Patrick is a 1996 graduate of the University of Florida architecture program and received a Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 1999. In 2001, he formed Project Locus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, to design and build community structures in areas of need, and to pursue a growing interest in teaching. During the spring and summer of 2006, working with more than 35 professionals, volunteers, and students and faculty from schools across the country including Kansas State University, Harvard, IIT, and the University of Texas, Project Locus designed and rebuilt the House of Dance and Feathers Mardi Gras Indian Museum, Community and Cultural Center; and the residence of its curator, Ronald Lewis, in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in Venice, Italy, the Rotterdam Biennale, Netherlands, the Walker Art Museum and the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. His work has been published in journals and magazines including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Architectural Record and Domus. His honors include a 2007 EDRA Places Design Award and the 2007 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award. He is currently head of the Design Program at Priestley Charter Architecture and Construction High School in New Orleans where he intends to build an innovative curriculum that develops confident, socially engaged and responsible young adults who are able to think spatially and critically, and are able to go out into the world, boldly, and succeed in all aspects of life and in whatever discipline they choose to pursue.
Emily Axtman earned a Bachelor of Architecture from North Carolina State University in 2010 and is currently a Design Corps Fellow in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her architectural focus is in community-based design and is working as a fellow on migrant farm housing in North Carolina. Emily realizes the power of design as a tool capable of responding to the social, economical, and environmental issues challenging our communities today. The SEED Network strives to thoughtfully analyze architecture and our built environment in order to strengthen and build our communities, providing meaningful places and spaces that truly belong to the communities which they serve. It is an essential tool for every young emerging designer.
Kimberly Dowdell is a co-founder of SEED, who developed the name and basic concept during her summer internship at GSA, in the Office of the Chief Architect. Upon graduation from Cornell University's Architecture program the following year, Kimberly moved to Washington, D.C. and commenced her career in the private sector at ASG, working on projects ranging from a renovation to a dormitory for deaf students to an urban campus planning study. In 2008, Kimberly moved to New York City for an opportunity to join the HOK New York Architecture practice, working on a major international airport and a large corporate office building. Currently, she holds a Business Development and Project Management position at Levien & Company, a leading New York City-based Real Estate Project Management & Owner's Representation firm.
Kimberly is a native of Detroit, Michigan who became interested in design as a tool for social and economic change at a young age. Having witnessed the need for revitalization in Detroit, she was prompted to pursue a career that would empower her to have a positive impact on such conditions. Kimberly is an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), an Associate member of the AIA, a board member of New York's Association of Real Estate Women (AREW) and she has also been involved with CREW, ULI, CoreNet Global and the ACE Mentor Program. Kimberly serves as an Advisory Council member for Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
In the past, Kimberly represented young design professionals as one of six "Emerging Leaders" at the DFC's annual Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design. While Kimberly is committed to sustainability, she wants her position on the subject to be clear, "Sustainable design is really about the integration of social, economic and environmental factors to create the most comprehensive design solutions." Her shared mission with SEED is to, "Advance the right of every person to live in a socially, economically and environmentally healthy community."
Spencer Haynsworth is currently the Affordable Housing Development Program Director at the Housing Trust, a nonprofit affordable housing organization, in Santa Fe, NM. She manages the design/construction of a range of projects with sustainable goals from Green Communities, LEED and/or Energy Star Certification. She was a Fredrick P Rose Architectural Fellow with the Housing Trust from August 2006 to August 2009.
Previously, she has worked as a competition coordinator on an international green, affordable housing competition with Habitat for Humanity and the Charlottesville Communtiy Design Center called Urban Habitats Design Competition and on the development of an affordable, green materials database for GreenBlue Institute in Charlottesville, VA.
She also has organized numerous events on issues surrounding green building and affordable housing like Nuts & Bolts and Green Building, a green building demonstration forum, and GreenWorks, an international green, affordable housing competition. She is currently working on the development of an Energy Literacy Class with Power New Mexico, a regional electric company. Spencer holds master's degrees in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. In 2006 Spencer taught as a guest lecturer at UVA's School of Architecture. In 2005 she was nominated for a SOM M Arch Traveling Fellowship and received the Design Excellence in Architecture Award, both from UVA School of Architecture. In 2004 she won a Kenan Research Fellowship for research on Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village, and she traveled in Rome, Italy in 2003 on a Carlo Pelliccia Fellowship. Spencer holds an undergraduate degree from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD. Spencer is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Vincent Baudoin is an Intern Architect who has spent three years working in the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort as an employee of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) in Biloxi, Mississippi. He came to the GCCDS in 2007 as a Design Corps Fellow through his interest in community-based design, design-build, and green building. As one of his first projects, Vincent worked to complete construction and LEED certification of the Design Corps Summer Studio house in Biloxi, which would go on to receive a number of awards.
Vincent is a native of Blacksburg, Virginia, and received his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He also had a second major in French Language & Literature.
The work of the GCCDS is characterized by a collaborative, cross-disciplinary ethos. Vincent's work at the studio includes the design of at least 8 completed single-family houses, work on several multi-unit developments, schematic designs for a recreation center and a childcare center, construction work on dozens of houses, green and resilient building research, community meetings and development of strategies for a local street corridor, web and technology development, and much more.
Vincent's interest in SEED lies in the potential for bridging of the gap between client, architect, and contractor, rethinking our wasteful ways of building and living, and creating a more inclusive and design-oriented approach to development. Through this framework, he hopes to develop models for a broader practice of architecture that meets the systemic challenges of the 21st century.
Lisa M. Abendroth
Professor + Coordinator, Communication Design Program
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Design Specialty: Communication Design
Lisa M. Abendroth is a Professor and Coordinator of the Communication Design program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where her research embodies community-centered design focused on issues of social equity towards marginalized audiences. She earned a BFA in Communication Design from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991 and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. Working across the diverse disciplines of design, her activities include writing and critically assessing design that seeks to address under-served people, places and problems. Lisa believes design must be accountable--she demonstrated this in the critically acclaimed exhibition, "Substance: Diverse Practices from the Periphery", which she organized and curated. She is a founding member and regular contributor to the national design network, SEED®: Social Economic Environmental Design where she is a coauthor of the SEED Evaluator design assessment tool. An expert on community-centered design practices, she lectures and presents the SEED Evaluator, its methodology and case studies in diverse educational contexts including the Public Interest Design Institute. With a passion for collaboration, Lisa promotes projects supporting culture and community through her firm culture/language/dialogue. She has lectured, presented, exhibited, and published nationally and internationally on research related to public interest design.
Lisa believes SEED is timely as it calls for the measurement and evaluation of design projects in the public interest, many which are humanitarian in nature. The four benefits of SEED -- Process, Participation, Transparency and Accountability -- all underscore a meaningful and inclusive response to design and design practice.
Jamie Blosser, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate and Director of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects' Santa Fe office. Jamie is also the founder of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, a new initiative of Enterprise Community Partners. The Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative recently received a National Endowment of the Arts grant to work with tribal leaders on best practices for sustainable development in Native American communities in the Southwest. Case studies for the SNCC will be underway in the Spring of 2011.
Jamie specializes in tribal advocacy and sustainable community development projects, including the Kewa Pueblo Safety Center, the I-Sah'-Din'-Dii Housing Project at Mescalero Apache, and the Owe'neh Bupingeh Rehabilitation Project at Ohkay Owingeh. Jamie received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship. She is active in national and regional organizations promoting the public participation process, serves on the tax credit design review committee at the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, and is a Board member for the Santa Fe Community Housing Trust. Jamie has lectured on culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable building methods throughout the country and recently served on the technical working group for revisions to the Green Communities Criteria. She is a licensed architect in the State of New Mexico, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Barbara Brown Wilson is the Interim Director of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the University of Texas at Austin and co-director of the Central Texas Sustainability Indictors Project. Wilson 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. She is co-founder of the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC), a nonprofit design center that provides high quality green design and planning services to lower income households and the organizations that serve them. Wilson has published articles in both academic and mainstream venues, including the Journal of Urban Studies and Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis Books, 2008), and her research is informed by her work as a board member for the ACDDC, Design Corps, and the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service.
Andrew graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture in 1999. He earned his architectural registration in 2005 and has designed a variety of projects ranging from urban art installations to affordable housing to centers for alternative learning models. Mr. Sturm worked for several years at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, eventually becoming Director of Design. He then served as Director of Architecture for the PARC Foundation in New York City, collaborating with designer Teddy Cruz to engage residents from small towns, large urban areas and informal territories in the revitalization of their communities. Andrew has lectured and participated as a panelist in multiple conferences and has also taught design, and participated as guest critic, at a variety of schools. Currently living in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Sturm is part of the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a Dallas-based community design center that seeks to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and building. Presently, his main focus is the Dolphin Heights Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative; a collaboration with the area's residents to improve existing homes, design and build new homes, and increase the capacity of the existing neighborhood organization.
Katie Wakeford is a member of the adjunct faculty at NC State University's School of Architecture and an intern architect with the College of Design's Home Environments Design Initiative (HEDI), a community engagement endeavor focusing on affordable and sustainable housing. From educating the public to partnering with non-profits and municipalities, HEDI strives to demonstrate how quality design can enrich our lives. Wakeford is currently co-editing Bridging the Gap: Architectural Internships in Public Service, an essay collection focused on the best practices and thinking regarding public service architectural internship and advocating for new models in order to proliferate these important early career opportunities that have the power to strengthen the architectural profession and our communities. Wakeford is co-editor of Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism (Metropolis Books, 2008), a collection of essays that highlights a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. From 2002 to 2008, Wakeford worked with Design Corps, a non-profit founded by Bryan Bell (co-editor, Expanding Architecture) and committed to using design to create positive social change. At Design Corps, Wakeford participated in the design of migrant farmworker housing, a rural community farmers' market, and a job training center, as well as the publication of Materials for Design (Victoria Ballard Bell, Princeton Architectural Press, 2006). Wakeford was honored to participate in the inaugural SEED roundtables at Harvard in 2005 and in New Orleans in 2006. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, her M.Arch. from NC State University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Following graduate research in community-based design education, Megan joined Dallas-based community design center buildingcommunity WORKSHOP (bcW) as a Design Corps Fellow. There she co-taught bcW's design/build studio at the University of Texas at Arlington and helped to launch the Congo Street Green Initiative, a wholly unique neighborhood redevelopment project that enables homeowners to remain in their communities throughout the collaborative design and reconstruction of their homes. She also helped to organize SEEDdallas, the first presentation of the SEED metric to a city-wide audience, and co-organized Structures for Inclusion 9 with students from architecture schools across Texas. She now lives in Oakland, CA where she works with education programs helping students to develop their voices through community-based design projects.
JoEllen Wang cut her teeth as a Design Corps Fellow in North Carolina, where she worked on design & planning projects for a Hispanic farmworker community. She was a teaching assistant for two years at the Design Corps Summer Studio. She was co-chair for Structures for Inclusion 6, and assisted on the editorial committee for the publication Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism. She was a co-conspirator in realizing the first two Loeb/SEED summits.
JoEllen is currently working as an architect for Zimmer Gunsul Frasca in Seattle, Washington. She always brings a level of cultural sensitivity and objective criticism to her design work. This January, she made a trip to Haiti to volunteer with building a grade school but ended up in an earthquake, subsequently shifting gears to doing post-earthquake building assessment. The experience has reinforced her conviction that designers can be hands-on activists.
Bryan Bell has spent twenty years working to make architectural services available to a greater part of the general public. Through his work at Design Corps which he founded in 1991 he has developing $7 million in affordable housing including an innovative public/private migrant farmworker housing program.
Design corps' effort to share the best ideas with the public led to series of conferences hosted at universities called Structures for Inclusion. This has been a forum to learn about grass roots efforts making architecture more accessible. Selected presentations from these have been presented in two publications: Good Deeds, Good Design published by Princeton Architectural Press published in 2003 and Expanding Design: Architecture as Activism published by Metropolis Press in 2008.
Bell holds degrees from Princeton and Yale and will be a Loeb Fellow at Harvard in 2010-11. Bell has been a visiting studio professor at the Auburn Rural Studio leading students for twelve design/build projects including the Greensboro Children's Center and the Mason's Bend Community Center. He has held a chaired position in 'Activist Practice' at University of Illinois, Chicago and was the Shure Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia in 2009.
Bell has been chosen for the ID Magazine Design Top 50, Metropolitan Home Design 100 and as a Dwell Magazine Nice Modernist. In 2007 he received a National Honor Award for Collaborative Practice from the American Institute of Architects.