2016 Competition Jury
Presenting our 2016 Design Jury:
Sherryl is a Project Director at Street Plans’ Coral Gables office. She has a strong background in urban acupuncture, design, and architecture, as well as six years of experience teaching urban design courses and workshops. She has collaborated on projects in Taiwan, Italy, Puerto Rico, and South Florida.
Prior to joining Street Plans, Sherryl worked as an urban design instructor at Florida Atlantic University, where she managed an international exchange program, mentored students, researched and presented her work in Tactical Urbanism, community storytelling, and the human layer of planning and design. Sherry has also served as the Creative Director of LeJobart, artist duet, in which she has curated and managed large-scale public art projects. She has worked on an array of community engagement projects that use Tactical Urbanism demonstration techniques and processes for community-led interventions, alleyway restorations, and parklet studies, such as C’est la Via, Sistrunk’s Story Share, the Megaphone, and the Street Balcony Pilot Project.
As part of her grant work, Sherryl has also managed the first Office of Public Life in the U.S., as an urban lab, with Gehl Studio in the City of West Palm Beach. Her work in Artena, Italy has been featured as part of a biourbanism documentary, ReGeneration City. An advocate for common sense urbanism, incremental urban planning, and testing of demonstrations and pilot studies, Sherryl brings an expertise in getting the community engaged in activating place through action.
She is also an elected councilor for the National Strategic Council of the American Institute of Architects, and an appointed member of the Florida Architects Political Action Committee. Sherryl received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Architecture from Florida Atlantic University, and is fluent in Spanish and French.
Jason Tapia AIA, is a registered architect in the states of Colorado, Florida, Texas and New York. Jason earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1997 and a Master of Science in Architecture Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. He has been practicing architecture for nineteen years and is currently the Principal of Building Center No.3, a design firm he founded in 2010 that offers services in the disciplines of architecture, landscape and interiors. His areas of expertise include the design of buildings using life cycle assessment tools, building performance modeling and passive design strategies.
Principal, Design Director
A Gensler Design Director and Principal, Alex’s relentless passion for art and design combined with his keen ability to resolve design challenges provides his clients a comprehensive perspective.
A diligent problem-solver, Alex delivers value and inspires his teams through thoughtful, well-crafted design solutions. His global portfolio reflects a mix of project types and scales including master plans, mixed-use developments and retail centers, commercial office buildings and universities. A lifelong learner and educator, Alex has taught design and drawing at several universities in the U.S. and abroad and has received numerous design awards, including a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony and the Gabriel Prize, a national research fellowship. Alex earned his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Syracuse University’s campuses in New York and Florence, Italy.
Mimi I. Chen is the Principal of Three Legged Pig Design, a boutique design firm specializing in creating spaces that are highly tailored to reflect and reinforce its client’s unique personality and brand. Mimi has been practicing Architecture and Interior Design in the greater San Francisco area for over 20 years. She devotes her considerable design and management talents to help residential clients create personalized homes and garnered the trust of national commercial clients to brand their architectural environments and rollout locations to expand their businesses. Known for her insightful, sensible and easy working demeanor, Mimi is equally skilled working with architecture projects as she is with building interiors. Mimi is a licensed Architect in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.
Benjamin Grant is a city planner, urban designer, curator and lecturer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently heads SPUR's interagency Master Plan for Ocean Beach. He has developed exhibitions on a range of urban issues, including "Agents of Change," a historical survey of San Francisco urbanism for the opening of the SPUR Urban Center. Since 2006, he has been a lecturer and studio instructor in the graduate program in Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute. Benjamin has contributed to a range of planning and urban design projects in the Bay Area and beyond, including a vision plan for parts of Beijing, the San Jose: 2020 Downtown Strategy, the redevelopment of Treasure Island, and the VTA Community Design and Transportation program. His areas of practice include conceptual urban design, transportation and land-use integration, and targeted client and stakeholder communications. He received national recognition in the competition to redesign New York City's High Line. Benjamin also co-founded CITY|SPACE, a nonprofit cultural institution exploring cities and urbanism through fine art, film, design and cultural landscape research.
Christopher Wasney brings a wealth of expertise to designing and managing challenging projects for universities, community-based institutions and non-profits. A founding principal of Cody Anderson Wasney Architects, Inc., Chris directs the firm's higher education work, including more than 60 projects at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, and U.C. Santa Cruz. Chris particularly relishes the challenges of finding appropriate and distinctive design responses within established campuses. His work includes large-scale renovations and adaptive reuse projects on historic buildings, as well as new buildings. Chris is on the faculty of the Architectural Design Program at Stanford University. EDUCATION Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts, 1980 International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design, Summer Residential Course, Siena, Italy, 1985 University of California, Berkeley, Master of Architecture, 1988