Millennial Interest In Socially Responsibe, Sustainable Design Topic of Next DAF Panel

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Bob Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Lake|Flato Architects
Bob Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Lake|Flato Architects

Millennials are a generation 68 million strong in the United States, and their interest in socially responsible and sustainable design and architecture is huge.

The next Dallas Architecture Forum event is a panel discussion called The Social Initiative, focusing on this group of Americans born between 1981 and 1996. Moderated by Bob Harris, this panel will look at why Millennials care less about ego, form, or aesthetics in architecture and design, and more about the needs and experiences of people and bridging boundaries among disciplines, demographics, and neighborhoods.

Harris a partner and lead for the Eco-Conservation studio for Lake|Flato Architects in San Antonio. He has more than 20 years of project experience combining award-winning design with sustainable solutions. His work with environmental issues ranges from land preservation advocacy to sustainable urban design. Harris is joined by three panelists:


This Millennial could totally be your next client, and he's texting you an offer price instead of calling. Photo: micadew
Photo: micadew via Creative Commons 

“I work at bcWORKSHOP, a nonprofit community design center, and I want to bring the perspective of someone working in a nonprofit environment working directly with communities,” Cohen said. “I was invited by Tary [Arterburn] from Studio Outside to be a participant and…we have an ongoing discussion what it means to be young, in design, and wanting to work with communities in Dallas.”

This Dallas Architecture Forum panel will be Tuesday, Feb. 9, at The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Frwy., Suite 100. The informal reception is at 6:15 p.m., with the event at 6:30 p.m. No reservations are needed.

For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, or the panel discussion series, visit or call 214-764-2406.


Leah Shafer

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