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Latino designers in New York City came together to discuss critical topics at the intersection of climate resilience, decarbonization policies, and the unique role Latino designers play in this evolving narrative on April 25.

On Thursday, an interdisciplinary group of Latino design professionals from New York City gathered at KPF’s office to discuss both their roles as stewards of a rich, diverse heritage facing unique environmental challenges and as contributors to New York’s innovative climate action landscape. The event featured six speakers in a free-flowing conversation moderated by KPF Principal Jorge Mendoza.

Speakers included Daphany Rose Sanchez, Executive Director at KC3 Kinetic Communities; Francesca Bastianini, Lighting and Resiliency at Sighte Studio; Carlos Cerezo Davila, Environmental Design Director at KPF; Gonzalo Cruz, Design Principal at AECOM; Yadiel Rivera-Díaz, Partner at Marvel Design; and Esteban Roldan, Plumbing & Fire Protection Engineer at Arup. Each presenter offered their responses to questions about how training and identity influence their practice, indigenous or Latin heritage cultural perspectives they bring to their work, and how approaches to decarbonization and resilience can address larger Latin American climate challenges. Learn more here.