Emily is an Anthropology PhD student at Boston University, a cultural heritage consultant, and has taught landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design. She believes in an approach that begins and ends with the community - to engage, educate, and empower residents to improve upon their physical environment, economy, and society together. While most of her education and work experience has technically operated in the field of architecture, Emily's interests tend towards the relationship between social and spatial issues - particularly those related to geographies of power, human rights, and marginalized communities. Working as a researcher, Emily explores how these processes have operated historically and in different contexts. And, working as an activist and designer, she aims to work closely with communities to improve their quality of life through creative design strategies at multiple scales. Emily holds a Masters of Science in Architectural Studies from MIT, a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in Education and Art from Colby College.
Editor John Schaidler has also worked extensively on children’s literacy projects with Ghanaian students, teachers, community leaders and elders. Building on previous work at his children’s schools in Minneapolis and New York City, John spent the summers of 2012 and 2013 in the remote village of Humjibre, in Ghana’s Western District. There, working with local NGO the Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) and the local community, John introduced programs and concepts designed to foster a culture of reading for pleasure in elementary students and their caregivers.