Katherine founded Latent to leverage civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new urban design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business, created spaces for youth makers, advanced building innovation, and created public space frameworks.
Over the last 20 years, Nicolas has been responsible for the design through construction phase on an impressive range of mixed use, office, residential, hospitality, education, exhibition, and planning projects throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. With each project he has explored a pursuit of the quality of design as a progressive process informed by the forces of site and circumstance, culture and climate, program and function.
With a multi-faceted background in environmental science and community planning, Kelsey is a spatial strategist focused on equity in the built environment through community engagement and public space design. She is adept at facilitation, community outreach strategy, and understanding the critical nexus between access to parks and environmental stewardship. Kelsey has seven years of experience in parks master planning, and is the founder of Mental Landscapes, a body of scholarship exploring how depression can shape park design.
Louisa Zheng is an architectural designer and artist interested in the mediation of physical spaces. Compelled by the sociopolitical frameworks that concretize into built environments and lived experiences, she works in various media such as community participatory processes, mapping, material studies, and other modes of documentation and design.
Drew is an architectural designer with experience working at varied scales and contexts. He has practiced in offices in Chicago and Minneapolis. Drew is interested in how designers engage with legal frameworks, labor conditions, and extractive forces that presuppose architecture. Drew has also worked closely with artists and art institutions to produce architectural installations, publications, and symposiums. He co-founded the utopic spatial practice, Interesting Tactics and was previously a visiting instructor at South Dakota State University. Notable architecture projects include improvements to the Muhammad Ali Louisville International Airport and an Annex to the Skinner West Elementary School in Chicago.
Sanjana joined as a designer at Latent and is recent graduate of IIT, Chicago where she developed an interest in digital design and fabrication. She has experience working on all phases of architecture, design, and renovation projects, with emphasis on schematic design, and 3D modeling. Her goal is to study the multidisciplinary field of architecture, focusing on digital design and technology for construction innovation. She is passionate about people driven architecture and designing impactful public spaces for the community.
South Worx Arte Group
Urban Design / Community Engagement
Landscape Architecture / Urban Design
Design Trust Chicago
Valerio Dewalt Train
Special thanks to the amazing contributors to developing Latent projects and process over the years: