Join UNCG's Department of Interior Architecture and the Center for Community-Engaged Design for the 5th annual Novem Mason Symposium for Community-Engaged Design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In its fifth year, the Novem Mason Symposium will be held in the Gatewood Studio Arts Buidling [527 Highland Ave], the Center for Community-Engaged Design [842-B W. Gate City Blvd.], and the Dail Room in the Elliott University Center [EUC] on March 13-14, 2018. Join a group of faculty, students, and community members to address the theme of "Design4Health: Towards a Healthy Built Environment for All."

This year's symposium will draw upon the expertise of local and regional thought leaders in housing, architecture, design, preservation, and development, and guest speakers will present their work in the EUC. Topics include affordable housing, housing the homeless, accessory dwelling units, tiny houses, fair housing, energy efficiency, and public interest design.

There are additional opportunities for off-campus engagement for those who prefer to get their hands dirty through community-based working groups. Teams of students, faculty, and community volunteers will work on a handful of projects, including a tiny house for Tiny Houses Greensboro, accessory dwelling unit designs for College Hill, scale models of tiny houses for those experiencing homelessness, a re-design of the Gate City Blvd. Corridor, a garden shed for Peacehaven Community Farm, an adult sensory gymnasium design charrette, and an outdoor space for teens experiencing homelessness. For additional information about the off-campus activities, inquire at any of the on-site registration tables or review the symposium schedule.

The symposium continues to honor the legacy of Novem Mason who served as chair of UNCG’s Department of Housing and Interior Design (now the Department of Interior Architecture) from 1990 to 1999. He retired from UNCG in 2008.  He also taught at VCU and at Louisiana Tech, before joining UNCG.  Mason received his MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University in 1974 and a B.Arch. from North Carolina State University in 1968. He was a sculptor and designer.