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Community Spotlight: Q&A with B.D. Wortham-Galvin

Who are you? 

Assistant Professor B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Ph.D., School of Architecture, and Faculty Fellow with the Center for Public Interest Design.

What are you working on right now?

Three things at the top of my list right now:  

  • The design and construction of a parklet for the SoMa EcoDistrict.
  • Consulting with the city and county of Sacramento, Calif. on how to create more sustainable places in disinvested areas.
  • A National Endowment for the Arts grant for tactical urbanism projects in the Albina neighborhoods that would lead toward the design of a more permanent African-American Cultural Center.

What’s the one thing you want the sustainability community to know about what you’re doing?

Sustainability is about people first. We need to make sure the stewardship of our cultural and physical resources happen in all places with all people—particularly those people and places often left out of these discussions and implementations.

What’s your favorite thing about being a part of Portland State?

The students. They are unexpected and not typical of your average university—and that's a good thing. 

Who is one person that inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?

My daughter. I want her to have a hopeful future. I want her to understand she is one part of a larger system and that her decisions make impacts greater than herself.