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.