Gena Wirth


Gena Wirth is the Design Principal at SCAPE, a landscape architecture studio based in New York City. She is trained in landscape architecture, horticulture, and urban planning, which allows her to understand and design ecologically sound and culturally important landscapes across. Gena has been project manager on many high profile projects, including Living Breakwaters, an award-winning design proposal for the Rebuild By Design competition.

Aaron Huey


As his website simply states: “Aaron Huey is a photographer.” More than that, he is a storyteller whose work captures people and their environment with visceral honesty and graceful sensitivity. A photojournalist for National Geographic and Harper’s Magazine, Huey has traveled the world documenting pagodas in Myanmar to sherpas in Nepal, and even walking across America with his dog Cosmo in 2002. His adventurous spirit seeks the unknown and celebrates the spontaneous. Huey’s recent work has taken a focus on American cultural subgroupings, specifically the Lakota. Check out his powerful TED Talk below where he shares images of life at Pine Ridge Reservation that honor the people’s culture and expose the devastating poverty they face.


Emma Marris


Emma Marris is an environmental writer based in Klamath Falls, Oregon. With a degree in science writing from John Hopkins University, Marris served as a staffer for the international journal, Nature. Her work has been published in several other publications including Slate, Orion, and the New York Times. She is the author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World as well as co-authoring four other books. She also has her own TED Talk.
Check it out here.

Andrew Cusack


Andrew is currently the head of the CCCM unit in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, using his design background to support displaced communities. Since graduating from the University of Oregon’s M.Arch program, Andrew has applied the environmentally and socially conscious nature of the A&AA school to work in the field. He has been been involved with the Global Camp Coordination and Camp management team since 2012 and has worked on emergencies in the Central African Republic, Turkey and Iraq.

How I Lead

Miho Mazereeuw


Miho Mazereeuw is the director and founder of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT, where she is an assistant professor of urbanism and architecture. Operating at multiple scales, her work addresses the challenges of contemporary urbanization through study of risk reduction and preparedness. With a Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from Harvard GSD, Miho has worked at the offices of Shigeru Ban, OMA, and Dan Kiley, and taught at Harvard and the University of Toronto. As part of the interdisciplinary group of researchers who run the Urban Risk Lab, Miho collaborates on innovations in materials, technologies, and processes that reduce risk and better foster disaster resilience. Her new book stems from this research and is entitled Preemptive Design: Disaster and Urban Development Along the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Karen M’Closkey


Karen M’Closkey is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of the award-winning, multi-faceted design and research firm, PEG office of landscape + architecture. Her design studios often “explore techniques for working with repetition, ornamentation and surface modulation as a means to produce new forms of topography.” She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in Digital Age, where patterns in contemporary designed landscapes are discussed.

Alan Waxman


As a landscape architect and urban designer, Alan Waxman’s work aims to create resilient communities and health equity through ecosocial design. Involved in a variety of public projects, his current studio Urban Rhythms employs participatory engagement and local collaboration to study urban patterns through intervention (in dance, events, and the environment). Waxman’s work is primarily focused in locations of elevated health risk and violence like Brownsville, Brooklyn.

A New Kind of Hospital Room

Alex Miller


Alex Miller has devoted his career to promoting resilience through design. Miller’s work focuses on assisting those displaced by natural disasters in vulnerable communities around the globe. Since graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.Arch in 2009, Miller’s disaster relief work has taken him to Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. He has spent time with organizations such as Wonder Grass, developing bamboo housing for people in India. Last year, Miller received his MA in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Following graduation, Miller spent the summer researching housing programs in Nepal, Haiti, and Lebanon with a grant from the USAID Settlement and Shelter Office. Most recently, he found work with the nongovernmental organization Catholic Relief Services responding to the refugee crisis in Bulgaria.

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Wonder Grass

James Cassidy


Senior Instructor and research assistant at Oregon State University, James Cassidy focuses on soil physics and organic agriculture. His research encompasses soil education, organic food production and composting while teaching courses such as Sustainable Ecosystems and Principles of Soil Science. After a career as a musician, Cassidy earned a Bachelors of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) and an MS in Crop and Soil Science. Cassidy also guides the OSU Organic Growers Club at Oregon State University with the mission to promote organic farming, community involvement, the reality of ecosystem sustenance, and to expose agricultural science students to hands-on farming from planting to harvesting.

Crop and Soil