Our design of the Portland Community College Metro Workforce Training Center, a new home for the College’s workforce training program, is engaging principles of Critical Race Theory and Design Justice to create a welcoming, equitable place for all.
“We’ve been looking at it as this framework for understanding that space is not neutral,” explains Bora principal Amy Donohue. “We can’t just say our designs have nothing to do with power structures and whether people feel welcome. It’s actually quite involved in that. We’re part of the problem, and I think — hopefully — part of the solution.”