Meet the team: 

Martha Skinner is co-founder of fieldoffice and assistant professor at Clemson University. She studies our built environment as a delicate ecology using representation methods that visualize the cycles of life in order to more acutely address temporal, social and environmental issues. Her work includes several Living Maps of cities, which include NY A/V, PROXY_florence, día de los trastos, and BiCi_N. These projects involve the inhabitants of our cities in their daily routines to affect, in real-time, possibilities for social and environmental change. As the 1999 Walter B. Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan, Martha developed Notation A/V, a seminar about the merging of drawing and moving image, a methodology she exploits in her work to filter, transmit, capture, and celebrate the intangible qualities of the passing of time with solutions that address the relationships between humans and the ecologies in which they are situated. Her work has been exhibited internationally. Honors for Martha’s work include five awards from I.D. Magazine, a Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine, receipt of an a People, Prosperity and the Planet Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and inclusion in the 10th Venice Biennale and the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam. 

Doug Hecker received his Bachelor of Architecture in Design from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University where he was the recipient of the William F. Kinne Fellowship. As a professor at Clemson University Doug focuses on mentoring a new generation of design activists that see in the contemporary world a multitude of opportunities for change. His research focuses on the role of advanced technologies (CAD/CAM, digital fabrication) in design in order to empower individuals and communities by inventing "systems" that provide greater access to design through a combination of advanced technology and activism. Hecker founded (Clemson University School of Architecture Digital Design Shop) and ddbNOLA (digital design build New Orleans) to pursue this aim and has led architecture projects/products such as Silhouette House, Dry-In House, and SEED. He is co-founder of fieldoffice, whose work has been recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, ID Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, Architectural Record, Transmaterial, and WordChanging. 

Lauren Mitchell teaches within Clemson University’s School of Architecture and is a PhD Student in Clemson’s Rhetorics, Communication, Information Design (RCID) program. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture in Design, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies with a focus on design pedagogy. Working directly with Gregory Ulmer in 2007, she began researching “electrate” teaching methodologies, incorporating the complexities that digital spaces and methods bring to teaching design. Lauren has published and presented design scholarship on this topic. Her current doctoral research examines design as a form of communication, but specifically communication intended to induce action. She observes a potentially fruitful overlap between architecture and rhetoric that is currently untapped, and wants to reveal these undervalued modes of communicating and persuading, derived from architecture’s unique attunement to physicality and materiality. She hopes that her work will encourage more inclusive modes of communication, with more emphasis on the intelligence of the entire body. The dispersed-memorial bridges many modes of thinking and acting, and will benefit from Lauren’s trans-disciplinary approach. She appreciates the project’s therapeutic potential at the level of the affected individuals and communities, but also values its capacity to challenge disciplinary and cultural boundaries. 

Daniel Hutcherson is a student at Clemson University studying Architecture and Packaging Science. He represents the Clemson AIAS, American Institute of Architecture Students, as the Studio Culture Director and is responsible for actively engaging the School of Architecture in the creation of the School’s Learning Culture Policy, a required item for the school’s accreditation. While participating in a collaborative design/build project in Charleston, SC., Daniel worked with a ten-member studio team, raising local and national project funding and constructing a bicycle storage facility for the Charleston Civic Design Center. Daniel is the recipient of the CAC.C collaboration award (2010), Rudolf E. Lee Award (2010), and the Clemson School of Architecture Second Year Faculty Award (2009). When away from studio, Daniel enjoys practicing the trumpet. He has participated in Tiger Band, the University’s crowd pleasing marching band, as well as the school’s symphonic band. 
Daniel Hutcherson
Lauren Mitchell
Doug Hecker
Martha Skinner, project leader