"Designing for Equity" — Maurice Cox, director of planning and development for the city of Detroit, Michigan, will discuss creative design and community engagement as strategies for long-term equitable development.

This event will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Guests who have rsvp’d will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note, an rsvp does not guarantee seating. For free events, additional rsvp’s are generally accepted than there are available seats due to the percentage of no-shows.

Tonight’s program will be livestreamed via the Kinder Institute’s Facebook page. Thank you in advance for your continued support.

About the Program

As the director of planning and development for the city of Detroit, Michigan, Maurice Cox has been leading the city's revitalization efforts. Beyond the downtown boom, his planning department has been reconnecting the city's waterfronts, rebuilding neighborhoods and engaging the community to spark a recovery that lasts.

Named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company magazine and one of the "Most Admired Design Educators in America" in 2013 by Design Intelligence, Cox will discuss his experience leading an "inclusive recovery" and what that means for Houston and other cities.

About Maurice Cox

Maurice Cox is the planning director for the city of Detroit. He most recently served as associate dean for community engagement at Tulane University’s School of Architecture and director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research and civic engagement throughout New Orleans.

Cox previously taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He also served as design director of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 2007-2010, where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw grants to the design community across the United States.

He was named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company magazine for his experience merging architecture, politics and design education. In 2013, Cox was named one of the “Most Admired Design Educators in America” in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.

About the Kinder Institute Forum

The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series brings thought leaders from around the world to Houston to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. Previous KI Forum speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, global urbanist Richard Florida and Kresge Foundation senior fellow Carol Coletta.

CenterPoint Energy is the title sponsor of the Kinder Institute Forum series. This program is eligible for 1.5 CM credits from the American Planning Association.