Design Educators

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Hadley Beacham

Hadley is an artist and educator who is passionate about arts education. After earning her masters in art history from Sotheby’s Institute of Art she has been working in arts education and has taught at Friends of the High Line, The Intrepid Museum, Cathedral of St. John the Divine and also for her own business, Color Wink Studio, teaching art history-inspired courses to kids. She was previously a full-time staff member in the Center for Architecture’s K-12 Education Department and has continued teaching with us, leading After-School, Family, Vacation, and Summer Programs.

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Jessica Castillo

Jessica has been a freelance Design Educator at the Center for Architecture since 2013. She previously worked as a Senior Explainer at the New York Hall of Science for 8 years, where she managed educational experiences for exhibition visitors. Jessica received her Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute, where she wrote her thesis on the relationship between historic house museums and their local communities. She earned her Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Technology from the New York City College of Technology, CUNY.

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Jane Cowan

Jane has been a freelance Design Educator with the Center for Architecture since 2000. She has created, implemented, and taught original architectural and New York history curricula for 300+ school-based residencies in tri-state area classrooms for grades K-12. In addition to her work at the Center, she has developed and taught education programs at Village Preservation, Young Audiences NY, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and the Weeksville Heritage Center. She has a B.A. in The Growth and Structure of Cities, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and an MS Ed in School Counseling from Brooklyn College. Jane is a licensed NY State school counselor and works as such during the school year.

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Kelvin Hu

Kelvin Hu is an architectural designer and a Bachelor of Architecture candidate at Pratt Institute with a minor in Museum and Gallery Practices. He first joined the Center for Architecture in 2022 as an education program volunteer and has since helped teach high school Architecture Design Studios and Design Discovery classes. At Pratt, Kelvin served as the treasurer of AIAS Pratt and worked on two research projects: "Domestic Mutations" with Professor Lawrence Blough, and a study on co-op housing prototypes with Professor Dagmar Richter. Kelvin has gained professional experience as a Store Development Intern at Giorgio Armani and as a Real Estate Project Intern at Risland US. He co-founded Atelier 58l0, an interdisciplinary design practice, with Geri Roa Kim. Their virtual exhibitions and short films have been showcased at the Center for Architecture and the Siegel Gallery at Pratt.

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Kelsey Jackson

Kelsey Jackson is an educator and Master of Architecture Candidate at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She has a decade of experience working with young people, including two summers working with CFA’s education team as a teaching assistant. After earning her B.A. in Interior Design from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2014, Kelsey spent six years in Madrid, Spain, where she became deeply engaged with self-directed education, developing a love for teaching. Her unique experiences as an educator helped her conceptualize the roles that culture and the built environment play in how people learn, develop, and interact.

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Emily Long

Emily Long is a visual artist and art educator based in New York City. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an Associate in Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Art History and Museum Professions. Following graduation, Emily followed her passion for art education. She was originally a part-time staff member at the Center of Architecture and transitioned to the education team in the summer 2019. Working as an art educator is her way of helping ensure a creative future for the next generation.

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Howard Stern

Howard has been a freelance Design Educator with the Center for Architecture since 1997, helping to develop the program’s hands-on, inquiry-based approach to design education. He currently teaches in our Learning By Design:NY, Summer, Vacation, and After-School programs, specializing in digital design programs for middle and high school students, as well as design-build projects where students develop and implement improvements to their school environment. He previously taught architecture classes for youth at the Abrons Arts Center and the Queens Museum of Art. Howard is a licensed architect with over 18 years of experience as a practicing architect with a focus on affordable housing and institutional buildings. He has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New York Institute of Technology.

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Kaitlyn Stubbs

Kaitlyn is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator with 14 years of experience teaching art and design. She has worked with diverse audiences of all ages and abilities at institutions including MoMA, MFA Boston, SUNY Purchase, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, recently joining the Center for Architecture team in 2024. Kaitlyn holds a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

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Emmet Sutton

Emmet Sutton is an alumni and undergraduate professor at Pratt Institute. His Honors degree project, Bypassage, contemplates the corridor, its history, and potential future. The project comprises a variety of new types of corridors interlinked to create a peripatetic medical school appended to the existing Woodhull Medical Center. In concert with his thesis, this line of corridor exploration was also exhibited at the Center for Architecture as part of an event organized by Atelier 58lo. He was recently accepted to a residency on Governor’s Island with the Institute of Public Architecture. His work with the IPA will build on Bypassage, revolving around the political and economic implications of the corridor, namely lobbying and labor. Emmet operates TUSK, an architecture office, with his two partners Safa Mehrjui and Tyler Javitz.

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Kimberly Tate

Kimberly is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and educator based in Brooklyn, who joined the Center for Architecture in 2017. In addition to teaching with the Center for Architecture, she is also a Part-time Assistant Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. In practice, she has been a project manager and designer at CDR Studio Architects, Formactiv Architecture Design and Technology, and Arch Productions & Design, working on retail, residential, public interest and custom design fabrication projects at various scales and phases from schematic design to construction/installation. As part of the Empowerhouse Collaborative, she developed, built and exhibited a solar-powered home built to Passive House standards for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, which placed first in Affordability. Kimberly earned her Master's in Architecture with honors from Parsons School of Design.

Education Staff

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Tim Hayduk, Lead Design Educator

Tim teaches in all of the Center for Architecture’s K-12 programs, with special expertise in high school programs and those focusing on NYC’s history. He works with the Center’s tour program for adult audiences and conducts walking tours. Tim studied architecture at Pratt Institute and began teaching at the Center for Architecture in 2003. His devotion to modern architecture informs his interest in traveling, architectural publications, and photography. He dedicates spare time to organizations preserving modernism.

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Breanna Katsman, Design Educator

Breanna is a Design Educator for the Center for Architecture who manages additional programs like the Discover Architecture Careers Explorations Program for high school students. She began working with the Center for Architecture in 2015 as a youth program volunteer and now teaches K-12 students about various aspects of architecture and design through a sustainability lens. She studied architecture and interior design at Pratt Institute and is currently studying Environmental Science and Food Studies at The New School. In addition to education, Breanna has worked in architecture, production design, and vegan culinary arts. She has a strong interest in the intersection between the environment, food, and design.

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Lisa Mazzola, Director of Education

Lisa Mazzola has been working in art education since the late 1990’s. She joins the Center for Architecture most recently from the Museum of Modern Art, where she was the Director of Young Learners. In that role, she developed programing to support K-12 schools, teens, and teachers, including onsite programs and online courses on Coursera that helped connect K-12 and lifelong learners to the art and ideas of our time. Prior to her work at MoMA, Mazzola coordinated gallery education and special projects at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and coordinated school partnership programs at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

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Mary Lib Schmidt, Youth Programs Manager

Mary Lib is thrilled to be managing Summer Programs for the 8th year in a row! In addition to this busy time of year, she also oversees the other Youth Programs including Family Programs, Teen Workshops, the Architecture and Design College Fair, and Vacation Programs. She received her BA from the University of Virginia and her MA in Art History from Columbia University. She joined the CFA K-12 Education Team in 2017 and previously worked in the Education Departments of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Jewish Museum.

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Rachel Serkin, School Programs Manager

Rachel Serkin is the Center for Architecture’s School Programs Manager and oversees the Learning By Design: NY residency program. She received her MA in Education from Hunter College and has worked in K-12 programming in museum settings for over fifteen years. She has previously worked with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the New York Transit Museum, the Center for Brooklyn History, and the Museum at Eldridge Street.