Nicole Joslin, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Director

Nicole has a diverse professional and academic background in architecture, development, disaster recovery, and community engaged-design. After working for Architecture for Humanity's Hurricane Katrina recovery program in Biloxi, MS, Nicole moved to Austin and co-founded Women.Design.Build to provide more opportunities for women to engage in community driven design and construction activities. She concurrently practiced at architecture firm BOKA Powell and received her architectural license in 2012. Nicole's experience contributed to her research on the role of community organizations in disaster preparedness and recovery in the Community and Regional Planning graduate program at the University of Texas. Nicole returned to the Gulf Coast in 2014 for a research fellowship at architecture and planning firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in New Orleans, LA investigating community engagement frameworks in professional design practice. These experiences inform Nicole's current role as the Executive Director of ACDDC and visiting researcher at the University of Texas School of Architecture.


Marla Torrado, Ph.D., Planning Director

Marla has a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning with a background in community-engaged research and community organizing. She has extensive experience analyzing impacts of large-scale development projects on local, often marginalized, communities. She has worked with communities in Austin, Puerto Rico, and Argentina in collaborative and participatory planning projects related to affordable housing, access to healthy foods, and the impacts of development on natural ecosystems.
She is deeply interested in social justice, participatory processes and community engagement, as they relate to planning and development. She is part of the Culture of Health Leaders program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Through this leadership development program she engages with other leaders around the country in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture of health for our communities. 

Rebecca Kennedy, Designer and Program Coordinator

Rebecca is currently completing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Texas and joins ACDDC with a background in creative arts, architecture, construction, and participatory design.  Her experiences address the intersection of construction culture and architectural heritage, studying their importance in community autonomy and success.  Her extensive field documentation of traditional rural architecture in Mexico and community engagement work in US migrant communities give her expertise in the importance of space to the social impacts of migration.  Her background in vernacular architecture and alternative construction systems brings a unique lens to the design of housing and neighborhood improvements for the benefit of our most vulnerable residents.

2019 Board of Directors

Nora Keane (Board Chair), Assistant Vice President, PNC Real Estate

Dylan Siegler (Board Vice-Chair), Sustainability Specialist, NRG Energy

Brad Pease, (Board Treasurer) Vice President, Paladino and Company

Jake Wegmann (Board Secretary), Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas

Liz Mueller, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas

Meredith Powell, Principal, Public City

Steven Moore (Emeritus), Bartlett Cocke Regents Professor in Architecture, University of Texas