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ADVOCATES FOR EQUITABLE DESIGN EDUCATON


What is it?

Advocates for Equitable Design Education (AEDE) is a student-run collective at the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL), which is dedicated to the advancement of critical pedagogy in design and recovery of dialogues minimized in current design practices.

They actively challenge hegemonic perspectives, holding accountable this educational institution to engage meaningfully with issues of equity and inclusion.

Who is it for?

Everyone.

What can it do?

AEDE is compelled to broadening the social and political consciousness of SAPL students, faculty, and staff, recognizing:
  • The complicity of design and designers in reinforcing systems of oppression that reproduce socio-spatial and political conditions that undermine people’s control over their built environment
  • The historical and ongoing role of the design profession in aiding and abetting capital and state violence to systematically create conditions that disempower, dehumanize, and enforce structural barriers upon Black, Indigenous, people of colour (BIPOC), members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and two-spirit (LGBTQIA2+) community, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and all visible minorities.
  • The prevailing forces within design institutions that deprive marginalized peoples of attaining knowledge, skill sets, and power to achieve justice and equity in their communities
  • As well as negligence and institutional fragility being cause to delays in addressing long-standing issues of diversity and equity

How do I access it?

https://aede.ca/

Is it University approved?

The AEDA is a student run orangization at the University of Calgary.





Advocates for Equitable Design Education. (2020). Manifesto. Retrieved from
https://aede.ca/Manifesto (accessed 09 November 2020).