Pen Sereypagna (Founder/Director) is a freelance architect and urban researcher based in Phnom Penh City. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Urbanism from Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA), Phnom Penh. In 2012 he was awarded a six-month grant from Asian Cultural Council (ACC) to live and study in New York City. While there he undertook a six-month internship at the offices of Steven Harris Architects and also audited courses in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design. In 2010, Pagna began an online platform, Lumhor, which focuses on architecture, urbanism and design in Cambodia. He has worked for national and international urban NGOs such as the Vann Molyvann Project, Khmer Architecture Tours and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut. He also worked as an architect at Archetype Group in Phnom Penh. Pagna started Phnom Penh Visions: a project to foster discussion around new urban ideas for Phnom Penh. More recently, he undertook a research about Genealogy of Bassac, a community based research and participatory exercise in Phnom Penh.
Giacomo Butte (Founder/Senior adviser) is an Italian interior architect who has many experiences in India, Nepal, China, Japan and Italy. He received MA in Interior Architecture in Milan. In 2010 he moved to Cambodia as a volunteer at STT where he involved in urban upgrading projects and created alternative development plans for poor urban communities. In 2011 he found Collective Studio with Eva Lloyd which focus on commercial, development and advocacy. He also taught at Norton and Limkokwing university in Phnom Penh.
Eva Lloyd (Supporter) is the professor at faculty of build environment, University of New South Wale, Australia. She received BA(hons) in architecture and interior design; and she is a NSW Registered Architect. She used to teach in Australia before moving to Cambodia at the end of 2010. In 2011 she found Collective Studio with Giacomo Butte, an Italian interior architect, which focus on projects and research with social benefit; design advocacy, affordable housing, urban design for land rights, community and public space interventions. She also used to work with design firm such as Edifice Design and SJB Interiors which offered fantastic experience in the world of bespoke materials, furniture and lighting.
Shelby Elizabeth Doyle (Supporter) is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University College of Design. Her research examines riparian urbanism and design outreach through digital fabrication and interdisciplinary design methods. She holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Doyle previously held a joint appoint at Louisiana State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture and a Research Fellow in the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, an interdisciplinary think tank. At the CSS Doyle was a project lead on the upcoming Shifting Foundation Exhibition and examined design methods for architecture in the Mississippi River Basin and Louisiana Gulf Coast through teaching and research. A summary of this work can be found at Fabricating the Delta. This outlook and process began as a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Doyle spent fifteen months living, teaching, designing, and researching. The project is entitled City of Water: Architecture, Infrastructure and the Floods of Phnom Penh documents the relationships between water, architecture, and infrastructure in Phnom Penh. The resulting research and design projects explore the nature and agency of design in relation to these topics, with a focus on education and public outreach as tools for engaging with Phnom Penh’s urban transformation under the governance of an authoritarian regime.
Yam Sokly (Supporter) is a heritage conservation architect. He graduated with an architectural degree from The Royal University of Fine Arts in 2009. Right after his graduation, he was selected to attend a course on heritage conservation provided by Heritage School, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts under the financial support of the French Embassy and technical support provided from Ecole de Chaillot, Paris. In 2013, he became a trainer of heritage conservation at the Heritage School, and a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Royal University of Fine Arts. In 2014, he was awarded a Researcher Scholarship by the President of Kyung Hee University and and is now currently pursuing his Masters degree in housing environment at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea. Sokly has been involved with KAT since 2006 as a trainee, guide and senior researcher and has worked with various NGOs involved with urban heritage management. Sokly has presented on the challenges of preserving Cambodian urban heritage both nationally and regionally in Malaysia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. Since 2008, Sokly’s main interest has been focused on the Chinese culture in Cambodia, researching the interaction of diverse culture, architecture and ethnicity. His interests are Southeast Asian urban traditional planning, traditional and modern architecture, housing studies and urban heritage.
Clarisa Diaz (Supporter) is an interdisciplinary designer and artist based in NYC. In 2007, she began her career as a Fulbright scholar in Architecture with social housing residents in Chile. She has since evolved her practice to designing tools for services with various organizations, manifested in collaborative projects producing books, toolkits, web features and other interactive experiences. In 2010, Diaz founded Places for All, a platform of her work addressing community-based development. Based on her fieldwork experiences abroad, Diaz has guest critiqued at various universities from the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia to Amherst College and NYU. Diaz has taught design courses at Pannasastra and Limkokwing universities in Cambodia and at Parsons The New School for Design as a teaching fellow. Diaz currently teaches Interactive Design as part of the adjunct faculty at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Diaz has exhibited and presented her work with the North American and Chilean Institute of Culture, Shanghai Biennale, Queens Museum, and SUPERFRONT. Diaz has published her writing about design and the displaced, including an essay for the NY Times acclaimed book Learning from Hangzhou, the Parsons Journal of Design Strategies and Asia Design Journal. Additionally, her work has been featured in Core77, Asia LIFE, and Mind Design. Diaz has worked as a designer and developer at the former Newsweek & The Daily Beast, as a design research fellow at NYPL Labs, and works currently at Penguin Random House on the Penguin digital production team. Diaz received a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from Parsons The New School for Design. She holds a professional degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas, in the town of Lawrence where she grew up as a first generation Venezuelan-Taiwanese American.