Who we are

 

SPURSE -n 1. spur: a tangent, or an indirect path that is followed to new solutions and possibilities; -v 2. spur: to prodothers on, to catalyze into action; -n 3. purse: a holder of critical diverse instruments for getting us through our everyday lives, something beautiful and necessary; -v 4. interspersed:nothing stands alone-v 5. disperse: everything is much larger than it seems–it is distributed.

 

WHO WE ARE :

We are a creative design consultancy that focuses on social, ecological and ethical transformation. We work to empower communities, institutions, infrastructures, and ecologies with tools and adaptive solutions for system-wide change. Drawing upon our diverse backgrounds that span the fields of science, art, and design, we utilize unique immersive methods to co-produce new ecologies, urban environments, public art, experimental visioning, strategic development, alternative educational models, and expanded configurations of the commons.

We work with individuals, groups, institutions, on various scales of systems to facilitate new possibilities.

 

Our Team:

Members of SPURSE have a diversity of backgrounds that include urbanism, philosophy, architecture, ecology, geology, furniture design, art, music, computer programming, food practices, community development, BMX, educational programing, skateboarding and systems design.  We wear many more hats than such a list can capture. We are linked by shared interests, passions, and curiosities (and the occasional soccer game…)

 

NATHANIEL CORUM
Location: San Francisco, CA

CORE PRACTICES: Off the grid housing development, Resilience R&D, Architectural + Environmental Education, Indigenous Communities Collaboration Facilitator, Object & Building Systems Design

 

BRIAN DEROSIA
Location: Brooklyn, NY

CORE PRACTICES: Master Designer/Builder, Materials Expert, Urban Mapping and Wayfinding Design, Product Design

 

MATTHEW FRIDAY
Location: New Paltz, NY

CORE PRACTICES: Community Outreach, Watershed, Foraging Facilitator, Commons Development, Ecology & Education

 

PATRICK GILLESPIE
Location: San Francisco, CA

CORE PRACTICES: Master  Designer/Builder, Project Manager (PMI certified),  International Coordinator (Mid-East + China Focus), Systems Design

 

DAVID JENSENIUS 
Location: Kitchener, ON

CORE PRACTICES: Computer Programming, Sound & Sensory Embodiment Researcher, Composer, Digital (& GIS) Systems Architecture and Engineer, Data Analyst

 

IAIN KERR
Location: Montclair, NJ; Detroit, MI;

CORE PRACTICES: Systems Analysis & Design, Ecological Design, Workshop Facilitator, Innovation and Creativity, Foraging + Commons Facilitator, Foodways, Commons Facilitator

 

PETIA MOROZOV
Location: Montclair, NJ; New York City, NY

CORE PRACTICES: Urban Ecosystem Designer, Socio-Eco Change Facilitator, Architecture, Urbanism

 

JEAN PIKE
Location: Cerrillos, NM; New York City, NY

CORE PRACTICES: Off-Grid and Living Systems Design, Watershed Restoration, Commons Materials Design

 

MARTHA FARWELL PIPKIN
Location: Austin, Texas

CORE PRACTICES: Energy Systems, Ecological Design, Community Economic Development

 

STAN PIPKIN
Location: Austin, TX

CORE PRACTICES: Energy Systems Design, Community Economic Development