CPID Student Fellows

Meet the Center for Public Interest Design's 2014-2015 Student Fellows

  • William Chandler (MArch, year 1)
  • Julia Mollner (MArch, year 2)
  • Jennifer Rimorin (BS Architecture, year 4)
  • Jenna Wasser (MArch, year 1)
  • Reid Weber (MArch, year 2) 

The CPID Student Fellows program is designed to give outstanding graduate and upper level undergraduate students the opportunity to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom through extended participation in a public interest design project. Student Fellows are given a leadership role on an active CPID project under the guidance of one of its faculty members. Through this fellowship, students may receive IDP credit, work experience, fulfillment of practicum hours toward the anticipated Public Interest Design Certificate at PSU, and access to special events and opportunities.

As an introduction to the program, the CPID hosted a 5-day trip to Haiti for this inaugural class of Student Fellows in late September, giving them an opportunity to examine many issues relevant to public interest design work. While in the country, the students completed in a design-build project- a pair of play structures- at the Montesinos Orphanage and Enivornmental Technical School in Titanyen, Haiti. This project builds on previous work of the CPID at the orphanage, in partnership with the ESA in Paris.

Projects that the Student Fellows are working on this in 2014-2015 include:

1) The design of the Yimin Sustainable Community Center in Inner Mongolia, China
2) The next steps in development of the SAGE classroom- a sustainable, healthy, and affordable modular classroom
3) A design proposal for new migrant housing in the Northwestern United States
4) Working with underserved communities in Portland, OR on community design projects
5) Researching and developing a process to address the needs of underserved communities on the San DIego-Tijuana border, in partnership with Teddy Cruz and the UCSD Center for Global Justice