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  • Profile:

    Eric is an architect, entrepreneur, and urban thinker passionate about architecture and urban environments that have a lasting impact on society. He is the founder of MILES, a civic startup that open storefronts to possibilities by activating urban neighborhoods for pop-up entrepreneurship. MILES has been creatively using and sharing storefront spaces for a wide range of uses and time-frame to lower the entry barrier for entrepreneurs, creatives and community to use commercial real estate. Eric has been invited to speak at various panels and events including Harvard Innovation Lab, Northside Innovation, Municipal Art Society Summit, Awesome Summit, Columbia University Studio X and TEDxDumbo. He is on the judge committee for Harvard University’s annual Dean’s Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge. His work has been published in various media including the New York Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, Good Magazine and PSFK, and was selected as a start-up in residence by Urban-X, a startup accelerator built by BMW MINI. Eric is also the co-founder and Director of Architecture Commons based in New York and Hong Kong, a design agency for urban innovation.

    Degrees Held:

    Master in Architecutre I, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

    Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania

     

    Professional Affiliations:

    Registered Architect in New York State

    Recent Publications:

    2013 Popup Urbanism 
    - article published in Rice School of Architecture Journal PLAT 3.0 “Collective Disruption”, explored how urbanism can  be conceived as multiple short-term actions for long term effects
     
    2010 Open Manifesto for Mass Creation
    - article published in Mas Context Issue 8 Winter 2010 “Public”, explored the mechanisms for a democratic processes for design and architecture

    Research Interests:

    commons, urban design, architecture, pop-up, tactical urbanism, urban tech, smart cities

    Awards And Honors:

    2018 Finalist of Beyond Retail Challenge in Shanghai by Ceetrus, selected from 300+ startups from around the world
    2017 Startup in residence at URBAN-X by BMW MINI in New York, selected from 350+ startups from around the world
    2017 Grantee of Storefront for Art & Architecture Independent Project Grant supported by New York State Council on the Arts 
    2015 Selected entrepreneur in Etsy.org Regenerative Entrepreneurship Program
    2014 Honoree, Makingoodesign, desigNYC and Design With Benefits at NYCxDESIGN
    2013 Finalist, Crowdfundx NYC Challenge, selected from over 100 businesses and startups in New York City
    2012 Winner, One Prize 2012 by Terreform, selected from over 100 international entries
    2012 Innovation Excellence ‘The Core Project: A study to vitalize the city of Sebastopol’ , AIA Redwood Chapter
    2011 Winner, The Unfinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan, Architecture League of New York
     
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