The 2015 Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design will focus on ‘Housing the Homeless’ and will feature Brent Brown, of bcWORKSHOP and Dallas CityDesign Studio. The UNCG symposium will be March 5-7.

Register online here.

Registration to the symposium is free. In lieu of a registration fee, please make a donation of non-perishable food, toiletries, and/or baby supplies. Organizers will distribute the collected goods to the following: Urban Ministries Food Bank (non-perishable food), Interactive Resource Center (toiletries), and My Sister Susan’s House (baby supplies).

Highlights include:

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Community Service Day – Center for Community-Engaged Design (CC-ED)

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

842B West Lee Street

Join students, faculty, staff, community members and partners, and friends of IARc in various projects including Industries of the Blind, Graffiti Garden, Tiny Houses, and Tiny House Village.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Panel Discussion: Homeless Populations in the Triad

9 – 10:30 a.m.

401 Gatewood Building

  • Salima Thomas, Partners Ending Homelessness
  • Yatisha Blythe, Supervisor of Homeless Services and Community Support (youth)
  • Shanna Reece, Servant Center (veterans)
  • Susan Ball, Mental Health Association of Greensboro
  • Maha Elobeid , Center for New North Carolinians (refugees and immigrants)


Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Gatewood Locations


Brent Brown Keynote: Community-Engaged Design

1 – 2 p.m.

114 School of Education Building

Founder, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcWORKSHOP)

Founding Director, CityDesign Studio, Dallas


Workshop: Creative Ways to Address Affordable Housing

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

West Studio, Gatewood Building

Brent Brown and Travis Hicks, Director, Center for Community-Engaged Design and Department of Interior Architecture, UNCG

Local leaders and other symposium participants will facilitate another workshop during this time.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Challenge: Attacking Affordable Housing as a Design Solution

9 – 10 a.m.

CC-ED , 842B West Lee street

Brent Brown, Travis Hicks, and symposium participants


Design charette, lunch and presentations

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CC-ED, 842B West Lee street


The Novem Mason Symposium is sponsored by the UNCG Department of Interior Architecture, Center for Community-Engaged Design, and the HES Foundation, with special thanks to Starbucks and Apple Spice Junction.

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