Christina Ciardullo, Michael Morris, and Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman

Christina Ciardullo, AIA, co-founder/partner, SEArch+, is an architect working at the intersection of the natural world and the built environment. With a background in astronomy and philosophy, her space practice began with positions at Columbia University’s Space Architecture Lab and the Habitability Design Center at NASA Johnson Space Center. In terrestrial practice she has worked for the award winning firms of Ennead Architects, Foster+Partners, and LAVA on such competition winning projects as the Shanghai Planetarium, winning Leading Innovation in Resilient Waterfront Development for the FARROC competition, and the 2020 German Pavilion for the Dubai Expo, and applied her sustainable research at the NYC City Planning Department. She is a recipient of the 2016 Buckminster Fuller Institute Fellowship and 2015-2016 Anna Kalla Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where she taught interdisciplinary studios designing closed-loop sustainable ecosystems for Mars with students from architecture, science, and engineering. She is pursuing a PhD at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture.

Michael Morris, co-founder/partner, SEArch+, is a graduate of The Cooper Union School of Architecture and Parsons School of Design Environmental Design and Fulbright recipient. With his late partner-and- wife Yoshiko Sato, Morris founded the New York City based Morris Sato Studio Architecture in 1996 and the Space Exploration Architecture (SEARC) in 2006. Morris Sato Studio’s multi-disciplinary architecture, art and science collaborations have garnered the firm international commissions and recognition. Concurrent to their practice, Morris (and Sato) have continuously held positions in leading university’s including their alma mater’s Cooper Union, Harvard, and Parsons, co-founding Space Studio’s I-X at Columbia University and Pratt Institute. Awarded the NASA X-Hab Innovation Grants in 2016 and 2017, Morris and Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman with Melodie Yashar worked with Pratt architecture and industrial design students to define and prototype Mars transit and surface habitats.In 2016, the team’s Mars transit habitat project- MOTH was exhibited at the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum and featured in Scientific America.

Working at the intersection of design and technology, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, cofounder/partner, SEArch+, is an expert in human interaction, wearable products and smart textiles. With a background in performance apparel, product design and interior architecture, she is a pioneering researcher in design methodologies and smart materials, and is Professor of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics; has published many articles; and speaks internationally on design, innovation and the future. Rebeccah brings over 25 years of corporate designing experience in residential interior design, medical, wearable and consumer product design and has held positions as Design Director for Fila, Champion and Nike.  She is founder of Interwoven Design Group, an interdisciplinary design consulting practice that creates innovative, thoughtful and efficient products, and one of the founding partners in SEArch+, where she works to apply her design theories and practice to extraterrestrial environments.  She was named one of IDSA’s (Industrial Design Society of America) 20/20 for both her work promoting diversity in design and Interwoven’s design work on the APEX exosuit which was recognized with a SPARK Platinum Design Award.

Kate Ladenheim

Kate Ladenheim is a dance artist and designer making work at the intersection of choreography, technology, and activism. Recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” her work has been presented internationally, most notably at The Invisible Dog, Gowanus Loft, National Sawdust, DanceNOW NYC, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Performance Arcade (New Zealand). Her work spans stage performances, dance film, interactive installations, robotics, and augmented reality apps.

Kate’s work has been commissioned by the Juventas New Music Ensemble, the Juntos Collective and Rider University. She has been awarded residencies at White Wave Dance, University of Georgia, the Pocantico Center, Leimay CAVE, Rider University (where she won the 2015 Emerging Choreographer Competition), Keshet Arts and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Kate am currently the artist-in-residence at the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.

Ellie Lum

Klum House is a one-stop bag making shop and school in Portland, Oregon. Our women-owned and powered company offers bag making kits, patterns, tools, supplies, and workshops to help makers create heavy-duty bags on a home sewing machine. 

Founded by Ellie Lum, a professional bag maker with twenty years of experience, Klum House aims to bridge the gap between small-batch manufacturing and home sewing, showing makers they are capable of things they never thought possible.



Peyton Scott Russell

Minneapolis-based artist and instructor Peyton Scott Russell discovered art as a small child. Much of his inspiration came from such youthful passions as dinosaurs, comic strips, fishing, and the great outdoors. Peyton was first introduced to graffiti art in 1984 as a high-school student through the film Style Wars, which had a profound effect on him. From that point forward, he has devoted his time and energy to graffiti art.

Peyton has a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for over three decades has been a professional artist and arts instructor. Peyton has taught and directed classical visual fine arts with nontraditional art to youth and encourages students to be professional artists by focusing on portfolio development, artistic interpretation, and exhibition. Today, with the help of the Bush Foundation Fellowship Program (2012-2014), Peyton is focused on his new arts project, SPRAYFINGER®. He is dedicated to teaching, studying, and practicing Graffiti: The Art of Creative Lettering™. His mission is to increase awareness of graffiti as a teachable art form by working with schools, teachers, and artists on curriculum design, outlines, and lesson plans to deepen the understanding of a long-misunderstood art form.

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