Maurice Cox is currently a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Design School, studying the roles of citizen-architects in shaping today's cities. He recently completed eight years on the Charlottesville City Council, the last two as Mayor. Mr. Cox is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia and founding principal of RBGC Architecture, Research, & Urbanism in Charlottesville. His firm's community-based process and design for the new village of Bayview, Va., has been featured on 60 Minutes and in numerous national publications and documentaries. He has lectured widely on the topics of democratic design, civic engagement, and the designer's role as community leader. Mr. Cox has served on a number of juries and been honored widely, including as one of the country's "20 Masters of Design" by Fast Company magazine.
Rep. Jessica Farrar was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1994 and is serving her fifth term as State Representative from north Houston. In that capacity, Rep. Farrar serves on the House Corrections and County Affairs Committees. She has successfully passed legislation on an array of issues, including a bill that allows local governments to forgive back taxes on delinquent properties, so that nonprofit organizations can secure those properties for affordable housing sites. Rep. Farrar also focuses on issues important to women such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, sexual violence, access to prenatal care services, access to higher education, and employment equity. Her formal leadership training includes participation in the American Leadership Forum, Flemming Fellowship, Gallup Leadership Institute, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Global Leadership Institute. A Houston native, Rep. Farrar earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 1995.
Ambassador Richard Nelson Swett, FAIA, is President of Swett Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in business strategy, leadership development, and public relations. Previously, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from 1998-2001 and remains the only architect to serve in the U.S. Congress during the 20th century. In Congress, Ambassador Swett was a member of the Public Works and Transportation Committee, the Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, the U.S. Congressional Delegation for Relations with the European Parliament, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He authored the Transportation for Livable Communities Act, co-authored the landmark Congressional Accountability Act, and introduced bills on energy conservation and use of renewable energy. Ambassador Swett now serves as a Senior Counselor to APCO Worldwide, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, as well as member of and advisor to numerous boards and organizations. He is the author of Leadership by Design, An Architecture of Trust, published in 2005.
Jess Wendover, Assoc. AIA, LEED, is a Rose Architectural Fellow and designer with Urban Ecology in Oakland, Calif., providing pro bono community planning and design assistance to low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Wendover is also a Fellow of the Women's Policy Institute of the Women's Foundation of California. She is actively involved with the AIA, currently serving as editor of the nac-q, published by the National Associates Committee; in 2006, she will join the AIA California Council Board of Directors. Ms. Wendover earned her Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Columbia University in 1999, and her Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. During her graduate work, Ms. Wendover was awarded Berkeley's prestigious Branner Traveling Fellowship, during which time she visited 27 countries, researching public use of space in and around parliament buildings. She is currently completing NCARB's IDP and is a candidate for architect registration in California.
The following young professionals comprise the 2005 ArchVoices Essay Competition planning committee.
Effie Bouras is a PhD student at Arizona State University in Tempe as well as an intern architect and engineer. She was a member of the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition Committee.
Abigail Carlen, LEED is senior marketing coordinator for Fox & Fowle in New York. She was a semifinalist in both the 2003 and 2004 essay competitions.
John Cary is executive director of Public Architecture, based in San Francisco. He is co-founder of ArchVoices and a member of the ArchVoices Board of Directors
Kenneth Casey, NOMA is an architect with the State of Illinois Capital Redevelopment Board, based in Chicago. He served as a reviewer for the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Jessie Chapman is an intern architect in Charlottesville, Va. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Jane Decker, Assoc. AIA is an intern architect with Gail B. Baldwin, Architect, Inc. in Miami, Fla. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Elizabeth Donoff is managing editor of Architectural Lighting magazine in New York. She is a member of the ArchVoices Board of Directors, having gotten involved with ArchVoices as a participant in our inaugural competition.
Anthony Enright is an intern architect with Parker Durrant in Minneapolis. He was a finalist and earned an honorable mention in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Jonathan Evans is an intern architect with VMDO Architects in Charlottesville, Va.
Kathryn Friedman is an intern architect in Boston. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
R. Todd Gabbard is an assistant professor of architecture at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. He was a member of both the 2003 and 2004 competition committees.
Basia Glinski is an intern architect with Burr and McCallum Architects in Williamstown, Mass. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Eric Howeler is a registered architect with Diller Scofidio & Renfro in New York.
Tom Hussey is a graduate student at the Harvard School of Design. He was a semifinalist in the 2003 ArchVoices Essay Competition and served as a member of the 2004 competition committee.
Malika Kirkling in an intern architect with VIA Suzuki Architecture in Seattle. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Evelyn Lee, Assoc. AIA, LEED, is an intern architect with Dougherty+Dougherty in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Catherine Lux is Director of Member Services for the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in Washington, DC.
Julia Mandell is an MArch candidate at Rice University in Houston and a former member of Architecture magazine's editorial staff.
David Mogensen, Assoc. AIA, LEED, is an intern architect with McInturff Architects in Bethesda, Md. He was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Stephen Moon, AIA, is an architect in Marietta, Ga. He was a finalist and earned an honorable mention in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Matt Ostanik, Assoc. AIA is an intern architect at FRK Architects-Engineers in West Des Moines, IA. He is founding chair of the competition and a member of the ArchVoices Board of Directors.
Chhayal Parikh is an intern architect and project manager with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in Washington, DC.
Michael Parlett is an intern architect with A3C Collaborative Architecture in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a finalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.
Casius Pealer is a JD candidate at the University of Michigan Law School. He is co-founder of ArchVoices and a member of the ArchVoices Board of Directors.
Trinity Simons, Assoc. AIA, is national vice president of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) in Washington, DC.
Wendy Wan is an intern architect with Superstructures Engineers and Architects in New York. She was a semifinalist in the 2004 ArchVoices Essay Competition.