March 2017): $250
• After 3 March 2017: $275

• Super Early Bird (ends 3 Feb 2017): $100
• Early Bird (ends 3 March 2017): $125
• After 3 March 2017: $150

UPDATE: This Public Interest Design Institute will be held in conjunction with the annual Structures For Inclusion (SFI) Conference. Participants in this Public Interest Design Institute may register for the additional two days of SFI workshops and tours at no additional charge. If you plan to attend both, please choose “PIDI & SFI” in the dropdown box below so we can plan accordingly.


Preliminary Schedule:

Thursday, April 6, 2017: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Case studies and professional level training on Public Interest Design.
Includes SEED Certification and CEU’s for architects.

Friday, April 7, 2017: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Presentations, panels and discussions.

Sat & Sun, April 8th & 9th, 2017 Structures for Inclusion Conference (Optional)



Price Qty
EarlyBird: Members & Partners (see above) $200.00 (USD)  
EarlyBird General $250.00 (USD)  
EarlyBird Students $120.00 (USD)  
EarlyBird: PIDI & SFI Members & Partners $200.00 (USD)  
EarlyBird General: PIDI & SFI $250.00 (USD)  
EarlyBird Students: PIDI & SFI $120.00 (USD)  

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