Lisa Abendroth is a Professor and Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the Metropolitan State College of Denver. She earned a BFA in Communication Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Seeking a balance between design research and classroom pedagogy, Lisa works across disciplines to embrace what can be broadly referred to as community-based design focused on issues of social equity towards marginalized audiences. This area of study manifested in a multi-year research endeavor culminating in the Fall 2007 international design exhibition entitled, "Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery," which Lisa curated, organized and designed. Extending the spirit of the "Substance" exhibition, Lisa's research continues to focus on design that addresses under-served people, places and problems. She is a collaborator on the interdisciplinary public interest project, SEED: Social, Economic, Environmental Design®. Her Fall 2009 research sabbatical was devoted to developing SEED tools including the SEED Evaluator and SEED website. In her professional practice, Lisa promotes projects for culture and collaboration through her firm Culture/Language/Dialogue. A result of her diverse research practices, Lisa has presented, exhibited, and published nationally and internationally.
Peter Aeschbacher holds a joint appointment in the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Architecture. He is also the Director of Design at Penn State’s Hamer Center for Community Design. Trained as an architect, urban planner and graphic designer, he has extensive national and international experience in design and community development. Mr. Aeschbacher has worked with arts-based non-profit organizations, undertaken numerous community revitalization and affordable housing projects, and been an activist and advocate for social & environmental justice issues. He has also worked closely in and with underserved communities and marginal populations, including community-based projects involving at-risk youth in Los Angeles. These projects include the design and construction of community gardens, local parks and environmental education initiatives.
He is a former Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellow (2000-2003) with the Los Angeles Community Design Center. He is a founding member of CityWorksLA and is a board member of the Association for Community Design. Mr. Aeschbacher has lived and traveled widely, including working as a graphic designer in Switzerland, where he also learned to bake bread. He worked in South Africa on community development projects during the transition from apartheid and got there by riding a motorbike across Africa.
Natalia Anderson is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at Iowa State University College of Design in Des Moines. She earned her BA from Yale University in 1988 and her MA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. Among many interests, Natalia’s research is in sustainable post-disaster urban design. With this research in mind Natalia has been working on a book proposal on design responses to disaster. Additionally, her award-winning Bridge Studio, an Iowa State University architecture class, is currently working designing an affordable, sustainable house for Corning, Iowa as well as collaborating on Ellis Boulevard Urban Village in Cedar Rapids.
Alice Richardson Antonelli
Alice Richardson Antonelli is currently Senior Finance Advisor at the Nonprofit Finance Fund, one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions (CDFI) and one of the only CDFI’s to focus exclusively on non-profit organizations. Previously Alice worked as Vice President at JP Morgan, Account Executive at GX Clarke & Co, and Account Administrator at Deutsche Bank Securities. She graduated in 1990 with her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and in 1983 with her BS in Psychology from Saint Lawrence University.
Catherine Baker is a licensed architect in Illinois. She joined Landon Architects, now Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA), in 1994 and was named a principal in 2002. At LBBA she focuses on affordable housing and community-based design, where she has managed various projects, including single and multi-family housing, interior office build-outs and a daycare. Currently, she is managing new construction projects for the Chicago Housing Authority’s Hope VI revitalization programs, HUD’s new Choice Neighborhoods grant for the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, and various housing renovations under HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Catherine has been active in teaching Chicago students and teachers about our urban environment. Most recently, she developed a community-based project that provides young adults in Chicago the opportunity to initiate change in their neighborhood through environmental assessment studies and data gathering. The “labs,” six-week summer programs conducted at LBBA’s office, bring community groups, students, local experts, and staff members together to explore and solve a specific community issue. In addition to a bachelor degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Ball State University, Catherine holds a masters in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, fueled by her interest in the relationship between people and the built environment.
Julie Beckman earned a BA in The Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College in 1995 followed by a Master of Architecture from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2001. Julie and her partner Keith Kaseman founded KBAS after their design for a memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon was selected in 2003. In 2006, KBAS was selected as a Young Architect by the Architectural League of New York.
Prior to her work with KBAS, she worked as a project manager/architectural designer with several design firms in and around New York.
Julie is a visiting studio critic at both the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
After earning her Masters in Architecture at UC Berkeley, where she was awarded the prestigious Branner Fellowship that sent her off on a year working with architects around the globe (Berlin, Buenos Aires, and New Orleans) on public participation methods, Lucy Begg came to Austin, where she has found a mid-sized city that really suits her. Growing up in London, she never veered off the path to becoming an architect. “I love the complicated nature of itundefinedworking with many people to make something happen,” she says. Begg is particularly interested in the nonprofit side, and is closely involved in Design Build Alliance with, among others, fellow Rural Studio grad Jack Sanders. The Alliance aims to involve students in design and construction of low-income housing. She says: “Architecture connects you to things that are bigger than yourself. It’s about how the city develops as a whole and all its related environmental and social issues.” Begg and her fiancé, Robert Gay, “live, work, and socialize” on the East Side.
Rick Bell is executive director of AIANY overseeing its operations and communicating its policies. A registered architect and a Fellow of the AIA since 2000 for his prior work in the public sector, Rick currently heads the AIA national staff association, CACE, and represents it on the AIA national board.
Story Bellows is Director of the Mayors' Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the US Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation. The Design Futures Council recently named her one of six 2009 Emerging Leaders in Sustainability. Prior to relocating to Washington, DC, Story was Director of Research for OWP/P (Chicago, IL), a full-service architecture, engineering, and planning firm. While in Chicago, Story served as the inaugural teaching and research fellow at Archeworks, an alternative design school, and on the Executive Committee for the Urban Land Institute's Chicago Chapter. She holds an undergraduate degree from Colgate University and a Masters degree in City Design and Social Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
David Belt is the founder and Executive Director of Macro Sea, and has become increasingly interested in transforming junk spaces and objects into fully utilized places of recreation and culture. He conceives each project’s concept and vision and oversees each project’s design and implementation.
David is also a real estate developer and the Managing Principal of DBI, a project management firm. He has developed and managed projects in the US, Italy, France, Spain, and the United Kingdom. David is currently working on the Macro Sea Oracle and 3rd Ward Philadelphia.
Gabe Bergeron is Senior Associate at Anderson Miller Design and Director of the Boston Architectural College’s Gateway Initiative. The Gateway Initiative is part of the experiential learning portion of the architectural college’s curriculum. Specifically, the gateway initiative allows students to expand their skill set, develop portfolio evidence, and gain valuable experience that make them more marketable in their job search. Within this program it is Gabe’s job to form, manage and maintain the program as well as develop assessment protocols, active community involvement, student mentorship and assistance.
In addition to directing this unique experiential program, Gabe has previously worked in several architectural firms. These firms include Anderson-Miller Design, Boehm Architecture, HDS Architecture, Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects and Klipp. Gabe’s own history with the Boston Architectural College dates back to his own completion of his MArch in 2005.
Kyle Bergman is the Architecture and Design Film Festival founder and director. He has always recognized the connection between film and Architecture and identifies the festival as an opportunity to educate, entertain and engage people who are excited about architecture and design. Bergman heads his own Design/Build firm, Bergman Design Team. However, he is always eager to be out of the office and his work as President of the Board for the Pacific Rim Parks Organization keeps him on the move. He has been instrumental in developing parks in California. Bergman is also busy with the production of architecture exhibits in Moscow and California, as well as teaching and serving on the board of directors at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont. While in Washington DC, Bergman created and moderated an architectural lecture series about the Design/Build process for the Smithsonian Institute. In 2000 he founded the publishing company, Alt Spec, to produce a visual resource of unique and alternative products for architects and designers. Currently he is producing a play titled The Glass House, about the design and construction of two famous houses, Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House and Phillip Johnson's Glass House.
Charles Birnbaum, founded The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) while serving as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining TCLF, Birnbaum spent time working as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative (HLI) and in private practice with a focus on landscape preservation and urban design. His recent projects include two web-based initiatives: What’s Out There? (a searchable database of the nation’s designed landscape heritage) and Cultural Landscapes as Classrooms. His has authored and edited numerous publications including Shaping the American Landscape (UVA Press, 2009), Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (1999) and its follow-up publication, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible (2004, both for Spacemaker Press). In 1995, the ASLA awarded the HLI the President's Award of Excellence and in 1996 inducted Birnbaum as a Fellow of the Society. Additionally he has received many awards over the years including the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation, the ASLA awarded Charles the Alfred B. LaGasse Medal, in 2009 the President’s Medal. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning + Preservation and a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post.
Georgia Bizios joined the architecture faculty at NC State University in 1986. She began her academic career at Tulane University where she taught architecture for twelve years. At both schools she has served as Associate Dean and is known as a Distinguished Professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Bizios' academic interests include architectural design, site and sustainability issues, user involvement in design, theories of placemaking, and principles of architectural design.
In 2004, Bizios established the Home Environments Design Initiative (HEDI) at NC State's College of Design. Its mission is to initiate, facilitate and coordinate scholarship, research and outreach services in the area of quality design for home environments. Since then, HEDI has partnered with many affordable housing providers in NC and has received several awards for community service.
Bizios has practiced architecture as a consultant to architectural firms and individual clients, since 1976. Her professional experience encompasses residential, commercial and planning projects. In 1990, she established her firm, Bizios Architect, with a focus on residential architecture. She works closely with clients in defining and assessing their needs, budgets and sites, and in designing their homes. Professionally she is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Sheri Blake co-produced the feature length documentary film, The Scars of Mercury, which explores how processes of educational, economic and environmental racism have negatively impacted the Indigenous way of life in two First Nations communities in northwestern Ontario, Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinaabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) and Wabeseemoong (Whitedog Independent Nations). Blake is continuing work on two other film projects, also in post-production. Both projects address processes of community engagement in the fields of planning and design.
Blake’s chapter, “Participatory Design and Howard Roark: The Story of the Detroit Collaborative Design Centre,” has been published in Multimedia Explorations in Urban Policy and Planning: Beyond the Flatlands. A book chapter on the history of community design centers is in press, to be published by Princeton Architectural Press.
Blake received the Art City Star Award 2009 for various support provided to the community-based non-profit arts organization since its inception in 1998. Blake received a Fulbright Canada Eco-Leadership Program grant (2010) for the Colour West Broadway Green project, in support of Art City’s art/garden project in Summer 2010.
Jamie Blosser, Director of the firm's Santa Fe office, specializes in tribal advocacy and sustainable community development projects. She leads many of the projects in the southwest region, including the Center for Contemporary Arts Expansion and Renovation in Santa Fe, the Baca County Courthouse renovation in Springfield CO, and the Owe'neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project at Ohkay Owingeh. Jamie received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of the Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship. She is active in national and regional organizations promoting the public participation process, and serves on the design review committee at the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority. Jamie has lectured on cultural and environmental sustainable building methods throughout the country. She recently founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, a new initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, which received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to conduct research with tribal leaders to develop best practices for sustainable development in Native American communities in the Southwest.
Ronald E. Bogle
Ron Bogle became the seventh President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) in July 2002. During his tenure, he has transformed AAF into one of the nation’s foremost advocates for leadership development in city design. He has also developed four national design initiatives, including AAF’s Great Schools by Design and Sustainable Cities Design Academy. He worked with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to cofound the Architecture + Design Education Network (A+DEN) and the Association of Architectural Organizations (AAO), and he provides leadership as a member of AAO’s Executive Committee. In addition, he has guided AAF in its role as managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and AAF.
With nine years on the Oklahoma City Board of Educationundefinedseveral of which he served as presidentundefined Bogle is a member of the Executive Committee for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Coalition for Green Schools. In 2010, he also served as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the NYC Department of Education on the use of design as a tool for innovation and education reform.
Brandy H. M. Brooks joined the Groundwork Somerville board in 2009, after running into Jen at meetings all throughout the year. She has a professional and academic background in nonprofit management and community design, and she is passionate about developing healthy, sustainable and equitable communities in Massachusetts and beyond. Brandy is a proud 12-year resident of Somerville and is excited to put her skills to work where she lives. She is also on the board of the Community Action Agency of Somerville and on Somerville’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.
Caryn Brause, visiting assistant professor in architectural studies, received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Architecture degree at the University of Virginia where she received the AIA Certificate of Merit from the Henry Adams Fund.
She practices architecture as the founder and principal of SITELAB Architecture + Design in Northampton. Caryn is a Registered Architect as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.
Caryn's professional, research and academic work focuses on the fundamentals of place-based design, the creative investigation of program and site, the rigorous exploration of design language, and the open-ended rumination on what it means to dwell in the world purposefully and responsibly.
Caryn has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She sits on the Steering Committee for the UMass Amherst Design Center where she taught the inaugural graduate architecture studio. The studio work was chosen to be exhibited in Leverage: Strengthening Neighborhoods through Design.
David B. Brawer, AIA received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Brawer has spent his entire professional career of nearly thirty years in Philadelphia. Brawer is a registered architect, licensed in Pennsylvania and eight other states and has National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) certification.
Brawer sits on the Board of Directors of Martins Run Retirement Community and the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania. As a member of ACE he acts as a mentor to area high school students who are interested in design and construction. Brawer chairs the Monument Committee of the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation. He also provides pro bono assistance to nonprofit organizations as a member of the Community Design Collaborative.
Brawer has a passionate interest in the architectural history of Philadelphia and has been known to explore the city’s more obscure neighborhoods looking for long forgotten treasures. He and his wife have lived in Narberth, PA for over twenty years where he is a member of the Borough of Narberth Planning Commission and is active in civic and community affairs.
Monica Chadha is an architect, educator and activist in Chicago whose work focuses on community-based participatory design, and public buildings. Monica was a Project Architect at Studio Gang Architects. Her professional work includes the College of Dupage Early Childhood Center, Champaign Public Library, University of Minnesota Duluth’s Civil Engineering Building and Kennedy King College. With a strong interest in design education Monica is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she has most recently co-taught a class focusing on housing and sustainable development in India. She has also taught interdisciplinary teams at Archeworks, where students come together to work on community and civic minded projects. Monica is involved in expanding the conversation about public interest design, and recently co-organized a conference entitled Converge:Exchange, that brought together professionals, community groups and activists to share experiences about innovative strategies applied in local economies and the built environment. Monica received a Masters Degree in Architecture from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Architecture from University of Waterloo, Canada. Monica was recently recognized as a 2010 Emerging Leader by the Design Futures Council and is on the SFI 10+1 Steering Committee.
Victoria Chanse is an Assistant Professor at Clemson University’s Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture with a 25 percent appointment at Clemson University’s Restoration Institute. Her research and professional experiences rest in community participation around the design and planning of watersheds and sustainable open spaces. Current research projects involve civic engagement and service learning in the neighborhoods of North Charleston, South Carolina, and participation in stormwater management in Aiken, South Carolina. She teaches studios and graduate seminars on community participation, ecological design and green urbanism in the Landscape Architecture program.
ohn Claypool is currently Executive Director of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter owns and operates a signature book and gift store in Center City Philadelphia; both the store and the Chapter offices are located within the newly constructed Center for Architecture, a nonprofit center for design collaboration, public engagement, and community service.
Claypool’s professional career has spanned architecture, urban planning, public administration, executive nonprofit leadership, and new technology startup businesses. His interest in America’s cities and urban regions has framed his chosen assignments, including a period of time leading regional nonprofit organizations focused on economic growth and prosperity for the Greater Philadelphia Region. He has been responsible for building regional partnerships for economic development and leading business executives in major public policy initiatives. Two most significant included legislation to rescue the financially failing City of Philadelphia and legislation that established for the first time dedicated public support for capital investments in public transportation.
Claypool serves on many community boards and advisory commissions. Past volunteer commitments of note include service on the Philadelphia Charter Revision Commission, the All-America City Selection Committee, and the International Economic Development Council, where he is an Emeritus board member.
Joe Cliggott is a Project Manager for New York-based Rafael Viñoly Architects. Over a sixteen year career, he has completed award winning projects on four continents - many with a focus on sustainability - ranging from the world's first LEED Gold core & shell building to his latest project, the New Hospital Pavilion at the University of Chicago, a LEED Silver project. Believing strongly that it is the responsibility of the architect to make a positive contribution to both the built environment and to society in general, Joe has been active in two critical educational initiatives – the ACE Mentor Program, having served as both a mentor and an associate board member, and as a member of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s architectural advisory board for the development of both "The Architecture Handbook" and DiscoverDesign.org, its new digital curriculum for high school students. In 2005, Cliggott was named AIA Chicago Young Architect of the year. He recently returned to the US after working in London for three years. The same technological advances that have provided the framework for DiscoverDesign also enabled his continued contributions to the Chicago design community from an international location.
John Comazzi is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia and both a M.Arch and M.S. in Architecture History and Theory from the University of Michigan. He taught at the University of Michigan as a Lecturer in Architecture (1999-2006) before joining the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2006.
He has worked for architecture and planning firms in both the Washington D.C. area and Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a founding partner of W+C design, established in 2002.
His focus areas of research and writing consist of new forms of contested urbanism, the practice of architecture photography, design-build as a model for design education and the relationships between early childhood education and the design of active learning environments.
Winner of the prestigious Rome Prize for architectural research, Guatemalan-born Cruz is a tireless advocate, designer, and urban theorist. Through such work he has become a leading fixture in designing for underserved populations, concentrating the bulk of his efforts on mixed-use and affordable housing developments along the Tijuana-San Diego border. His firm, Estudio Teddy Cruz, has pioneered inventive public engagement strategies to knit together these bicultural communities, and in the process reveal how design can positively shape peoples’ lives. Cruz will share insights on the public engagement strategies and research that fuels his firm’s work, and how we can all respond creatively to an increasingly interconnected world.
Marsha Cuddeback is the director of Louisiana State University’s Office of Community Design and Development and Professional in Residence in the School of Architecture. Previously she spent time in Louisiana working for Desmond Cuddeback Architects, and John Desmond & Associates, Architects / Planners. She is also member of several organizations including ACD, SBSE, and LSES. Prior to Marsha’s professional experience, she received her Bachelors in Architecture from Boston Architectural Center. Her overall interests include sustainable community design, planning, and practice; eco-literacy and environmental design stewardship; contextualism; design education for at risk and underserved populations; affordable housing; interdisciplinary learning environments and non-traditional student centered learning practices.
Katherine Darnstadt is the director for the Chicago chapter of Architecture for Humanity, a 100% volunteer organization. With the motto Design like you give a damn, Architecture for Humanity brings architects together with the greater good. Katherine shares two projects in Chicago: Fresh Moves, a mobile fresh food market, and the Street Furniture competition results of 2010 and 2011.
Davis holds Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Cornell University. Between 1977 and 1981, he practiced architecture in Hartford and Boston, and he is a Registered Architect. Since 1981, he has had a collaborative design partnership with Marleen K. Davis FAIA, which has resulted in international competition awards, and subsequent publication and exhibitions.
Davis was recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in Architecture for Italy, as well as the National Institute for Architectural Education Traveling Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Beginning in 1984, T. K. Davis taught at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture until joining the University of Tennessee, where he has taught advanced level architectural and urban design, and theory, as an Associate Professor since 1994.
Thomas K. Davis served as Design Director at the Nashville Civic Design Center from 2004 - 2008, and he is past President of the Tennessee Foundation of Architecture. He was awarded Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2008. In conferring this distinction, the AIA observed “As a leading advocate for enlightened civic and urban design, he excels in service to society through his promotion of public education, public participation, and public advocacy in civic design.”
Tammy Leigh Dement
Tammy Leigh DeMent is the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Parks Revitalization Sr. Project Manager. Building on her role as a community organizer, Tammy Leigh heads a team of Park Coordinators who work with community groups, government partners, and corporate sponsors throughout the city to reclaim and revitalize Philadelphia’s parks as safe urban spaces.
Her experience includes working with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.
Tammy Leigh has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Temple University and is a member of the national Environmental Leadership Program.
Ryan Derfler received his Bachelors degree from Lebanon Valley College in 2004, in business and philosophy, with a studio art minor. His most influential artistic training came under Leslie Bowen, who practiced rigorous human form and skeletal studies.
Ryan's creativity and project management ability have led him to both for-profit and not-for-profit positions. He is considered by some to be a world-class event producer and he has contributed articles on the subject in national publications. He was recognized by the event industry and EXHIBITOR Magazine in Las Vegas as an emerging professional to watch.
Ryan works to aid single mothers who are homeless or at-risk to become self-sufficent using the Bridge of Hope model that employs a long-term, holistic approach and relies on mentor teams from within local congregations to form a support network for the family. An outdoor multi-day music festival he created, called Sleep On the Street (SOS), generated more than $100,000.
Currently, Ryan lives in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, where he is developing the City's Mural Arts Program Tour Office. He believes strongly in social entrepeneurship and the ability of youth from all backgrounds to become positive, creative contributors in the community.
Michael Di Pasquale
Michael Di Pasquale is currently Adjunct Lecturer and Instructor of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) at Amherst’s Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning as well as Director of UMass Extension's Citizen Planner Training Collaborative. He received his B.S. in Architecture at the University of Detroit as well as two masters, in Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Michael focuses on Citizen Participation and Community Design, Urban Planning, Transportation, and Economic Development.
Linda is an urban planner with over twenty years of experience. Previously, she worked as a community planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Originally a volunteer with the Collaborative, Linda serves on the board of the Neighborhood Gardens Association, a nonprofit land trust that preserves community-managed green space. Linda earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.
Carmen is a digital producer at Hit Entertainment where she is responsible for creating games and websites for global kids brands including Barney and Friends and Bob the Builder. Previously, she worked at VH1.com where she developed interactive content in support of VH1’s popular Celebreality shows.
Her professional interests include video game mechanics for interaction, sustainable product design, data visualization, and educational technology.
Daryn is an experienced designer and manager and a strong advocate for high performance construction, community design, and quality urban development. As Principal, he manages the daily operations of the studio. He holds a degree from Clemson University and received his MArch from Iowa State University. He has taught at Philadelphia University and was the former Board Chair of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia.
Benje Feehan is currently working for the building community WORKSHOP (a non profit Architecture firm) as Project Director for their direct design services.
A graduate of UT Arlington School of Architecture, he is currently working on his Masters Degree in Architecture and believes that responsibilities of Designers, Artists and Architects reach far beyond that of every day practice. In 2001 Benje was invited to join the Cambridge Arts Association and has received numerous commissions for his two dimensional work.
Over the past years at the building community WORKSHOP, Benje has put
his beliefs into practice by working with existing homeowners in south Dallas to design and construct six socially and environmentally responsible, small footprint homes. These homes, and the Congo Street Green Initiative as a whole, have received numerous awards and honors including multiple local AIA Design awards and one National AIA Design award.
Benje has dedicated his current work to reassessing why we choose to create and believes that art has the ability to transcend social, economic, and environmental boundaries and be a catalyst for positive change.
Roberta Feldman is an architectural activist, researcher, and educator committed to democratic, community design. Her work is grounded in the conviction that high quality design is a meaningful and necessary component of an equitable and sustainable society.
Feldman is a professor at the UIC School of Architecture, where she developed and chaired the Activist Practice concentration in the School of Architecture at UIC. The concentration provided students with studio and seminar experiences that linked architectural design and theory to a public interest agenda. She has also co-founded the City Design Centerat the University of Illinois at Chicago. Through the center, Feldman has worked to raise the awareness of design's potential to serve the public's interest. Now as Director Emeritus of the center, she and her colleagues have been awarded the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize to research and elaborate upon public interest strategies in architecture.
Feldman's expertise and commitment to democratic design and action research are recognized nationally and internationally. As a respected community designer in Chicago, the Chicago Department of Planning has asked her to serve on the Design Initiative Taskforce and the Urban Design, Open Space and Waterfront Taskforce.
Jill Feldstein is currently the organizing director for the Philadelphia-based Women’s Community Revitalization Project. In her role there, she coordinates campaigns designed to win resources for low-income families and supports others in developing skills to help lead those efforts. Previously, she worked as a legislative aide in the Senate, registered and mobilized tens of thousands of voters in key elections, and trained local leaders on the principles of community organizing in Lima and Trujillo, Peru. Jill got her start in organizing as a college student, working to safeguard access to higher education by retaining affirmative action programs and expanding grant-based financial aid. She holds dual Master of Arts degrees in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and BAs in Economics and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vivian Figueredo has a background in nonprofit program development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as in fundraising, strategic planning, and capacity building. She has experience with a range of domestic and international issues, including community development and urban revitalization, workforce development, K-20 education, and adult education and training.
Sean Fischer, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Built Environment program at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this position, he assists with managing program initiatives such as the promotion and implementation of the NYC Active Design Guidelines, creation of active play spaces for children through street block closures (“Playstreets”), and research and evaluation to better understand the relationship between our built environment and public health. Sean has a background in applied research and earned his doctorate in Community Psychology at New York University.
Tuomi has offered technical advice and consultation to thousands of congregations of all faiths on the care and active community use of their historic religious buildings since joining Partners in 1997. He has contributed to publications such as Sacred Places at Risk (1998), Open the Doors: A Guide to Serving Families in Sacred Places (2001), and Your Sacred Place is a Community Asset: A Tool Kit to Attract New Resources and Partners (2002), and he has also spoken at many conferences and workshops around the country. He is a lead designer and trainer for Partners' New Dollars/New Partners program and currently oversees all of Partners' programming efforts, including the development of regional office and grant funds. Previously, Tuomi worked at the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and as an architectural photographer. He received an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Political Science from Haverford College.
As the founding director of Hester Street Collaborative (HSC), Anne Frederick has worked to develop a community design-build practice that responds to the needs of HSC’s local neighborhood of the Lower East Side/Chinatown as well as the needs of under-resourced NYC communities city-wide. Her unique approach to community design integrates education and youth development programming with participatory art, architecture, and planning strategies. This approach is rooted in partnership and collaboration with various community based organizations, schools, and local residents. Prior to founding HSC, Anne worked as an architect at Leroy Street Studio Architecture and as a design educator at Parsons School of Design and the New York Foundation for Architecture. Anne graduated from Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research in 1998, and has represented the work of HSC at various conferences, lectures, and exhibitions. To date, she has coordinated design education programs in over a dozen schools citywide, has overseen community design initiatives in a variety of parks and open spaces on the Lower East Side, and has initiated partnerships with a range of local and city-level organizations to improve the built environment in underserved New York neighborhoods.
Christine Gaspar is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy. She is an architect and an urban planner whose work has focused on collaborating with historically underrepresented communities to shape their own neighbourhoods. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
David Ghoogasian, educational consultant/trainer and school improvement facilitator, has a rich background in education, which includes teaching, counseling, administration, and professional development.
Among the areas of emphasis in the training and consultation services he provides as a teacher are the classroom applications of brain research, learning styles, teaching styles, multiple intelligence theory, differentiated instruction, critical thinking, classroom management, and emotional intelligence.
He teaches and trains through his own company, The Lyceum, as well as through the University of California, Riverside, Irvine, and San Diego education extension programs. He is a sought after speaker, who presents for schools, conferences, and the corporate world.
Ghoogasian is a member of the Gift and Talented Education (GATE) and Professional Teaching certificate program advisory boards at UCI Extension. He has served on visiting committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools and is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the California Association for the Gifted (CAG).
He recently received the "Distinguished Instructor Award" from UCI Education Extension as well as the "Dean's Outstanding Service Award."
Alex Gilliam is the founder of Public Workshop, an organization dedicated to helping individuals, schools, and communities achieve great things through design. Public Workshop creates projects, tools and events that help people positively change the places they live, work and play. Alex believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. He is a national expert on K-12 design education particularly interested and skilled in engaging youth not only in positively changing their schools and communities, but using them as levers for stimulating civic innovation and broader social change. Much of this involves developing tools and processes that allow not just youth, but people of all ages to joyfully participate in the positive shaping of the places they live, work and learn. His work has been featured on NPR’s Studio 360 and in magazines such as Metropolis, ID and the Architect’s Newspaper. Recently, he helped an architecture firm and its community partners create an innovative program in which a cadre of talented young adults help initiate positive change in Chicago neighborhoods through environmental assessment studies, community asset mapping and neighborhood service/design projects. Currently he is a Fellow at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Rene Goodwin is active in the Philadelphia Neighborhood Alliance, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG), and the Riverfront Communities United group that opposes siting casinos along the Delaware River. By day, Goodwin is a voice teacher, career developer, and performer. She even does historical interpretations of famous women, including Eleanor Roosevelt and Dorothy Parker.
Since 1990, Rose V. Gray has served as Director for Development for Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), a not-for-profit community development corporation in Philadelphia. In her capacity she oversees the implementation of the CDC's strategic plan designed to meet the ever-changing community.
Gray is responsible for all aspects of the CDC's revitalization plan. She oversees the management of the CDC's rental and commercial portfolio, and manages a housing counseling program for those with low and/or moderate incomes.
The City of Philadelphia Office of Neighborhood Transformation and the Redevelopment Authority have partnered with Ms. Gray on many of her affordable housing programs and currently are partnering on a 53-unit homeownership development.
Former Governor Tom Ridge appointed Ms. Gray to serve as a delegate to the "Summit for America's Future". Currently, she is a member of Governor Ed Rendell's Advisory Board for Community and Economic Development, and is a member of The Reinvestment Community Lending Institute. In 2002, Ms. Gray was appointed as one of six Inner City Advisors for the Urban Land Institute.
Alan Greenberger has been with the City of Philadelphia since 2008 as head of the planning commission, Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and Director of Commerce. Prior to joining the City of Philadelphia administration, he was in private practice as an architect and planner with MGA Partners and its predecessor, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects.
During his 34 years in private practice, Alan was the principal designer on numerous architectural, urban design, and planning projects. Additionally, Alan serves on the boards of numerous civic and cultural organizations in Philadelphia including the Fairmount Park Art Association, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He is a co-founder of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia, a 1000 member organization that is a model of design advocacy nationwide. Alan is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Glenn is a nationally recognized Native American architect with twenty five years of experience in the design of sustainable architecture and affordable housing in urban and rural environments across the United States. He is a Principal of Glenn & Glenn Architects Engineers, PLLC and the Executive Director of Environmental Works, a non-profit full-service architectural firm. Mr. Glenn, who is of Crow tribal heritage, designed the Crow Nation’s Little Big Horn College Campus, featured in the documentary film, Aboriginal Architecture Living Architecture, a documentary aired nationally in the U.S. and Canada, and he is currently the Design Architect for the University of Montana Native American Center in Missoula, Montana. The project is designed to a LEED Gold standard and to reflect the diverse cultures of Montana’s twelve tribes. Mr. Glenn has been an educator since 1990, teaching architectural studios and lecture courses at schools of architecture at the Arizona State University, University of Washington, Montana State University, the Boston Architectural Center, the Universidad Metropolitana Xochimilcho de Mexico, and the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, India.
Goodman joined Praxis in the summer of 2005. Other civic engagement projects he has worked on at Praxis include the Franklin Conference on School Design, Creating a Civic Vision for 40th and Market Streets and the Kimmel Center Public Spaces project.
Bob Grossmann is the senior director of Philadelphia Green at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a nonprofit membership organization which provides great events, activities, and publications for novice gardeners, experienced horticulturists, and flower lovers of all ages. Bob’s own personal expertise is in vacant land stabilization, benefits of greening, economic and environmental benefits of greening, parks revitalization, public landscapes, community gardens, urban tree canopy restoration, vacant land management, storm water management projects, and open space planning.
Sharon Haar is an architect and scholar who teaches studios and courses in urbanism, globalization, and housing. She has published books, articles, book reviews and chapters in books. She has also presented her research in conferences and lectures across the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Haar is the recipient of numerous grants from institutions including The Graham Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts and American Architecture Foundation. She has organized conferences on contemporary architectural education, housing, and schools and urban development. She is the former Reviews Editor for the Journal of Architectural Education.
Haar's current research investigates the role of entrepreneurship, design innovation, and global networking in the transformation of architectural practices devoted to social activism and humanitarian relief.
Mami is a designer and planner with 20 years of experience ranging from regional planning to project implementation, through all phases of physical planning and landscape design. Her career has focused on large-scale civic projects in urban environments, particularly waterfronts and river corridors, park and open space systems, trail networks, neighborhoods, and cultural institutions. Mami works with clients to integrate green infrastructure and urban development to enhance ecological function and civic life. Notable current projects include a 100-mile corridor plan for Indiana's Wabash River and GreenPlan Philadelphia, a sustainability framework to guide long-term open space policy for the city.
Sally Harrison is Associate Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a registered architect. She is former chair of the Department of Architecture and the director of the Urban Workshop, a university-based practice that seeks to address community design issues through a process of participatory site-specific research and design, collaborating with other place-making disciplines including landscape architecture, public art, planning and geography. Professor Harrison has professional and teaching expertise in urban design, urban theory, community-based design practice and sustainable design.
Harrison’s design, pedagogic and scholarly work on sustainable neighborhoods for the postindustrial city has been published in several journals. She has delivered papers at conferences of the ACSA, the ARRC/EAAE, EDRA, and at other scholarly symposia. The North Philadelphia Urban Initiatives Project funded by the US Department of Education won the Award for Architectural Research from Architecture Magazine and the Research Committee of the national American Institute of Architects. Professor Harrison has served on the board of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Chapters of the AIA, and was a founding member of the Community Design Collaborative.
Mathias Heyden is an architect, and cofounder of the community project K 77. He is currently assistant professor at the Institute of Architecture, Technical University, Berlin. His work focuses on a just, directly democratic, sustainable, and holistic production and use of the built environment; on self-determined and collective-based architecture for housing, culture, education, and work; and on participatory design in Europe and North-America. He cocurated the event and published the book Under Construction. Strategies of Participatory Design and Spatial Appropriation (with Jesko Fezer, 2003–04), and curated the exhibition and magazine publication An Architektur 19-21: Community Design: Involvement and Architecture in the US since 1963 (with An Architektur, 2008).
Associate Professor Jeff Hou has taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the College of the Built Environment at the University of Washington since 2001 where he also served as the Graduate Program Coordinator prior to becoming the Department Chair. Hou’s research, teaching, and practice focus on engaging marginalized communities and citizens through community design, design activism, and cross-cultural learning.
Hou has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighborhood residents in Japan, villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to rebuilding of indigenous villages and design of urban open space and streetscapes. His research on innovative practices of community participation and design education has been published in several journals.
Hou is a recipient of many grants and awards, has served on the board of the Association for Community Design, and currently co-chairs the advisory committee for IDEA Space, a community design and resource center in Seattle’s International District. As a coordinator for the Pacific Rim Community Design Network, he helped organize the first Conference on Democratic Design in the Pacific Rim in Berkeley.
John Hubert received his Bachelor’s degree from Temple University and his Master of Architecture from The University of Pennsylvania. He brings to the Team 20 years of design, construction, and service oriented experience and maintains a well rounded background overlapping his interests in the education, profession, and construction of architecture. John is a registered Architect in the state of Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Architects. As Principal John, serves as the Project Leader and Principal Designer for all of the firm’s projects and works directly with our clients on all phases from preliminary design through construction. As principal, he is responsible for establishing the design approach, process, and character of each project and for maintaining a level of quality consistent with the Client’s expectations and project budget.
During his tenure at Temple University he founded and co-chaired the PSFS Lecture + Exhibition on Modern Architecture in addition to serving on various academic committees.
Craig Huebner is a third year graduate student pursuing a joint master degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Craig’s current work title is Project Assistant for Community Design Solutions, a student-led design team that responds to requests for planning and design services from neighborhood groups, community organizations, and the UWM community. Working with this design team offers Craig the opportunity to provide preliminary planning/design solutions to those who can't typically afford the services of a professional design firm.
Jen Hughes joined the National Endowment for the Arts as Design Specialist in January 2011, overseeing design grants for Art Works. Previously, she worked at the Washington, DC Office of Planning and Department of Small Business Development on creative sector projects that support local entrepreneurial development. In addition, she brings the Arts Endowment over four years experience in communications and project management from the private sector. Jen holds an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on community development and design.
For Theresa Hwang, thoughtful design is not reserved for members of the loftier socio-economic echelons. Her philosophy embraces the ability to find beauty even in unlikely environments puts her in accord with her Rose Fellowship host Skid Row Housing Trust (SRHT).
One of her main projects with SRHT will be the Star Apartments. The mixed-use, commercial-residential, development with an array of comprehensive community amenities will be a first for SRHT. The project will include community spaces in addition to the typical comprehensive supportive services of a clinic. The Star Apartments will not only provide spaces of socialization and recovery for the residents of the project, but will provide respite for the residents of the surrounding buildings in the SRHT community that have limited amenities on site. The project will also include retail on the ground floor, further revitalizing the downtown area and enhancing the urban context of Los Angeles.
Theresa has spent over 8 years working with many community-based organizations in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. She founded the Design Initiative for Youth at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and developed Boston Progress Arts Collective.
Julie V. Iovine is an architecture and design reporter, editor, and critic with an international reputation based on more than a decade as a features reporter and editor at The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine. In addition to her role as architecture critic for The Architect's Newspaper since 2004, Iovine writes for a wide range of publications including Architectural Digest (Germany), Art Review (UK), Art & Auction, Architectural Record, ID, Interior Design, Elle Decor, and Town & Country. She is the author of Guggenheim: New York/Bilbao (Princeton Architectural Press), Michael Graves (Chronicle), Chic Simple: Home (Knopf) and a contributor to essays in Minimum: Home (Phaidon) and Ingo Mauer (Cooper-Hewitt/Assouline).
Marilyn Jackson is vice president in marketing and sales at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Prior to her work with the foundation Marilyn worked as the Director of Marketing at the Museum of Science and Industry, also located in Chicago. She also served as the senior manager for target marketing and brand communications at Ameritech and was the marketing analyst at Health Insurance Association of America. This is all after receiving her BS in Biology and Sociology at Cornell University and MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Brian is a designer, photographer, writer, Project M Alumni & Advisor, Sandboxer, and social entrepreneur who currently lives and works in Belfast, Maine. His work has been recognized by Print, STEP, ID, The New York Times, Fast Company, the AIGA, Swiss Miss and numerous other places around the web. He is a contributing writer on trends & innovation for PSFK, consumerism & sustainability for Unconsumption, and publishes a website about coffee.
David Jurca is an urban designer at Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. David contributes to the full range of the CUDC's projects, with a particular interest in shrinking cities research. Working with social media, video and other technologies, David spearheads the CUDC's efforts to develop new techniques for community engagement. David advises Master of Urban Design thesis students, leads community design charrettes and teaches in Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He also teaches a course on urban green space as a part-time lecturer in the SAGES program at Case Western Reserve University. David serves on the Franklin Boulevard - West Clinton Landmarks Advisory Committee and volunteers for a number of organizations dedicated to community service and sustainability. He has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from The Ohio State University and received his M.Arch from Kent State University.
Katie is a designer, educator, translator and maker who is perpetually curious about the people and relationships that grow around her. With a spark of energy, Katie leads groups in exploring, finding and solving problems as small as choosing a restaurant for dinner and as big as redefining a high school classroom experience.
Her background in graphic design and communications has given Katie a strong foundation in visual thinking that she combines with her passion for creating community around an object.
Robin is a registered architect with 17 years of experience. She was an Associate Architect at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Owner’s Representative for Independence Charter School. Robin serves on the board of the Center City Residents’ Association and heads the facilities committee of Independence Charter School. She received her Bachelors of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. In her free time, you might find Robin teaching ceramics to neighborhood kids, throwing pots at the Clay Studio, or tearing around town on her bike.
Peter Kountz came to CHAD in July of 2005. Before that time, he was an administrator and faculty member at The University of Chicago, from which he has his MA and Ph.D and where he was the first Curator of the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, and the University of Rochester where he was a faculty member, Dean of Students in the University and assistant baseball coach. Mr. Kountz also headed large K-12 schools in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. Mr. Kountz has been involved with school and university teaching and administration since 1969. In his other lives, Mr. Kountz is a musician, writer, and consultant. Among other things, he continues to coach professional musicians. Mr. Kountz and his wife Nanci have three children, Fred (27), Henry (24) and Isabelle (21) and live in Philadelphia.
J. Scott Kratz is currently the vice president for education at the National Building Museum, leading the Public Programs and Youth Education departments that conceive, organize, present, and evaluate high-caliber, high-profile educational programs for families, adults, and school children. These programmatic efforts explore the building arts. Before joining the National Building Museum, Kratz served as Director of Programs at the Autry National Center and Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the American West where he supervised a staff that planned and implemented programs for the Autry.
Joseph’s professional career has centered on community-based educational design. His interests range from material research and fabrication, to community based design and planning. His work for Fielding Nair International focused on two public schools in Vancouver, British Columbia, and White Horse, Yukon Territory. Joseph helped to facilitate an integrated collaborative process where students, teachers, parents and elders worked together to create an environment designed around learning. Joseph has taught, lectured and presented on the topics of land, culture and place. His current work in southeast Montana on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation focuses on the need for culturally relevant sustainable housing. The project has allowed Joseph, who is an enrolled tribal member, to connect back to an Indian’s way of thinking while simultaneously using his education and professional skills to sensitively impact the needs of the reservation’s built environment. Joseph received his Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland.
Chris Lawrence is the Director of Hive Learning Network. Hive NYC is a consortium of cultural institutions working together to create and connect learning opportunities for local middle and high school-aged youth in New York, and Chicago. The Mozilla Foundation partners with Hive NYC with funding from the Digital Media and Learning Initiative at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Chris recently participated in Hive NYC as a charter partner member in his former position of Director of Formal and Informal Teaching and Learning At NYSCI he conceived and managed educational programs that utilize digital and web-based tools for both on-site and distance learning applications. Chris has a Master's in Museum Education from the Bank Street College of Education.
Aaron Levy is the Executive Director of the Slought Foundation, an organization that operates at the intersection of art, advocacy, and social theory, and develops new models for public conversation and practices of engagement.
As Chief Curator, he has organized a series of long-term initiatives including “Into the Open,” which recovered American histories of architectural experimentation and community activism, and traveled to Parsons the New School and the National Constitution Center.
Levy lectures in the Departments of English and the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 he submitted a doctoral dissertation in History of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds exploring complicity and the cultural politics of display at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
He is also the producer of a popular DVD series on contemporary art and social theory.
He presents regularly at conferences, including the inaugural Aspen Institute Cultural Diplomacy Forum in Paris, and in 2010 he was a U.S. Cultural Envoy to Lahore, Pakistan. An advocate for inter-cultural dialogue about art and activism, Levy has led many cultural exchanges. He has also served on several public and private sector committees including the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE).
Heidi Segall Levy
Heidi is a registered architect with twenty years of design and project management experience. Before joining the Collaborative staff, she was a senior project architect with Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC, Kling, and SOM. Currently, she is an active volunteer with Julia R. Masterman School and Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel. Heidi earned a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University and a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.
Diana was previously editor in chief and publisher of Next American City. During her tenure, the magazine’s subscriber base and website traffic doubled, and sponsorships and advertising tripled. She added the annual urban informatics conference, Open Cities, and the leadership conference, Vanguard, to the organization’s activities, as well as oversaw the Dan and Joanna Rose Fellowship program. In addition, she hosted a monthly podcast called Metro Matters.
In 2010, Diana left Next American City to help launch New Cities Foundation, a new non-profit organization with the mission of aligning corporate, public and civic sector leaders to improve urban life. In 2011, Diana was a Van Alen Institute fellow, and joined the advisory committee of the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster and the program committe of the Ed Bacon Foundation.
Diana has received degrees from Cornell University (B.A., English) and Columbia University (M.F.A., Creative Writing). She is the author of Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design. She also edited Designing the Hamptons: Portraits of Interiors (Edizioni, 2006). She has published her writing in The New York Times, Architectural Record, Grist, Paper, and many other publications. She recently finished a draft of her first novel.
Anne-Marie Lubenau, architect, educator and advocate for excellence in design and planning, led the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh (CDCP) to be recognized for its innovative programs and practices, while advocating effectively for community participation and better design and planning in Pittsburgh.
Anne-Marie has worked at the intersection of people and place, helping individuals and communities understand and participate in the process of design. In private practice, Anne-Marie has worked to renovate abandoned and historically significant properties into affordable and supportive housing facilities. She has developed courses on the built environment. As Chair of the Pittsburgh Civic Design Coalition, she provided testimony about major development projects in downtown Pittsburgh and co-authored editorials that drew attention to design and planning issues. Anne-Marie has served on the City of Pittsburgh’s Design Review Committee and the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University.
During her Loeb Fellowship, Anne-Marie will explore the influences of history, culture and leadership on cities’ attitudes towards planning and design. She is interested in how these influences affect public policy and elected leaders, particularly in cities that are undergoing transformational change, and will focus on ways of increasing civic dialogue and community engagement.
Kelly Lyons is Program Director for Architecture Explorations, the K-12 outreach program of the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, as well as UDream Program Coordinator. She develops and manages a collection of architecture outreach programs, reaching over 1,000 students each year.
Since Kelly joined the School of Architecture in 2003, the School’s K-12 outreach has grown from one Saturday program to a collection of eight programs, many offered in partnership with other organizations including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and Fallingwater. Kelly has written numerous grants to support Architecture Explorations and received support from local foundations including the Grable Foundation, the Buhl Foundation and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. She has received multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the diversity efforts of Architecture Explorations.
Kelly received her Master’s in Education from Duquesne University and her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sarah Malin provides The Third Teacher team an attention to the implicit values that drive a community and a keen ability to synthesize and articulate findings. Before her arrival to the design field, she studied anthropology and researched identity negotiation in Morocco’s urban centers. To complement her academic experience, she honed her writing and articulation abilities at a public-interest communications firm before joining Cannon. While at Northwestern University, she directed the largest student-organized conference on human rights in the country and additionally helped organize conferences that dealt with international development and social impact. Such coordination experience has proved invaluable as The Third Teacher thrives on collaboration and the synergy of diverse thinkers and disciplines.
Roman Mars is host and producer of KALW’s 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. The 99% Invisible podcast recently peaked at #8 in the iTunes rankings for all podcasts, as well as #1 in both the Arts and Design categories. He is also the host, producer and program director of Public Radio Remix from PRX, a 24-hour, experimental public radio story stream broadcast on XM 123 and public radio stations across the country. He was a founding producer at PRX/NPR’s Snap Judgment and Senior Producer at the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
Jennifer Masengarb is Senior Manager of Educational Research at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) where she leads curriculum development. For the past 11 years at CAF she has created workshops, tours, and hands-on programs that help K-12 teachers and students understand architecture and the built environment. Trained as an architect and historian, she is the primary author of DiscoverDesign.org, CAF’s newly-developed digital curriculum which teaches upper level high school students about the design process and the design and construction of green schools. Masengarb is also the primary author of two award-winning CAF publications, "Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago’s Amazing Architecture" for grades K-8 (2002) and "The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings" for grades 9-12 (2007) - which is the first high school architecture textbook in the nation. Both texts were awarded national AIA Honor Awards for Collaborative Achievement. She holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy and master of architectural history and historic preservation from the University of Virginia.
Roxanne received her BFA in Architecture from Parsons The New School for Design in 2006, and continued on to work for four years in both the design and construction industries. In June of 2010 she joined the Salvadori Staff full-time, after working as an educator for six months. Excited to have the opportunity to devote her time wholeheartedly to the Center, Roxanne's goal for the BRIDGES program is to work as a team with the other educators to perfect the curriculum, with hopes that it is not only effective but also a new and exciting way of reaching kids enrolled in the program.
A skilled nonprofit manager, Beth developed her expertise in public policy, community development, and historic preservation as a program developer and policy analyst with Fairmount Ventures, at the Mid-Atlantic office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and as a coordinator at Resource Management Plus. Beth holds a Masters in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.
Brian's research interests center on landscapes, transportation, air quality, and the effects of corporations on communities. His specialization is public policy toward regional and urban air pollution.
Brian recently received a $649,995 grant from the Transportation Research Board to study the impacts of land use strategies on travel behavior in small communities and rural areas. Morton and City and Regional Planning professors Daniel Rodriguez and Yan Song will develop methods and provide an assessment of the impact of land use, development patterns, and the associated economic activities on travel behavior in small communities and rural areas.
Over the past 20 years, Brian has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Defense Fund, and several consulting firms. He holds the Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mike has been an architect in Chicago for 14 years, and worked previously in Boston and Philadelphia. His work has focused on design innovation for issues of sustainability and affordability in housing and social justice projects. Other concentrations have been on constructability and professional practice topics.
Mike has worked for 12 years as Senior Associate at CAPA, a well-known Chicago architectural firm, on projects including affordable housing, community planning designs, commercial and institutional projects, and market rate developments. His work there most recently has been on inventive sustainable projects such as Tryon Farm, a 150-unit development in Michigan City, Indiana. Since leaving CAPA, Mike has designed a series of units of housing, and is currently working on several sustainable market rate projects.
Mike has also a keen interest in teaching, and has been Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago for the past 6 years, teaching design studios, building science and preparatory classes for architectural licensure. Previously, Mike taught at Archeworks, an innovative design school that develops solutions for projects focusing on social issues.
Currently on faculty at Drexel University in the Department of Architecture + Interiors, D.S. Nicholas is a hybrid practitioner. A registered architect and artist who lives and works in Philadelphia; after completing a Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, she received her MFA in Painting from the University of the Arts. Her research is done under the name Reactive Space Studio, she is also the owner of On Deign LLC an architectural practice specializing in storefront revitalization, space planning and adaptive urban reuse. She is an exhibiting artist at Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia. Ms. Nicholas has taught architecture and design for 12 years at various schools including: Temple University, Drexel University, and Philadelphia University. She has been a critic at the University of Pennsylvania, University of the Arts and Gallaudet University. Her current research practice is focused on materials reuse, emergent technologies and design/build in both art and architecture.
Ceara O’Leary is a public design intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), a professional service and outreach program of Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art + Design. The GCCDS was established in Biloxi, Mississippi in response to Hurricane Katrina to provide architectural design services, landscape and planning assistance, educational opportunities and research to organizations and communities along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Prior to GCCDS Ceara received her Masters in Architecture and City Planning at UC Berkeley in 2010 and BA in Architectural Studies from Brown University in 2006.
After graduating from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning with his masters in Architecture in 1991, Edward Orlowski has worked in several academic positions. These include lecturer, assistant professor, interim chair, department of architecture chair and currently associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University. In addition to his academic work, Edward has also worked as Project Manager and Designer for AGZ Architects, Senior Design Architect for SHG Incorporated and Designer / Assistant Project Architect for Luckenback|Siegelman and Partners, Inc.
Sohyun Park is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Her research interests include preservation planning, community and street design, walkable neighborhoods, as well as downtown revitalization. She and her students are currently working on the refinement of participatory processes and design tools in neighborhood plan makings and on the development of neighborhood walkability measures. The projects recently conducted by her lab include a neighborhood pocket park in Sungsan-dong, Seoul; development of family-friendly neighborhood concepts and measuring elements; and preliminary review of neighborhood characteristics reflecting walkability in Seoul's old residential areas. She used to teach at the University of Colorado's College of Architecture and Planning, before she joined the Seoul National University.
David Perkes is an architect, Associate Professor for Mississippi State University and the founding director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS), a professional outreach program of the College of Architecture, Art + Design. The design studio was established soon after Hurricane Katrina and is providing planning and architectural design support to many communities and non-profit organizations. The design studio has assisted in the renovation of hundreds of damaged homes and over fifty new house projects in East Biloxi. The Biloxi house projects were awarded an Honor Citation from the Gulf States Region AIA in 2007. Before creating the GCCDS, David was the director of the Jackson Community Design Center and taught in the School of Architecture’s fifth year program in Jackson, Mississippi. Under his leadership the Jackson Community Design Center received numerous awards, including a Mississippi AIA Honor Award for the Boys and Girls Club Camp Pavilion. A Jackson Habitat for Humanity house was selected by the “Show Your Green” recognition program and featured on the AIA Design Advisor. David was selected as the designer from Mississippi in January 2004 issue of International Design. In 2004 David was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Brian Phillips is founder of Interface Studio Architects LLC in Philadelphia. His design work has received several awards including the 2006 AIA Philadelphia Silver Medal and a 2007 Merit Award from Residential Architect. His writing has been published in 306090 and in the recent publication Crossover: Architecture, Urbanism, Technology published by 010 Rotterdam.
Dan Pitera is a political and social activist masquerading as an architect. He is presently the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. With the view that "design" is an essential force in establishing human relations, the Design Center is dedicated to fostering university and community partnerships that create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. The Design Center provides not only design services but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration.
Mr. Pitera was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Under his direction since 2000, the Design Center was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture and recently was awarded the 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Design Excellence for the St. Joseph Rebuild Center in New Orleans. The Design Center has also been the awarded the 2002 Dedalo Minosse International Prize. In 1998, Mr. Pitera was the Hyde Chair of Excellence at the University of Nebraska. He has lectured and taught extensively throughout the North America, South America, and Europe.
Carolyn Placke is currently the Director of Housing and Community Development for Project HOME, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, alleviating the underlying causes of poverty, and enabling all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. Much of Carolyn’s work takes place in the lower north central Philadelphia neighborhood, where Project HOME does community development work. In general Carolyn specializes in identification, planning, and delivery of affordable housing and community development projects and services, including program development/delivery, budgeting, evaluation and reporting. Prior to working with Project HOME in Philadelphia, Carolyn worked as Application Developer at IMI, Inc and graduated with her masters in Urban Studies from Temple University in 1997.
John Poros is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. He is currently the director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design and outreach component of the school. He is also the former director of the Educational Design Institute, a research center to improve school design. Before joining the faculty at Mississippi State ten years ago, Prof. Poros worked with the architecture firm of Kieran Timberlake Associates in Philadelphia for seven years. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Philadelphia College as well. Prof. Poros received his Masters of Architecture Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.
Sister Ann Provost
After receiving her degree at LaSalle University, Sister Ann Provost moved on to become the executive director at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, Inc (MNM). As a non-profit organization, MNM has worked in partnership with the working poor of the Tioga-Nicetown community for more than 35 years resulting in adult and childcare programs. The Mercy Family Center became the first USBGC silver-level certified green building in North Philadelphia and one of just nine silver-level certified in the city in 2009.
Quilian Riano is a designer, writer, and educator currently working out of Brooklyn, New York. He co-founded DSGN AGNC and collaborated on a variety of architectural design and research projects with other groups, including the non-profit Architecture 2030, Estudio Teddy Cruz, Archinect, Places Journal, #lgnlgn, Harvard University, and Parsons The New School for Design. The projects he is working on often cross disciplinary boundaries and are located in Africa, Europe and North, Central and South America.
Quilian’s current interests and research are focused on the design and implementation of flexible and hybrid designs at a variety of scales to address urban, landscape, architectural, ecological, and social systems. These holistic designs seek to mediate the conditions of overlooked populations with challenging environmental, social, economic, political, environmental, and physical contexts.
He is also currently teaching a design and urban theory studio at Parsons The New School for Design and have taught architectural and urban design studios at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and the City College of New York. Quilian attended University of Florida for a Bachelors of Design in Architecture and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design for a Masters of Architecture.
Scott Ritchie plays a key role as project deisigner on many of SMP Architects’ current projects. His architectural design experience is enhanced by an additional background in landscape architecture. Most recently Mr. Ritchie served as the project architect for the Sustainable Urban Science Center for the Germantown Friends School, a lab classroom building where the school’s pedagogy is enriched through active and visible green building and site design strategies.
He has taught design studios at Boston Architecture Center and Rhode Island School of Design and currently participates as design critic at local schools and universities.
Anna Sanko, has an MA in Education from Goddard College, a Connecticut Interior Design license and is a Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Master Teaching Artist. She is founder and executive director for the ARC. In addition, she works with the student and faculty populations throughout New England and has facilitated workshops to K-12 students and families. She has successfully taken the ARC’s design program to audiences through conferences and workshops, which have resulted in numerous awards.
Anna’s vision and determination have resulted in an individual National Endowment for the Arts grant for the purpose of writing and documenting the Call to the Visionary Artist© program. She now directs and serves as publication editor of The Hartford Connection. Anna has participated on Connecticut State Department of Education and Connecticut Business and Industries Curriculum Advisory Committees and as a visiting design critic at the University of Hartford Ward College of Technology, where she has served as an adjunct professor. She is a certified facilitator for Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection education programs and continues her master teaching artist development through participation in Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism HOT School summer institutes and national design education conferences.
Ines Schaber is an artist, photographer, and author living in Berlin, Germany. Her work addresses the relation of spatial and image politics. In movers and shapers (2001), a project in collaboration with the architect Jörg Stollmann, she investigated the visual politics of planned communities in Arizona; in picture mining (2006), she explored the relation of historical labor photography to a photographic archive in a former limestone mine below an abandoned landscape.
Shanta Schachter has been an advocate for greening, smart growth, and sustainability practices for more than 15 years including work in light rail advocacy, green neighborhood planning and renewable energy. She holds a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geography, Urban Planning and Community Development. She is currently the Deputy Director of New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) of Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for sustainable development and community building. It is a member of NeighborWorks America and a nationally recognized leader in this field. During her five-year tenure at NKCDC, Ms. Schachter has led various projects and programs including the Sustainable 19125 initiative, a model for using sustainable actions as a tool for community engagement, household savings, and environmental impact in low-income neighborhoods.
Anthony Schuman is an associate professor at the College of Architecture and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology and a registered architect who is widely known for his advocacy of architecture's social vocation. A past chair of NYC’s chapter of Architects/Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility, Schuman presently serves on the Montclair (NJ) Housing Commission and on the boards of the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee and Lincoln Park/Coast Cultural District Inc., a community development corporation.
Schuman is the first faculty member from NJIT to be named distinguished professor by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), which recognizes contributions across the spectrum of academic pursuits. Schuman is a past president of the association.
Schuman's scholarship has been recognized with many awards. For example, in 2007 he was awarded a medal by the Newark Municipal Council for organizing a celebration of the Newark Eagles, the city's former championship Negro Leagues baseball team.
He has published several articles on housing design and community development including his most recent article “Ghetto: A Word and its US/age.” Schuman was a founding member of a series of advocacy and activist organizations in the architecture and planning professions.
Jason Schupbach currently manages the NEA’s design initiatives as Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to coming to the NEA, Mr. Schupbach held the first-in-the-nation position of Creative Economy Industry Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development where his accomplishments include coordinating the growth of new industry cluster groups, and launching a Design Excellence initiative, an effort to improve procurement processes in Massachusetts in order to build more sustainable and longer-lasting buildings and communities, and increase the number of designers being offered contracts.
Schupbach was director of ArtistLink, where among other duties he managed a statewide artist space development technical assistance initiative. In addition, he managed the first ever artist housing predevelopment grant program.
Mr. Schupbach's experience also includes serving as National Artist Space Initiative Consultant for Leveraging Investments in Creativity, where he was key editor for two reports from the Urban Institute on developing artist space. During his time at NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs Schupbach managed capital projects for cultural institutions in coordination with other NYC agencies and assisted in the development of guidelines to involve artists in streetscape design and planning processes.
As professor in the Department of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering at Shibaura Institute of Technology, Hideaki Shimura has published many articles. Shimura is also in charge of the Hideaki SHIMURA Laboratory which specializes in city planning and design, especially "Machizukuri" which literally means community design, community improvement or place making in English. But "Machizukuri" is strictly original method of city planning in Japan. Shimura received his PhD at Waseda University in 2003 where he wrote his dissertation entitled “Simulation and Gaming System for Supporting Community Design.”
Gregory Simon is an instructor and freelance architectural designer based in northern New Jersey. In 2001 he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and, more recently, a Master of Arts in Education from Saint Peter's College. He had worked at various architecture firms in the New York City area until the founding of the Academy of Architecture and Contemporary Themes in 2005. There he continues to offer courses in Architectural Design and to act as an adviser for high school students pursuing post-secondary studies in the fields of architecture and design. This role affords him the opportunity to share his passions for both architecture and life-long learning.
Since graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with her masters in City Planning, City Design and Development in 2010, Trinity Simons has been working as Program Officer for the National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. Prior to receiving her masters, Trinity also worked as a volunteer director on the National Architecture Accrediting Board while working as Project Manager for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design.
Kevin J. Singh is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Louisiana Tech University where since 2006 he has taught design, community design, graphic communication, and professional practice. In 1998 he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ball State University. After practicing for seven years, he received a Master of Building Construction (Design-Build Option) from Auburn University in 2006. He has been a registered architect in the State of Ohio since 2003 and holds the NCARB Certificate. In 2005 he became a LEED Accredited Professional. He has worked in various architecture and design practices in Ohio. He has served a two-year term as the AIA YAF (Young Architects Forum) Regional Liaison for the Gulf States region from 2009-10. Kevin has served as Director of both the Community Design Activism Center and University Design Assistance Center since joining the Louisiana Tech University faculty.
Frank Sleegers teaches design studios in landscape architecture and urban design.
Sleegers research and creative work fall into two areas: The first one is phytoremediation as landscapes of sensual experiences and green infrastructure. The second area is the building and organizing of site specific ephemeral art work in urban environments. Both are explored in his interdisciplinary Urban Design Laboratory as alternative strategies for urban renewal.
Frank Sleegers is a practicing landscape architect with an office in Hamburg, Germany. Contributing to the livability of city life, his professional work includes numerous award winning competitions in urban design, parks, and plazas. Built works in landscape architecture include intimate gardens, roof top gardens, and renewal of urban and regional parks. They are generated by the use of narrative images, transformed to make the landscape legible, and create a sense of place for people.
Prior to joining LARP in 2006, Frank Sleegers was a lecturer for landscape architecture design at the Department for Urban Planning - HafenCity University Hamburg, Germany from 2002 to 2005.
Daniel Splaingard’s commitment to community based architectural design surfaced in Alabama at Auburn University’s famed Rural Studio where he trained to become an architect. Daniel’s understanding of underserved populations broadened during his time with groups in Mexico and India. Ultimately, Daniel brought what he learned abroad back to Alabama, and after two additional years helping the Rural Studio to lead community design-build projects, Daniel moved to Chicago to begin a Rose Fellowship with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation.
Daniel is an integral member of Bickerdike’s team, assisting in its acclaimed, holistic approach to community development, and bridging the areas of project financing, design, construction, and property and asset management, as well as creating a model for an environmentally and socially sustainable single family home. Much of his time is spent on development and design of urgently needed affordable rental housing in an area hit by both foreclosures of multifamily properties and condominium conversions.
For Daniel this means hands-on engagement during the full scope of work, from community outreach, to financing and management of construction, through the LEED® certification.
Thaddeus Squire, Founder and Creative Director of Hidden City Philadelphia, is publisher of the Hidden City Daily. He is a curator, consultant, writer, and producer. His diverse background in history and the performing arts has led him to a range of interests from contemporary curatorial practice, to new business and entrepreneurial models for cultural organizations.
From 2000 to 2004, Thaddeus was artistic and executive director of the contemporary music organization Relâche in Philadelphia, during which time he rebuilt the artistic profile of the twenty-year-old company. In 2005, he founded Peregrine Arts, which served the fine and performing arts, and heritage fields with integrated creative, management, production, and marketing support. Hidden City Philadelphia was incubated and its inaugural festival in 2009 produced under the aegis of Peregrine.
In 2010, he converted Peregrine Arts’ nonprofit organization into Hidden City Philadelphia under a new and expanded mission to continue the festival and undertake ongoing programs. He is also the Founder & Managing Director of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, a separate nonprofit service company, which provides management and administrative support to Hidden City and other diverse cultural organizations in the Philadelphia region.
Harris M. Steinberg, FAIA, is the founding executive director of PennPraxis, the clinical consulting arm of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the faculty of the department of city and regional planning at Penn where he teaches courses on civic participation and community visioning. Harris led a 13-month public planning process for seven-miles of the central Delaware riverfront in Philadelphia. The process, A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, was established by executive order of Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street in October 2006 and was funded by the William Penn Foundation with support from the Knight Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It was a citizen-driven, open and transparent process that engaged over 5500 Philadelphians. The Civic Vision has received the annual Urban Design Committee Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the national Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Planning Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association.
From 2003 until 2006, Harris was the Director of the Center for Innovation in Affordable Housing Design. He was a lecturer at PennDesign from 1998 to 2003 and an adjunct assistant Professor in PennDesign's Architecture Department from 2003 to 2006.
Harris' professional experience includes work at Venturi Raunch Scott Brown and Geddes Brecher Qualis Cunningham. He was the founding partner of Steinberg & Schade Architects and Steinberg & Stevens Architects.
His most recent project, Creating a Civic Vision for the Central Delaware Riverfront, has brought more than four thousand Philadelphians together to build a vision plan for seven miles of Philadelphia's Delaware riverfront. His prior civic engagement work includes the 2003 Penn's Landing Forums with the Philadelphia Inquirer and the 2006 casino forum with the Philadelphia Daily News. The riverfront vision plan was released this November 2007.
Graham Stroh is the Program Manager for the American Architectural Foundation’s Great Schools by Design program. With an aim of providing school leaders with leadership training in the design process, Graham selects school districts and architects to take part in the GSbD events and administers those programs. Additionally, Graham manages AAF’s Accent on Architecture grants program that supports K-12 design education. Previous to his work at AAF, Graham worked for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on federal funding programs supporting non-motorized transportation, historic preservation, and rail trails. Originally from New York City, Graham calls Washington, D.C. home, where he is often found white water kayaking on the Potomac River. Graham received his Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Bachelors of Arts from Bard College.
Kira Strong is Vice President of Community and Economic Development and supervises the activities of PEC’s community development arm, the People’s Emergency Center Community Development Corporation (PECCDC). Prior to accepting the position of vice president, Strong was the senior project manager at PECCDC. Previously, she managed Federal Department of Education programs with the School District of Philadelphia and was coordinator for volunteer services with PEC. Kira received a Nonprofit Executive Leadership certificate from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College, her master’s degree in urban planning from Temple University.
Katie Swenson oversees Enterprise’s National Design Initiatives, including the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (ahdli.org) and the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship (rosefellowship.org), a program uniquely designed to nurture a new generation of community architects.
After completing her own Enterprise Rose Fellowship, Katie founded the Charlottesville Community Design Center and led it to establish, with Habitat for Humanity, an influential and acclaimed international design competition. The competition’s innovative lessons are recounted in the new publication Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model, which Katie co-authored with William Morrish and Susanne Schindler.
Katie is a national leader in sustainable design for low-income communities, recently named an emerging leader by the Design Futures Council, and to Steelcase’s prestigious Green Giant list. Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from UC-Berkeley and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.
Linda Sylvan, RDA Executive Director since 1988, works directly with the president to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. Prior to her appointment as executive director, Sylvan was managing editor of Cite for five years. RDA has joined with other organizations as a founding member of the Organization of Architecture Associations because of Sylvan’s leadership. She holds a B.A. from Rice University.
After obtaining his Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and M. Arch. From Yale University, Dewey won a Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome. He is a registered architect and his award-winning architectural firm, Thorbeck Architects Ltd., is involved in both regional and national projects and has been published internationally. He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is a past president of the AIA Minnesota. With a special focus on architecture for agriculture he is writing a book on working buildings in the rural landscape with a grant from the Graham Foundation. After teaching design in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for a number of years, Dewey founded the Center for Rural Design and serves as its director.
As Director of Planning for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation Sarah Thorp is the project manager for the master plan to undertake 6 miles of waterfront on the Delware River through the central part of the city. Plan components include land use, utilities and infrastructure investment, street plans and platting, public transit, pedestrian and bicycle trail alignment, connections, public access to the river's edge, and urban design guidelines. Sarah is also working on several waterfront implementation projects, including the design and construction of a new 1-acre park called the Race Street Pier. Previously Sarah worked as Executive Director for the Delaware River City Corporation after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with her masters of science in historic preservation.
Katie Wakeford is an intern architect with the College of Design’s Home Environments Design Initiative (HEDI), a research and community engagement endeavor focusing on affordable and sustainable housing. From educating the general public to assisting non-profits and municipalities, HEDI strives to demonstrate how quality design can contribute to healthy, energy efficient houses while it enriches our lives. Wakeford is a co-editor of the book Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis Books, 2008), a collection of essays that highlights a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the public good. Wakeford received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, her M.Arch from NC State University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Says Wakeford: “I’m thrilled to be part of the proud NC State tradition of community engagement. Working collaboratively with community partners, students, and faculty, I am confident we can positively impact the quality of residential design in our state.”
Prior to discovering architecture, Wakeford danced professionally in several ballet companies including the Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet, the Buffalo Ballet Theater, and the Charleston Ballet Theater. She maintains her love of dance as a faculty member at the Ballet School of Chapel Hill.
Mindy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University and a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Trained both as a printmaker and an urban planner, Mindy brings an artistic sensibility to the physical, social, and environmental aspects of her planning projects. Her planning and design experience has introduced her to a broad spectrum of contemporary issues facing cities and urban neighborhoods. Her projects have addressed the polar challenges of managing growth in robust markets and fostering revitalization in those of decline and abandonment. Mindy teaches a practice-based workshop for first-year city planning graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
Helen Wechsler joined IMLS in December 2009 as Senior Program Officer in the Office of Museum Services where she directs the National Leadership Grant program and manages the 21st Century Skills initiative. She comes to IMLS from the American Architectural Foundation where she served as Vice President for Communication and Partnership Development. Prior to that, she spent 17 years at the American Association of Museums where she directed Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects focusing on institutional planning and leadership. She also served at Director of International and Ethics Programs at AAM directing an international museum partnership program, overseeing the development of ethics guidelines for the museum field, and serving on two U.S. delegations negotiating agreements on cultural property topics. Helen holds an M.A. in the history of Asian art from the University of Michigan and has lectured and published on Hindu temple architecture.
Suzanne Wedekind is an art teacher at West Valley Middle School, which is in the Knox County School system in Knoxville, Tennessee. Suzanne has also worked as an art teacher at in the Dorchester District II Schools. She received her degree at local University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Steven A. Weixler is a Louisville, Kentucky native. After migrating to Philadelphia in 1980 via Chicago, he formed his own interior design firm with partner Walter Peterson and has since completed numerous projects and accepted national awards for interiors around the country.
Weixler was a member of the original Central Delaware Advisory Group appointed by Mayor Street in 2006 to consider planning for the Delaware River waterfront. He has served three terms as Chairman of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group, working to realize the principles of the Civic Vision that came out of that Advisory process. He also serves as President of the Society Hill Civic Association, a Philadelphia residential neighborhood awarded one of "America's 10 Best-Planned Neighborhoods" by the American Planning Association.
The executive director at South Shore Chamber Inc, Teyonda Wertz works to assist the community retailers, property owners and residents to design and implement positive programs to revitalize the South Shore/Avalon communities in the 5th, 7th and 8th wards. Prior to her recent work at South Shore Chamber, Teyonda was the Chief of Staff at the Illinois Department of Human Services where she supervised and directed the day-to-day departmental activities that ensure the smooth and efficient operations in the Chief Executive Office of the Department of Human Services (DHS). She also served as policy advisor for the Department of Human Services, in which it was her duty to review appropriate approvals for contract modifications, amendments, and sole source agreements.
In addition to being an adjunct professor of architecture at Temple University, and publishing work in magazines like Harvard Design, Todd Woodward also works at SMP Architects. At the firm Todd is the Principal-In-Charge for new construction and renovation work, primarily for institutions and non-profit organizations, including several projects at the University of Pennsylvania. He is certified by the US Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional. Previously he has served as a board member for the Community Design Collaborative and currently sits on the Collaborative’s Advisory Council. He was also the recipient of the 2003 AIA Philadelphia Young Architect Award.
Jess Zimbabwe was named executive director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use at ULI. Before joining ULI, Jess was the director of the Mayors' Institute on City Design. Jess also developed the Sustainable Cities Design Academy through its January 2009 pilot event. During her time at the Mayors' Institute, she also served as Vice President for Programs at the American Architectural Foundation, overseeing that organization's Great Schools by Design program, which brings design and planning expertise to local appointed and elected school district leaders.
Before joining the Mayors' Institute and American Architectural Foundation in 2006, Jess served as the Community Design Director at Urban Ecology in San Francisco, California, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jess earned a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University. She also received the Architecture Department's Graduate Instructor of the Year Award. She is a licensed architect, certified city planner, and a LEED-Accredited professional.
Morrie Zimmerman has been working at Becker Winston Architects, currently known as BWA Architecture + Planning, since graduating from Drexel University in 1998 with his bachelor’s in architecture.