Design for all: participatory design as a catalyst for social change - RSA

Design for all: participatory design as a catalyst for social change

Fellowship events

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Durham Street Auditorium, RSA House, WC2N 6EZ

  • Design
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Social innovation
  • Fellowship
  • Fellowship in Action
  • Social justice

Join us for a Fellow-led thought-provoking panel debate that explores the transformative power of design in empowering communities to actively shape their futures.

In this engaging panel discussion, "Design for All" Prof Anastasios Maragiannis PFHEA, FRSA (Associate Head of College - External Relations, Professor of Inclusive Design, Westminster University) brings together a diverse group of experts, to unravel the profound impact design can have as a catalyst for social change and inclusivity.


  • Introduction, welcome and opening remarks.
  • Panel discussion: Delving into key topics such as recognising barriers faced by marginalised communities in design, the role of design in addressing social inequalities and systemic barriers, and the empowering nature of participatory design processes. Real-world examples of successful design initiatives that have positively impacted marginalised communities.


  • Prof Jarred Evans FRSA, managing director at PDR
  • Ed Houghton FRSA, lead in Digital Cities, design and other policy-making for communities and citizens
  • Suzan Ucmaklioglu, architect at Foster + Partners

Q&A session

Engage with the panelists and get your questions answered.

Who it's for

This event is tailored for designers, architects, policy makers, creative and non-creative social workers, and anyone passionate about the intersection of design, empowerment, and social change. Whether you're a seasoned professional or someone interested in learning more, this discussion is open to all who want to be a part of the conversation.

Key topics

  • Recognising the barriers faced by marginalised communities in design.
  • The role of design in addressing social inequalities and systemic barriers.
  • Empowering communities through participatory design processes.
  • Examples of successful design initiatives that have empowered marginalised communities.
  • Collaboration and partnerships between designers and communities for sustainable change.

Don't miss this dynamic exploration of how design can be harnessed as a tool for empowerment and social transformation, centering on the perspectives and needs of those often marginalised in society.

Secure your spot now and be part of the change.

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