Designing in Color (DCo) is a collective of architects and designers of culture. We work to realize a just and equitable future for marginalized communities, our collaborators and our business -- where systems are challenged, diversity is celebrated, voices are heard, and opportunities abound for all.

Designing in Color is committed to the pursuit of justice in the built environment for historically marginalized black and brown communities through community organizing, racial justice workshops and socially responsible design.

Black Skin & Sacred Space
Harvard GSD Black in Design Conference 2019
AIA 2x8: Spatial Exchange
A forward-thinking take on the traditional gallery setting
Voices: Empathetic Responsibility
A Cal Poly Workshop
Small Talks:LA Inglewood
A workshop highlighting evolving communities in LA
Design Justice Workshops
To create new processes that center justice, we have to understand the traumas that are built into our communtities. Through a series of speculative design tasks and lectures, participants will understand how architecture and the methods of the design practice have played a role in the creation of oppressive space and the influence it has in future narratives. Looking at themes of non-Eurocentric design rhetoric, education, and justice, DCo will challenge city leaders, design professionals, students, and educators to learn how to create, teach, and design safe space.
Community Organizing & Enrichment
Our community organizing approach collaborates with design teams, municipalities, universities, and community-based nonprofits to amplify justice in the creation of spaces and policies that focus on the joy, liberation, and healing of marginalized people and places. By organizing with communities and not extracting information for project use, we empower participants, known as Griots, to advocate for their most ambitious dreams.
Socially Responsible Design
Our team draws on expertise from Community Organizing and Design Justice Workshops to create empowering spaces for marginalized and silenced communities. We prioritize dismantling the backdrop of oppression created by Eurocentric modernist spaces. As designers and architects of culture, we believe prioritizing a narrative-based design approach is essential for creating equitable spaces that hold space for Black and Brown people.
“We are grateful to the Designing in Color team, who shared their time and expertise with over a hundred of our staff, engaging them in thoughtful conversation and exploration of the intersection of design and housing justice in the built environment. As a supportive housing nonprofit, Designing in Color's vision of inclusive and equitable communities is beautifully aligned with our framework and philosophy around housing justice.”
Danielle Wildkress Brilliant Corners
Former Chief Program Officer
I anxiously await each NOMA conference with the goal of scouting talent and identifying the next generation with the promise to take our ongoing struggle for equity and inclusion within the profession to the next level. I was thrilled to attend the Designing in Color workshop at the 2018 conference in Chicago, where Christopher, Opalia, and Rubin orchestrated a no-holds-barred conversation about the relevance and importance of finding value in diversity.”
Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMAC ZGF Architects
Principal & Harvard Loeb Fellow
“The social revolutions that have been happening around America for the last 10 years are rooted in the racial tension people of color experience everyday. This moment is demanding honest solutions like the ones that emerge through Designing in Color. I have participated in two of their workshops and love their ability to discuss the tensions of inequality and use the tension to generate solutions for a better today.”
Kwesi Daniels Tuskegee University & Sustenance3 LLC
Head, Department of Architecture
President & CEO
All Partners