Speakers

Lisa Abendroth is a Professor and the Communication Design Program Coordinator at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where her research focuses on issues of social equity toward marginalized audiences. Working across diverse disciplines, she practices, evaluates, and writes about design that addresses under-served people, places and problems. She is a founding member of the SEED Network and a co-author of the SEED Evaluator tool. Abendroth is a 2013 recipient of the SEED Award for Leadership in Public Interest Design. Along with Bryan Bell, Abendroth is a co-editor of the forthcoming book, Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (Routledge, 2015).
Nadia Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Iowa State University where she teaches interdisciplinary outreach studios and seminars on design activism and urbanism.  She leads the Bridge Studio, winner of the 2009 NCARB Prize, and co-directs the ISU Community Design Lab. Her work investigates the theory and practice of public interest design as a force for justice in the built environment. Prior to joining ISU in 2005, Nadia practiced architecture in Chicago, Warsaw, and Vienna. She received her Master of Architecture degree in 1994 from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from Yale University.
Marie Aquilino is Professor of Architectural History at Ecole Spéciale de l’Architecture (ESA) in Paris and a specialist in contemporary urban redevelopment and risk mitigation. For the past eight years she has been giving seminars on the architect’s role in disaster prevention, mitigation and sustainable recovery as a means of talking with students and professionals about architecture and social justice. Marie is the author and editor of Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity (Metropolis Press), which aims to inform, educate, and sensitize architects to the best practices of reducing disaster risk worldwide. She is currently part of an international working group on the reconstruction of Haiti and is Associate Program Director of BaSiC Initiative, Europe. Marie recently helped found Future City Lab, an international consortium of twelve schools of architecture and design concerned the future of urban environments. She is also one of twelve laureates of the Partner University Fund for 2011. Marie holds a Ph.D from Brown University in art and architectural history and is bilingual in French and English.
Catherine Baker, AIA, is a Principal at Landon Bone Baker Architects. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ball State University and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Both disciplines share some fundamental underpinnings that pertain to the work of LBBA; understanding people and problems, making connections, and developing programmatic solutions. She serves as VP of Advocacy on the Chicago AIA Board of Directors. She is Past-President of the College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Society at Ball State University and also serves as a member of the Department of Architecture Chair’s Professional Advisory Committee.
Bryan Bell is the Academic Leader of each session, founder of Design Corps, founder of the Public Interest Design Institute, and co-founder of SEED. Bell has supervised the Structures for Inclusion lecture series for ten years which presents best practices in community-based design. He has published two collections of essays on the topic. Bell has lectured and taught at numerous schools including the Rural Studio with Samuel Mockbee. He has received an AIA National Honor Award in Collaborative Practice. His work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale and the Cooper Hewitt Museum Triennial. He was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2010-11 and a co-recipient of the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize which is focused on public interest design.
Jamie Blosser founded the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative (SNCC) to research and develop best practices promoting cultural and environmental sustainability in tribal and rural communities. The SNCC, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, is a research and technical assistance arm to her architectural practice as an Associate at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects, where she oversees the firm’s housing, tribal and sustainable development projects. Jamie’s work is rooted in community design. As an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow from 2000-2003, her project received the Harvard University’s Honoring Nations award and EPA Smart Growth Award for Small Communities. The SNCC received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to document five tribal sustainability projects in the Southwest. Jamie is on the Advisory Group for the AIA Residential Knowledge Community and received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Design Re-Imagined: New Architecture on Indigenous Land, a book on contemporary Native American architecture.
brentbrownupdated Brent Brown, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect and founder of buildingcommunity WORKSHOP in Dallas, TX, where his work has been recognized locally and nationally. Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the American Institute for Architects awarded his Congo Street Green Initiative the 2010 National AIA/HUD Secretary Award for “Community-Informed Design.” He was named the Director of the newly established Dallas City Design Studio in October 2009. The Studio is an office of the City of Dallas in partnership with the Trinity Trust Foundation and works daily to connect all of Dallas through thoughtful urban design. This past November, Brent represented the southwest region as part of the President’s Forum on Clean Energy and Public Health at the White House. The forum discussed the role of community design toward the promotion of healthier lifestyles.  He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from Texas A & M University where he taught design.
Greta Buehrle, RID, IIDA, IDEC, SEED, LEED AP, is a faculty member in Interior Design at the University of North Texas (UNT). She gained her professional practice experience with the global firm, HKS Architects, in Dallas, Texas. Academically, her research focus is in design pedagogy and the intersection of creativity and technology. She has particular interests in research-based learning implemented in first- and second-year studios and public interest design. She also has a strong passion and belief in international education and collaboration of colleagues across the globe.
Richard T. Butler has spent the last 35 years of his life working in the sport, health, and fitness industry. He is an accomplished and results-oriented leader with a diverse background that includes business leadership, business coaching, and development. Richard was recently hired to serve as the Executive Director of the West End Alliance Community Development Corporation. The primary focus of the West End Alliance is economic development, housing, and the development of a green infrastructure within District 2 of Pittsburgh. Richard also is an Adjunct at Robert Morris University. He has a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership.
Bernard J. Canniffe is Graphic Design Chair at Iowa State University College of Design. He co-founded PIECE STUDIO in 2008 – a collaborative and multidisciplinary social design studio, and is an advisor to the international social collaborative group Project M. He has made presentations at international medical, design, and academic conferences. He is the recipient of the Graphis: Inspiring Designers Award, the Baltimore Step 10 Influential Designers Award, and The Joseph Binder Award. Canniffe holds a BA Honors in Graphic Design from Newport College of Art & Design, University of Wales, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
John Cary is an advocate, speaker, and writer, who has pioneered a career at the intersection of design and social change. He is the author of The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients. John consults with a wide range of nonprofit design, urban advocacy, and philanthropic organizations, building on seven years of experience as executive director of Public Architecture and recent leadership of Next American City. Cary is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, a fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and was the 2011 commencement speaker for the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Cary blogs daily at publicinterestdesign.org.
Lawrence Cheng joined Bruner/Cott in 1999 after managing his own firm for several years. His expertise is the design of multi-family housing and mixed use facilities. His contributions include project design, detailing, and supervision of project team activities.Mr. Cheng’s work includes the Chinatown Community Education Center in Boston and multi-family housing developments such as The Penmark Condominiums at Harrison Commons and the Channel Center luxury residential housing. He is a former Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT.
Hugo Colón is a Planning and Design Associate at bcWORKSHOP. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he received a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Design and a Master Degree in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. He pursued a second Master degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, from which he graduated in 2013. Hugo has managed the Colonias Public Space & Storm-water Low Impact Development which seeks to empower residents to advocate for drainage systems that best fit their needs. Hugo is also working with the RGV Transport projects, and contributing to the LUCHA and Casitas Los Olmos projects in the Rio Grande Valley.
Maurice Cox is the Director of the Tulane City Center as well as the New Associate Dean for Community Engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans. He also served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC from 2007-2010 where he led the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, the Governor’s Institute on Community Design and oversaw the award of more than $2 million a year in NEA design grants across the United States. Cox was a Charlottesville City Councilor for six years before becoming the mayor of that city, from 2002-2004. His experience merging architecture, politics and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company Business Magazine. He is also a founding partner of RBGC Architecture, Research and Urbanism (1996-2006). Their design for a New Rural Village in Bayview, Virginia received numerous national design awards as well as being featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and in the documentary film “This Black Soil”. Cox received his architectural education from the Cooper Union School of Architecture.
Laura Crescimano is Principal and co-founder of SITELAB urban studio, a San Francisco-based strategic design firm focused on using research & visualization to create great places through big plans and small interventions. Laura’s work investigates the social and political power of space. Her projects range from the 5M Project, a four-acre mixed-use development in San Francisco, to a 300-pixel infographic for the non-profit Destination Home. She has written and lectured on temporary urbanism, design entrepreneurism and the urban impacts of the workplace. She currently teaches on Design and Activism at UC Berkeley. Laura earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard.
Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, LEED AP bd+c, NCARB, is Founder and Principal of Latent Design, a collaborative of individuals whose projects focus on social, economic, and environmental impact. Katherine is an architect and educator who uses design to make the invisible forces impacting a project at local and global levels visible through architecture. Her firm pro-actively engages in community-based participatory design as an advocate against the inverse relationship between design and economy. Her passion for public interest design through participatory strategies has allowed her to collaborate with change agents in design, science, arts, and philosophy. She received a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Caroline Shannon de Cristo – 2015 SEED Award winner is Co-founder of +D Studio and Curator of Park and Institute Sitiê, both located in the Favela of Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro, where she is dedicated to integrating the research, design and development of architecture, public policy and technology to improve people’s lives. Her previous professional experience includes work at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, NBBJ, MASS Design Group and MoMA.  She received a Master’s degree in Architecture with distinction from Harvard, earning the AIA Henry Adams Medal and, together with Pedro de Cristo, the Appleton Fellowship on Architectures of Urban Integration.
Pedro Henrique de Cristo – 2015 SEED Award winner is Co-founder of +D Studio and Director of Park and Institute Sitiê, both located in the Favela of Vidigal in Rio de Janeiro, where he integrates the research, design and development of architecture, policy and technology. A two-time UN laureate on sustainability, arts, and activism, he is trained at Officina de Arquitetura and has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard where his thesis was turned into the studio School of the Year 2030@RJ and he earned, with Caroline de Cristo, the Appleton Fellowship on Architectures of Urban Integration, both at the GSD.
pittsburghlecturer Ronit Eisenbach is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland. She is an architect, public artist, and curator who employs design to explore how the perception of subjective, invisible and ephemeral objects affects understanding and experience of place. Through the construction of participatory, collaborative, temporary site-specific environments and events, Eisenbach stimulates public dialogue about the world we build for ourselves. Venues have included: The Detroit Institute of Arts; the streets of Tel Aviv; Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, Virginia; Galleri Rom, Oslo, Norway; and Palazzo Mocenigo, Venice, Italy. Publications include, “Installations by Architects: Explorations in Building and Design” and “Ruth Adler Schnee: A Passion for Color.” Articles by Eisenbach and reviews of her work have recently appeared in journals including the Journal of Architectural Education, the Public Art Review, and Metropolis. She serves on the National Building Museum’s Education Committee.
hermilo Dr. Hermilo Salas Espindola is a researcher and professor in the field of “Economics, Politics and Environment” at the Graduate School of Architecture of the The Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  Dr. Espindola received his MS and Ph.D. in Architecture with honors from UNAM, specializing in housing.  He has designed and built more than 80 architectural works which include offices, hospitals, factories, laboratories, apartments, shops and homes both for governments and individuals.  Dr. Espindola recently published “Architecture and Sustainable Development: A new vision”.
Heather flemming_DK Heather Fleming is a designer, an engineer, and an entrepreneur motivated by social inequality. In 2005, she led a volunteer group of engineers and designers focused on humanitarian design projects via a professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Later, she co-founded Catapult Design in San Francisco to make design and technical capacity accessible to entrepreneurs and organizations working within disadvantaged communities. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Navajo Chamber of Commerce on the Navajo Nation and chairs a committee within ASME’s Engineering for Global Development initiative. Heather has a BS in Product Design from Stanford University.

John Folan is the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Professor of Architecture, Founder and Director of the Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS), track Chair of the Masters of Urban Design (MUD) Program, and member of the Remaking Cities Institute (RCI) at CarnegieMellon University. John and the UDBS have been working with challenged urban communities in Allegheny County on the development and implementation of catalytic projects through participatory design processes. The work has been recognized with the 2010 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award and the 2011 AIA/ACSA Housing Design Education Award. Urban strategies employed in the implementation of the DDBC work influenced the collaborative development of the Drachman Institute’s legislative proposal for regionally specific sustainability guidelines. The work was recognized with first place award in the 2008 National Urban Policy Initiative Competition (NUPIC).

Anne Fougeron has provided architectural services in the Bay Area for over 25 years and has been principal of Fougeron Architecture since 1986. Projects range from feasibility studies to building rehabilitation to new construction projects in the institutional, commercial, health- care and residential sectors. Fougeron is personally involved in all aspects of a project, from inception to completion, serving as the main client point-of-contact. Fougeron Architecture has frequently been recipients of local and national awards and have been featured in national and international publications. Anne is on the Board of Directors for the Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland and is the Organizing Committee Advisory Board Chair for the AIA Monterey Design Conference. She has taught architectural design to both undergraduate and graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley and at the California College of Arts.
Anne Frederick, as the founding director of Hester Street Collaborative (HSC), has worked to develop a community design 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.
img-Ryan-Gavel Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, is a Senior Urban Designer at Perkins + Will in Atlanta, GA.  Ryan offers an architect’s perspective to urban planning, bringing the knowledge of building dimension and design to site planning, concept development and public policy. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the ambitious Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile transit greenway that transforms a loop of old railroads with light-rail transit, parks and trails to generate economic growth and protect quality-of-life in 45 neighborhoods throughout the central city. Eight years of his subsequent work as a volunteer and later in the nonprofit and government sectors was critical to the BeltLine’s success, which is now more than a $2 billion public-private initiative in the early stages of implementation. Ryan speaks internationally about the BeltLine and has been recognized for his accomplishments including the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s highest award in 2007 and Esquire Magazine’s “Best and Brightest” in 2006.
Mark Goldman is an Architectural Designer and General Contractor from Taos, New Mexico. The recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award in Practice from the Boston Architectural College (BAC) where he was the Dean Arcangelo Cascieri Scholar, he founded Onyx Construction/Design in Taos, NM to integrate traditional regional unfired earthen architecture into commercial and non-profit projects. His work has been featured in Good Deeds, Good Design, Fine Homebuilding Magazine, New Mexico Magazine and the New Mexico Green Guide. The Dream Tree Project, a shelter for at-risk teens designed and built by Onyx, received a HUD Economic Initiative Grant for their Phase #2 Infill Transitional Housing Building. In 2009, Mark was one of the founding instructors of the University of New Mexico/Taos Green Technology Program and is the coordinator of the newly formed UNM/Taos Rural Housing Initiative. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of California at Santa Barbara and serves on the Taos Community Foundation’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
Ramiro Gonzalez is the Redevelopment Manager for the City of Brownsville. With an undergraduate degree from George Washington University and a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Ramiro chose to return to his hometown in 2009 becoming the Comprehensive Planning Manager for the City of Brownsville. Ramiro has worked on major initiatives in Brownsville including Downtown Revitalization and Brownsville’s Master Hike and Bike Plan. In addition to his efforts on Downtown Revitalization, he serves on the TSC Architecture Advisory Committee, TXDOT State Bicycle Advisory Committee, Brownsville Wellness Coalition, and the Community Advisory Board.
Jennifer Goold  is the Executive Director at the Neighborhood Design Center(NDC) and directs all aspects of the center’s operations including staff, programs, outreach, and fundraising. She joined NDC in 2012 after more than a decade of work in cultural resources management, historic preservation, tax credit consulting, real estate development, and transportation planning. The Neighborhood Design Center, founded in 1968, provides pro-bono design assistance in support of community projects in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County. A Baltimore resident since 1993, she has been involved in many of the city’s largest historic building rehabilitations, including the American Can Company, Silo Point, Tide Point (now the Under Armour headquarters), and Clipper Mill. She received a BS in Interior Design from Indiana University and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.
Bradley Guy is an Assistant Professor in the MS in Sustainable Design program,School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America (CUArch) and Associate Director of the Center for Building Stewardship at CUArch. He also teaches at the Yestermorrow Design / Build School. Brad has received The Tides Foundation Environmental Leadership Program and The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Research Fellowships. He has a M.S.A.S. from the University of Florida, and a B.Arch. from the University of Arizona. He is an Associate of the AIA and an USGBC LEED AP BD+C.
Nonya Grenader (FAIA) is a Professor in Practice at the Rice School of Architecture, Associate Director of the Rice Building Workshop, and principal of her own firm. For the past eighteen years, Grenader and Danny Samuels (FAIA) have led over 500 hundred students of the Rice Building Workshop (RBW) in design/build projects that focus on small, affordable houses. Their workshop has been enriched by a long collaboration with Project Row Houses (PRH), an innovative neighborhood group that has been a catalyst for transforming a Houston community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Within this strong community context, RBW/PRH projects have included renovation, new construction, and neighborhood planning.
Ingrid Haftel is a Program Manager at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a Brooklyn-based non-profit that uses design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. At CUP, Ingrid works on Community Education programs, managing collaborations with advocacy groups and visual thinkers to create visual tools that break down complex policy issues. Before joining CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago’s leading forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design. There, Ingrid developed major public exhibitions that helped public audiences think critically about complex issues related to urban planning and architecture. Ingrid received her B.A. in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.
Firm Foundation - Michael Haggerty bw Michael Haggerty is an urban planner and designer who lives in New York City. He is a co-director of Solo Kota Kita, an Indonesia-based urban planning organization that works with city residents and government officials to understand the complexities of the built environment. Solo Kota Kita’s projects have included community-based mapping, post-disaster planning, climate change vulnerability assessment, city development strategies, and public space design in cities across Indonesia. Michael is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development.
Omar Hakeem is the Associate Director of bcWORKSHOP’s RGV office. Omar’s passion for design has taken him from the cloud forests of Costa Rica to the ravaged communities of the Gulf Coast and many places in between. Through these opportunities Omar has studied and practiced how design can act as a catalyst for supporting resilient, sustainable communities. Omar leads the Rio Grande Valley office in its efforts to build social and environmental equality through design and planning. Originally from Washington, D.C., he received his B.S. of Architecture from SUNY Buffalo, and a Master of Architecture and M.S. of Sustainability from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Omar is currently pursuing his professional licensure.
Ursula Hartig – 2015 SEED Award winner is a Research Fellow at the Department of Architecture, TU Berlin, and Founder of CoCoon, a sector for intercultural and interdisciplinary teaching, research and practice in the field of the built environment. She holds a Master in Architecture (Diplom Ingenieur) from the TU Berlin. Since 2000 she has been a project manager and director of TU Berlin‘s DesignBuild Studios including planning, realization and documentation of buildings and environments in Mexico and Afghanistan. She worked as collaborator and project manager in different Architecture offices in Berlin. She initiated and directs the research-consortium European DesignBuild Knowledge Network in cooperation with the Habitat Unit.
John Henneberger, 2014 MacArthur Fellow, is an advocate for fair and affordable housing who has created a new paradigm for post-disaster rebuilding. Skilled at identifying points of agreement among parties with varying, often opposing, economic interests and political views—such as developers, elected officials, and community members—Henneberger was an architect of a conciliation agreement with the State of Texas for Hurricanes Dolly and Ike post-disaster rebuilding. This agreement has helped to restore equity in disaster assistance for persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, and expanded low-income residents’ involvement in disaster re-building.
Anna Heringer is an architectural designer from Salzburg, Austria. In 2005-2006 Anna’s diploma thesis, a school built from mud and bamboo, came to fruition in Rudrapur, Bangladesh. In 2007-2008 she coordinated students from Bangladesh and Austria to build a vocational school and a pilot project on rural housing in Rudrapur. Anna led the studio BASEhabitat– architecture for development at the University of Arts in Linz, Austria from 2008-2011. She has lectured worldwide and conducted international workshops in Bangladesh and Austria. Since 2010 she has been the honorary professor of the UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture Programme. Her work was shown at MoMA in New York, la Loge in Brussels, Cité d`architecture and du patrimoine in Paris, the MAM in Sao Paulo, the Aedes Galery in Berlin and at the Venice Biennale in 2010. She received a number of awards such as the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2007), and most recently the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2011. She is currently a 2011-2012 Harvard Loeb Fellow.
Jeff Hou has taught in the department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington since 2001 where he served as the Graduate Program Coordinator, prior to becoming the Department Chair. Prof. Hou’s research, teaching, and practice focus on engaging marginalized communities and citizens through community design, design activism, and cross-cultural learning. In a career that spans across the Pacific, he 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 North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to rebuilding of indigenous villages and design of urban open space and streetscapes. He is the editor of Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010) and a co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Learning from Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (with Julie Johnson and Laura Lawson) (2009). He is a contributor to Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (2008) and Companion to Urban Design (2011). Hou is a recipient of 2011 CELA Award for Excellence in Service-learning Education and the 2010 Great Places Book AwardHe has served on the board of the Association for Community Design, and currently co-chairs the advisory committee for IDEA Space. He received his PhD in Environmental Planning and Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley. He also has a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Architecture from the Cooper Union.
Christina Hoxie, AICP, is currently an architectural designer and urban planner at BNIM. Her primary focus is on stimulating vibrant community relationships informed by a systems-based approach. Her sustainable community planning projects range from Greening the Overflow Control Plan (KCMO, 2008-09) to the Greater Downtown Area Plan (KCMO, adopted March 2010) and assisting the Oglala Lakota people of South Dakota to win federal funding for sustainable community planning. She is also a board member of the Lawrence Percolator, which is a community-based arts non-profit organization. She feels passionately that stimulating involvement in the arts is an important part of building a sustainable, tightly-knit, engaged and thoughtful community. Christina earned her Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Kansas.
Britton Jones is a Landscape Architect at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) in Biloxi, MS.  His work focuses on merging social, ecological, and economic systems through community-based design.  Britton’s expertise are in the realms of environmental restoration and urbanism. Britton fosters public-private relationships with local, regional, and national partners to facilitate and fund projects that improve our communities.  His projects include downtown master plans, pedestrian and bicycle suitability planning, watershed planning, wetland restoration and occasionally playful and interactive urban installations.
Leslie Kaye, PhD is a clinical, health, and design Psychologist, licensed in Florida and Michigan.  She was a two-year Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital. She completed her Clinical Internship in French and English at McGill University’s Montreal General Hospital, and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California. She has consulted globally and to the UN in Kabul, Afghanistan, co-facilitating the strategic planning meeting for 50 UN Executives.  Dr. Kaye is SEED certified, preserving the historic 1850 Cadiuex Farmhouse in Grosse Pointe, Michigan under Public Interest Design principles.
Gregory Kearley is the Executive Director of Inscape Publico. In founding Inscape Studio, it was not Greg’s intention to create a singular stylistic approach to architecture, but to put into place the framework for a collective design process. Design for the public good was always part of Greg’s mindset, and throughout his career, he has been involved in many projects with nonprofits. Instead of running a design firm that completes one pro-bono project per year, he wanted to have a separate nonprofit firm dedicated to working with other nonprofits, which led to the formation of Inscape Publico.
Firm Foundation - Stephen Kennedy bw Stephen Kennedy is an urban planner and designer working as a Design & Technology Fellow for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D,.C. and is a co-founder of the Urban Launchpad, a social-venture dedicated to seeding and scaling urban data experiments in places that need it most. Prior to switching to urban-scale projects, Stephen cut his creative teeth designing lighting, furniture, packaging, soft goods, websites, and maps as an industrial designer.
Joongsub Kim, PhD, AIA, AICP is a Professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), directs its Detroit Studio and Urban Design Program. After graduating from MIT and the University of Michigan, he focused on public interest design, and has received an ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award; a Boston Society of Architects National Research Grant; an ACSA Collaborative Practice Award Citation; a Graham Foundation Advanced Studies Grant; an NCARB Integration of Practice and Education National Grant; and an AIA Michigan President’s Award for “outstanding contributions to the advancement of the built environment.” His work has been published in Urban Design International, Journal of Urban Design, Places, Environment & Behavior, Architectural Record, and Architect.
Chris Koch is CEO of Design Center Pittsburgh, a regional non-profit with a 47-year history of providing design and planning resources to communities with a focus on equity, livability, and sustainability. She is an expert in community development, urban planning, and social innovation. Chris was previously Co-founder and COO of GTECH Strategies, a non-profit dedicated to sustainable community development strategies. Chris was named an Echoing Green Fellow in global social enterprise, and awarded a “Women Greening Pittsburgh” award in 2011. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and Management, and a B.S. in History from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University.
Rebuild Sudan - Jill Kurtz bwsm Jill Kurtz earned her B Arch from Kansas State University and began a traditional architecture path. But she had a change in direction after she spent a year in India as a volunteer designer with eMi where she designed schools, hospitals, community shelters and orphan homes. She quickly realized true sustainability is not a trendy gimmick but a strategy survival in the developing world and in response, moved to San Francisco where to focus on developing sustainability strategies and founded reBuild Consulting, a green building firm committed to providing affordable LEED and sustainability advising. Currently, she also serves as graduate faculty at Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning, & Design where she teaches an interdisciplinary class on Public Interest Design. Since 2008, Jill has been involved in Rebuild Sudan and serves as Board President and team lead for the school project.
marie anna lee Marie Anna Lee is an Assistant Professor of graphic design at the University of the Pacific whose research focuses on multi-disciplinary collaboration, community-based design and cultural preservation.. Previously, she taught Communication Design at Metropolitan State College of Denver (2005-07) and art and design at School of Creative Media (SCM), City University of Hong Kong (2007-09). While At SCM, Lee oversaw the Guizhou Ethnic Minorities Project at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. This project documented the cultural heritage and traditions of a group of Kam minority villages in the Guizhou province of China through photographs, video and audio recordings. After joining the Pacific in 2009, Lee has focused on preservation of the crafts and designs unique to the village of Dimen, the hub of all the other villages. Lee holds a BFA and an MFA in Graphic Design from Colorado State University and a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University. She practices design and exhibits artwork in USA, China and the Czech Republic.
LEITE headshot Margarette Leite teaches architectural design and building tectonics at Portland State University.  Her pedagogical mission is to provide opportunities for students to engage in design processes and design/build activities that serve communities in need. These initiatives have garnered awards for civic engagement and have been the subjects of numerous publications and documentaries.  Her work with students includes projects with local school districts for the design of sustainable learning spaces as well as a current statewide initiative to build and distribute a greener, affordable modular classroom across Oregon and the nation. The SAGE Classroom was awarded an international SEED award in 2012.  Her tectonics classes focus on the responsible use of sustainable and reusable materials as well as the promotion of hands-on making as a life-long habit for students of architecture.  In addition, she is a partner in PLDP Architecture, a firm that designs and promotes sustainable buildings and communities with particular emphasis on disaster relief.
Rosa F. Keller Building - Nadine Maleh bwsm Nadine Maleh is the Director of Creating Homes for Community Solutions. In this position Nadine is responsible for the development of supportive housing and community development through local partnership and the implementation of strategic development initiatives that will support the mission of the organization. Nadine has extensive experience in planning, design and construction supervision for housing development projects. Her expertise includes sustainable design, program development based on needs of diverse populations, and the integration of health concerns into building design. Nadine has been responsible for overseeing the design and development of over 1000 units of affordable housing with over 800 of those units built sustainably. She is a member of the Architectural League of New York, Architecture for Humanity, the Housing Committee for the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program in the NorthEast. Nadine earned her B.A. in architectural studies from Tufts University, and her Masters of Architecture with Honors from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Zachary Mannheimer is the Executive Director of Des Moines Social Club, an arts and educational non-profit focused on the retention and recruitment of young people through unprecedented community engagement. Since its opening in 2009, DMSC has hosted over 1000 art-related events and seen over 200,000 patrons. Zachary has taught at Central College and Wagner College and has articles and essays published in: The New York Theater Review and American Theater Magazine. His theatrical work and DMSC have been featured in Time MagazineUSA Today, and The New York Times to name a few. Zachary also co-owns and operates Proof Restaurant in downtown’s Gateway District. He holds a dual BA in Theater Arts and Philosophy from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
Sarah Mehaffey is a Co-Director of AfH-DC, and during her 9 years volunteering with the organization has worked as a design team member on several international projects. She is a licensed Architect with 13 years of experience, currently working as a Project Architect at EYP, Inc. in Washington, DC. She received her Master’s degree in Architecture, with an emphasis on Sustainable Design, from the University of Texas at Austin, and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Sarah works under the philosophy that respect for one’s surroundings and neighbors, coupled with thoughtful design, can solve most problems.
Joe Meppelink is co-founder and principal of METALAB, an architecture and product design firm in Houston, Texas. Joe’s desire is to design via constructive interplay between the often disparate camps of architecture-design-technology and construction-fabrication-manufacturing or more simply put, the head and the hands. Joe previously operated METALAB as an architectural metal fabricating shop. This shop fabricated dozens of projects in the Houston area and began steadily employing digital fabrication technologies in 1998. He is also a Partner at Janusz Design: a residential practice in Houston.
Jesse Miller is a Design Associate at bcWORKSHOP. He works in the RGV office and focuses on housing design through the sustainABLEhouse initiative, the Rapido program, and multifamily developments. Jesse finds tremendous value in how [bc]’s work is always evolving and learning from itself while teaming up with different partners and communities on various projects. He was previously a Public Design Intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, MS. Jesse earned a B.S. in Architecture and a Master of Architecture at Ball State University. While in graduate school, Jesse studied at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico working on his thesis titled “Between Tradition and Dissent: Learning From and Working With Ignored Communities.”
Stephanie Miller currently serves as the Deputy Director of Economic Development South, the first multi-municipal economic development corporation in Allegheny County. Ms. Miller works directly with the executive director on projects and initiatives related to the economic revitalization of South Pittsburgh/South Hills Corridor Communities of Brentwood, Baldwin, Whitehall, Mt. Oliver, Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills, Bethel Park, Carrick, Overbrook, Knoxville and Brookline. Ms. Miller holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Hood College and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and International Urbanism from the University of Pittsburgh.
Minicozzi Joseph Minicozzi, AICP is the principal of Urban3, LLC (U3), a consulting company of downtown Asheville real estate developer Public Interest Projects. Prior to creating U3, he served as the Executive Director for the Asheville Downtown Association.  Before moving to Asheville, he was the primary administrator of the Form Based Code for downtown West Palm Beach, FL.  Joe’s cross-training in city planning in the public and private sectors, as well as private sector real estate finance has allowed him to develop award-winning analytic tools that have garnered national attention in Planetizen, The Wall Street Journal, Planning Magazine, The New Urban News, National Association of Realtors, Atlantic Cities, and the Center for Clean Air Policy’s Growing Wealthier report. Joe is a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture from University of Miami and Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University.
rachel Rachel Minnery, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is an Architect and Regional Program Manager for Architecture for Humanity’s Hurricane Sandy Reconstruction program. She has worked with both the public and private sector on building and planning projects, focusing on environmentally and socially responsible design for housing and community-based projects. She has led groups of volunteer architects to disaster-stricken places, particularly Mississippi and Haiti, responding to floods, hurricanes and earthquakes.
Lisa Mitchell-Bennett is a community organizer, journalist, and health educator. She is currently a Senior Research Associate/Project Manager for the Tu Salud ¡Si Cuenta! Campaign (UT School of Public Health). Lisa was born in Mexico City, and has lived and worked in Latin America and Europe. She studied political science at the University of California and has Masters’ degrees in International Development and Public Health. She arrived in Brownsville 20 years ago to work with refugees and fell in love with the historic border town. Lisa’s work promote healthy, active living through environmental and policy change, community health workers, and media to prevent and control obesity and related chronic conditions.
Nick Mitchell-Bennett is Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville. He currently serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations and as well as a board member of the National Rural Housing Coalition and Proyecto Juan Diego. Nick holds an M.S. degree in Economic Development from Eastern University and a B.A. degree in Political Science/International Studies from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas. He graduated from the NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program at Harvard University Kennedy School in March, 2012. Under his leadership, CDCB has become one of the biggest developers in the Rio Grande Valley.
Scott Moore y Medina, AIA NCARB – 2015 SEED Award winner is an architect, community builder and co-founder of Blue Star Studio Inc., an Indigenous American architecture and planning enterprise located on the Osage Nation. Blue Star Studio is dedicated to quality design and smart community building. In his work, Scott creates place-based, common sense solutions centered on community involvement and local empowerment for rural and Tribal communities facing unique challenges. He has coordinated several sustainable regional planning projects in Indian Country. He is actively bringing efficient, affordable, replicable, and culturally relevant designs to life, while leading game-changing community development projects that improve lives and support resilient economies.
Elaine Morales is a Design Associate at bcWORKSHOP. She leads the design and construction work for RAPIDO disaster recovery housing pilot program and supports other housing projects within the RGV office. She has particular interest in community development in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts, and how communities design their environments. She obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design, a MArch and an Urban Studies Certificate from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), and a Master of International Cooperation from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona, Spain. She was previously involved with Architecture for Humanity (AFH) in Brazil, and worked as a research and needs assessment intern for the Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation branch of UN-HABITAT in Kenya.
Michael Murphy is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, which is a design firm geared towards improving health outcomes in resource-limited settings. In addition to leading the design and construction of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda, which opened in January of 2011, Michael’s firm MASS has been the recipient of the 2010 Design Futures Council Emerging Leaders Scholarship, chosen as one of Fast Company Magazine’s “Master of Design” and awarded as a Metropolis Magazine 2011 “Game Changer”. MASS was recently selected as a finalist for MoMA PS1’s 2011 Young Architects Program and was honored alongside IDEO’s CEO Tim Brown for its contribution to the field of design. In 2012, MASS broke ground on several projects in Haiti, including the new GHESKIO Tuberculosis Facility constructed out of locally fabricated materials. Michael has a Masters in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, has taught courses on design for infection control at Harvard University’s school of Public Health. Michael with partner Alan Ricks recently accepted the award for 2012 Designer of the Year from Contract Magazine and the Curry Stone Design Award for 2012.
Michael Newman has been the Senior Associate at CAPA for 12 years. Projects have included affordable housing, community planning designs, commercial and institutional projects, and market rate developments. 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 is co-director of SHED Studio, a Chicago-based studio committed to sustainability, social justice issues and innovation in design working extensively with not-for-profit clients. SHED Studio’s expertise is in using a participatory community-based process to work with a diverse group of clients, and develop solutions that not only meet needs but respond in a multi-dimensional way to the mission of the client and the community. Mike has been an 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.
Rayya Newman is a Director of Project Development for the Washington DC Chapter ofArchitecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that works to solve social justice issues through sustainable architecture where she works as a volunteer. She is an Architect with 11 years of experience on a variety of project types, and works at ZGF Architects in Washington DC. She is an AIA member, LEED-accredited, and SEED-certified professional. Rayya believes in the triple bottom line approach to sustainability including social and economic as well as environmental issues. Her blog publicinterestdesign-dc.org highlights public interest design projects, events, and people in the DC area. Rayya received her Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America and her Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech.
Marc Norman is the Director of Upstate: A Center for Design, Research and Real Estate and a Professor of Practice at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. UPSTATE works in partnership to foster innovative approaches to the making and remaking of cities to demonstrate how design, policy and finance can enrich our collective quality of life. Previously he was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank in its Community Development Finance Group. With a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from U.C.L.A., Mr. Norman has over 15 years of experience in the field of affordable housing development and finance. Having worked for both for-profit and non-profit developers, investors and lenders, Mr. Norman has seen community development from many angles. Prior to Deutsche Bank he was a Managing Director at Duvernay Brooks, a real estate development and consulting firm in New York City specializing in helping governmental agencies and private developers execute mixed income, mixed use urban revitalization. Mr. Norman serves and multiple boards and has lectured on real estate development and public private collaborations at numerous conferences and Universities.
Osamu Okamura is an Architect, Program Director of reSITE international festival and conference on more livable cities, and editorial supervisor of professional architecture magazine ERA21. He is also a lecturer at ARCHIP (Architectural Institute in Prague). Osamu lectured in Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Japan, and Thailand, and he’s an Expert Advisor of Metropolitan Sounding Board of Prague City Council in the issues of urban development. Osamu graduated from the Faculty of Architecture CTU Prague and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He studied at ENSA Nantes, France.
Maa-bara - Runo Okiomah bw Ogheneruno Okiomah, LEED AP, is a Nigerian-American designer, architectural educator and social-entrepreneur. Her research interests lie at the nexus of sustainable design and economic development. She has served as an Assistant Professor at Hampton University Department of Architecture since 2011. She demonstrates to her students that small-scale design interventions are capable of catalyzing social change. Concurrently, Ogheneruno is the CEO and Co-Founder of Maa-Bara, LLC, where she directs a social enterprise focused on growing a youth culture of agro-innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Originally from Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, she witnessed the intergenerational poverty of agro-based livelihoods stifled by over 50 years of oil pollution. With the focus of designing sustainable solutions for her community, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington (2006) and a Master in Architecture from MIT (2011). She is currently fundraising and securing partnerships to scale-up operations to impact 1,500 students in summer 2013. She believes that a youth culture of innovation will help grow a generation of Africans empowered to design solutions to address their current and future contextual challenges.
Ceara O’Leary is a Senior Project Manager at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center. She joined DCDC in 2012 as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. Previously, Ceara worked as a Community Designer with bcWORKSHOP, setting up an office in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and contributing to a community-based planning project in colonias across Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. From 2010-2011, Ceara was the inaugural Public Design Intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she worked on community design and development projects. Ceara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Master’s degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning and earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Pedro Pacheco Vazquez is a Professor of housing and community design studios at Tecnologico de Monterrey. Dr. Pacheco combines theory and practice by involving students either as interns or as service providers. He typically uses the service-learning methodology as a tool to connect students with the realities of site and clients. Since 1994 Dr. Pacheco has provided consultancy and advice for private and public organization on projects ranging from housing prototypes to community centers and a botanical garden. In 2013, he created T-kio, a firm dedicated to community planning, design and construction as a vehicle to expand his services and to integrate other professionals in the consultancy work. He completed his PhD in Adult and Community Education at Ball State University, and earned a Masters degree in Urban and Community Planning and a Masters degree of Architecture from Iowa State University.

Sergio Palleroni is a Senior Fellow of the new Center for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, and a founding member and faculty of the federally funded Green Building Research Lab. Professor Palleroni’s research and fieldwork for the last two decades has been in the methods of integrating sustainable practices to improve the lives of communities worldwide typically underserved. In 1988, to serve the needs of these communities he founded an academic outreach program that would later become the BASIC Initiative (www.basicinitiative.org), a service-learning fieldwork program. Today, the BASIC Initiative continues to serve the poor in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the U.S. In addition, Professor Palleroni has worked and been a consultant on sustainable architecture and development in the developing world since the 1980s, both for not-for-profit agencies and governmental and international agencies such as UNESCO, World Bank, and the governments of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua and Taiwan. Palleroni holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Mark Palmer is a Senior Associate at RTKL in Washington, DC. He works as a designer in healthcare architecture with a focus on exterior building design, master planning, sustainable design, and research. He’s worked on a variety of architecture and design projects in the US, Canada, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Mark began volunteering with Architecture for Humanity in 2004 and has helped to lead and facilitate both design and community engagement projects. In 2010, Mark spoke at the UN Habitat Conference on Promoting Green Building Rating Systems in Africa. His design philosophy has been driven by an interest in culture, ecology, social impact, and thinking about buildings as systems rather than objects.
Ann Panopio has a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Houston and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon. She is back as the Associate Director for bcWORKSHOP’s Houston office. Currently, she is involved with the City of Houston’s Housing and Community Development Department’s Disaster Recovery Round 2 program. Her work in the intersection of design and social responsibility ranges in scale from a collaboration on furniture prototypes for children with learning disabilities, affordable, multi-family housing to examining how public transit can be a catalyst to “re-stitch” a neighborhood.
Nina Pawlicki – 2015 SEED Award winner is Project Manager and Construction Supervisor at CoCoon’s DesignBuild-Studio “Praktikumsseminar Mexiko”. She ran DesignBuild-projects in Mexico and Mongolia and is currently initiating one in Berlin. She co-initiated the European DesignBuild Knowledge Network funded by the European Union and in cooperation with the Habitat Unit in 2013 and co-hosted the symposium ‘DesignBuild-Studio: New Ways in Architectural Education’ in 2012. Nina studied architecture at the TU Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has practiced in various architecture offices.
David Perkes is an architect and Associate Professor for Mississippi State University. He is the founding director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, 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 Mississippi Gulf Coast communities and non-profit organizations. The design studio works in close partnership with the East Biloxi Coordination and Relief Center and 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. David has a Master of Environmental Design degree from Yale School of Architecture, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. In 2004 David was awarded a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.at Santa Barbara and serves on the Taos Community Foundation’s Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
John Peterson, AIA, Founder & President, Public Architecture, San Francisco, CA. Peterson created Public Architecture in 2002 and joined its staff fulltime in October 2008. John serves as the chief spokesperson and strategist for Public Architecture as well as design director and a member of the board of directors. John maintains a small private architectural practice, Peterson Architects. John is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Nice Modernist award from Dwell magazine and the Jefferson Award for Public Service. In 2009, John was recognized alongside Executive Director John Cary with the 2009 Designer of the Year Award from Contract Magazine. John earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Emily Pilloton founded the nonprofit design firm Project H to use creative capital to improve communities and public education from the inside out in January 2008. Project H’s local initiatives range from small local interventions (water collection and reuse, architectural schemes for foster care facilities, craft-based homeless enterprises) to deep engagements in the public education system. Emily was named one of Fast Company’s Masters of Design, has spoken on the TED stage and appeared on The Colbert Report . She is the author of Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, which was publicized by means of an unconventional book tour in which Pilloton visited 35 towns in 75 days to promote design for good, while traveling a 1972 Airstream filled with 40 of the 100 products. Emily holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master of Product Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dan Pitera is 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 sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. The center also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration. Dan was a 2004-2005 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. He was a finalist for both the 2008-2009 Rafael Vinoly Architects Grants in Architecture and the 2006-2007 James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City. Under his direction since 2000, the Design Center was included in the US Pavilion of the 2008 Venice Biennale in Architecture and has won numerous awards. Dan has lectured and taught extensively throughout North America, South America, and Europe.
Alan J. Plattus is a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Yale University School of Architecture, where he teaches courses on architectural history and theory, urban history and design, and directs the School’s China Studio. He founded and directs the Yale Urban Design Workshop, a community design center that has undertaken urban design and building projects throughout Connecticut and around the world. Current projects include plans for the cities of West Haven, New London, and Bridgeport, Connecticut, a 13-unit affordable housing project in Bridgeport, a study for the Naugatuck Valley Industrial Heritage Corridor, and the development of a Peace Park along the Jordan River between Israel and Jordan. Professor Plattus has lectured and published on the history of cities and civic pageantry, as well as on modern architecture and urbanism. Research interests include industrial and post-industrial cities in the United States and abroad, urban design history and theory, and sustainable urbanism. He lives along the northeast corridor between New Haven, Boston and Mt. Desert Island in Maine.
Timothy Prestero is Co-Founder and CEO of Design That Matters, a non-profit design firm for the poor in developing countries. He graduated from MIT and became a Peace Corps volunteer. He worked in West Africa, Latin America and Asia. He then served briefly as a design engineer at Drapper Laboratory before conducting research at WHOI Oceanographic Systems Lab then MIT Lab for Energy and Environment, where he is currently a fellow. Prestero has received several awards, with the most recent in the form of an honorable mention in the ID Magazine’s 2010 Annual Design Review. His work focuses on developing products that aim to change the world.
Mauro Quintanilha – 2015 SEED Award winner is the founding President of Park and Institute Sitiê, a self-taught industrial designer and a professional musician.  Before creating Sitiê, Mauro had an accomplished musical career, playing the drums with Dorival Caymi, Wilson Simonal and Emilio Santiago, touring in both South and North America and teaching in several music schools around Rio de Janeiro.  He was born and raised in the favela of Vidigal and today is a reference in his community and the city of Rio for his leadership and vision leading the transformation of Sitiê from a trash dump to public green space.
Lakshmi Ramarajan is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Her research examines the management and consequences of identities in organizations.  Lakshmi’s research examines how people can work fruitfully across social divides, with a particular emphasis on identities, group boundaries and intergroup relations. Her research asks two broad questions related to bridging differences across multiple identities and group boundaries: 1) What are the effects of managing multiple identities on interpersonal and intergroup relations? and 2) How do organizational and intergroup boundaries influence individuals’ multiple identities and intergroup relationships? In recent work she examines how individuals’ manage their organizational, ethnic, religious and national identities, and how these identities interact to influence interpersonal problem solving and prosocial attitudes and behavior.
Rashmi Ramaswamy has been a project manager and Senior Associate for McBride Kelley Baurer, a Chicago architectural firm, since 2005. She has been involved in several projects in Chicago for not-for-profit clients including a campus for at-risk teen youth, a transitional
shelter for women, HUD 202 senior housing and a daycare facility. Rashmi has led MKB’s sustainable effort, and is LEED-accredited. Rashmi is co-director of SHED Studio, a Chicago-based studio committeed to sustainability, social justice issues and innovation in design working extensively with not-for-profit clients. SHED Studio’s expertise is in using a participatory community-based process to work with a diverse group of clients, and develop solutions that not only meet needs but respond in a multi-dimensional way to the mission of the client and the community. Rashmi serves on the boards of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and archi-treasures, and is a member of USGBC, Chicago Chapter Programs Committee.
Jon RedCorn, AIA LEED AP – 2015 SEED Award winner is Co-founder, CEO and Director of Operations of Blue Star Studio Inc, an Indigenous American architecture and planning enterprise located in his homelands of the Osage Nation.  Blue Star Studio is dedicated to quality design and smart community building. Jon combines his rich experiences with construction and culture to strongly inform a holistic approach in creating place-based, environmentally responsive and culturally respectful design solutions for the unique communities he works in. His passion is supporting positive change through the act of design as a tool for the greater social, economic, environment, and cultural good.
Alan_bio_bw_headshot Alan Ricks is the Co-Founder of MASS Design Group, which is an design firm geared towards improving health outcomes in resource-limited settings.  As Chief Operating Officer, he manages the firm’s multiple offices where he has overseen rapid growth, while leading projects with NGOs, foreign and domestic governments, as well as in the private sector.  Projects of note include: The Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, a finalist for 2011 World Architecture Festival Health Project of the Year, the GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital in Haiti, research on infection control and health facility design for USAID, and policy writing for the Liberian Ministry of Health.  He was named to Forbes Magazine’s 2012, 30 under 30 list of the most influential people in art and design and received Contract magazine’s Designer of the Year award with co-founder Michael Murphy in 2012.  Alan received his Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Colorado College and his Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Carl Rogers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University. He is also a Co-director of the ISU Community Design Lab. Since 2009, Rogers has been working with communities to develop environmentally-sustainable design strategies for the built and physical environment. A core component of his work is developing practice-based research methods through community and professional partnerships to address complex issues of ecological restoration, sustainable storm water management, and conservation of open space networks. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kansas State University.
Susan Rogers is the Founder and Director of the Community Design Resource Center(CDRC) at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture and an Assistant Professor. She is an educator and practicing community designer and planner. Her research, teaching, and practice focus on design as a strategy for community change, exploring the seams between design, equity, and the public interest. The CDRC, founded in 2005, has partnered with dozens of local community-based and non-profit organizations as a means to develop collaborative and pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing the city.
Danny Samuels (FAIA) is a Professor in Practice at the Rice School of Architecture, Director of the Rice Building Workshop, and, since 1972, a founding Partner of Taft Architects. For the past eighteen years, Samuels and Nonya Grenader (FAIA) have led over 500 hundred students of the Rice Building Workshop (RBW) in design/build projects that focus on small, affordable houses. Their workshop has been enriched by a long collaboration with Project Row Houses (PRH), an innovative neighborhood group that has been a catalyst for transforming a Houston community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Within this strong community context, RBW/PRH projects have included renovation, new construction, and neighborhood planning.
Stefan Schwarzkopf is the Design Director of Inscape Publico. Believing in the power of good design and the benefit of making this accessible to more people, Stefan has worked on a variety of pro-bono projects throughout his career. Shortly after beginning to work with Inscape Studio, he and Inscape founder Greg Kearley co-founded Inscape Publico, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit architecture firm that is 100% dedicated to this meaningful work, and in combination with Inscape Studio forms a social enterprise representing a viable business focused on much more than just making money doing good design.
Firm Foundation - Alice Shay bw Alice Shay is an urban planner and designer living in New York City. She currently works with WXY Architecture and Urban Design on a range of public realm planning and design projects, from waterfront infrastructure to brownfields opportunity areas to strategic regional planning. Before working with WXY, she collaborated with Solo Kota Kita on Firm Foundation and City Development Strategies with UN-HABITAT in Indonesia. She has also developed research on urban void space with the Strelka Institute in Moscow and public realm strategies in London.
Courtney Spearman is a Landscape Architect and Architectural Historian by training. She joined the National Endowment for the Arts as Design Specialist in May 2014, managing the Art Works grant program to support the field of design and design projects nationwide. Courtney came to the NEA after working for The Cultural Landscape Foundation, a DC-based non-profit (and NEA grantee) focused on raising awareness about significant and historic design landscapes. She has also worked in practice at EDAW/AECOM in Alexandria, VA. She has a Master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Art and Art History from Rice University.
Katie Swenson has directed Enterprise’s Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship since 2006 which brings first-rate design and green building assistance to community development
organizations around the country. Prior to joining Enterprise, Katie was founder and executive director of the Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC) in Virginia. In 2009, Katie published “Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model,” co-authored with William Morrish and Susanne Schindler. Other works include “Louisiana Speaks Pattern Book: Green Building Guidelines;” “Growing Urban Habitats,” an essay in “Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism;” and two chapters in the forthcoming “Activist Architecture: Philosophy and Practice of the Community Design Center.” Her work has been cited in trade and popular publications, including Metropolis, Metropolitan Home, Architecture, L’Architecture Au’Jourdhui and Family Circle. Katie’s awards include the EPA Energy Star Award, the Eldon Field Woods Design Professional of the Year Award, the Commonwealth Environmental Leadership Award and the Sara McArthur Nix Fellowship for Travel and Research in France. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s in architecture from the University of Virginia.
Philip Szostak has over 30 years of experience in a broad variety of architectural design
projects. A graduate of NC State University’s School of Design, he first opened Philip Szostak Associates (PSA) in 1980 where he demonstrated exceptional abilities in designing projects ranging in scale from small renovations to complex, multi-million dollar facilities. Philip was named a Fellow of the AIA in 2009 and was the 2010 co-recipient of AIA North Carolina’s Kamphoefner Award for outstanding contributions to modernism. Philip is responsible for the design and documentation of all projects in the firm. His recent projects include the Durham Performing Arts Center; the Walltown Recreation Center in Durham, NC; the Theater Annex in Durham, NC, the Columbia Street Annex Residential Development in Chapel Hill, NC; and the New American Home residential development in Raleigh, NC.
Emilie Taylor, as Design Build Manager at the Tulane City Center, works to coordinate the people, designs, and materials of the TCC’s built projects. Emilie’s recent community
design build studio projects include the Storypod, and Project Ish at Hagar’s House. The current design build project, a 4 acre youth farm known as Grow Dat, is the City Center’s most ambitious project yet. Emilie is a part of the founding team that established the URBANbuild program at Tulane University and was the project manager for the first four houses. Emilie’s education includes a technical building background at the University of Southern Mississippi followed by a Masters Degree in Architecture at Tulane. She is actively involved in university design|build and advocates for the engagement of such programs with the local community. Emilie’s creative practice includes a documentary film on self taught builders and exploring the intersection between formal and informal architectural practice.
Gail Vittori, LEED AP, is Co-Director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, a non-profit design firm established in 1975 dedicated to sustainable planning, design and demonstration where she has worked since 1979. She was 2009 Chair of the US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors and currently serves on Board of the Green Building Certification Institute. Since 1993, Ms. Vittori has coordinated the Center’s Sustainable Design in Public Buildings Program, including serving as a Sustainable Design Consultant for the Pentagon Renovation Program’s Commissioning Team, numerous City of Austin design projects including Texas’ first public sector LEED-certified building, and the first LEED-Platinum-certified hospital in the world, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Ms. Vittori was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 1998-1999, and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she studied economics. She is on the advisory boards of Natural Home magazine and Environmental Building News. She is co-author, with Robin Guenther FAIA, of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. In 2009, Ms. Vittori was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force.
John M. Wallace Jr., Ph.D, holds the Philip Hallen Chair in Community Health and Social Justice at the University of Pittsburgh and is the senior pastor of Bible Center Church, in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. To date, Bible Center has purchased, rehabilitated, and productively re-used more than two-dozen vacant parcels and abandoned properties in Homewood. Dr. Wallace and Bible Center are currently working with CMU’s John Folan on the adaptive reuse of a former Rite Aid Pharmacy that was vacant for over a decade. Dr. Wallace earned his PhD and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan and his AB from the University of Chicago.
Scott Walzak is the co-founder of MakeDC — Washington, D.C.’s first public interest design studio. He has always believed in the power of design thinking to provide thoughtful, human-centered solutions. This passion is most fully expressed in MakeDC, which was launched to offer design services to those who have not generally had the benefit of thoughtful design. A recipient of multiple design awards, Scott has served on design juries and is an established academic and professional speaker. An experienced project manager, Scott simplifies the process of design, construction, and implementation through collaborative and integrative strategies that incorporate the needs of stakeholders, shareholders, and users.
Claire Weisz: is an architect and urban designer. She is a founding principal of WXY, an award-winning practice whose work focuses on innovative approaches to public space, buildings, and cities. Recent work includes  HUD’s Rebuild by Design Competition, The Brooklyn Tech Triangle a study of Brooklyn’s growing tech culture, The East River Blueway, Rockaway Boardwalk’s reconstruction  post Sandy and the Queensway.  Claire teaches at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and Cornell University. A frequent speaker and panelist on resiliency and design she is a Fellow of the AIA and received a professional degree in Architecture from The University of Toronto (Hon) and her Masters in Architecture from Yale University.
Barbara Brown Wilson is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) and an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning and Sustainable Design in the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. She has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning and a Masters in Architectural History from UT, and her research interests include value-based building codes, sustainable community development, and green affordable housing. In addition to administering the research, education, and outreach efforts at the CSD generally, Wilson also oversees the Public Interest Design Summer Program and the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project. She is a co-founder of the Austin Community Design and Development Center, a nonprofit design center that provides high quality green design and planning services to lower income households and the organizations that serve them. Dr. Wilson is passionate about serving her community and recently received the Bank of America Local Hero award for her efforts in Austin.
danielwinterbottom Daniel Winterbottom, RLA, FASLA is a landscape architect and Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington.  Mr. Winterbottom holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research interests include the landscape as a cultural expression, ecological urban design, community participatory design and service learning and restorative/healing landscapes.  In 1995 he developed a design/build program, through which he and his students work with communities to design and build projects that provide amenities and address social of ecological concerns.  Projects include a public wash facility in rural Mexico, a garden for children with HIV/AIDS in New York City, healing gardens at cancer Lifeline in Seattle and a Mother/Child garden at Bedford Hills Correctional facility near NYC and a therapeutic park for the families who work in the largest garbage dump in Guatemala. His work have appeared in Nursing, Northwest Public Health, Places, the New York Times, Seattle Times, Seattle P.I., Landscape Architecture Magazine and Garden Design and he has written and contributed to several books a sustainable design and building.  His awards include the Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture Outstanding Educator award, 2007, American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for Community Service 2007, the University of Washington 2006 S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award and was inducted as a fellow in ASLA in 2011.
Michael Zaretsky is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati. He is also a licensed Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and the Director of the MetroLAB Design/Build Program. His research is focused around culturally, economically, technologically and environmentally responsive design for communities in need. Zaretsky’s recent research involves an interdisciplinary collaboration with the non-profit organization Village Life Outreach Project. Zaretsky has led study abroad tours in Australia and Tanzania. He also engages students in community outreach work across Cincinnati.
Jess Zimbabwe is the Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership at the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The mission of the Daniel Rose Center is to achieve and support excellence in land use decision making. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and served as the Community Design Director at Urban Ecology, providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jess is a licensed architect, certified city planner, and a LEED-accredited professional. She earned a Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University.