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Lisa will be one of four panelists featured in Denver Women in Design: A Celebration in Honor of Florence Knoll’s 100th Birthday.

Come out to this Denver Design Week closing session celebrating the 100th birthday of iconic designer Florence Knoll with a panel of women designers and architects discussing the state of women in Colorado design including where it’s going and what could be focused on to make it better.



This new Spring 2018 offering in the Communication Design program at MSU Denver will be led by Lisa. The course consists of integrated on-campus and in-country studio experiences. Learn more and stay up to date on developments!



Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook, 2016

January 1, 2016

Edited by Lisa M. Abendroth and Bryan Bell, Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (Routledge 2016) demonstrates that public interest design has emerged as a profession. It provides clear professional standards of practice following SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology, the first step-by-step process supporting public interest designers. The book […]

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April 11 + 12, 2015: Structures for Inclusion Conference

January 1, 2015

The fifteenth annual Structures for Inclusion (SFI) Conference will be held April 11 and 12, 2015, in Detroit, Michigan, and will be hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU). The conference will feature the best public interest design from around the globe, including the 2015 SEED Award winners. Fifth Annual 2015 SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest […]

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“Designing for the Public and You” Article

June 24, 2013

MSU Denver Communication Design student Rachael Stamps featured in Architect Magazine.

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Denver Public Interest Design Institute

February 8, 2013

April 11 + 12, 2013: The Public Interest Design Institute comes to Denver and will be hosted on Auraria Campus by Metropolitan State University of Denver. Keynote address by Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group on Thursday, April 11 (sponsored by University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture and Planning).

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Call for Projects: SEED Field Guide

August 16, 2012

The Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) Network has issued a request for projects for possible inclusion in the new SEED Field Manual.

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July 24-25, 2012: Harvard School of Design, Public Interest Design Institute

July 26, 2012

A two-day workshop for architects and designers interested in pursuing public interest design or for those wanting to enhance their understanding of this area of practice.

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July 20, 2012: VSA Colorado/Access Gallery—Seeds of Friendship

July 18, 2012

Premiering on July 20th, 2012 is “Seeds of Friendship” a short film created by VSA Colorado / Access Gallery artworks artists and Communication Design students and faculty from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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December 2011: Blind Spot Campaign: Advocate for Access

January 11, 2012

The Blind Spot campaign combines efforts of Communication Design students at Metro State and participants from Colorado Center for the Blind. Photo (above): Jessica Kanzenbach.

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