John Flower, PhD & Pam Leonard, PhD
Sidwell Friends School
John Flower (historian, Ph.D. University of Virginia) and Pam Leonard (anthropologist, Ph.D. University of Cambridge) began working in rural China in 1991. Their research over a twenty year period is a longitudinal study of the changing economy, environment, culture and values in Xiakou village, Sichuan, during a time of fundamental transformation in the Chinese countryside. That research is collected online in Moral Landscape in a Sichuan Mountain Village: a digital ethnography of place published by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) at the University of Virginia. The ethnography explores the creation of place and local understandings of the landscape, documenting the transition from subsistence agriculture to wage labor, as well as changes in domestic space, material culture, social institutions and religious belief. Their particular interest in vernacular architecture and sustainable housing stems from both their experiences in the Chinese countryside, and from their ongoing personal experiments in green building and organic farming at home. Former faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, they currently teach at Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC where they are leading the new China Fieldwork Semester program for high school students to learn about rural life and economic change in China.
Tom Howorth, FAIA
Howorth & Associates Architects
Tom Howorth has been an AIA member and a firm principal and since 1986, first with Mockbee-Coker-Howorth-Architects, and since 1990, as president of Howorth & Associates Architects. He practices architecture with concern about context, culture, and nature in projects that include, primarily, community facilities, historic preservation, and housing. Howorth has bachelor’s degrees in English and architecture, and a Masters in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. He was recently named a Fellow of the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). His lectures, presentations, and appearances include four national AIA Conventions, two AIA Grassroots panels, and several state AIA conventions. He has served on or chaired a dozen AIA component juries, including four for national. Active in the AIA/Committee on Design (COD) for eighteen years, Howorth, who chaired the COD in 2010, has led or participated in twenty-one COD conferences, fifteen in the US and six abroad.
Casius Pealer, J.D., LEED-AP
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tulane University
Director, Social Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
Casius Pealer received a J.D. from the University of Michigan and an M.Arch/B.Arch from Tulane University in New Orleans. Professor Pealer has a consulting practice focusing on affordable housing development and finance, and he coordinates both the capstone research class and summer Field Study course for Tulane University's Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development (MSRED) program. He regularly presents at industry conferences and has published articles in the American Bar Association's Journal on Affordable Housing and Community Development.
Kathleen A. Dorgan, AIA, LEED-AP
Principal, Dorgan Architecture & Planning
Kathleen Dorgan was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she studied participatory community design and development. She received a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute as well as a B. Arch and a B.S. Building Science from Rensselaer. She is an award winning designer and planner of sustainable communities and affordable housing whose work has been widely exhibited at museums and galleries including at the National Building Museum. She is past chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community and the 2013 Chair of the AIA Housing and AIA/HUD Secretary Awards juries. She is a frequent speaker and lecturer who received the Thomas J. Carroll Outstanding Teaching Award at Roger Williams University and served as Keynote speaker at housing conferences in Utah and Florida. She writes about development and design issues for books and journals and co-edited Cityscape; University-Based Reconstruction Projects Responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Co-Founder of the Linden Center
Brian Linden has spent over 25 years involved in education, business, and journalistic ventures throughout Asia. He began his career working for CBS, after which he received a fellowship from the US Defense Department to pursue a Masters in Asian Economics at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. Brian returned to China on a scholarship with the Hopkins-Nanjing program before enrolling in an Asian History doctoral program at Stanford University. Brian has traveled to every province in China and has spent over 200 nights on trains. He has worked and sojourned in over 75 countries, yet over the years, it has been Brian and his wife Jeanee’s passion for China’s history, traditions, and people that have kept drawing them back. A trip to Xizhou in 2006 brought them one step closer to realizing their dreams and in 2008 the Linden Centre became a reality – an elegant retreat where foreigners and Chinese alike could share their passion for intellectual exchange, authentic cultural immersion, and life-long learning.
Coordinator, Yunnan Sustainability Network
Xiaotang Jiang is a Yunnan native. She received her M.S. in ecology at Yunnan University. She began her career with The Nature Conservancy working with an ecotourism project in Three Paralleled Rivers World Heritage Site, in which she worked extensively across Yunnan Province. She then spent two years living and working in Dubai where she worked with the Emirates Group, inspiring her to focus on issues of cultural preservation and environmental conservation. Her second visit to Xizhou Village in Dali was to work with the Linden Centre, where she lead the development of the Yangzhuoran Program, the second Linden property in the village, which was established as an international education center in 2013. She accepted the position of Coordinator of the Yunnan Sustainability Network in late 2013 and has been meeting with numerous stakeholder groups across the province to start brokering partnerships.
Michael J. Mortimer, JD, PhD
Director & Sr. Fellow, CLiGS
Michael Mortimer is Director of the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. Dr. Mortimer received a Ph.D. in forestry from the University of Montana, a law degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and B.A. in biology and English from Washington and Jefferson College. Dr. Mortimer teaches courses in Natural Resource Law and Policy, Environmental Conflict Management, and Institutional Aspects of Sustainability. His most recent interests are comparative policy approaches to sustainable development among sovereign nations, and has delivered lectures and worked with partners around the globe, including in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Sweden, Belgium, France, South Africa, Spain, and Russia. His research is published in Society and Natural Resources, Journal of Forestry, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Environmental Practice, Environmental Management, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Journal of Forest Policy and Economics, and other leading natural resource journals. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Yunnan Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation Council in Kunming, China.
Andrew Perlstein, PhD
Assistant Director, CLiGS
Andrew Perlstein is an expert on urbanization, land-use policy, and urban planning practices in China. He is particularly interested in understanding the scale and pace of urban growth in China, the decision-making processes that have contributed to such rapid change, and the implications of this change for environmental sustainability. Andrew has a PhD from Stanford and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Andrew has spent a lot of time in mainland China including Yunnan Province where he assisted a team of consultants to create a tourism development plan for the provincial government. He is fluent in Mandarin and has also done a lot of work translating Chinese design guidelines into English.