Kristine Stiphany, PhD, AIA established Chapa in the context of a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines the interface between technology and design for increased social equity in urban development, a trajectory that has evolved since her tenure as a Fulbright fellow in São Paulo, Brazil (2008). She is currently an assistant professor of architecture at Texas Tech University.
Peter M. Ward, PhD, holds the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations and is Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Ward’s research on urbanization, housing policy, and planning has resulted in a prolific body of work fundamental to contemporary housing theory and practice in urban Latin America.
Steven A. Moore, PhD, RA, is the Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. An architect and Harvard Loeb fellow, Moore’s interdisciplinary scholarship and pedagogy explore the sociotechnical dynamics at the intersection of sustainability, constructed environments, and urban planning.
Kirsten Larson is a practicing designer, artist, and educator, and her work focuses upon urban practices across intersections of planning, architecture, and critical theory. A Fulbright fellow, she holds a Bachelors of Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters degree in Architecture and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alessandra Figueiredo is a practicing architect whose projects examine the relationship between architecture and environmental justice in marginal neighborhoods. Her work adopts a critical perspective of participation and water-related issues in marginal neighborhoods, and she holds a Bachelor of Architecture from São Paulo’s Escola da Cidade.
Technology and Modeling Principal
Nathan Brigmon is an urban analyst with over 5 years of professional planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Community Development, and Data Analytic experience. He has extensive experience in GIS, 3D urban modeling, web application development, and land use planning analysis.
Adalgisa Oliveira da Silva’s community development work stems from involvement in collective housing programs in low-income neighborhoods. A municipal council member, da Silva’s current projects are focused upon community and environmental health issues and projects that incentivize healthy food choices in elementary schools.
Steffani Renata da Silva has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and focuses upon youth engagement at UNAS. Silva’s work on domestic violence (the “violence never enters here” project) advances educational initiatives for vulnerable children and adolescents in São Paulo’s Ipiranga district.
Manoel Otaviano da Silva is a housing activist and coordinator at UNAS. da Silva sits on several municipal councils focused on housing, health, and urban food systems. A motorcycle enthusiast, Otaviano accompanies the everyday happenings in Heliopolis.
Dayse Vendeirinho holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental psychology. Previously Vendeirinho worked for the COBRAPE social development agency mediating between displaced residents and municipal government in the context of redevelopment projects in informal settlements. Vendeirinho’s current projects focus upon urban organic agriculture and environmental technologies for peripheral urban regions.
Eliane dos Santos Simões studies agriculture and landscape, and her community work is dedicated to the preservation of native tree and vegetation of São Paulo’s Mata Atlântica. Simões serves on São Paulo’s participatory budget council and is a member of the Zeladoria Ambiental.
Bárbara Bethânia de Paula Pinto holds a bachelor’s degree in non-profit administration and works on grant writing and special project coordination at UNAs. Pinto is involved in Heliopolis’ Women’s Movement and its representation on the municipal participatory council of Ipiranga.
Graphics and Data Management Lead
Thais Marcussi is an architect and urbanist with a BArch from the University of São Paulo’s School of Architecture and Urbanism. Marcussi is a practicing architect and focuses her research upon notions of memory and identity that evolve between society and constructed environments.
Julia Nunes studies architecture and urbanism at the University of Nove de Julho in São Paulo and was trained as an interior designer at the ETEC technical school of Heliópolis. Julia is interested in urban planning and interior design.
Leonardo Alves Araújo studies architecture and urbanism at the University of Nove de Julho in São Paulo, and was trained as an interior designer at the ETEC technical school of Heliópolis. Leonardo’s work focuses upon architectural innovation for social transformation.