Designing inclusive and adaptable spaces

By Chris Arnold

Real problems demand real solutions

Today's guest is Pinar Guvenc. Pinar is the Partner of SOUR, an international, award-winning architecture and design studio with the mission to address social and urban problems through sustainable, adaptive and inclusive methodologies. In addition to managing the business operations, she also leads the strategic planning, research and partnerships efforts of the studio.

Prior to SOUR, Pinar co-founded various ventures where she helped set-up company infrastructure and grow them through funding or incubation, achieving international recognition and awards.

Pinar is a Part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design, within the School of Design Strategies. She serves on the Board of Directors of Open Style Lab, a nonprofit organization initiated at MIT, with the purpose of making style accessible to people of all abilities. She also created and teaches a strategic collaborations workshop series for Pratt Center for Community Development and the Made in NYC initiative.

Pinar is a frequent public speaker and a guest lecturer, and hosts the What's Wrong With panels and podcasts by SOUR, a series of discussions with progress makers and experts to diagnose real problems, ideate solutions and raise awareness to the general public.

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