Rachel Bascombe on the imagine a place podcast

Finding your purpose in design.

Rachel Bascombe is an architect in Los Angeles at the firm CO Architects and Rachel is number 412. A number that will soon make sense to you and will probably surprise you. In today’s interview with Rachel, we’ll hear about a moment that changed her life path and how that moment helped to create a sense of purpose when it comes to place. Rachel also shares how one project early in her career helped her understand the full significance of being a Black female architect in America.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion within design
  • Building a career in design
  • The Black female experience as an architect 
  • Overcoming obstacles and setting goals


  • Doug Shapiro
  • Rachel Bascombe
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