Todd Ferry


Research Associate

Todd Ferry is a Senior Research Associate and Faculty Fellow at the Center for Public Interest Design within the School of Architecture at Portland State University and co-founder of PSU's Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative. He received his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas-Austin and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia. Before pursuing architecture, Todd worked for over a decade in the nonprofit field, including founding KIU ART, a service-learning organization working with a small community in Mwanza, Tanzania to build classrooms and exchange ideas. His background and interest in working with underserved populations led him to seek opportunities to apply his skills as a designer toward public interest design efforts. To that end, he has been active in leading and participating in progressive design-build projects around the world.

Todd is currently involved in many projects at the Center for Public Interest Design, including the design of a sustainable community center in Inner Mongolia, China; a collaboration with the Portland Opera to create a mobile opera stage to bring the arts to more communities; and the POD Initiative to provide new visions for addressing houselessness in Portland using a participatory design and construction process. Todd is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Director of the Architecture Summer Immersion Program at the PSU School of Architecture, coordinator of PSU’s Graduate Certificate in Public Interest Design, and Co-Founder of PSU’s Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative.

Education
  • Master of Architecture
    University of Texas at Austin