CREATIVE EXCHANGE LAB - Key Persons
- Projects Coordinator, CEL Summer Projects
Christine Abbott holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, a Master of Architecture from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and a Master of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (by Fall 2012).
She currently worked as a Senior Editor for the admissions consulting firm InMaginative and independent researcher.
She previously worked with the Creative Exchange Lab (CEL), an interdisciplinary non-profit organization that employs architecture, landscape and public art to promote growth and alleviate symptoms of decline in the city of St. Louis, MO.
Her work emphasizes the intersection of landscape and architecture embedded in a particular ecological and cultural context. She has taught architecture to gifted youth with Duke University's Talent Identification Program in 2007, 2009, and 2010. As a graduate student, she was awarded the Boardman Architecture Honor Fellowship for overall academic excellence in 2006 and the Book Award for Architectural History and Theory in 2007. She served as a Young Faculty Teaching Fellow at UNC Charlotte teaching architecture foundations, writing and representation from 2007-2009. As a graduate student at Harvard University, she earned distinction for work as part of a graduate research seminar on phytoremediation in 2012. She has published essays on modern architecture and architecture genre writing and was one of six artists to construct Sol Lewitt's wall drawing #995 for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC (2009). In addition, she has worked for architecture firms in Hartford, CT San Francisco, CA and Barcelona, Spain.
Evan Mueller is an effective communicator with an emphasis on video and photography. As producer, writer, shooter and editor, Evan possess all the skills for visual storytelling. As an entrepreneur, he sees mistakes and shortcomings as creative opportunities. He believes strongly using leadership to empower his peers.
Evan has worked for FleishmanHillard and First Punch Film Production. While earning his BA from Webster University in film production, he pioneered and managed the multimedia department of The Journal, Webster's student news organization.
He is passionate about his work, and he aspires to become a teacher later in his career. He enjoys cycling, filmmaking, technology, reading magazines, and studying UX design.
Gina Gage has been with CEL in the Benton Park Benches and Energy=Buildings Exhibition projects. Gina holds a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in Geobiology from California Institute of Technology. Apart from Creative Exchange Lab, she has worked as a Monticello Fellow at Yale School of Architecture, as a designer at Axi-Ome in St. Louis, as a summer intern at Springboard Design in Pittsburgh, PA, and as a research assistant for Building Envelope Technology for Adaptive Reuse in Washington University.
She has had three academic semesters abroad in Edinburgh, UK; Helsinki, Finland; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Gina can be found at (www.ginagage.us)
- Executive Director
Jasmin Aber is a German licensed Architect, trained in the UK (RIBA I & II certification from Royal Institute of British Architects), an Urbanist with 25+ years of experience as a design practitioner (UK, Germany, US), an academic with published papers and contributing book chapters, an educator, mentor, and co-curator of architecture and design exhibitions. She is the co-founder and executive director of the CEL Center for Architecture + Design (501c3), a unique design non-profit (501c3).
Micah Stanek is currently a Lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to teaching core design studios, he teaches landscape architecture history as well as research methods and practices. He collaborates with willing neighbors and forgotten sites in St. Louis. Intersecting the frameworks and tools of the artist, the designer, and the conservationist, he works on fallow land, by hand, demonstrating the power of the extensive-cultivation with minimal expense. A process of digging and casting unearths turbulent social histories of development and demolition. The reduction of a typical maintenance regime invites ecological diversity. An adaptive, active form of landscape architecture multiplies social and environmental possibilities in the city.
Micah began designing for film and theater at Northwestern University. He began landscape research after working as a docent and farmhand at Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in northern India. He worked with CEL during 2011 and 2012. He has also worked with MU Architecture in Paris and SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York.
- Projects Coordinator, CEL Summer Projects
Sarah Moore is a Masters of Architecture candidate and Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis. Working with the Creative Exchange lab sprung from a desire to spend more time investing in St. Louis, and from an engagement with the ability that design plays in creating vibrant cities.
In 2008 she spent a month in New Orleans volunteering with the small firm fieldoffice (www.field-office.com) for the Dry-In House, a project featured in the Rotterdam Biennale. She went on to work as a Writer Fellow with the burgeoning non-profit 10^10 (www.field-office.com/10to10NEW) and helped with the design of PROXY_Florence, a multi-media interactive installation at the Beyond Media Festival in Florence, Italy. Among others, her hobbies include contra dancing, jewelry design, and painting.