Welcome Skyler Fike!

Skyler Fike is a Design Associate at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. As a Dallas native, he brings with him a strong understanding of Dallas and Fort Worth, and a commitment to these cities for the foreseeable future. He is primarily working on making projects in Dallas.

In his other time, Skyler is a photographer, and hopes to use this medium in tandem with his practice of architecture, and service to the greater community. His greatest desire is to see homelessness and poverty come to an end, and to use these practices to tell compelling stories and empower communities.

Skyler holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma.  In 2012, Skyler attended a small liberal arts school on the eastern shore called the Trinity Fellows Academy, where he received a year-long fellowship to study under some of the greatest minds in the arts, religion, culture, and sociology, as well as alongside a community of diverse peers. This time spent in the northeast profoundly shaped his understanding of architecture, people, and why remaining grounded in one place serves to better a community and a the city at large.

 

Welcome Christina Houle

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Christina Houle 

bcFELLOW

Christina Sukhgian Houle is a bcFELLOW at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP.  She works with the PeopleOrganizing Place initiative to foster art and community partnerships in Brownsville.  As a producer, educator and artist Christina has extensive experience in developing platforms for civic expression, imagination and engagement in NYC and throughout Texas.

Before working with [bc] Christina worked with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (NYC) developing short films with youth about local policy practices, Creative Time (NYC) creating large scale public art performances, and at596 Acres (NYC) educating the public on their land advocacy rights. ‘The emphasis of her work has been placing power in the hands of communities to solve local problems and develop programatic strengths.

She holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and an EdM in TechnologyInnovation andEducation from the Harvard School of Education.  Additionally Houle’s short film and protest performance series, Migration Patterns During Wartime, was awarded the Andy Warhol Foundation Idea Fund Grant and screened in the US and Mexico in 2011.

Welcome Michaela Accardi!

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Michaela Accardi

Design Associate

Michaela Accardi is a Design Associate at buildingcommunityWORKSHOPMichaela’s work is focused on city design and engagement projects as part of the People Organizing Place (POP) team in the Washington, DC office. She is supporting the development of a large city wide planning initiative focused on building increased cultural participation as well as developing innovative methodologies to support creative economies and creative placemaking initiatives within select neighborhoods.

As a DC native, Michaela has experience in the public and nonprofit sector in master planning, community engagement, site design, and natural resource management. Her graduate research and design work focused on the making of healthy and equitable cities through the use of community-interest design in several Virginia localities. 

Michaela holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture and a Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciencesand Environmental Thought & Practice.

Welcome Patrick Blaydes!

Patrick Blaydes is a Housing Associate with buildingcommunityWORKSHOP.   Patrick's work revolves around expanding the quantity, improving the quality and broadening the pervasiveness of affordable housing in Dallas, thereby allowing for a greater degree of personal housing choice for residents of affordable housing.

With roots in Dallas that go back five generations to the first century of Dallas's history, Patrick has had both personal and professional experience with a number of different communities throughout Dallas.  Patrick has worked in private, public and non-profit organizations throughout the past decade with experience in comprehensive planning, transportation planning, neighborhoods planning, affordable housing development, CDBG programs, and working with the homeless in the community.

He attended Austin College majoring in History and Political Science, and graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington focusing on Urban Affairs.

Settlements to Districts - Tracing the Identities of Downtown Dallas Neighborhoods

By Amruta Sakalker

Over the last decade Downtown Dallas has diversified its offerings from a single use office district to include cultural, residential, and entertainment opportunities 24/7. Today’s Downtown Dallas has a rich history of neighborhoods with unique identities and wide range of uses. As Downtown continues to evolve and strengthen its neighborhoods, it is critical to understand the lineage of socio-cultural character, design, and urban fabric that has given the neighborhoods their unique identity. While these identities are malleable, they can impact the direction of development in neighborhoods. Knowing the narratives of identities empowers neighborhoods to evolve stronger representational identities that emerge through their own stories and adds value to them. To illustrate the variety of these evolutions, we trace back Downtown Dallas Districts through this blog post.

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POPonymy - An Interpretive Typology of Dallas Neighborhood Names

By Thomas Simpson

Dallas neighborhood names speak volumes about the city’s complexion. Just as our words offer insight into our character, the way the city describes itself and names its parts- its toponymy- offer insight into its anatomy, its aspirations, its values, and its history. Rather than a study of the origin of individual place names, this is a typology of toponymy, revealing the city’s values through categories of place names. Neighborhoods are the building blocks of cities; what information can we elicit about the city collectively from the kind of names it gives it components?

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Welcome Amruta Sakalker!

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We're excited to welcome Amruta Sakalker as our newest bcFELLOW!

Amruta recently graduated from Penn State with a Masters in Architecture. She received the University Graduate Fellowship from Penn State in 2013, the highest level of award given to incoming graduate student. Her research interest lies in understanding the role of various cultural desires and urban networks in the evolution of a city, especially in urban public spaces. Her master's thesis focused on studying the impact of transient methods of design for civic spaces around extensively used train stations. Before pursuing her masters she was working as a cartographer and project assistant for an urban research and art project called "Cinema City" in Mumbai, India. Working with an interdisciplinary team of artists, architects, film makers, photographers and planners the study focused on how cinema making processes impact the urban fabric of the city through the unorganized small scale industries, settlement patterns, labor flow and development policies. She was also a part of the team exhibiting the project at Berlinale in Germany for an international audience. She was an Associate with SJK Architects in Mumbai for two and a half years where she worked on many hospitality and office projects. Taking forward her experience working in parallel with community based institutions and direct engagement with citizens as clients, she is excited to join [bc] Dallas team.

Welcome T Hanson!

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We're excited to welcome T Hanson to the [bc] family!

Tamson "T" Hanson joins the [bc] leadership team as Chief Revenue Officer.  T spent the last 7 years in Dallas at the environmental non-profit, Trinity River Audubon Center. As Director of Operations, she managed the LEED-Gold, Antoine Predock, facility developing and growing many successful earned revenue programs. In 2013, she launched the partnership with [bc]’s Neighborhood Stories project to tell the history of Audubon’s south Dallas community which culminated in the release of [bc]’s Out of Deepwood documentary.

Prior to her non-profit work, T spent 15+ years working in the corporate business and technology arena. She has been a systems engineer for IBM, and technology architect and development manager for Sabre and American Airlines IT departments where she led strategic business ventures.  Her team launched aa.com during the transition from travel agency flight purchasing to consumer-driven online ticketing. 

T hails from New England with a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Boston University and a professional certificate in Sustainable Food Systems from the University of Vermont.  T is a conservationist and locavore who stays engaged in the community keeping up with her 4 active teenagers.

[bc] and Downtown Dallas 360

Over the past two months, [bc] has participated in six public events for Downtown Dallas 360, the recently revisited master planning process undertaken by the member-based Downtown advocacy organization Downtown Dallas, Inc (DDI) and its project partners. [bc] is among those partners, teaming up with DDI to incorporate Draw Your Neighborhood into the 360 engagement process. 

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POP at the DHL Boot Camp!

Two weeks ago, as part of our year long POP Neighborhood Map engagement process, [bc] participated in the annual Dallas Homeowners League (DHL) Boot Camp. This years DHL gathering, titled "Return of the City", brought together neighborhood leaders from across Dallas for a day of discussions and best practice-sharing.

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The History of the POP Neighborhood Map

[bc] has always aspired to impact neighborhoods across the state by using design to build capacity and empower communities. In Dallas[bc] reasoned that in order to support neighborhoods through our work, we first needed to know what and where the neighborhoods of Dallas were, launching what was then known as the Dallas Neighborhoods Project.

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Introducing the POP Neighborhood Map blog!

The POP Neighborhood Map Blog is a new digital platform that will chronicle the evolution of the POP Neighborhood Map and expounds why neighborhoods matter.  The launch of this blog coincides with the  launch of two new interactive digital tools - Know Your Neighborhood and Draw Your Neighborhood - the most recent effort of our ongoing POP Neighborhood Map project. 

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Welcome David Tucker!

We're excited to welcome David Tucker as the newest member of our RGV office!

David Tucker is a bcFELLOW at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP.  David works on making projects in the Brownsville office such as sustainABLEhouse which uses design as a tool to improve the livability of people’s homes and communities.  David is also helping to develop Activating Vacancy initiatives in the Rio Grande Valley that use the arts as a catalyst for neighborhood development.  David came to [bc] straight from his graduate studies at the University of Virginia where he researched migrant farmer trajectories and future water use along the Texas/Mexico Border.  He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia, and A Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Welcome Radhika Raman!

Radhika Raman is the newest bcFellow in the Dallas office, where she'll be working with Andrew Kramer on [bc]'s ongoing communications efforts and developing communications strategies to enhance [bc]'s mission. She is a native Houstonian and recent graduate of American University in Washington, DC, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Spanish. She looks forward to applying her experience in nonprofit communications and public relations to [bc]'s mission while learning as much as possible about public design and design justice. 

Welcome Rebekah Dye!

Rebekah is a designer trained in landscape architecture. Her recent work provides documentation, insight, and design/technical solutions for environmental issues specific to the Great Plains, Gulf Coast, and U.S. Southeast. Some of her past projects include collaborating on a field guide to phytoremediation of vacant urban lots, mapping Houston salt domes, and designing waterless toilets. Prior to her work as a designer, she was a program coordinator for a national non-profit organization, providing similar research and analysis around public education throughout rural Kansas

Welcome Emily McMillan!

Emily McMillan was born and raised in Midland, Texas. She moved to Boston to attend art school at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. A love of drawing and a passion for environmental stewardship lead her to pursue a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013. During her time at the GSD she was awarded a Penny White Grant to study public spaces in the Texas Colonias. She brings a background in visual arts, agriculture, small scale garden design and environmental education. Her past experience includes working in the southwest on community service design projects in East Austin and developing municipal grants for rural towns near Marfa, Texas.

Welcome Corey Browder!

This week we are welcoming our newest Fellow, Corey Browder, to [bc]!

Corey is the newest bcFellow in the Houston office where he will be working with Ann Panopio and Jonathan Mann on DR2. He is a native Texan and hails from Dallas. He earned his B.S. in Architecture from Prairie View A&M University and is also receiving his Masters in Architecture from his alma mater with focus in Community Development. He has a passion for acknowledging cultural significances and natural elements through research development and responsive design.

Welcome Michael Cochran!

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael Cochran joins [bc] with a passion for working with people to develop healthier, better educated, safer, and more creative communities.

Moving from the Midwest out to Los Angeles, Michael studied Architecture at the University of Southern California. At USC, Michael was recognized as a Global Scholar having spent time studying and partnering with organizations around the world including time in Southeast Asia and Southern Mexico. After graduating from USC and before joining [bc], Michael's desire to travel and learn through different cultures led him to spend 14 months working in Matagalpa, Nicaragua designing public oriented projects through the municipal planning office.

Aside from traveling, Michael loves riding his bike, listening to and playing music, and learning new things, but most of all he just loves people.

Welcome Tom Hill!

Thomas Hill joins the bcWorkshop Fellows Program after working in design/build and organic farming in Virginia, and studying at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, TX. Since graduating from Architecture school at the University of Virginia, Thomas has become increasingly interested in low-tech sustainable solutions that re-connect people with nature and rehabilitate damaged landscapes. Thomas is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the ethical, holistic, community design process for which bcWorkshop is so highly regarded.

Welcome Jonathan Mann!

Jonathan Mann is a native New Mexican who has recently relocated to Texas. He has a degree in Art History from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of New Mexico. While in school, he developed an interest in historic preservation particularly through the process of adaptive reuse. He believes strongly in sustainable building practices as a means to a better built environment. This appreciation for older buildings and his previous construction experience have provided him with the opportunity to lead a design-build renovation in San Antonio.