Humanitarian Action

Community Architecture and Construction

Gocio Elementary School Permaculture Garden

Ramada at Gocio Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida

I led a volunteer team to perform a series of improvements at the Gocio Elementary School between 2013 – 2017. The improvements included the ramada structure, an irrigation system, raised planting beds, and ground cover. My role included fund raising, garden and structure design, technical documents, permitting, project management, custom fabrication and installation of the improvements.

Rain Water Cisterns at Geraldson Community Farm

Rain water cisterns and shade structure at Geraldson Farm in Bradenton, Florida

Because the Geraldson Farm is owned and operated by a local not-for-profit, and I’m a supporter of their mission, a portion of my architectural services were provided pro bono. The cisterns and shade structure comprised an important water resources conservation strategy on the farm.

WSLR Community Radio Station

WSLR Community Radio Station, Sarasota, Florida

As a long-time supporter of community radio, I worked with the station’s Improvements Committee to design a new home for the station in 2012. This included broadcast and performance studios, office, and supporting functions.

Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center

Maritime Arts and Inspiration Center, Andros Island, Bahamas (with Sean McLendon)

I volunteered to provide conceptual design work for a not-for-profit startup that centered on rural economic development on Andros Island, Bahamas in 2003. The MAIC was conceived as an artists’ retreat that enabled mainland tourists to collaborate with and learn from local artisans. The project included re-use and adaptation of a historic structure and new supporting facilities derived from vernacular traditions.

Design and Construction of Escuela Primaria Emiliano Zapata

Stone landscape wall at Escuela Primaria Emiliano Zapata in Tejalpa, Morelos, Mexico

As a graduate student with the Design/Build Mexico program at the University of Washington, I participated in community engagement, collaborative design, and construction of a 350m2 classroom building for the Escuela Primaria Emiliano Zapata, located within the informal settlement of Colonia San Lucas in Tejalpa, Mexico in 1997.

2014 World Environment Day

I was invited to present as a panelist at the United Nations’ World Environment Day forum in June 2014 at Mote Marine Institute in Sarasota, Florida. The theme of World Environment Day centered on the release of the United Nation’s Small Island Developing States Report, and five panelists addressed how Sarasota is addressing the findings and concerns in the report. My portion of the presentation, concerning the ‘green economy’, begins at 53:00.