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Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Anthony is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. 

As a writer and advocate, Tony’s work has appeared in or been featured by The Daily Business Review, Atlantic Cities, Next American City Magazine, New Urban News, The Real Deal, Momentum Magazine, Streetsblog, the Miami Herald, the El Paso Times, and The Miami New Times, among other publications. Tony is a coauthor of the globally acclaimed series Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change Vol. 2, and together with Mike Lydon is the recipient of the 2017 Seaside Prize and co-author of Tactical Urbanism, published by Island Press in March 2015.

He is a part-time adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami School of Architecture, and  is currently Chairman of the Green Mobility Network, the largest bicycle pedestrian advocacy organization in South Florida. He co-founded the Ludlam Trail project, which will result in the addition of over 50 acres of new park space in Miami-Dade County. Among the many professional organizations he is active with are the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and Green Mobility Network. He lectures and leads workshops on the topics of architecture, urban design, smart growth, tactical urbanism, and complete streets/active transportation.

Prior to launching the firm’s Miami office, Tony was Project Director for six years at the Dover Kohl & Partners affiliated architecture firm Chael Cooper & Associates, and from 2008 to 2012 he was the Publisher and Managing editor of the transportation blog TransitMiami.com, an award winning web journal dedicated to public participation and discourse in South Florida.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Urban Design from New York University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Miami.

 

Architect and designer Margaret Cavenagh leads the interior architecture practice as a Principal at Studio Gang. In her twelve-year tenure at the Studio, she has designed dozens of spaces that range in scale and typology from mixed-use community centers to high-rise towers. In addition to developing all interior concepts for the Studio’s public, cultural, and institutional projects and directing the design of units and amenity spaces in the Studio’s high rises, Cavenagh also completes stand-alone residential and office renovations, buildouts, and FF&E.

Driven by the user experience, Cavenagh’s work seamlessly and holistically extends building concepts into interior design using layered, flexible programs that blend traditional spaces and expand the Studio’s ethos of material exploration at an intimate scale. For projects including the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership and the Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center (CCCMPC), Cavenagh’s interior concepts, tuned to users’ activities in the space, invigorated the architecture by focusing the building design from the inside out.

In addition to the Arcus Center and CCCMPC, Cavenagh has delivered many of the Studio’s most well-known interiors for projects including Writers Theatre, City Hyde Park, and the University of Chicago Campus North Residential Commons. Her work has garnered multiple awards from the American Institute of Architects, including, most recently, a 2016 Honor Award for Interior Architecture for Writers Theatre. She has also attained some of the highest sustainability ratings, including LEED Platinum certification for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest Offices—the first of its kind to meet the rigorous requirements of the Living Building Challenge.

Cavenagh’s residential projects in Chicago include Maisonette in the Ambassador West Hotel, a residence in Harbor Point, the renovation and restoration of the Shoreland in Hyde Park, and a high-end single-family home in Glencoe, Illinois. She has lent her expertise in workplace design to 40 Tenth Avenue, a mixed-use tower that will break ground near the Highline Park in New York City later this year, as well as the Conservation Center in Chicago and an office buildout on Madison Avenue. Most recently, Cavenagh completed a new office space for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City and Studio Gang’s own offices in Chicago.

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