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Collective Carpet designing at Creative Grounds

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Camille Applewhite

Landscape Architecture

Camille Applewhite is a Chicago-based landscape architectural designer at a multi disciplinary engineering firm. Her work ranges from site planning and development to community engagement. Camille strives to design environmentally focused landscapes that encourage community advancement. Having experience in community-centered design, Camille is interested in exploring how landscape & urban design can work to promote socioeconomic inclusion throughout the urban landscape. Through her work on the board of Chicago Mobile Makers, a nonprofit that brings creative thinking to under-served neighborhoods, she encourages design thinking to those at a young age through making.  

Ethan Lassiter

Economic Development and Real Estate

Ethan Lassiter is an urban planner focused on economic empowerment of communities of color through design, finance, and real estate practices. Previously working throughout the Midwest at a real estate and economic development consulting firm, he now works for a community development organization on the South Side of Chicago. Ethan works to partner building owners with entrepreneurs and artists to re-energize commercial corridors and facilitate small business growth by Black creatives.