Christian spent 15 years as a HS teacher and coach before he founded Be Playful, a collaborative global design agency focused on the intersection between school planning/design, emerging technology, professional development, and future trending. Additionally, he founded Prototype, a national design program empowering young people to solve real problems in real communities, and co-founded Reimagine:Ed, a national series of initiatives exploring the future of learning.
Le is a pioneer of Cannon Design’s education practice and has an incessant passion for learning. Le is widely recognized as an advocate for incorporating multiple intelligences and learning styles in the design of education environments. As the lead designer for Cannon Design’s education group, he creates spaces that encourage inquiry and imagination and offer students a sense of what it means to be a part of a global community.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Melanie is particularly interested in the ways in which the design of learning programs and places can act as a catalyst for community development. Her work is informed by a deep commitment to a design process that cultivates authentic engagement, creative cross-pollination, and community storytelling. She brings to bear her experience in social science research, non-profit management, policy, communication design, and new media to her work. At Northwestern University she studied social policy, organizational strategy, and leadership development. Melanie has worked empowering education entrepreneurs in the Chicago Public Schools, designing service learning programs at the Jane Goodall Institute, and was the knowledge manager for the education practice at a global design firm.
Emi began her career in architecture as an advocate for building-integrated environmental education, traveling through Europe and Asia documenting green school design and curricula as a Wood Fellow at Cornell University. Earning her BS in human factors & ergonomics, she has presented her work to the Environmental Design Research Association, Sustainable Cities Initiative, and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools. Concurrent Master's degrees in Architecture and Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon allow her to visualize and actuate school design, organizational change, and educational practice from a passionately curious, theory-driven outlook.
Teri has designed educational buildings for 23 years and has served the past 20 as a project manager. Her commitment to supporting learning communities stems from her belief that educators are as passionate about their work as she is. As a parent herself, she is excited to understand how the facility can help influence the culture of schools and enhance the students' unique experience.
David Jakes has spent 27 years in education as a teacher, learner, designer, storyteller, and technologist. From his first Macintosh Classic to his current iPad and Chromebook, he has witnessed firsthand the changes in education that technology has empowered. David is recognized as a thought leader in the educational technology field on a variety of topics, including digital storytelling, cloud-based learning environments and their relationship to physical learning spaces, mobile learning, professional development, and the use and impact of social media in education. David shares his knowledge through blogging and is a frequent speaker at educational technology conferences.
Though Lori is formally trained as an architect, she is an artist at her inner core. Whether it's encaustic wax painting, sketching or graphic design, she finds the most fulfillment when immersed in creative pursuits. For the past 15 years, she's worked as an architectural designer on K-12 and higher educational projects in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco. At Cannon, she organizes a weekly mentoring program where students from underprivileged Chicago schools come to learn about the architectural profession. Earning her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from Ball State University, she explores how human behaviors are shaped by both built and natural environments, and environmental psychology of schools.
Ashley is simultaneously an optimistic and pragmatic architect, bringing nearly a decade of expertise in education to the TTT+ team. Through dynamic, inclusive approaches, her work extracts data with soul, allowing each engagement to live and breathe the collective aspirations of a community. Her Master’s degree, received with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, explored interdisciplinary ecological design issues facing St. Louis’s most ambiguous urban conditions. In 2009 Ashley co-founded Open Hand Studio, a virtual studio and call to action, built to bring design to our most underserved and disadvantaged communities. She has been nationally recognized as a leader and champion for socially conscious design as an inaugural member of the Public Interest Design 100.
Gilad Meron is an independent designer, researcher and writer focused on community-based design practices and design education, and currently a TTT+ Fellow for the Wonder by Design project. He has a passion for community development and works with multiple organizations and firms across the country helping to explore strategies, methods and approaches for building and sustaining "social-impact" or "public-interest" design practices. He is an experienced researcher focused on the social, environmental and economic impacts of the design, with a specific interest in how learning spaces affect collaboration and cognitive development. Gilad earned his BS in Design and Environmental Analysis and is currently pursuing an MS in Environmental Psychology at Cornell University.