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Allison Freedman Weisberg

VANguard Board Member

Founder & Executive Director, Recess

Allison is the Founder and Executive Director of Recess, a nonprofit arts organization that partners with artists to build a more just and inclusive creative community. She approaches all...


Fairstead is a purpose-driven vertically integrated real estate developer specializing in creating sustainable, high-quality housing.


Librería Barco de Papel is a community center and the last Spanish-language bookstore in New York City.


Farzana Gandhi is a registered architect in New York and a LEED accredited professional. Her architecture practice, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, focuses on sustainable and socially conscious solutions, both...


SCAPE is a design-driven landscape architecture and urban design studio based in New York and New Orleans. We believe landscape architecture can enable positive change in communities through the...


Innisfree delivers shareholder intelligence, strategic advise and solicitation execution services to the world’s leading corporations and investors when it matters most.


Nicholas is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at The Corcoran Group and Board member of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership.


Founded in 2007, Sharon Davis Design exists to design extraordinary buildings that transform communities. The firm’s work for nonprofit organizations represents a new model of design, in which innovation...


Erin Besler and Ian Besler are cofounders of Besler & Sons, LLC, an office based in New Jersey that designs buildings, objects, videos, software, and exhibitions to expand the...


Bryony Roberts Studio is an award-winning design and research practice based in New York. Integrating methods from architecture, social practice, and historic preservation, the studio creates community-based projects in...


Amy Whitesides

Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Amy Whitesides has developed and led resiliency and research initiatives at Stoss for over ten years.  She brings a background in landscape, ecology and biology—as well as interests in...


MBB is a women-owned architecture firm located in New York City and led by Mary Burnham, Jeffrey Murphy and Sara Grant. Founded in 1998, we are an interdisciplinary studio...


Barbara Wilks

Principal and Founder, W Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Barbara Wilks, FASLA, FAIA, principal and founder of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is a leader in the field of design. As an architect and a landscape architect, Barbara...


Chris Reed

Founding Director, Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Chris Reed is Founding Director of Stoss. He is recognized internationally as a leading voice in the transformation of landscapes and cities, and he works alternately as a researcher,...


For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives...


Studio Zewde is a vibrant landscape architecture, urban design, and public art practice based in New York City. The firm’s work is lauded for its innovative design methodology that...


For over a quarter century, MNLA has worked to reinvigorate, heal and mediate places that strengthen and empower communities.  We utilize the design process to engage with governing bodies,...


Kramer Levin provides proactive, creative and pragmatic solutions that address today’s most challenging legal issues. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Silicon Valley and Paris...


Jenny Roe

Professor and Director of the Center for Design & Health,
School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Jenny Roe, PhD is Professor and Director of the Center for Design & Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. An environmental psychologist and former head of...


V. Mitch McEwen

Principal, Atelier Office

V. Mitch McEwen is a multifaceted architectural designer with international experience. McEwen also teaches at Princeton School of Architecture, where she directs the architecture and technology research group Black...


Maria Estefania Barrios

Research Associate, Center of Hydro-generated Urbanism, University of Florida

Born in Uruguay 1986, Maria moved to the United States in 2003. She holds an Associate in Arts in Architecture from Miami-Dade College and a Bachelor’s degree in Design...


Derek T. Hill

Graduate Student, University of Florida School of Architecture

Derek Hill is as a graduate architectural design student at the University of Florida, where his unrelenting pursuit of the best possible product has informed his professional and personal...


Since 1967, The Miami Foundation has used civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We partner with...



DE URBANISTEN are an innovative office for urban research, design and landscape based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


The Urban Design Forum is an independent membership organization that advances bold solutions to urban challenges. Our Fellows are architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, public officials, scholars, activists, lawyers...


Francis Cauffman has broad expertise in our core disciplines, deep industry resources, and top talent. We provide architecture, interior design, and planning services in four major areas of focus:...


Farah Akiely

Recorder, Ph.D student, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida

Farah Akiely is an academic tutor and a practicing Urban and Regional Planner. She joined the School of Architecture and Built Environment, German Jordanian University as a lecturer, and was involved in...


Leni Schwendinger

Principal, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD

For more than 20 years, Leni’s exploration of light has evolved into a profound understanding of the medium, which informs her unique approach across a variety of genres, including...


Alisha Kim Levin

Director of Communications

Alisha Kim Levin is the Director of Communications at Van Alen Institute.