Vermont’s Architecture & Construction Expo

Inclusive Design in Vermont Communities


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont


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7:30 – 8:30

Breakfast, Registration and Expo Hall

8:30 – 9:30

Keynote: Christine Hallquist “Being Humanitarian in the Era of Climate Change”

(1 HSW LU)

9:30 – 10:15

Exposition Open (Coffee Break)

10:15 – 11:45

Session 1: Panel: “Community For All: A Discussion of Inclusive Design” (1.5 HSW LU)

12:00 – 12:45


12:45 – 1:30

Exhibitor Time

1:30 – 4:30

ACX Community Outreach Design Charrette (3 HSW LU)

4:30 – 6:00

FREE to attend – Cocktail Reception & Exhibitor Time


Christine Hallquist

A leader in creating solutions to climate change, developed the electric grid of the future, the first transgender CEO in the nation to transition on the job, and the first major party candidate in the nation who is transgender. Today, Christine is the CEO of a new company Cross Border Power located in Quebec. The mission of Cross Border Power is to offer renewable power to industry and consumers at competitive rates that effectively uses storage technology. Cross Border Power provides enabling technology for micro-grids within the context of a North American solution to climate change.

Jill Pable

A professor and associate chair in the Interior Architecture & Design Department at Florida State University and a fellow and past national president of the Interior Design Educators Council. Jill holds B.S. and M.F.A. degrees in Interior Design and a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Technology with specialization in architecture. She is a CIDQ-certified interior designer and a WELL accredited design professional. Her research focuses on the design of environments for the disadvantaged and she facilitates Design Resources for Homelessness, a non-profit resource for architectural designers and organizations creating environments that help people exit homelessness quickly and effectively. These ideas have been featured in FastCompany, the Conversation, the Independent in the UK, KCRW Public Radio, Los Angeles and KQED Public Radio, San Francisco. She is a TEDxFSU speaker and was noted by DesignIntelligence as one of the 30 Most Admired Design Educators in the United States in 2015. She believes that design can make life more interesting, fulfilling and humane.

Kelly Stoddard Poor

As associate state director at AARP Vermont, Kelly is responsible for developing volunteer capacity on social impact campaigns that improve the quality of life for all Vermonters as they age. In addition, she is responsible for statewide public education efforts and outreach to directly engage AARP Vermont members and their families on the issues that most affect their lives. Previous to AARP, Stoddard Poor worked for the American Cancer Society where she led advocacy and government relations. As state vice president of health and advocacy initiatives, she managed a host of programs and activities in implementing the Society’s overall business plan. She earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts and completed a master’s degree in sustainable development at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT.

Laurie Stavrand

Laurie Stavrand is the Community Partnership Coordinator at USCRI Vermont. A field office of the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, formerly the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, it was founded in 1980 to provide a safe place for those fleeing persecution and helps refugees adapt to life in the United States.

Meagan E Tuttle, AICP

As Principal Planner for Comprehensive Planning for the City of Burlington, Meagan serves as one of the key staff to the Planning Commission, and the primary staff to its Long Range Planning Committee. Along with project partners in Public Works and Community & Economic Development, Meagan has led the design phase of the Great Streets Initiative- a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project to reinvest in City Hall Park, redesign a 6-block segment of Main Street, and create design and construction standards for unified design through the reconstruction of downtown Burlington’s public streets. Meagan is currently leading the 2019 update to planBTV, the City’s long-range Municipal Development Plan. The first comprehensive update in 20+ years, the goal is to make the plan more accessible to and by the community. The plan will be transformed from a lengthy narrative document into a web-based tool, utilizing modern interactive GIS applications, to enable residents to learn about the issues and trends affecting the community and their neighborhood.


Keynote – Being Humanitarian in the Era of Climate Change – 1 HSW LU

Presenter: Christine Hallquist

Christine will address how the challenges of our historical development patterns and infrastructure inform thinking about discrimination and opportunity in Vermont. Christine presents the story of a lifelong curiosity and commitment to transformational leadership with the complexities of problem-solving in a way that supports diversity. This talk will address topics such as the urban/rural opportunity divide, the role of transportation, energy and communication infrastructure, and how our policy goals in one area can create biases or disproportionate burdens on already troubled populations. Touching on topic from the social to the technical, Christine will lay out a vision for an inclusive and involved future that empowers all groups to be part of the solution to climate change.


Community For All: A Discussion of Inclusive Design – 1.5 HSW LUs

Jill Pable – Design Resources for Homelessness

Kelly Stoddard Poor – AARP Vermont
Meagan E Tuttle – Principal Planner for Comprehensive Planning for the City of Burlington
Laurie Stavrand – US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants FKA Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program


Inclusivity in the practice of architecture seeks to welcome and provide experience of space to underserved and often excluded populations. This presentation and discussion will take place between experts who advocate and work for disadvantaged groups of people and address inclusive design as it extends from the dwelling to the city street.

Programs, policy, and incentives at the state and federal level address inclusion, but it is often the organizations within our communities that develop relationships, identify specific challenges, and seek out solutions. Jill, Kelly, Meagan and Laurie will talk about the populations that they serve and their day to day work for the homeless, aging and elderly, refugees and New Americans, and more. The panel will identify common barriers and limitations related to accessibility and mobility, language and culture, gender and identity. Through the discussion we will learn about potential design solutions to better serve all people in our communities.

ACX Community Outreach Design Charrette – 3 HSW LUs

Presenters: ACX Attendee Collaboration

In a true collaboration among design professions for the generation of design ideas, marketing materials, and furthering non-profit initiatives, we will use our architecture skills and knowledge to work with community-based organizations to provide design input for constituencies who are underserved by the architecture and design professions, often in the form of design drawings, graphic booklets, and small scale models.

Eight project proposals will be distributed among attendees, who will be divided into teams to focus on their assigned project. The received proposals include the following:

  • Assistance with the visioning of a Tiny House community intended to provide a solution to homelessness by the Addison County Housing Coalition
  • The creation of a community space and library for the town of Moretown
  • A request for help with design identity from the city of Vergennes for use in their master plan
  • Visioning for a more welcoming and useful Mint Makerspace for Rutland
  • The creation of a community center on a restored 1798 farmhouse in Pittsford Village
  • Better and broader uses for the Enosburg Opera House as a community space
  • Prospective improvements to the Enosburg Historical Society museum and caboose
  • Input on the renovation of an existing town garage in Northfield to be used as a food and clothing shelf