April De Simone
Founder, Spatial Forensics

Profile

April De Simone is a transdisciplinary design practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Her work navigates the intersectionality of architecture, planning, and systems thinking to develop contextualized frameworks advancing more equitable, humane, and just representations of spatial authorship. 

Personally experiencing the collateral consequences of Redlining, urban renewal, the war on drugs, mass incarceration, homelessness, and beyond, grounds a first-hand understanding of the long-term impact on those who tow the front line. These experiences have been translated into professional engagements, addressing society‚Äôs most pressing and interconnected challenges. Ms. De Simone, has worked on numerous projects demonstrating the equitable, humane, and just capacities of architecture and design mediums, including a supervised visitation site at the Bronx Borough Courthouse and the social enterprise venture Urban Starzz.  

In 2015, she co-founded designing the WE (dtW), where she co-created the nationally recognized Undesign the Redline (UTR) platform  Her new platform, Spatial Forensics, will launch in the Fall of 2021. Spatial Forensics is a research and design studio investigating the implicit and invisible relationship between architecture and human condition. Spatial Forensics works with diverse stakeholders as an interdisciplinary studio, connecting a deeper understanding of how inequity, supremacy (in its various forms), and dehumanization become spatialized and proliferated. From this context, opportunities for a new pedagogical and methodological approach expands the agency of design to interrogate and deconstruct existing paradigms, while simultaneously advancing an emergence of projects within the built environment centered on equity, justice, and inclusion.

Ms. De Simone continues to be an invited lecturer, speaker, and facilitator at numerous institutions. She sits on progressive boards, including that of the American Sustainable Business Council and works closely on a local and national level with diverse stakeholders within the design sector, like the Urban Design Forum,  on issues of race, equity, and new economies. A Dean Merit Scholar recipient, she received her Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design. Currently she is pursuing her Masters in Architecture.