UC Davis: Dept. of Human Ecology
N. Claire Napawan is a landscape architect, urban designer, and academic who has designed and studied urban environments for the past 11 years. She believes urban sustainability requires community resilience and that designers need to explore new techniques for integrating urban communities with their built environments. This includes a particular focus on under-represented and vulnerable communities, such as urban youth. Examples of her design and research include: Smart Sidewalks, the winning proposal for Reinventing Payphones in New York City, which seeks to address the digital divide and improve urban environmental resilience; #OurChangingClimate, a research and design project that empowers Oakland youth to develop physical and digital exhibitions to document and share their experiences of climate change; and FOGWASTE, a public art installation that seeks to bring greater awareness of San Jose’s vital infrastructures to community members and encourage greater urban environmental stewardship; and the Alameda Creek Atlas, a community resiliency tool developed as an extension of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. These projects represent nationally-recognized award-wining proposals, commissioned by local municipalities, and/or exhibited at notable venues throughout the United States and abroad. Claire resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an associate professor within the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis.