November 18, 2019
APDesign Ekdahl Lecture presented by Chelina Odbert Nov. 20
Chelina Odbert, co-founder and executive director of Kounkuey Design Initiative, will present "Just Design: Building more equitable futures through landscape architecture and urban planning" as part of the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design Ekdahl Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Regnier Forum of Regnier Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Odbert believes in the potential of low-cost, high-impact design interventions to improve the physical, economic, and social quality of life in low-income communities. She has extensive field experience through her work in Africa, Latin America and the U.S. Having shaped Kounkuey Design Initiative into an internationally recognized and award-winning design, planning and community development firm, she lectures and speaks around the world and writes about the initiative's community-engaged approach to planning and design.
Kounkuey Design Initiative is a community development and design nonprofit. They partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities.
Odbert's experience and expertise cover a range of topics from leadership, participatory planning and social entrepreneurship to urban development, environmental remediation and social impact design. She has lectured and written about the initiative's community-engaged approach to planning in the U.S. and abroad, and has been recognized by the Van Alen Institute, American Express and the Aspen Institute.
Odbert holds a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College, where she graduated with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She received her Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University.
The Oscar S. Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture Series in Architecture and Design brings the finest professionals in the design and planning disciplines to APDesign and the K-State community. These individuals are selected to avail faculty, staff, students and regional professionals to the potency of design and planning in addressing the issues we face as a global society. The series honors Oscar Ekdahl who received his Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in 1933 and was a founding partner in Ekdahl, Davis, Depew, Persson Architects PA in Topeka.