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Board of Directors

Franziska Amacher, AIA, LEED AP, Architect/Planner, Principal, Amacher and Associates, Cambridge, MA.

Lynne Elizabeth is founding director of New Village Press, a division of ADPSR which has published nearly three-dozen books on community-based arts, ecology, participatory planning, creative conflict resolution, and social justice. She is a past president of ADPSR and has initiated numerous ADPSR programs over 35 years, including conferences, exhibitions, journals, and a center for the study of sustainable community development.

Mary Ann Gallagher, Berkeley, CA, lnteractive event designer and green energy agent, former co-producer of West Coast Green.

Kelly Gregory, is a social architect based in Oakland, CA. Her practice is rooted in socially-engaged work: affordable housing projects, exhibitions, reimagining spaces of incarceration, democratic public space, and in-depth community-driven research. Her projects fold current communities and future solutions into functional, beautiful spaces for collaboration and engagement.

Dr. Sandra Hernandez-Colon Americanist with research interests in the urbanization of tropical infectious diseases, sustainability, upgrade of slum and squatter settlements and poverty.

Shawn Hesse fights against the worst possible buildings we can imagine (spaces designed for execution and torture) as a volunteer with ADPSR, and promotes the best buildings we can imagine (Living Buildings) in his day job. Shawn is the Community Engagement Manager for the International Living Future Institute, and in that role, he leads the strategy, training, and support for the international network of more than 800 volunteers working to apply the Living Building Challenge to their work. Shawn is a licensed architect, consultant, and adjunct instructor with a focus on the intersection of social justice and sustainability.

Don Lever, Student, University of Utah School of Architecture, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ben Spencer, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington , Seattle. ADPSR ArcPeace representative.

Raphael Sperry is president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility and an architect, sustainable building consultant, and human rights advocate. He leads ADPSR’s national campaigns to ban the design of spaces that violate human rights and to promote restorative alternatives to incarceration. His green building design and consulting work focuses on “net positive” design for buildings that regenerate energy, water, natural systems, and human health and wellbeing.

Deanna Van Buren, NOMA, LEED AP, Assoc AIA. Principal, FOURM Design Studio, Oakland.

Dan Whittet  is the treasurer of ADPSR and began his career as a builder on islands off the coast of Maine, then migrated to off grid net zero buildings in the mountains of Colorado. He is a voting member of the ASHRAE 189.1 high performance building standard and the LEED Social Equity Working Group. If asked he will sharpen hand tools, fly a plane, navigate in fog, cook a tasty meal and write a poem about all of it. “By integrating positive action on the personal and creative level we can initiate behavior and market transformations that will change the world.” 

Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and facilitated multi-disciplinary workshops between participants of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses for over 20 years. She is Co-Director of FIELD Design Network: Forum for Inclusive and Equitable Leadership in Design, and Pathways to Equity, a leadership program grounded in community practice, equity and co-creation. She is Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, and has been Director of the Center for Art + Public Life. Shaliniis a contributing author to Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.

Michael Sorkin is the Founder and President of the non-profit urban research center Terreform, Principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, a design firm with a special interest in urbanism, Distinguished Professor of Architecture, and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at CCNY. He is also the architecture critic for The Nation, Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, author or editor of twenty books, and editor-in-chief of Terreform’s book imprint, UR (urban research).

S. Surface is a Seattle-based curator, designer, and lecturer on the public consequence of architecture, design and art.Surface is currently a curator with The Alice, a project/exhibition space and writers' residency, and serves on the Seattle Arts Commission. As Program Director of Design in Public from 2015-2017, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated exhibitions at the Center for Architecture & Design.