Dana Cuff

cityLAB director • UCLA faculty • PhD Architecture (UC Berkeley)
BA Psychology and Design (UC Santa Cruz)

Dana Cuff is a professor, author, and practitioner in architecture. Her work focuses on affordable housing, modernism, suburban studies, the politics of place, and the spatial implications of new computer technologies. Cuff's research on postwar urbanism was published in a book titled The Provisional City (MIT 2000), and she recently edited Fast Forward Urbanism with Roger Sherman (Princeton Architectural Press 2011). She founded cityLAB in 2006, and has since concentrated her efforts around issues of the emerging metropolis. Dr. Cuff is widely published, the recipient of numerous fellowships, and lectures internationally.

Roger Sherman

cityLAB co-director • UCLA faculty • Licensed Architect
MArch (Harvard GSD) • BA Design of the Environment (U Penn)

Roger Sherman is principal of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design in Culver City, California. His work and research deals with how new modes of collective life may be produced by harnessing the self-organizing logics of cities. His book "LA Under the Influence: Negotiating the Complex Logic of Urban Property" (Univ of Minn.) uses game theory as a means of understanding the stakeholder dynamics of urban development, and its formal potentials. Most recently, he co-edited, with Dana Cuff, "Fast Forward Urbanism:Reconnecting Architecture and City" (Princeton) Mr. Sherman also organized and edited "RE American Dream: Six Housing Prototypes for Los Angeles" (Princeton 1995). His work has earned wide recognition, including in Newsweek and CNN, and at the 2010 Venice Biennale ("Playa Rosa") and 2009 Rotterdam Biennale ("Duck-and-Cover: Thinking Out of the Big Box"); and has received numerous awards, including form the AIA (RePark, FreshKills Landfill End Use Plan, Staten Island); and Railyard Park (a repurposed railyard-cum-public space in Santa Fe, NM).

Jon Christensen

Senior Fellow • UCLA faculty • PhD History (Stanford)

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a senior researcher in the California Center for Sustainable Communities, as well as a senior fellow at UCLA’s cityLAB. He is editor of Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly magazine published by the University of California Press that brings scholars, researchers, journalists, writers, artists, photographers, policymakers, advocates, and the public into common conversations about California in the world. And he is a regular columnist at LA Observed. He is currently finishing a book entitled “Critical Habitat: A History of Thinking with Things in Nature” and is engaged in a multidisciplinary digital environmental humanities research project on nature in cities, as well as a large collaborative project to crowdsource a new, public environmental history of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Carla Salehian

Project and Research Manager

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Carla Salehian has developed a passion for creating beautiful and livable spaces that promote community vitality and equity. She received her bachelor’s degree from UCSD in Urban Studies and Planning. There, she was involved in a series of internships and research collaboratives that ranged from “asset mapping” in low-income San Diego neighborhoods with UCSD’s Center for Community Well-being to coordinating a “sustainable solutions” bike tour down the Pacific west coast for the Global ARC organization. Most recently, she received her master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA with a concentration in Design and Development. Her primary interests as an urban planner include urban design, public spaces, placemaking/city branding, universal design, and sustainability.

Jonathan Crisman

Project Director, Urban Humanities Initiative

Jonathan Crisman works through several media and personas: he is Executive Director of 58-12 Design Lab, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which produces place-based research and media in order to creative positive social change; he is Principal of No Style, S. P., a proprietor of design goods and services whose value neutral approach finds that neat things can come from nearly anywhere; and he is part of Subjective Objective, an artistic endeavor whose aim is to give the harried contemporary subject a break. He holds an appointment in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA where he is Project Director for the Urban Humanities Initiative, and he holds degrees in geography, architecture, and urban planning from UCLA and MIT.

Aaron Cayer

Senior Research Associate

Aaron Cayer is currently a Ph.D. student in Architecture at UCLA. Trained as an architect, Aaron holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture and sociology from Norwich University in Vermont. He has served on the Board of Directors for the AIA of Vermont, practiced architecture in a variety of settings across the globe, and has presented urban and architectural research to a broad range of academic audiences. His current research interests and collaborations address themes that work to leverage a theoretical foundation of a ‘sociology of architecture,’ with a particular focus on architectural practice, knowledge production, concept formation, design pedagogy, modernization, and global networks.

Kara Moore

Research Associate

Born in California and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kara Moore is fascinated by the growing interconnectedness of our built environment. In the increasingly complex space of collective life, Kara is interested in confronting failure as a possibility and designing for more resilient communities. Currently, Kara is a second year Masters of Architecture student and participant in the Urban Humanities Initiative at UCLA. Additionally, Kara has studied at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture Paris-Val de Seine in Paris and holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Professionally, Kara has worked as a design intern for the Los Angeles based design practice, Bureau for Architecture and Design (BAD) where she recently contributed to La Serpiente (en F8) – a NextLA community improvement project honored with a 2013 AIA Merit Award.

Former cityLAB Associates

Ryan Conroy
Dr. Per-Johan Dahl
Christina Gray
Karen Kice
Dan Oprea
Dr. Linda Samuels
Kimberly Serrano
Emmanuel Soriano