Alison L. Grittner is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Previously educated in architecture, fine arts, and history, her transdisciplinary approach involves working alongside structurally vulnerable communities to reimagine, codesign, and reconstruct everyday environments towards equity, empowerment, and dignity. Her award-winning praxis focuses on developing community-based knowledge of socio-spatial inequity and translating that awareness into action and intervention via the built environment.

Her longstanding work within the disability community focuses on using participatory methods to understand and communicate across abilities and lived experiences. Underpinning all her work is the belief that multisensory and arts-based ways of knowing are a potent and untapped means of exploring emplaced experiences and generating social justice.