to make big change, we gather
the best ideas from design & beyond
About the Foundation
We believe design has the power to address the most urgent challenges facing us, from social equity to environmental resilience. Design is an agent of change. And yet, access to design—for communities who need it the most—is often limited.
Making meaningful and lasting change requires designers to blur the boundaries that separate practice and research, academia and industry, the profession and the public. Making change requires designers to embrace vastly different points of view. Above all, making change requires collective impact.
At the intersection of research, practice, and community, the Sasaki Foundation is committed to advancing the value of design, inviting diverse partners to co-create change.
“Contribution is the
— hideo sasaki
- 2012: “Research on Learning Space Design: Present State, Future Directions”
- 2013: ”Developing Research Methods for Analyzing Learning Spaces That Can Inform Institutional Missions of Learning and Engagement”
- 2014: ”Peer engagement as a common resource: Managing interaction patterns in institutions”
- 2015: “Aligning the Strategic Campus Plan With the Institutional Mission in 2030: University Campuses as Complex Adaptive Assemblages”
- 2016: “Connecting the Dots: Campus Form, Student Perceptions, and Academic Performance”
How we operate
The Sasaki Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation, with funding from foundations, corporate entities, and individuals who support its mission. The Sasaki Foundation is a separate legal entity with a mission, goals, and programs that are wholly independent from Sasaki.
In 2022, the Sasaki Foundation moved to downtown Boston with Sasaki. This location provides even more opportunities for programs, partnerships, and outreach to aspiring design students. We remain committed to our mission, fostering equity, empowering communities, and strengthening education in design. We continue our efforts in our focus areas—Creative Community Building, New Models for Housing, Innovation in Transit and Access to Mobility Choices, Innovation in Health and Wellbeing, and Proactive Approaches to Climate Adaptation—while exploring new possibilities.