Kevin Bone Kevin Bone was a professor of architecture at the Cooper Union from 1983 until 2018, teaching design, building technology, advanced concepts, and sustainability. For over twenty years he worked to integrate issues of environment into the curriculum at the college. He is the founding director of the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, where he developed the Institute’s programs and organised academic events on issues of environment, architecture, and resources. Bone and his CU published and exhibited on topics ranging from architecture to infrastructure to energy and landscape. Bone is a principal at Bone/Levine Architects. For over twenty-eight years his practice has pursued a mix of contemporary architectural design, technical consulting, and historic preservation. He is on the board of directors of the Wright-Ingraham Institute and is leading the development of a new generation of Field-Stations programming.
Brendan G. Doyle is an advisor to the Field Stations program based on his previous experience as a student and staff member of the Wright-Ingraham Institute’s Running Creek Field Station (Colorado, USA). He assisted in the Institute’s Food, Fuel and Shelter conference and proceedings. Brendan formerly served as a policy analyst, program manager, and senior policy advisor at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Brendan is the proprietor of PLANTERRA Landscape Planning and Design, based in Washington D.C. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Wright-Ingraham Institute. Brendan holds a BA in Environmental Design from the University of California, Berkeley, a Masters in City and Regional Planning and Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Masters in Professional Real Estate from Georgetown University.
David Gouverneur is a Professor in Practice at the Department of Landscape Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania. David received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980). He was cofounder and professor of the Urban Design program and Director of the Mayor’s Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela (1996-2008). His professional practice focuses on urban plans and projects for historic districts, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, improvement of existing informal settlements and planning ahead for emergent informal occupation, and more.
Michael Ben-Eli Eli is the founder of the sustainability Laboratory and is the author of the acclaimed Five Core Sustainability Principles. He is leading the development of the Sustainability Laboratory as a worldwide network of advanced research, development and education centres. Dr. Ben-Eli graduated from the Architectural Association in London and later received a PhD from the Institute of Cybernetics at Brunel University, where he studied under Gordon Pask.
Andrea Pinochet is the Associate Director of Field Stations. She is the founder and principal of the architecture firm +groma arkitekter. She teaches architecture, restoration and material technology at Hong Kong University. Andrea received her professional architecture degree from the Cooper Union and a Masters in Structural and Construction Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. She is a former associate at the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture and Monash University (Australia).
Nicholas Pevzner is a full-time lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Scenario Journal, an online publication devoted to showcasing and facilitating the emerging interdisciplinary conversations between landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, and ecology. Prior to joining the PennDesign faculty, he was a senior designer at the landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Stephanie Carlisle is a lecturer in urban ecology at PennDesign and an environmental researcher at KieranTimberlake Architects. Her work investigates the interaction between the natural and constructed environment, including environmental and building systems, urban ecology, landscape performance, and life cycle assessment. Combining a background in environmental science and architectural design, Stephanie serves as a bridge between research and practice, bringing data-driven analysis and topical research to complex design problems.
Justo Arosemena is an expert at the Rio Claro reserve and an R&D Consultant for Fundación Amazonas. Justo has a BA in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale University and has worked in a wide range of interdisciplinary projects in the USA, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. His interest in fringe interactions between the natural and built environment have taken him across more than a hundred municipalities in Mexico and Colombia, analysing urbanism and engineering, food sovereignty and development in diverse rural and urban areas. In the last two years, Justo has been formulating and executing projects integrating the work of scientists in the fields of geology, archaeology, and biology with advanced multimedia techniques with the objective of producing high-quality science communication content for experts, policymakers and non-specialists.
Maria del Mar Rojas is a sustainable development professional. As the beginning farmer program manager for FARMroots at GrowNYC, she collaborated with diverse stakeholders to address the challenges faced by farmers an provided farmers in the NYC foodshed with technical assistance and training to ensure the long-term viability of farms and farmland. Her research focuses on city region food systems planning and on resilience building across urban-rural systems. Maria Rojas is currently completing her MSc at UCL’s Bartlett on Environment and Sustainable Development.
Felipe Rodriguez is an architect and industrial designer from Los Andes University with a postgraduate in urban studies from the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, Russia. He has worked as a professional in territorial and urban management for the Colombian oil company Ecopetrol and as voluntary design director for the Juligon Foundation. In 2018, he became associate project manager for the Bogotá based architectural design office Mobo architects.
Diana Barrera is an architect with interests in interdisciplinary and participatory projects with communities. She worked on the project Rural Reaction, a strategy for young people interested repopulating and sustainably developing the countryside. She also worked on Facing the Water, a project that equipped a neighborhood in Cartagena to adapt in preparation for climate change, the first to do so.
Erich Wolff is a Civil and Geotechnical Engineer and a PhD candidate in Architecture at Monash University (Australia). Erich teaches at the university level in Brazil and Australia. For the last 5 years, he has been working for the Brazilian government in the fields of sanitation, highways and ports. He is currently a public employee in the planning sector of the Brazilian National Department of Transportation Infrastructures (DNIT).
Sunnie Joh is an ecological designer whose work spans disciplines, from architectural design and construction to environmental and agricultural education and advocacy. She is co-founder of a non-profit organization, the Bushel Collective, that supports the community-led development of the local rural economy. Sunnie holds a Master of Science degree in Ecological Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union.
Megan Ahearn is the administrator of the Wright-Ingraham Institute and the Field Stations program. She has broad international experience with non-profit organizations concerned with environmental sustainability. Formerly, she served as the program manager for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, dubbed “socially-responsible design’s highest award”. She has a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.