Thomas Chastain


Tom has extensive experience in the design and construction of complex institutional, commercial and residential projects. He has international experience in urban design from the revitalization of the neighborhoods of Budapest to cities in China. Tom has taught at Massachusetts College of Art, MIT, and the University of California Berkeley as well as at the International Laboratory for Architecture and Urban Design (ILAUD) in Venice. His research on the structure of urban fabrics and building in the United States, Europe and Asia has been published in numerous journals. He received his B.S.A.S in Architecture from University of Nebraska in Lincoln and his Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Planning Commissioner for the City of Lafayette and serves on the Professional Advisory Council for the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska. He writes a blog with Renee here.

Renee Chow


Renee is internationally recognized for her expertise in residential and urban design. Renee is a professor of architecture and urban design at University of California Berkeley as well as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the College of Environmental Design. She lectures internationally on issues of housing design, house construction systems, and the design of neighborhoods. Her publications include Suburban Space: The Fabric of Dwelling that received the 2003 AIA California Council Research and Technology Award. Coming this spring is a book on urbanism, Changing Chinese Cities: The Potential of Field Urbanism, to be published by NUS Press. She previously taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as studied there, receiving both her S.B.A.D and Master of Architecture. She writes a blog with Tom here.

Antje Steinmuller


Antje has practiced in Europe and the United States since 1993. She holds a degree in Interior Architecture and Furniture design from Hochschule fuer Technik in Stuttgart, Germany, a degree in Architecture from Technische Universitaet in Berlin, Germany, as well as her Masters in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley. Before moving to the US, Antje worked in architecture firms in Stuttgart and Berlin, where she was involved in residential work as well as landmark government projects including the German Parliament office building. Antje is the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Medal, the Howard Friedman Prize, and a Branner Fellowship from UC Berkeley. Antje is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Her research areas include the relationship of visualization methods to design thinking, as well as temporary urban strategies and their capacity to inform longer-term urban development.