Berkeley, CA, USA

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CHILOPOD TEAM

Bringing the Chilopod to life

LAWRENCE GROWN

Lead Artist

Lawrence Grown studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati, with a focus in organic architecture. He worked for Michael Reynolds, Eugene Tssui, and others before founding the custom fabrication company Metro Lighting in 1993. 

He founded the West Berkeley Design Loop in 2012, a design district / business association, of which he is executive director.

TeamEmbrio is an arts organization established to produce biomorphic interactive installation art at Burning Man and beyond.

ZACK WHITAKER

Project Manager

Zack has managed many complex projects including the San Francisco Zoo playground. He served on the Black Rock City Department of Public Works in 2012 and 2013. Zack has a wood and metal workshop in West Oakland.

KRISTI MCKENNEY

Project Management

Kristi is an experienced project manager of complex development expansions at the Oakland International Airport. Kristi has been instrumental in drafting the Chilopod budgets and timelines.

HERB DIAMANT

Technology Lead

Herb brings his experience as a BART systems engineer to the Chilopod team to organize the LED systems architecture and integrate it with the energy and sound systems.

NIKOLAS DIAMANT

Animation

Nikolas brings his years of experience of independent animation to the team. Nikolas imported Ria Aguirre's SolidWorks models into Blender and AfterEffects to create the stunning nighttime view of the Chilopod in action on the playa.

RIA AGUIRRE

3D models

Ria created the 3D models of the Chilopod and has updated them with new iterations as needed throughout the development of the concept.

THELMA LEE GROSS

Editor

Lady Tee is our editor in chief, bringing her linguistic talents to the team. Tee has helped craft and fine tune our project descriptions.

ROB KATZENSTEIN

Solar Design

Rob has been building solar projects in the Bay Area and in the Grass Valley/Nevada City areas for many years. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Chilopod endeavor.

ANNE LUV-LE ALLISON

Sound Design

Anne Luv-le Allison is a Bay Area DJ extraordinaire, bringing her sound editing talents and experience to the team.

SELINDA MARTINEZ

Structural Engineer

RBHU Engineering Principal

ALI LAHIJANIAN

Structural Engineer

RBHU

KRISTEN COOPER

Public Relations

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RIC SCHWARTZMANN

Construction Leed

Ideal design/build contractor

BOLSTON JONES

Publicity, Southern California

Bolster and lobbyist for great causes

NINA BOEDEKKER

CFO

CFO for EcoHome Improvement and the West Berkeley Design Loop