Dante is a multi-disciplinary artist dedicated to exploring the intersection of nature, art, and design. He has more than fifteen years of experience designing and building landscapes and maintains a studio art practice to create new works and ideas. His designs respond to specific ecosystems, urban densities, and indoor and outdoor habitats and have been built in diverse landscapes spanning from Hawaii to New York City. Dante holds Fine Arts and Landscape Architecture degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He apprenticed under Martin Mosko, founder of Marpa, a landscape design firm in Boulder, Colorado, and learned a contemplative design philosophy that focuses on spaces of respite, reflection, and intimacy with nature. His art work can be seen at danteortiz.com.
Maria is a designer and natural builder with a background in International Business. She has deep roots in social enterprise development, cooperative business management, and community-based design and construction. She is passionate about bridging disciplines to create whole system solutions for issues spanning urban living, ecological resilience, and social justice. Her past work includes interior spatial design, reclaimed furniture making, resiliency workshops/events, and digital engagement tools for large scale infrastructure projects in California and beyond. Maria holds a BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and two Permaculture Design certifications from UPI-SF and Project Bona Fide. She has a longstanding history of volunteering with nonprofits focused on international cooperation, sustainable economic development and disaster resiliency and is currently an active member of the Bay Area Chapter of the Open Architecture Collaborative.
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