Recent engagements, awards & publications
An Incubator for Education and Learning
Westside Urban Forum: Design 2021 Award
HED + Moore Ruble Yudell’s Santa Monica High School’s new Exploration Building + Gold’s Gym redefines the campus with inspirational gathering spaces for students and an innovative Career Technical Education Complex that integrates athletics and fitness. We are delighted to be recognized together with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District with a Westside Urban Forum 2021 Design Award. 

Jury Quote:
“It’s like an incubator in education and learning. It connects to what community is, in a creative environment such as Santa Monica.”
Inclusive Design Matters: Diversity is NOW
Learning By Design Featured Article
Our AIA-CAE featured article for the June 2021 edition of Learning By Design, co-authored by Carissa Oyedele, AIA, Jeanne Chen, FAIA, and John Ruble, FAIA, explores both the critical need for inclusion of diverse constituents when planning and designing educational facilities, and the powerful results that can be achieved.
Read the article here.
Innovative Planning Tools to Advance Faculty and Student Representation
SCUP Annual Conference 2021
Mario Violich, FAIA, and Carissa Shrock Oyedele, AIA, NCIDQ, led an engaging session at the Annual Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Conference with Dr. Miguel Powers and Student Leaders Presten Jimenez & Nicolette Garcia on how the use of participatory processes including equity walks have enabled our Community College partners to respond to the challenges faced in collaborative governance and achieve better representation among Students, Faculty, Staff, and campus leadership.
Mentoring the Next Generation of Women in Tech
AAUW’s California’s Virtual Tech Trek STEM Summer Camp!
Carissa Oyedele, AIA was a coach and mentor for two weeks at the virtual girls AAUW Tech Trek STEM Summer Camp. She led and coached 8 junior high girls each week through a series of hands-on activities. The focus was learning and coding robotics, including circuiting LEDs to blink following the coded pattern. Ultimately each girl designed and built a wearable tech hat inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.