We are a team with diverse experience and skills that holds a deep commitment to a highly sustainable urban development design. We have a history of working with a variety of St. Louis communities, of articulating vision, implementing best practices and gathering partners.


Dan Hellmuth, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Director of Design

DanDan is principal and co-founder of Hellmuth+Bicknese Architects, with 35+ years of experience in sustainable design, government, housing, educational, historic preservation, transit and planning projects and has worked on over 35 LEED projects; he has 2 certified Living Building Projects, one of which was tied as the first certified project in the world.

Craig Scandrett-Leatherman, PhD

Director of Socially Sustainable Design

CraigCraig is a cultural and applied anthropologist focused on justice and resilient community development. He co-founded Faith for Justice, is a scholar of African American Pentecostalism and has been a pastor, teacher, and an urban studies director in Chicago.

Rosalind Williams

Director of Urban Planning

RosRosalind is an urban planner with 40 years of experience creating healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities. She initiated Missouri’s PACE legislation, managed a major redevelopment project, created downtown form-based coding, and advocated a Social Compact Drilldown in North St. Louis County. She is president of WITH, an advocate for inclusionary housing policies.

Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

Director of Resiliency

MaryAnnMary Ann is an architect and educator working on accelerating shifts in the design of the built environment to sustainable and resilient outcomes. Mary Ann has 40 years of architectural experience primarily at HOK, a global design firm where she served as global sustainable design director promoting the implementation of sustainable strategies. Mary Ann heads a sustainability consultancy and teaches as adjunct faculty at Washington University in St. Louis as well as serves as the Coordinator for the Sustainability Program at WU’s University College.

Steve O’Rourke, NABCEP PVTS

Director of Energy & Efficiency

SteveSteve brings 30+ years of experience in consulting, sales, marketing and information technologies, including nearly 10 years in the renewable energy industry.  Steve leverages these skills to promote energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy to commercial and nonprofit organizations as key parts of a sustainable energy management strategy.

Deborah Frank

Director of Administration

DebDeborah is a results-oriented leader with extensive project, budget and personnel management experience, exceptional people and problem-solving skills and expertise in a wide range of sustainability topics and issues. She established the EarthWays Center as a new division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, co-founded the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and served as the Garden’s first Vice President of Sustainability. She has collaborated with community stakeholders to promote sustainable practices within the St. Louis region ranging from green building to advancing biodiversity.