Global Leaders Committed to Eliminating Forced Labor

In fall 2017, CEO and Founder of Grace Farms Foundation, Sharon Prince, and the late Bill Menking, prolific professor, curator, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, discussed the fact that acknowledging forced labor in the building materials supply chain or what could be done to eliminate it was not on the industry’s agenda.

From their initial conversation at the SANAA-designed Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut, they corralled leading principals across the architecture, engineering, and construction sectors for the Design for Freedom Working Group. Since then, an expanding group of more than 60 experts and leaders from sectors that actualize or influence the built environment joined to raise awareness of modern slavery across industries and to create outcomes that will ensure a clean, ethical building materials supply chain.

Grace Farms Foundation’s interdisciplinary humanitarian mission is to pursue peace through five initiatives—nature, arts, justice, community, and faith—and Grace Farms, a SANAA-designed site for convening people across sectors. Our stake in the ground is to end modern slavery and gender-based violence, and create more grace and peace in our local and global communities.

Design for Freedom Working Group Members

(as of July 2021)

Baan, Iwan | Photographer and Published Author

Baxi, Kadambari | Barnard College, Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture, Co-Founder, Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?)

Bergdoll, Barry, Ph.D. | Center for Architecture, Board President

Berke, Deborah, FAIA, LEED AP | Yale School of Architecture, Dean, and Deborah Berke Partners, Founder

Bernstein, Phillip, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP | Yale School of Architecture, Associate Dean and Professor Adjunct

Blackstock, Kaley, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, CDT | Gensler, Sustainability Specialist

Bradley, Paul | Lendlease (U.S.), Global Supply Chain Manager

Bronet, Frances | Pratt Institute, President

Bucher, Alissa, AIA | Rogers Partners, Associate Partner

Burke-Vigeland, Madeline, FAIA, LEED AP, NCARB | Gensler, Principal

Cabanos, Victoria | Stuart Lynn, Managing Principal/CEO

C.deBaca, Luis, Amb. (ret.) | Grace Farms Foundation, Justice Initiative Sr. Advisor and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Califano, Mark, Esq. | Dentons, Partner-Commercial Litigation practice

Clemence, Paul | Photographer and Published Author

Cook, Rick | COOKFOX Architects, Founding Partner

Coppedge, Susan, Amb. (ret.) | Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons & Krevolin & Horst

Crawford, Jill | Type A Projects, Founding Partner

Darling, Diana | The Architect’s Newspaper, CEO, Co-Founder, and Publisher

Denison, Dirk, FAIA, MCHAP | MCHAP Director and Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), College of Architecture

DuBois, Bill, CSI, CCS | Gensler, Certified Construction Specifier/Architect

Gamolina, Julia | Madame Architect, Founder & Trahan Architects, Director of Strategy

Gans, Deborah, FAIA | Gans & Co., Founder and Principal Architect

Gilbert, Jared | COOKFOX Architects, Director of Communications

Gorman, Jay | Sciame Construction, Project Executive

Green, Michael, AIBC, FRAIC, AIA | MGA, a Katerra Company, President and CEO

Grennan, Elizabeth | Global Managing Counsel, McKinsey Digital

Gore, Meredith, Ph.D. | University of Maryland, Associate Professor

Guilliams, Gabe, PE | BuroHappold Engineering, Principal, Lighting Specialist

Harriss, Harriet, Ph.D., CONS, RIBA, PFHEA, PFRSA | Pratt School of Architecture, Dean

Hernandez-Eli, Jhaelen | The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Head of Construction

Idenburg, Florian, RA, AIA-IA | SO – IL, Founding Principal

Jones, Susan | atelierjones, Founder, Architect

Kaiman, Elliot, Esq. | Wiggin and Dana, Partner, Design, Construction and Real Estate

Kharitonova, Olya | GoodFolk, Creative Director

King, Leslie P., Esq. | Carlton Fields, Shareholder, Construction Litigation

Klemmer, Andrew | Paratus Group, President & Founder 

Laidley, Iain, Ph.D. | GoodFolk, Managing Director

Liu, Jing, AIA | SO – IL, Founding Principal

Lynch, Brad, AIA | Brininstool + Lynch, Founding Principal

MacDonald,  Shawn, Ph.D. | Verité, CEO

Malekshahi, M. Mark, PE | Zubatkin Owner Representation, Sr. Project Manager

Marroquin, Diego | East Rock Capital, Partner, and The World Around, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

McGuigan, Cathleen | Architectural Record, Editor-in-Chief

Medina, Sammy | The Architect’s Newspaper, Executive Editor

Mettam, Kirk, PE | Silman, EVP, Senior Principal

Miller, Peter, AIA, LEED | Palette Architecture, Founding Partner

Mizzi, Joseph | Sciame Construction, President & COO

Montoute, Colin | WXY architecture + urban design, Director of Architecture

Moote, Kilian | KnowTheChain.org/Humanity United, Director

Natke, Patricia Saldaña, FAIA, ALA, NCARB | UrbanWorks, Founding Partner and President

Opara, Eddie, AIGA | Pentagram, Partner

Oppenheimer, Nat, PE | Silman, EVP, Senior Principal

Posner, Michael | NYU Stern, Professor of Ethics & Finance, Director Center for Business & Human Rights

Prince, Sharon | Grace Farms Foundation, CEO and Founder

Propst, Debbie | Herman Miller Retail, President

Reynolds, Fiona | Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), CEO

Ricks, Alan, Int FRIBA | MASS Design Group, Founding Principal and Chief Design Officer

Rillosi, Antonio | ExtraVega, CEO & Founder

Rogers, Robert, FAIA | Rogers Partners, Founding Principal

Rolland, Ann, FAIA | FXCollaborative, Partner

Schaeberle, Carolyn | Pratt Institute, Director of the Center for Sustainable Design Strategies

Sharples, Christopher, AIA | SHoP Architects, Founding Principal

Shaw, Matthew | The Architect’s Newspaper, Contributing Editor

Short, Annabel | Institute for Human Rights and Business (NY), Built Environment Program-Advisor

Slade, Hayes, AIA, IIDA | Slade Architecture, Co-Founder & Principal and AIA NY 2019 President

Trubiano, Franca, Ph.D. | University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, Architect and Associate Professor in Architecture

Ulicny, Brian, Ph.D. | Thomson Reuters Labs Americas, Vice President

Uzuri, Imani | Vocalist, Composer, Harvard Fellow

Varkulja, Luciana | uma architecture, Founder, Architect, & Urban Designer and USC, Professor

Walker, Darren | Ford Foundation, President

Weisz, Claire, FAIA | WXY architecture + urban design, Principal-in-Charge

Yoshida, Shohei | Shohei Yoshida and Associates, Principal


Dodge, Sarah | AIA, Senior VP of Advocacy & Relationships

Prosky, Benjamin | AIA NY & Center for Architecture, Executive Director

Seidel, Paula, CAE | AIA, Senior Director, Industry and International Relations

Yao, Kim, AIA | AIA NY, President and ARO, Principal


Prince, Sharon | CEO and Founder

Khattabi, Rod | Chief Accountability Officer and Justice Initiative Director

C.deBaca, Luis, Amb. (ret.) | Justice Initiative Sr. Advisor and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons

Thatcher, Chelsea | Founding Creative Director and Chief Marketing Officer

Rizzo, Nora | Sustainable Materials Director

Adams, Kenyon Victor | Arts Initiative Creative Director

Cleary, Eavan Michele | Director of Brand Design

Fowler, Mark | Nature Initiative Director

Rapuano, Elizabeth | Director of Communications

Reynolds, Alina Marquez, Esq. | General Counsel and Justice Initiative Senior Advisor

Sikora, Ashley | Director of Marketing

Walsh, Meg Hely | Director of Strategic Partnerships

In Honor of William Menking, (1947- 2020) Co-Founder of the Design for Freedom Working Group and Founding Editor-in Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper

“Bill’s well-tested observation that architects are really well meaning and are taught to make the world a better place, and his commitment to inspire leading architects to step up for slave-free buildings was instrumental in galvanizing our early Working Group.

We will move forward with his wonderful enthusiasm and fervor.”
— Sharon Prince,
CEO and Founder, Grace Farms Foundation

A symbol of freedom across time and cultures, the Design for Freedom hummingbird emblem embodies the spirit of survivors and our role in safeguarding them. The hummingbird’s vibrant colors, piercing gaze, and uplifted wings exude a relentless energy and optimism. But, a hummingbird loses its color in captivity, and only regains it when it’s free. A silhouette forms from the shape of the hummingbird and poignantly reminds us of the modern slavery that has been hidden in plain sight for too long.