Please join the Communities by Design Committee for the next Coffee & Conversation on February 24. Jenn Carlson, AIA, will lead a discussion with Krista Nightengale, Better Block, Dr. Lorin Carter, C-Suite Consulting and Southern Gateway Park, and Robert Kent, Trust for Public Land. In the fall, the Communities by Design Committee released a survey called Get Outside!; we’ll release and discuss the results of this survey. As the Covid-19 pandemic has altered most things in our daily lives, we’ll also examine how the pandemic has changed how individuals access public spaces, use parks and trails, and plan for public spaces in the future.

Meet Each Presenter

Krista Nightengale

Krista Nightengale is the Managing Director of the Better Block. She began her career at D Magazine, the city magazine in Dallas, where she served as Managing Editor, Executive Director of a leadership group aimed at empowering citizens to take action, and Executive Director of a literacy nonprofit that united the city in reading together. She then served as Chief of Staff of the Coalition for a New Dallas, an advocacy group that worked to reunite communities by removing an elevated highway between two neighborhoods in Dallas. Krista then launched Dallas Innovates, a news site that promotes Dallas-Fort Worth as a hub of innovation. While covering the city, Krista became intrigued by the built environment.

In 2016, she joined the Better Block, an international, urban design nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. At the Better Block, Krista works to help with its growth, spread its story, and make the world a little better by working with communities to demonstrate how wonderful walkable/bikeable districts are through the use of digital fabrication and great design.

Dr. Lorin R Carter

Dr. Lorin R. Carter is passionate about facilitating healthy, vibrant communities and equipping people with tools needed to be independent determinants of their destiny. Dr. Carter believes an interdisciplinary approach is key in developing holistic solutions, and her education and professional practice are proof. Dr. Carter has served as a Civil Engineer, Senior Attorney, and Legislative liaison for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, founder of a private Civil Law Practice, Professor of Government for Tarrant County College District, and a researcher for several contracted projects with the University of Texas at Arlington, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and US Department of Energy Clean Cities initiatives.

With over a decade of experience, Dr. Carter is now the Founder & CEO of Carter Creative Enterprises, LLC (CCE), a family of companies focused on finding creative solutions to everyday problems that help people “Live, Work, & Be Well."

Through C-Suite Consulting, the first business from CCE, Dr. Carter works to foster equity through community-focused solutions, strategy development, & capacity building to make urban spaces more equitable places. In her work at C-Suite Consulting, Dr. Carter has been honored to be a part of creating more equitable communities across the City of Dallas through work on the JPMorgan Chase Foundation PRO Neighborhoods grant which led to a recording breaking $6million equitable development investment in South Dallas, Oak Cliff, and West Dallas communities. Dr. Carter has also worked with The Trinity Park Conservancy and Southern Gateway Public Green Foundation to create equitable development plans and toolkits that provide guidance on how historical park investments can be positively leveraged for community-focused benefit and work to redress existing racial disparities.

Outside of work Dr. Carter enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends, visiting farmers markets, listening to live music, supporting small businesses, trying new restaurants, and exploring local parks and trails.

Robert Kent

Robert Kent is the Texas State Director for The Trust for Public Land, where he works to ensure that every resident of the Texas is able to experience the health, climate, equity, and community benefits of parks and nature. His work with The Trust for Public Land has included acquiring land for new parks, advocating for increased public funding for parks, designing and development new parks, and partnering with communities to realize their visions for parks and greenspaces. Born and raised in Dallas, Robert is passionate about using close-to-home nature to build green, resilient cities. Robert and his family live in Dallas near their favorite park, White Rock Lake.


Why attend?

Meet, Be Informed, Advocate
These monthly discussions with civic and arts leaders explore issues of importance to architects and position members to become more engaged within their communities.

Free event; please register to attend. Zoom details will be sent to attendees upon registering.