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2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom


Open Architecture Challenge | Jury

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Kigge Hvid was appointed founding CEO of INDEX: in 2002. Kigge has throughout her career, held different leadership positions in small and large organizations and has been responsible for conceptualizing, developing and running new concepts, different organizations and new ways of thinking. Kigge is a sought after international lecturer on the subjects of how to improve life by design for vast numbers of people, innovation, game changing and leadership. For her contribution to the design world, she was acknowledged with an honorary doctorate by the esteemed Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 2006 and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Design.
In 2002, Michelle Kauffmann founded Michelle Kaufmann Designs and began the crusade to make thoughtful, sustainable design accessible to all. Michelle is a member of the Ecological Design Collaborative and known as a "green guru". Her commitment to sustainable living and design remains constant throughout all of her work, including her thoughtful, sustainable home designs such as the Glidehouse®, Sunset Breezehouse™ and mkSolaire®. Michelle's work is widely published, and her own book, Prefab Green, was released in February 2009. Recently, Michelle debuted the first mkSolaire® as part of the "Smart Home: Green and Wired" exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. MKD has been given the TOP FIRM AWARD 2008 by Residential Architect Magazine.
Ronald Bogle is president and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF). At AAF, Bogle's efforts are squarely focused on identifying best practices for the design of livable communities across the country. Among the programs created by Bogle is “Great Schools by Design” to provide resources, support, education and inspiration for education leaders engaged in the K-12 school facility design and construction processes. His professional interests include community development, urban neighborhood revitalization, civic engagement, quality of life and governance systems in educational institutions and municipalities. Bogle is an immediate past member of the US Directorate for UNESCO.
Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. She is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, in New York City. In 2003 she was awarded the Cooper Union Inaugural John Hejduk Award and in 2005, Ms. Mori received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work includes projects for Syracuse University and a Master Plan for New York University. Mori’s strong research-based approach to design has been commended around the world. She has spoken on topics that include architecture, design, ecology, urbanism, materials, fabrication, and education.
William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987 in Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi’s capital city. William was educated at Wimbe Primary School, completing 8th grade and was then accepted to secondary school. Due to severe famine in 2001-2002, his family lacked funds to pay $80 in school fees and William was forced to drop out in his freshman year. For five years he was unable to go to school. Rather than accept his fate, William borrowed books from a small community lending library, including an American textbook Using Energy, which depicted a wind turbine. He decided to build a windmill to power his family’s home. First he built a prototype, then his initial 5-meter windmill out of a broken bicycle, tractor fan blade, old shock absorber, and blue gum trees. He was able to power four light bulbs and two radios, and charge neighbors’ mobile phones. He then added a car battery for storage, as well as homemade light switches and circuit breakers. Subsequent projects have included clean water, malaria prevention, solar power and lighting for his family compound, a deep water well with a solar powered pump, a drip irrigation system, and the outfitting of the village team Wimbe United with uniforms and shoes. In September, 2008, William started as one of 97 inaugural students at the African Leadership Academy, a new pan-African prep school based outside of Johannesburg, South Africa whose mission is to educate the next generation with rigorous academics, ethical leadership training, entrepreneurship and design. William is the subject of the short film Moving Windmills (click image). William is currently finishing his autobiography The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope with co-author Bryan Mealer. Harper Collins will publish the memoir Sept. 29, 2009.
Tom Hardiman has been Executive Director for the Modualr Building Institute (MBI) since January 2004. The MBI is an international non profit trade association representing manufacturers and dealers of commercial factory built structures in fourteen countries. In this capacity, Hardiman is director of Government Affairs and serves as a registered lobbyist with the United States Congress and the Virginia Legislature. An experienced association executive, Hardiman previously was Executive Director with Associated Builders and Contractors of Weat Virginia where his role included administering an education foundation. Prior to association management, Hardiman was Director of the Small Business Development Centre in Beckley WV.
Trung Le is the Design Principal for OWP/P's education group. Dedicated to designing innovative, educational spaces that encourage student inquiry and imagination. As principal, Le has been involved in many K-12 school projects for public clients. He understands the necessity of educating committees with little building experience about architecture. Le has received awards from AIA Chicago and AIA Illinois. He is a member of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners (CEFPI), the U.S. Grenn Building Council, and the AIA. Le has also actively participated in the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education and the AIA Design Committee.
Mark Anderson is a principal of Anderson Anderson Architecture in San Francisco and Seattle, and has broad experience in building design and construction, as an architect, general contractor and construction craftsman. Mark Anderson’s design work focuses on emerging sustainable construction technology applied to unique sites and cultural conditions. It has been commissioned in the U.S. and in Asia. His architectural work has received three Progressive Architecture Honor Awards and numerous awards from the American Institute of Architects. A book on his design and construction technology work, Prefab Prototypes; Site-Specific Design for Off-Site Fabrication was nominated for a Royal Institute of British Architects Book Award in 2007. He has been involved for many years in the design of modular and portable school and community structures, including zero and positive energy portable classrooms.
Jonathan Migliori is from Providence, Rhode Island and is an Archaeology concentrator in the Brown University class of 2011. He first became interested in Architecture for Humanity as a Bezos Scholar at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival.
West Virginia born and bred, Matthew Miller is an accomplished fabricator with a passion for design-build. He has worked for a wide range of emerging practices, from Architecture for Humanity and HousingOperative to William Massie. Matthew received his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Tennessee, studied at the Bauhaus, and earned his Masters in Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the College of Creative Studies in Detroit and Lawrence Technological University and is currently Professor of Architecture, Adjunct at the University of California, Berkeley.
Born in Ghana, Joe Addo studied architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) in London (1980-1986). He worked for architectural firms in Finland, the United Kingdom and the United States, before founding Constructs LLC where he is design principal. Constructs is a firm which synergizes architecture, urban planning, landscaping, and building technology into a single unit geared towards bringing 'inno-native' solutions and building techniques to contemporary African architecture. He is co-founder of the Architecture and Design Museum, Los-Angeles. His vision is to redefine his role as a design professional within the African context, and often refers to himself as a 'DESIGN SOCIO-ECONOMIST'. ‘Ultimately it's all about people’, has become his mantra.
Terry Culver has 15 years experience in education, international development and community development, and he has worked as a government advisor and programme manager in more than 10 countries. Currently he is Executive Director of Global Nomads Group, and previously he was Deputy Director of the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative based in Ireland. From 1998 - 2004, he was Director of Development at New York University's Faculty of Arts and Science. At the same time, he was a Lecturer at New York University, teaching courses in community development. Culver was a Program Manager at the Harvard Institute for International Development, where he was involved in a number of education, health, and economic advisory projects. He has also sat on the Board of several non-profit organisations.
Prajakta Pradhan-Joshi is an Education specialist with Rumi Schools of Excellence. She is responsible for achieving measurable learning improvements in students from low income communities and transforming education by actively involving teachers, using technological interventions and innovative pedagogical and androgogical practices. She understands the learning needs of children, especially in low income communities. In the past, she has worked extensively as both, a corporate learning strategist, and an organization development professional. She has established and implemented best practices for curriculum architecture, learning evaluation and program adoption and She has been instrumental in establishing a preferred vendor network with multiple Fortune 100 companies.
Mir Akbar is the founder and principal of Flower Bunch School in Hyderabad, India. He started his career as an entrepreneur in stationary business. He used to tutor primary and secondary school students in his college days and became passionate about teaching. His love for teaching brought him to the education field leaving his lucrative stationery business. He worked in his neighbourhood as a school teacher teaching in English and Biological Sciences. Later on, in the year 2001 he started his own school with 48 students for low income community. Today this school has 350+ students. Being an entrepreneur and the founder of the school he understands the education system very well and is focused on improving the quality of education and the infrastructure in his school.
Carolynn Abst, AIA ,LEED AP is co-principal of Case+Abst Architects, LLP in San Francisco. Abst heads the business development sector and participates in the design phase of studio projects. Along with co-principal Ron Case, she mentors the younger staff and monitors the quality of design. She measures their success through glowing testimonials, repeat clients, and great architects wanting to join their staff. Affiliations include the Collaboration for High Performance Schools, the Society of College and University Planning, the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association and the Women Presidents' Organisation. She gained her Master of Architecture at the University of Oregon. Abst's influences include Frank Lyod Wright, Santiago Calatrava and her architect father.
Michelle Sakayan, architect is the principal and founder of Sakayan Inc. which is a consulting firm whose purpose it is to facilitate a range of services for schools and charitable foundations. The company offers services tailored to the client, including programming, planning, design, management and realization of educational and socially responsible projects. Previously Sakayan worked at Nagle Hartray Architects in Chicago, earning the title Associate Principal. Here, she managed and specialized in K-12 education projects, fostering long term relationships with top independent Chicago schools aswell as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Sakayan was a panelist and speaker at the A+DEN Conference, Chicago in June 2008 and was interviewed for The Third Teacher book in March 2009.
Patrick Herrel graduated in 2005 from the College of William and Mary in Virginia with degrees in Economics and Public Policy. After graduation he joined Teach For America as a 10th grade civics and economics high school teacher in Charlotte, NC. During his two years teaching, his students grew from the lowest performing in the state of NC (27% average pass rate) to the third highest performing (68% pass rate). Patrick then joined Teach For America’s Midwest recruitment team and led a 145% growth in applications. He now leads a team of recruiters in the greater Midwest region.
Steve Tucker is the Estimating and Sales Support Manager for Blazer Industries, Inc., a modular building manufacturer located in the Pacific Northwest. He has spent his career raising the awareness of the possibilities and benefits of the factory built construction model. He is a Past President of the Modular Building Institute, the modular building industry’s trade association and was awarded the Institutes “Outstanding Achievement Award” in 2008. His “Next Generation Relocatable Classroom” design submitted to the 2006 National Relocatable Classroom Design Competition took third place honors. Steve is a contributor to the new 2009 Relocatable Classrooms for High Performance Schools manual and served as a member of the working group that developed the new “Relocatable Classroom Addendum” to the ANSI 12-60 Sound Standard for Classroom Acoustics.
Michael McKenzie is a Writer, Poet, Designer and occasional music maker with many years of design/marketing experience. His formative years were spent as a specialist in Protective Apparel for hazardous occupations in the primary Industrial and Resource sectors and the Police/Fire services. For the past several years he has been self employed in furniture and small space residential design aimed at unique solutions for viable SRO, Affordable and Alternative housing. Michael has a very impatient spirit with conventional wisdom and he actively pursues positive change in attitudes, environments and in the social economic fortunes of everyman.
Jennifer Afdahl Rice is a Business Development Officer for NCB Capital Impact’s lending team, committed to providing financing solutions for West Coast charter schools, serving low- and moderate-income communities. Previously after obtaining her MA with a focus in nonprofit administration, from the University of Chicago—School of Social Service Administration Jennifer served as a Lending Manager at RSF Social Finance to provide loans nationwide that promote social and environmental impact, especially independent and charter schools. She has worked in Tanzania and Ghana with local microentrepreneurs and in Chicago, she worked primarily with entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities as a loan officer at ACCION Chicago and Harris Bank.
Hilary Cottam is the founder and a principal partner of Participle. Participle creates new types of public service that address the big social challenges of our century. Current work includes a new social business to provide social care, a service to combat loneliness and the design of a relationship based youth service. Prior to Participle, Hilary was a Director of the Design Council where she led the pioneering RED unit, developing ‘transformation design’ methods and new thinking on public services. Hilary is also the founding Director of the Do Tank Ltd and School Works Ltd, ranked in 2004 within Britain’s top 100 creative companies. Before this Hilary spent 8 years working internationally, as an urban poverty specialist at the World Bank, based in Washington DC.
David de Rothschild is the founder of Adventure Ecology, an organization that harnesses the power of dreams, adventures and stories in order to inspire, educate and activate individuals, communities and business’s to start moving towards a smarter more sustainable planet 2.0 way of living. In 2006 David spent over 100 days crossing The Arctic, becoming one of only 42 people, and the youngest British person, to reach both geographical poles. Prior to this, David had already become one of only 14 people to traverse the continent of Antarctica, and was part of a team that broke the world record for the fastest ever crossing of the Greenland Icecap. David is the author of The Global Warming Survival Handbook, editor of Dorling Kindersley Earth Matters and is the host of Sundance Channel’s Eco-Trip: The Real Cost of Living.
Nancy McClure, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is a designer and Building Information Modeling software consultant, working with architects, engineers and construction firms across the United States. She focuses on applying new technologies towards defining environmentally responsible and regionally sustainable design.
Professor Stephen Heppell is CEO of, Professor at Bournemouth University, Chair in New Media Environments, Emeritus Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Visiting Professor at University of Wales, Newport and Executive chairman of LP+ (Learning Posibilities). Stephen found his flourishing policy and learning consultancy which now has a portfolio of international projects. Stephen chairs the charity Inclusion Trust with its flagship project for children excluded from school by behaviour or circumstances Stephen was a founder board member for Teachers.TV - a Uk public service TV and broadband channel for professional development of teachers. Stephen was awarded the Royal Television Society's Judges Award for Lifelong Services to Educational Broadcasting and the inaugural BETT Award for lifetime outstanding contribution to ICT in Education.
Matt Petersen, Global Green USA President, CEO and board member, joined Global Green USA in 1994. He serves on the Council of Green Cross International, and is Chair of the GCI Energy and Resource Efficiency program. Petersen drives and guides Global Green USA’s new programs, including work on water and energy, green power, climate change, and nuclear weapons. In the aftermath of the Gulf Coast hurricanes, Petersen put forth a vision and mobilized resources to create the Global Green "Healthy Homes and Smart Neighborhoods" initiative which resulted in: the New Orleans Sustainable Design Competition with Jury Chair Brad Pitt; the NOLA Green Schools Initiative funded by the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund; and work with Habitat for Humanity throughout the Gulf Coast to create more energy efficient housing.
Reneé Shelton is a Senior Associate and Educational Facility Planner with Dull Olson Weekes Architects (DOWA). A registered architect in Oregon, she received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1983 and has served in various positions with the Oregon Chapter of CEFPI, including president and governor.
Reneé joined DOWA in 1996 and has worked on several major educational and institutional projects. She has broad experience in facilitating Community Visioning Sessions, examining critical design issues, planning spaces, leading, and developing the design with the project design team. Reneé has been instrumental in assisting districts to look at all possibilities and see their visions come to fruition. She is currently working on a new $80 million high school for the Redmond School District in Oregon.
Robert Fellows received a degree in Education from Indiana University in 2005. Prior to graduation, he was provided the opportunity to teach at a secondary level school in a small, rural village in Kenya. After college, he was offered a unique position at his "home church" in Indianapolis, Indiana and served for two years as the Coordinator of High School and College Ministries. He currently teaches seventh grade social studies in an Indianapolis middle school. Not only is Robert passionate about education, but he is keenly interested in helping young people grow and mature into strong, responsible and high-achieving citizens. Robert is happily married to his wife, Ellen, who is currently working toward obtaining a degree in school counseling.
Thomas Mueller was born in 1947 in Southern Germany, went to High School in Bavaria and did an apprenticeship in cabinet making. He studied industrial engineering, mechanical engineering and business administration at the Technical University Berlin. Robert is Dr.-Ing. and Assistant Professor at the TU Berlin, Professor in Hamburg. Also consultant for factory planning for BMW and Mercedes Benz. For more than 20 years CEO and President of VS-Furniture, the leading school furniture producer in Europe. He is author of: The Classroom, on the history of school furniture design from the late 19th century until the present day; Prestel 1998 and Montessori, Teaching materials, furniture and architecture; Prestel 2002. Thomas is co-author of:
The 3rd teacher, 79 ways you can use design to transform teaching & learning; April 2009.
Hannah Rolston is a sophomore studying civil and environmental engineering at Seattle University. Her interests include sustainable water and wastewater systems and alternative building projects. Hannah was a Bezos Scholar at the 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival and graduated from Hellgate High School in 2007.
Dr. Ken Yeang is an architect-planner, ecologist and author. He is regarded as one of the foremost designers and noted authority on ecologically-responsive architecture and planning. His latest book is, Ecodesign: Manual for Ecological Design. He has pioneered the passive low-energy design of tall buildings, which he calls the 'bioclimatic skyscraper'. He has received numerous awards for his work and designs that include the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, RAIA International Award, Prinz Claus Award, UIA August Perret Award. His key built works include the Menara Mesiniaga tower (Malaysia), the National Library (Singapore) Great Ormond Street Hospital Extension (UK). He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past Chairman of ARCASIA and has served on the Royal Institute of Architects Council. He is a principal of the UK architect and planning firm, Llewelyn Davies Yeang and its sister company, Hamzah & Yeang (Malaysia).
Jazmin Malani Graves was born in Manhattan, New York. Jazmin is a firm believer–or knower, rather–in the power of rich relationships. Jazmin's life experiences have taught her that the external conditions that envelop an individual are projections of what is within; chaos within equals chaos without. From this, Jazmin has learned that maintaining inner peace, patience, discipline, and focus always results in a more manageable environment, whose conditions are invariably full of favor and fortune for those who live within them. Jazmin Graves views literature, nature, and music as wellsprings of inspiration. She enjoys reading, thinking, writing stories and poems, performing and composing music, and, like many, laughing and smiling with family and friends. Her greatest hope is that, soon, each person will realize the unlimited potential held within, and that everyone will celebrate the collective unleashing of that potential in its ultimate form–peace, resounding throughout the world.
Jon Kuzmich is Technical Programs Coordinator for the Collaborative for
High Performance Schools where he is involved in the development of new
programs including the new Sustainable Products Database and High
Performance Relocatable program. Additionally he heads up the CHPS
Recognition program which helps schools incorporate sustainable
strategies and achieve recognition for their high performance
objectives. Prior to working at CHPS, he practiced architecture in a broad
array of design studios and has been involved in the building industry for
over 10 years. He has worked on a wide range of building types including
residential, institutional, master planning, civic, institutional and educational
projects in California, Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.
Brett McNaught is Vice President of International Programs for buildOn, an International non-profit organization that empowers people and transforms lives by partnering buildOn after-school service programs in the U.S. with communities in developing countries to build schools. Brett first started working in West Africa in 2001 and since then he has overseen more than 200 primary school construction projects with rural communities in Haiti, India, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger and Senegal. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Niger from 2001–2003 and is part of the MorePeaceCorps Advisory Council. Prior to buildOn Brett was Construction Manager of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.
Bruce Mau is Chairman and CEO of Bruce Mau Design Inc. Bruce is a critical thinker, visionary, and voice in our modern world. Igniting revolution within industries ranging from corporate and technological to urban and environmental, Bruce Mau uses design and his own optimism as a primary vehicle for positive change. In 2003, Bruce Mau and the Institute without Boundaries produced Massive Change, an international discursive project that maps the new capacity, power, and promise of design. In 2008, he was appointed curator of the Denver Biennial of the Americas which will launch in Denver in July of 2010. Bruce Mau Design is currently based in Toronto and Chicago, and boasts a roster of clients including MTV; Royal Dutch Shell; Shaw Industries; Herman Miller; Arizona State University; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Ontario Science Centre; Gehry Partners; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and the Coca-Cola company.
Clifford Curry is an architect who graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Design in 1969. Cliff's professional career has been as a principal architect for the retirement housing industry pioneer William Colson. Three hundred senior–living communities have been built by Colson and partners across the United States, Canada, and England. In 2007 this group of retirement housing complexes sold. The sale allowed for the funding of the Curry Stone Foundation and the Curry Stone Design Prize. Cliff Curry continues his practice, Curry Architecture, doing retirement housing. He enjoys riding his bicycle, cross-country skiing, and serving on the Architecture for Humanity Advisory Board.
Mark Warner, Architect is privately practicing and landscaping, interiors, furniture design & architecture in New Delhi. He has taught Design Studio in all Years (First Year to Fifth Year), Drawing & Communications / Art & Graphics and Building Construction at TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi. Mark has a deep interest in the area of learning-teaching process and he is making some headway in the area of intuition and sub-conscience as pertaining to imagination art and design. He has an interest in Vaastu principles and good living / building principles also green architecture. He has built in mud, thatch and bamboo. Mark is researching into the ideas and philosophies of sustainability, the basis of green architecture. Mark was awarded Shrimati Hansa Mehta Gold Medal for best overall performance from his B.Arch at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.
Marla Ushijima, AIA, LEED AP is Senior Associate and part of the BIM/IPD Committee and Green Group at Bar Architects, San Francisco. She has project managed The Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine CA, Skywalker Ranch Technical Building in Nicasio CA and the Pacific Avenue Condos in San Francisco CA. She was BIM Manager for the Sun City Tower Kobe in Kobe Japan and Alivila Resort in Okinawa Japan. Marla has previously worked at LUNDBERG DESIGN San Francisco, MARQUIS ASSOCIATES San Francisco and A.D.H. Tokyo. Marla received her Master of Architecture from the University of Michigann and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Michigan. She is part of the San Francisco Digital Design Club and spoke at the A.I.A. Technology in Architectural Practice Update on BIM for Design theis year.
Pauline Souza is an architect and LEED Accredited Professional with 25 years of experience focused primarily on the design and management of educational facilities. She is an Associate Partner and the Director of Green Services at WRNS Studio. Pauline is currently responsible for nine projects in various stages of LEED certification utilizing LEED NC, LEED CS, LEED EB and LEED, and has employed other benchmark systems including CHPS, LABS 21, Build It Green and GGHC. Pauline has dedicated her career to building a more sustainable world. She speaks regularly at conferences and contributes often to publications focused on sustainability. She is currently serving as the Green Schools Advocate for the USGBC-NCC. Pauline is also a contributing Member of the National AIA Committee on the Environment Communications Committee and a former member of the Sustainability Task Force for the Society for College and University Planning.
Ted Bardacke's responsibilities include providing green building technical assistance to affordable housing developers, municipalities and construction industry professionals. Research projects include examining the feasibility of creating social equity and community through the increased use of renewable energy and complex financial tools. Ted also consults on select building projects pursuing LEED certification. Ted is a former foreign correspondent based in Bangkok and Mexico City for the Financial Times, and coordinator of volunteer construction projects in rural Mexico for the American Friends Service Committee. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has a B.A. from the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University as well as an M.S., Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University.
Sam Robinson is an architect with significant experience in the design of award winning buildings, bringing particular passion to projects which strive to reduce their impact on the environment and help to encourage a connection between the occupants and the natural world. He was the project architect/ manager on a project which was named one of the Top Ten Green Buildings in the nation by the AIA, National Chapter, Committee on the Environment, 2007. Sam also recently led a project which included an interior ‘biowall,’ one of only half a dozen in the US. Sam studied history at Wesleyan University and received his masters in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Sam worked for KieranTimberlake Associates for eight years, and now is an associate at Wallace, Roberts, and Todd in Philadelphia.
Maggie Kirkpatrick is the Assistant Director for Building Tomorrow. Kirkpatrick attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. where she graduated in 2008 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Kirkpatrick began working with U.Va.'s chapter of Building Tomorrow as Assistant Director in the fall of 2006. She also served on the executive board of Engineering Students without Borders and traveled to South Africa during summer 2007 to design and install a solar lighting system for a preschool in the Limpopo Province. She was also an active participant in and moderator for the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network. Kirkpatrick also co-founded the University of Virginia's Engineering & Community Engagement Program – a new academic program within U.Va.'s School of Engineering and Applied Science that allows students to gain critical domestic and international field experience through community partnerships.
George Srour, 25, is the founder and director of Build-ing Tomorrow, Inc. (BT), an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization encouraging philanthropy among young people by raising awareness and funds to build and support the construction of primary schools serv-ing vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa. Srour graduated from the College of William & Mary in Wil-liamsburg, Virginia with a major in Government and International Relations. During his college tenure, Srour founded and served as editor-in-chief of the College's first online daily newspaper, The DoG Street Journal. He also served as a two-year Chair of the College's Judicial Council and as a student director of the College's orientation program. Upon graduation, Srour was awarded the James Mon-roe Prize for Civic Leadership and the inaugural William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose. Since founding BT Srour has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful People in Indiana by Indianapolis Monthly.
Eric Corey Freed is principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in San Francisco, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building. Eric teaches the Sustainable Design program he developed at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension. He is on the boards of Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Green Home Guide and West Coast Green. He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. When Eric was just 25 years old, noted architect and critic Philip Johnson described him as "one of the real brains of his generation". Eric is the author of best seller, "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies" (John Wiley & Sons). "Sustainable School Architecture", his next book, will be released in 2009. organicARCHITECT is considered leaders in the field; named "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008.
Neil Frankel, FAIA, FIIDA. Prior to accepting a faculty position as the Fitz-Hugh Scott Endowed Chair in Design Excellence at the University of Wisconsin/ Milwaukee, Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Neil Frankel was responsible for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Chicago architectural interiors practice. In addition to his academic commitment, in 1998 Neil Frankel and Cindy Coleman established the independent studio Frankel + Coleman. Neil Frankel was elected into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1994. He is one of five practitioners who have been elected to the College of Fellows by both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. In 2005 Mr. Frankel was the sole recipient of the Honor Award for Education given by the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS).
Sergio Palleroni,(B.Arch. University of Oregon, MSArchS MIT) was a tenured professor at the University of Washington and the Luce Foundation Visiting Professor in Sustainable Development at the University of Texas, Austin, before joining Portland State University as a Professor and Fellow of the new Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices. Professor Palleroni’s research and fieldwork for the last two decades has been in the methods of integrating sustainable practices to improve the lives of communities worldwide typically underserved. Sergio founded Basic Initiative implementing academic outreach programs worldwide that serve the poor in Asia, Latin America and Africa as well as in the US. In addition Professor Palleroni has worked and been a consultant on sustainable architecture and development in the developing world since the 1970's both for not-for-profit agencies and governmental and international agencies such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and various governments.
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken Robinson led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.
Becca Bass is currently a freshman at Haverford College, a small liberal arts school outside of Philadelphia. While she is enjoying exploring the liberal arts curriculum, she will likely major in psychology and minor in education. Becca is a graduate of City Honors School in Buffalo, NY, and was a participant in the 2007 Aspen Student Scholars Program. She is incredibly grateful that she had the opportunity to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, and is very excited to work with Architecture for Humanity. She also works as the Summer Restoration Assistant at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, and in her spare time enjoys theatre, skiing, and reading great books.
Michael Grote is project manager at GCCDS. He holds degrees in Architecture University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, and a Masters in Building Construction - Design Build from Auburn University. He originally came to the Gulf Coast with Architecture for Humanity in June of 2006 where he worked on the Architecture for Humanity Biloxi Model Home Program. Now working with the GCCDS he is helping to develop much of its project delivery, management and administration capacity. Mike is construction administrator for Unabridged Architecture, in Bay St Louis, MS. Projects include the historical restoration of the Waveland Civic Center, devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the Bay St Louis Fire Station. Mike was project manager for Alembic Development Co. of NYC. He also works on several of his own projects as a designer and building consultant.
As Director of the British Council for School Environments (BCSE), Ty Goddard is responsible for managing the BCSE team and for the development and implementation of strategy. Ty previously worked as Managing Director of School Works, an organisation aiming to build better schools through consultation and participation, bringing together the best in the building industry with the best in education. Formerly, Ty was Community Strategic Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council's Schools. He has also acted as an advisor to the DfES on Extended Schools and co-location of services. In 1998, Ty was elected to Lambeth Council and became Chair of Education, later combining this with a Social Services role. Ty has worked as the UK and European Political Advisor for the NSPCC, and was the National Campaigns Co-ordinator for SCOPE. He has spoken at national conferences for a range of bodies including the DCSF, ContinYou, 4Children, Sure Start and BURA.
John Bacus is a Product Manager on the Google SketchUp development team where he is responsible for the ongoing design of the growing SketchUp family of products. Prior to joining Google, John was the Director of Product Design for @Last Software, where he worked on SketchUp from the first Mac OS X release through the product's acquisition by Google in 2006. During this time, SketchUp has won numerous awards, including "3D Product of the Year" and a "5 Mice" rating from Macworld Magazine. Prior to @Last, John was a professional design consultant working on a wide range of architectural and urban design projects in both Europe and the U.S. John holds an MArch. (Thesis Prize) from the Rice University School of Architecture, and a BArch. (Ledlie Award) from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Omar Dawany is Senior Engineer of the Madrasati Initiative, An initiative by Her Majesty Queen Rania Abdullah to improve education in schools especially public ones. To achieve this the Madrasati Initiative does overall maintenance of the schools & then implents programs & activities. Previously Omar was Site Engineer for the expansion of the faculty of Petra Private University's Architecture & Arts building in Amman and the Zarqa Private University's Registration & Finance building project under Al-Hawari Contracting Co. Omar has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Jordan, Amman/Jordan. He has completed the Total Quality Management training course with the Engineers Training Center (ETC) & Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd. (LQRA) and is a member of the the Jordan Environment Society.
James B. Guthrie, AIA, President and design principle of Miletus Group Inc., works in a comprehensive design-build approach focused on architectural systems-built residential, commercial and educational structures. Practicing in California and the Midwest, he also owns and operates a modular building factory, bringing back the traditional hands-on approach to modern building processes. Guthrie’s involvement in community building includes board level participation in preservation organizations, the creation of neighborhood urban design and revitalization plans, and direct management of an urban CDC. Dealing with commercial, residential, open space and educational revitalization issues, he has worked with residents and businesses, school boards and banks to bring comprehensive community development schemes to fruition. Currently he is an active member of the Board of Directors of the Modular Building Institute’s Educational Foundation. With an extensive background in architecture, urban design and modular building, he has a passion for building it right for this and future generations.

Dave Eggers, writer, editor and publisher
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Jury Chair

Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director, Architecture for Humanity


Jury Process
In June 2009, we will hold an online jury made up of experts from the fields of architecture and education, including students. Initially volunteers will review each entry to eliminate any entries that do not meet all the criteria and guidelines set out in the competition. Then jury members will go through each entry to select the top fifty schemes.

In July a second round of jurying will be held during the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival. The on-site jury will include high profile education leaders, selected students from the 2009 Bezos Scholars Programs as well as selected speakers from the Festival. During the Aspen Ideas Festival we will also hold a 'People's Choice Award' allowing the festival attendees to pick the entry they prefer. This will take place during the length of the festival. As soon as the second round is completed we will announce the finalists and 'People's Choice Award.'

Finally, interviews will be conducted with each finalist to find out their commitment for implementing the solution and to judge the viability of their scheme. This review will be undertaken by Architecture for Humanity and our school building partners. In the fall we will announce the winner and runners up and award the prizes.

Jurors will access the submissions via the Open Architecture Network. Jurors will use the competition document, the selection criteria, their own expertise, and information from any questions and answers that arise during the judging process.

The firms, partners, and professional associates of the jurors are enjoined from participating in the competition. If a juror is found to be knowingly involved in any material way with a submission, the juror will be replaced at the discretion of the competition organizers.

If for some unseen reason a juror has to drop out, a replacement will be found by the competition organizers. If the jury deadlocks, the jury chair will cast the tie-breaking vote.


Selection Criteria

Selection criteria will include:

  • The design is original
  • Responds to the client's objectives as laid out in the brief
  • Responds to the constraints of the site and its context
  • The clarity of presentation materials


Competition Details

  • Name: 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline: May 4, 2009
  • Submission Deadline: June 1, 2009
  • Entry Fee: $25 USD Developed Nations , $0 USD Developing Nations
  • Award: $50,000 for the winning school for classroom construction and upgrading, and $5,000 stipend for the design team.
  • Contact: Sandhya
  • Status: Winners Announced

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General Questions
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