Everyone who works for Pilot Projects is both ardently idealistic and intensely pragmatic, and that blend is what holds such a diverse group together.
Here's a brief rundown of where we've been and what keeps us busy:
Scott Francisco - Founder and Director - is a hands-on designer and cultural theorist in New York City. His design approach, research, writing and teaching all amplify the connection between built infrastructures and cultural systems. This comes from a lifelong interest in how people use the built environment to communicate with one another, and between generations. Years of experience in wilderness camping, corporate strategic planning, and construction have all contributed to his participatory problem-solving approach, as has a fascination with lightsabers.
Scott holds a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto. He has taught and advised at the University of Kentucky College of Architecture, MIT, RISD and Parsons The New School for Design and has worked with several large architecture firms in New York City.
Jeffrey Zarnoch - Creative Director and Project Manager - has extensive leadership and management experience in the architecture and interiors industry. Jeffrey specializes in strategic thinking and high performance work environments - tapping right-brain design skills to lead interdisciplinary teams and solve complex challenges.
Jeffrey holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and is a graduate of the DMBA Leading by Design Fellows program from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and an Adjunct Professor, College of Architecture and the Built Environment, at Philadelphia University.
Claudia Peresman - Communication Steward - oversees the group’s print, web and social media messaging. During her years as a consultant of professional development in publishing and public education, Claudia learned that all successful interactions rely on clear communication. She is now applying these organizational and editorial skills to the world of permaculture design, a set of principles that guide us to make healthier choices for ourselves, our neighbors and planet. She holds a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Lesley University and is still honing her tango skills.
Benjamin Fryer - Brooklyn Bridge Forest advisor - will graduate shortly from the Yale School of Forestry and Yale Law School. His experience includes community banking and youth development work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, some time in law offices, and driving a train at a pumpkin patch. He's interested in “working lands conservation” and public access to urban open space.
Antonina Simeti - Urban Planning Advisor - is an urban planner with professional experience in strategic consulting, public policy research, and environmental review. She is committed to projects that support economic and environmentally 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, and always makes time for meals with family and friends.
Vicente Escriva - Organization Development Advisor - 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 Masters of Science in Urban Policy Analysis from Milano, The New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from SUNY Purchase.
Megan Hustad - Editor - is an author and editor who works through writers block by pacing New York City sidewalks. Over years working in and alongside the traditional book publishing industry, she developed an interest in how changes to text and how it's distributed can tweak our perceptions, ideas, even the environment we occupy. In 2005 she founded Wherewithal Press, a developmental editing workshop and soon-to-be publisher. Her diet includes a surprising amount of Goya products purchased at Essex Market.
Yasmin Fodil - Project Media Advisor - is the founder of BYO consulting, a consultancy focused on solving public problems through digital innovation. She is passionate about using technology to increase collaboration, participation, and accountability, and has worked on strategy with numerous government agencies, including the NYC Department of Education, NASA, and Chicago Public Libraries.
Yasmin holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Liz Burow - Creative Advisor - blurs the line between indoors and outdoors, hardscape and softscape, in her art and architectural work. She has an art and design studio practice in Brooklyn, teaches at the Parsons School of Design, and has experience working on large cultural projects, theater set design, interiors, branding and graphic design. Liz is a lover of topographic maps. She has lived in New York since 1999 and just bought her first couch.
Abigail Montgomery - Designer - Abby is an architect with a deep interest in the relationship between buildings, culture and sustainability. She has experience in residential and commercial projects and loves the National Geographic Channel. Her professional BArch is from the University of Arizona.
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.
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
Anne Chen - Research and Design Intern - is a student at Parsons The New School for Design in the Design and Management program. She has a background in anthropology.
Jon Bucholtz - Designer - is training as an architect and currently enrolled in the Master of Architecture program at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
Helen Weselcouch - Designer - is a recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design exploring the intersection of design, business management and media.
Martin Misiak - Education Advisor - is a public and private school teacher in New York City. He is an avid cyclist with experience in biotech start-ups.
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.
Hannah Kramm - Designer - is a community engagement and sustainability advisor. She recently graduated from Parsons The New School for Design.
Camille Goulding - Research Assistant - is a geographer and environmentalist with experience in the Transition Towns and urban gardening movements, in NYC and in her native Ireland.
Shawn Myers - Designer - is training as an architect and currently completing his graduate studies at the Architecture Association in London.
Stephanie Imbeau - Creative Advisor - is an artist who creates installations in public spaces using found materials.
Michelle Han - Writer - is a writer, P.R. professional and independent printmaker in Brooklyn.
Salome Francpourmoi - Designer - is an architect with an interest in urban social and economic systems. She graduated from MIT in 2008.
Emily Singer - Design Intern - is a design and management student at Parsons The New School for Design.
Ben Rose - Project Advisor - is an artist, art historian and design consultant focused on minimalist light art in practice and theory.
Alex Edelman - Political Advisor - has contributed to numerous campaigns, locally in New York City and nationally.
Want to Work with Us?
We are always looking for great people to contribute to our projects and add to our team. Contributor involvement varies from research and consultation to communications planning, modeling and full-scale prototyping. We have rotating intership programs throughout the year. For more information or to submit a CV, drop us a line.
Scott placing a beam
Claudia tossing out an idea
Helen making a move
Martin pushing a boulder
Jen and Maria cracking a structural problem
Emily wrestling a snapping turtle
Mandy mixing concrete
Charles counting boards on the Brooklyn Bridge
Hugo and Shawn creating a swiveling countertop