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Five new leaders for Board and Advisory Council

Julie Bush, Kevin Gray, and Carol Horne Penn have joined the Board of Directors.
The Community Design Collaborative welcomes Julie Bush, ASLA of Ground Reconsidered, Kevin Gray of New Kensington CDC, and Carol Horne Penn of Clemens Construction to its 2016 Board of Directors. Sally Harrison, AIA of Temple University and Scott Page of Interface Studio LLC will join the 2016 Advisory Council.

Julie, Kevin, and Carol join the Collaborative’s 2016 Board of Directors, which also includes Jody Arena, Allied Construction Services; Alice K. Berman, AIA, Alice K. Berman Associates, LLC; Cheryl Conley; Tavis Dockwiller, ASLA, Viridian Landscape Studio;  John Donch, Jr., Volpe and Koenig, P.C.; Daryn Edwards, AIA, CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc.; Noel Eisenstat, Noel Eisenstat LLC; Eva Gladstein, City of Philadelphia; Jeff Goldstein, AIA, DIGSAU Architecture/Urbanism; Lee Huang, Econsult Solutions, Inc.; Rebecca Johnson, AIA Philadelphia;, Megan McGinley, AIA, Kitchen & Associates; Darrick Mix, Duane Morris LLP; Paul Sehnert, University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services; Kira Strong, People’s Emergency Center; Paul Vernon, KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc.; and Richard Winston, AIA, BWA architecture + planning.

Paul Sehnert and Richard Winston will serve as Co-Chairs of the 2016 Board of Directors.

Julie Bush, ASLA is a registered landscape architect and Vice President of Ground Reconsidered, where her diverse portfolio includes The Porch at 30th Street Station, design guidelines for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the restoration of historic Carr Garden at Bartram’s Garden and the master plan for the Lower Schuylkill River District. She also serves on the board of the Spruce Hill Community Association. As a volunteer for the Collaborative, Julie has contributed her expertise and mentorship on Design Grants for Blaine Academics Plus, East Passyunk Business Improvement District, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Julie earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Clemson University and a Master of Architecture from McGill University.

An often overlooked, but highly positive aspect of the Collaborative process is the education component that happens throughout the design. Clients often come to the Collaborative without prior knowledge of the steps involved in the design process.—Julie Bush, ASLA

Kevin Gray is Director of Real Estate Development for New Kensington Community Development Corporation, where he has spearheaded real estate planning and development for $25 million in community development including affordable housing, mixed-use adaptive reuse, and brownfields development. Previously, he was Vice President with Citi Community Capital, the community development lending and investment group of Citigroup. Kevin has been a member of the Collaborative’s Governance Committee since 2014. Kevin has also served as the Board Chairman for the South of South Neighborhood Association. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University.

As a community development professional, my desire has always been to play a role in effecting positive change in communities. I’ve been fortunate to witness firsthand the impact of working with the Collaborative, and I value the resources they provide to help promote neighborhood revitalization.—Kevin Gray

Carol Horne Penn is a Vice President with Clemens Construction Company, where she is part of the senior leadership team responsible for marketing, business, and real estate development, and relationship management.  In 2014, she received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of Philadelphia.  Previously, Carol was Deputy Director of Community Legal Services, where she first worked with the Collaborative on the conceptual plan for the firm’s North Philadelphia Law Center.  She is on the board of the Fairmount Parks Conservancy and has been a member of the Collaborative’s Resource Development and Communications Committee since 2014.  Carol is a graduate of Boston College Law School and received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Drexel University.

I have a high regard for the importance of the Collaborative having worked for an organization that was able to leverage its work into the fruition of a wonderful new building.—Carol Horne Penn


Sally Harrison and Scott Page have joined the Advisory Council.

The Community Design Collaborative welcomes Sally Harrison and Scott Page to its Advisory Council, which includes over 40 advisors from diverse fields pertaining to community design and development.

Sally Harrison, AIA is Associate Professor of Architecture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Director of The Urban Workshop, and a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Communities. She teaches urban design, social impact design, and urban theory, and has published widely on those topics. Sally is a founding member of the Collaborative, helping to develop the community design center following a successful AIA Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team initiative she co-organized in 1990. Sally has served on the boards of AIA Philadelphia, AIA Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Advisory Board of Design. She is currently on the board of the Village of Arts and Humanities and the editorial board of Context, the Journal of AIA Philadelphia. Sally earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Engaging communities builds a more democratic voice in the formation of the city…Vigorous participation by community members unearths problems, but also brings to light the richoften overlookedassets that can provide the genuine basis for design.—Sally Harrison, AIA

Scott Page is an urban design and planner and Principal of Interface Studio LLC. Scott’s experience encompasses community revitalization strategies, citywide housing plans, waterfront design, waterfront revitalization, design guidelines, and economic development. He has led projects in diverse locations, including Detroit, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Macon, and Philadelphia. Scott’s work uses creative public outreach techniques in each project to enhance communications and collaboration between city officials, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and residents. Scott is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and serves on advisory committees for the Design Advocacy Group, Citizens Planning Institute and Recycled Artists in Residency (RAIR).  Scott received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Ecole des Beaux Arts La Villette and his Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Celebrating 25 years of strengthening neighborhoods through design, the Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, creates engaging volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in revitalizing communities.



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