Carol McMichael Reese
Mary Louise Mossy Christovich Professor and Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tulane University, New Orleans

Carol McMichael Reese is Associate Professor and the Mary Louise Mossy Christovich Professor in the Tulane School of Architecture, where she has taught since 1999. Her books and articles focus on contemporary architecture and urban planning in the Americas. She has written on the relationship of visual imagery and the production of urban identities in early twentieth-century Buenos Aires and Mexico City, and she was a consulting curator for the exhibition “Buenos Aires 1910, Memories of the World to Come,” with venues in Buenos Aires, New York City, and Washington, D.C. She is completing a book on the history of Panama’s twentieth-century urban development, which focuses on the communities built in the U.S. Canal Zone between 1905 and 1965. Since 2006, Reese has conducted Project New Orleans with co-organizers Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot. Project New Orleans has produced a website, an exhibition documenting plans for the post-Katrina rebuilding of the city (New Orleans African-American Museum, 2006), and a national conference “New Orleans under Reconstruction, the Crisis of Planning” (Tulane, 2009), the results of which will be published in a book by Verso (2010). In 2009, Reese was one of six finalists for the national Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty award, and the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus honored her with their statewide award for Volunteerism and Civic Engagement.

  Michael Sorkin
Principal, Michael Sorkin Studio; Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master's Program in Urban Design, School of Architecture, City College, New York

Michael Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, President of the non-profit Terreform, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at City College New York. His most recent book is Twenty Minutes In Manhattan
  Anthony Fontenot
PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, and Fellow, Society of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, Princeton University

Anthony Fontenot trained and practiced as an architect before pursuing a Ph.D. in the history, theory and criticism of architecture at Princeton University. His current research project, titled Non-Design, Architecture, and the American City, concentrates on British and American design culture in the postwar period. Fontenot is a 2009 and 2010 recipient of the Fellowship of the Society of Woodrow Wilson Scholars at Princeton University. He was one of the co-designers and curators of the exhibition “Clip, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196x to 197x,” which opened at the Storefront Gallery (2006) in New York City and has subsequently been exhibited at the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, the Architectural Association, London, and other international venues. Since 2002 he has published numerous articles on the history, devastation, and reconstruction of Kabul, in collaboration with Ajmal Maiwandi, an Afghan architect. From 2000 to 2005 he taught design studios and seminars at Tulane University School of Architecture. He was the principal organizer of Exposing New Orleans (2006), a conference, workshop and exhibition at Princeton University. In 2007 and 2008, Fontenot organized a series of international symposia on the reconstruction of New Orleans: Sustainable Dialogues I: Bangkok and New Orleans (Bangkok), Sustainable Dialogues II: Panama and New Orleans (Panama), and Sustainable Dialogues III: Disaster, Reconstruction and Design (Los Angeles), sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. He is one of the founders of Project New Orleans, with Carol McMichael Reese and Michael Sorkin, which has organized an on-going archive of proposals for the reconstruction of New Orleans, an exhibition at the New Orleans African-American Museum (2006) that highlighted many of the proposals, and a national conference “New Orleans Under Reconstruction, the Crisis of Planning” (Tulane, 2009), that will result in a book published by Verso (2010).

  Austin Allen
Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado, Denver

Mr. Allen is involved in design studios that assist in the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward and other parts of New Orleans. He also teaches a course that explores landscape and film. His primary fields of research and interest have been in landscape and urbanism, design of public space, film studies, and public digital media. He is currently working on a documentary titled, In the Site of the Unseen, on Frederick Law Olmsted and the impact of his work on diversity and African-American cultural life.
  Craig E. Barton
Associate Professor, Director of Architecture & Chair, Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Mr. Barton is the editor of the anthology, Sites of Memory: Perspectives on Architecture and Race and has contributed to a range of publications including ROW: Trajectories Through the Shotgun House, and Writing Urbanism. His work has been widely exhibited, including in an installation at Project RowHouse, Houston, and in “The Dresser Trunk Project,” a group exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania. Through his practice, research, and teaching Barton investigates issues of cultural preservation. Much of his practice focuses on assisting African-American communities to preserve and interpret their significant cultural resources and to utilize them to stimulate community development. He is a founding principal in the architectural firm RB Studio, located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  Carol Bebelle
Executive Director and Co-founder, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, New Orleans

Carol Bebelle (a.k.a. Akua Wambui) is a native New Orleanian and a proud product of the New Orleans Public School System. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in Sociology and a Master’s of Education degree from Tulane University in Education Administration. She spent nearly 20 years in the public sector as an administrator and planner of education, social, and health programs. In 1990, Carol embarked on her path of independence which started with establishing Master Plan Development Associates (MPDA), a private consulting firm that offered planning, development, and grant writing services to human service programs and initiatives. Her clients were non-profit health, social, education, arts, cultural, and religious programs and entrepreneurs and artists. Carol is a published poet whose work has appeared in several anthologies and journals over the years. Her work appears in the anthology From a Bend in the River, edited by Kalamu Ya Salaam, and Sisters Together, edited by Nancy Manson and Debra Gould. In 1995, Carol published a volume of her work entitled In a Manner of Speaking. In 1998, she and Douglas Redd founded Ashé Cultural Arts Center, a pivotal strategy and force for the revitalization and transformation of Oretha Castle-Haley Boulevard, formerly known as Dryades Street. On this boulevard in Central City, the community has created a vision for a cultural corridor with African and Caribbean culture as the theme. Using art and culture as strategies for human and community development, Bebelle and Redd have become active members of the Central City community and of the organizations at work developing that community and its vision.

  Matthew Berman
Principal, Workshop/apd, New York

Mr. Berman is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute and a principal and co-founder of the award-winning design firm Workshop/apd. Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts from Lehigh University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. In addition to speaking extensively about rebuilding New Orleans responsibly and the firm’s revolutionary approach to bringing ecologically sound design to low-cost housing, he is also the editor, with Bernard Tschumi, of Index Architecture (MIT Press, 2003). Matthew hosts Gallery HD’s television show “What the Window Washer Saw,” an original weekly series about the world’s most iconic skyscrapers and is a commentator on HGTV’s “Top Ten.”

William E. Borah
Attorney; President, SmartGrowth for Louisiana, New Orleans

William Borah is a prominent New Orleans attorney and urban activist. Mr. Borah was integrally involved in a number of important transportation and planning studies that sought to champion preservation interests in the face of urban developmental pressures and to institutionalize citizen involvement in the planning process. In association with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, he represented New Orleans clients who successfully opposed the construction of an elevated, six-lane interstate highway along the Vieux Carré riverfront. His co-authored book, The Second Battle of New Orleans: A History of the Vieux Carré Riverfront Expressway Controversy (University of Alabama Press, 1981) chronicled the process and outcome of the landmark undertaking. Borah established the Riverfront Transit Coalition to create a streetcar line along the downtown riverfront and founded Smart Growth for Louisiana. As president of that organization, he was instrumental in drafting amendments to New Orleans’ Home Rule Charter that would require the city to prepare a plan with the force of law to guide its future development; voters approved these amendments on 4 November 2008. Mr. Borah has taught Historic Preservation, Preservation Law, and Urban Planning in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans. In 1993, he was named Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Environmental Law Society of Tulane Law School, and in 1998, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award for a Citizen Planner from the American Planning Association, Louisiana Chapter.

Presentation: New Orleans Charter Amendment to Require a Master Plan with Force of Law


M. Christine Boyer
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, School of Architecture, Princeton University

M. Christine Boyer is a city planner and computer scientist whose interests include the history of urbanism, cybernetics, memory, and perception. She joined the School of Architecture at Princeton University in 1991. She has been professor and chair of the City and Regional Planning Program at Pratt Institute and has taught at Cooper Union, Columbia University, and the GSD, Harvard University. She has written extensively about urbanism, and her publications include Dreaming the Rational City: The Myth of American City Planning (1983);Manhattan Manners: Architecture and Style 1850-1900 (1985); The City of Collective Memory (1993); and CyberCities: Visual Perception in the Age of Electronic Communication (1995). She is currently researching a book on the rhetorics of Le Corbusier, tentatively titled The City Plans of Modernism and is preparing a series of collected essays entitled Twice-Told Stories: Cities and Cinema.

Presentation: Extreme Weather

  LaToya Cantrell
President, Broadmoor Improvement Association and Broadmoor Development Corporation, New Orleans

Ms. Cantrell is employed as manager of the Greater New Orleans Education Foundation and has over ten years of non-profit management experience. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and is committed to volunteer service as president of the Broadmoor Improvement Association and Broadmoor Development Corporation. She serves as the secretary of the Neighborhood Partnership Network and is a board member of the Bureau of Governmental Research, the Arts Council Committee of Greater New Orleans, and the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses. Cantrell has been recognized in her post-Katrina recovery efforts as a Restore America Hero by the National Trust of Historic Preservation and as a Role Model 2007 by the Young Leadership Council; she has also been included in New Orleans Magazine “People to Watch 2006,” and Gambit Weekly “40 Under 40.”

Michael Cowan
Assistant to the President, Loyola University; Former Executive Director, Common Good, New Orleans

Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. A professor and administrator at Loyola University, New Orleans, since 1990, he holds master’s and doctoral degrees in psychology from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in systematic theology from St. John’s University (Collegeville). He currently serves as special assistant to the president of Loyola University. He is a founder of three interracial, civil-society organizations: the Jeremiah Group (the New Orleans Industrial Areas Foundation [IAF] affiliate); Shades of Praise: The New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir; and Common Good, a network of civil society organizations he convened after Hurricane Katrina to seek consensus as a basis for collective action to rebuild the city. He is co-author of People in Systems, Dangerous Memories, and Roots for Radicals, and of articles in psychological and theological journals in the United States and Ireland.

Dilip Da Cunha
Principal, Mathur/Da Cunha; Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Mr. Da Cunha is an urban planner. He is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, and at the Parsons School of Design in New York. Ms. Mathur is an architect and landscape architect. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Design. Mathur and da Cunha are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001) and Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Rupa & Co., 2006). Most recently they produced an exhibition and a book titled Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary. The exhibition opened at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai in June 2009.

Presentation: Learning from Bangalore


Tom Darden
Executive Director, Make It Right Foundation, New Orleans

As Make It Right’s first volunteer in December of 2006, Mr. Darden conducted initial due diligence efforts on the feasibility of Brad Pitt’s concept for building green, affordable housing on a large scale in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Darden’s report has evolved into the strategic plan for the organization. In March of 2007 Darden became the first Make It Right employee, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and began to build a successful team. During the following 8 months as Executive Director, Darden supervised the growth of the organization to 25 full-time employees, opened the Make It Right New Orleans headquarters, worked with the board to raise $15.5 million from more than 21,000 donors, managed the design process with 13 architecture firms and completed six LEED Platinum homes.

Presentation: Make It Right


James Dart
AIA, Principal, DArchitects, New York City; University Lecturer, New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark

James Dart is principal of the design firm DArchitects in New York City. The firm has won numerous local and national awards, including a 2002 Honor Award from the AIA. Currently under design are multi-year, multi-phased projects at Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest botanical garden. Additional current projects are Brooklyn’s Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum and Education Center—in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation—which includes a four-million-dollar multipurpose facility for the Wyckoff Association, and master planning for Temple University’s campus in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Other projects include new facilities for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, a public library in Louisiana; and numerous private residences throughout the U.S. With colleagues from Pratt Institute, and in partnership with ACORN, the Association for Community Design, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Dart participated post-Katrina in a community-based planning and design project for New Orleans East, which was funded by HUD. In collaboration with Deborah Gans, he placed third in the recent High Density on the High Ground international competition sponsored by Architectural Record for reconstruction in New Orleans. James Dart has taught design studios at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, both in Philadelphia. He is currently University Lecturer and Director of the Siena Studio urban design program in the New Jersey School of Architecture at NJIT in Newark.


David Dixon
FAIA, Goody Clancy, Boston

Mr. Dixon leads Goody Clancy’s Planning and Urban Design division. His work has won national awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Congress for New Urbanism, the Society for College and University Planning, and the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Boston Globe’s architecture critic hailed the “Civic Vision for Turnpike Air Rights in Boston” as Boston’s “most ambitious planning endeavor since Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.” In 2007, David was honored with the AIA's Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture for his achievements in support of the public sector.

Presentation: Plan for the 21st Century


R. Allen Eskew
FAIA, Principal, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans

Allen Eskew established Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 1986 after his professional emergence as the Project Director for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. Since that time, the firm has grown to include over 35 staff led by 5 firm directors. He has earned a national reputation for excellence in architectural planning and design with projects ranging from large public aquariums to educational research facilities. An active principal with thirty years of professional experience, Allen brings particular focus to the early stages of project development. Following Hurricane Katrina, Allen has been heavily involved with a number of the recovery planning efforts including the Bring New Orleans Back (BNOB) committee and the Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP), tirelessly committed to the rebuilding of this historic city. After more than a year of planning, Allen is now leading a distinguished team of international designers in the implementation of Phase I of “Reinventing the Crescent”, the New Orleans Riverfront Development Plan. He serves on the boards of Unity for the Homeless, the Contemporary Art Center, Council for a Better Louisiana, ArtSpot, and has recently been named a Young Leadership Council Role Model.

Presentation: Reinventing the Crescent

  Deborah Gans
Principal, Gans Studio; Professor, School of Architecture, Pratt Institute, New York

Ms. Gans is principal of Gans Studio and Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute. Many of Gans Studio's projects in industrial design and architecture explore forms of social engagement, ranging in scale from a school desk for the New York School Construction Authority to alternative housing and settlements for Kosovo and New Orleans. Since 2005 they have worked in collaboration with James Dart DArchitects on housing for New Orleans East and the Lower Ninth Ward, a project that began with a HUD grant. Among Gans' publications are The Le Corbusier Guide, now in its third edition (2006) and Extreme Sites: The “Greening” of Brownfield (2004).
  Kevin Fox Gotham
Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Professor, Department of Sociology, Tulane University, New Orleans

Kevin Fox Gotham is a former National Science Foundation Program Director and author of the award winning book Authentic New Orleans: Race, Culture, and Tourism in the Big Easy (New York University Press. 2007). He is also the author of Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000 (State University of New York Press, 2002) and editor of Critical Perspectives on Urban Redevelopment (Elsevier Press, 2001.) Gotham is also the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on topics such as housing and school segregation, mortgage markets and real estate policy, urban redevelopment, and the political economy of tourism.  He is currently writing a book with Miriam Greenberg (Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz) that compares and contrasts the pace and trajectory of the post-disaster recovery and rebuilding process in New York since the 9/11 disaster and in New Orleans since the hurricane Katrina disaster. 
  Toni L. Griffin
Director, Division of Planning and Community Development, Newark; Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge

Ms. Griffin has built a twenty-year career in both the public and private sectors, combining the practice of architecture and urban design with the execution of innovative, large-scale, mixed-use urban redevelopment projects and citywide and neighborhood planning strategies.  In June 2007, Ms Griffin became the newly appointed Director of Community Development for the City of Newark, New Jersey, responsible for creating a centralized division of planning and urban design. Prior to Newark, Ms. Griffin served as Vice President and Director of Design for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation in Washington, D.C., held the position of Deputy Director for Revitalization Planning and Neighborhood Planning in the D.C. Office of Planning, and served as Vice President for Planning & Tourism Development for the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation in New York City. She began her career as an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago, where she became an Associate Partner involved in architecture and urban design projects. She is also currently a Visiting Design Critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, teaching the core urban planning studio and a course on neighborhood planning and development.
  William M. Harris, Sr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Professor Emeritus, Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Presently Mr. Harris is Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Augusta State University. He is the founder and former professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University. A graduate of Howard University and the University of Washington, Professor Harris teaches classes in planning theory and professional ethics. His research interests focus upon the areas of inner-city economic development and citizen empowerment. He has taught at the University of Washington, Portland State University, the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Cornell University, and Jackson State University. He is author of four books and numerous scholarly articles. The first African American elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Professor Harris has served as a member of the AICP Ethics Committee and the American Collegiate Schools of Planning Membership Committee and as an advocate for the rights and opportunities of African Americans.
  Melissa Harris-Lacewell
Associate Professor, Politics and African American Studies , Princeton University

Ms. Harris-Lacewell received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. Professor Harris-Lacewell is author of Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (Princeton 2004). This text demonstrates how African Americans develop political ideas through ordinary conversations in places like barbershops, churches, and other sites of everyday life. The work was awarded the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois book award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. It is also the winner of the 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Her academic research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes, and her interests include the study of African-American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.

Derek Hoeferlin
Principal, Derek James Hoeferlin Architects; Senior Lecturer, College & Graduate School of
Architecture & Urban Design, Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University of St. Louis

Mr. Hoeferlin is a licensed architect and urban designer with his own practice, often collaborating with H3 Studio, Inc. of St. Louis and Waggonner & Ball Architects of New Orleans. He is a Senior Lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. His professional and academic pursuits are primarily the rebuilding of Post-Katrina New Orleans through a complex multi-scaled and multi-disciplined approach, “from the gutter to the gulf.”  Currently, Hoeferlin and his students are part of an international task force titled Dutch Dialogues that is led by Waggonner & Ball Architects, the American Planning Association and the Royal Netherlands Embassy. Hoeferlin’s architecture students are collaborating with University of Toronto landscape architecture students in assisting the Dutch Dialogues cause to spatially convince the public sector and elected officials that an integrated water plan demands top priority during the ongoing rebuilding of the New Orleans region. From 2006-2007 Hoeferlin, as a member of H3 Studio, Inc., served as one of the District Planner Project Managers for the Unified New Orleans Plan. Hoeferlin received Master of Architecture degrees from Tulane and Yale.

Presentation: Architectural Activism Through Multiple Scales, Programs, & Venues

  John Kaliski
Principal, Urban Studio, Los Angeles

John Kaliski has completed architecture and urban design projects in Southern California and nationally during twenty years of practice. His work has been recognized with awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA). A key component of his work is his ability to integrate public concerns into design processes. Prior to private practice Kaliski was principal architect of CRA/LA, responsible for urban design, historic preservation, and the design aspects of this agency’s housing and childcare programs. Before this, he worked as a designer for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Los Angeles and Houston. A graduate of Yale University (B.A., M.Arch.), Kaliski has taught history, theory and design at the University of Houston, the University of Southern California, The Southern California Institute of Architecture, the University of Michigan, and Cal Poly Pomona. He has served three times as a fellow for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design and in 1994 was named as one of fifty future leaders under forty by TIME. He recently served as an appointed member of the City of Los Angeles University Park Historic Preservation Overlay Zone Design Advisory Board and serves as a design advisor to the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of Los Angeles. Kaliski’s writings have appeared in numerous magazines including Harper's, Design Book Review, Harvard Graduate School of Design Magazine, California Architect, ARCA and Cite. In 1999 Monacelli Press published his work on the dynamics of the existing city, Everyday Urbanism.

  Cindi Katz
Professor, Geography & Environmental Psychology, Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York

Ms. Katz teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Her book, Growing Up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children’s Everyday Lives, won the Association of American Geographers Meridian Award in 2004.  Her work on social reproduction and the production space, place and nature has been published in Society and Space, Signs, Public Culture, Antipode, Social Text, Social Justice, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cultural Geographies, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Gender, Place and Culture, and Feminist Studies.  She was the editor with Nancy K. Miller of WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) between 2004-8.  Katz was co-editor of Full Circles: Geographies of Women Over the Life Course with Janice Monk, and Life’s Work: Geographies of Social Reproduction with Katharyne Mitchell and Sallie Marston.  Her current projects include a study of contemporary U.S. childhood as spectacle, research on the intertwined spatialities of homeland and home-based security, and a project on activism, social reproduction, and the enduring effects of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
  Michael P. Kelly
AIA, AICP, Executive Director, District of Columbia Housing Authority, Washington DC

Mr. Kelly is the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). Mr. Kelly is the only registered architect to head a large public housing agency, and is the former Harvey-Wadsworth Professor of Urban Affairs at Tulane University’s School of Architecture. Additionally, he is certified planner and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  Before joining DCHA, he was the Executive Director of the New Orleans Housing Authority (HANO) from 1995 to 2000 where, among other achievements, he was successful in removing the agency from HUD’s Troubled Housing Agency list. Prior to his tenure at HANO, Kelly was the Executive Director of the San Francisco Housing Authority for two terms.  He is an active professional in the affordable housing industry. He currently is the President of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, an advocacy organization whose 60 members represent virtually every major metropolitan area in the country.  He is a Founding Board Member of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing, and serves on the board of the National Housing Conference and City Year.  He has served on several national task forces and committees, including HUD’s Troubled Housing Recovery Team and the negotiating committee on Public Housing Operating Subsidy. He also served as an advisor to the congressionally charted Millennial Housing Commission.

  Laura Kurgan
Principal, Laura Kurgan Design; Director, Visual Studies and Information Design Lab, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Columbia University, New York

Ms. Kurgan teaches architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is Director of Visual Studies and the Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL). SIDL is currently collaborating with the Justice Mapping Center on a project called "Graphical Innovations in Justice Mapping" in selected states -- Arizona, Kansas, Los Angeles County, Louisiana, New York, and Rhode Island. She has followed the declassification of satellite imagery and GPS technology in a series of research projects across the significant political events of the last decade. This work, which has been exhibited internationally, is collected in You Are Here: Post-Military Technology and the New Landscape of Satellite Images, forthcoming from Zone Books. Kurgan also runs an interdisciplinary design practice in New York City, blending academic research with design, information, communication, advocacy and architecture. Most recently Laura Kurgan Design has been working with New Visions for Public Schools on the re-programming and master-planning of 21 existing large public school buildings into campuses of small schools.

M. David Lee
FAIA, Partner, Stull & Lee, Inc. Architects & Planners, Boston; Former Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning & Design, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge

Mr. Lee, FAIA, is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He holds joint degrees in Architecture and Urban Design. He is currently an adjunct professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has served on the faculties of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Lee is a past President of the Boston Society of Architects and recipient of the Boston Society of Architects’ Year 2000 Award of Honor. He has also served on the Design Arts Overview Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and was an invited participant to the Presidential Round Table on Design in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Presentation: Beneath the Underdog_Urban Design and the Social Contract

  Andrew Light
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Director, Center for Global Ethics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Mr. Light specializes in climate, energy, and science policy at the Center for American Progress. He coordinates American Progress’s participation in the Global Climate Network, focusing on international climate change policy and the future of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is also director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University where he is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Policy. Light is an internationally recognized expert on the relationship between environmental policy and ethics, specializing in restoration ecology, urban ecology, and climate change. On these topics he has authored, co-authored, and edited 17 books including Environmental Values (2008), Philosophy and Design (2008), and Controlling Technology (2005). He is currently working on questions of fairness and equity in national and international regimes for climate regulation and the social impacts of new energy technologies.
  Wm. Raymond Manning
AIA LEED AP BD+C Principal, Manning Architects, New Orleans

As President and CEO of Manning Architects, Ray Manning is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s management, business development, finances, and performance of professional services. Mr. Manning has more than 30 years of professional experience in the design and construction of civic, residential, commercial, health care, recreational, industrial, and transportation facilities for an array of public and private sector clients. As a result of such extensive experience, Manning has the skills and knowledge necessary to manage large, complex projects. Prior to establishing a private practice, Manning was a project architect with respected architectural firms in Louisiana and Michigan, and a staff architect and urban designer for the City of New Orleans, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.
  William Morrish
Dean, School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School for Design, New York

Mr. Morrish is a nationally recognized urban designer whose practice encompasses inter-disciplinary research on urban housing and infrastructure, collaborative publications on human settlement and community design, and educational programs exploring integrated design that are applied to a wide range of innovative community based city projects. Before becoming Dean at Parsons, Morrish was the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. In 1988, he co-founded the Design Center for the American Urban Landscape at the University of Minnesota (today, the Metropolitan Design Center). Drawing from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, planning and architectural history, his work engages citizens and civic leaders in the act of giving visual representation and form to the complex infrastructural, cultural, and ecological systems that link residents to community, city to region, and local to global. Since 2005, Morrish has been working with local and national design firms and non-profit agencies to rebuild the New Orleans after the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina. He is writing a book on the lessons that might be drawn from this effort, the working title of which is “Re-float NOLA and American Cities will Rise.” He is also the author of Civilizing Terrains: Mountains, Mounds, and Mesas (William Stout, 2004).
  Elizabeth Mossop
Principal, Spackman, Mossop & Michaels; Professor & Director, School of Lanscape Architecture, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

Ms. Mossop is a principal of Spackman, Mossop+Michaels Landscape Architects. Since 2004, she has been Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. Prior to taking this position, she directed the Master of Landscape Architecture Program in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she was a faculty member from 1999. Mossop was the editor, with Paul Walton, of City Spaces: Art and Design (Sydney, 2001), and her most recent book is Contemporary Australian Landscape Design (New South Wales, 2006). Her work specializes in the design of the public landscapes, parks, urban spaces, and infrastructure in Australia and the U.S. Projects in Australia include Cook and Phillip Park in Sydney, Western Sydney Regional Park (Devil’s Back Ridge), Bicentennial Park in Sydney, and the Great Western Highway through the Blue Mountains National Park. The firm has received numerous awards from such groups as the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the Council of Building Design Professions, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, and the Australia Council. Since 2005, Spackman, Mossop+Michaels has been active in rebuilding New Orleans, advising and working on such community-based efforts as the Viet Village Urban Farm in New Orleans East, projects to improve and ameliorate Press Drive and the Dwyer Canal in Pontilly (Pontchartrain Park + Gentilly Woods), and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority’s “Growing Home” project. The firm won a 2009 Excellence Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for their work on Couturie Forest and Scout Island Arboretum in New Orleans’ City Park.


Byron Mouton
Architect, Bild Design; Professor of Practice,Tulane University School of Architecture

Mr. Mouton is an established architect, designer, and the founder of BILD. A New Orleans native with roots in residential construction and carpentry, as well as the craft of custom-designed furniture, he has over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture. His design focus merges investigations of assembly and space with technical sophistication and material research and his work embodies elegance and simplicity, from the detail to the whole. Continually exploring the diverse possibilities of the built environment, Mouton combines professional and academic pursuits. Entering his tenth year as an instructor with the Tulane School of Architecture, his faculty status is Professor of Practice. In addition, he teaches design studio courses and is coordinator of the Central Europe semester abroad program and director of URBANbuild

Presentation: URBANbuild.designBUILD

  Amy Murphy
Principal, Amy Murphy Projects; Associate Professor and Vice Dean, School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Amy Murphy is currently Vice Dean and Associate Professor at USC’s School of Architecture in Los Angeles. Before joining the faculty at USC in 1990, Amy taught at Iowa State University and the Boston Architectural Center. With B.F.A. and B.Arch. degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. in Cinema Production from USC, she works in the fields of architecture and media studies. At USC, the focus of her academic research is, broadly, the relationship between media and urban experience from the mid-19th century to the present. She co-organized the interdisciplinary and international conference “New Cities New Media,” which was held at USC in January 2003. Her most recent written work has examined post-apocalyptic narratives in media, particularly in Asian anime, tracing both our changing relationship to nature and our future urban trajectory. She is also currently working on a new digital project entitled, “Measuring the City,” a mixed-media work representing how objective dimensions of the city are often redefined by subjective desire and time. From 1987, she worked in architectural offices in both Boston and Los Angeles, and in 1996, she started Amy Murphy Projects; she has completed numerous residential and commercial projects in the Los Angeles area, including the restoration and renovation of R. M. Schindler's Yates Studio in Silver Lake.

Presentation: Media Matters
  Denise Reed
Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences; Interim Director, Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of New Orleans

Ms. Reed is a University Research Professor at UNO and is currently Interim Director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge in England and has worked in coastal Louisiana for over 20 years. Her research interests include coastal marsh response to sea-level rise, the contributions of fine sediments and organic material to marsh soil development, and how these are affected by human activities. She has worked on coastal issues on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts of the U.S., as well as in other parts of the world, and has published the results in numerous papers and reports. She is involved in restoration planning both in Louisiana and in California, and in scientifically evaluating the results of restoration projects. Reed has served on numerous boards and panels concerning the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding ecosystem restoration, including the Chief of Engineers Environmental Advisory Board, a number of National Research Council Committees, and the Ecosystems Sciences and Management Working Group of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Science Advisory Board.
  Nolan V. Rollins
President & CEO, Urban League of Greater New Orleans

Mr. Rollins has a deeply rooted history with the Urban League, having served the 87-year-old civil rights organization in numerous capacities. As the Senior Vice President of Economic and Community Development for the Baltimore affiliate from 2004-2007 , he successfully directed, planned and implemented all economic and community development strategies including housing and commercial realty; worked with corporations and foundations to support financial empowerment programs; and helped coordinate and create business partnerships to increase local minority business participation in the Urban League and community. He also drafted bond bills for capital build-outs and rehabilitation, and oversaw $2.5 billion for economic and inclusion opportunities. From2001-2004 , Rollins served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore affiliate while concurrently serving as the Eastern Region Vice President and Treasurer of the National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP). He was a founder of NULYP and served as its first president. Rollins currently represents NULYP on the National Urban League Board of Trustees, where he serves on the Program, Affiliate Services and Strategic Planning committees.
  Scott Ruff
Associate Professor, Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans

Scott Ruff is an Associate Professor in the Tulane School of Architecture. He has previously taught at Syracuse University, Hampton University, the State University of New York at Buffalo, and Cornell University. Ruff received Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of the Alpha Chi Rho Medal for leadership and service. After working with the architectural firm of Foit-Albert and Associates, in Buffalo, New York, he formed Ruff Works Studio, a research and design studio. One significant focus of Ruff Works Studio is the research and cultivation of African-American aesthetics in spatial design. Ruff’s publications include two articles in Thresholds, “Signifiyin’: African-American Language to Landscape” and “Spatial ‘wRapping’: a Speculation on Men’s Hip-Hop Fashion” and a book review in the Journal of Architectural Education, “White Papers, Black Marks.” Ruff has lectured throughout the United States; selected presentations include “The Dresser Trunk Project,” “Secrets of the Cloth,” “Education of an Architect: Through African-American Constructs,” “Diversity in Architecture,” and “Working Neighborhoods: Working the Spirit.”
  James Steele
Professor, School of Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

At USC, Mr. Steele teaches the history and theory of architecture, as well as design studios. He took B.Arch. and M.Arch. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. degree in Policy Planning and Development from USC. He worked in the offices of Louis Kahn and Vincent Kling in Philadelphia and at the Rouse Company in Columbia, Maryland, prior to going into private practice in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Before joining the faculty of USC, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia; Texas Tech University, the American Institute of Foreign Studies, London; and the Prince of Wales Summer School, Magdalen College, Oxford. Steele conducted the first summer semester program for USC students in Malaysia in 1998, and he serves on the USC President’s Committee on International Affairs. He was the senior editor of Architectural Design and acted as the curator of Hassan Fathy’s drawings for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. He is the author of 27 books and monographs, including Turkey: A Traveler’s Architectural and Historical Guide, The Hassan Fathy Collection, and Los Angeles: The Contemporary Condition, which won a Phi Kappa Phi Award. His book The Queen Mary won an American Institute of Architects Publications Award.

David Waggonner
Principal, Waggonner and Ball Architects, New Orleans

David Waggonner was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, and Yale University with a Master of Architecture in 1975. Employed previously by the Architect of the Capitol, Bechtel Corporation, and DMJM/Curtis & Davis, he has been principal in the present firm and its predecessor since 1981. He has taught architectural design at Tulane University and the University of Oregon and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Association for Preservation Technology, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Since 2006, Waggonner has organized, promoted, and published the Dutch Dialogues, a program of workshops that are the outgrowth of extended interactions between Dutch engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, city planners, and soils/hydrology experts and, primarily, their Louisiana counterparts. Dutch Dialogues II was held in New Orleans in October 2008, and the results were collaboratively published in a 66-page manual by the American Planning Association, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, and Waggonner and Ball.

Presentation: Ground Zero_Going Coastal


Jane Wolff
Associate Professor and Director, Master of Landscape Architecture Program, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto

Ms. Wolff is director of the landscape architecture program and associate professor at the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. After studying documentary filmmaking and landscape architecture at Harvard, Ms. Wolff worked in landscape and urban design practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has taught at Washington University in Saint Louis, Ohio State University, and the California College of Arts and Crafts, and in 2006, she served as the Beatrix Farrand Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Delta Primer, a book and deck of cards designed to inform broad audiences about the contested landscapes of the California Delta. In the years since Hurricane Katrina, she has worked with several New Orleans organizations, including Longue Vue House and Gardens, the Dutch Dialogues initiative, and Make It Right, to develop strategies for landscape rehabilitation and resilience.

Presentation: Delta Landscape

  Beverly Wright
Professor of Sociology and Executive Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Dillard University, New Orleans

Beverly Wright is a leading scholar, advocate, and activist in the environmental justice arena, tackling issues of environmental racism and working to raise the profile of environmental issues in poor and minority communities nationwide. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor, commonly referred to as Cancer Alley. Since Hurricane Katrina, much of the work at the DSCEJ has focused on research, policy, and community outreach, as well as on assistance to and education of displaced African-American residents of New Orleans. After 200 sites around the city identified elevated lead and arsenic levels, Wright forged a unique partnership with the U.S. Steelworkers to launch a proactive pilot neighborhood clean-up project, “A Safe Way Back Home,” which trained more than 60 small businesses and contractors, as well as hundreds of volunteers in hazardous waste removal and mold remediation. In 2003, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from State University of New York at Buffalo, and in 2006, she was the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Award. In 2009, she was named one of ten recipients of the Heinz Awards, administered by the Heinz Family Philanthropies, which recognized ten outstanding individuals for their commitment to the environment.