Brittney Boudwin | 2015
Brittney Boudwin (bOH-dwin) wants to live in a world where happiness is free, air is clean, and diversity is power. As a social impact designer and equity advocate, she explores ways in which community resiliency might be promoted through social connectedness and civic engagement. With a background in interior design, the effects that the built environment has on human behavior, and methods to respectfully and responsively use resources are reoccurring themes in her design explorations. In 2011 she left a career in private jet interior design to find greater purpose as a designer and wound up on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana with Red Feather Development Group helping to build a straw-bale home for and with the Spang-Medicine Bull family. Since then, she’s been on a mission to find ways to make designing with meaning her daily grind. She is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Design for Sustainability at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to living the #gradschoollife, Brittney is also the SCAD Serve Sustainability coordinator where she organizes weekly opportunities for the student-run volunteer program that allow students, staff and faculty to participate in and support a variety of projects around Savannah that explore sustainable initiatives contributing to a happy, healthy and comfortable community for everyone.
Meagan Hodge 2011-2014
Meagan is Operations Manager at Jelinek Cork Group and Jelinek Creative Spaces.She is a material reclamation fanatic who cameos as a designer to support her passions. She is program director and founder of Design for Ability, a non-profit organization that provides green-jobs training for special needs students. After completing her undergraduate degree in Interior Design at LSU, she picked up and relocated to Colorado in 2005 to begin her lifelong conquest for sustainable design solutions and spur of the moment laughter. As a certified designer, her professional practice includes multiple award winning Interior Design projects, avid participation with non-profit organizations and unforeseen dumpster diving. In 2011, she received her masters degree in Design for Sustainability from Savannah College of Art and Design, and currently focuses on the environmental impact of the human species and the need for triple bottom line results. She loves the land, her dog and getting her hands dirty. She dislikes bios. Especially writing them. Meagan has been contributing her knowledge and skills to Emergent Structures for several years, and is a Project Manager for the Design for Ability Greenhouse project.
Nick Deffley | 2012
Nick is Director of Sustainability at City of Savannah. Several years ago he moved to the warmth of Savannah from the frigid winters of Minneapolis, MN, where he worked for the last 9 years at the University of Minnesota. While there, he developed sustainable building policies, managed the University’s first sustainable building program and improved collaboration with minority-owned businesses on sustainable building projects. He also focused on enterprise-level strategic sustainability planning, covering all aspects of campus life and facility operations. Nick has a multidisciplinary degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science & Communications and a Masters in Environmental Policy & Organizational Effectiveness. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the USGBC-GA Savannah Branch. Nick is very interested in finding ways to shift human behavior in everyday life towards a more sustainable way of living. He uses a systems approach to sustainability challenges, incorporating life-cycle analysis and cradle-to-cradle thinking to achieve solutions that balance social, environmental and economic interests. Nick is a Project Manager for the Design for Ability Greenhouse project.
Charisse Bennett | 2011-2012
Charisse Bennett is Project Manager at Focus Lab, and was previously the Program Director for The Creative Coast. An architect by training with four years of professional experience designing high-rise towers and office complexes, she icompleted a Master of Fine Arts at SCAD, with a dual focus in Design Management and Design for Sustainability. She hopes to combine her passion for community empowerment and material reclamation with her academic thesis work, as well as her everyday involvement in volunteer opportunities, event support, and creative fundraising initiatives. Her contributions to Emergent Structures are many, but most notably, the creation and project management for the Design and Build Competition for Dog Houses + Cat Structures, and the Savannah Gardens rainbarrel stand kit creation + workshop.