SFI15 Speakers



Lisa M. 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 coauthor 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 coeditor of the forthcoming book, Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (Routledge, 2015).
shalini agrawal bw Shalini Agrawal: is trained as an architect has over 20 years of experience facilitating diverse communities on local, national and international forums. She is the Director of the Center for Art + Public Life at the California College of the Arts. The Center believes community engagement is the cornerstone of a practice focused on changing the world. In order to fully experience this practice, the Center facilitates mutually-beneficial partnerships with community-based organizations. Agrawal is committed to furthering this mission and holds firm to the belief that the individual’s well being is a reflection of the community’s, and the community’s well being is a reflection of its constituents. https://center.cca.edu
dustin altschul bw Dustin Altschul: is motivated to better the world through design, and has focused his studies and career on improving the complex nature of the man-made world and natural environment. Dustin has contributed to community based urban design projects in Detroit, conducted research on net zero energy and generative uses for vacancy with studio[Ci]. With a sincere commitment to serving communities through design, Dustin has also been a member of the Detroit Studio since 2014. Dustin holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati, and is pursuing a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design at Lawrence Technological University.
rachel bailey bw Rachel Bailey: For the last 5 years, Rachel has been a volunteer director for the chapter previously known Architecture for Humanity PDX.  During that time she has overseen 10 volunteer design projects and helped to establish a growing resiliency initiative called “Made Resilient in Portland” with several local community partners. Rachel is the Sustainable Development Manager for Central City Concern (CCC), an affordable housing non-profit providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness.  Rachel graduated from the University of Oregon with her Masters in Architecture and has been working with CCC on a portfolio wide effort to drive down energy costs and improve the quality of living for the vulnerable population they serve.
bell Bryan Bell: is the Academic Leader of each session, the founder of Design Corps, founder of the Public Interest Design Institute, and a 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.
constance bodurow bw Constance C. Bodurow, AAIA, CUD, AICP: is Professor of Architecture at LTU, tenured January 2013, registered planner, certified urban designer, and Founding Director of studio[Ci], a transdisciplinary design collaborative (http://studio-ci.net/). An urbanist with over twenty years of practice and teaching experience, Bodurow holds a BFA (industrial design) and Masters Degrees in planning/urban design and architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her award winning design research addresses opportunities related to net zero energy, generative uses for vacancy, and hybridized infrastructure networks, has been funded by Ford, Coleman, LISC, et. al., published by Wiley-Blackwell, Politecnico di Milano, and widely disseminated through ACSA, ACSP, AIA, APA, ARCC, EAAE, EUAA.
rena bradley bw Réna Bradley: is Co-chair of  the AIA Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee (UPC) and the managing partner of Acute E, LLC. Her experience- as the former Community Development Project Manager of the Detroit Land Bank Authority and a Project Coordinator at the Architecture Company of Henningson, Durham, Richardson, Inc.- has been on projects of varying scales and “types” (ranging from single-family residential rehabs to 1.5 million square foot hospitals) that have all had “improving the health and well-being of individuals or communities” as their central focus. Through her work at Acute E and the UPC Réna will continue to promote “design for joy and well-being” in Detroit and beyond.
greta buehrle 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 the collaboration of colleagues across the globe. http://art.unt.edu/design/interior-design
sang cho Sang Cho: his academic and work experience have been on conducting health impact assessments with various local agencies. He co-authored a health impact assessment from 2014-2015 as a consultant to Made in Brownsville to promote attention to community safety and access to social programs in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He has also co-authored a health impact assessment from 2013-2014 while working at the Devens Enterprise Commission, to compare and contrast the potential health impacts of two alternative regulatory compliance paths for future residential development in Devens, Massachusetts. He holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in landscape architecture.
Shannon Criss: is an Associate Professor of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Kansas (KU) School and is a licensed architect with over twenty years of experience teaching and practicing architecture.  She brings her interests and capacity through a newly established interdisciplinary research cell among diverse faculty at KU.  Her on-going research studies are focused on developing knowledge basis on “urban acupuncture” projects whereby small architectural interventions have larger impacts.  This works serves to engage disadvantaged and excluded urban communities in urban spaces—connecting university students with communities.
caroline de cristo 2 Caroline Shannon de Cristo: is Co-founder of +D Studio and Curator of Park and Institute Sitiê (SEED Award Winner 2015), 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 graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Design’s MArch I Program with distinction, earning the AIA Henry Adams Medal and, together with Pedro Henrique de Cristo, the Appleton Fellowship on Architectures of Urban Integration.
pedro de cristo bw Pedro Henrique de Cristo: is Co-founder of +D Studio and Director of Park and Institute Sitiê (SEED Award Winner 2015), 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 S. de Cristo, the Appleton Fellowship on Architectures of Urban Integration, both at the GSD.
amy deines bw Amy Green Deines, Assoc. AIA, IIDA: is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art and Design Dept. at Lawrence Technological University. She received her Master’s of Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and has a diverse design background that builds on her academic training in industrial design and architecture. Amy is the Co-founder of Awake by Design, an award winning multidisciplinary design + technology studio founded in 2007. Amy’s research engages cultural interventions within Detroit’s urban landscape, where she collaborates with students of architecture and fellow colleagues. Amy is a recent graduate of Detroit Leadership Experience affiliated with the Detroit Chamber of Commerce.
rory dickens bw Rory Dickens: is currently in his final year at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland and will complete his Masters in Architecture this summer. In summer 2013 and 2014 Rory assisted Arkitrek, Malaysia, in the completion of three of their sustainable architecture projects, and successfully led on their Tagal Hut project. He has been asked by Arkitrek to return to lead another of their projects this summer. These experiences have informed his understanding of sustainable and traditional construction techniques and his ambition now is to put these skills to use working on projects in other parts of the world.
thomas dutton bw Thomas A. Dutton: is an architect and Cincinnati Professor of Community Engagement at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  His research has been published in many journals including the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), Designer/BuilderThe NationThe Black Scholar, Shelterforce, Z Magazine as well as Truth-out.org. Dutton is Founder and Director of Miami University’s Center for Community Engagement in Over-the-Rhine (2002. In 2009 Dutton was awarded the National Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award by Campus Compact, for “outstanding contributions to service-learning, engaged scholarship, and institutional and community change through collaborative engagement.”
carolyn dwyer bw Carolyn Dwyer, LEED AP ID+C: earned her B.S. in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and worked in the design industry for nearly 12 years including 7 years with her own company, CBD Design. For the past 13 years she has been an Account Representative in the wallcovering industry servicing southeast Michigan before moving to the carpet industry with Shaw Industries in 2014. Carolyn is the founding member current President of Interior Designers Coalition for Change (IDCFC), a non-profit organization providing interior design services to communities and individuals where there is a need and resources are limited.
daniel faoro bw Daniel L. Faoro: is an Associate Professor at Lawrence Technological University and is involved in preservation of the university-owned Gregor and Elizabeth Affleck House. Professor Faoro has served on homeless shelter boards in Detroit, MI and Moorhead, MN.  He was a member and coordinator of design charrettes for non-profit organizations serving the homeless of the AIA Search for Shelter in Fargo-Moorhead 1998-1999. He currently is a member of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) in the Detroit area and has held executive committee appointments and is a founding board member of a new homeless shelter program, “Journey to Housing” since 2012. He is a licensed architect in Illinois since 1989, and holds degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Masters of Architecture in Urban Design, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Bachelors in Architecture. http://www.ltu.edu/architecture_and_design/architecture/d_faoro.asp
daniel feldman bw Daniel Jospeh Feldman: is a Colombian architect and current Fulbright Scholar in Urban Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Prior to his time at Harvard, Feldman was Professor of Architecture at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia where he taught Social Innovation and Unsolicited Projects and was Co-Director of New Territories, a research group focusing on the development of vulnerable populations in secluded regions. At the same time, Feldman was lead design Architect and Advisor for the Presidential High Counselor for Special Programs, Office of the First Lady of Colombia; Regional Ambassador and Design Fellow for Architecture for Humanity. Aside from his studies at Harvard Daniel is also currently adjunct faculty member and visiting scholar at Rhode Island School of Design.
ashley flintoff bw Ashley Flintoff:  is a dual graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Community Development. She currently works for Wayne State University in Facilities Management and Planning where she is pursuing a Master of Urban Planning. An avid fan of urban environments, Ashley is one of Detroit’s biggest cheerleaders. She is an active member of the UDM School of Architecture Alumni Council, a founding Board Member of the Volterra-Detroit Foundation and manages social media the UDM MCD Program and the Association for Community Design where she is a member of the Board of Directors. Ashley, her husband Tim, and their pets Nora and Hunter are currently renovating a house in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood. www.linkedin.com/in/ashleysflintoff
john folan bw John Folan: is the Founder and Director of the Urban Design Build Studio (UDBS), a university affiliated Public Interest Design entity at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2008, John and the UDBS have been working with challenged urban communities in Western Pennsylvania on the development and implementation of catalytic projects through participatory design processes. John maintains a private professional practice focused on place based social, economic and environmental issues in architecture and urban design.
deena fox bw Deena Fox: is a Principal with ROSSETTI, a Detroit-based architecture and design firm. She possesses a keen interest in the ability of development projects to positively impact their geographic and social contexts. Deena leads multidisciplinary architecture and engineering teams in Detroit and New York on projects from planning through construction. Her belief in the value of shared vision and community participation has led her to work with regional groups on transit and mobility advocacy. She has seen firsthand the benefit of partnerships among diverse stakeholders, for example in previous work as a steering collaborator with University of Michigan’s SMART Connect + Prosper initiative and in current design collaboration on Detroit’s new M-1 Rail system. Deena has received PMP and LEED AP certifications, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University.
beau frail bw Beau Frail, Assoc. AIA: is a Project Manager at the Austin, TX based architecture firm Dick Clark + Associates. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and chaired the designvoice committee at his local AIA chapter from 2013 to 2015. Through his leadership, AIA Austin designvoice has served the Austin community by facilitating public interest design projects, including a place-making bus stop shelter charrette and a micro-home competition for the homeless. He earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida. https://www.aiaaustin.org/committee/designvoice
alexander froehlich Alexander Froehlich: is a San Francisco native, a University of Oregon alumni, and a designer for SMR Architects in Seattle. While at UO, Alexander served as director of designBridge, a student-run community design-build, as well as project manager for a number of projects, including: a deconstructable tractor shed and vending stand for a Latino immigrant berry farming cooperative, a natural playscape for toddlers, and a mobile learning space for the unhoused in Eugene, Oregon. Recently, Alexander has been helping The Toolbox Project, a new tool library, design a repeatable, mobile, and modular space to store and share tools. www.alexanderfroehlich.com
bryce gamper bw Bryce Gamper, Assoc. AIA: is Co-chair for the Urban Priorities Committee of the AIA Detroit, and an AIA associate working in commercial design at dPOP! Detroit. After his time as a fellow in the Challenge Detroit program, he began to bring his AIA work and his connection to Detroit together through the UPC. As co-chair of the committee he has helped steer the focus to impactful design through holistic engagement – resulting in an expanding portfolio of public interest design projects. He continues to work with the committee to bring architects into the community and position the AIA Detroit as an asset to Detroit.
thomas gardner bw Thomas Gardner: is the full-time high school instructor for Studio H, teaching 80 students per day in 4 class periods. He joined the Studio H teaching team after 7 years as architecture faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design. His experience teaching undergraduate and graduate architecture students translates beautifully with his high school Studio H students, who examine design theory and history with the same level of vigor as they do wood construction and urban intervention. Thomas’ teaching and research explore design methodologies and tactical technologies, with a particular focus on fabrication, construction and emerging practices. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and his graduate studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art outside of Detroit. His thesis project focused on post-industrial urban housing.
tom goddeeris bw Tom Goddeeris: is the Executive Director of the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (GRDC) since 1991. Located in northwest Detroit, GRDC is multi-faceted community development organization working in the areas of affordable housing development, commercial revitalization, and community building. GRDC is recognized as one of the leading CDCs in the Detroit area and Tom was the 2014 recipient of the Terrence R. Duvernay Award for leadership in the field of community development. Tom is also a licensed architect and studied architecture at both the University of Michigan and Lawrence Technological University, where he earned his Master of Architecture degree.
elizabeth grabowski bw Elizabeth Grabowski: A recent graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture Masters Program, Elizabeth has developed a passion and talent for hand drawings, digital graphics, and design. She is currently a project manager at Mosher Dolan Inc., a boutique construction firm specializing in high end residential spaces. Elizabeth works directly with client communication, graphic design, architectural design, and marketing. In addition, Elizabeth was selected as a Challenge Detroit Fellow from a pool of over 850 applicants. Challenge Detroit is an urban revitalization, leadership, and professional development program including 30 of tomorrow’s leaders who live, work, play, give, and lead in and around the Detroit area for a total of one year. http://www.mosherdolan.com/biographies/project_management
patricia gruits bw Patricia Gruits: is a designer and architect. She joined MASS in 2013 to lead the design of the Maternity Waiting Home Prototype for the Ministry of Health in Malawi.  Since then, she has led the education program at MASS, managing the design and implementation of primary schools throughout East Africa with the African Wildlife Foundation and the M2 Foundation and is currently leading MASS’s research measuring the impact of design and infrastructure investments.  Prior to joining MASS, Patricia worked with Kennedy Violich Architects in Boston and co-founded the global non-profit, Portable Light, providing a sustainable source of power and light to the developing world.
Brad_Guy bw 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 / BuildSchool. 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.
ursula hartig Ursula Hartig: holds a Master in Architecture (Diplom Ingenieur) from the Technische Universität Berlin. Since 2004 she is 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 build environment. Since 2000 she has been project manager and director of TU Berlin‘s DesignBuild Studios including planning, realisation and documentation of buildings and environments in Mexico and Afghanistan. Since 1987 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, developing the dbXchange.eu web-platform. www.cocoon-studio.de
vaughn horn bw Vaughn Horn: Throughout his career, Vaughn has memberships in the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects.  He is LEED Accredited, NCARB Certified, and holds an architecture license in California.  His experience cache includes an array of projects from stadia to retail buildings. He earned his B-Arch degree from the University of Southern California. He then earned an M-Arch degree from Syracuse University. The breadth of his research includes articles and paper presentations at prestigious institutions.  In 2012, he earned Educator of the Year by the AIAS. Vaughn is a Harvard Graduate Consortium member at the Center for Energy and the Environment.  Recently, he served as adjunct professor at Boston Architectural College, and is currently a DDES Student at Harvard University.
drea howenstein bw Drea Howenstein: is an artist, scholar and professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research focuses on critical spatial practices, urban pedagogy, and design activism. She collaborates with cultural and civic institutions to broaden public awareness of art projects which encourage democratic social spaces. Her work connects imaginative proposals with a rigorous studio practice that cultivates community participation, improves urban living conditions, and builds ecological resilience. The creative experience that emerges during this process affirms evolving intelligence, and gives agency to the subjective voice of participants. Photo credit: Paul Elledge
ron innocent bw Ronzard Innocent: is a Senior Project Manager at Denham Wolf Real Estate Services. Ron’s expertise and commitment to community-driven projects is exemplified by his work for the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (BMS), for which he successfully implemented a complex expansion plan that significantly increased the capacity of healthcare services at one of New York’s most dynamic community-based health centers. Ron’s project portfolio also includes the HEREArtsCenter, the Innocence Project, and the Theatre Development Fund Costume Collection. Ron has an M.S. in Real Estate Development from the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, New York. http://www.denhamwolf.com/about-us/staff
garrett jacobs bw Garrett Jacobs: as the son of a chef/party planner duo, Garrett grew up around food and understand the importance of gathering people around the table. Receiving his education in post-Katrina New Orleans solidified his commitment to improving the civic space by building networks of passion driven leaders. Garrett applies his architectural design skills across fields and practices, noting that design is a transient mode of thought to be applied wherever one sees fit. He currently supports the government partners within the Fellowship program of Code for America and proudly serves as the Acting Chair of Chapter Network. http://www.codeforamerica.org/people/garrett-jacobs/
george jacobsen bw George Jacobsen: joined The Kresge Foundation in 2008 and manages all facets of the Detroit Program’s arts and culture portfolio, including the Kresge’s Artist Fellowship and Eminent Artist Award programs, the Art X Detroit biennial public art festival, and a general operating support program for over 60 arts and cultural organizations. He also advances Re-Imagining Detroit 2020, the Detroit Program’s strategic framework to reverse decades of disinvestment and reposition the city as a model for revitalization, including the development of Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit, a three-year, $5 million grant initiative to support neighborhood-based projects that launched in 2015. He holds a Master’s degree in urban planning from Wayne State University.
wes janz bw Wes Janz, PhD, RA: is a professor of architecture at Ball State University where, in 2006, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. He is the founder of onesmallproject.org, a collection of local initiatives by people many observers consider to be at risk. Janz was a winner of the inaugural Curry Stone Design Prize, an international award established in 2008 to encourage breakthrough projects that “engage communities at the fulcrum of change, raising awareness, empowering individuals and fostering collective revitalization.” His book Leftover Rightunder: Finding Architectural Potential in Found Materials was published by Half  Letter Press in 2013. https://www.linkedin.com/in/wesjanz
william jones bw William F. Jones, Jr.: is Chief Executive Officer of Focus: HOPE. Under Jones’ leadership, Focus: HOPE has expanded services to the community through its three primary areas of focus: a food program, education and training programs, and community development initiatives. Jones has encouraged providing a broader range of services to the 42,000 mothers, children, and senior citizens who receive nutritious food from Focus: HOPE each month. Jones earned a B.A. in Psychology in and an MBA from ColumbiaUniversity. He was Chairman of the Chrysler Financial Diversity Council. Currently, he is a member of the Focus: HOPE Board of Directors, the Governor’s Talent Investment Board, Walsh College Board of Trustees, and the Board of Directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber, Forgotten Harvest, and Eastern Market.
leslie 2 bw Leslie Kaye, PhD: is a Clinical, Health, and Design Psychologist, licensed in the States of 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 United Nations 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.
kalia keith bw2 Kalia Keith: is the Assistant Director for community+public arts: DETROIT (C+PAD). Kalia received her B.S. in Marketing from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and a Health Care Coach certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Several years after graduation, she pursued her BFA degree in metals from College for Creative Studies (CCS). Although she did not finish, she still maintains her passion for creativity and community outreach through the various visual arts projects offered by Community Arts Development Coordinator with C+PAD and other Detroit-based projects.   Kalia has been the social media representative for African World Festival since 2011.  In addition, Kalia worked at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History as an Education Coordinator and Communications Specialist.
dough kelbaugh bw Doug Kelbaugh: Assoc AIA, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and former Dean of University of Michigan’s Taubman College, has been an educator for four decades, and acclaimed practitioner that has won over twenty design awards and competitions. While University of Washington’s Architecture Chair, he invigorated the program with new initiatives, including the annual design charrette, while publishing two of his four seminal books. As dean at Michigan, he started new programs, while making 40 faculty hires and increasing the endowment from $7M to $75M. He remains a very popular teacher and speaker, while continuing to publish voluminously.
Joongsub Kim, PhD, AIA, AICP: Professor at Lawrence Technological University, directs its Detroit Studio (an off-campus, community-based design and outreach facility) 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.
angela kyle bw Angela Kyle: is Co-founder of PlayBuild. Angela has called New Orleans home since 2010.  A global nomad, she grew up in the Gulf South, and spent the first half of her career in the media industry.  In 2011 she was part of the launch team of the New Orleans Business Alliance, where she got a crash course in economic development.  As a social entrepreneur, she has a passion for creative solutions and applied design thinking.  Angela divides time between New Orleans and New York where she works for design and branding firm, Wolff Olins.
choonghun lee bw Choong-Hun Lee: is a Project Designer at Space Group co., Ltd. in Korea. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his master’s degree course from Seoul National University. He started practicing architecture at HOK with St Louis Art Museum project. His main interest focuses around publicness of architecture and its role in the community. He has participated in numerous design competitions and is currently involved with Gyunggi Provincial Government Complex project.
glen leroy bw Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP: has been Dean of the College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at Lawrence Technological University since July, 2005. Before joining Lawrence Tech, Glen was a principal of Gould Evans Associates in Kansas City. From 1980 to 2002, he taught at the School of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Kansas, and led the Kansas City Urban Design program from 1987 to 2002. He has also served as an adjunct professor and advisor to the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s program in architecture and urban planning. Glen was awarded the 2014 AIA Michigan Gold Medal.
nathan mahaffey Nathan Mahaffey: is a design and planning strategist and consultant. He received a B.Arch from Louisiana State University and a Master’s in Urban Design for Development from The Bartlett Development Planning Unit in London. In addition to two years of community-based design and planning with the Peace Corps in Honduras, Nathan possesses diverse experience in Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia in architecture, urban design and field research in alternative housing strategies for urban development. Current work and research explores alternative strategies for design collaboration as an emancipatory process.
katherine mcneil Katherine McNeil: Joiner, facilitator, architect, academic at CoventryUniversity. Trustee / Director with Architecture for Humanity London & member of international Chapter Network Steering Group. Social design projects include work in London, Nepal, Ghana and Argentina. Passionate about participatory practice, drawing and creative place making.
gilad meron bw Gilad Meron: is an independent designer, researcher, and writer focused on community design practice and design education. His current work includes research and program development for the Autodesk Foundation, strategy and visual communication for Enterprise Community Partners, and writing for various design publications. Most recently he co-founded a design collective and co-working space in New Orleans called the Blue House, where he’s working to build a community of creative and ambitious young professionals. Gilad is particularly interested in intersection of economics, public policy, and design, and strives to focus his design work around civic engagement.
dorian moore bw Dorian Moore: has been involved in a wide range of architecture, and urban planning projects. Recently, Mr. Moore was among a select group of architects and planners invited to Mississippi as part of the charrette planning team for 11 cities along the Gulf Coast that were ravaged by hurricane Katrina. Mr. Moore was featured in the PBS documentary: Designing Healthy Cities and was consulted on the documentary Beyond the Motor City discussing the future of the Post-Industrial City. Mr. Moore was also featured on the public affairs television programs Spotlight on the News and Back to Back discussing architecture and urban design in Detroit. Mr. Moore graduated from the University of Michigan and also studied at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria.
scott moore Scott Moore y Medina, AIA NCARB: 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 Elaine Morales: is a Design Associate at bcWorkshop, and bcFellow graduate in the RGV office. She leads the design and construction work for RAPIDO and supports other housing projects within the RGV office.  As Chief Advocate of the RGV office, Elaine connects contextual, practical, and analytical research with the office’s ongoing programs and initiatives, supporting and generating new possibilities for continuing our mission. She has particular interest in community development in post-conflict and post-disaster contexts, and how communities organize and design their own environments. Elaine obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design, a Master of Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR); and a Master of International Cooperation from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona, Spain.
susan mosey bw Susan T. Mosey: has been the Executive Director of Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) for twenty seven years. This non-profit organization is responsible for community development, marketing, real estate, small business development, and arts programming. Projects that have been undertaken by the organization under her direction include public improvements such as new streetscapes and park development, greenway planning and construction, and residential and commercial real estate development and management. MDI’s newest initiative is the Live Midtown Residential Incentive Program that encourages employees of the anchors to move to Midtown. The organization also produces a number of signature arts events, including Art X Detroit, DLECTRICITY and Noel Night.
kurt neiswender bw Kurt Neiswender is an Architect in the city of Flint with Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects. Kurt is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Michigan, Flint Earth and Resource Science Department. He is an active member of the AIA and holds the positions of Young Architect Regional Director for the Michigan region, and Flint Chapter Director. Most recently he has been appointed to the Imagine Flint – Environmental Features, Parks, and Open Space Implementation Task Group. Kurt received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California, and currently completing his Masters in Urban Design from Lawrence Technological University with a concentration in Sustainable Urbanism.
amelie ntigulirwa bw Amelie Ntigulirwa: Marie Amelie graduated in 2013 as valedictorian in the first class of Architects trained in Rwanda.  After graduation, she joined MASS Design Group as a Global Health Corps Fellow leading the construction administration of the Maternal and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. Prior to joining MASS Amelie led the KIST honors student exhibition and interned with LuxDev, a Luxembourg development agency where she worked on the rehabilitation of the Muhima, Kibagabaga, and Kanombe hospitals.  Amelie is currently a Junior Associate at MASS leading work in healthcare and community development through the Munini District Hospital and Peace Plan projects.
joongul oh bw JoonGul Oh, Ph. D., LEED AP: is registered architect and Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Seoul National University of Science & Technology. At SeoulTech, he teaches architectural design studio and sustainable architecture. JoonGul’s research areas include public space, brownfield, and under-used spaces and their urban and architectural relationship. He earned his Ph. D. at Seoul National University and practiced and taught in Korea as well as in the US.
kristina olivent bw Kristina Olivent, Assoc. AIA: Originally from California’s high-desert region, Kristina moved to Texas to earn her Masters in Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin.  Now an architectural intern at hatch + ulland owen architects, Kristina designs and manages a variety of multi-family and municipal projects.  Kristina has dedicated her career to Public Interest Design and is continually looking for opportunities to accomplish public uplift through art and architecture.  Most recently she helped to initiate and host an open design charrette and competition to create a new bus stop shelter for an underserved Austin neighborhood as part of AIA Austin’s designvoice committee.
Ed Orlowski bw Edward M. Orlowski: is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University, and Vice President of the Association for Community Design.  He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.  He directs a graduate-level design studio focusing upon architectural practice within a model of activism, and has presented papers both in the United States and abroad on activist design paradigms.  He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Architecture for Humanity-Detroit, the SEED Network, Architects, Planners, and Designers for Social Responsibility, and is the faculty advisor for the LTU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.              http://www.ltu.edu/architecture_and_design/orlowski.asp
mishelle oun bw Mishelle Oun: is a Project Associate at Denham Wolf Real Estate Services. Mishelle joined Denham Wolf in 2014, bringing to the firm her professional mission to  develop and deliver built environments that holistically benefit client, constituent, and community. Mishelle has worked extensively in the architecture and design field and gained significant experience in post-disaster rebuilding during her time in New Orleans. She also gained experience in community-driven design during her time as the Director of Development at Architecture for Humanity’s New York chapter. Mishelle has an M.P.S in Design Management from Pratt Institute, New York. http://www.denhamwolf.com/about-us/staff
nina pawlicki Nina Pawlicki: in 2009 Nina participated as a student in CoCoon’s DesignBuild-Studio “Praktikumsseminar Mexiko”, where she works as a project-manager and construction-supervisor ever since. 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 Technische Universität Berlin and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and has a wide range of experiences from working for different architecture offices. CoCoon – sector for contextual construction, Technische Universität Berlin. www.cocoon-studio.de
david perkes bw David Perkes is an architect, Mississippi State University professor, and director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.  The design studio was established following Hurricane Katrina to provide planning, landscape and architectural design to communities. David has a Master of Environmental Design degree from Yale University, Master of Architecture degree from the University of Utah, Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University, and a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  David is on a four person team to receive the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize to research Public Interest Practices in Architecture.
ann phillips bw Ann Phillips: Ann recently graduated from the University of Oregon with both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation. Prior to graduate school, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Iowa State University. With a firm belief in a multi-disciplinary design process, Ann is particularly interested in the overlap of historic and new architecture and the innovation necessary to blend the two. Ann is excited to be taking part in a year-long fellowship with Challenge Detroit, a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 35 of tomorrow’s leaders to live, work, play, give, and lead in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. She is passionate about the history and culture of the city of Detroit and looks forward to actively participating in its revitalization. http://challengedetroit.org/fellows
ivan quinones bw Ivan Dario Quiñones Sanchez: Architect and Business Administrator from Los Andes University in Colombia, experienced in international cooperation and project management, and Advisor of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia since 2010 giving development and support to design for social impact.
mauro quintanilha bw Mauro Quintanilha: is the founding President of Park and Institute Sitiê (SEED Award Winner 2015), 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 Emílio 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.
jon red corn Jon RedCorn, AIA LEED AP: 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.
gina reichert bw Gina Reichert: is an Artist and Designer based in Detroit. She is partner in the design and art duo Design 99 with partner, Mitch Cope, investigating the role of art and aesthetics in their immediate neighborhood. As Director of Power House Productions, an artist-run nonprofit organization focused on neighborhood stabilization through art and culture, Reichert has a successful track record of projects and fundraising, transforming spaces and structures through direct and strategic means. Her work has been published widely and included in exhibitions worldwide among them the Van Abbemuseum, Smart Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, and Mattress Factory.
sarida scott 2 bw Sarida Scott: has served as the Executive Director for the Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD) since September 2012.  Prior to coming to CDAD, she worked at Michigan Community Resources, holding positions as Legal Director and Chief Program Officer.  Sarida received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Michigan.  Sarida’s work experience has been concentrated in the areas of nonprofit legal compliance, education and community engagement.
rebecca beamer Rebecca Seward: is Program Manager of Studio H, overseeing construction and project management of built projects, curriculum development, and also serves as Senior Counselor of the Camp H girls program. She is a maker who believes in the power of design to transform communities. She has over seven years of Construction Management experience, including working at Marmol Radziner in Los Angeles and Kudos Construction in New York.  Rebecca has a degree in Urban Design from New York University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon.  While at the University of Oregon, Rebecca helped lead a team of student designers in an ongoing Passive House Retrofit with the Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Living.
scott shall bw Scott Shall: is Associate Professor and Chair of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University and the founding director of the International Design Clinic (IDC, www.internationaldesignclinic.org), through which he has realized much-needed creative work with communities in need on four continents.  Shall’s work has been featured in a range of peer-reviewed presentations and publications, including works by the AIA Press (2010) and the University of Indianapolis Press (2010).  Shall has exhibited his creative work in venues around the world, including the Goldstein Museum of Design (2010), the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale (2012) and the Museum of Modern Art (2014).
helen slade bw Helen Slade: is the program manager for TERRRITORY. She is responsible for community outreach, project development, partnerships, curriculum, fundraising, and publicity, but her real passion is working with teens. Helen began her career as an arts curator in Seattle, doing provocative interdisciplinary exhibitions for museums and arts organizations. She is a licensed architect in Chicago with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Illinois-Chicago. In 2011 she and architects Rashmi Ramaswamy and Mike Newman launched Territory. Since then she has been running a small design practice and working with Territory teens to create an urban design studio for young Chicago designers. http://www.territoryap.org/territory-is/
james stevens bw Jim Stevens, AIA: is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University where he is the founding and acting Director of makeLab, a digital fabrication and design studio. As director, Jim oversees research, publication and industry-sponsored design projects. Additionally, Jim conducts frequent makeLab workshops and lectures across the U.S. and internationally in China, Europe and India. Professor Stevens is coauthor of an upcoming 2015 book: Digital Vernacular, Principles Tools and Processes to be published by Routledge Architecture press.
tom veed Tom Veed, AIA, LEED GA: is a designer ad working as an architect. He joined AFH in 2010, to see if the profession could be salvaged through inclusive collaborative design.   As co-chair of the Chicago chapter’s board of directors, Tom comes to every project with the belief that the strongest moment of design is when the client takes up their own pen to draw the first line and.   That the end user is in fact the best design/builder, should not be considered activist architecture, but if that’s what is needed to help communities build for themselves, we should all volunteer to join the fray.
michael vega bw Michael Vega: moved to New Orleans in 2008, to help out after Katrina and Rita, after receiving a B.Arch (and riding out both storms) at LouisianaStateUniversity.  Besides working full-time and receiving his license in 2011, he has aided several non-profits in the region with their recovery work, while getting involved with setting up the local Architecture for Humanity chapter, for which he is now the chapter co-coordinator.
susan verba bw Susan Verba: is principal and founder of Studio/lab and Associate Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. In her public-interest design research she seeks to leverage the power of social media for the collective redesign of everyday things, such as public documents, forms, graphics, and systems that are confusing and frustrating to use. Susan co-directs the UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi), which brings together teams of creative people from different fields to solve problems through better design and to study how interdisciplinary groups work, investigating the question: what does democratic design look like?
 tom woiwode bw Tom Woiwode: developed the GreenWays Initiative for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, as well as developing and directing programs for the Community Foundation on land use, urban revitalization, green infrastructure, and community development. Woiwode has raised over $200 million in private funds and leveraged more than a half a billion dollars for conservation and community development purposes and, while with The Nature Conservancy, completed more than 300 conservation real estate acquisitions. An attorney, Woiwode has been the founder, board member and officer of environmental, conservation and charitable organizations and institutes in Michigan and throughout the country.
nella young bw Nella Young: is Program Director of National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. She directs the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which pairs emerging rchitects with community development organizations to advance their design goals. She has a background in urban planning and experiential education and has worked on topics including infrastructure for active living, economic development for the creative sector, and policies that improve access to healthy food. Nella spent a year as a research fellow in Germany studying planning strategies for shrinking cities. She holds an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she majored in studio arts.
michael zaretsky bw 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. www.michaelzaretsky.com