CUP’s core staff supports the organization from day to day, but CUP projects are designed and implemented by teams of artists, designers, educators, activists, and researchers.
Matthew is an intern at CUP. He recently graduated from the Academy of Innovative Technology. In the fall, he will be attending SUNY Cobleskill to study Culinary Arts. He is a former intern at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and was drawn to CUP because they also did work surrounding housing rights. Also, he loves the creative aspects of CUP’s projects. He hopes to take his experience from CUP and incorporate the knowledge he gains this summer towards his goal of bringing food and health justice to low-income, minority New Yorkers.close
Esmeralda is a CUP intern. She is a rising senior at the Academy of Urban Planning. She looks forward to going to college to study business and management and later pursue a career in art and design. She spends her free time sketching and enjoys trying new techniques to better her art skills. She is passionate in keeping people united by using different forms of art to help express one another.close
Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.close
Ingrid is CUP’s Program Manager for Public Access Design. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), Chicago’s leading forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design. While at CAF, Ingrid developed major exhibitions that helped public audiences think critically about complex issues related to urban planning and architecture. Ingrid received her B.A. in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.close
Christy is CUP’s Youth Education Program Director. Before CUP, she worked at Brooklyn Community Arts & Media High School, a small public school dedicated to empowering youth through an art, media, and technology-enriched curriculum. There, she was a founding staff member and the Art Department Chair. During her 9 years as a classroom educator, Christy worked with youth to use art as a critical thinking tool, engaging them with local and global issues. Christy holds a Masters in Art Education from NYU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Guilford College.close
Matt is a CUP design Intern and a senior at the Cooper Union School of Art. He is excited about cities, mapping, landscapes, archaeology, history and philosophy. He makes graphic design, public interventions, videos and images. He believes that art and design can change the way that people understand and experience their cities in unexpected ways. Originally from Toronto, Canada he enjoys going for underprepared hikes in the wilderness and biking around Brooklyn.close
Oscar is the Program Assistant at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt Institute with a concentration on Community Development. While completing his studies at Pratt, Oscar worked and interned in various local community organizations and groups, including CUP, on issues dealing with planning, design, and community education and engagement. Previously, he received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he moved to Washington, D.C. at a young age. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and can give pretty good directions in Portuguese.close
Jazlyn is a CUP intern. She is a rising senior at Stanford University studying Urban Studies with an emphasis in Society & Social Change. More broadly, she studies education and is in constant pursuit of how we can better celebrate the genius in all kinds of people. This summer, she will be working on supporting an Urban Investigation project and in her spare time, designing her senior thesis—an adaptable civic engagement curriculum inspired by CUP’s investigative learning model.
She is passionate about quality public education, elephants, elegant design, international rap music, high-resolution images, dumplings, social justice, and white space. And she’s so excited to spend her summer pursuing (almost) all of those passions with CUP!close
Frampton is CUP’s Director of Development and Communications. For more than 15 years, he has worked in development and fundraising for arts and architecture organizations. Previously he was the Deputy Director of the Historic Districts Council, the advocate for New York City’s historic neighborhoods. He serves on the boards of several architecture, history, advocacy and civic groups and has received a New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grant to document regional and vernacular modern architecture in the borough of Queens. Frampton holds a degree in historic preservation from the University of Mary Washington.close
Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.
He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.close
Jenn is CUP’s Youth Education Program Assistant. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot through the garden, Jenn began the lifelong pursuit of creative expression. A native born Hoosier, Jenn earned a liberal arts degree at Hanover College and followed her passion of design to Japan and Germany. With a combined love of the creative process, symbolism, and a strong belief in the influential power of art, Jenn earned her Masters in Art Therapy from New York University. She developed programs that used art as a tool for understanding and communication with youths at Ramapo for Children, the Foundation for Sustainable Development in India, Creative Arts Workshops for Kids, Free Arts NYC, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, to name a few.close
Sandy is a Program Assistant at CUP. She has pursued her interest in all things sustainable and inclusive at a variety of places, including a civil society organization in China, a disaster relief nonprofit in Japan, and a political advocacy group in New Jersey. Originally from Hawaii, she studied Chinese and sociology at Peking University and has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University. She can make herself understood, for the most part, in Chinese and Japanese; she is working on her Swedish.close