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Adrian Blackwell
Adrian Blackwell is an artist, designer and urban theorist whose work focuses on the relation between physical spaces, and political/economic forces. He has exhibited work at artist-run-centers and public institutions across Canada, in the 2005 Shenzhen Biennale, the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and at London’s Architectural Association. He was a collaborator on the winning entry for Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square International Design Competition. He has curated exhibitions, including Detours: Tactical Approaches to Urbanization in China, organized symposia, and writes regularly about the intersections of art, architecture and urbanism. His current research focuses on urbanization in contemporary China, the paradox of public space and the disappearance of public housing in North America. He was a member of Toronto’s Anarchist Free School and The Toronto School of Creativity and Inquiry. He has taught architecture and urbanism at Chongqing, Michigan, Harvard and Toronto Universities and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo.

Seth Denizen
Seth Denizen is a designer and researcher trained in landscape architecture and evolutionary biology. Since completing research on the sexual behavior of small Trinidadian fish, his work has focused on the aesthetics of scientific representation, madness and public parks, the political ecology of desertification, and most recently the design of taxonomies for the mapping and historical analysis of urban soil. He currently lives in Hong Kong, where he teaches in the Division of Landscape Architecture at Hong Kong University.

Irmgard Emmelhainz
Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent writer, translator and researcher based in Mexico City. In 2012, she published a collection of essays about art, culture, cinema and geopolitics: Alotropías en la trinchera evanescente: estética y geopolítica en la era de la guerra total (BUAP). Her work about cinema, the Palestine Question, art, culture and neoliberalism has been translated to French, English, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Serbian. She is teaches  a course at the Esmeralda National School of Sculpture, Paitning and Engraving in Mexico City.

Elise Hunchuck
Elise Hunchuck is a researcher and designer with degrees in landscape architecture, philosophy, and geography whose work focuses on bringing together fieldwork and design through collaborative practices of observation, care, and coordination. Facilitating multidisciplinary exchanges between teaching and representational methods as a way to further develop landscape-oriented research methodologies at the urban scale, her research develops cartographic, photographic, and text-based practices to explore and communicate the agency of disasters through the continual configuring and reconfiguring of infrastructures of risk, including memorials, monuments, and coastal defense structures. A University Olmsted Scholar and an assistant research fellow with the Landscape Architecture Foundation, Elise has also taught representational history and methods at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.

Jane Hutton
Jane Hutton is a landscape architect and Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is director of the GSD Materials Collection in the Frances Loeb Design Library, and her research focuses on the expanded relations of construction materials used in landscape architecture. In 2010, she curated Erratics: A Genealogy of Rock Landscape, an exhibition that looked at the cultural and scientific antecedents to contemporary design’s interest in geology.

Marcin Kedzior
In 2011 Marcin co-founded the experimental pedagogical initiative SITUATE | DESIGN | BUILD which has completed numerous public space projects. Previously, for MOS Architects on such projects as the Floating House, and Adrian Blackwell Urban Projects on the winning entry for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization. He is a full-time professor in the School of Applied Technology at Humber College. Since 2008, he has taught Art, Architecture, Visual Studies and Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and University of Guelph. His research on the anti-commercial city, improvised urbanism, urban marginalia, interior public space, community workshops, and cohousing has been published, exhibited and awarded multiple grants.

Manar Moursi
Manar Moursi is multi-disciplinary designer and artist. A graduate of the University of Virginia’s undergraduate program of architecture, Manar also holds a dual Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Policy from Princeton University. In 2011, she founded Studio Meem. Studio Meem’s portfolio of built projects includes private and public projects in Cairo and Kuwait. In recognition of the excellence of her architectural design work, in 2015 Manar was nominated for the prestigious Italcementi Women in Architecture Award. In the field of product design, her work has been awarded Good Design and Red Dot Design awards. In addition to her practice with Studio Meem, Manar publishes regularly, participates in art exhibitions and teaches. Her writings on urban issues have appeared in Domus, Thresholds, Lunch, Mada, Cairobserver, the Funambulist and Egypt Independent. Her book Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs of Cairoco-authored with David Puig was published by Onomatopee in 2015. Through a workshop with students in Cairo, Manar launched the project Mapping Cairo in 2016. The results of this workshop were exhibited in the Egyptian Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Manar currently teaches architecture at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto.

Christie Pearson
Toronto-based artist, writer and architect Christie Pearson works in collaboration to produce interdisciplinary events, performances and installations which amplify our bodies’ relation to our natural and constructed environments. Research on global bathing traditions fuels her work. She is a co-founder of the WADE festival of installation and performance art ; produces sound events in bathing environments with Thewaves; and is a member of the performance collective Urbanvessel. Christie has a Masters in Architecture from Cornell University; she is currently teaching Architectures and Cultures of Bathing, making architecture, writing, and taking baths.

Previous Board Members
Jane Wolff, Etienne Turpin, Adam Bobbette, Chris Lee, Nasrin Himada

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