Global Leaders Committed to Eliminating Forced Labor
In the fall of 2020, Grace Farms Foundation’s CEO and Founder Sharon Prince launched the Design for Freedom movement to design and build more humanely. Design for Freedom reimagines architecture by raising awareness and inspiring responses to disrupt forced labor in the building materials supply chain.
Within a short time, Design for Freedom and its Working Group has raised global awareness, with noted recognition from Fast Company (Most Creative People in Business 2022) and Connecticut Green Building Council (Trailblazer Award, November 2022), and created institutional responses through media, high-level events such as the Design for Freedom Summit, and international Pilot Projects including the Black Chapel by Theaster Gates (21st Serpentine Pavilion, U.K.) and Nina Cooke John’s Harriet Tubman Monument (Newark, NJ).
This select group of more than 100 leaders is spearheading a radical paradigm shift and mobilizing the full ecosystem of the built environment.
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 Summit 2023 Partners
Design for Freedom Summit 2023 In-Kind Sponsors | Certified B Corporations
Yao, Kim, AIA | ARO, Principal and AIA NY 2020 President
Yoshida, Shohei | Shohei Yoshida and Associates, Principal
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
Lee, Evelyn | AIA, Incoming President
Prince, Sharon | CEO and Founder
Thatcher, Chelsea | Chief Strategy Officer and Founding Creative Director
Walsh, Meg Hely| Chief Partnerships Officer
Rizzo, Nora | Ethical Materials Director
Oki, Toshihiro | Architectural Advisor
Thatcher, Adam | Co-Founder Grace Farms Foods
Rapuano, Elizabeth | Director of Communications
Reynolds, Alina Marquez, Esq. | General Counsel and Justice Initiative Senior Advisor
Sikora, Ashley | Director of Marketing
Cleary, Eavan Michele | Director of Brand Design
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
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.
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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.