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Monday, September 18, 2017  |  8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Open to All Attendees!

Welcome Ceremony & Opening Keynote Marika Shioiri-Clark

Marika Shioiri-Clark
Principal, SOSHL Studio

Join us to kick off your 2017 Symposium with our opening ceremonies and keynote. Marika Shioiri-Clark will inspire you and motivate you to push yourself.


Marika Shioiri-Clark is a thoroughly modern personification of ‘think global, act local.’ A designer and architect, she works under the auspices of SOSHL Studio with organizations like the Nike Foundation in Nigeria and Ethiopia and and DFID in India. She also works on neighborhood development and creative placemaking in the Hingetown neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives in an old firehouse that still has three poles. Marika cut her teeth helping to design the acclaimed Butaro Hospital in northern Rwanda, as a co-founder of MASS Design Group, in collaboration with Partners in Health. The hospital has repeatedly been written up in The New York Times and identified as a game changer in architecture and design globally. Not bad for your first project out of (or, actually, still in) design school.


Like her designs, Marika’s delivery in front of an audience is remarkably humble and human-centered. She’s one of those rare geniuses who somehow makes everyone else feel smart. But don’t expect a pushover; Marika is refreshingly unafraid of intellectual debate and fierce about the future of design.