Pearl Street Passage: Team Spotlight!

We've announced the teams for DesignPhiladelphia's Pearl Street Passage and now's your chance to get to know them a little better! In the next several weeks we'll be profiling each team. Today, we are pleased to introduce you to the first two!

Team 1: C/S/W - Scout, The Challenge Program, & Working Michael

Scout is a collective of young, enthusiastic urban designers and strategy makers who like to think about design at a city scale. With a diverse mix of expertise - from design and planning to project management and community engagement - they bring a thoughtful pragmatism to their work, ensuring successful project delivery.  They are excited by projects of a public nature and explore this dynamic in every project they do be it an installation or a business feasibility study.

The Challenge Program’s mission is to provide vocational training for Delaware’s at-risk youth to empower them with the confidence, skills and purpose needed to become productive members of society. Since 1995, the Challenge Program has offered young people the opportunity to learn valuable construction skills, assistance in earning a high school diploma or GED and job placement services.

Working Michael is freelance designer Michael Collett. His methods include thinking outside the box, using what you have to get what you want, and big thinking solutions for small business clients.

Team 2: in|side|out|side|in - Ewing Cole, PJA Architecture/B Fabrications, J.E. Kim, & Alexandra Schmidt

Ewing Cole, in practice for over 50 years, is a nationally recognized, fully integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm of more than 350 professionals in Irvine, New York, and Philadelphia. Their multi-disciplinary practice is built on the core values of professional excellence, design quality and collaboration. Their goal is to provide the best total solution for their clients, the community and the environment.

PJA Architecture draws upon a wealth of professional consultants to form a design team specifically tailored to meet the needs of any individual project. Each member of the team plays an important role in the design process for the benefit of the client. Their office provides the leadership necessary to coordinate the efforts of the client, contractor and members of the design team. With LEED certified professionals on staff, they offer the additional dimension of providing energy efficient and environmentally sensitive design solutions.

Jung-eun Kim aka j.e. is a choreographer, dancer and media designer. She holds a MFA in Dance from ADF/Hollins University and MALS in Visual and Performing Arts from Hollins University. Most of the time, she use media in her work; she likes to think about the dialogue between body and media. Her research area has focused on how her practice happens in relationship to other art forms such as visual art, architecture, digital media and music. Over nine years of living in second home, her experience of immigration has significantly influenced her research area.

Alexandra Schmidt has a background in finance, but last year she had an interior design internship where her interest grew in design and landscape architecture as well as sustainability. She brings a unique, fresh perspective to the team as a highly involved student.

Get Involved!

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