Join UNCG's Department of Interior Architecture and the Center for Community-Engaged Design for the 3rd annual Novem Mason Symposium on Community-Engaged Design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In its third year, the Novem Mason Symposium will be held in the Elliott University Center [EUC] on March 31 and April 1, 2016. Join a group of faculty, students, and community members to address the "Housing the Community" framework laid out by the City of Greensboro and the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro at this year's Housing Summit in February.

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, historic preservation, tiny houses, fair housing, energy efficiency, and public interest design. In addition to formal and informal presentations, these guest speakers will lead participants in a number of hands-on design activities. 

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 house for Community Housing Solutions and constructing small-scale structures for the Serenity Garden at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. For additional information about the off-campus activities, inquire at the on-site registration table in the Claxton Room of the Elliott University Center,  EUC.

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.