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Todd Ferry
Todd Ferry

Senior Research Associate and Faculty Fellow, Center for Public Interest Design
Shattuck Hall 217

Master of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, University of Georgia, 2002

Todd Ferry is a Senior Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) within the Portland State University School of Architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Georgia and a Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Before pursuing a career in architecture, Todd worked for nearly a decade with nonprofit organizations serving vulnerable populations. His current work investigates how new project typologies can serve traditionally underserved communities and seeks to develop innovative tools and models of engagement to aid in this effort. Recent projects include the design of a sustainable community center in Inner Mongolia, China; mobile placemaking efforts, such as a collaboration with the Portland Opera on the creation of a mobile opera stage to bring the arts to more communities; and the POD Initiative to provide new models for addressing homelessness through radically participatory design and construction processes. He is a Co-Founder of the university’s new Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative (HRAC) where he serves as Alternative Shelter Initiatives Director, collaborating with faculty and students to research and design villages and other alternative approaches to addressing homelessness. He is deeply committed to sustainability in his design work and the courses he teaches, and was the recipient of PSU’s 2019 Excellence in Sustainability Teaching Award. Todd is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Director of the Architecture Summer Immersion Program at the PSU School of Architecture, and coordinator of PSU’s Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design.