People

Kate Armstrong, Curator
Kate Armstrong is a Vancouver-based writer, artist and independent curator with 20 years experience in the culture sector with a specific focus on intersections between art and technology. As a curator she has produced exhibitions, events and publications in contemporary art and technology in Vancouver and internationally. She founded Upgrade Vancouver as part of an international network of art and technology organizations in 30 cities, was a founder of the Goethe Satellite, an initiative of the Goethe Institut that produced ten exhibitions in Vancouver between 2011-2013, and is past President of the board of the Western Front (2007-2014). Armstrong serves on the boards of BC Artscape, Innovation Central Society (ICS), and the New Forms Festival. Armstrong was an Artistic Director of the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2015), which partnered with 15 galleries and organizations including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the New Media Gallery, and the Museum of Vancouver to present the work of over 150 artists in Vancouver in 2015. She recently contributed to For Machine Use Only: Contemplations on Algorithmic Epistemology (&&& c/o The New Centre for Research and Practice, 2016) and was part of Lorna Mill’s Ways of Something in Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is the Director of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Laura Kozak, Project Lead
Laura Kozak is a designer, project coordinator and cartographer. Through an practice that spans graphic design, cartography, architecture and urban design, she has contributed to projects for Access Gallery, the Vancouver Design Nerds Society, 221A Artist Run Centre, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, ASIR Studio, CityStudio Vancouver, and Spacing Vancouver. A core interest in collaborative design of the urban environment informs her research and teaching practice. Currently she is Coordinator of Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Duane Elverum, Co-Director and Co-Founder of CityStudio Vancouver
Duane Elverum is Co-Director and Co-Founder of CityStudio Vancouver. He is an Associate at SFU Centre for Dialogue. Sailor, Cyclist & Despairing Optimist. 

As a designer, sustainability educator and co-founder of CityStudio Vancouver, Duane aims to design innovations in education, cities and sustainability. CityStudio connects students directly to urban issues through co-creation of real-world projects with city staff on the ground. He has taught at university for 19 years, first teaching at the UBC School of Architecture where he created and managed the design/build program, and recently holding the positions of Assistant Professor in Design, Assistant Dean for Foundation and Academic Advisor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

In addition to co-directing CityStudio, he is a visiting professor and associate with SFU’s Centre for Dialogue, as well as a past board director for the eatART Foundation and Modo the Car Coop. He juried Prefab 2020, an international architectural competition, as well as B.C. Hydro’s Invent the Future competition. An offshore sailor, he has undertaken 6 offshore crossings of the North and South Pacific, most recently with OceanGybe’s Plastics Research Expedition. He has cycled extensively in the Alps and the Pyrenees and holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in architecture from the University of British Columbia.

Janet Moore, Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityStudio Vancouver
Janet Moore is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityStudio Vancouver – an experimentation and innovation hub for the City of Vancouver where city staff, experts and students from 6 universities and colleges co-create projects that support city programs.

Janet Moore is a Professor of Professional Practice at SFU Semester in Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. She has imagined, designed and facilitated intensive, interdisciplinary courses and programs that focus on dialogue, community engagement, group process, divergent thinking, and urban sustainability.

She has engaged deeply in a number of innovative sustainability education projects in Vancouver, including university engagement on sustainability curriculum at UBC where she completed her doctoral dissertation “Recreating the University from within: Sustainability and Transformation in Higher Education” with the Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education. Her post-doctoral work focused on The Learning City Project at Great Northern Way Campus–an inter-institutional project working towards integrating real world issues into the university classroom.

Her interests include transdisciplinary higher education, transformative learning, social entrepreneurship, social innovation and organizational change in higher education. Janet is passionate about teaching and learning, facilitating dialogue and participatory processes. She keeps busy riding bikes, walking her dog Magic and being outside in Vancouver with her 2 kids.

Andrea Curtis and Adrian Sinclair, Transformation Projects, CityStudio Liaisons
We build cities through celebration. And there is so much to celebrate! Since 2009, our founders, Andrea Curtis and Adrian Sinclair, have forged into the muddy waters of policy, party-planning and positive change. We started off hosting studio spaces for creative things to happen, and quickly moved our productions to the streets. Most recently, we’ve taken on stewardship of the Vancouver Mural Festival in order to bring colour and community into public spaces — while sitting at the tables to tackle the big conversations around housing policy, cultural visibility and community connectedness and sustainability.

Miriam Esquitín, General Manager, CityStudio
Miriam Esquitín is the General Manager at CityStudio, responsible for financial oversight, grants, HR, communications and the studio venue. She moved to Canada 13 years ago from Mexico, first to live in Edmonton and then in Vancouver since 2010.  Passionate about social change, she studied both her BA and MA in Social Anthropology and proceeded to work locally and internationally in sustainability, agriculture, economic development, and justice system reform.  She has a thing for understanding, evaluating, numbers and processes. Miriam is also a dancer – contemporary and improvisation.  With a great partner, they launched in 2012 Polymer Dance, a community-based troupe that promotes dance for everybody and dance for everywhere.