Alice is the CEO and a co-founder of FAARM and previously, Studio Unité. She has built award-winning community outreach projects in Philadelphia and her work has been published in the New York Times, Architectural Record, Dwell, and the Journal of Architectural Education. In collaboration with architect Laura Briggs, she recently won the Brunner Grant from the Architecture Foundation NY for the “3rd Skin,” an adaptable building system that both saves and generates energy. She is currently working with Wiley Press on a book publication entitled “GROUND RULES in Humanitarian Design.” She is Assistant Professor of Design and Material Culture and Director of the Donghia Materials Library at Parsons The New School.
Irene is the vice-president and a co-founder of FAARM and previously, Studio Unité where she leads the design team for the Jonc Dodin Community Health Clinic as well as a variety of research projects. Irene’s research interests include low-cost water management techniques that can be integrated into existing buildings and new construction to maximize access to clean water and on-site reuse and treatment of grey and waste water. Working for Ann Beha Architects, in Boston, she designed interiors for the Carl A. Fields Center at Princeton University and the Cambridge Public Library (BSA 2010 Interior design award). She holds a Bachelors of Science from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning and has taught introductory design studio at Parsons the New School for Design.
Joan completed her studies at Parsons the New School for Design with a BFA (Hons) in Interior Design. During her studies there, she collaborated with FAARM and under the instruction of Professor Alice Chun and Wid Chapman, also participated in the Haiti Design Studio where the class traveled to Haiti for an eye-opening site visit. Since then, Joan continues to be a part of the design team researching sustainable materials and methods for the design of a health clinic in Jonc Dodin, Haiti. She received the BFA Interior Design Award from the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons and was part of a group interior design exhibition at NY11 in April, 2011.
Brendan Sheehan is an interdisciplinary, award-winning designer, invested in architecture and landscape design. He ran a design studio for the urban design-build firm Town & Gardens, Ltd. in New York, and has worked as an architectural designer for Stephen Alton Architect in Shanghai and New York. He brings solid experience coupled with a strong conceptual and practical background. Sheehan holds a Landscape Design degree with Honors Distinction from Technikon Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree with Highest Honor from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He received the Pratt Circle Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement for both Architecture and Liberal Arts and has self-published various academic and professional books.
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong is a partner of the transdisciplinary design practice Warm Engine. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. in art and Italian at the University of California at Berkeley, studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy, and received her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. She has worked in the art-architecture realm with artists such as Gelitin and Maggie Cardelus, and with Elmgreen & Dragset to design the interior exhibition spaces of the Nordic and Danish Pavilions for the 2009 Venice Biennale of Art.
Eri Yamagata was born in Tokyo, Japan, but has lived abroad for the last two decades Los Angeles, Brussels, New Jersey, and New York. Having completed her BFA Architectural Design at Parsons The New School for Design, Eri participated in the Village Tournesol project with Studio Unité/FAARM to live out her humanitarian aspirations. Interning at the Material Library with Alice Chun, she developed her interests in materials and became fascinated with felting, fiber, and the biodiversity of material resources. Having lived in various countries, she is interested in the strengths of improving and preserving cultural diversity, ecology, history and architecture by promoting their differences.
Danya Noaman has a BFA with honors in Interior Design from Parsons School of Constructed Environments, New York. Her undergraduate experience began in 2005 at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London where she explored the relationships between art, design & the built environment. After spending three years in London, she found herself in New York , at Parsons where she continued to specialize in Interior Design and the various disciplines that encompass architecture.
Sara is a MFA lighting design student at Parsons The New School with a background in philosophy and cultural studies. While interested in all aspects of design, Sara has a strong passion for the phenomenology of light. For Sara light is a fundamental aspect to the experience of space. By understanding the ways light effects the experience of space, Sara hopes to help build healthy and lasting projects that improve and nourish the lives of those that inhabit them.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Rubén holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters in Architecture from Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments. For the past 10 years he has been the Director of development and construction for Campamento Misión, a non-profit organization that serves various communities in South and Central America, and the Caribbean. During his time as director he has managed the development and construction of over 50 infrastructures, both public and private. Currently, Rubén is practicing Architecture in New York with a small boutique firm.
Paolo is an interdisciplinary designer with experience in music, web development and architecture. He was born and raised in Italy. He holds a five years professional degree in architecture from the Facoltá di Architettura Roma Tre and he is licensed as an architect in Italy and a member of the Italian Association of Architects. www.dodorama.com