Howard Russell (cityLAB intern 2011)  is currently working toward a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Cornell University.  His most recent academic work includes a collaborative studio to design an affordable housing community in Takoradi, Ghana and a semester studying architecture, urbanism, and socio-politics in South America.  In addition to architecture, his interests include historic preservation, community design, and downtown redevelopment.  Some of his most fulfilling work has been with a student-run organization called DesignConnect where he has led various teams of students working on community-based design projects in Upstate New York.  Howard is delighted to be working with cityLAB at this very exciting time for the City of Pittsburgh.