All month long we’ll be sharing the stories behind our philosophy of Designing for Diversity, and none of our spaces is a better example of this than DC’s own Inclusive Innovation Incubator (In3). In3 will officially turn two years old this April, and it remains the country’s first incubator focused intentionally on diversity and inclusion. The incubator was created through a partnership between the DC Office of the Mayor, Howard University, and Luma Lab.
We were immediately sold on the vision of creating a space that would help position DC as the “inclusive innovation capital for tech,” as Mayor Muriel Bowser put it. Our design strategy was simple – create an inspiring, easily convertible space that allows young entrepreneurs the creative room they need to grow their ideas.
Two years later and the In3 incubator continues to be a space that lends itself to collaborative, exciting work from students and area professionals. It serves as a model example of why designing for diversity remains a priority for our firm. When you design truly inclusive spaces that work for all people – not just a few – everyone is able to reach their full potential.