SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN CELEBRATION
Excellence in Social Impact Design Awards
Inscape Publico recognized those who have demonstrated passion, leadership, and excellence in the field of Social Impact Design for the greater Washington, DC region. Eligible projects are those that have been designed or redesigned for the public good. These projects can fall into the following two broad categories: products and places (such as buildings, landscapes and other environments).
Jess Zimbabwe is Director of Urban Development at the National League of Cities (NLC) and founding Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership—a partnership of NLC and the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Community Design Director at Urban Ecology, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, a LEED-Accredited professional, board chair of Next City, and a member of the urban planning faculty at Georgetown University.
Junior Achievement Finance Park, "Storefront" Space
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission & Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
M-NCPPC partnered with Junior Achievement of Greater Washington to build an interactive space as part of the JA Finance Park® program. The space teaches students about the services the agency provides and the volunteer and employment opportunities it offers by employing inspirational imagery and multiple interactive elements. This project addresses an urgent need in Prince George’s County, MD, to raise kids with the tools to understand what financial responsibility means and all the many ways that success can be achieved. “We want students’ experiences in our storefront to be fun and engaging so we can grow the next generation of parks and recreation professionals,” said Ronnie Gathers, Director of Parks and Recreation for Prince George’s County. This project was supported by significant impact evidence, including financial literacy scores, student satisfaction, and positive changes in attitudes by student participants.
Thomas Allen, DC Office of Planning
John Bellingham, Monarc Construction
Michelle Bove, designCASE, Inscape Publico Board of Directors
Doug Dahlkemper, SmithGroupJJR
Andrew Griffin, JBG Companies
Rachel Minnery, American Institute of Architects
Scot Spencer, The Annie E. Casey Foundation