Board of Directors
Scott found his way to Savannah from New York City while running an environmentally-friendly surfwear company with the woman who’s now his wife. Scott is co-author and program coordinator for the Masters in Design for Sustainability at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and professor in Design for Sustainability. He’s the author of 3 books, has published over a dozen short stories in acclaimed literary journals, and numerous pieces on design and sustianability in journals such as Core 77, Design Observer, and Communication Arts. Scott spent a decade as an Art Director in New York City, working with clients such as Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, and Opium. He speaks internationally on design and sustainability, and holds a masters from Pratt Institute. Scott has served on the board of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, and is a past member of the State Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council of Georgia. Scott presently serves on the National Academy of Environmental Design. email Scott
Mark is the Preservation Director with J.T. Turner Construction Co., Inc., and Chair of the USGBC Savannah branch Leadership Group. He’s is the inaugural winner of the Craftsmanship Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation, and as a LEED Accredited Professional, has worked on nationally recognized projects such as the Hamilton Turner Inn, Owens Thomas House Museum, and The Anson and Lazarus-Mohr House which was featured on This Old House.
Roger Bowman is the Corporate Sustainability Manager for Gulfstream. In this role, Roger is leading company-wide efforts to develop a sustainability program anchored in the Gulfstream Vision and Values. He is advancing programs to reduce environmental impact and footprint, improve energy efficiency, and set standards that lead to more efficient facilities, products and services. He comes to Savannah from Gulfstream’s Long Beach (California) facility where he was the Environmental Manager. While there, he played a key role in achieving several high-profile environmental permits. He started the recycling program in Long Beach, and began the first “zero discharge to landfill” program in Gulfstream, also for the Long Beach facility. Prior to Gulfstream, he worked at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, Ca. Roger is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford College and art history M.A. graduate of SCAD, Paula S. Fogarty’s professional career has focused on upper-level management in marketing, design, finance, and operations. As President of Kindel Furniture Company, Paula innovated product lines through competitive analysis and understanding of the marketplace; consolidated and streamlined operations for greater profitability. As owner of her own marketing and strategic consulting firm, Paula Scott Unlimited, Paula assisted both established brands and start-ups in creating consistent communications across all channels, including their internal cultures. Currently a freelance writer, Paula blog for Metropolis Magazine follows her book research on the role of women in the American furniture industry. She also writes for Chair Culture, Connect Savannah, and other publications. Paula has served on several boards of directors and as Board Chair of the Irish Georgian Society, The Center for Environmental Study, and The David Wolcott Kendall Memorial Foundation. Paula is a current board member of the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library. She lives in Savannah with her Jack Russell Terrier, Charles.
Stephen Hartley leads the Historic Preservation and Restoration program at Savannah Technical College. He earned his B.A. in History from Coastal Carolina and his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has participated in the restoration of more than thirty historic sites, winning awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation for his work. Steve has taught at SCAD and Armstrong Atlantic State University. Three years ago, he began Preservation Week at Savannah Technical College and in 2011, he launched the Visiting Artisan Series, bringing world-class craftsmen to campus. He is internationally recognized for his work in the field and has served as a peer reviewer for the Association for Preservation Technology. His professional affiliations include: National Trust for Historic Preservation, International Council for Monuments and Sites, Association for Preservation Technology, Preservation Trades Network, Timber Framer’s Guild of North America, Artist Blacksmith Association of North America
David Miller is the corporate vice president for Business Development, Marketing and Sales (www.comp-u-floor.com), and the Vice President of the Government Systems Division for AYA Associates, Inc. (www.ayaassociates.com). Mr. Miller earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education with concentration in Physics, Math and Computer Science, and a Master of Science in Education with concentraton is Business Administration from Wright State University and is a strong believer in continuing education. Having an education and engineering background and 40 years of experience, Mr. Miller has had a career of continued successes through innovation, leadership, team building and management. As a customer from a fortune 100 company has recently recalled, Dave demonstrated considerable managerial talent. For the past 8 years Dave has been helping the US Small Business Administration and several small businesses either directly or volunteering as an associate/advisor to help achieve their vision. Mr. Miller is a champion for the SBA’s Ombussman Office for Fairness in Federal Regulations and participates in an advisiory position to several Small Businesses Board of Directors.
Bryan was a carpenter amongst the corn fields of Ohio while studying architecture at Bowling Green State University. He bounced around to a few architecture firms as a lowly architectural intern for 4 years before returning to complete Master of Science in Architecture at NewSchool of Architecture in sunny San Diego where his focus was the study of culturally sensitive building design. He returned to the architectural field for 4 years while teaching as adjunct instructor in Savannah Technical College’s drafting program. He enjoyed that so much that he took a position as Drafting Department Head at Savannah Tech where he continues to focus on a community beneficial, socially responsible, project based curriculum.
Laura Lee Bocade is the Relationship and Community Development Manager for DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a Calgary-based manufacturer of prefabricated, sustainable interior construction solutions with a plant in Savannah Georgia. Ms. Bocade’s mission is to develop and nurture community partnerships, what she calls “spreading DIRTT,” as part of DIRTT’s progressive approach to corporate responsibility and philanthropy. She was awarded a STEP Award by the National Association of Manufacturers’ Women in Manufacturing Institute and was awarded the inaugural Vicki Loughrey Volunteer Advocacy Award by the Coastal Center for Developmental Services. She is an active board member of the Creative Coast, the regional chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Quantum Inc., serving two years as board president. She is also a member of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, the Historic Savannah Foundation as a 1733 Club member, the Workforce Action Team (WAT) and the Community Council of Savannah Technical College’s Foundation as well as serving on the advisory board of both the College’s Historic Preservation and Green Building program and the Business Management program. She is a founding board member of Accelerate Savannah and serves as a director at large for the US Green Building Council of Georgia. Representing the manufacturing industry for DIRTT, Laura Lee also serves as a member of the Georgia Association of Manufacturers and the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance.
With more than 25 years of experience in construction project management and historic preservation consulting, Stewart has worked on a multitude of projects involving masonry design and inspection, high-rise and institutional building construction, and historic building restoration. As the curator of buildings for the Roundhouse Railroad Museum, Old Fort Jackson, and the Savannah Visitor’s Center, Stewart managed more than $20 million-worth of preservation construction projects, restoring and rehabbing 18 structures that make up the former Central of Georgia Shops Landmark District. While a Peace Corps volunteer, Stewart co-designed block latrines and constructed more than a dozen of the blocks at local schools, designed site plans for a World Heritage Site facility and designed and supervised the construction of museum exhibits there. Stewart holds a master’s in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Mary, have two fantastic boys and have lived in Savannah for 19 years.
Brittney Boudwin (bOH-dwin) wants to live in a world where happiness is free, air is clean, and diversity is power. As a social impact designer and equity advocate, she explores ways in which community resiliency might be promoted through social connectedness and civic engagement. With a background in interior design, the effects that the built environment has on human behavior, and methods to respectfully and responsively use resources are reoccurring themes in her design explorations. In 2011 she left a career in private jet interior design to find greater purpose as a designer and wound up on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana with Red Feather Development Group helping to build a straw-bale home for and with the Spang-Medicine Bull family. Since then, she’s been on a mission to find ways to make designing with meaning her daily grind. She is currently completing her Master of Arts degree in Design for Sustainability at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In addition to living the #gradschoollife, Brittney is also the SCAD Serve Sustainability coordinator where she organizes weekly opportunities for the student-run volunteer program that allow students, staff and faculty to participate in and support a variety of projects around Savannah that explore sustainable initiatives contributing to a happy, healthy and comfortable community for everyone.
Meagan is Operations Manager at Jelinek Cork Group and Jelinek Creative Spaces.She is a material reclamation fanatic who cameos as a designer to support her passions. She is program director and founder of Design for Ability, a non-profit organization that provides green-jobs training for special needs students. After completing her undergraduate degree in Interior Design at LSU, she picked up and relocated to Colorado in 2005 to begin her lifelong conquest for sustainable design solutions and spur of the moment laughter. As a certified designer, her professional practice includes multiple award winning Interior Design projects, avid participation with non-profit organizations and unforeseen dumpster diving. In 2011, she received her masters degree in Design for Sustainability from Savannah College of Art and Design, and currently focuses on the environmental impact of the human species and the need for triple bottom line results. She loves the land, her dog and getting her hands dirty. She dislikes bios. Especially writing them. Meagan has been contributing her knowledge and skills to Emergent Structures for several years, and is a Project Manager for the Design for Ability Greenhouse project.
Nick is Director of Sustainability at City of Savannah. Several years ago he moved to the warmth of Savannah from the frigid winters of Minneapolis, MN, where he worked for the last 9 years at the University of Minnesota. While there, he developed sustainable building policies, managed the University’s first sustainable building program and improved collaboration with minority-owned businesses on sustainable building projects. He also focused on enterprise-level strategic sustainability planning, covering all aspects of campus life and facility operations. Nick has a multidisciplinary degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science & Communications and a Masters in Environmental Policy & Organizational Effectiveness. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the USGBC-GA Savannah Branch. Nick is very interested in finding ways to shift human behavior in everyday life towards a more sustainable way of living. He uses a systems approach to sustainability challenges, incorporating life-cycle analysis and cradle-to-cradle thinking to achieve solutions that balance social, environmental and economic interests. Nick is a Project Manager for the Design for Ability Greenhouse project.
Charisse Bennett is Project Manager at Focus Lab, and was previously the Program Director for The Creative Coast. An architect by training with four years of professional experience designing high-rise towers and office complexes, she icompleted a Master of Fine Arts at SCAD, with a dual focus in Design Management and Design for Sustainability. She hopes to combine her passion for community empowerment and material reclamation with her academic thesis work, as well as her everyday involvement in volunteer opportunities, event support, and creative fundraising initiatives. Her contributions to Emergent Structures are many, but most notably, the creation and project management for the Design and Build Competition for Dog Houses + Cat Structures, and the Savannah Gardens rainbarrel stand kit creation + workshop.
The main thing about Clark is he’s not a master of anything, but more of a jack of all trades. This is due to the fact that he’s exposed himself to as many different creative outlets as possible, with the constant theme being creation. He loves to create. It all started around the age of 9 working with his father in the woodshop. Since then, this love has pushed him in many directions. His love to create has helped him build furniture and wooden kayaks. In school it pushed Clark to obtain a masters in graphic design, which has fostered a love of the print and digital worlds of design. During the last 11 years, Clark has worked in both of these areas and ended up where he is now, a professor and interactive art director.
Imke was born, raised and photographically educated in Germany and moved to the US in 1991, on what back then seemed like a whim. After 9 formative years in New york City and a 2 year quest for creative insight and refinement in the Rocky Mountains, she is happy to be back among people and near the ocean in Savannah, GA, which she has called home since 2001. Her assignments have taken her around the globe and up close and personal with people from all walks of life. She works with 2 medium format cameras and a gentle eye, her images convey a sense of intimacy and compassion that make even the most far away places and people feel like home, and most challenging situations feel personal. Imke’s photographs have appeared in publications in the US and worldwide. She is available for documentary and portrait photography here and abroad. The beautiful photography you find throughout this website was shot by Imke Lass. Emergent Structures is tremendously grateful for Imke’s interest in and dedication to our mission.
Architecture manifested itself through numerous avenues, whether it is derived from the point, line or plane, or is inspired by the surroundings that one is in. However, true architecture is the harmonization of the basic principles meshed with an artistic license to create something that reflects one’s self. Throughout my career, the reflection of myself culminates in a thought of nature. I believe my fascination with nature is in part due to where I spent my childhood. I grew up in a small rural town called Thetford in the heart of Vermont, where I would spend most of my time outside, engulfed in nature. With that notion of nature, I have been focused on the sustainable aspect of architectural design. The age of sustainable design is upon us and striving for the most efficient design possible is mandatory. What I hope to accomplish with my design skill is to spread the knowledge of sustainability and implement techniques into all of my design.
As a B.A. Design student in Brazil, Francisco has already worked with different fields of Design, such as Graphic Design, in which he won the 3rd place of the Pernambuco State Sectional Competition of Billboards sponsored by Central de Outdoor. Also, he was volunteer on a signage project for his hometown organized by his university in Brazil. Currently, Francisco is engaged in a study-abroad program specializing in Furniture Design at SCAD, but also focusing on Project and Design Management.
Diane Seaver is currently a graduate student working towards her MFA in Service Design at Savannah College Art and Design. She is originally from a small farm town in Nebraska where she grew-up on a hobby farm built on sustainable techniques and environmental stewardship. She earned her BFA in Industrial Design from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. After graduation she worked professionally as a trade show designer and then as a food portable designer; both positions were at design-build companies requiring an understanding of front-end and back-end business drivers. Recently Diane has found her true passion for the built environment and spatial design through adaptive reuse. She hopes to be part of a company such as Whole Foods that values the triple bottom line especially when it comes to the spaces that consumers use. For Diane, sustainability is not a cause, but a habitat, and she would like to bring to any company a perspective of being environmentally conscientious is not a trade-off for profits.
Colin Williams is an undergraduate student in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. A native of Toronto, Canada, he was raised in an old house in the walkable historic Parkside neighborhood of Savannah, which nurtured from a very early age an appreciation for environmentally sensitive design. Extensive family travels around North America and Europe exposed him to a wide variety of natural and manmade environments. His interests in green development and sustainability originate from a fascination with the natural world and the need to preserve it for future generations. It is his goal to encourage a change in the way people view cleaner building techniques and have them adopted more widely across the globe.
Hannah has always been interested in all forms of expression and communication, especially when it connects people and enriches their lives. Raised in the Rocky Mountains in Snowmass Colorado, she’s grown up with an appreciation for nature and a passion for design. She recently received a BFA from Savannah College of Art & Design, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Interior Design. Hannah is passionate about the people of our world and how we communicate feelings through the expression of language and artistry. Her studies at SCAD have enhanced her appreciation and love for all forms of design. With multidisciplinary skills, she’s capable to delve into anything from illustration to window displays. Hannah strives to connect communities and ignite cultural, sustainable and humanitarian awareness through everything she creates. She looks forward to being immersed in the arts, expanding her knowledge, using her creativity and allowing her artistic soul to thrive!
Adrian Perez is a recent graduate from the Design for Sustainability program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His main areas of study include the nature of human settlements, a philosophy of sustainability, and alternative material technologies. Adrian is co-founder of Barbarus, an innovative apparel + accessory company.