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.
Michael is CUP’s fall 2014 intern. A recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, he completed his BFA in Communication Design with departmental honors this past May. He previously held internships at a music label, a chess club, a gallery, and a Brooklyn-based community organization. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he likes his coffee black and gets nostalgic nearly every time it rains. He hopes to continue to use his graphic design knowledge to create a positive impact in his community by working with non-profits and other local advocacy groups.close
Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over ten 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. 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
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
Kevin Park is CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and Media Studies. Previously, he was an intern for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Girls for Gender Equity. Currently, Kevin is on the Steering Committee of Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of NY. Born and raised in NYC, Kevin is passionate about all things related to social justice and community organizing. He loves working with video and is a self-proclaimed YouTube geek.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 CUP’s Program Manager for the Community Education programs: Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist at the Harvard Graduate School of Design but then decided to firm up his understanding of the built environment by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. While at Cornell he completed a number of internships and projects focused on GIS and urban design including work for the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and the Cornell Cooperative Extension. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but he likes that it keeps his pants from getting caught in his bike chain.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