Equity in Landscape Architecture: Community Design Virtual Salon

Go Beyond Traditional Engagement By Working With Communities

Community Design is the second of three salons in CMG’s Equity in Landscape Architecture series, which convenes innovative and distinguished professionals from around the U.S. who are focused on inclusive design and processes, community co-creation, and increasing representation and equity in the public realm and in the profession.

The first salon, The Power of Representation, focused on the experiences of designers of color in landscape architecture and how firms can reflect a positive trajectory for equity and racial justice. The goal of Community Design is to learn how to go beyond traditional community engagement processes by working with communities to build trust, capacity, and to define and design projects together.

As a mission-oriented studio working to increase social and ecological well-being through artful design, CMG is committed to furthering the conversation about social justice and landscape architecture. We work on a wide range of initiatives and projects that we believe accrue as an overarching project: enriching communities through landscapes that promote the democracy and ecology of public space. We believe these efforts and projects can only be improved by these important conversations, and invite all those involved in shaping the public realm to join us in learning from these important voices.


Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 5:00 – 7:00 pm PST


Zoom (link will provided after registration in the confirmation email)


Antwi Akom | Founding Director of UCSF/SFSU’s Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL) and Co-founder of Streetwyze

Diane Jones Allen | Program Director of Landscape Architecture at UT Arlington and Principal at DesignJones LLC

David de la Pena | Professor of Landscape Architecture at UC Davis and co-editor of the book “Design as Democracy”

Keta Price | Director of Urban and Regional Planning for The East Oakland Collective


ANTWI AKOM | Founding Director, UCSF/SFSU’s Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab and Co-Founder, Streetwyze

Antwi Akom Ph.D. is an eco-visionary on Community Informatics – which combines people-centric design with cutting-edge technology in order to achieve new standards of affordability, mobility, sustainability, equity, and opportunity for all.  Named as one of the world’s top innovators at President Obama ‘s Frontiers Conference (2016) and awarded the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation Pioneer award  (2019), what makes Dr. Akom’s work unique is his ability to integrate Community-Drive Data with Big Data in ways that make communities smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable.  As an expert in centering community voice, designing for equity, and developing culturally and community responsive methodologies and technologies Dr. Akom’s work enables architects, designers, and engineers to design more just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive (JEDI) spaces with the world’s most vulnerable populations.

DIANE JONES ALLEN | Program Director of Landscape Architecture, UT Arlington and Principal, DesignJones LLC

Diane Jones Allen, D. Eng, FASLA is Program Director and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Texas, Arlington. She is Principal Landscape Architect with DesignJones LLC which received the 2016 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Community Service Award. In 2017, she participated on the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change. Diane serves on the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) as the Vice President of Education. Diane is author of Lost in the Transit Desert: Race Transit Access and Suburban Form, Routledge Press, 2017, and co-editor of Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity, Island Press 2017.

DAVID DE LA PENA | Professor of Landscape Architecture, UC Davis and Co-editor, “Design as Democracy”

David de la Peña is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design in the Department of Human Ecology, and also a member of the Geography and Community Development Graduate Groups. He received his Masters in Architecture from UT Austin, and his Masters in Urban Design and PhD in Environmental Planning from UC Berkeley. His research focuses on participatory design and planning methods, social housing, sustainable architecture, and urban agriculture. Current projects include an analysis and design for urban farms and community gardens in Sacramento, an examination of grassroots urbanism and housing in Barcelona, and a comparative study of community-based stewardship between California and Chile.

KETA PRICE | Director of Urban and Regional Planning for The East Oakland Collective

Marquita “Keta” Price aka The Hood Planner is a third generation East Oakland native serving as the Director of Urban and Regional Planning for the East Oakland Collective. Keta’s formal passion for urbanism came about during recreational research on how gentrification has impacted low-income Black “Hoods” across the nation. She joined EOC to help disrupt the eurocentric status quo of the city planning industry by helping it evolve to a more equitable and inclusive process. As director, Keta is the lead on several East Oakland neighborhood & transportation projects, participates in the development of regional planning, and holds the city of Oakland accountable to equitable zoning and land use in East Oakland. As an independent contractor she has supported the Brower Dellums Institute for Sustainable Policy and Studies to deliver the San leandro Creek Urban Greenway project in East Oakland. Keta has an Associates of Mathematics and Natural Science from Merritt College, Home of the Black Panthers.