“Design Matters: How Small Space Design Leads to Large Outcomes” presented by Lindsay Schack https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=a1nVf_kPm4k
Schack spoke on how design equity is the key to providing options to homeowners from different economic levels in our communities. How our clients choose to live affects how we design spaces on all levels. For example, a NOLS instructor, who lives half of her time in the field, has an opportunity to allow her physical home to be used by others - so secure storage might be incorporated. Another, more philosophical example is regarding size and resource use: some looking to live according to a mindfulness practice might want incorporate yoga and meditation space and the sunlight, views, and location might be critical to that element of the building. Our job is much more than to just crank out homes that meet a realtor’s recommendations for re-sale value. As architects we want design to be a positive outcome for the homeowner, so we focus on giving homeowners options that suit their specific financial and lifestyle needs. Designing functional and affordable spaces that give clients options is the right direction for the design industry to head.