Marcia McNally is an urban landscape planner, educator, and advocate recognized
internationally as a leader in the on-the-ground practice of citizen participation. Her professional
work, teaching, public service, and research have centered on three issues: the form of the
ecological city; actions the public sector, individuals, and organized constituencies can take toachieve sustainable outcomes; and the tools that enable participants to make informed decisions. She retired from University of California, Berkeley in 2010 but continues to teach at Berkeley and in Taiwan. McNally now lives in Durham, North Carolina where she runs The Neighborhood Laboratory, an on-demand community design center. In her public service she now focuses on the function, design, and role of alternative transportation and streets in cities as well as production of affordable housing in dynamic real estate markets

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Randolph T. Hester is an activist, community designer, sociologist, farmer, and award-winning landscape architect. His work champions cultural and biological diversity. His writing and built work founded the social-factors movement and have shaped the practice of community-oriented landscape architecture. He is internationally acclaimed for his designs in complex political environments, from wetlands in Korea and North Carolina, river corridors and chaparral canyons in Los Angeles, to central cities like Cambridge and Durham, and economically depressed communities. In Raleigh, North Carolina he stopped destructive freeways and Urban Renewal clearance, was elected to the City Council and led a neighborhood revitalization in Chavis Heights. In Tainan, Taiwan his alternative plan is credited with saving Platalea minor and 17,000 jobs in fishing from extinction. His plan for Manteo became the poster child for endemic grassroots design. His books document fifty years of community design innovation and most recently include Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity, and Inhabiting the Sacred in Everyday Life.

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Dr. Deborah Brosnan is an environmental entrepreneur and marine resilience specialist who has taught at Virginia Tech, UC Davis, and Stanford University. With her work, she seeks to translate cutting-edge science into real-world decision-making across government, civil and private sectors. She has authored numerous articles, serves as Science Advisor to the Global Risk Forum and other institutions, and leads Deborah Brosnan & Associates, an extensive network of consulting professionals. She survived a volcanic eruption and a 747 plane crash and emerged from these experiences to build resilience into communities impacted by disasters. Dr. Brosnan will be a great addition to HOPES[25], for she brings experience solving complex challenges in ways that meet economic and environmental goals.

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Dr. Armando Azua-Bustos holds a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. He is a Scientist of the Center of Astrobiology of Madrid, Spain, and his research is focused on the intimate relationship between water and life in order to understand the limits of life on Earth and the possibilities of finding life elsewhere in the Universe. Dr. Azua-Bustos has also a number of initiatives in space research and will be soon the first to perform plant genetic engineering in space. He is also a TED fellow, having given two TED talks. Dr. Azua-Bustos research has appeared in several TV documentaries, including National Geographic.

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Lauren is the Senior Design Coordinator at Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) in Los Angeles. Lauren is interested in how landscape architects can address global challenges such as climate change and environmental justice. She is passionate about collaborating with communities to achieve design with maximum social benefit over the long term. Lauren manages a number of KDI projects, helping build consensus between a broad range of stakeholders to achieve community goals. Prior to joining KDI, Lauren worked at SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York City, where she was involved in projects at the intersection of infrastructure, ecology, and community resiliency. She also taught Principles of Professional Practice at the Rhode Island School of Design. Lauren was a recipient of the Penny White Grant for research on the future landscape implications of nuclear waste disposal. Lauren is a LEED-accredited professional with a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University.

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Pablo Unzueta is a Chilean-American visual artist and photographer from Van Nuys, California. His father, Luis Hidalgo, is an Associated Press photographer based in Santiago, Chile who has focused on the impact and aftermath of dictatorship, and his grandmother, Amanda Unzueta worked tirelessly in documenting Latino minorities in her own neighborhood in LA. Through their photography and storytelling, Pablo experienced two very distinct parts of the world, which inspired his passion for the photography. Pablo focuses on documenting narratives that challenge economic and sociological issues. His work seeks to honor people’s stories despite their difficult circumstances. He focuses on the interactions of the local community to understand social issues, such as economic inequality, addiction, injustice and daily life.

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Earl Mark has PhD in Architecture with a minor in Cognitive Science. His interdisciplinary background also includes math, software engineering, and media technology. Since 2007 at the University of Virginia (UVA) he has taught design studios focused on collapsible fabric architecture with a small environmental footprint for sites on the Maine Coast. In 2015, he spent a sabbatical in residence at Acadia National Park testing small scale mockup structures with environmental sensing. In 2016,  traveling from Hungary to Austria, he began a new following a chance and disheartening observation of Syrian refugees. With new collaborators the research transitioned to rapidly deployed shelters for forcibly displaced people. In recognition of the complex issues they face Mark is revisiting basic assumptions as a new member of the Religion, Politics and Conflict Group at UVA. He was previously a Lecturer at MIT, and has had visiting faculty appointments at ETH Zurich and Cambridge University.  During the spring 2019 quarter he will be a visiting associate professor teaching a rapid shelter design studio and a computer animation and storytelling class at the University of Oregon.


Alan Ricks is a Founding Principal and the Chief Design Officer of MASS Design Group in Boston. Following their breakthrough design of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda (look it up), MASS has led projects in over a dozen countries that use design to advance a more just world. In 2017 Alan and Mass were awarded the National Design Award for Architecture. Alan is a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, has taught previously at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and currently teaches at the Yale School of Architecture. We are lucky to have Alan joining us for HOPES[25] because he brings valuable experience in using design to bring about real change for good.

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Kevin Parkhurst and Hannah Wear began working together on the HOPES Conference in 1995 as graduate students at the UO.  After graduating they moved to the Los Angeles area and worked on design, construction, and alternative energy projects, and they developed education programs related to social, cultural and environmental responsibility and Organic Architecture. Kevin and Hannah established their company, Design Integration Group (DIG) in 1999 in Eugene while working their way up to Chief Associates at Eric Lloyd Wright & Associates. DIG’s mission is to foster and cultivate collaborative relationships and engage in projects that work to integrate concerns for social & environmental issues, design & built form, creativity & culture.  Kevin and Hannah also founded and operate Greener Empowerment Foundation, a non-profit with a focus on social and environmental programs to inform the mind, inspire the spirit, and encourage positive movement towards greater social awareness and environmental responsibility.





Ronald Rael’s recent work explores activism through the creation and curation of public art and unconventional approaches to 3D printing. Additionally, he designs and writes about sustainable materials and earth-based architecture. Rael is based in Oakland, California and is Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, co-founder of Emerging Objects, and partner of Rael San Fratello. His collaborative 3D printed work ranges from small-scale sensory objects that were recently on view at the Cooper Hewitt Museum to 6’ walled adobe structures near the border wall. Over the last year, Rael has made 3D printing more accessible by founding the Bottery, a robotic ceramic workshop and by developing an intuitive 3D modeling software program, Potterware 2.0. Rael is also involved in Rural Environments, a creative outdoor field school near his hometown in Colorado which provides space for students and artists to make work in the landscape. Rael’s work engages people in the creative process and constantly pushes boundaries in digital design to create new and exciting spaces.

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Susan Jones, FAIA, LEED BD+C, is a practicing architect, founder of atelierjones, an architecture, urban and ecodesign firm. Ranked No. 7 in Design by Architect Magazine in 2017, atelierjones’ work brings design, research, and community engagement to create projects of reclamation: of forgotten urban sites and buildings, or of waste or scrap to create renewable and beautiful architectural materials. The firm designs new ways of living and working in the city: from homes to urban housing, to spiritual spaces, creative rehabilitation of commercial structures and preservation of historic structures. atelierjones’ work has been recognized by numerous international, national and local design awards. A nationally known pioneer with Mass Timber, she is the AIA National Representative to the ICC Tall Timber Code Committee, has taught multiple design studios with Mass Timber, and has spoken across internationally on Mass Timber. Her book, Mass Timber | Design and Research was published in 2018 by ORO Editions. Susan has been a visiting design professor and critic at numerous universities, and is Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. A native of the Pacific Northwest, she became a Fellow of the AIA in 2010, and has been working for architects since she was sixteen.


Tim Smith is Principal and founder of the Urban Design and Planning Studio at SERA Architects, a Portland, Oregon firm that offers integrated services in architecture, urban design, planning, and sustainability consulting. He is a registered architect and a certified planner with over 35 years of professional experience with work spanning a variety of scales; from the site, block and neighborhood to the community, campus, city and region. Tim is passionate about the art and science of placemaking and his work is aimed at creating whole and beautiful places that enrich the human experience and integrate nature at the aesthetic and systemic levels. To that end, Tim developed Civic Ecology, a citizen-driven, whole systems framework for community design and has helped implement the framework in numerous communities nationally and internationally. He co-authored the book Making EcoDistricts: Concepts and Methods for Advancing Sustainability in Neighborhoods, authored the paper “Civic Ecology: A Citizen-Driven Framework for Transforming Suburban Communities”, delivered a TEDx talk on Civic Ecology titled “A Living Community Framework for Sustainability”, and lectures widely on the topic. His Civic Ecology work has included workshops and sessions all over Oregon and across the country. He recently facilitated workshops in Haley, Idaho that have generated community support for a new mixed-use, sustainable neighborhood development project that will include ecological restoration, organic agriculture and food production, community innovation space, a charter school and on-site energy generation and waste water treatment. 

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Mark is a national leader in the development of sustainable public places. In the last decade he has directed, facilitated, or inspired designs for more than three hundred new community-generated public places in Portland, Oregon alone. Through his leadership in Communitecture, Inc., and it’s various affiliates such as the The City Repair Project (501(c)3), The Village Building Convergence, and the Planet Repair Institute, he has also been instrumental in the development of dozens of participatory organizations and urban permaculture design projects across the United States and Canada. Mark works with governmental leaders, community organizations, and educational institutions in many diverse communities. With City Repair, in 2003 Mark was awarded the National Lewis Mumford Award by the international organization Architects & Planners for Social Responsibility for his work with Dignity Village, one of the United States’ first self-developed, permanent communities by and for previously houseless people. Mr. Lakeman’s projects have been shared widely, including in such publications as Dwell, Architecture Magazine, New Village Journal, Yes magazine, The Utne Reader, Permaculture Activist and many more.

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Emma Prichard is the owner of Plastic Lizard Recycling, LLC, a Precious Plastic-inspired, community micro-recycler located in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland. Plastic Lizard Recycling collects community plastic waste–often items rejected in curbside recycling programs–and recreates it into durable home goods and modular building materials. As a trained ecologist, she was inspired to start Plastic Lizard by the plastic crisis facing our lakes, rivers, and oceans after discovering the Precious Plastic organization in January 2018. Since getting her workspace operational in May, she has continued to experiment with a variety of projects and community relationships. An advocate for the micro-recycler system, Emma believes that small-scale, decentralized management of our waste is an important part of how we fix a broken recycling system.