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OUR FESTIVAL JUDGES

Craig Detweiler

Filmmaker, author, and cultural commentator

Former professor of communication at Pepperdine University and President of Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Produced and directed a documentary, Purple State of Mind & unCommon Sounds.  In addition to serving on the festival jury, Craig serves as special advisor to Better Cities Film Festival.

Lynn Richards

PRESIDENT/CEO OF THE CONGRESS FOR THE NEW URBANISM

Lynn Richards is President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism. An internationally recognized speaker and leader on New Urbanism, Richards has presented on a range of topics, including economic development, highway removal and transformation, suburban retrofit, green infrastructure, and New Urbanism trends. Previously, Richards had a long and distinguished career at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), holding multiple leadership roles over 13 years including Acting Director and Policy Director in the Office of Sustainable Communities. 

Liz Moule

PRINCIPAL OF MOULE & POLYZOIDES, ARCHITECTS AND URBANISTS

Ms. Moule’s career includes architecture, urbanism, real estate development and education. She is a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism and has been published in The Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Dwell and Residential Architect.

Dhiru Thadani

AIA ARCHITECT AND URBANIST

Practicing for over 40 years internationally, Dhiru Thadani has been principal designer of new towns and cities, urban regeneration, neighborhood revitalization, and infill densification. Dhiru was born in Bombay, India and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1972 to study architecture. During his forty-four years in Washington, D.C. he has taught, practiced, and has strived to place architecture and urbanism in the public eye. Dhiru is the author of The Language of Towns and Cities: A Visual Dictionary, published by Rizzoli in 2010, and co-editor of Leon Krier: The Architecture of Community published by Island Press in 2009.

Patrice Frey

PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE NATIONAL MAIN STREET CENTER

Patrice Frey oversees the National Main Street Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,800 members. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history.

James Fallows

Author

James Fallows has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic for more than thirty-five years, reporting from China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and across the United States. He is the author of eleven previous books. His work has also appeared in many other magazines and as public-radio commentaries since the 1980s. He has won a National Book Award and a National Magazine Award. For two years he was President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter.  He is co-author, with Deborah Fallows, of the national bestseller “Our Towns“, a vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town.

Joy Mbyoa

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GODOWN ARTS CENTRE

Joy Mboya is the Executive Director of The GoDown Arts Centre, the leading nonprofit multidisciplinary arts facility in Nairobi, Kenya. An outspoken advocate for artists she has spearheaded a variety of ambitious programs including Kenya Burning (2008) and the annual Nairobi-wide festival, Nai Ni Who.

Perparim Rama

Author

Perparim Rama, the CEO and Founding Director of 4M Group, is an award-winning Architectural Designer and Conceptual Artist. He is the winner of the best bar design in the World award from World Interior News at Saatchi Gallery in 2013, in 2016 he has been shortlisted with his innovative Restaurant.Bar design concept in London UK.  His work has been published in several international design magazines including the London Building Design Magazine and has been interviewed by BBC, CNN, BLOOMBERG, RAI, The Times Newspaper on Architecture and Urbanism.

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