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. Chana has worked on residential, institutional, and urban planning projects, and is motivated by her previous collaborations with Massachusetts nonprofits, More Than Words and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Chana has been teaching since 2014 and is 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 Bachelor of Science in Architecture from McGill University. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, Women in Design, and the Architecture Lobby, and the recipient of the 2022 AIA Young Architects Award.
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.
Nico Toro APB fellow
Nico is an aspiring architect currently studying architecture at Tufts University in Sommerville, Massachusetts. He is from Morgantown, West Virginia where he previously worked at the beautiful West Virginia Botanic Garden and gained knowledge in horticulture and landscape design. At APB, Nico is honing his architectural craft by applying his drafting, design, and modeling skills to support the firm’s projects. Nico is interested in enriching lives by solving architectural problems of sustainability, ergonomics, and human interaction in residential and public spaces. He is especially passionate about seeking spatial and ecological solutions to humanitarian issues like homelessness, forced displacement, and food deserts such as with modifiable and biophilic designs or by upcycling existing structures and materials. Nico’s other passions include urban design, music, photography, fashion, graphic design, visual arts, interior design, and sustainable design. He plans to explore these interests during his collegiate career in order to nurture his unique creative vision. He also enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and basketball and reading, cycling, hiking, swimming, and drawing in his spare time.
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