Chana Haouzi, AIA founder and principal
Chana Haouzi is an architect, educator, and founder of Architecture for Public Benefit. She is passionate about solving spatial challenges through strategic thinking and collaboration. With comprehensive experience in design, documentation, and construction administration, Chana thrives in crafting a clear vision and carrying it through to project completion. For example, Chana led the community engagement, design, and construction of a More Than Words Bookstore and Warehouse, a project which was recognized by the Boston Society for Architecture 2020 Awards. She is a fierce advocate that good design can and should be for everyone and has partnered with various mission-driven organizations including Brookline and Boston Public Libraries, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, Aaron's Presents, and YouthBuild. Chana has been teaching since 2014 and is currently leading design studios at the University of Chicago’s Art History Department and Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. Prior to these roles, Chana served as an Associate Teaching Professor of Design for Environmental Justice and Public Good in the Built Environment at Northeastern School of Architecture. Chana holds a Master in Architecture II from Harvard University, a Master of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, Women in Design, and the Architecture Lobby. She is the recipient of the 2022 AIA Young Architects Award which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.
Matthew Okazaki principal
Matthew is a designer, strategist, and principal at Architecture for Public Benefit. His interest lies in the process and underlying strategies involved with solving complex problems throughout systems of various scale. By understanding a problem as a combination of spatial, programmatic, operational, and financial elements, Matthew utilizes his background in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and strategic thinking to help develop thoughtful solutions for mission-driven organizations. He has worked with numerous public and non-profit entities such as the Oakland Unified School District, the San Francisco Planning Department, The Nature Conservancy, and The Center for Independent Documentary. He holds a Master of Architecture with commendation from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from UCLA. Matthew is an active member of The Architecture Lobby, an organization that advocates for more socially relevant and civic-minded architecture, and is a Lecturer in Fine Arts at Brandeis University where he teaches architecture and design studios. Previously, he has held teaching positions at Northeastern University and Tufts University.
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