A designer and social change agent, Liz is an expert on social and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working to improve these environments. Through her multidisciplinary consulting practice, Studio O, she continues to collaborate with communities to use design to tackle wicked social problems.
Liz recently completed tenure as the Australian Institute of Architecture’s 2016 Droga Architect-in-Residence, where she focused on urban marginalized populations, issues of equity and inclusion, and community development practices. She is the Harry W. Porter Visiting Professor in Urban and Environmental Planning at the UVA School of Architecture for the Spring 2017 term. Her other honors include Aspen Ideas Scholar, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100, and one of the 2016 YBCA 100.