Rick Bell, FAIA, is executive director of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He was instrumental in the creation of AIA's New York New Visions design and planning coalition, which has helped to catalyze and critique the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan. A registered architect and a Fellow of the AIA since 2000 for his prior work in the public sector, Bell currently heads the AIA national staff association, CACE, and represents it on the AIA national board.
Lance Jay Brown , FAIA, DPACSA, is the principal of Lance Jay Brown Architecture + Urban Design in New York City, fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, ACSA Distinguished Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY, and president-elect 2014 of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. He is coauthor of Urban Design for an Urban Century (2010) and Planning and Design Workbook for Community Participation (1970), and a recipient of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. He has served as director of the School of Architecture at CCNY, director of the City College Architectural Center, and assistant director for programs at the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lynne Elizabeth is founder and director of New Village Press. She is the past president of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), a public-benefit educational organization founded in 1981 that works for peace, environmental protection, social justice, and development of healthy communities.Ms. Elizabeth is the coeditor of Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (New Village 2012), What We See: Advancing the Investigations of Jane Jacobs (New Village Press, 2010), Works of Heart: Building Village through the Arts (New Village Press, 2006), and Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods (John Wiley & Sons, 2000, 2005). She is a contributing author to Eco-Village Livin g (Gaia Trust, 2003) and Sustainable Architecture White Papers (Earthpledge Foundation, 2000).Ms. Elizabeth serves on the editorial board of Public , a peer-reviewed journal of Imagining America. She previously published ADPSR's national periodical, New Village Journal , which offered themed issues on community revitalization, community-scale economics, and education for community building.In Southern California, Ms. Elizabeth founded and directed the former Eos Institute, an education center for the study of sustainable community development. From 1989 to 1995, she managed the Institute's programs and projects, including construction of a demonstration eco-house and permaculture garden. At Eos Institute, she published Earthword Journal with themed issues on ecological community development, urban landscape, transportation planning, restoration of cities, and sustainable architecture.In 2013, Ms. Elizabeth moved New Village Press from Oakland California to the Centre for Social Innovation in New York City.