OUR TEAM

Garrett Jacobs

twitter: @garrjacobs

 

Executive Director
As the son of a chef/party planner duo I grew up around food and understand the importance of gathering people around the table. Receiving my education in post-Katrina New Orleans solidified my commitment to improving the civic space by building networks of passion driven leaders. I apply my architectural design skills across fields and practices, noting that design is a transient mode of thought to be applied wherever one sees fit. I currently support the government partners within the Fellowship program of Code for America and proudly serve as the Acting Chair of Chapter Network.

 

Alicia Breck

twitter: @archi_being

 

Transition Coordinator

Alicia is a strategist who works with government and not-for-profit organizations involved in city resilience and socio-economic development.

A Swiss Army Knife of skills, Alicia helps strengthen organizations through policy and program [re]design. She knows the importance of a well-designed building, a well-informed community, and a well-made cup of coffee. Her work has taken her from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver to the rural villages of Northern India and back again.

Ashley Adams

 

Regional Rep - Canada
Ashley is the Chapter Director for the Toronto, Ontario, chapter of the AFH Chapter Network. The Toronto chapter focuses on providing support and education to local students through design charrettes, lectures and competitions; as well as provides pro-bono design services to communities in Toronto and abroad - Jamaica, Somalia, and Swaziland to name a few.  They also have killer summer BBQs with DJ's and professional chefs, and of course festive holiday potlucks. Ashley hopes the Toronto chapter can live long and prosper, and continue to provide an outlet for individuals use their design skills to support communities in need. Aside from volunteering, Ashley is completing her Master of Architecture in Toronto, Ontario, and spends her spare time taking photos of her new kitten, Glen.

 

Rachel Bailey

 

Regional Rep - US West

For the last 5 years, Rachel has been a volunteer director for the chapter previously known Architecture for Humanity PDX.  During that time she has overseen 10 volunteer design projects and helped to establish a growing resiliency initiative called "Made Resilient in Portland" with several local community partners.  In order to "pay the rent" Rachel is employed as the Sustainable Development Manager for Central City Concern (CCC), an affordable housing non-profit providing comprehensive solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency.  Rachel graduated from the University of Oregon with her Masters in Architecture in 2011 and has since been working with CCC on a portfolio wide effort to drive down energy costs and improve the quality of living for the vulnerable population they serve. She considers herself extremely lucky to be able to live out her passion every day for collaborative design aimed at restoring health, hope and dignity to communities in need.

 

Ricardo Daza

 

Regional Rep - LATAM
Colombian Licensed Architect from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana with more than 10 years of professional expertise, conducting and managing projects for both non- profit and private sector. Extensive knowledge on Planning, Design and Construction Management processes in projects at different scales. Long experience in Strategic and Action Planning methodologies as well as Place Making and Participatory Design technics. Currently conducting studies in the Institute for Housing & Urban Development Studies IHS of the Erasmus University Rotterdam on MSc Urban Management and Development, specialized in Urban Land Development. #Changemaker #PasionateForFootball #STILLGiveADamn!!!

 

Chandra Farley

 

Regional Rep - US South

Chandra has 17 years of experience designing systems and developing impactful programs in Green Spaces. Her fiduciary experience exceeds 3.2M in managing Operating Expense budgets, coupled with orchestrating forward‐thinking and transformative business strategies through data‐driven decisions. Chandra is a strategic leader with an eye for talent coupled with developing productive teams that increase fundraising opportunities and profits.

Josef Fuentes

 

Regional Rep - US East
Josef was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Upon graduation, Josef moved to Washington, DC where he helped found the DC Chapter of Architecture for Humanity in 2005. Josef balances his local, national and international involvement in AfHdc with full-time architectural work at HKS Inc, a full-service global design firm involved in a variety of disciplines — including academic, commercial, healthcare, residential, public/civic, engineering and sustainability projects. Recognized for his leadership and dedication within AfHdc and the profession, Josef was selected as the American Institute of Architects “Emerging Architect of the Year” in 2009 and the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Society’s “Young Architect of the Year” in 2010. Josef has registered as a licensed architect in 2010 and is LEED AP BD+C since 2006.

 

Karl Johnson

 

Regional Rep - US West
Karl has built a career in nonprofit and campaign communications upon an education in architecture and interdisciplinary design from Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) and the Institute Without Boundaries (Toronto). From 2010 – 2013, Karl worked for Architecture for Humanity as a headquarters Design Fellow, assisting the Haiti, Japan, and Students Rebuild programs, and as the organization's communications associate. Presently, Karl lives in Oakland, CA, and works for Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, a design office that works almost exclusively with public clients. He is an active member of the AFH San Francisco chapter.

 

Magda Lopez

 

Regional Rep - LATAM

Katherine McNeil

 

Regional Rep - Europe

Organisation: Architecture for Humanity London

Email: katherine.mcneil@afhuk.org

Twitter: @AfHLondon @kath_mcneil

 

Joiner, facilitator, architect, academic at Coventry University. Trustee / Director with Architecture for Humanity London & member of international Chapter Network Steering Group. Social design projects Passionate about participatory practice, drawing and creative place making.


Danielle Odis

 

Regional Rep - US South

Danielle believes that service is not what you do, it’s who you are. After earning her M.ARC from Hampton University, she extended her volunteer work with her neighborhood Civic and Historic Association in Virginia to help coordinate and organize their efforts throughout the community. Now, as a current Dallas resident, she has found a new way to join together her passion for community, design and volunteer work. For the last 3 years, Danielle has worked with AfH, the Build Dallas Initiative with Concord Ministries and Habitat for Humanities as a volunteer in the DFW Metroplex. She is passionate about  building better communities; from a holistic and professional perspective. She Loves people, music, photography, writing, though provoking conversations, long movies and a good adventure! She Likes to think that collectively we can change the world we live in one

thought at a time!

 

Taye Olaijde

twitter @tyolajide 

 

Regional Rep - Africa

Taye Olajide is an architect with over 5 years practising sports architecture. He is an M.Sc graduate of ABU-Zaria and a certified practising sports manager by the Australian Institute of Sports Management.

 

As a regular volunteer in his local community, he heads the Nigerian Chapter of the architecture for humanity chapter network. Also he is a volunteer with Beach Soccer Worldwide/FIFA helping to develop and promote the Beach Soccer in Africa. He currently engages youths in the grass roots through sports, particularly Beach Soccer and inline skating for a social good. Generally he attempts many glorious pursuits of diverse ingenuity

 

Hector Puga

 

Regional Rep - US West

In 2013 Hector received a bachelor of architecture from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he served as the president of the local American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter. This influenced and developed a passion for nonprofit work and assisting the community. This transitioned into becoming an Associate Member of the AIA|LA and as a volunteer with the former Architecture for Humanity: Los Angeles. Currently, Hector is at the J. Paul Getty Trust as a Senior Project Coordinator in the department of Capital Projects Support. He stepped up to be part of this committee to assist in rebuilding a stronger and more unified organization that focuses on advocacy and humanitarian work through design.

 

Kim Raborn

 

Regional Rep - US South

A Houston native, Kim received her M.ARCH from Rice University.  She's energized and motivated by the great strides Houston is making and the creative collaborations occurring throughout the city.  First working with Architecture for Humanity as part of a design team for the post-Katrina Biloxi Model Home Project, Kim volunteers as Director of Communications for AFH Houston.  She's been active with the Houston chapter since its re-emergence in early 2012.  She led the team that brought the Mercado de Northside Pop Up Tent project into existence, which was only possible with a great team of dedicated volunteers.

Rachel Starobinsky

 

Regional Rep - US East

A CONNECTOR OF DOTS.

I AM A STRATEGIST with an entrepreneurial spirit who has proven to be an asset to every team that I've worked with. Both a creative & analytical problem solver, I am a strategic thinker that delivers interdisciplinary connections which drive innovation across different industries. A LITTLE BIT OF D’ SCHOOL. A LITTLE BIT OF B’ SCHOOL.

Tom Veed

 

Regional Rep - US Midwest

Trained as a designer, working as an architect, Tom joined AFH in 2010, to see if the profession could be salvaged through inclusive collaborative design.   As co-chair of the Chicago chapter's board of directors, Tom comes to every project with the belief that the strongest moment of design is when the client takes up their own pen to draw the first line and. That the end user is in fact the best design/builder, should not be considered activist architecture, but if that's what is needed to help communities build for themselves, we should all volunteer to join the fray. 

 

Michael Vega

 

Regional Rep - US South

Michael was heavily involved in the short -term relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina while studying architecture at LSU.  After graduation in 2008, he moved to his old hometown of New Orleans to help with the long-term reconstruction, and has been involved with the New Orleans chapter of Architecture for Humanity since shortly after its founding in 2010.  Over the past several years, he has played many roles, aided in all of the chapter's projects to date, and currently serves as director.