Decolonizing the Design Process (IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL OPTIONS)

An interactive workshop for design professionals who are interested in cultivating an intentional and joyful design process dedicated to equity, inclusion, and justice. The workshop features an exploration of traditional design processes and how they no longer serve our societal or personal needs. Attendees will learn about mid-process and completed project case study shares (Shaw DC, Tulsa, OK, and Arlington, VA), participate in self-inquiry exercises to catalyze their own paths, and join small group breakouts for community sharing. The workshop is for everyone regardless of where they are in their design journeys.

** This event has two ways to participate: there are limited spaces for in-person attendance as well as a larger amount of spaces for virtual attendance via Zoom.

In-Person Safety Guidelines

In-person attendance will be at Marymount University:

1000 North Glebe Road; 2nd floor; Arlington, VA 22201

Capacity restrictions for in-person events will be officially decided about two weeks out from DCDW and posted on the specific event pages in order to follow the latest CDC guidance.

What COVID precautions are being taken for this event?

Masks are required for visitors at all times while inside the building, regardless of vaccination status.

COVID-19 is rapidly changing: What happens if in-person events need to be cancelled?

When possible, in-person events will be moved to Zoom and a refund should not be expected. If an event is canceled in its entirety a refund will be issued. In either scenario you will be notified immediately.

Virtual Platform

For those who do not purchase an In-Person Attendance Add-On, the event will be streamed via Zoom:

  • In order to participate fully, plan to join on the Zoom app via a computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video.
  • Only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room, in order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations.
  • This event will be recorded unless technical issues occur. The recordings will be shared in the AIGA DC recordings archive for AIGA members to rewatch or catch up on at a later date. (You can register for a membership on our website for just $50 for a year.)
  • Zoom’s breakout room technology will be used for this event. If you use assistive technology, such as a screen reader or need live captioning, let us know before or during the event and you can opt to stay in the primary room. The primary room will retain live captioning and will require no additional navigation.
  • Questions for the speaker can be asked live during the event through the chat or by speaking off mute during the Q&A portion of the event.

You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy, in our FAQs.


  • The virtual stream of the event will have real time CART (live captioning) services and transcriptions provided by Verbit.
  • A sign language interpreter will not be present unless requested. If requested, we will do our best to employ a sign language interpreter for the event.
  • The main entrance (1000 N. Glebe Rd) is ADA accessible.
  • Take the elevator to the second floor for the event.
  • Accessible and gender-neutral bathrooms are available on the third floor (accessible by elevators and stairs).

If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us using a method that works best for you:

We honor your privacy. No identifying information like your name is required to request an accommodation, and all details will be deleted once completed.

You can learn more about how we’re making DC Design Week an accessible experience by visiting our accessibility statement.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

About DC Design Week

Built and run by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of our community — hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers by helping local, design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!

When & Where
Thu, Oct 7, 2021 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT