Programs & Events

Design Your World! – Public Interest Design

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Science Talks
Feb. 6, 2014 | Thursday, 6:00pm
Location: Nature Research Center - SECU Daily Planet Theater


“Design Your World!” is a special panel presentation and discussion in the SECU Daily Planet Theater

How can design be used to shape the world’s limited resources into healthier, safer and better conditions? How does design address the critical issues that challenge your community? Come and see how “Public Interest Design” is making the Triangle a better place, and how people can use design as a tool to be involved in important decisions. This new profession has many local leaders who will showcase their work, from schools to housing, to the arts, to farming.

Join us as moderator Bryan Bell leads a distinguished panel of designers through this discussion at the intersection of design and humanity.

Bryan Bell, SEED

Bryan Bell, the founder of Design Corps, founder of the Public Interest Design Institute, and a co-founder of SEED. Bell has supervised the Structures for Inclusion lecture series for ten years, which presents best practices in community-based design. He has published two collections of essays on the topic. Bell has lectured and taught at numerous schools including the Rural Studio with Samuel Mockbee. He has received an AIA National Honor Award in Collaborative Practice. His work has been exhibited in the Venice Biennale and the Cooper Hewitt Museum Triennial. He was a Harvard Loeb Fellow in 2010-11 and a co-recipient of the 2011 AIA Latrobe Prize, which is focused on public interest design.

Georgia Bizios, FAIA

ACSA Distinguished Professor


Georgia Bizios has been teaching architecture for 40 years. Her experience includes serving as associate dean at Tulane and at NC State University. In 2004, she established the Home Environments Design Initiative at the College of Design. Its mission is to initiate, facilitate and coordinate scholarship, research and outreach services in the area of quality design for home environments. Since that time HEDI has partnered with affordable housing providers and has received awards for service to North Carolina communities.

Bizios has also been practicing architecture and her experience includes residential, commercial and planning projects. In 1990 she established her firm, Bizios Architect, focusing on residential architecture.

Louis Cherry, FAIA, LEED AP

Louis Cherry has been practicing architecture in North Carolina since 1983.  Trained in literature (Duke University), art (East Carolina University), and architecture (North Carolina State University), Louis was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2009 and is accredited as a LEED design professional (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Efficient Design).

Cherry Huffman Architects, PA, founded by Louis Cherry and partner Dan Huffman in 1992, was selected as North Carolina’s 2008 firm of the year by NCAIA.  Louis has served on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and was a founder of the Moore Square Museum Magnet Middle School community garden. Louis has taught periodically in the NCSU College of Design for over 20 years teaching design studios and professional practice. Louis Cherry Architecture is a small design practice focusing on modern residential, commercial and institutional design.

Philip Szostak

Philip Szostak has over 30 years of experience in a broad variety of architectural design projects. A graduate of NC State University’s School of Design, he first opened Philip Szostak Associates (PSA) in 1980 where he demonstrated exceptional abilities in designing projects ranging in scale from small renovations to complex, multi-million dollar facilities. Philip was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2009 and was the 2010 co-recipient of AIA North Carolina’s Kamphoefner Award for outstanding contributions to modernism. Philip is responsible for the design and documentation of all projects in the firm. His recent projects include the Durham Performing Arts Center; the Walltown Recreation Center in Durham, North Carolina; the Theater Annex in Durham, North Carolina, the Columbia Street Annex Residential Development in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the New American Home residential development in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Matt Tomasulo, LEED AP

Founder and Chief Instigator, Walk [Your City] and CityFabric Labs

Matt Tomasulo is the Chief Instigator behind Walk [Your City], an emerging civic platform focused on helping cities use online tech to build offline tools to embrace community walkability.  Walk [Your City] grew out of Walk Raleigh, a catalytic guerrilla wayfinding project that spread to 100+ communities around the globe over the past two years. WalkRaleigh was included in the 13th Venice Biennale and Matt’s work has received numerous accolades and been featured by BBC News,, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, NPR and many others media channels.

Matt holds a dual masters degree from UNC Chapel Hill and NC State in City & Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture where he was recipient of the Wings on Wings award, the Robert Stipe Fellowship, and 3 national Student ASLA awards.  While in school he was part of the 2010 ULI Hines Urban Design Competition winning team and successfully funded two Kickstarter projects totaling $48K from 1,500 backers.  Most recently he was chosen as part of Next City’s Vanguard, a “40 Under 40” class of new urban leaders.