Jennifer Coleman is The George Gund Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for the Arts. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was an architect and president of her own design firm, Jennifer Coleman Creative LLC. She has also practiced architecture with Robert P. Madison International, URS Corporation, and Westlake Reed Leskosky. Ms. Coleman founded CityProwl.com, a company that creates and distributes digital audio walking tours of Cleveland. Among her many civic endeavors, Ms. Coleman has served as chair of the Cleveland Landmarks Commission and the Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee. She also has been a member of the board of trustees of many organizations, including the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland International Film Festival, LAND studio, and the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Ms. Coleman has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.
Marc Norman is the founder of Ideas and Action. Trained as an urban planner, he has worked in the field of community development and finance for over 20 years. With a Bachelor’s in Political Economics from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in Urban Planning from UCLA, Mr. Norman has worked collaboratively to develop or finance over 2,000 units totaling more than $400 million in total development costs. He has taught courses on real estate and housing policy at the Syracuse School of Architecture and implemented initiatives at UPSTATE: in collaboration with city, state and university partners. A Harvard Loeb Fellow for the 2014-15 year at the Graduate School of Design, he consults with architects, planners, non-profit organizations and others throughout the United States.
Brian Phillips is founder of Interface Studio Architects LLC in Philadelphia. His design work has received several awards including the 2006 AIA Philadelphia Silver Medal and a 2007 Merit Award from Residential Architect. His writing has been published in 306090 and in the recent publication Crossover: Architecture, Urbanism, Technology published by 010 Rotterdam. He earned his Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Terry Schwarz is the Director of Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC). Her work at the CUDC includes neighborhood and campus planning, commercial and residential design guidelines, stormwater management, and green infrastructure strategies. Ms. Schwarz launched the CUDC’s Shrinking Cities Institute in 2005 in an effort to understand and address the implications of population decline and large-scale urban vacancy in Northeast Ohio. As an outgrowth of the Shrinking Cities Institute, she established Pop Up City, a temporary use initiative for vacant and underutilized sites in Cleveland. In 2009, she received the Cleveland Arts Prize for Design. Ms. Schwarz teaches in the graduate design curriculum for the KSU College of Architecture and Environmental Design. She has a Bachelor’s in English from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
Claire Weisz is an architect and urbanist, and a founding principal of WXY, an architectural firm based in New York City. Ms. Weisz focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. Recent and ongoing work in New York City includes the redesign of Battery Park’s SeaGlass Carousel, a pedestrian bridge in lower Manhattan, a study of Brooklyn’s growing commercial tech sector (The Brooklyn Tech Triangle), and a finalist proposal for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design initiative. She co-founded The Design Trust for Public Space, and has recently been on faculty at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Visiting Critic of Urban Design at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in NYC. Ms. Weisz received her professional degree from The University of Toronto with Honors and her Master’s in Architecture from Yale University.