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 80 experts and leaders from sectors that actualize or influence the built environment joined the Design for Freedom movement. Design for Freedom reimagines architecture by raising awareness and inspiring responses to disrupt forced labor in the building materials supply chain.

Comprising nearly 80 acres of natural landscapes in New Canaan, CT, Grace Farms is free and open to the public six days a week for indoor and outdoor activities for intergenerational audiences. Opened in 2015, Grace Farms is home to nature trails, restored meadows, and a diverse natural habitat that invites exploration and reflection. Additionally, it is the site of the internationally recognized, architecturally significant River building, designed by the Pritzker-prize winning firm SANAA. The River building, which is nestled into the landscape, features five separate glass-encased volumes that create stunning 360-degree views as well as diverse opportunities for visitors to experience the spaces. The volumes are the venue for public programs all year long that highlight and deepen connections to the work we do here. At Grace Farms, visitors can explore nature trails, come together for a meal, enjoy a moment of peace, and appreciate the architecture of the River building, all in a single day.

Design for Freedom Working Group Members

(as of January 2023)

Allen, Cindy | Interior Design, Editor-in-Chief

Amann, Keith | WSP, Vice President

Baan, Iwan | Photographer and Published Author

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

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

Bergmann, Kai-Uwe, FAIA | BIG, Partner

Best, Rebecca | Material Bank, VP Sustainability & Market Engagement

Bevan, Annie | Mindful Materials, Executive Director

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

Bronet, Frances | Pratt Institute, President

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

Cabanos, Victoria | Stuart Lynn, Managing Principal/CEO

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

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

Childress, James | Centerbrook Architects, Principal

Clemence, Paul | Photographer and Published Author

Cook, Rick | COOKFOX Architects, Founding Partner

Nina Cooke John | Founder and Principal, Studio Cooke John Architecture + Design

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

Clay, Curtis | US Dept. of State, OBO, Director of Architecture

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

Dizon, Angel | GSA, Regional Commissioner of Region 5

Dodd, Graham | ARUP, Director

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

Dyson, Anna | Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA), Founding Director

Ekman, Rand | HKS, Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer

Foushee, Christine | Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), Consultant

Gamolina, Julia | Madame Architect, Founder & Ennead, Associate Principal

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

Gilbert, Jared | COOKFOX Architects, Director of Communications

Gore, Meredith, PhD. | University of Maryland, Associate Professor

Gorman, Jay | Sciame Construction, Project Executive

Grant, Brad | Howard University, Professor, Vice Chair, Department of Architecture

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

Grennan, Conor | NYU Stern, Dean of MBA Students

Grennan, Elizabeth | Global Managing Counsel, McKinsey Digital

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

Hall, Joanna | US Coalition on Sustainability, SustainChain, Executive Director

Pete Hamill | Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager, New England at Turner Construction Company

Harriss, Harriet, Ph.D., CONS, RIBA, PFHEA, PFRSA | Professor, Royal Institute of Art

Henderson, Ronald | IIT, Director of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Program

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

Kellogg, Diana | Diana Kellogg Architects, Founder

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

Klemmer, Andrew | Paratus Group, President & Founder 

Lee, Evelyn | Slack Technologies, Head of Workplace Strategy and Innovation and Practice of Architecture, Founder

Lee, Vivian | Gensler, Design Director

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

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

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

Mao, Bruce | Massive Change Network, Co-Founder and CEO

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

McCadney, Jennifer | Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Special Counsel

McGuigan, Cathleen | Architectural Record, Consulting Editor

Medina, Sammy | The Architect’s Newspaper, Consulting 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

Nakajima, Tateo, FRSA FIOA | ARUP, Fellow

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

Nielsen, Signe | MNLA Landscape Architects, Principal

Oki, Toshihiro | Toshihiro Oki Architect, Founder

Oliva, Alfonso | LERA +, Director

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 | President, Global Retail, MillerKnoll

Reynolds, Fiona | Conexus Financial, CEO

Riano, Quilian | Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Dean

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

Santos Rivera, Yiselle | HKS, Principal, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

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

Slade, James, FAIA, LEED-AP| Slade Architecture, Founder Partner

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

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

White, Megan | Integral, Chief Sustainability Officer

Williams, Bisi | Massive Change Network, Chief Insights & Analytics Officer

Yao, Kim, AIA | ARO, Principal and AIA NY 2020 President

Yoshida, Shohei | Shohei Yoshida and Associates, Principal


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

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


Prince, Sharon | CEO and Founder

Thatcher, Chelsea | Founding Creative Director and Chief Advancement Officer

Rizzo, Nora | Ethical Materials Director

Rapuano, Elizabeth | Director of Communications

Sikora, Ashley | Director of Marketing

Cleary, Eavan Michele | Director of Brand Design

Khattabi, Rod | Chief Accountability Officer and Justice Initiative Director

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

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. 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.