Ann Yoachim

Director, Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design / Professor of Practice, Tulane School of Architecture

“Five W’s & How: Designing With, Not For”

Saturday, October 6th @ 10:15am

We all have big questions that shape our work. Here are a few of mine.

Who is design for? What is the power of the design process? When can design shape physical form and policy? Where does design excellence fit? How can designers best respond to community need? Why does it matter?

I will share why these questions drive me, how they inform my work and the challenges and successes found in looking for answers. They are just some of the questions we will consider in our conversation. We will take time to reflect on your big questions and how they can inspire your work moving forward.



ABOUT ANN: Yoachim is the director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design and a professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture. As director, she leads the center in its efforts to provide design services to communities that are often underserved by the profession. In research, teaching and practice she considers the confluence of built, natural and socially constructed environments and their impact on health and wellness. Her experience includes managing multifaceted climate change adaptation projects to building capacity of philanthropy through design thinking.  She defines her work at the intersections of design, equity and ecology. Yoachim is committed to facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and amplifying community voice to address complex societal challenges.

Yoachim holds a master degree in public health from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and political science from Dickinson College. In 2012-2013, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.