Design in Public Benefit Breakfast
This year, Design in Public will host its fifth benefit breakfast!
An online celebration bringing together and acknowledging the community of designers and enthusiasts who support our ongoing work to highlight all the ways that design has a powerful impact in our lives.
This year’s Breakfast program will include the following:
· An impassioned keynote from Rico Quirindongo, Deputy Director at Office of Planning and Community Development at City of Seattle
Rico Quirindongo, AIA, has been working for 26 years to revitalize and reimagine Seattle’s historic landmarks and neighborhoods. He is Interim Director of the City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development. Rico believes that through proactive design, vision, and multi-agency collaboration, opportunities for social change can be realized through community-invested civic projects. Rico works with organizations to positively influence communities through design and is committed to the betterment of his hometown, Seattle, through public engagement, design, and civic service. Rico is a recognized expert on civic projects and city-convened taskforces to create and execute processes for inclusive and authentic engagement. Rico was chair of the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority Council, was a Downtown Seattle Association board member, and was AIA Seattle President in 2012-13. Rico was recognized by AIA as a Citizen Architect in 2020 and is a Northwest and Pacific Regional Representative on the AIA Strategic Council.
· Mc’d by Sheryl Cababa, VP of Strategy at Substantial
Sheryl works as Vice President of Strategy at Substantial, a design and technology consultancy in Seattle. With a background in design research and strategy, she drives a human-centered design practice that is focused on systems thinking and ethical innovation, working on everything from robotic surgery solutions to imagining global health data services. She has worked with a diverse base of clients including the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, IHME, and IKEA. Previously, she worked at companies such as frog, Adaptive Path, and Philips, conducting qualitative design research and leading user experience design projects. She is currently working on a Rosenfeld Media book about systems thinking for designers to be published in spring 2022.
· A gracious acknowledgment and retrospective of the formative work of Festival founder, Lisa Richmond Hon. AIA.
Driven by a deep commitment to design as a tool for change, Lisa has catalyzed efforts to advocate, educate, and engage the public on critical issues of equity, livability, and resilience. She founded the Seattle Design Festival in 2011 as a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle to engage and empower communities through access to design thinking. Under her leadership, the festival has grown into a city-wide exploration of design, with an audience of over 30,000 and deep partnerships with more than 100 organizations and firms. In 2015, Lisa led AIA Seattle’s partnership with Seattle Architecture Foundation in opening Seattle’s Center for Architecture & Design.
· An exciting reveal!
· Join small group discussions about our shared future and the role designers will play in our “Emergence” from the pandemic.
· And crucially, we will thank EVERYONE for their support.
Pledge your support for this year’s Seattle Design Festival. Your gift, no matter how small, is your ticket to attend the event. Even if you cannot attend on May 26th you may still make your gift here. Seattle Design Festival staff will follow up after the event with a video of Rico’s keynote address.
Where Your Donation Dollars Go
Seattle Design Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Monetary support enables us to amplify the visionary work of designers to a wide and diverse public. Your generous support today will help to sustain the Festival and ensure that we can go on providing the platform that every creative needs. When creativity is flourishing, our city and our people flourish.