NEXT.cc is a collaborative effort by principals, teachers, architects, artists and students.
We are a multi generational diverse group who believe that creativity is key to human innovation and our cultural evolution. With different fields of knowledge and experience, we work together to create the eco web of possibilities to reach imaginations in all corners of the world.
Mark Keane and Linda Keane, AIA
Mark and Linda Keane, AIA, NCARB, architects and partners in STUDIO1032 work on green initiatives along the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor. Leaders in design education, Linda is Professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she directed the City of Chicago Green Roof Website and chaired development of a third accredited Master of Architecture program in Chicago. Mark is Professor of Architecture University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he developed the first online minor in architecture. The Keanes create animated films, lecture and publish about the Aesthetics of Sustainability and need for Eco literacy. Architecture An Interactive Introduction is the first CD ROM about the built environment created in the US. Their service learning work with college design students (SAIC’s Eco Design and UWM’s Green Milwaukee) connect design imagination with human ecology. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, American Institute of Architects, Art Institute of Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts, National Environmental Education Foundation, A+DEN Architects and Design Educators Network, Association of Architecture Organizations, Public Broadcasting System, Graham Foundation, Wisconsin Arts Board, United States Green Building Council and the Union of International Architects recognize their creative contributions to design education.
- Director: Linda Keane. AIA, NCARB, lkeane@NEXT.cc
- Graphic Designers: Bob Tiede, Paige Alfuth, Tom Elemendorf, Nahyeong Lim
- Editors: Kevin Hinz, Linda Keane, AIA
- WebMasters: Ted Kimble, Andrew J Manto, Robert Tiede
- Videos: Moleskin Studios; Spirit of Space
Bob Tiede Lead Graphic Designer
Bob Tiede was first to create web layout and navigation for the original 16 NEXT.cc journeys. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, he contributed multifaceted talents as NEXT.cc gained national and international recognition. Designer of many of the captivating graphics including the iconic 9 scales and logo, Bob concentrates on conceptual navigation, layout, coding, and graphic art. In addition to visual critique, Bob designs and fabricates furniture and practices architecture in an award winning Milwaukee architecture firm.
Ted Kimble Webmaster, Lead Information Manager
Ted Kimble began working with NEXT.cc while completing his Master of Architecture degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, after previously earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics at Macalester College. His interest in science and theory continues as studies the implications that a Deleuzian neo-materialist philosophy has on the design process. He masterminded the open source management for NEXT.cc and currently works as an independent designer, writer and artist. He maintains a practice of digitally innovative works.
Kevin Hinz Lead Editor
Kevin was a self-employed builder in rural Kentucky before returning to UW-Milwaukee to earn his Bachelors of Science in Architecture. Beginning as a Next.cc Pilot Partner, examining and testing journeys, his duties quickly expanded to new journey research, graphic design, web management, editing, grant proposal writing and press releases. Kevin continues to keep involved in NEXT.cc’s development. Currently, he is achieving his Master of Architecture degree at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Andrew J. Manto Web Manager
Andrew is a designer, builder, thinker, maker and creator. Educated at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he attempted a campus wide recycling movement, he was instrumental in expanding NEXT.cc from the original 16 journeys to over the first 100. He set up the link checker and the site tracker programs. Currently pursuing a Master’s of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he is residing at the fringes of architecture, exploring its interface with a seemingly infinite series of disparate things.
Tom Elmendorf Graphic Designer
Drawing from a diverse educational background beginning in Industrial Design, then Music Performance, and having recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Tom considers himself to be a lifelong student of design, allowing it to take him wherever it demands. Ever-seeking new experiences and encounters that might build upon past experiences and knowledge, allowing him to approach static, ordinary tasks with broader, more diverse perspective, Tom hopes to never stop learning and is a passionate believer in the importance and responsibility of design.
Jeff Roush Videographer, Workshops
Since graduating from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture, Jeff has explored the relationship between design and film working as a freelance film maker and videographer. Jeff is also a founding member of Moleskin Productions, a group of artists of different backgrounds that combine, music, writing, acting, digital media, art, and design to create films for clients, competitions, and the web.
Nahyeong Lim Graphic Designer
A recent MFA Interior Architecture graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nahyeong brings a decade of architectural study and experience from Korea. She creates designs with natural forms and processes as she believes nature is the most important connection for human life. Nahyeong enjoys investigating sources, forms, and materials of nature in creating eco-friendly responses and environments.
Jonathon Nelson Graphic Designer and Researcher
Having previously studied music performance at UW-Milwaukee, Jonathan Nelson found his calling in architectural design, and hasn’t turned back since. His diverse background as a musician and designer has helped him contribute to NEXT.cc’s unique, all-encompassing journeys. Upon graduating from UW-Milwaukee, he plans to volunteer with the Peace Corps, then use his experiences to design architecture that solves social, environmental, and economic problems simultaneously.
Yingyue Yu Right Hand Chicago
Yingyue Yu received her Master of Art in Art Education at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, after studying Architecture and Environmental Design in China. Yingyue wrote her thesis about Architecture Education as development of design process through critical thinking with social responsibilities. She believes that education is one of the best ways to connect people and light up the future. After serving a summer internship with the Goodman Theater, she returns as the right hand of NEXT.cc in Chicago. She works daily on an endless scroll of beautiful drawing to soothe her soul.
Marissa Lynn Ondracek, Marie Elizabeth Gyllstrom, Shruti Menon, Rebecca Lecey, Dina Khordorkovskaya
researchers & graphic designers & design mentors
SAIC James Keane, Nahyeong Lim, Marissa Ondracek, Alice Yu
SAIC Nahyeong Lim, Alice Yu
UWM Johnathon Coyne Nelson, Issabella Rey Finney, Emma Price, Joshua Handrich, Yunjie Lu
SAIC Yoon Shin Kim, Patsy Diaz, Kristine Clark, Jeffrey Kliment, Shruti Menon, Rachel Pump, Abdul Samad, Schuyler White
UWM Zechariah Alan Krueger, Aaron Thomas Rowe, Elliot Jerod Skrobis, Lindsey Rene Gregory, Briana Keane, Alexander Daniel Uebelacker
UWM MADISON James Keane
SAIC Yoon Shin Kim, Sarah Edwards, Michele Galiano, Ryan Lariviere, Crystal Leonard, Sabrina Marino, Steven Marusaez, Daniela Sesma Espinoza, Christopher Smith, Lisa Vanausdall, Hao Wu
UWM Alison Booz, Bridgette Binzak, Andrew Cesarz, Sehar Jared, Briana Keane, Eydy Martinez, Luke Thompson
UWM Tom Elmendorf, Scott David Farrey, Briana Keane, Nick Straube
SAIC Ceyda Aksoman
Tom Elmendorf, Ian C. Jones
SAIC Ceyda Aksoman
SAIC Ceyda Akosman, Jenna Ann Boldebuck, Ba Da Choi, Shay Michele De La Garza, Jason Todd Gillette, Chin Yun Lai, Yun Sook Lee, Andy Scott Luhring, Carlos Orlando Ruiz, Julie Anne Schabel, Yaraslov Soltys
UWM Kevin Hinz, Chad Sponholz
SAIC Cristina Medelicia Bonilla, Heeyoung Choe, Inhea Youm, John JJ Jetel, Younsoo Kim, Mike Akshay Braunlin, Tuan Huang Quoc Nguyen, Bernardo Polanco, SooYeon Woo, Hyejin Park, Bernarda Polanco, Mi Rang Yoo, Angeli Arndt, Sarah Ashleen Carolan, Im Elle, Na-Yeon Kim, Wen Ling Liao, Maureen Meyers, Ji-Ye Park, Kimberly Tran
UWM Corrissa Nelson, Andrew J. Manto, Kevin Hinz
NEXT.cc Book 2 What Design is, What Design Does, Why Design is Important Mark Keane, Linda Keane, Andrew Manto, Kevin Hinz
SAIC Kadie Marie Franson, Tai Jin Kang, Bryant Eli Koger, Carrie Crumbaugh, Kathryn Trass Roeck, Nicole Dawn Seguin, Mark Werle
UWM Corrissa Nelson, Andrew J. Manto, Kevin Hinz, Kevin Forseth, Chad Sponholz, Papa Coleman, Kim Rollins, Jeff Davis
NEXT.cc Book 1 Mark Keane, Linda Keane, Dania Baffi, Brian Hassemer, Jennifer Ott, Melissa Guerin
NEXT.cc actively seeks partnerships to create an eco web of organizations working to transform education. If you or your organization is interested in partnering, please email lkeane@NEXT.cc
Ace Mentor Program
A+DEN Architects and Design Educators Network
AAO Association of Architecture Organizations
Chicago Burnham 100
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum
Earth Day Educators’ Network
Global Campaign For Climate Action
National Environmental Education Foundation
RISD’s STEM to STEAM Initiative
Scientists For Tomorrow
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
US Green Charter Schools Network
Our Outreach Board consists of individual activists from environmental, economical and educational organizations. Outreach Board Members assist in national and global dissemination of the importance of eco literacy and creation, communication and collaboration on issues of human ecology. Outreach Board members contribute unique areas of expertise and professional skills connecting NEXT.cc to wider audiences for wider purposes in rethinking relationships between the natural and built environment.
Ceyda Akosman Interior Architect, Object Designer
Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Ceyda was inspired to experience Interior Architecture education in the United States at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Accepted as a Merit scholar, she interned with Chicago architecture and interior design firms before creating learning environments for a proposed Montessori School. Ceyda recently graduated with a Masters of Designed Objects and currently works at Mozer and Associates.
Paige Alfuth Information, Graphics Technician, Workshops
Paige Alfuth, an inspiring architectural designer, manages information on the NEXT.cc site. Building on her Associate Degree in Architectural Residential Design and Bachelor of Science in Architecture, she has been instrumental in translating NEXT.cc version 2.0 to the new site. Paige studied grafitti art in Europe and worked with the Institute for Ecological Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as a historic analysis developer within Milwaukee’s Inner Harbor. She is an avid skateboarder.
Jackie DeThorne, MS, MBA, Development & Outreach
After decades as a manufacturing executive who traveled the world to make, buy and sell engineered products, Jackie joined NEXT.cc to help change the world! With degrees in mechanical engineering, finance and historic preservation, Jackie works the business and outreach phases of NEXT.cc. Jackie’s lifelong and varied interests in the built environment, education, STEAM, research, travel, photography and writing are built into her consulting work with Promising2Performing. Everyone and everything have promise and purpose. Jackie aids their transition to efficiency and performance.
Roy Diblik Garden Educator and Designer, Northwind Perennial Farm
As a grower, designer, consultant, teacher and speaker, Roy’s enthusiasm for plants is irresistible. Author of Small Perennial Gardens, The Know Maintenance Approach, his garden designs emphasize plant relationships to maintenance strategies and costs. His recent work includes the Louis Sullivan Arch Garden for the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago and lakeside plantings for Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Oceanarium. Roy works with NEXT.cc envisioning outdoor learning environments for green schools.
Kadi Franson Architect Intern, KIDMob Creator, Outreach + Workshops
Kadi is a NEXTer from the first Eco Design class at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After completing her BFA at SAIC, she attended ARCHEWORKs in Chicago and recently completed a Master of Architecture at the University of California-Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley she created KIDMob a group of Graduate Architecture Students who believe in the transformative potential of design and iteration. She takes her passion for design to the road and conducts design intensive workshops with 7th and 8th grade students sharing NEXT.cc journeys. She currently works at AUTODesk in the Design Education Division.
Debra Henning K12-College Teacher, NGSS Alignment & STEM to STEAM via DESIGN Science
Debra aligned NEXT.cc Journeys with the Next Generation Science Standards. Drawing on both research and classroom experience, she targeted the Journeys and links that enable teachers to bring the Disciplinary Core Ideas easily to life in their own classrooms. Debra completed an undergraduate crafts major and worked as a studio potter before beginning a teaching career spanning kindergarten to college classrooms. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, she studied the scientific foundations of John Dewey’s education experiment, one of our earliest models of transdisciplinary learning. Through teaching, grant writing, and curriculum development, Debra helps fuel the STEM to STEAM and Design Thinking movements that are bringing Dewey’s active learning to a new generation of students.
Sonya Lai Lighting Designer
Sonya studied Lighting Design at Parsons The New School before completing an MFA in Interior Architecture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Interested in the mix of eastern and western architecture, interior architecture, and lighting in new and innovative spatial experiences, she embeds social and environmental issues throughout her design projects. Working between Taiwan and the US, Sonya contributes journeys and introduces NEXT.cc’s Eco Web to Taiwanese schools. Sonya’s website, ChinyunLai.
Rebecca Lecey Information Management Assistant, Workshops
Rebecca assists with teacher and students workshops for NEXT.cc. An Associate Designer with Soucie Horner, Chicago, she is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying in Chicago and Paris, before completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture with a minor in Art History. She is preparing for graduate school followed by professional licensing. Her studies, travels and experiences are just a glimpse for what’s ahead in her future for working with design.
Marvin Lee May Cartoonist, Graphic Designer, Art Educator
Lee’s Linkedin profile
Lee, a 2011 MAAE graduate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, focuses on digital technology and design in higher education. His thesis, Digital Technology and Design in Art Education features NEXT.cc and other design progressives. Studying Graphic Design at the University of Michigan (BFA 2003), he served as a TA for the Department of Art & Design and taught drawing and painting at the Ann Arbor Art Center. He works as a graphic artist in Ann Arbor, MI in the winter season and operates a candy shop on Mackinac Island, MI in the summer. A past ballroom competitor, he can often be found teaching dancing, as well as drawing. Lee’s Illustration and Cartoons.
Jessica Mondo LEED AP Professor At New York Institute of Technology, Du Bai
Jessica Hope Mondo teaches in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates as Professor for New York Institute of Technology Architecture and Interior Design College. She received a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before teaching, she was a Senior Technical Architect for Skidmore Owings and Merrill working on global projects. Currently beginning her PhD at the University of Cambridge-Wolfson College, she is spatially passionate and sensitive to details in and between the world’s of making and theory.
Maureen Myers Outreach, Researcher, Blogger, Workshops
Maureen is an architectural designer, educator, and activist. She worked as the NAAB Accreditation Coordinator and taught in the graduate architecture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Master of Architecture in 2010. An Eco Design NEXTer, she is currently the Project Manager at Blue Moon Rising, an environmental retreat on Deep Creek Lake, Maryland where she contributes to design and educational programming. In addition to NEXT.cc, she currently mentors middle and high school students.
Robin Randall, AIA LEED BD+C
Architect, educator, and environmentalist Robin Randall leads Legat Architects’ K-12 Education practice. She has led planning and design for over a hundred K-12 and higher education projects during her 25 years in the industry. Robin also founded EDlab, a research engine aimed at achieving better learning environments and understanding how sustainability impacts communities Randall is currently Robin competes in mini-triathlons to balance her love of chocolate. Hobbies are traveling to modern twentieth century architectural sites and organic gardening.
Victoria Rydberg-Nania Environmental Educator
Victoria is an energetic advocate for environmental education. Founding Teacher at River Crossing Environmental Charter School, she authored Hands On, Feet Wet: The Story of River Crossing Environmental Charter School and Hands On, Earth Math: Digging Deeper into Environmental Topics. Wisconsin Conservation Congress Educator of the Year, she serves as coordinator for Wisconsin’s Green Schools Network, teaches Science and Environmental Education Methods at Edgewood College, serves as the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Environmental Education Consultant, and is a National Environmental Education Advisory Council Member for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Tyler Wood Marketing and Technology Consultant
A highly productive marketing and technology consultant with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, a Master’s degree in Educational Technology and over 20 years experience in the PreK & K-12 market, Tyler brings her sr. marketing skills from prior experience at APPLE with ILife technologies into K12 classrooms to expand NEXT.cc’s outreach. Founder and Principal of Tyler Gerhart Consulting, a business focused on strategic marketing and technology services to companies in the K12 industry, she is passionate about the environment and is group owner of the Green Education Consortium on LinkedIn, designed to foster creative ideas and leadership that support a sustainable environmental foundation for education.
Our Advisory Board of experts represents a broad band of cultural enterprises and environmental, economical and educational research organizations.
As involved activists, NEXT.cc’s Advisory Board informs our transdisciplinary approach and programs. They contribute current thinking and offer resources from related fields of public policy, business and finance, education, innovation, visualization, engineering, law, marketing, science, technology and urban planning.
Senn Brown Past Executive Director US Green Charter School Network
Anthony Costello, FAIA Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Ball State University & Principal, COSTELLO + ASSOCIATES
Julie Grisar Graphic Arts and Fine Arts Chair, Cedarburg High School
Tim Kenney Principal, Shorewood High School; formerly Atwater Elementary School, Math Teacher
Sean Miller Past Director of Education, Earth Day Network
Kelley Steiner Science Olympiad Coordinator, Shorewood Intermediate School
Mark Keane, President
Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Roxanne Hanney, Vice President
Retired Middle School Principal
Susan Weistrop, Treasurer
Administrator, Center for Architecture / Urban Planning
Administrator, Community Design Solutions University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee