With communities around the world facing an increasing number of natural disasters, poverty, community displacement, access to healthy food and safe spaces, and a host of other threats to their stability and well-being, the need for sustainable, human-centered solutions is growing. Responding to an urgent need for educated leaders who can help these communities respond to crises and become more resilient, Portland State University’s School of Architecture now offers the Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design. The program, led by PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design, is the first academic certificate in public interest design in the United States, with an innovative combination of fieldwork and cross-disciplinary coursework in carefully selected fields at Portland State University. More information about the Certificate can be found at pdx.edu/architecture/graduate-certificate-in-public-interest-design, and information about the Center for Public Interest Design is available at pdx.edu/public-interest-design.

Our undying thanks goes to the amazing creative team who filmed, edited and produced this video:

Producer: Zen Freese
Producer: Benjamin Ross Lyerly
Director of Photography: Tehban Dean
Prod. Sound: Jabarri Dean
Prod. Sound: Ray Buckley
Editor: Maria Bianchi
Color Artist: Martin Melnick
Drone Op: Martin Melnick

Thanks also go to the students who generously agreed to be interviewed for this video: Karina Adams, Nada Maani, Julia Mollner, and Reid Weber.

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