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Join The Forum for our Design Inspirations Panel which will give attendees the rare opportunity to learn about what inspires some of our area’s most talented design leaders in their creative process. Panelists will also discuss how they gained new inspirations while working at home during the pandemic.


Kate AOKI, Moderator


Lawrence AGU; Chief Planner, City of Dallas                       

Bang DANG; Co-Founder, Far + Dang

Julia LINDGREN; Asst. Professor, UTA CAPPA

DFW is seeing a massive increase in population, which by some counts is projected to grow to almost 12 million by the year 2050. While Dallas has seen rapid development of multi-family and mixed-use projects in neighborhoods already zoned for them, we are also seeing these types of developments being built in zones previously designated as single-family lots.

In a city that has fiercely protected its single-family culture, how will residential development address the balance between single-family and multi-family in equitable, sustainable, and meaningful ways? What IS the future of the single-family typology, and how can we be a city that addresses the needs of the many while remaining economically healthy? Join us as we discuss the policies, design thinking, and initiatives surrounding the important questions of housing in the shifting needs and demographics of Dallas.



Kate Aoki, AIA, is an architect and the Head of Exhibition Design at the Dallas Museum of Art. With a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture degree from UTA CAPPA. Kate is fortunate to practice in a profession that satisfies both her passion for fine art and the design of space. She spent more than a decade at GFF, Morrison Dilworth + Walls, and most recently at DSGN Associates, where she worked on a variety of projects that addressed important community needs. As Head of Exhibition Design at the DMA, Kate designs intimate and expressive spaces in ways that engage visitors while inviting them to learn more about the art they experience and the communities in which they thrive.

Kate has dedicated much of her time to participating on art and architectural committees, as well as studio and design award juries. She was co-chair of AIA-Dallas’ Communities by Design Committee as well as a member of the Texas Society of Architects Community-Engaged Design Committee, and she was recently awarded a Presidential Citation for her work on the DART D2 Advisory Committee. As adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture she taught second-year design fundamentals. Kate is the President-Elect of AIA-Dallas. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for The Dallas Architecture Forum, and Chair of The Forum’s Design Society.



Lawrence Agu, III; AICP | Assoc. AIA is currently a Chief Planner for the City of Dallas’ Planning and Urban Design Department. His role includes managing a newly created team dubbed the “Innovation Lab” who specialize in data analytics, policy research and community storytelling through data. He also serves as the project manager for Dallas’ ForwardDallas Comprehensive Land Use Plan. Lawrence is an executive board member for the CityLab High School Foundation, which supports the mission of CityLab High School, a Dallas ISD Choice school which introduces students to architecture, urban planning, and environmental sustainability through project-based curriculum.

As a first generation Nigerian-American, Lawrence holds dual master’s degrees in urban planning and architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he studied the intersection between urban design, transportation planning, architectural design, and economics. With expertise in both the public and private sectors, Lawrence has demonstrated versatility in a range of skills from construction administration to community engagement. His interests focus on international development, social equity, youth education, and emerging planning technologies.

Bang Dang has called Dallas his home since he was five years old, and having an Asian background, has a unique, Eastern/Western take on architecture. Bang’s focus is making architecture that is abstract in its homage to Texas regionalism and subtle in its inventiveness. Bang’s experience in the field is broad and varied, covering architecture of all types and scales. Bang holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he is currently a Professor in Practice.

Bang is a founding partner, with Rizi Faruqui, of the award winning, modern practice FAR + DANG. The work of the 10-year-old firm is varied in typology and scale but all the projects have a rigorous focus on making modern spaces informed by a study of the existing context, the rationale of structure, and the appropriateness of materiality. The firm’s current work involves a mix of making speculative dwellings within transitioning Dallas neighborhoods and a number of interesting commercial and institutional projects of medium scale. A rigorous and proactive research agenda and a passion for exploring ideas of modern space and contemporary lifestyle are the foundations of the firm’s design process.


Julia Lindgren is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington where she teaches design-build studios and seminars focused on social equity and community engagement. Through practice, research and teaching, Julia explores the ways in which design processes can be used to restructure the distribution of power within cities. Julia is a trained architect, builder and urban thinker with experience directing programs across public and private sectors in New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Brownsville. She is guided by the belief that true equity can only be achieved when residents and community stakeholders work together to shape their surroundings. Julia works daily in partnership with marginalized communities including low-income, immigrant and black and brown communities to solve complex urban problems through the thoughtful act of design and making.

Prior to joining UTA, Julia was a member of Hester Street’s Leadership Team where she worked on projects ranging in scale from a modest transformation of a men’s shelter yard to re-designing the way NY State does code enforcement. Prior to working at Hester Street, Julia was a Designer at ISA and bcWORKSHOP, where she managed team-based design projects. Before that, Julia developed and implemented initiatives in Dallas and Brownsville, Texas to improve equity through projects that included rapid recovery disaster housing and resident-informed home design.