Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Don't Trash NYC!

Public Access Design

Don't Trash NYC!

Jury Members

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design at Yale University School of ... more

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville

Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Graphic Design at Yale University School of Art, received a BA in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University and a MFA in the graphic design area of study at Yale University School of Art, as well as honorary doctorates from California College of the Arts and Moore College of Art. She is on the first list of 40 honored as the most influential people in design by I-D, and in 2004 Sheila was awarded the American Institute of Graphic Arts gold medal awarded since 1920 to individuals who have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work. Her award winning print graphics are in the special collections of museums and libraries here and abroad as are her site-specific public artworks. Whether in print or permanent materials, Sheila specializes in the inclusion of local populations and multiple perspectives in her work.

Sheila was a MPP juror.

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Sarah Ludwig

Sarah Ludwig

Sarah Ludwig is the Co-Director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, a leading advocate on community ... more

Sarah Ludwig

Sarah Ludwig is the Co-Director of the Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, a leading advocate on community equity and financial justice issues. Since founding NEDAP in 1995, she has worked with hundreds of grassroots groups to develop local organizing and advocacy strategies to address redlining and lending discrimination. Sarah co-leads New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a state-wide coalition of more than 140 community and consumer groups and community financial institutions dedicated to combating predatory lending practices. Sarah was a 2000 fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program, and in 2002 received the Union Square Award. In 2004, she was selected as a Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World awardee. Sarah recently completed a 3-year term on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council, and serves on the boards of directors of the Consumer Federation of America and North Star Fund. In December 2008, she received New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Felix A. Fishman Award, for “her exceptional service on behalf of low income communities.”

Sarah was a prior MPP juror and is currently working with CUP on the MPP about Banks on the Fringe. 

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Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland ... more

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. She has produced numerous exhibitions as curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1992. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist.

Ellen was a MPP juror.

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Gonzalo Mercado

Gonzalo Mercado

Gonzalo L. Mercado is the Executive Director of El Centro del Inmigrante, a storefront immigrant day laborers’ ... more

Gonzalo Mercado

Gonzalo L. Mercado is the Executive Director of El Centro del Inmigrante, a storefront immigrant day laborers’ center in Port Richmond, Staten Island.

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Abbott Miller

Abbott Miller

Abbott Miller has evolved a design practice that crosses from page to screen to exhibitions, environments, and ... more

Abbott Miller

Abbott Miller has evolved a design practice that crosses from page to screen to exhibitions, environments, and architectural signage. Embracing the role of editor, writer, and curator in many of his exhibition and publications, he has used design as a way of exploring and interpreting art, architecture, public space, performance, fashion, and design. Before joining the New York office of Pentagram as a partner in 1999, he founded Design/Writing/Research, a multidisciplinary studio that pioneered the concept of the “designer as author.” In 2014, Miller received the American Institute of Graphic Arts Medal, the profession’s highest honor.

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Denise Miranda

Denise Miranda

Denise Miranda is the Managing Director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, shaping its research, ... more

Denise Miranda

Denise Miranda is the Managing Director of the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center, shaping its research, advocacy, and litigation agenda. Born and raised in the Bronx, Ms. Miranda is a member of the New York State Bar as well as admitted to the Southern and Eastern Federal District Courts. She serves on the Board of Directors at Union Community Health Center and the Community Services Association and is an outspoken advocate in the fight against economic inequality.

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Leah Obias

Leah Obias

Leah Obias is Campaigns Coordinator and Case Worker for Damayan Migrant Workers Association, a grassroots, membership-based ... more

Leah Obias

Leah Obias is Campaigns Coordinator and Case Worker for Damayan Migrant Workers Association, a grassroots, membership-based organization of Filipino women domestic workers and other low-wage migrant workers in the New York City area. Leah was a founding member of the youth organization Ugnayan, where she worked on local youth-centered programs addressing issues of cultural identity, education and family separation, and helped to develop the organization’s first youth restaurant worker campaign on wage theft. As Damayan’s campaign coordinator, Leah directly supports members with cases while connecting them to larger organizing efforts and advocacy on wage theft, trafficking, and the proper valuation of domestic work as women’s work. Through Damayan’s leadership in the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Leah has also been active in national efforts to build the power of domestic workers and expand workers’ right to organize across different industries.

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Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale ... more

Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara was born in Wandsworth, London in 1972. He studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in October 2010. Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. Opara is a visiting critic at Yale University and teaches narrative design at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture and the Yale University School of Art. He currently serves on the board of the New York Chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design.

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Mike Perry

Mike Perry

Mike Perry works in Brooklyn, NY, making books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, illustrations and ... more

Mike Perry

Mike Perry works in Brooklyn, NY, making books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawings, paintings, illustrations and teaching whenever possible. His first book, titled Hand Job and published by Princeton Architectural Press, hit the book shelves in 2006. His second book, titled Over & Over, hit the shelves in 2008. He is currently working on two new books. In 2007 he started a magazine called Untitled, that explores his current interests. He has worked with clients from New York Times Magazine, Dwell Magazine, Microsoft Zune, Urban Outfitters, eMusic, and Zoo York. In 2004 he was chosen as one of Step Magazine’s 30 under 30, as a groundbreaking illustrator by Computer Arts Projects Magazine in 2007. He received Print Magazine’s New Visual Artist award in 2008, and was chosen by the Art Directors Club as one of this years Young Guns. Doodling away night and day, Perry creates new typefaces and sundry graphics that inevitably evolve into his new work, exercising the great belief that the generating of piles is the sincerest form of creative process. His work has been seen around the world including a recent solo show in London titled “The Place between Time and Space.”

Mike was a MPP juror.

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Maria Popova

Maria Popova

Maria Popova (@brainpicker) is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Design ... more

Maria Popova

Maria Popova (@brainpicker) is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK, The Atlantic, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit is the co-founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar. She has over ten years of experience in organizing, ... more

Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit is the co-founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar. She has over ten years of experience in organizing, activism, and participatory action research in the US and South Asia. Prior to Adhikaar, she worked at Andolan, APICHA, and New Voices National Fellowship Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She regularly appears on print and broadcast media on issues related to workers’ rights, language access, and the needs of the emerging Nepali-speaking community. She currently lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.

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Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes is the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, ... more

Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes is the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, she has been involved in community organizing and housing issues both locally and nationally for more than a decade. Under Reyes’ leadership, GOLES expanded the scope of its work to include, land use, environmental public health, and economic justice. Her commitment to working collectively to organize and to build power for low-income communities of color in the decision-making that shapes the future of their lives and the Lower East Side neighborhood brought the organization into a pivotal role on a range of key issues including the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, Living Wage, and the redevelopment of the East River Waterfront. Reyes currently sits on the board of the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, the advisory board for the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and the Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee of Manhattan Community Board 3. She is the recipient of the 2006 New York Women’s Foundation’s Helen La Kelly Hunt Neighborhood Leadership Award, the 2008 Urban Agenda Visionary Award, and the proud winner of the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Arts Society.

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Lucas Shapiro

Lucas Shapiro

Lucas Shapiro is one of the founders of Mayday Space, a collaborative center for social justice organizing, community ... more

Lucas Shapiro

Lucas Shapiro is one of the founders of Mayday Space, a collaborative center for social justice organizing, community empowerment, and creative expression based in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Mayday is a neighborhood resource and a citywide destination for engaging programming, dancing and other nightlife activities, and a welcoming gathering place for people to work, learn and build together. Before Mayday, he was the Senior Organizer at Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), building power with low-income families to fight for jobs, housing and justice.

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Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat is a graphic designer and filmmaker. His studio makes books, identities, educational videos, ads, and websites ... more

Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat is a graphic designer and filmmaker. His studio makes books, identities, educational videos, ads, and websites for non-profits, cultural institutions, and corporate clients. He lives and works in Brooklyn, is active in local and state-level good-government activism, and teaches in the graphic design MFAprogram at RISD.

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Mahkeddah  Thompson

Mahkeddah Thompson

Mahkeddah Thompson is a two time Public Access Design alum. Thompson works at Housing Court Answers, a group that provides ... more

Mahkeddah Thompson

Mahkeddah Thompson is a two time Public Access Design alum. Thompson works at Housing Court Answers, a group that provides eviction prevention services to pro se litigants in NYC Housing Courts. Thompson is a passionate social justice, crochet and roots reggae records. She runs a small handmade business, Konjo Crochet.

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Phillip Tiongson

Phillip Tiongson

Phillip Tiongson is a founder of Potion, a design and technology firm that employs the latest technology to create ... more

Phillip Tiongson

Phillip Tiongson is a founder of Potion, a design and technology firm that employs the latest technology to create smart, delightful interactions. A leader in the field of interaction design, Phillip has worked for the past decade creating interactive installations for every setting from high-traffic museums and public spaces, to intimate lounges and private dining rooms, to ubiquitous mobile apps. He combines his training from the MIT Media Lab with his MFA from Columbia University in Film Directing to bring the craft of storytelling together with the toolbox of a software engineer.

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Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso

CHAT TRAVIESO is an artist and architectural designer based out of Brooklyn, NY. He was the teaching artist for The Big ... more

Chat Travieso

CHAT TRAVIESO is an artist and architectural designer based out of Brooklyn, NY. He was the teaching artist for The Big Squeeze, an Urban Investigation that explores the issue of housing size in New York City. Chat’s work takes the form of playful and interactive design/build urban interventions that encourage people to question their assumptions of the built environment. Check out his website www.chattravieso.com to see what he’s up to these days.

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Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator. He creates architectural public art projects that ... more

Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator. He creates architectural public art projects that reinforce social bonds in our public spaces. His most recent works were commissioned by or organized in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, Design Trust for Public Space, and the NYC Department of Transportation. He has worked as a teaching artist with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and Hester Street Collaborative. He is currently a Smack Mellon Studio Program Artist and a recipient of a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship as part of his Smack Mellon residency.

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Valeria Treves

Valeria Treves

Valeria Treves is the Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community based organization and ... more

Valeria Treves

Valeria Treves is the Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community based organization and workers center in Jackson Heights Queens that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities and beyond. As Executive Director, Valeria has overseen the transition of NICE into a member led organization streamlining programs and campaigns to more closely fit the needs of the member base, newly arrived low wage undocumented immigrants working in the unregulated sectors of the construction, domestic work, and service industries. Prior to coming toNICE in 2006, Valeria worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College-CUNY and was an adjunct organizer for the PSC-CUNY. Before that she worked as a Middle School Teacher in Oakland, California and was active in teacher organizing in the fight against high-stakes standardized testing. Valeria holds an M.A. in Geography from Hunter College-CUNY and a B.A. in Development Studies from UC Berkeley. Valeria is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in Mexico, Argentina and Los Angles, CA.

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Rich Tu

Rich Tu

Rich Tu is an award winning designer and art director working in New York City. He is a recipient of the prestigious Young ... more

Rich Tu

Rich Tu is an award winning designer and art director working in New York City. He is a recipient of the prestigious Young Guns award through the Art Directors Club, and has exhibited at galleries and festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Miami. Commercially, his clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Business Week, Alfa Romeo, Bombay Sapphire, G-Shock, Converse, NPR, NorthFace, Purple Label, Skype, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Fuse TV, and Bravo TV, among others. Rich is a graduate of the Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts.

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Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP

We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing