“The short answer is yes — and I think that’s one of the reasons I chose a design profession.”
– Michael Richardson, co-chair of Students for Design Activism, when asked if he thought designers have a responsibility to improve people’s lives
Design Futures Team, Present and Past
She was the former Director of Community Design and Planning at the Skid Row Housing Trust, a non-profit permanent supportive housing organization where she was the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow from 2009-2012. Theresa is an adjunct studio professor at Woodbury University.
Her work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, Atlantic Cities, Al-Jazeera America, Residential Architect, and other media outlets. She is on the Board of Directors for Venice Community Housing and the Association for Community Design and was recognized as one of Next City’s Urban Vanguards 2015. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2007) and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Art History from the Johns Hopkins University (2001). She is a licensed architect in California and is a LEED accredited professional.
Theresa Hyuna HwangDirector of Programs
Dan EtheridgePast Director of Programs, Co-founder
Barbara Brown WilsonPast Board of Director, Co-founder
We strive to diversify the Public Interest Design ecosystem, elevate the rigor and impact of the work done under this moniker, and build the next generation of leadership through educational and field building activities.
Design Futures Advisory Board
Liz OgbuFounder + Principal, Studio O
Marc NormanConsultant, Writer, Lecturer
After studying architecture at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, he collaborated with DLR Group (Seattle), MRSA Architects (Chicago), and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects (Toronto) on award-winning civic projects. He was a Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan (1998), also teaching undergraduate studios at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Before joining UVa’s Design Thinking program in 2016, he was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre (Toronto), Science Content and Design Department, and Agents of Change Initiative, since 2001. This work produced award-winning exhibitions and public art with international artists David Rokeby, Michael Awad, Steve Mann, and Stacy Levy.
Elgin teaches Design Thinking studios and seminars at the University of Virginia, also directing the School’s Design Thinking program in Ghana.
Elgin CleckleyAssistant Professor of Architecture and Design Thinking, University of Virginia
Rajan HoyleDistrict Manager, City of Long Beach
Sarah WuCo-Founder Design Futures, Assistant Director of Research, University of Texas, Austin
Past Board of Directors
Jose Latorre, Design Futures Alum
Pratt Cassidy, University of Georgia