ADPSR

 

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MISSION

Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility works for peace, environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities.

HISTORY OF ADSPR

ADPSR programs aim to raise professional and public awareness of critical social and environmental issues, further responsive design and planning, and honor persons and organizations whose work exemplifies social responsibility.

ADPSR was established in 1981 as a 501(c)3 public-benefit organization to promote nuclear disarmament and correct the imbalances caused by military excesses overshadowing domestic needs. Throughout the 1980s, ADPSR initiated numerous peace projects including peace parks, conferences, exhibits, and citizen diplomacy exchange programs with the former Soviet Union. In 1993, ADPSR was honored for this work by the American Institute of Architects, calling ADPSR "a strong, resounding voice for social and political justice."

Since the 1990s, ADPSR has focused much of its effort on ecologically and socially responsible development. ADPSR NorCal has been conducting a monthly "Building Ecology" lecture series in San Francisco for over a decade and also produced an annual tradeshow on ecological construction, which became West Coast Green. Recent ADPSR projects include a Prison Design Boycott and the promotion of community-based alternatives to incarceration. ADPSR is an NGO in the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (HABITAT). ARCPeace is ADPSR's international affiliate.

 
 
 
 
 
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
 
 
  Shalini Agrawal  Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 25 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity, and FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers. She is Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts and teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement.

Shalini Agrawal Shalini Agrawal is trained as an architect and brings over 25 years of experience in community-engaged practice and pedagogy. She is co-director of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership program for social equity, and FIELD Design Network, a forum that builds capacity for underrepresented designers. She is Associate Professor in Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts and teaches at the intersection of design and community engagement.

  Michael Sorkin  is the Founder and President of the non-profit urban research center Terreform, Principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, a design firm with a special interest in urbanism, Distinguished Professor of Architecture, and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at CCNY. He is also the architecture critic for The Nation, Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, author or editor of twenty books, and editor-in-chief of Terreform’s book imprint, UR (urban research).

Michael Sorkin is the Founder and President of the non-profit urban research center Terreform, Principal of Michael Sorkin Studio, a design firm with a special interest in urbanism, Distinguished Professor of Architecture, and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at CCNY. He is also the architecture critic for The Nation, Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, author or editor of twenty books, and editor-in-chief of Terreform’s book imprint, UR (urban research).

  Kelly Gregory  is a social architect based in Oakland, CA. Her practice is rooted in socially-engaged work: affordable housing projects, exhibitions, reimagining spaces of incarceration, democratic public space, and in-depth community-driven research. Her projects fold current communities and future solutions into functional, beautiful spaces for collaboration and engagement.

Kelly Gregory is a social architect based in Oakland, CA. Her practice is rooted in socially-engaged work: affordable housing projects, exhibitions, reimagining spaces of incarceration, democratic public space, and in-depth community-driven research. Her projects fold current communities and future solutions into functional, beautiful spaces for collaboration and engagement.

 
  Lynne Elizabeth  is founding director of  New Village Press , a division of ADPSR which has published nearly three-dozen books on community-based arts, ecology, participatory planning, creative conflict resolution, and social justice. She is a past president of ADPSR and has initiated numerous ADPSR programs over 35 years, including conferences, exhibitions, journals, and a center for the study of sustainable community development.

Lynne Elizabeth is founding director of New Village Press, a division of ADPSR which has published nearly three-dozen books on community-based arts, ecology, participatory planning, creative conflict resolution, and social justice. She is a past president of ADPSR and has initiated numerous ADPSR programs over 35 years, including conferences, exhibitions, journals, and a center for the study of sustainable community development.

  Raphael Sperry  is president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility and an architect, sustainable building consultant, and human rights advocate. He leads ADPSR’s national campaigns to ban the design of spaces that violate human rights and to promote restorative alternatives to incarceration. His green building design and consulting work focuses on “net positive” design for buildings that regenerate energy, water, natural systems, and human health and wellbeing.

Raphael Sperry is president of Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility and an architect, sustainable building consultant, and human rights advocate. He leads ADPSR’s national campaigns to ban the design of spaces that violate human rights and to promote restorative alternatives to incarceration. His green building design and consulting work focuses on “net positive” design for buildings that regenerate energy, water, natural systems, and human health and wellbeing.

  Desiree Valadares  is a landscape architect / landscape historian based in the Bay Area and Vancouver. She examines the legal geography of prisoner-of-war camps, civilian "enemy alien" incarceration facilities and isolated detention areas in mining towns and canneries. She traces the politics of preserving these sites and placing them under federal protection in the context of indigenous land struggles and sovereignty movements.

Desiree Valadares is a landscape architect / landscape historian based in the Bay Area and Vancouver. She examines the legal geography of prisoner-of-war camps, civilian "enemy alien" incarceration facilities and isolated detention areas in mining towns and canneries. She traces the politics of preserving these sites and placing them under federal protection in the context of indigenous land struggles and sovereignty movements.

 
   Dan Whittet     is the treasurer of ADPSR and began his career as a builder on islands off the coast of Maine, then migrated to off grid net zero buildings in the mountains of Colorado. He is a voting member of the ASHRAE  189.1 high performance building standard  and the  LEED Social Equity Working Group.  If asked he will sharpen hand tools, fly a plane, navigate in fog,  cook a tasty meal  and write a poem about all of it.

Dan Whittet is the treasurer of ADPSR and began his career as a builder on islands off the coast of Maine, then migrated to off grid net zero buildings in the mountains of Colorado. He is a voting member of the ASHRAE 189.1 high performance building standard and the LEED Social Equity Working Group. If asked he will sharpen hand tools, fly a plane, navigate in fog, cook a tasty meal and write a poem about all of it.

  Shawn Hesse  fights against the worst possible buildings we can imagine (spaces designed for execution and torture) as a volunteer with ADPSR, and promotes the best buildings we can imagine (Living Buildings) in his day job. Shawn is the Community Engagement Manager for the International Living Future Institute. Shawn is a licensed architect, consultant, and adjunct instructor with a focus on the intersection of social justice and sustainability.

Shawn Hesse fights against the worst possible buildings we can imagine (spaces designed for execution and torture) as a volunteer with ADPSR, and promotes the best buildings we can imagine (Living Buildings) in his day job. Shawn is the Community Engagement Manager for the International Living Future Institute. Shawn is a licensed architect, consultant, and adjunct instructor with a focus on the intersection of social justice and sustainability.

  Deanna Van Buren  is co-founder of  Designing Justice + Designing Spaces , a nonprofit harnessing the power of design and development to transform people and communities. After starting her first company in 2011, she became a national leader in formulating and advocating for restorative justice centers, a radical transformation of justice architecture.

Deanna Van Buren is co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a nonprofit harnessing the power of design and development to transform people and communities. After starting her first company in 2011, she became a national leader in formulating and advocating for restorative justice centers, a radical transformation of justice architecture.

 
  Dr. Sandra Hernandez-Colon  is an Americanist with research interests in the urbanization of tropical infectious diseases, sustainability, upgrade of slum and squatter settlements and poverty.

Dr. Sandra Hernandez-Colon is an Americanist with research interests in the urbanization of tropical infectious diseases, sustainability, upgrade of slum and squatter settlements and poverty.

 Franziska’s work focuses on balancing community, art, science and nature for a healthy sustainable and resilient world. She was at the forefront of green building as a co-chair of COTE at the Boston Society of Architects in the 1990-ties.  As Principal of Amacher and Associates, she has designed many resource efficient buildings, including net zero buildings and neighborhoods.    Building places to foster community has been a goal throughout her practice with several cohousing communities, with School Yard Gardens and Community Gardens and with redesigned old buildings to preserve their historic character and the community’s cultural memory.

Franziska’s work focuses on balancing community, art, science and nature for a healthy sustainable and resilient world. She was at the forefront of green building as a co-chair of COTE at the Boston Society of Architects in the 1990-ties.

As Principal of Amacher and Associates, she has designed many resource efficient buildings, including net zero buildings and neighborhoods.  

Building places to foster community has been a goal throughout her practice with several cohousing communities, with School Yard Gardens and Community Gardens and with redesigned old buildings to preserve their historic character and the community’s cultural memory.

  Other board members include :  Don Lever Ben Spencer Mary Ann Gallagher Franziska Amacher

Other board members include:
Don Lever
Ben Spencer
Mary Ann Gallagher
Franziska Amacher

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