CPID Talks: Brent Brown on Building Community
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:00pm
CPID Talks: Brent Brown on Building Community

Building Communities + Space Suits

The Center for Public Interest Design is kicking off its new series of brown bag talks this week with exciting back-to-back discussions on Thursday (1.23.14) and Friday (1.24.14). Thursday’s talk features Brent Brown, Founding Director of Dallas’ buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, discussing his work successfully bringing design to underserved communities. Friday’s talk brings Dr. Cameron Smith to the center to discuss his fascinating efforts over the past few years to design an inexpensive space suit in order to increase access to space travel. 

Brent Brown, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and founder of buildingcommunity WORKSHOP in Dallas, TX.  Brown is an architect working to bring design thinking to all communities. He is the Founding Director of the Dallas based community design center, buildingcommunity WORKSHOP, where his work has been recognized locally and nationally. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the American Institute for Architects awarded his Congo Street Green Initiative the 2010 National AIA/HUD Secretary Award for "Community-Informed Design."

He was named the Director of the newly established Dallas CityDesign Studio in October 2009. The Studio is an office of the City of Dallas in partnership with the Trinity Trust Foundation and works daily to connect all of Dallas through thoughtful urban design. This past November, Brent represented the southwest region as part of the President's Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House. Joining Administrator Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department Health & Human Services the forum discussed linkages between clean energy to immediate and lasting public health benefits and the role of community design toward the promotion of healthier lifestyles.

He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A & M University where he taught design. He later attended Harvard University's Affordable Housing Program where he discovered an interest in delivering more thoughtful, affordable solutions. Source:

The CPID talks are aimed at fostering a dialogue about interesting work being done that is relevant to the public interest design field, as well as exploring the very nature of public interest design itself, in an informal setting. To that end, these talks will be held in the CPID room and people will be admitted on a first come, first served basis, as space is limited. Faculty is encouraged to RSVP to     

All CPID Talks are open to the public and take place from 12pm – 1pm in Shattuck Hall, Room 217 on the PSU campus.