Cultural Identity as a Tool for a Sustainable Future

Sustainable Cities and Communities by Design


April 2022

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS448-22 - 1, IDCEC # 116363

About this webinar

“Cultural Identity as much as biodiversity should be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations” (UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity)

For centuries, architecture has been the physical representation of our cultural diversity, heritage, and history. Architecture  helps communities to identify themselves with their history and way of living while also providing practical solutions to real problems.  In the current times where we are facing many challenges, from climate change to conflicts and shelter insecurity, it is more than ever important for Architects to redirect professional efforts and create a more community-oriented and resilient architecture practice. In this session, Italian-born Somali Architect Omar Degan will walk you through the core principles needed to build a more resilient, sustainable, and community-driven architecture practice.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Omar Degan

Join Omar Degan in the "Change by Design" series, where his global perspectives meet local solutions. Woven through the projects his firm has worked on in Africa, America, and Europe, Omar has demonstrated how architecture can be a conduit for cultural expression, peace, and sustainable development worldwide with solutions that are globally informed and locally resonant.

Internationally recognized for his pioneering contributions, Omar's work transcends geographical boundaries with a profound understanding of the transformative power of design in shaping societies, fostering resilience amidst fragility, and as a catalyst for progress.

With Omar at the helm, the "Change by Design" series is more than a collection of 12 sessions; it's a journey of learning, discovery, and transformation. 

Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and equipped to shape the future of architecture with solutions that are attuned to the challenges of our times. 

Embark on this journey with Omar and discover how global perspectives can inform and enrich your local practice, driving innovation and resilience in your projects. 

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

Upon completion, you will be able to: 

  1. Understand what cultural identity in architecture is and how it can be used to support peace and development.

  2. Build healthier, safer and more resilient communities able to face current challenges through the use of a bottom-up architecture.  

  3. Implement a different design approach that will help you to improve the health and well being of those you serve. 

  4. Create a more flexible and sustainable architecture practice able to face moments of crisis and economic challenges .

Entire 2024 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2024 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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Discover Actionable Strategies for a built environment that stands the test of time and nature.


  • Join Omar Degan, Principal of Do Architecture Group, and become part of a forward-thinking community that doesn't just follow trends but sets them by delivering architectural solutions attuned to today's needs and tomorrow's possibilities.
  • Each session in the 'Change by Design' series is meticulously curated, embedding insights and practical steps to prepare you to lead the change in the built environment.
  • Embrace the convenience of our series: whether you attend live online or on-demand, you will earn 12 AIA/IDCEC-approved HSW CEUs/LUs across 12 sessions, culminating in a comprehensive mastery of resilience in architecture. 

Building Resilience in Design & Architecture

"Change by Design" is where innovation meets practicality. This series goes beyond fulfilling CEU requirements; it's about integrating resilience in your designs so your forward-thinking projects stand out for addressing today's most pressing challenges and satisfying a market that demands it.

Why 'Change by Design'? Because it's where your expertise meets the pressing need for a built environment that stands the test of time and nature. It's where you gain CE credits and a competitive edge in a market that values foresight and responsibility. Each session is an actionable step towards mastering economically viable and environmentally sound designs.

Join a community that does not follow trends but sets them by delivering architectural solutions that meet today's needs and anticipate tomorrow's challenges.

Ready to elevate your practice? Secure your spot in a series that promises resilience amid fragility: "Building Resilience in Design and Architecture: Global Perspectives, Local Solutions." with Omar Degan, Principal, Do Architecture Group (live and on-demand).


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