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SERGIO PALLERONI, Director

Professor Sergio Palleroni is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, and a founding member and faculty of the federally funded Green Building Research Lab. 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. In 1988, to serve the needs of these communities he founded an academic outreach program that would later become the BASIC Initiative (www.basicinitiative.org), a service-learning fieldwork program. Today, the BASIC Initiative continues to serve the poor in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the U.S. In addition, Professor Palleroni has worked and been a consultant on sustainable architecture and development in the developing world since the 1980s, both for not-for-profit agencies and governmental and international agencies such as UNESCO, World Bank, and the governments of China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua and Taiwan. Palleroni holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon.  

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TODD FERRY, Research Associate & Faculty Fellow

Todd Ferry is a Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID). Before earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Todd worked for over a decade in the nonprofit field, including founding KIU ART, a service-learning organization that works with schools in Mwanza, Tanzania. His current work investigates how social needs can be addressed by architecture in underserved communities and seeks to develop new tools and models of engagement to aid in this effort. Recent projects at the CPID include the design of a sustainable community center in Inner Mongolia, China; a collaboration with the Portland Opera to create a mobile opera stage to bring the arts to more communities; and as a co-founder and organizer of the POD Initiative, which seeks to provide new visions for addressing homelessness in Portland through design. This work is incorporated into his teaching in architecture design studios, courses on design thinking for social innovation, public interest design seminars, and design-build initiatives. Many of these courses are part of the University’s Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, which he coordinates. Todd is also a Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Director of the Architecture Summer Immersion Program at the Portland State University School of Architecture. 

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MARGARETTE LEITE, CPID Faculty Fellow

Margarette Leite teaches architectural design and building tectonics at Portland State University.  Her work focuses on the creation of opportunities for students to engage in design processes and design/build activities that serve communities in need. These initiatives have garnered awards for civic engagement and have been the subjects of numerous publications and documentaries.  She has been a featured speaker at various forums nationally on public interest design. Her work with students includes projects with local school districts for the design of sustainable learning spaces as well as a current statewide initiative to build and distribute a greener, affordable modular classroom across Oregon and the nation. The SAGE Classroom was awarded an international SEED award in 2013 and serves as a model for how the profession can engage communities in solving critical social issues.  Her tectonics classes focus on the responsible use of sustainable and reusable materials as well as the promotion of hands-on making as a life-long habit for students of architecture.  In addition, she is a partner in PLDP Architecture, a firm that designs and promotes sustainable buildings and communities with particular emphasis on disaster relief.

B.D. WORTHAM-GALVIN, CPID Faculty Fellow

Dr. B.D. Wortham-Galvin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University and founder and Director of the non-profit Urban Dialogues. She teaches a wide variety of subjects including urban and architectural design history and theory, and studios that focus on adaptive reuse, urban design, and community based design. Her scholarship focuses on how theories of the everyday and the participatory can be applied to the design and stewardship of the built environment. Professionally, her non-profit, Urban Dialogues, works on community design issues and is currently partnering with the Rosewood Initiative. As a member of the Maryland Urban Research Studio, she helped45rtory’s Channel’s, The City of the Future Challenge. In 2010 she and partner Jacob Day won the Outstanding Project of the Year Award, Heart of the Chesapeake Heritage Area for Place Work[s]hop held in East New Market, Maryland.        

TRAVIS BELL, CPID Faculty Fellow

Travis's primary interest lies in making architecture that is in closer alignment with the natural patterns of our environment. This primary interest grounds a research, teaching and design agenda focused on appropriate material choice, the prioritization of authentic craftsmanship, passive systems design, adapted historical technologies, Critical Regionalism and temporary architectural solutions.

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Faculty Fellows

PEDRO PACHECO, CPID Visiting Faculty Fellow (2016-2017)

Dr. Pedro Pacheco is a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), one of Mexico's premier universities. He coordinates and leads several academic programs the Tec, including the Master of Science in Design and Sustainable Development of the City, as well as the “Impulso Urbano” (Urban Impulse) program and the seminar “Civic Urbanism.” He is co-founder of the “Ten Houses for Ten Families-10 x 10” model, a research and educational program focused on working with low-income families in Monterrey to design and build housing and address public space and community issues. The program is well known internationally for effectively using the service-learning methodology as a tool to connect students with the realities of site and clients. Since 1994 Dr. Pacheco has provided consultancy and advice for private and public organizations on projects ranging from housing prototypes to community centers to a botanical garden. In 2013, he created T-kio, a firm dedicated to community planning, design, and construction as a vehicle to expand his services and integrate other professionals in the consultancy.

ANNA GOODMAN, CPID Faculty Fellow

Dr. Anna Goodman is Assistant Professor of Practice in the PSU School of Architecture. She has focused her work on the politics of architectural practice and the role of making and craft in defining the borders of professional identity. Her most recent project examines the concept of the citizen architect and the ways in which architectural educators have influenced the development of the profession through the instigation of humanitarian design-build projects in the twentieth century. She has published articles and reviews in publications including DIALECTIC, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Planning Perspectives, and others. She received her doctorate in Architecture with an emphasis on Global Metropolitan Studies, from University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. She also holds a Master of Science in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University. 

 

ANDREW SANTA LUCIA, CPID Faculty Fellow

Andrew Santa Lucia is Assistant Professor of Practice in the PSU School of Architecture. He was previously faculty with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he most recently taught courses in architecture, interior architecture, and designed objects. His research examines the ways in which the architectural discipline mediates culture, connecting design, pedagogy, and criticism through the creation of plastic propositions for lifestyle, with the aim of challenging the way we perceive architecture. He runs the architecture collaborative Office Andorus, which, as part of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial, designed No Place like House, a two-room installation of ritual and performance altars inside Mies van der Rohe's McCormick House at the Elmhurst Art Museum in Illinois. Office Andorus also provides design services to community activists with the goal of influencing public policy through the architectural discipline. Santa Lucia has published articles in publications such as Ampersand, Architect’s Newspaper, Artlurker, and eVolo. He holds a Master of Arts in Design Criticism from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Architecture degree from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University. 

Fellows of Practice

ALEX SALAZAR, CPID Fellow of Practice

Alex Salazar is principal of Salazar Architect, a small firm focused on creating big social and environmental impacts by working collaboratively with clients and community-based organizations. His architecture and urban design work draws upon contemporary precedents and neighborhood context to create unique, meaningful places rich in architectural character while affordable to build. Alex founded the firm in 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Area and opened a Portland office in 2014. His work has won numerous design awards including AIA San Francisco’s Young Architect Award and AIA California’s Community Housing Award. He has practiced public interest design since 1993 when, as a Graham Foundation Fellow, he spent a year in Marathwada, India, working on large scale post-earthquake housing development. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo.

DYLAN MORGAN, CPID Fellow of Practice

Dylan Morgan is a Project Designer with PLACE, a Portland-based design firm committed to landscape architecture, planning, art, and urban design services with projects around the globe. He is involved in a wide range of projects at PLACE, from work on NIKE’s new campus to community engagement work in Japan. In addition to his work at PLACE, Dylan is an instructor at PSU, teaching studios on urban design. Dylan is committed to public interest design practices and has the distinction of being the Center for Public Interest Design’s first Graduate Research Assistant while he was completing his Master of Architecture at Portland State University.