Integrity Through Design: An evening with Sadie Morgan

10/01/24, 7:30PM

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  • Wednesday, October 01, 2024

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Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, September 3, at 10 a.m. 


Join us for the second event of Crossing Design Borders, an annual speaker series launched by the USC School of Architecture in partnership with USC Visions and Voices.

Integrity Through Design.


Championing longevity, wellbeing and resilience in national development.


Integrity in design must be at the heart of our built environment. But what makes design good or bad? What are today’s priorities or ambitions for design excellence? What must design support and achieve for it to bring value to people’s lives, and how can design reconcile what people need with what the planet and our ecological system can withstand?


I’ll be talking about the role of design at different levels and scales of development. About what and who makes good design happen, and how to widen that pool of decision makers. I’ll also be looking at practical examples where early design testing and thinking have helped elevate the impact of infrastructure projects on both people and place.

This year’s distinguished speaker is Sadie Morgan, an acclaimed designer and co-founding director of the London-based firm dRMM. For over 25 years, Morgan has played a key role in the advocacy of exemplary design and architecture in large-scale development. As a design champion, Morgan lectures internationally about the important role of design infrastructure that connects back to people and place. 

Sadie Morgan is a co-founding director of dRMM, a RIBA Stirling Prize–winning architecture studio. Working as a design advocate, educator, and advisor for over two decades, Morgan’s personal practice within the architectural industry occupies several roles. These include chairing the Design Panel for High Speed Two (HS2) and the Ebbsfleet Design Forum; chairing the Cross Cutting Committee for Homes England, for which she is a board member; and acting as commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). Morgan has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group, which places design at the heart of major infrastructure projects. Aside from her ongoing advisory roles, Morgan joined the core group of the West Midlands Future Taskforce in 2022. Earlier in 2021, she became a member of the Net Zero Buildings council, and in 2020 took up a commissioner role on the RSA Food, Farming, and Countryside Commission. Morgan lectures internationally about her practice and the role of design in infrastructure and large-scale development.  

Presented by USC Visions and Voices and the USC School of Architecture. 

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