Miguel Contreras, Arquitecto

Founder, Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago

Miguel Contreras received his degree from Universidad de Chile. He is the founder of ArqFilmFest, cultural manager and researcher of the relationships between architecture and cinema, animation, comics and videogames. He is the Executive Director of the ArqFilmFest collective. Miguel has been a professor in Universidad de Chile and Universida Mayor, director and editor of University Journals FAU Universidad de Chile and has given talks on the relationship between cinema and architecture. Miguel has been a guest juror for film festivals in Mexico and Italy and participated in the exhibition "Chile, Dramatic Varieties" in London. In the professional field he works as project director in 2Estudio Arquitectos and as an associate consultant architect in M + R Arquitectos.



Ana Martinez, PhD. Theatre Historian and Scenographer

UA College of Fine Arts / School of Theatre, Film & Television

Ana Martínez is a performance scholar and designer. She holds a doctoral degree in Theatre Studies from the City University of New York, an MA in Scenography from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and an Architecture degree from Universidad Anáhuac in Mexico. Her fields of specialization are theatre practices in Mexico, scenography, and site-specific performance. She is currently working on her book manuscript Performance in the Zócalo to be published by University of Michigan Press.

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Joshua Gleich, PhD. Film Historian

UA College of Fine Arts / School of Theatre, Film & Television

Joshua Gleich is an assistant professor in the School of Theatre, Film and Television at the University of Arizona. He is author of Hollywood in San Francisco: Location Shooting and the Aesthetics of Urban Decline (University of Texas Press) and is co-editor of Hollywood on Location: An Industry History (Rutgers University Press).

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Nika Kaiser, MFA Visual artist

UA College of Fine Arts / School of Theatre, Film & Television

Nika Kaiser is a visual artist, curator, and educator working with photography, video, and installation. Born in the Sonoran Desert, this locale informs her art practice which explores modes of landscape as it aligns with folklore and feminist notions of ecology. Kaiser received her MFA in Visual Art from University of Oregon in 2013. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including shows at the Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Brooklyn, NY and the Portland Museum of Modern Art, Portland, OR.


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David Sherman, MFA Media artist

UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences / School of Information

David Sherman is a media artist, curator and educator whose work addresses the psychogeographies of hidden “landscapes”; his work engages how cultural histories are stored and evidenced in media materiality. David received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. Sherman’s practice includes 20+ years of creating public experimental media exhibition spaces, DIY microcinemas and public interventions. His works have been exhibited at The Whitney Biennial and Musée National d’Art Modern, Paris.

Interests: Experimental Media, DIY Community.



Ben Lepley, Architect

UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Ben Lepley is an architect living and teaching in Tucson, Arizona.  Ben's professional work currently ranges from Solar infrastructure research, parametricism, to historic preservation, and documenting the endangered vernacular architecture of the poor 19'th century settlers of Arizona. Ben has worked in architecture offices globally including for Bijoy Jain at Studio Mumbai, and at MAD architects in Beijing. 

Interests: Hiking, Historic Preservation, Photography, Eastern Cultures, Civil Rights.



Bill Mackey, Architect

UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Bill Mackey M.Arch is a principal of Worker, Inc., a firm specializing in art and architecture. The work explores human connections to designed and natural environments and bridges the theory and practice of social sciences, planning, architecture, and art. Engagement simultaneously includes public, academic, and professional fields. Products include miscellaneous ephemera, books, pamphlets, exhibits, prints, presentations, sculpture, and architecture.

Interests: Napping.

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Jasmin Guzman, BArch student, 3rd year

UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Jasmin Guzman attends the University of Arizona and is working towards her Architecture Degree at CAPLA. She spent her Summer in Spain and Portugal studying public parks and social spaces.  Ever since she returned she has been trying to find ways to get back to Europe. On her free time, Jasmin enjoys attending concerts and experiencing the lastest Vogue.

Interests: Architecture, Travel, Fashion, Pop Culture.


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Rachel Schultz, BArch student, 3rd year

UA College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture

Rachel is currently studying architecture at the University of Arizona. She is an Arizona native who hopes to explore every inch of the state before heading South after graduation to focus on low-income housing. Sedona, Peoria, and most recently Tucson are the cities that she has called home. Any time outside of the studio is spent with her Irish terrier, Winnie. Keep an eye out around town for an orange bike trailer with a dog in it!

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