Adele Therias is completing her B.A. in Geography at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on Urban Studies and Sustainability and a passion for building resilient communities. She has completed community-based projects unemployment and transportation in Williams Lake, food security in Surrey, and archives on Bowen Island (BC). She has also worked on collaborative projects in Iceland and Chongqing (China). She is a CityStudio Semester in Dialogue 2017 Alum, where she learned about the inner workings of the City of Vancouver and fell in love with this beautiful place. Currently, she is a Research Assistant for the Decolonizing Water and Smart Earth projects at UBC and a coordinator for the Village Vancouver Main Street Neighbourhood.
EMI WEBB Creative Director
Emi Webb is an industrial designer who believes that true innovation finds the balance between wild dreams and practicality. As an alumni of Emily Carr University, she focuses heavily on process and telling the story of design. Emi believes that the most important part of developing inventive ideas is explaining these new concepts in a way that can excite others. Her background is in health design and she has collaborated with health authorities, schools, and hospitals across Vancouver. These projects have focused on promoting healthy self-care for staff as well as engaging patient’s voices in the redevelopment of the new St. Paul’s Hospital.
HALINA RACHELSON Urban Systems Researcher
Halina Rachelson is an urban planning student at the University of British Columbia, specializing in resilient community design. In her career, she hopes to contribute to the field by engaging with communities of diverse cultures, income groups, and ways of knowing in the planning and design process. Her prior experience consisted of working around themes of guerrilla architecture and bottom up design in Berlin, inclusive/multicultural planning in Vancouver, and climate change adaptation in Miami.
LEAH KARLBERG Team Liaison
Leah Karlberg is wrapping up an undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in human geography, with a minor in health & society. She is interested in how the spaces around us affect our habits, specifically health-related outcomes, and hopes to pursue a dual master's degree in urban planning and public health. Leah has experience working in a variety of fields, including active transportation with The Bicycle Valet, communications through the public engagement team at UBC's Campus and Community Planning, and fostering neighbourhood-scale resilience with the City of Vancouver through the Neighbour Hub. On a sunny day, Leah likes to read a good book, hop on her bike, or people-watch with a cup of tea.
STEPH KOENIG Concept Developer
Stephanie Koenig is an industrial designer interested in the intersections between art and engineering. Many of her projects work on bringing together technical systems and designed usability. Renewable energy is a common theme in many of her past projects. Her work is largely inspired by off the grid living systems. Her design Swell is published in the Land Art Generator Initiative 2016, an international publication that showcases the top 50 entries. Swell is a dynamic sculpture that also functions as a wave generator. Her and her partner Paul Grawitz also represented North America in the 2016 Schneider Electric Go Green in the City international competition. Stephanie's work extends past alternative energy. Through numerous research assistant positions she has had the opportunity to collaborate with organisations such as; St. Paul's Hospital, Tinkerine 3D printing studio, and Agility Technologies.