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News - 09.29.21
NOMA Conference

Dattner Architects to lead two sessions at NOMA Conference

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in Detroit, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Conference and Expo is being held on Friday, October 22nd, offering over 50 sessions covering a variety of tracks covering architectural design and practice. Dattner Architects is pleased to lead two sessions:

WFH Lessons: Building Equity through Technology led by Associate Principal Ruth Ro AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C and Associate & Digital Design Director Earl Jones Assoc. AIA will discuss IT infrastructure, various digital design software, and digital communication tools that supports a productive and creative hybrid-remote workplace. This session will cover IT concepts including remote access vs. mobile workstations and local vs. cloud servers, inclusive digital design software options that enables participation at all skill levels, and digital communication methods that continue to support collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and firm culture. They will discuss the ways in which firm resiliency plans directly impact on the equity initiatives and ways in which firms can establish a more equitable workplace through technology.

Sustainability and Affordable Housing in NYC led by Associate & Sustainable Practice Group co-chair Shefali Sanghvi AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Associate Philippe Martelly AIA, this session will discuss the implementation of sustainability in affordable housing in New York City and explore how inclusive sustainable design strategies can help to tackle regional health disparities that disproportionately affect low-income neighborhoods. This session will delve into the history of sustainable design in affordable housing and provide current case studies and design precedents that address the challenges of implementing sustainable strategies in affordable developments. Shefali and Philippe will discuss the complexities of working with limited development budgets and encouraging developers to pursue active and passive design strategies to address a myriad of disparities that affect predominantly communities of color.

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