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ABX 2018: Culture Defining Design: Improving Access and Inclusion

This ABX session is co-sponsored by SMPS Boston and AGC MA. New this year, SMPS Boston members get member pricing for all ABX sessions! Email us for the discount code.

Private spaces serve a variety of significant purposes that include providing a stress-free environment, acting as a religious retreat, tending to children’s needs, taking medicines and providing an outlet for the most basic bodily functions.

The design of the traditional public restroom has not been altered in many decades and offers little or no privacy. Although the emergence of signs declaring the space you about to enter is safe and inclusive, the actual design of the space indicates otherwise.

This interdisciplinary panel will examine and define the challenges of changing cultural norms as it pertains to privacy, comfort and safety in public spaces, such as restrooms and locker rooms. Shared spaces that typically command a certain level of privacy need to be rethought in order to be more inclusive. The design community has a responsibility to support gender equality through the built environment and clients are demanding gender neutral design. During this discussion our panelists will address the impact the evolution of accessibility and function has made from the stand point of Owners (Responsibility), Architects (Conscientious Design) and Construction Managers (Building Codes) and discuss how Marketers and business development professionals can help guide clients toward inclusive design.

About the Speakers: 

  • Lisa Frisbie, Director of Marketing & Communications at AGC MA
    Moderator: Lisa Frisbie Lisa Frisbie Bio Think critically, challenge productively and innovate continually. With more than 15 years in the communications arena, Lisa’s experience includes spearheading internal and external communications via a balance of online and offline channels, engaging clients & members, driving awareness and analyzing efforts through qualitative and quantitative methods. Lisa’s role at AGC MA is to increase engagement with member CM’s, GC’s, Subcontractors, and Service Providers by implementing and overseeing innovating new communications and social media strategies & tools. She oversees multiple committees and their respective programming including; Building Women in Construction (BWiC) and the public relations and marketing efforts of all Chapter news, events, programs and activities. Lisa holds a BS in Visual Communications/Business & Marketing from the University of Phoenix and an MS in International Marketing from Boston University. She currently sits on the SMPS Board of Directors Boston Chapter and serves as an Advisory Committee Member at WIT, Policy Group for Tradeswomen Issues (PGTI) and The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative. (GBAAI)
  • Michael Hayes, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Master Planning & Capital Projects at UMass Dartmouth
  • Chaz Repak, SVP. Global Real Estate, Facilities & Security at Dow Jones
  • Lauren Perich, Interior Designer at Studio O+A
  • Christy Murphy, Sr. Project Manager at Compass Project Management
    Christy has 19 years of experience in the construction industry with an extensive Institutional and Healthcare project portfolio as well as experience managing large, complex multi-use development projects. She has experience working in both Union and Open Shop environments. Since joining RF Walsh out of college, Christy has worked her way up the ranks of the industry starting as an assistant project manager up to a project executive for local firms including Walsh Brothers, J.K. Scanlan Co., and Gilbane Building Co. Christy has shown an ability to understand that the building industry is not just about bricks and mortar; it is about understanding a client’s needs and being driven to see them met. She provides a entrepreneurial and collaborative energy to her work, including a strong understanding of the mission behind each of her projects, and an ability to communicate that mission to the broader project team to create enthusiasm and focus to meet those goals. Christy has provided either construction or project management services on complex projects to prominent Massachusetts institutions including Boston University, Suffolk University, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Cape Cod Healthcare, Southcoast Hospitals Group, Catholic Charities, Animal Rescue League of Boston, and Beacon Capital Partners. Additionally, she has represented the Town of Westwood on a new Police Headquarters and the Town of Middleborough for a new High School. Christy has been a member of the Plymouth Building Committee since 2008. Her Architectural Engineering and Construction Management education is rounded out by studies at Boston University, Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural Center.

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