Disc* [Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities]


Disc*2017 Urban Innovation Talks:

Bruce Riordan
Program Director,

UC Berkeley Climate

Readiness Institute


Allison Arieff

Editorial Director, SPUR


Janette Kim
Co-Director, Urban

Works Agency; Assistant

Professor of Architecture,



Molly Turner

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business


Will Travis
Sea Level Rise

Planning Consultant;

former executive director, BCDC


Charisma Acey, 

Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley



Disc*2016 Urban Innovation Talks:

Neeraj Bhatia
Assistant Professor

of Architecture,

California College

of the Arts


Victoria Salinas

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland


Nathaniel Kaufman
Founder, LEAP;

Director of Projects,



Antje Steinmuller

Assistant Professor of Architecture, CCA;  Principal, Studio URBIS


Will Travis
Sea Level Rise

Planning Consultant;

former executive

director, BCDC


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


Disc* 2016 Guest Speakers:

Jennifer Wolch
William Wurster Dean of the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley


Susan Schwartzenberg

Senior Artist and Curator at the Exploratorium


Laura Tam
Sustainability Development Policy Director at SPUR


Alison Sant

Urban Designer, Artist, Studio for Urban Projects




Past lecturers and guests include:


Allen Fish
Director, Raptor Observatory
Golden Gate National Parks
Amber Hasselbring
Executive Director, Nature in the City
Founder, Art Ecology
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
Rebecca Johnson
Citizen Science Coordinator
and Researcher
California Academy of Sciences
Robin Grossinger
Senior Scientist
Resilient Landscapes Program Director,
SF Estuary Institute



  • Jennifer Wolch, William W. Wurster Dean, Professor of City & Regional Planning, CED
  • 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