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Alison Sant

Alison Sant is a partner and co-founder of the Studio for Urban Projects, an interdisciplinary design collaborative based in San Francisco that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, art, and social activism. For more than 15 years, the Studio has focused on public programming, urban prototyping, and civic dialog—aiming to bring equity and sustainability to the design of cities. In her role as partner, Sant was a design captain for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a designer-in-residence at the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory, and a member of the Bionic team for the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge. In 2016, the Studio for Urban Projects was honored for contributing to its field as members of the Yerba Buena 100. Since its founding, the Studio has produced over one hundred events, bringing the public together with advocates, scientists, civil servants, academics, designers, and artists to discuss the future of cities. The Studio has been commissioned by the Exploratorium, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco Planning Department, Headlands Center for the Arts, SPUR, Berkeley Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zero One San Jose, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. For thirteen years, Sant taught field-based classes at the California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the University of California, Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She received a BFA from New York University in photography and interactive telecommunications, and her Master’s in Design from the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.

The Team

Heather Boyer


Heather Boyer is VP/Executive Editor at Island Press and a 2005 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Robert Ungar

Research Associate

Robert Ungar is Research Associate at Studio for Urban Projects. Through research and practice in landscape and urban design in Tel-Aviv-Yafo, Jerusalem and San Francisco Bay Area, he engages in collective action adapting spaces to a changing climate of uncertainty.

Packard Jennings


Packard Jennings is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses appropriation, humor and interventionist tactics to explore the dynamics of public spaces and to address political and corporate transgressions against public interests. Over the past twenty-five years he has built a practice that employs interventionism, conceptual work, performance, collaboration, and social practice to engage the public and semi-public spheres.

MacFadden & Thorpe


M&T is a graphic design studio based in SF, founded in 2008. Their work is focused on an overall commitment to craft and a pragmatic approach to bringing ideas into reality. They believe strongly in the power of partnership and the ability of design to improve and clarify. Together, with their clients, they aspire to create work that is smart, functional and handsome, regardless of medium or market.

Island Press


Island Press began with a simple idea: knowledge is power—the power to imagine a better future and find ways for getting us there. Founded in 1984, Island Press’ mission is to provide the best ideas and information to those seeking to understand and protect the environment and create solutions to its complex problems. They elevate voices of change, shine a spotlight on crucial issues, and focus attention on sustainable solutions.