Radha Mistry has a background in architecture, narrative environments, and strategic foresight. In the Office of the CTO (OCTO) at Autodesk, Radha explores the impact of emerging technologies and how it will change the way we design and make things in the future. Prior to Autodesk, Radha focused on the Future of Work with the Steelcase Applied Research group. Her work sought out ways organizations could drive Innovation through design. Previous to Steelcase, Radha was part of the Arup Foresight + Innovation team in London and San Francisco, crafting speculative futures for global clients; and was one of the original co-founders of GOATstudio in New Orleans — bringing some “swagger” and better opportunities for young architects. Radha has also exhibited during the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and worked on design-led community engagement initiatives in cities across Europe.
Karina Andreeva pushes the boundaries of who an architect is and how the practice can expand to provide necessary services to nontraditional clients. After working in a variety of firms, from small boutique studios to interdisciplinary offices, as well as collaborating with non-profit organizations, Karina is now Studio Lead at see arch. a design and research office engaged in crafting physical space and experiences located in Oakland, as well as the Director of Free School of Architecture 2018. She is also 1/2 of EDKA Studio, a feminist design lab inquiring into the future of public space through co-design, curious site analysis, and playful prototyping. Karina is originally from St. Petersburg, Russia and studied Architectural Design at Parsons, The New School for Design.
Elizabeth Timme is a third generation architect born in Houston and raised in Los Angeles. Watching her parents build in remote locations and start a design school meant that Elizabeth grew to see the practice of architecture as a community-based profession. Growing up in Texas where land use planning and zoning is limited and California where exclusionary zoning practices are historic, Elizabeth is excited by the challenge of Los Angeles where rules are plentiful but often contradictory. Elizabeth co-founded LA-Más because she saw a need for a design approach to be integrated early on in public projects and civic planning. She believes designers can help create a unified vision, identify creative alternatives, and work in partnership with communities. Elizabeth provides leadership at LA-Más by ensuring all projects are thoughtfully designed and critically engage systemic problems. Elizabeth has extensive experience in architecture and construction administration having worked at MASS Design Group, Ball-Nogues Studio, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. Elizabeth has taught design-build studios at Woodbury University’s Agency for Civic Engagement (ACE) Center and serves on the Zoning Advisory Committee of Re: Code LA, a city-led effort to transform the city’s outdated zoning code. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Southern California.
Maryam Eskandari is the Principal at MIIM Designs, an architectural design practice dedicated to the advancement of design, dialogue with history, theory, and context, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Eskandari received her Bachelors of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona where she won the J. Douglas Mac Neil Architecture Fellowship in design. She received her Masters of Science in Architecture in history and theory, (SMArchS HTC) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology's prestigious Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture where she was the Aga Khan Fellow for two years. Currently, she is the founding principal of MIIM Designs and teaches architecture and design at Harvard University and Boston Architectural College. Prior to establishing MIIM Designs, Eskandari was Project Designer at DLR Group, where she led several award-winning projects. MIIM Designs has been recognized with numerous awards, publications, and exhibitions. In 2012, MIIM Designs was awarded the "Faith and Form Award" from the American Institute of Architects. Recently, MIIM Designs was the architect for the new Children's Museum of Manhattan's America to Zanzibar exhibit in New York. Eskandari serves on the Board of Open Architecture Collaborative, Harvard's FDR Foundation, and the 1947 Partition Archives.