The internationally recognized artist and designer, Michael Singer, working with a team of Core Fellows—who are exceptional practitioners—facilitate workshops. Visiting fellows participate in workshops and bring diverse perspectives and particular expertise relevant to a project. 

Core Fellows

Michael Singer is an artist and designer. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Michael Singer’s work opened new possibilities for outdoor and indoor sculpture and contributed to the definition of site specific art and the development of public places. From the 1990s to the present his work has been instrumental in transforming public art, architecture, landscape and planning projects into successful models for urban and ecological renewal. In 2002, Michael Singer formed a collaborative and interdisciplinary studio providing architectural and landscape design, planning, exhibit design, fabrication, and construction services. Michael has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. His works are part of public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Jason Bregman is a designer and project manager of large scale landscape and infrastructure planning projects. His design work focuses on sustainable and regenerative systems integration that help to restore damaged environments. Jason has worked closely with Michael Singer for over ten years on projects including parks, power generation facilities, security barriers, housing, infrastructure and community planning, waterfronts, environmental sculptures, commercial buildings and corporate campuses. Currently he is working with Michael Singer Studio as an environmental planner and designer working on the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino Sculptural Biofiltration Wall, a new SWA waste-to-energy facility in West Palm Beach, a LEED dental complex and a low-energy prototype home in Augusta, Georgia.

Charlie Cannon is an Associate professor of industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design. At RISD, Charlie helped found the Innovation Studio, a laboratory for new ideas to shift the attention of the design disciplines toward complex, present day concerns, and to involve the larger public in the search for their solutions. In 2008, the Innovation Studio launched Partly Sunny: Designs to Change the Forecast, a showcase of design projects grappling with climate change that premiered in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. Mr. Cannon is also co-founder of LOCAL Architecture Research Design, a design firm that focuses on projects that develop and sustain local communities. As director of research and design, Charlie has worked with extraordinary social innovators and entrepreneurs. He is currently directing a new initiative launched at the 2009 Aspen Design Summit to help support design-driven, community projects in the rural United States. 

Jonathan Fogelson is a multidisciplinary designer and planner with experiences ranging from mold making for production and hands-on construction to site planning and urban design. He has been working with Michael Singer Studio since 2004 on a variety of planning, design, and public art projects. He recently completed managing the studio’s work on New York City’s Dutch Kills Green (formerly known as Queens Plaza), where integrated public art paving is part of the stormwater management and on site wetland system. Currently, he is managing the studio’s collaboration with the MIT Media Lab on research and development of educational spaces for children with autism. Additionally, he is heading the studio’s design of a net zero home on a regenerated site on Cape Cod, and spending this semester teaching an architecture studio in Israel. Jonathan has taught and lectured at Columbia University and Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, participated in the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Urban Design Review Panel, lectured at Renobacion Urbano II in Aruba, and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. 

Susan McMahon is currently associate director at Windham Regional Commission in southeastern Vermont. She is a planner with over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge in land use, historic preservation and community planning. During her career she has helped numerous communities build consensus around key issues though innovative public involvement techniques. As project manager of the Bellows Falls Waypoint Interpretive Center she helped take the community vision from just an idea to the completion of a successful visitor center. At the Windham Regional Commission she has developed the Regional Transportation program, Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative and helped establish the Connecticut River Byway. In 2003, for her work on brownfields, she was awarded an EPA Environmental Merit Award. Susan has a master’s degree from Tufts University and prior to graduate school she worked as a community planner for the Central Artery/Tunnel project in Boston.

Visiting Fellows

Nina Antonetti, an architectural and landscape historian, is a founding member of the Landscape Studies Program and the Sustainable Food Studies concentration at Smith College. She has held research positions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, and is the visiting historian at the Conway School of Landscape Design. Her courses explore the histories and theories of sustainable design, environmental justice, food security, sprawl, and urban public space. She and her students have collaborated with designers and communities on diverse typologies from a playground at a daycare to a therapeutic garden for Alzheimer patients. Her forthcoming book on the career of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, a pioneer of green roofs and sustainable landscape architecture, will be published by the Library of American Landscape History. She is working on a new book project on Hartford, Connecticut's Keney Park, examining the park's potential for mitigating climate change's effects on the community and mobilizing its citizenry.

Henry W. Art is the Robert F. Rosenburg Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies at Williams College.  He received a Ph.D. from Yale University in Forest Ecology and has taught biology and environmental studies at Williams College since 1970. His research centers on the impacts of past land uses on the successional patterns, growth rates, and ecosystem functions of a landscape typical of western New England. Professor Art teaches courses in plant ecology, field botany, environmental science, and human-dominated ecosystems (sustainable agricultural systems).  He is a past chair of the Biology Department and former director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams, as well as director of the Hopkins Memorial Forest. He also is chair of the Williamstown Conservation Commission, the Vice President of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, and serves on the Williamstown CO2 Lowering (COOL) Committee.  He is the author of 5 books on gardening with wildflowers, WoodsWalk, a children’s book about forest ecology, and numerous scientific papers.

Hillary Brown is Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She directs that School’s contribution to CCNY’s new interdisciplinary masters program: Sustainability in the Urban Environment, developed with the Grove School of Engineering and CCNY’s Division of Science.  she is also Principal of the firm New Civic Works, which assists governmental and institutional clients in portfolio-wide sustainability planning. Currently she serves on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE) a unit of the National Research Council of the National Academies, is a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute, and a fellow of CUNY Institute for Urban Systems. As a former New York City Assistant Commissioner, she was the 1996 founding director of its Office of Sustainable Design & Construction.

Stephen Burrington helps state and local leaders and diverse private sector organizations carry out strategies in sustainable energy, transportation and land use.  His recent clients include cities and NGOs developing local energy efficiency programs, developers of green transit-oriented development and renewable energy projects, affordable housing providers, governors’ offices, state departments of transportation, and national foundations.  A principal of Serrafix, Inc., he previously served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, undersecretary in the Massachusetts Office for Commonwealth Development, and vice president and general counsel for the Conservation Law Foundation. 

Calen Colby is the President of Colby Co. Engineering in Portland, Maine and a structural engineer with 25 years of engineering experience with the power, industrial and federal markets. His project management experience includes managing multiple large scale projects in the United States, Canada and Europe. Calen’s technical experience includes structural and foundation design in support of government and private development projects, construction supervision, permitting and civil engineering efforts. He holds a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in dynamic analysis of machine foundations, structural and geotechnical engineering.

Nancy Connery is an expert on strengthening infrastructure systems. She started in this field as lead transit analyst for NYC Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. For the state of Washington, she developed the Public Works Trust Fund, which has provided over $2.5 billion in low interest loans for local renewal projects since 1986. She was named Executive Director of the National Council on Public Works Improvement, a joint Presidential/Congressional study commission, where she produced a series of well-regarded reports and frequent testimony on the state of the nation’s infrastructure.  The U.S. Senate Majority Leader appointed Connery to the Amtrak Reform Council, a financial oversight board. She also served on the Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems at the National Research Council. She continues to publish, lecture and consult throughout the world. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Rosalyn Driscoll investigates the sense of touch and the experience of the body through her sculptures and installations. She is presently collaborating with videographers and a neuroscientist and is a member of the international art collective, Art in Touch. Her artwork has been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan, and received awards from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Dartington Hall Trust, UK. She has presented at conferences world-wide on touch, perception, haptics and enaction, and published a number of essays on art and the sense of touch. Currently, Roz is writing a book on touch and haptics in the visual arts.

David Ehrenpreis is the founding Director of the Institute for Visual Studies at James Madison University, a multidisciplinary center for the scholarly, scientific and creative inquiry into the nature and workings of images (www.jmu.edu/ivs). In that capacity, he has created a wide range of initiatives bringing faculty, students, and practitioners together to collaborate on projects. Ehrenpreis is an art historian specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century art and architecture, German Art, and Art and Nationalism. He has received numerous grants and been awarded a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University. Dr. Ehrenpreis has published articles and reviews on nineteenth-century European art in journals in Europe and the U.S., and curated the exhibition Picturing Equality: Xu Bing’s new Ways of Seeing.

Dr. Robin N. Fiore joined the University of Miami Ethics Programs in 2010, where she is Director of Special Ethics Initiatives.  Her specialty is applied ethics, which includes  bioethics, environmental ethics, and government ethics.  Prior to joining the University of Miami, she was Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Fiore is a publicly engaged teacher, scholar and consultant for government and area institutional ethics committees including: Florida’s Departments of Elder Affairs, Corrections, Children and Families, the Florida Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Florida Public Service Commission.  Currently, she is Vice Chair and Commissioner for the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics. In the past, Fiore served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Women’s Bioethics Project, a Seattle based think tank, and as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Women Policy Studies in Washington DC.  Dr. Fiore earned her Doctorate in Philosophy from Georgetown University.

Matthew S. Goodwin is an assistant professor at Northeastern University with joint appointments in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and College of Computer & Information Science. He is a visiting assistant professor and the former director of Clinical Research at the MIT Media Lab, and continues to co-direct the Media Lab Autism & Communication Technology Initiative. Goodwin serves on the Executive Board of the International Society for Autism Research, is co-chair of the Autism Speaks-Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative, and has adjunct associate research scientist appointment at Brown University. Goodwin has over 15 years of research and clinical experience working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and developing and evaluating innovative technologies for behavioral assessment and intervention, including telemetric physiological monitors, accelerometry sensors, and digital video/facial recognition systems. He received his B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College and his MA and PhD, both in experimental psychology, from the University of Rhode Island. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Affective Computing at the Media Lab in 2010.

Joachim Hamou is an artist, who works in multiple media and produces public events in collaboration with several community organizations.  His collaborative art projects and films actively engage people in recognizing, understanding and participating in problem solving related to complex social issues.  Born in France, growing up in Paris and Stockholm within a Moroccan and Swedish family, Joachim has had broad educational experiences, is multi-lingual, and actively engaged with cultural diversity.  Community building is at the forefront of his projects.  His recent film “Primal Scene” was nominated best documentary in the Copenhagen:DOX Danish Film Festival.  He is one of the founders and on the board of Trampoline House, a center in Copenhagen for immigrant asylum seekers that helps break their isolation and also provides the tools needed to better their social and legal situations.  Most recently Joachim produced and directed the LAND project, a month long series of workshops and theater events highlighting farmers, post industrial land use, and agricultural issues in Denmark.

Veronica Jackson is Principal and Senior Exhibit Designer for The Jackson Design Group. As a creative exhibit designer, interpretive master planner, and interior architectural designer for more than 25 years, she has worked on culturally significant and historically prominent projects, working with museums across the country. She designed the African Voices exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History collaborating with Anthropologists and Africanists; The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, making culturally specific stories familiar to all visitors; and Discovering the Civil War at the National Archives in which she produced a groundbreaking examination of the Civil War through primary documents. Veronica also works in the national and international arena on architectural lighting design projects. She will be teaching exhibit design this fall at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC.

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, most notably a 2002 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship and a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company's unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. She is now pursuing fresh partnerships: she was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in fall of 2011, and is creating collaborative works at Arena Stage, Center Stage, and Baltimore Open Theater, as well as continuing to teach nationally and internationally. Current projects involve genre-twisting performance with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, of Urban Bush Women; a new work with David Gordon; an investigation of the impact of war on medicine; work in London with Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the London Sinfonietta; comic book structures as applied to narration in performance; and an online project called “The Treadmill Tapes: Ideas on the Move.” Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press.

Martin Melaver is a principal and founder of Melaver McIntosh, a development consulting firm focused on sustainable, transformative strategies that regenerate communities and seed paradigm change in business. Clients include municipalities looking to position themselves in the forefront of the sustainable cities movement, Fortune 500 companies similarly seeking to retool their entire practices, and government agencies reconfiguring the way they conduct business. For 20 years, Melaver served as CEO of Melaver, Inc., a third-generation family real estate business  in Savannah, Georgia devoted solely to sustainable principles and practices. During his tenure, the company developed LEED projects across all product types, and was recipient of several dozen local, regional, and national awards for its work in the area of sustainable real estate. Martin holds a Masters and PhD from Harvard University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He is the author of two books, of Restoring Who We Are, (Chelsea Green, 2009) and The Green Building Bottom Line (McGraw-Hill, 2008).  He has served as Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and lectured widely in professional and academic settings,

Daniel Muggeo has worked in the field of marketing and communications for over 30 years, working for major communications firms in New York City and then founding Daniels and Roberts, Inc. in Boynton Beach, FL. He  and his team at Daniels & Roberts have developed innovative marketing methods, working with quantitative and qualitative data to create effective and measurable marketing and outreach programs. The company works across a full spectrum of mediums, delivering results driven programs to Fortune 500 companies, emerging companies, Fortune 100 enterprises, industry-wide associations, non-profits and social initiatives. Muggeo and his firm also have expertise in social impact marketing. Most recently, he and his team have taken part in developing the Dole Foundation with the mission of promoting nutrition. They have collaborated with Michael Singer Studio on the TGE Co-Generation Power Plant, a community outreach program in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and the W.E.B Du Bois National Historic Site in Great Barrington, MA.

Brook Muller is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department at the University of Oregon and a member of the Environmental Studies Program faculty.  He directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Ecological Design within the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He also taught Architecture at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, directing the College’s sustainable environments minor, recipient of an American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment National Award in 2005. Prior to his academic career, Brook worked with Behnsich & Partner Architects in Stuttgart, Germany, and served as co-project leader on the IBN Nature Research Institute, a European Union pilot project for environmentally friendly building. In 2009 Brook was awarded the Oregon Campus Compact Faculty Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability.

Jono Neiger has twenty-two years experience in conservation, restoration, land stewardship, permaculture and landscape design, and creates integrated, productive landscapes. Working as collaborator, teacher, and guide, Jono empowers individuals, communities and organizations to understand and steward their land and landscape through design. He is principal at Regenerative Design Group (www.regenerativedesigngroup.com), faculty at the Conway School of Landscape Design (www.csld.edu), board president of the Permaculture Institute of the Northeast (PINE, thepine.org), and stewards his homestead, Hickory Garden, as well as Brook’s Bend Farm in Massachusetts.

Barry O’Connell grew up in a small and poor farm town in the Finger Lakes of New York State.  I organized and helped run a community theater there, my first act of community organizing.  In college I worked organizing in public housing projects in Boston and Cambridge.  Out of this came alternative schools (pre-K through high school) run in the basement rooms of the project, the first Headstart in the greater Boston area, and the first and possibly only Upward Bound program in the country to focus on high school dropouts. Later my primary community work involved designing with public school teachers professional development opportunities they defined.  At the same time, I was a full-time teacher at Amherst College. In my long teaching career I have taught four to eighty year-olds, on street corners, in prisons and jails, in community centers, in public housing projects, and in libraries, almost everywhere though not yet in hospitals.  Each of these settings required a range of different skills, the most critical being listening closely to others and what they were seeking to learn and do.

Anthony Olivieri has a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University with a specialization in food system policy and Geographic Information Systems. His Master’s thesis, A Community Food System Plan for Miami Dade County identifies areas of low healthy food access and high rates of diabetes and proposes a social justice-based approach to ameliorate Miami-Dade’s health and food disparities. Founder of Food for Health, Economy, Environment and Democracy, Anthony is conducting a GIS food environment assessment and policy recommendations for urban farms and farmers’ markets for Broward County. Anthony is also the founder of the Broward Food Policy Council, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to advocating policy changes for community-based food systems. The Council is engaged with community partners to advance a sustainable and just urban farming ordinance for Fort Lauderdale.

Meg Ostrum is an interpretive planning consultant based in Vermont, whose 35-year career encompasses work as a curator, administrator, educator, and editor.  Ostrum received a B.A. from Washington University and was a NEH Museology Fellow in the graduate art history/museum training program at the University of Minnesota. She served as the Museum and Visual Arts Services Coordinator for the Vermont Council on the Arts, and in that capacity, founded the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance. As the Associate Director of the Vermont Folklife Center, she directed the gallery and traveling exhibit program and was the managing editor for VFC publications. Since 1987, she has served as a planning consultant for arts, exhibit, and cultural heritage tourism projects in the United States and Europe, working with artists, non-profit cultural organizations and public agencies.

Mary Rickel Pelletier works at the intersections of research, design, government, advocacy, and construction, and instigates environmentally sensitive projects. As founding Director of Park River Watershed Revitalization Initiative in Hartford, CT, she is cultivating citizen stewardship of an urban watershed, and encouraging civic engagement in urban water quality and water resource management through a wide range of collaborative projects. Recently, she assisted the artist Mary Miss with a public art installation along the North Branch of the Park River. Ms. Pelletier has written seminal essays on green infrastructure, high-performance schools, green roofs, and sustainable cities, and she co-edited the Sustainable Architecture White Papers published in 2000 (Chelsea Green). Mary is active in a variety of environmental efforts locally and nationally, including serving on the City of Hartford Parks &Recreation Advisory Commission and the National Steering Committee of The Ecological Cities Project. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Masters of Design Theory from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Richard Rabinowitz is one of the leading public historians in the United States. Over the past 40 years he has led creative teams of scholars, curators, educators, artists, architects, designers, and institutional planners in fashioning over 500 successful and innovative history programs at sites like the New-York Historical Society, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York; the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati. Since 2005, he has curated and written six blockbuster history exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, including Slavery in New York, Revolution! and The Atlantic World Reborn. He is currently guest curator for the “Slavery and Freedom” exhibition at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, to be opened in Washington in 2015. Rabinowitz has an AB summa cum laude and a PhD from Harvard University and is the author of many works in history and museum practice. He is currently a Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center for Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University.

Felicity Ratté is a professor of Art History at Marlboro College. She received her MA and PhD from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. Her research focus is on urban design and practice in the Medieval Mediterranean. She has taught courses across the discipline since her arrival at Marlboro in 1997. She served the college as Director of World Studies and then Dean of Faculty and Graduate Education. Her current research is on urban design in Florence, Italy and Cairo, Egypt in the Fourteenth Century.

R. Brooke Thomas is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a Biocultural Anthropologist he specializes in human adaptability, environmental anthropology and political ecology and has conducted long term research projects in highland Peru and Mexico. In Peru he investigated the intersection between human biology and cultural behaviors related to cold, nutrition, health and disease, as well as the impact of exploitive social relations on coping capacity. His work in Mexico focused on the impact of mass tourism on the Yucatan Peninsula, and how it has affected the health, diet, natural resource use, and cultural perceptions of Mayan communities and other local residents. Currently, he is co-directing the Nuñoa Project that is providing veterinary services and building a children’s home in the high Andean town where much of his research has been carried out.

John C Volin is a Professor and Head of the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut (UConn). He received his Ph.D. in forestry, specializing in physiological ecology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also did a postdoctoral fellowship. Before joining UConn, John was a Professor of Biology and Director of the Environmental Sciences program, a program he helped establish, at Florida Atlantic University. John also helped establish the UConn Natural Resources Conservation Academy (www.nrca.uconn.edu), a new program in conservation and land use planning targeted to high school students. The program seeks to reconnect students to nature, and to facilitate their participation in a conservation focused project in their home community. John has worked in ecosystems around the world, focusing his research on invasive species and restoration ecology. In his research, as well as his teaching and service activities, John feels strongly that a multidisciplinary approach is fundamental.