Design Affects and Azuko

Who Cares? talks 2018 – Design Affects and AzuKo

Design Affects

Katie Crepeau is a California native architect living in London, and a practitioner of social impact design. She is the founder and editor of Design Affects, a site which aims to provide people with the nitty gritty details of the what, how and why of social impact design. She looks at what effects projects have had, how organisations and individuals operate, and why this industry should be created.

Design Affects inspires, teaches and connects people involved and interested in social impact design. Design Affects believes that design can make a more equitable, healthy and positive future for generations to come.

Following a community design course at Berkley, Katie became enthralled with social impact design. Since then she has worked for Free Design Clinic, Architecture for Humanity, Urban Matters Design Lab, Commonplace, Impact Design Hub and AzuKo. She has led numerous projects; built organisations; worked in close partnership with community members; hosted a dozen workshops; and written millions of words on the topic.


AzuKo means "all of humanity" in an endangered language of The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – it is symbolic of our belief in design democracy. AzuKo’s aim is to alleviate poverty through sustainable development. They work alongside socially and economically disadvantaged communities to create culturally sensitive design solutions.

They provide insight into current living conditions, offer visions for the future and support local communities to improve their own environments. The pilot projects act as a testing ground for impactful solutions.


The event will take place at 6.30pm in Goulston Street Basement Lecture Hall (room GSB–01).

Drinks and snacks will be provided – we hope to see you all there!

Nobu Para, showing bamboo construction


Date/time Thursday 8 March 2018 at 6.30pm 
Location GSB-01 Goulston Street
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