• April 2019

    Studio Ma at the 2019 SCUP Pacific Conference


    Christiana Moss, AIA, a founding principal of Studio Ma, recently spoke at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) 2019 Pacific Regional Conference in Boulder, Colorado discussing new physical planning engagement and assessment tools that reveal and remedy the disparities that underrepresented students encounter in their lives on campus. She was joined by Bryan Lee, Founder/Designer of Colloqate, a multidisciplinary non-profit design justice practice focused on expanding community access to, and building power through the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces. Together, they presented findings from their work at Washington University in St. Louis on how to develop new practices and tools to deliver better campus experiences for students from underrepresented backgrounds, yielding social equity in campus planning and building design.

    This year’s theme, “The Role of Discourse Today” invites us to discuss the trends shaping the campus’s role in supporting critical discourse and how institutions are responding: How are campuses adapting to honor freedom of expression while fostering a place of safety and inclusivity? What are the most formative moments in students’ college experiences that lead their worldviews to evolve? Our conference program will explore the effects—both challenging and exciting—these social, political, and technological trends have upon integrated planning on campuses. Together, we will form a new perspective on what’s next in planning and advance conversations about the challenges higher education institutions face today.