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The Process of Engaging Community and Public Spaces

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This event is part of Intersections: Equity, Environment + the City, a multi-day symposium November 6–13, 2021 brought to you by BosNOMA and Women in Design on intersectional and participatory design processes in Boston. View the full symposium schedule here.

About the Session & Exhibition

Join Vanessa Till Hooper, Founder of Studio HHH, for an in-person exhibition opening and panel session on the various roles and processes that architects and designers play in generating sustained community engagement and expanding the benefits that public spaces can provide to residents. More details coming soon.


Vanessa Till Hooper
Creative Director and Founder, Studio HHH

I have always believed there is a strong link between our physical environment and our state of mind, but am only now becoming aware of the many ways good design can actively promote individual and community empowerment. As both a studio artist and designer, my body of work traverses the overlapping disciplines of art, interior architecture and design. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and a master’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), I see each project as an opportunity to deeply investigate a set of circumstances and develop a response that has the capacity to engage and inspire.

Over the past 10 years, my body of work has grown in scale and complexity, developing a specialization in creative technologies with a focus on interactive light-enhanced artworks, exploring how interactive art has the capacity to empower the viewer with agency, voice, and choice. My work is not driven by a fixed end-result or aesthetic, but rather uses art, architecture and design as tools by which to discover a meaningful solution, forged ultimately in collaboration with the clients, contractors and team members who have assembled to achieve a shared vision.

Over the first three years as Studio HHH, we have had the great privilege to work with many creative partners and have designed installations for a wide range of organizations including the Peabody Essex Museum, Toyota Research Institute, Air Canada, Converse, Boston College, Worcester Art Museum, and the Cultural Division of Fort Lauderdale. We hope to continue to collaborate and create for many more.

Jeff Grantz
Executive Director, ILLUMINUS Boston

Edward Chacón
Director, Jukebox

Teresita Cochran
Project Manager, The People's Memorial Project

Anara Frank
Founder, Salsa in the Park

Raber Umphenour
Co-founder, Midway Artist Collective

Full speaker bios coming soon.