Stephen Mueller ’06 MSAAD
AGENCY Architecture, El Paso, TX
Mueller shared an update on his Irradiated Shade research—with the support of the 2019 Incubator Prize—and ways AGENCY Architecture has worked to engage and help construct a productive context for their work in the binational El Paso/Ciudad Juárez metroplex.
Conversation facilitated by Frank Mandell ‘20 MArch.
Nisha Baliga, AICP ‘05 MSUP and Betsy Maclean '05 MIA/'06 MSUP
Hester Street, New York, NY
Hester Street is an urban planning, design, and development nonprofit that works to ensure neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them. Over the past four months, Hester Street has drawn from their deep experience engaging with communities to develop tools and tactics that they hope will sharpen the focus on the means by which society can achieve more just ends. Baliga and Maclean shared some of this recent work as fodder for discussion.
Conversation facilitated by Savannah Wu '20 MSUP.
Jeronimo Aguilar Gutierrez ‘15 MSAUD
VP of Pricing & Procurement
Bolster, New York, NY
Wednesday, July 29
Bolster is a data-driven design-build firm on a mission to create a “smart” renovation experience. Aguilar Gutierrez discussed how developing an early career in the construction industry can prepare entrepreneurial architects with the necessary business skills to launch their own firms in the future.
Conversation facilitated by Kassandra Lee ‘21 MArch/MSRED.
Nicolas Medrano, AIA ‘07 MArch
SOM, New York, NY
Medrano presents his current biopharma project in Singapore and share insights on designing for a government that prizes sustainability and public space.
Conversation facilitated by Gauri Bahuguna ‘20 MArch.
Katie Shima AIA ‘09 MArch and Brandon Cook ‘00 MArch
Director of Design and Senior Project Manager
SITU, New York, NY
This presentation was structured around the idea of Catalytic Influences and Current Studies, using three of SITU’s recent projects to show their process and how they are pivoting what they have learned from the current crisis and for a post-COVID future.
Conversation facilitated by Nika Teper '20 MArch.
Zarith Pineda ‘17 MSAUD
Territorial Empathy, New York, NY
Territorial Empathy is a research laboratory that specializes in mitigating urban conflict through architectural interventions. Pineda discussed the project Segregation is Killing Us which looks at how systematic racism is contributing to the disparate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color throughout NYC.
Conversation facilitated by Thiago Sang Hyun Lee ‘20 MSUP, '23 MArch.
Rachel Barnard ‘11 MSAAD
Founder and CEO
Young New Yorkers, New York, NY
Young New Yorkers is an arts diversion program for teens being prosecuted as adult in criminal courts. Rachel’s work has been supported by the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures and she was named the 2018 NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) as well as a Fellow for Socially-Engaged Art from A Blade of Grass.
Conversation facilitated by Victoria Vuono ‘20 MSAUD.