Vernon D. Swaback, Chairman
Vernon Swaback FAIA, FAICP is managing partner of Swaback Partners, a national leader in environmentally sustainable regional development. He apprenticed to Frank Lloyd Wright, and later served as chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. He serves on the boards of several think tanks and cultural foundations.
Tom Martinson is a city-planning consultant with an international practice based in Minneapolis. He was principal planner for Minneapolis, and planning manager for the US $15 billion Bonifacio new city in Manila. His most recent book is The Atlas of American Architecture (Rizzoli 2009).
Paola Cagnina is a planner, designer, and artist at Swaback Partners, where her responsibilities cover the full range of community development from visionary planning to technical standards. She is a graduate architect from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina and from Arizona State University, where she received her Master’s in Environmental and Sustainable Design, along with the honor of graduating as the “Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year.”
Ernesto Fonseca is an architect, planner, researcher, and construction coordinator at Arizona State University where he specializes in energy, housing, and sustainability. His professional work in Mexico and Arizona focuses on Healthy and Sustainable Communities. Mr. Fonseca serves on the Board of the Two Worlds Community Foundation and holds multiple degrees from Mexican universities and a Master’s from ASU, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation.
Jeffrey M. Denzak
Jeffrey Denzak is an accomplished land planner, experienced in initial site investigations, feasibility studies, master planning, and design guidelines. He chairs the Urban Land Institute’s Smart Growth Committee, and holds a professional landscape architecture degree from Purdue and a Master of Urban Design from Harvard. His planning work at Swaback Partners ranges from decentralized communities to intense urban centers.
Wellington (Duke) Reiter, FAIA
Architect, urban designer, and academic administrator, Duke Reiter is the past President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the former Dean of the College of Design at Arizona State University. He has served as a member of the faculty in the Department of Architecture at MIT, as Professional Advisor to the Career Discovery Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and as a visiting professor at Harvard and the Rhode Island School of Design.
Sherry Ahrentzen, Ph.D.
Sherry Ahrentzen, Ph.D. is Associate Director for Research at Arizona State University’s Stardust Center for Affordable Homes & the Family. For over 25 years her teaching, research, and community outreach has addressed the means by which the built environment can be more responsive to social and economic changes in American culture, including those affecting under-served populations.