Board Announcement February 2019


Colloqate Design is incredibly excited to announce our inaugural Board of Trustees! We are grateful to be guided by such a wonderful group of forward-thinking design justice practitioners and advocates. Our inaugural Board of Trustees includes:


Jose Alvarez

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, José is a Principal at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. A talented designer and Project Architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects, his creative work has led to dozens of design awards for projects such as the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum and has contributed for the last 17 years to the successful growth of the firm.


Paul Harang

As Director, Government Relations and Community Outreach at Ochsner Health System and former Director of City Council Relations, Paul has a strong history of bringing communities, government agencies, and other stakeholders together to solve problems and create change in New Orleans.

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Steve Lewis

An architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture, Lewis, in April of 2011, launched "Thinking Leadership" - a consulting practice distinguished by a facilitated approach to collaborative problem-solving that enhances the ability of clients to achieve superior outcomes. In March of 2016, Steven accepted an appointment by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to serve as Urban Design Director for the central region of the City.

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Casius Pealer

As Director of Tulane’s Master of Sustainable Real Estate Development (MSRED) program and a Professor of Practice in the School of Architecture, Pealer also is Principal of Oystertree Consulting, where he concentrates in the areas of public housing development, affordable housing policy, and the impacts of design and construction on health outcomes, energy use and water use.

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Rosa Sheng

A respected Designer, Architect,Thought Leader, and Innovator with over 24 years experience, Sheng has led a variety of award-winning and internationally acclaimed projects. When asked "What type of Architecture do you do?" - the best answer, "The kind that hasn't been done before." From the aesthetically minimal, highly technical development of the glass structures for Apple’s original high-profile retail stores, to the innovative and sustainable LEED NC Gold–certified Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, California, to emerging markets for corporate R&D clients, Sheng designs it all. In addition, she served as founding chair of Equity by Design and as American Institute of Architects, San Francisco President in 2018.

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Jess Zimbabwe

Jess Zimbabwe is the Principal of Plot Strategies. Until recently, she served as founding Executive Director of the Daniel Rose Center for Public Leadership—a partnership of the National League of Cities and the Urban Land Institute. Previously, Jess was the Director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and Community Design Director at Urban Ecology in Oakland. She serves the boards of Next City, the National Main Street Center, and Colloqate, and the Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council. She is a licensed architect, a certified city planner, a LEED-Accredited professional, and a member of the urban planning faculty at Georgetown University.


Stay tuned for more updates about our boards’ goals and work throughout 2019!

Suzanne Raether
Director of Operations