Disc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities]

Faculty + Guests


Disc* 2018 Faculty


Gabriel Kaprielian | Co-Director

Gabriel Kaprielian is a designer, urbanist, and artist based in the Bay Area. With degrees in both architecture and city planning, his creative work and research focus on resilient cities, sustainable design, emergent technologies, and digital fabrication. His professional experience includes traditional architecture practice with award-winning firms, social focused architecture as a Design Fellow for Architecture for Humanity, urban design in the public sector, and as an Artist-in-Resident at Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco. In addition to serving as the Co-Director of DISC in the College of Environmental Design, Gabriel has served as a lecturer at a Cal Poly, California College of the Arts, UC Berkeley, and is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Gabriel holds a BArch from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, and MArch and MCP from UC Berkeley.


Jonah Merris | Design Studio Lead

Jonah Merris is a designer from Oakland, CA. He completed his Master of Architecture at the University of California in Berkeley where his research focused on land reclamation in coastal environs and the role of architecture in the Anthropocene. Jonah has taught multiple studio courses in architecture and design representation at UC Berkeley including DISC* 2016. From 2017-2018 Jonah was a John K. Branner Travelling Fellow and has received multiple awards including the 2018 AIA Henry Adams Medal and Certificate. Jonah has explored issues of architecture, sustainability, and urbanism in practice through work on the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. He has also held positions at Kava Massih Architects in Berkeley, CA and Vermont Integrated Architecture in Middlebury, VT. Jonah received a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and Political Science from Middlebury College.


Ghigo DiTommaso | Global Cities / Global Challenges Lecturer

Ghigo DiTommaso was trained as an architect in Florence, where he picked up the tools of the trade while feeding a strong interest in urban history and theory. Licensure in hand, he moved to Barcelona to become part of its thriving design community. There he worked with prominent Catalan architects on numerous award-winning projects while also conducting research at the EtsaB School of Architecture and teaching at the ESDi School of Design. Based in the Bay Area since 2010, he has been a core member of the Rebar Art & Design Studio and more recently of the new San Francisco offices of Gehl Studio, where he continues to practice the profession. At CED, while serving as Program Director of Disc*, he also collaborates with the LAEP department as a lecturer and project researcher. Ghigo holds a BArch and an MArch from the Facoltà di Architettura di Firenze, and an MSArch and PhD from EtsaBarcelona.



Disc*2018 Guest Speakers

Katie McKnight
Environmental Analyst, SFEI

  Susan Schwartzenberg
Senior Artist and Curator, Exploratorium

Laura Tam
Sustainability Development Policy Director at SPUR

  Josiah Cain
Director of Innovation, Sherwood Design Engineers

Will Travis
Former Executive Director, BCDC

  Sarah Dean
Assistant Professor, California College of the Arts

Mark Stacey
Professor of Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

  Lidia D'Amico
Biologist, AECOM

Amanda Brown-Stevens
Managing Director, Resilient by Design

  Nate Kauffman
Founder, Live Edge Adaptation Project


Past Speakers

Bruce Riordan
UC Berkeley Climate Readiness Institute
Allison Arieff
Editorial Director, SPUR
Janette Kim
Co-Director, Urban Works Agency; Assistant Professor of Architecture, CCA
Molly Turner
Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
Charisma Acey
Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Neeraj Bhatia
Assistant Professor of Architecture, CCA
Victoria Salinas
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland
Antje Steinmuller
Assistant Professor of Architecture, CCA; Principal, Studio URBIS
Matthew Passmore
Founder and Lead Artist, Morelab; founder, Rebar Art & Design Studio
Jeremy Lowe
Senior Environmental Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute
Philip Vitale
Project Manager, Bay Area Parks for People Program, Trust for Public Land
Stephanie Kiriakopolos
Research Technician, Romberg Tiburon Center
Jennifer Wolch
William Wurster Dean, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Alison Sant
Urban Designer and Artist, Studio for Urban Projects
Rebecca Johnson
Citizen Science Coordinator
and Researcher
California Academy of Sciences
Robin Grossinger
Senior Scientist
Resilient Landscapes Program Director,
SF Estuary Institute
Amber Hasselbring
Executive Director, Nature in the City
Founder, Art Ecology
Allen Fish
Director, Raptor Observatory
Golden Gate National Parks
Damien Raffa
Education/Volunteer Program
Manager, Presidio Trust
Joel Pomerantz
Dr. Katharyn Boyer
Associate Professor, SF State
Romberg Tiburon Center
Kelley Higgason
NOAA Affiliate
Ocean Climate Initiative Coordinator
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Tae Kim
Founder, Alite Designs
Peter Brastow
Biodiversity Coordinator
SF Department of Environment
  • Mayra Madriz, Urban Planner, Re:Imagine Group
  • Alison Sant, Urban Designer & Artist, Studio for Urban Projects
  • Tyler Pew, Designer & Social Entrepreneur, ILabHaiti, KidMob
  • Glenn Corey, Educator, Novato High School
  • Ben Grant, Urban Planner, SPUR
  • Steve Gennrich, Designer and Engineer, Exploratorium Outdoor Studio
  • Liz Ogbu, Designer, UC Berkeley
  • Nick Polansky, Urban Planner, MIT
  • Allison Lassiter, Researcher, UC Berkeley
  • Dan Parham, Social Entrepreneur, Neighborland.org
  • Louise Mozingo, Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, UC Berkeley