Critical Places is nourished by the work and spirit of everyone who becomes a part, big or small, of its many initiatives.

Alpa Nawre

Alpa Nawre is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida, and an Architect as well as an Urbanist. She is a recipient of the US Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching, the Harvard Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies, and Landscape Architecture Foundation’s Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. She holds a Masters degree in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor in Architecture from NIT, Raipur, India. Alpa is a licensed landscape architect in Kansas, a licensed architect in India, a LEED AP and has worked in design offices in India, USA, UAE and Switzerland.

Gaurav Lohiya

Gaurav Lohiya is a Construction Manager and Architect with fifteen years of international professional experience of working in USA, United Arab Emirates and India. He has managed development projects totaling a capex of over a billion dollars. He earned his Master of Science in Construction Management at Texas A & M University, College Station, USA and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from NIT, Raipur. His interest focuses on developing innovative and winning business strategies for Architecture, Engineering and Construction firms. His papers have been accepted for presentation and publications at various International Conferences on Strategy and Management. Gaurav is a registered architect, LEED AP, PMP, PRINCE2 and OSHA Certified professional.

Saurabh Lohiya

Saurabh Lohiya is a Mechanical and Marine Engineer. He was in merchant navy for many years and has travelled to several countries. Saurabh is passionate about inspiring people to become agents of change within their own communities.

Lillian Cooper

Lillian Cooper is an Architect and Artist. Her professional experience includes four years working in both a design and project management capacity across the USA, as well as heading various volunteer efforts in India and Honduras. Lillian received her Master of Architecture from Kansas State University. Her Masters project focused on the declining health of underprivileged populations in Mexico City and included a proposal to revitalize a portion of Colonia Doctores to provide healthy and safe public space, art, exercise facilities, community gardens and education for its inhabitants. Lillian has spent the last year traversing the globe while working full-time and remotely for her U.S. based architecture firm. She is inspired by the beautifully diverse people she meets as she travels and strives to dedicate her career to serving marginalized communities.

Astrid Tsz Wai Wong

Tsz Wai Wong, Astrid, is a final year post-baccalaureate landscape architecture graduate student at Kansas State University. She earned a BA degree in Landscape Studies at the University of Hong Kong and practiced for two years before deciding to pursue a master’s degree. In 2017 summer, she interned at PLACE Studio in Portland, Oregon. Astrid is particularly aware of the role of landscape architects in impoverished, marginal communities. Rooted in her first-hand experience witnessing the extremely difficult living environments of people in villages in India and China, and an urban slum in Bangladesh, her current research focuses in transformative water infrastructure in rural India as a placemaking tool to bring short- and long-term impact to communities. Astrid is also inspired by participatory design methods and processes that can empower communities.

Leslie Johnson

Leslie A. Johnson is a final year landscape architecture graduate student at University of Minnesota. Her key design interests include themes of history, advocacy, and environmental impact. Her background is in history of urban design and landscape architecture from University of Oregon. Leslie’s current research focus examines how traditional practices/vernacular water management wisdom can be applied to challenges in developing countries. In 2013, she worked as the Scholarships Coordinator for the Landscape Architecture Foundation and in 2014 as an English instructor in Anyang, South Korea.