March 27th, 2013

Public Interest Design Week

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Oystertree Principal, Casius Pealer, participated in the first-ever Public Interest Design Week last week at the University of Minnesota College of Design, hosted by This event brought together numerous other public interest design-related events, including the Public Interest Design Institute and the Structures for Inclusion annual conference. Keynote speakers included Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic for the New York Times, and Liz Ogbu, acclaimed designer and Scholar-in-Residence at the CCA Center for Art & Public Life.

While at PID Week, Casius coordinated a workshop on affordable housing finance, and also caught up with Minnesota House Rep. Raymond Dehn. Rep. Dehn was elected last November and currently serves on the state’s Capital Investment and Transportation Finance committees, among others. He is only the second architect serving in the Minnesota State House, and previously served as President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (along with Casius as his Vice President in 1996-97).

For additional information about Public Interest Design Week, check out these photos posted by John Cary, who coordinated the entire event.


March 1st, 2013

The Future of FHA and Affordable Housing

housing_650_477On March 4, Oystertree Senior Advisor, Lisa Hodges, will participate in a panel discussion hosted by Next City at the National Building Museum with key leaders in housing, lending, real estate and government to discuss the future of housing policy by examining the role of one of its most fundamental actors – the Federal Housing Administration. This panel discussion, sponsored by Bank of America, is held in partnership with Penn Institute for Urban Research, The Urban Institute and National Building Museum, and will feature experts including:
Carol Galante, HUD/FHA; Lisa Hodges, Oystertree; Mike Malloy, Bank of America; Susan Wachter, Penn Institute for Urban Research; and Sarah Wartell, The Urban Institute–with introductory remarks by Diana Lind, Next City and Andrew Plepler, Bank of America.
Can’t make it? Across the country? Follow @nextcityorg on Twitter for live-tweets and use the hashtag #FHA to participate in the discussion. A post-event recap will be featured at
March 4, 2013; 10:30am-12:30pm
The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW, Washington, DC
The event is free, but preregistration is required.

February 23rd, 2013

Tulane Environmental Summit2


On Saturday, Feb 23, Oystertree Principal Casius Pealer will be presenting on a panel, “An International Look at Informal Housing and its Environmental Effects” at part of Tulane University’s Environmental Law Summit. Casius will be presenting alongside Edesio Fernandes, a Brazilian lawyer based in London. Edesio is also coordinator of IRGLUS (International Research Group on Law and Urban Space), a partner of United Nations/HABITAT. The panel will be moderated by Colin Crawford, Executive Director of Tulane’s Payson Center for International Development.

The entire schedule for the Tulane Environmental Law Summit can be accessed here.