Derek Lazo is a designer, artist and educator who investigates how landscape architecture intersects with social issues and can help uplift disadvantaged communities. Derek is a member of the Design As Protest Collective and a member of Dark Matter University, a new anti-rascist pedagogical movement. He has worked with various Bay Area landscape firms most recently at SurfaceDesign, Inc. in San Francisco.
Derek completed his graduate studies at University of California, Berkeley developing his thesis dissertation on activating Oakland’s public parks and lands as emergency navigation centers for the city’s homeless population, and completed his B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California.