Brainstorming ideas for the 100 Fountain project summer outreach: respect the fountain


Our co-creation model involves a mix of full time and part time collaborators and contributors from a variety of fields including architecture, planning, goegraphy, ecology, graphic design and media. Below are some of our team members and contributors over the past few years. At the bottom of this page you can find information about working and learning with the Pilot Projects community.

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Scott Francisco - Founder and Director of Pilot Projects - is a designer and systems thinker with a focus on infrastructure that supports long term cultural goals in cities, organizations and ecosystems. Scott's background in architecture, urbanism, construction, and consulting inform the high value he places on engaging stakeholders directly in the design process—particularly in the midst of today's overemphasis on efficiency and quantification. Scott has taught at the McGill School of Architecture, Michael Graves College, Parsons The New School for Design, Stanford in New York, and The University of Kentucky School of Architecture. He speaks regularly on systems thinking, wood and forests, workplace design, organizational culture, and sustainability. He holds architecture degrees from the University of Toronto and MIT.


Dr. Sarah Jane Wilson - Ecologist - works in global forests, communities and cities to maximize the recovery and conservation of natural landscapes while enhancing the sustainability of people’s livelihoods. She also works as an educator and researcher at University of Michigan, in New York City and Montreal, and with community-based restoration and conservation enterprises in Andean Ecuador, the Nepalese Himalaya, and Guatemala’s Peten region.

Camille Goulding - Researcher - is a geographer and environmentalist with experience in the Transition Towns and urban gardening movements, in New York City and in her native Ireland.

April Greene - Writer - has covered environmental, cultural, and nonprofit news and stories for a variety of organizations and publications since the year 2000.

Andrew Renninger - Urban planner - graduated from University College London with a Master's Degree in Urban Studies, with a concentration in place-shaping political economy. Andrew’s thoughtful approach to research, GIS and data visualization help inform our urban design work.

Laura Carlson - Designer - Laura Carlson - Designer - moved from Kansas to Boston's Northeastern University School of Architecture before arriving in New York City. She brings precision to model making, corporate interiors, and custom furniture design, balanced by midwestern authenticity and empathy.

Benjamin Fryer - Brooklyn Bridge Forest Advisor - is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry. His experience includes community banking as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, as well as a variety of legal work in the U.S.

Megan Hustad - Editor - is a writer and consultant. In 2005 she founded Wherewithal Press, a developmental editing shop based in New York's Lower East Side. She is also the author of How to Be Useful (2008) and More Than Conquerors: A Memoir of Lost Arguments (Feb. 2014).

Sariel Lehyani - Designer - is from Washington, DC, and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park. His conversation around the office covers urban foraging, wild plants and mushrooms, social justice and how “natural” systems can inform innovative solutions to human problems.

Jamie Wilson - Designer - is an architect and geographer who recently received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Michigan. He's interested in new methods of material manipulation from atomic to urban scales, as well as urban intersections of architecture, public space, music, and food.

Jeffrey Zarnoch - Creative Advisor - has extensive management experience in the architecture and interiors industry. Jeffrey specializes in strategic thinking and leading interdisciplinary teams. He holds a B.Arch. from Philadelphia's University of the Arts, is a graduate of the DMBA Leading by Design Fellows program from California College of the Arts, and an Adjunct Professor, College of Architecture and the Built Environment, at Philadelphia University.

Jarrett Ley - Designer - graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Art & Art History and is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at Columbia University. He is interested in the social agency of the built environment, specifically how architecture can be used to overcome social injustice and inequality.

Yasmin Fodil - Strategy Advisor - is the founder of BYO consulting. She has worked on strategy with numerous government agencies, including the NYC Department of Education, NASA, and Chicago Public Libraries. Yasmin holds degrees in government and public policy.

Mary Martha Gaiennie - Planner - graduated from the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, concentrating on urban design and transportation. Much of her planning project experience is in bike and pedestrian projects, innovative multimodal transportation systems, and (re)development projects. She is a cycling enthusiast, founding a bike recycling program in New Brunswick, and enjoys the outdoors.

Marny Pereda - Designer - moved to Brooklyn from Miami, Florida to study architecture at Pratt Institute. She is motivated by art, nature, graphic design, soulful music, and ongoing learning.

Hannah Kramm - Designer - is a community engagement and sustainability advisor. She recently graduated from Parsons The New School for Design.

Abigail Montgomery - Designer - is an architect with a deep interest in the relationship between buildings, culture and sustainability. She has experience in both residential and commercial projects.

Amanda Potter - Designer - is an architect in New York City with extensive residential and corporate experience. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2005.

Drew Powers - Designer - is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he received a Masters of Architecture in 2011. His work focuses on urban public spaces and their influence on social interaction within the city.

Vicente Escriva - Social Responsibility Advisor - he returned from the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan to do graduate work in Urban Policy Analysis. He has worked on numerous organizational development projects, primarily focusing on AIDS prevention and youth empowerment. He has a Master's in Urban Policy Analysis from Milano, The New School and a Bachelor's in Economics from SUNY Purchase.

Antonina Simeti - Brooklyn Bridge Forest Advisor - is a planner with experience in strategic consulting, public policy, and environmental review. She is committed to projects that support sustainable development in New York City. Antonina is focused on creating small-scale, place-based interventions in line with the city’s broader policy goals.

Liz Burow - Creative Advisor - blurs the line between indoors and outdoors, hardscape and softscape, in both her art and architectural work. She has a studio practice in Brooklyn and teaches at the Parsons School of Design.

Salome Francpourmoi - Designer - is an architect with an interest in urban social and economic systems.

Want to work with us?
We're always looking for great people to collaborate with. Contributor involvement varies from research and consultation to communications planning, modeling, and full-scale prototyping. We have rotating internship programs throughout the year.

For more information or to submit a CV, drop us a line.

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