Speakers for Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012

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Tuesday Panel Discussions
Nov. 13, 2012


Art Agnos
Former Mayor, San Francisco, California

Art Agnos began work as a civil rights social worker in city public housing and gradually became politically active as a California State Assemblyman, Mayor of San Francisco, and an appointee of President Clinton in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During his career in public office he was identified as a strong advocate for minorities, the homeless, gays and lesbians, health care, affordable housing, the environment and for the special needs of people with AIDS.

As mayor of San Francisco, he received national attention for his work in directing the city’s response to the 1989 “World Series” earthquake. As a result, he has been invited to provide seminars on disaster response, governance and community participation in various countries around the world including South Africa, Angola, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Turkey, Russia, Korea, China and New Zealand.

Art occasionally lectures on government at local universities, serves on the boards of Global Food Technologies, a startup biotech food safety company, and the Linear Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits found in such products as cellular phones and computers. He and his wife Sherry continue to live in San Francisco where they are both active in community and educational issues.

Diego Collazos
Design Fellow, Architecture for Humanity Peru

Diego Collazos is a Design Fellow working for Architecture for Humanity in the post-disaster school rebuilding program sponsored by the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group, which benefits underprivileged communities. The program has successfully rebuilt schools damaged by the 2007 earthquake in Peru, relocated schools affected by constant floods in Mexico, and developed a new school for the 2010 tsunami affected region in Chile.Diego’s post disaster reconstruction expertise provides a different perspective, highlighting his fieldwork experience focusing in key practices while working from the ground such as stakeholder associations, community participation, funding sponsors relations and project implementation.

His role in the program includes a variety of activities such as research and development strategies, feasibility studies, architectural design, peer reviews, stakeholder analysis, construction administration and post occupancy evaluations to name a few. Among the most relevant projects developed during his involvement with the program are The Maria Auxiliadora School in Peru honored with the 2012 Social Economic Environmental Design award (SEED) and the 16 de Septiembre School in Mexico benefiting 205 school children. Diego holds an architectural Bachelor’s degree from Monterrey Technical Institute (ITESM) in Mexico and a building and Urban design in Development Master Degree from University College London (UCL) in London UK.

Daniel Wallach
Executive Director and Founder, Greensburg GreenTown

Daniel Wallach is Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreeenTown, a not for profit organization that conceptualized and helped lead the sustainable rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas following the tornado that wiped out the town in 2007. Today, the tiny two-square mile community in the middle of rural Kansas is an internationally recognized model of a sustainably built community. In September 2011, Daniel and others opened the first affiliate GreenTown organization in Joplin, Missouri to help integrate sustainability into the rebuild there after a major storm wiped out a third of the town of 50,000.

Daniel is a social entrepreneur and innovator whose personal mission is to make capitalism and environmental health and vitality interdependent. He is a pioneer in sustainable disaster recovery and has been a vocal proponent of taking the opportunity latent in these many disasters and letting those situations catalyze positive cutting-edge changes in the recovery process that can effect lasting change in the rest of culture. Daniel’s long-term vision is to establish sustainability advocacy organizations in communities across the country, initially focusing on areas affected by natural disasters. Daniel’s education is varied but his most impactful experience has been “Adversity University”, when he was ill for over a decade and studied religion and spirituality, environmental sciences and the healing arts.


Clark Manus
CEO, Heller Manus Architects; 87th President, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Clark Manus, FAIA, is CEO of Heller Manus Architects and served as the 87th President of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). The convergence of these two leadership areas has enabled Clark to champion broader design thinking on issues pertaining to resilient, healthy and sustainable communities in the urban and regional context. In his role as a design principal and citizen architect, Clark’s 30-year career has influenced the character of San Francisco’s built environment. Following the 1989 earthquake, Clark chaired successive Mayoral Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC) over two decades, beginning with orchestrating the catalytic Embarcadero Design Assessment Team (DAT). The DAT resulted in the removal of the damaged Embarcadero Freeway in 1992, thereby enabling the reclamation of the Central Embarcadero, and setting the stage for the visionary Transbay CAC that enabled the rebirth of the downtown Rincon Hill neighborhood and the adjacent Transbay residential and transit district. Clark’s experience encompasses a wide range of new and reconstruction projects including residential, commercial, civic, rehabilitation / adaptive re-use, performance facilities, retail, and urban design plans in the San Francisco Bay Area and China. Clark is recognized for his expertise in complex urban, mixed-use buildings and master planning projects, especially in difficult approval environments. Some noteworthy San Francisco projects include the renovation/restoration of San Francisco City Hall, the Infinity residential towers and Hotel Vitale.

2-3pm Eco Development in Low-Income Communities

David Baker
Founder, David Baker + Partners

David Baker FAIA LEED AP founded San Francisco-based David Baker + Partners in 1982. With a focus on sustainable affordable housing, the firm has come to be known for combining social concern with a signature design character. A leader in the affordable housing sphere, the firm has designed and built more than 8,000 affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area and has received more than 150 local and national architectural design awards.

David recently was selected as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice, in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. In 2010 he was given Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, which honors the housing industry’s 30 most influential and innovative people of the past 30 years. From 1977 to 1982, David was principal of Sol-Arc, a firm dedicated to energy-efficient architecture. A progressive urban activist and bicyclist, he has also been a union carpenter, a teacher, and an active board member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association). Born and raised in a passive-solar rammed-earth house in Arizona of his father’s design, David has held a lifelong interest in architecture, design, sustainable building, and the DIY ethic. His newest projects are Zero Cottage—a net-zero LEED Platinum urban home—and StoreFrontLab.org, a year-long exploration of storefronts as places of community, creativity and local industry.

Peter Cohen
Executive Director, Council of Community Housing Organizations

Peter Cohen is executive director of the San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations and the former policy director at East Bay Housing Organizations. He is an urban geographer by training who has been involved in a variety of land use, housing policy and planning initiatives in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. Peter has served on the boards of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Bay Area Greenbelt Alliance, and has been appointed to several policy task forces by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He also currently serves as chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Market / Octavia Plan Area. In addition to his professional orientation to community-focused work, he is very active in his own community as a board member of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Peter has a master’s degree from San Francisco State University where he has also occasionally lectured in the geography and urban studies departments.

Theresa Hwang
Enterprise Rose Fellow, Skid Row Housing Trust

Theresa Hwang is a community-driven architect with the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles, California. With the Trust, she is designing and developing high quality and sustainable permanent supportive housing for the homeless with some of the leading architects in the country, including Michael Maltzan Architecture and Killefer Flammang Architects. The Trust has built 24 buildings and has created over 1400 units of affordable housing for the very low-income homeless population in the Skid Row community. She began with the Trust in 2009 as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow.

In addition to developing affordable housing, Theresa has spent over nine years using art and design as a means for community organizing and neighborhood development with multiple community-led groups and campaigns in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Art History from Johns Hopkins University.

Imrul Kayes
Head of Dhaka Chapter; Designer, Life in 1.5’ x 30’

Imrul Kayes received his architecture degree from BRAC University, Bangladesh in 2007 with a focus on the public informal sector. A strong believer in sustainable humanitarian development and Architecture for Humanity chapter lead in Bangladesh, Imrul dreams of establishing a self-sustainable platform that will bring a growing resource of engineering or architectural talent to assist communities in need and thus play a role in poverty alleviation. An architect by profession, he has dedicated himself to various projects such as a water purification plant for river side communities; a prefabricated, retractable two-story eco-friendly classroom for slum children; housing reconstruction in Bangladesh SIDR-affected areas; improved design of rural housing in the coastal area by IUCN; a unique low-cost, energy-efficient mobile tea stall for millions of micro-entrepreneurs. Imrul has also been involved with research ranging from appropriate construction modules for migrant communities; multi-sector initiatives in the urban slums around Bangladesh; and housing for the ultra poor. While designing, he endorses participatory process and focuses on climate, culture, energy and improved traditional construction methods. Imrul has won several national and international awards, and as he continues to conduct design projects, he aims to establish a single grassroots definition for sustainable development in low-income communities. He is a founding member of Engineers Without Borders–Bangladesh, and is active in Bangladesh Renewable Energy Society, Architecture for Humanity Bangladesh and Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB).


Lisa Hodges
Senior Advisor, Oystertree Consulting

Lisa Hodges is an attorney with over 15 years of diverse experience in affordable and public housing, large scale urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization. She has served as the Director of Real Estate for the Boston Housing Authority and as Development Advisor to the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). In these capacities, she managed a portfolio of over $100 million in large-scale redevelopment projects and represented DCHA in District-wide and national housing policy committees, including the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council.

Prior to working with DCHA, Lisa was Special Assistant for Housing Policy to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the District of Columbia (ODMPED). There, Lisa managed the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force, a 28 member body charged with developing a 10 year District of Columbia-wide strategy to increase the amount of mixed-income, culturally diverse neighborhoods, the amount of affordable housing, the production of housing overall and minimize displacement of current residents. Lisa now serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Howard University School of Architecture and Design, teaching an Urban Housing Seminar focused on affordable housing development. She previously served as Adjunct Faculty and Staff Attorney at the Georgetown Law Center’s Harrison Institute representing tenant groups in acquisition and development matters and studying the tenant purchase process. Lisa has also managed her own law practice in real estate, business and non-profit redevelopment, and continues to be a member of the Maryland State Bar. Ms. Hodges holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Haverford College.


Julian Adler
Project Director, Red Hook Center for Community Justice

Julian Adler is the project director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, New York, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation. Launched in June 2000, the Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Operating out of a refurbished Catholic school in the heart of a geographically and socially isolated neighborhood in southwest Brooklyn, the Justice Center seeks to solve neighborhood problems using a coordinated response. At Red Hook, a single judge hears neighborhood cases from three police precincts (covering approximately 200,000 people) that under ordinary circumstances would go to three different courts — Civil, Family, and Criminal. Julian also co-chairs the Center for Court Innovation’s evidence-based practices initiative and assists with start-up operations for a community court in Newark, New Jersey. Julian is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an admitted attorney in the State of New York. His written work has appeared in The Judges’ Journal, a quarterly of the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division. He received his BA from Wesleyan University, his MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and his JD from Fordham Law School.

Terrence Curry
Associate Professor at Tsinghua University

Terrence Curry SJ, AIA, is professor of architecture at Tsinghua University, School of Architecture in Beijing, where he teaches design and tectonics. Terrence studied architecture at Pratt Institute and did graduate studies in philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago, African American Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. In 1994 he founded the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy. Terrence left the design center in 2000 to participate in the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Design School. In 2004 he accepted at Fulbright Fellowship to explore community design methodology in Hungary at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he established the Szent Jozsef Studio Kollegium. Terrence has received numerous awards for his design work and community service including, AIA National and Local Young Architect of the Year, local and national design awards and an honorary degree from Archiworks, Chicago. In addition to teaching at Tsinghua, Terrence is currently a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Delft researching design theory and methodology. In all his work, Terrence seeks to integrate design, teaching and community service as a means of making beautiful places worthy of the human person.

Alejandro Echeverri
Former Director, Urban Projects, Medellín, Colombia; Director, Urbam

Alejandro Echeverri is an architect from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana of Medellín, Colombia. He has been a professor and was the director of the Study Group in Architecture at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana from 2002-2003 and was invited to be Professor of Urbanism in the ETSAB Barcelona 1999-2000, among other international and national schools of architecture. His work earned Alejandro the National Architectural Award, Fernando Martínez Sanabria, given by the Colombian Architectural Association in 1996. He won the National Urban Planning Award given by the Colombian Architectural Association in 2008, and the Urban Planning Award from the Pan American Biennale from Quito in 2008, and the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2009, among others. He was General Manager of the Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU) of the Municipality of Medellín from 2004 to 2005, and the Director of Urban Projects for the Municipality of Medellín from 2005 to 2008. He is cofounder and director of urbam, Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University and has his own private practice.

Beverly Prior
Principal, Civic and Justice Practice Leader, HMC Architects

Beverly Prior serves as the Civic and Justice Practice Leader at HMC+Beverly Prior Architects and has dedicated her career to providing justice architecture that supports the betterment of society. She is a notable figure in the local and national justice architecture communities, and a leader in developing and presenting progressive trends in security and programming for justice facilities. Beverly is active in the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ), a unique community, where several years ago she helped found a movement: Sustainable Justice. This philosophy espouses the responsibilities that justice architecture has to the environment and to the communities and individuals it serves: to be high-performing and economically and socially sustainable.

Beverly’s national speaking engagements have included: “the Courthouse’s Role in Creating a Vital Downtown,” “Design/Build in Corrections Environments: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?,” and “LEED-J: Developing a Sustainability Rating System for Justice.” She co-authored the Green Guide to Justice in 2010 — the document that defined the foundational principles of the Sustainable Justice movement. Beverly also serves on the National AIA Board of Directors.


Nancy Mullane
Independent Reporter / Producer

Nancy Mullane is author of Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption released by PublicAffairs – June 2012. She develops, reports, and produces feature stories for Public Radio International’s This American Life, National Public Radio and the NPR affiliate KALW News-Crosscurrents in San Francisco. In 2009, the Open Society Foundation awarded Nancy a Soros Justice Media Fellowship to examine the impact of governor review of parole. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

Design Open Mic Judge

Peter Exley
Founder, ArchitectureIsFun

An advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools’ Day 1994. He is an adjunct associate professor of Architecture and Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and the President Elect of AIA Chicago.

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