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KEYNOTES

Krista Donaldson is the CEO of D-Rev (Design Revolution), a nonprofit product company with the mission of improving the health and incomes of people living on less than $4 per day. At D-Rev, she has managed the development and scaling of Brilliance, a device to treat babies with severe jaundice, and the ReMotion JaipurKnee, a low-cost prosthetic knee. Krista is a lecturer at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University. Krista’s keynote will take place Saturday, March 23, from 9:20-10:10am, leading off the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

William Kamkwamba is the co-author with Bryan Mealer of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity & Hope, the New York Times best-selling book of how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his family and his Malawi village. A TED Global Fellow and TED speaker, he was a student in the inaugural class of the Pan-African Leadership Academy in South Africa, and he is now a student at Dartmouth University. William’s keynote will take place Saturday, March 23, from 5-6:15pm, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Michael Kimmelman is an author, critic, columnist, and pianist, who serves as architecture critic for The New York Times. His writing of late focuses on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development, and social responsibility. Previously, Michael was the paper’s longtime chief art critic and creator of the “Abroad” column, covering culture, political and social affairs across Europe and around the world. Michael’s keynote will take place Thursday, March 21, from 6-8pm, following the Affordable Housing Design Forum and Day 1 of the Public Interest Design Institute.

 
Liz Ogbu is a scholar in residence at the Center for Art & Public Life within the California College of the Arts. An award-winning designer, social innovator, consultant, and academic, Liz is an expert on sustainable design and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of engagement in public interest design. Liz’s keynote will take place Friday, March 22, from 7-9pm, following Day 2 of the Public Interest Design Institute.

 

FACILITATORS

Bryan Bell is executive director of Design Corps, a nonprofit organization that he founded in 1991. He directs Design Corps’ Public Interest Design Institute training program focused on Social/Economic/Environmental Design (SEED). He is the editor of two collections of essays on community design, most recently co-editing Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism. Bryan will facilitate the two-day Public Interest Design Institute on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22, as well as give remarks and facilitate the SEED Award panels during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Edward Boatman is co-founder of The Noun Project, focused on leading and executing the company’s mission of creating, sharing, and celebrating the world’s visual language. He also works with and oversees The Noun Project’s global community of designers. Edward has a degree in interior architecture, and before starting The Noun Project worked as a designer for one of the top architectural firms in the country. Edward will co-facilitate the Iconathon workshop on Sunday, March 24.

 

John Cary is the founding editor of PublicInterestDesign.org and a research fellow within the University of Minnesota College of Design, focused on increasing communication within the public interest design field. John is the editor of The Power of Pro Bono and his writing on design and social change has appeared recently in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN.com, among other publications. He is a strategic advisor to The Aspen Institute, Autodesk, TED, and other clients. John will emcee and introduce all Public Interest Design Week events.

 

Richard Neill is director of Adventure Pictures, a media production company based in San Francisco. He has produced and shot specials for National Geographic Television, PBS, and Discovery Networks, as well as short films and educational media projects for nonprofits such as Public Architecture, the Center for Architecture & Design, Lemelson Foundation, and the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative. With Lee Schneider, he is co-director of The Shelter Media Project. Richard will co-facilitate the Shelter: connect workshop on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21.

 

Sofya Polyakov is Co-founder & CEO of The Noun Project, a platform that is building a global visual language that everyone can understand. Sofya’s work focuses on business development, building out the vision of the company, as well as identifying partnership opportunities with organization and social enterprises. Sofya’s background includes degrees in business and communication as well as experience in business development and nonprofit fundraising. Sofya will co-facilitate the Iconathon workshop on Sunday, March 24.

 

Lee Schneider is the founder and creative director of Red Cup, an agency that uses digital media to build online movements. He is the founder of DocuCinema, a production company that creates content, apps, and media to help people collaborate. With Richard Neill, he is co-director of The Shelter Media Project, a media chronicle of public interest design. He has produced, written, directed, and edited documentaries for The History Channel, The Learning Channel, Food Network, A&E, and others. Lee will co-facilitate the Shelter: connect workshop on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21.

 

swensonKatie Swenson is the Vice President of National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, directing the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute as well as the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which nurtures a new generation of community architects through hands-on experience and high-impact projects. Katie will facilitate the Affordable Housing Design Forum on Thursday, March 21, serve as a PIDI presenter from 3-4pm on Friday, March 22, and a panelist during Structures for Inclusion from 3:15-4:30pm on Saturday, March 23.

 

PRESENTERS

Michael Haggerty, an urban planner and designer based in New York City, is 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 in cities across Indonesia. Michael is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture Programs in Sustainable Planning & Development. Michael will present Thursday, March 21, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Jennifer Hughes is a design specialist within the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where she manages the NEA’s grantmaking for design and supports the NEA’s design initiatives, such as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design as well as Our Town, which provides funding to support creative-placemaking projects across the country. As planner by training, Jen is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Jen will be a panelist during the Structures for Inclusion funding panel from 3:15-4:30pm on Saturday, March 23.

 

Eric Muschler is a program officer of the McKnight Foundation, one of the country’s largest foundations while remaining anchored in one state and still under the direction of the family board. The Foundation has assets of approximately $2 billion, conferring nearly $100 million in grants annually. Among those was a grant to Enterprise Community Partners to establish the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute (ADHLI). Eric will be a panelist during the Structures for Inclusion funding panel from 3:15-4:30pm on Saturday, March 23.

 

Stephen Kennedy is an urban planner and designer working as a Design & Technology Fellow for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, D.C. He is 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 designed lighting, furniture, packaging, soft goods, and websites. Stephen will co-present Thursday, March 21, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Jill Kurtz is the board president of Rebuild Sudan, focused on the design and construction of schools. She is also the founder of reBuild Consulting, a green building firm that provides affordable LEED and sustainability advising. Having earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Kansas State University, Jill is now a graduate faculty member in architecture there, teaching an interdisciplinary class on public interest design. Jill will present the morning of Friday, March 22, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday afternoon, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Margarette Leite is a professor at Portland State University, focused on design processes and design/build activities that serve communities in need. She is a partner in SAGE Classrooms, producing green, affordable modular classrooms. 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. Margaret will present the morning of Thursday, March 21, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday morning, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Nadine Maleh is the Director of Creating Homes for Community Solutions, where she is responsible for the development of supportive housing and community development through local partnerships. She has been responsible for overseeing the development of over 1,000 units of affordable housing. Nadine is a graduate of Tufts University and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Nadine will present the morning of Friday, March 22, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday morning, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Ogheneruno (Runo) Okiomah is Co-founder & CEO of Maa-Bara, a social enterprise focused on growing a youth culture of agro-innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also an assistant professor of architecture at Hampton University, where, through co-teaching design studios and coordinating a community design workshop, she demonstrates to her students that small-scale design interventions are capable of catalyzing social change. Runo will present on Thursday, March 21, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Dan Pitera is the Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy, which is dedicated to fostering university and community partnerships that create inspired and sustainable neighborhoods and spaces for all people. The Design Center provides not only design services, but also empowers residents to facilitate their own process of urban regeneration. Dan will present the afternoon of Thursday, March 21, during the Public Interest Design Institute.

 

Alice Shay, an urban planner and designer living in New York City, currently works with WXY Architecture & Urban Design on a range of public realm planning and design projects. Before working with WXY, she collaborated with Solo Kota Kita on Firm Foundation and City Development Strategies with UN-HABITAT in Indonesia, research on urban void space in Moscow, and public realm strategies in London. Alice will co-present the afternoon of Thursday, March 21, during the Public Interest Design Institute and Saturday afternoon, March 23, during the Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

Kate Stohr is the co-founder and managing director of Architecture for Humanity. A former journalist, Kate brings a background in project management, website development, and a strong understanding of urban planning issues to the organization. She co-edited the books Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses To Humanitarian Crises and Design Like You Give a Damn: Building Change from the Ground Up. Kate will be a panelist during Structures for Inclusion funding panel from 3:15-4:30pm on Saturday, March 23.

 

SPONSORS

Thomas Fisher is a professor of architecture and the Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and past president of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His recent books include Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design, The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela, and Ethics for Architects: 50 Dilemmas of Professional Practice. Tom will give remarks throughout Public Interest Design Week and help confer the SEED Awards during the Structures for Inclusion conference on Saturday, March 23.

 

Ross Leonard is the Corporate Vice President of Marketing for J&J Industries, a family-owned company and award-winning manufacturer of a diverse range of commercial carpet solutions. Ross is a LEED Accredited Professional and a regular guest speaker at many of the major professional conferences, including NeoCon and IFMA’s World Workplace Conference. Ross will give remarks during Public Interest Design Week at a time TBD.

  

Laura Marlow is the Director for Source Strategy & Partnerships at Reed Construction Data, where she is responsible for creating partnerships that create mutual value and open doors to product manufacturers and data sources. Well known as a cross-functional leader, with expertise in forming alliances and strategic partnerships within the construction industry, she aggressively pushes to address and support the needs of the architectural community. Laura will give brief remarks and introduce Liz Ogbu, Public Interest Design Week keynote, on Friday evening, March 22.

 

Chee Pearlman is curator of the Curry Stone Design Prize, an international award recognizing social design pioneers. Established by Clifford Curry and Delight Stone, the goal of the $100,000 prize is to make the talents of leading designers available to broader segments of society and to inspire the next generation of designers to harness their ingenuity and craft for social good. Chee is also the president of the Chee Company, a New York-based editorial and design consultancy. Chee will give brief remarks during the Structures for Inclusion conference on Saturday, March 23.

 

STAFF

jonesBrooke Jones is a Community Organizer & Communications Design Fellow with Design Corps. She previously served as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, working on construction of affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. Brooke’s undergraduate degree focused on architecture, economics, and nonprofit studies. Brooke is providing crucial staff support during the Public Interest Design Institute and Structures for Inclusion conference.

 

raybergLisa Rayberg is the Executive Assistant for National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Parters, where she handles all facets of administrative, office management, and event planning for departmental programs. She previously worked for Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering. Lisa is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Lisa is providing crucial staff support for Enterprise Community Partners’ many contributions during Public Interest Design Week.

 

rohmanPaige Rohman is the Associate to the Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He manages strategic initiatives in the dean’s office, administers college-level curriculum processes and the design minor, coordinates the college advisory board, and oversees facilities. Paige holds a bachelors degree in elementary education and a masters in student development and higher education administration. Paige is providing crucial staff support for every aspect of Public Interest Design Week.

 

youngNella Young directs the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship within the National Design Initiatives at Enterprise Community Parters. Nella has a background in urban planning and experiential education. Nella holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and Planning from Tufts University and an undergraduate degree in studio arts from Wesleyan University. Nella is providing crucial staff support for the Enterprise Rose Fellows’ many contributions during Public Interest Design Week.

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