Design can change the world. But it can't do it alone.
Design has the power to address the most urgent challenges of our generation, from social equity to environmental resilience. It is an agent of change. And yet, access to design – for communities who need it the most – is often limited.
Making meaningful and lasting change requires designers to blast through the boundaries that separate practice and research, academia and industry, the profession and the public. Making change requires designers to embrace vastly different points of view. Above all, making change requires collective impact.
At the intersection of research, practice, and community, the Hideo Sasaki Foundation is committed to advancing the value of design, inviting diverse partners to co-create change.
The Hideo Sasaki Foundation’s approach is deliberately open-ended, experimental, and nimble.
In the face of complexity that shapes our world, the Foundation invests resources in the most promising levers of change. The Foundation advances its mission through a series of distinct, but interrelated, programs, which include the following areas of focus:
Education and engagementSupport of professional education organizations and initiatives that prepare design leaders. Of special interest are programs that prize diversity and inclusivity in the next generation of design professionals. The Foundation sponsors Black In Design and Youth Design Boston programs as outstanding examples of this principle.
Research and experimentationInvestment in ideas, products, and teams that stretch the limits of design. Key to this program is the global reach of Sasaki’s projects and its in-house resources that include fabrication and software development. The Foundation sponsors the Perry Chapman Research Prize through the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP).
Professional practiceCollaboration with institutions and individuals that are actively contributing to the design profession. The Foundation advocates for innovation in design practice, seeking ways to expand disciplinary boundaries, disrupt traditional consulting models, and amplify impact.
The Hideo Sasaki Foundation was established by Sasaki and family, and colleagues of Hideo Sasaki.
Today, it is governed by a board of trustees who represent a range of design professions and perspectives. The Foundation is pleased to announce that Alexandra Lee, a noted expert in public-interest design, will lead the next stage of its development as the inaugural Executive Director.