The Sasaki Foundation fosters equity and inclusivity by engaging diverse groups and individuals in the design of the environment. We sponsor research and programs that empower communities and strengthen education in design.
Erasure of Indigenous Culture by Design
July 26, 2023
Join the Sasaki Foundation for a panel discussion with Indigenous community leaders on the historical erasure of Indigenous peoples through planning and design. We are honored to welcome Jean-Luc Pierite, President of North American Indian Center of Boston; Erin Genia, Artist-in-Residence at the City of Boston; and Amira Madison, the Supporting Indigenous Communities Fellow at the City of Boston to talk about the effects of urban planning and architecture on the natural environment and how design has helped to shape society’s awareness and understanding of Indigenous people in our city. Reflect on how actions to decolonize architecture and planning processes can restore the landscape of Boston.
What we do
The Sasaki Foundation is committed to empowering communities by tackling the issue of inequity in design. The Foundation works with communities, civic leaders, practitioners, educators, and others to support research and programs that diversify the voices involved in shaping the built environment.
Research & Experimentation
Complex challenges—such as climate change adaptation, affordable housing, mobility and transit access, and community building—require interdisciplinary approaches by a diverse set of stakeholders.
Community Learning & Engagement
Meaningfully engaging the public in the design process offers the greatest opportunity for success in sustaining communities.
Professional Practice & Growth
Industries that have a diverse talent pool and an inclusive creative process are the most successful. A thriving design industry needs a pipeline of diverse, talented, and passionate practitioners.
In 2000, the Hideo Sasaki Foundation was established by Sasaki, a multidisciplinary design firm, and included a bequest from the family of Hideo Sasaki, an internationally renowned landscape architect who was admired for his teaching, critical abilities, and multidisciplinary approach to design. Today, the Sasaki Foundation carries forward Hideo Sasaki’s legacy by blurring the boundaries that separate practice and research, academia and industry, the profession and the public to co-create change to shape the built environment.