June 2017 – #OurChangingClimate workshop held at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in Santa Barbara, California.

May 2017 – FOGWASTE featured on the homepage of the American Society of Landscape Architecture’s online magazine.

October 2016 – #OurChangingClimate workshop held at Imagining America’s National Conference in collaboration with the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning.

October 2016 – #OurChangingClimate a Selected Finalist for the 2016 South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Conference’s Place by Design (PXD) Awards for Equity + Inclusion.

September 2016 – The City of San Jose is awarded the 2016 Pollution Prevention Award from the San Francisco Regional Water Board, which includes recognition of FOGWASTE in community outreach.

June 2016 – #OurChangingClimate is awarded a Tech for Social Good Grant from the University of California’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS). $5,000 award will support expansion of digital and analogue networking tools.

October 2015 – #OurChangingClimate team selected as one of University of California, Davis’ Climate Action Champion. $25,000 award will support development of website and expansion of workshops throughout the State of California.


May 2015 – Claire Napawan selected as a Vanguard Class of 2015 (top 40 emerging urbanists under 40) to participate in the Next City’s Vanguard Conference in Reno and participate in the Big Idea Challenge. Her groups’ intervention, #SuperCity, was a selected finalist for the Big Idea Challenge and will be installed on ‘The Lids’ site outside the El Dorado casino.

Exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Art, October 2014

Exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Art, October 2014

October 2014 – #SFOpenCity installed at the Open City/Art City Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) in collaboration with the Institute for the Future (IFTF).



October 2014 – City Sink | Sync City awarded Honorable Mention from the South by Southwest (SXSW) Eco Conference’s Place by Design competition.

March 2013 – Smart Sidewalks selected finalist for New York City’s Reinventing Payphones competition, awarded Best Functionality Award, and exhibited at the New Museum of New York’s Ideas City Festival.


About group projects

Claire Napawan is a landscape architect, urban designer, and academic who has designed and studied urban environments for over 10 years. She is an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis and co-founder of the design collaborative, Group Projects. Her research and creative work includes co-design methodologies to achieve community resilience to climate change. Examples of her design and research include: Smart Sidewalks, the winning proposal for Reinventing Payphones in New York City, which seeks to address the digital divide and improve urban environmental resilience; #OurChangingClimate, a research and design project that broadens and diversifies climate conversations; FOGWASTE, a public art installation that seeks to bring greater awareness of San Jose’s vital infrastructures to local communities; and Unlocking Alameda Creek, a selected proposal for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge that looks at unlocking flows of sediment, people, and fish. These projects represent award-wining proposals, commissioned by local municipalities, and/or exhibited at notable venues throughout the U.S. Claire currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area; she is an associate professor within the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California Davis and co-founder of the non-profit design collaborative, group projects. She holds advanced degrees from Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Architecture and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

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