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EDRA 51 Tempe Keynote Speakers



EDRA 51 Opening Ceremony, Land Acknowledgement & Remarks

Jacob Moore |'Land Acknowledgement & Remarks'
April 5, 2020  8:00am

Mr. Moore will offer Land Acknowledgement with blessings and an opening remark to set up the tone for the conference theme-Transform: Socially Embedded Collaboration.

Jacob Moore 
Associate Vice President of Tribal Relations 
Office of Government & Community Engagement 
Arizona State University 

Mr. Moore is responsible for the intergovernmental affairs between ASU and tribal nations and communities. Previously, Jacob Moore was managing partner for Generation Seven Strategic Partners, LLC, and also worked as an Economic Development Analyst and Special Assistant on Congressional and Legislative for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. 

Jacob previously served as a member of the Arizona State Board of Education. Mr. Moore is currently on the board of directors for the Arizona Community Foundation, the ASU Morrison Institute, WestEd and the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC).  Mr. Moore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and an Executive MBA from the Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey College of Business and is a citizen of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

EDRA 51 Opening Keynote Speaker

Michael Ford |'The Hip Hop Architecture'
April 5, 2020  6:00pm

During this keynote, Michael Ford will discuss how he created The Hip Hop Architecture Camp an international intuitive using hip hop culture as a catalyst to introduce youth to architecture, design, and urban planning. Ford will share details of projects which consulted with The Hip Hop Architecture Camp as a tool for community engagement, including The Universal Hip Hop Museum. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Measure the social and cultural impacts of high density, low income housing in urban environments
  2. Understand LeCorbusier's visions, Plan Voisin and Ville Radieuse, through the lens of hip hop culture 
  3. Trace the direct relationships between architecture, urban planning and the birth of hip hop culture
  4. Learn about the hip hop icons who are actively involved in the architectural profession 

Michael Ford is known as The Hip Hop Architect as he explores architecture and urban planning through the lens of hip hop culture. Ford, is the creator of The Hip Hop Architecture Camp®, an international, award winning youth camp which uses Hip Hop Culture as a catalyst to help youth understand, critique, and generate architecture. Ford’s work has been featured in a variety of places including The Oprah Winfrey Network, The TODAY Show, Rolling Stone Magazine, ESPN’s The Undefeated, and Vibe Magazine. Currently, Ford is leading the design of The Universal Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx. 


EDRA 51 Closing Keynote Speaker

Pono Shim |'Connection Versus Correction'
April 7, 2020  4:45pm

Connect first and connection isn't negotiations or reasoning! Our Political, Economic, and Educational systems have primarily focused on correction when solving problems and entering communities.  This system's heritage is based on Colonization and the effects are the same today as they were centuries ago, traumatizing.  In exercising our correction muscles our connection muscles have atrophied.  How can we connect deeply?  Pono Shim is a storyteller and he sees life unfurl in story and then shares stories to connect.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize how communities are resources not the problems to be fixed
  2. Learn about the significance that our own stories have in connecting with communities
  3. Learn about the effective communication using “I” and “Me”          
  4. Understand that trust is earning the confidence of the people we want to connect with.

Pono Shim has earned a local and national reputation for being an influential thought leader as well as a respected executive of a multimillion dollar nonprofit organization. Pono has a deep understanding of cultural, economic and historical issues facing Native Hawaiians and other under-served and marginalized communities and his work includes advancing cultural knowledge as a means of solving the problems of today.  Pragmatic yet visionary, his expertise in storytelling and facilitating difficult conversations led him to establish the Higher Skills Academy that shifts traditional thinking and thought processes to help reframe challenges and more effectively address problems.  


Tuesday Plenary Session

Post-Colonial Decolonization Design with Communities: Transform our design thinking, research, and practice moving forward'
April 7, 2020  10:30am

Redistribution of power dynamic in planning process for achieving full citizen participation has been considered the ultimate goal for community design in theory. Nevertheless, the current practice of community design methods are often limited to preconception of the products to be delivered to the public. Moreover, those products are mostly derived from the mainstream of the worldview that is now globalized. In addition, the participatory method predominately taught and practiced in the mainstream of planning and design education and professional practices can be considered as another form of colonization as the processes of colonialism and imperialism. This panel aims to challenge current education and practice engaging with indigenous and minority communities in Arizona, the region, and the world and to explore new insights in ways for genuine, meaningful, and effective community engagement in the design process. As scientists and designers seek to design products and implement solutions to achieve sustainable development goals globally, this panel is particularly important for understanding the underlying ethics and values for the critical mindsets of decolonizing design in the participatory process that retains, rediscovers, and reinstalls the power to communities. 

Chingwen Cheng, PhD, PLA, LEED AP
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, The Design School

Mark Roseland, PhD
Professor School of Community Resources and Development

Wanda Dalla Costa, Architect, AIA, LEED A.P. (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) 
Institute Professor, The Design School, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Associate Professor, Del E. Webb School of Construction, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Director and Founder, Indigenous Design Collaborative

Irasema Coronado, PhD
- Director & Professor, School of Transborder Studies

Gyan Nyaupane, PhD
- Professor, School of Community Resources & Development 

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the critical theories of participatory design and community engagement
  2. Learn about innovative approaches for participatory design and community engagement
  3. Learn about lessons from working with diverse communities to address social equity
  4. Learn about effective communication and narratives in the design process 


Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, LEED A.P. is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation. She is a practicing architect, a professor and a YBCA 100 2019 honoree. At Arizona State University, she is the director and founder of the Indigenous Design Collaborative, a community-driven design and construction program, which brings together tribal community members, industry and a multidisciplinary team of ASU students and faculty to co-design and co-develop solutions for tribal communities. Dalla Costa holds a Master of Design Research in City Design from SCI-Arc, and a Master of Architecture from the U of C. 

'Transforming with Indigenous Design'
Dalla Costa will highlight two aspects of her work. First, Indigenous Futurities, a term coined by Dr. Grace Dillon, which challenges assumptions consigning Native American peoples and lifeways to the past. It proposes using creative thinking as a pathway toward Indigenous revival, using past-future visions, or self-determined representations and alternative narratives about our identities and futures to reimagine our futures. Second, the Indigenous Placekeeping Framework, created by Dalla Costa in 2015, to work with tribal partners on applied work at the Indigenous Design Collaborative at ASU. 


Irasema Coronado is professor and director of the School of Transborder Studies. Her research focuses on the politics of the U.S. Mexico border region; including environmental policy and binational cooperation.  She has conducted participatory action-based research in colonias in the border region focusing on access to water. She served on several EPA citizen advisory boards:   The Good Neighbor Environmental Board, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and the National Advisory Committee Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council of NIEHS.  She was the executive director of the Commission of Environmental Cooperation of North America.  

'Transforming the borders'
Coronado will focus on the importance of engaging communities in a respectful and appropriate manner when conducting research in diverse communities. She will highlight the importance of bidirectional communication when developing research projects and will share some lessons learned from her experience working in colonias populares in Nogales, Sonora, colonias in the border region of Texas and New Mexico. Her involvement in the environmental justice movement in the United States will be showcased in a case study collaborated with Familias Unidas Del Chamizal in El Paso, Texas.  Coronado aims to challenge researchers and practitioners to be proactive and preemptive rather than reactive to address challenges and opportunities in working with community under the framework of decolonizing design process.   


Gyan Nyaupane is professor of School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. He has expertise in natural resource management, community development, and sustainable tourism. His research primarily focuses on understanding the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment.  His research has been instrumental to envisioning and planning policies for federal, state, tribal, and local land management agencies in Asia, Africa, and the USA. Recently, he led a research project with Indigenous communities in Arizona, Nepal, and Australia. 

'Transforming Relationships with the Natural Environment'
Indigenous communities across the globe have traditionally maintained deep relationships with the natural environments for survival since the beginning of human civilization. Colonials established a new form of utilitarian relationship with the natural environment at the expense of Indigenous people’s moral relationship and livelihood. When Indigenous peoples’ connection with the environment was weakened or being eliminated, they lost their identities, culture, and livelihoods. Indigenous knowledge developed over generations for managing lands and natural resources for their livelihoods has also been lost or being impacted by the hegemonic Western knowledge. Although there have been increasing calls on the urgency of engaging with the indigenous knowledge systems to reconnect them and resolve environmental challenges and improve the livelihoods of Indigenous communities, this cannot be achieved without bringing indigenous communities and their knowledge systems into planning and policies. Drawing from the recent studies conducted with the indigenous communities in Arizona, Australia, and Nepal, Dr. Nyaupane will highlight the challenges as well as the initiatives taken by the communities to overcome them. 


Mark Roseland is professor and past director of Sustainable Community Resources and Development and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Before coming to ASU, he was at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada, where he was professor of planning in the School of Resource and Environmental Management and director of the Centre for Sustainable Development. He is a Registered Professional Planner and full member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and he has worked as Chief City Planner for a municipality in the Metro Vancouver area. He has been cited by The Vancouver Sun as "one of Vancouver’s top 50 living public intellectuals" and has received both the SFU Sustainability Network Award for Excellence in Research on Sustainability and the SFU President's Award on Leadership in Sustainability. His best-selling book "Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments" is in its 4th edition. He was a founding director of Catalyst Community Developments, which leverages real estate assets to create vibrant, affordable and inspiring places for people to live and work in. He is the founder of Pando|Sustainable Communities, a multilingual online network to promote collaboration between sustainable communities researchers and practitioners. 


Chingwen Cheng is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at The Design School and Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University. Dr. Cheng is dedicated to engaging transdisciplinary research for the advancement of green infrastructure planning and design in building resilient communities. Her work on Climate Justicescape investigated spatial patterns of vulnerable communities exposed to climate change associated hazards with a lack of adaptive capacity in the distributive justice of green infrastructure planning and design outcomes. Her recent inquiry investigates procedural justice in the community design process in building resilience capacity for climate change actions. Dr. Cheng was a visiting scholar at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center and Global Change Research Center of National Taiwan University. She is a registered Professional Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional with extensive practices in watershed planning, stormwater management, Low-Impact Development, community engagement, and urban design in the US.