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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 within the School of Architecture at Portland State University. 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 architecture, Todd worked for over a decade in the nonprofit field, including founding KIU ART, a service-learning organization working with a small community in Mwanza, Tanzania to build classrooms and exchange ideas. His background and interest in working with underserved populations led him to seek opportunities to apply his skills as a designer toward public interest design efforts. To that end, he has been active in leading and participating in progressive design-build projects around the world.

 Todd is currently involved in many projects at the Center for Public Interest Design, including the Sacramento Neighborhoods Initiative, design-build work for the Montesinos Orphanage and Environmental Technical School in Haiti, and the design of a community center in Inner Mongolia, China, to serve as a model of environmental sustainability in the region. He has a diverse range of interests in architecture that usually center around the intersection of theory and practice. He has been awarded a number of travel fellowships to pursue research topics in this area, including the work of Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, Switzerland, the evolution of museum typology in Oxford, England, and the Spomenik Monuments of the former Yugoslavia. His current research with the Center for Public Interest Design is focused on developing new models of engagement for fully including all members of a community in the design process.