DIFFA sponsorship

HDR Provides Glimmers of HOPE at 2022 DIFFA Gala

The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’s biggest fundraising event of the year is being held March 24-26, 2022, at 415 Center, New York. HDR is proud to not only be a gold sponsor of the event, but also leading the design and creation of one of the exhibits that will serve to engage attendees with the organization’s mission.

DIFFA BY DESIGN promises to be an immersive experience to raise funds to help combat AIDS, homelessness, food scarcity, and mental health issues across the country. The three-day fundraiser will offer live performances and special guests, panel discussions and a dance party.  

Attendees can also immerse themselves in colorful and vibrant designer installations throughout the 30,000-square-foot space. HDR’s vignette, titled “HOPE IS,” celebrates the many ways people have learned to support one another so that feelings of being alone in adversity are not as isolating. The exhibit will explore how each of us defines “hope” differently by asking visitors to write on small discs what hope means to them. Together, these discs will be used to create a parabolic graphic that illustrates the rise and decline of HIV/AIDS around the globe over the last four decades, thus collectively becoming a graphic representation of “hope.”

"HOPE IS" Installation at DIFFA by Design

“In the fight against HIV/AIDS, we find ourselves at the fulcrum of eradicating a disease that has touched all facets of life,” said Brooke Horan, IIDA, ASID, WELL AP, LEED AP, EDAC, HDR interior design director. “And though this is cause for celebration, we find ourselves tested again with the emergence of COVID-19. While many of us have found ways to overcome our adversities, others are still struggling to cope. We look for ways to support one another and we press on, with a glimmer of hope, each one of us with our own specific understanding of what that means.”

HDR’s installation partners include Giles Miller Studio, Waldner’s, OFS, Buck Agency, Shimmer Screen and ATCHAIN.

For more information about DIFFA BY DESIGN, including a full list of programming and to purchase tickets, visit diffa.org/diffa-by-design


DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community, DIFFA has granted more than $50 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. Learn more at www.diffa.org.

About HDR 

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 11,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information, please visit www.hdrinc.com.