February Chapter Meeting: “Midwestern Cities at a Turning Point – Finding the Way Forward”

As Executive Director of Greater Ohio and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Lavea Brachman has been the chief architect of and manages the Restoring Prosperity to Ohio Initiative as well as other related statewide initiatives, including ReBuild Ohio, a statewide vacant property redevelopment coalition. Since coming to the organization, Lavea has been instrumental in shaping the Greater Ohio’s organizational and strategic direction, as well as developing policy and programmatic areas of focus and strategic partnerships with other non-profit organizations and private sector leaders. She has also written a number of publications including co-authoring Greater Ohio’s recently released report, “Restoring Prosperity: Transforming Ohio’s Communities for the Next Economy,” and the Brookings publication, “Ohio’s Cities at a Turning Point: Finding the Way Forward” on the plight and strengths of Ohio’s older industrial “shrinking cities.”
After practicing environmental law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, Lavea was a partner with a Cambridge, Massachusetts consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies on brownfield redevelopment strategies. Since then, Lavea has dedicated her work to the non-profit and public sectors. While at the Department of Energy (DOE) during the Clinton Administration, she worked on redevelopment and community involvement strategies for decommissioned DOE sites. As director of Ohio work at the Chicago-based non-profit Delta Institute, Lavea worked with community leaders throughout the Midwest to promote local watershed and brownfield redevelopment projects.
Before returning to Ohio, Lavea was a Visiting Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and taught in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she developed and taught workshops and wrote about the role of community development organizations in brownfields development and neighborhood revitalization efforts. Lavea graduated from Harvard College and The University of Chicago Law School, and received a master’s in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ann Pendleton-Jullian is an architect, educator, and writer of international standing. Her design work negotiates the overlap between architecture, landscape, culture, and technology, and is motivated towards internationalism. Believing in the vital exchange between ideas and architecture, thought and action, Pendleton-Jullian founded her practice on both commissioned and theoretical work. Her work has been exhibited and published extensively and has developed a reputation for the manner in which it poeticizes the pragmatic imagination.
Pendleton-Jullian obtained her bachelor of architecture degree from Cornell in 1979 and her master of architecture from Princeton in 1983. In the mid eighties, she opened her first professional office in Los Angeles and, after three years in practice there, returned to the east coast to practice and begin teaching at Cornell.
In 1993, Pendleton-Jullian accepted a faculty position at MIT, where science and a critical fascination with technology initiated new ways of thinking about and developing her work and practice, including the application of game design to studio methodologies.
In 2007 Pendleton-Jullian became Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture. Her work at the KSA has focused on furthering the use of game design as a way to approach complex and emergent systems within architectural, urban and landscape design. Seeing education as its own design problem, she is also involved in thinking and writing about education for the 21st century.

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