Using a comprehensive and collaborative method that draws on strong relationships with local communities and a deep understanding of their issues, Design+Culture Lab provides a unique consulting service that serves as the glue between disadvantaged community members and urban practitioners within the construction of their environment. By addressing the complex spatial issues associated with cultural, racial, and ethnic inequality , Design+Culture Lab is one of the few that work in the intersection between identity and place.


As a research-driven, urban-social enterprise, Design+Culture Lab utilizes empowerment, cultural research, participation, and positive change, building toward a vision where unique and holistic collaborative design are viewed as vital to the success of the overall urban design. 


Design+Culture Lab's focus is to involve community members in the transformation of the material environment; their cities, their neighborhoods, their blocks. We strive to move beyond the limitations of community engagement into true participatory and collaborative design. We promote the active engagement of populations that have traditionally been underserved, that they may become empowered to create positive change.


Design+Culture Lab, LLC is an Oregon certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Emerging Business Enterprise (ESB). Certification number: 9540 


Design Matters: Inclusion Learning Lab, Hosted By KPFF, November 2, 2016, Joy Alise Davis 

Creating Conditions for Inclusive Social Innovation Panel, GoGreen Portland 2016, October 5, 2016 , Joy Alise Davis 

The Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Fostering Equity and Diversity: In Design, Our Communities and Our Profession, April 9, 2016

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference ,Panel:" MultiCultural, MultiEthnic and MultiMedia: New Partners and Tools for Policymakers/Practitioners.", February 12 2016

Elevating Impact Conference, February 5 2016

Design for Diversity, February 2 2016

World Information Architecture Day - Portland, OR, February 21, 2015

CPID TALKS, PSU Center for Public Interest Design (CPID offices in the School of Architecture at PSU) , February 6, 2015

City Club Portland Friday Forum: A Winning Formula: Inclusion + Innovation = Community Impact, December 12 2014

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