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Sanford Hirshen, Hon. MAIBC, FRAIC, FAIA,
Professor and Director Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of British Columbia. Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Department of Architecture University of California at Berkeley.

Huck Rorick,
Architect/Builder, Executive Director, Groundwork Institute.

William Russell Ellis, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chancellor, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph P. Deringer, AIA, LEED-AP

Architect, building energy consultant, software developer

President, The Deringer Group, Inc.


Judy Corbett

Founder & Executive Director of the Local Government Commission. Ecologist. Co-developer of Village Homes. Time Magazine "Hero for the Planet" 1999.

Cole Roberts

Senior Engineer, sustainability consultant, ARUP

Seth Wachtel

Director of the Architecture and Community Design Program in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of San Francisco.


Mary Comerio,
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley.

Pike Oliver,
Senior Vice President managing and developing 93,000 acres in the Southwestern U.S.  Pike was Vice President for HomeFed Corporation, a developer of residentially driven master planned communities.
Gong Lijun,
Associate Professor of Environmental Design, Tianjin Academy of Arts. Design Director, TEDA Construction Company, one of the largest developers in Tianjin, China.

George Tchobanoglous,

P.E. Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis.  Specialist in wastewater treatment and reuse, aquatic wastewater management systems, decentralized systems, and solid waste management. 

Qin Chuan,

Chief Planner, Tianjin City Planning Bureau, China.  Former Vice Director, Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. Architect.  Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley.

David Dowall

Director, Institute of Urban and Regional Development and Professor of City & Regional Planning, University of California at Berkeley. Expert in infrastructure economics, urban economic development & planning and financial feasibility analysis.


Groundwork's primary source of support comes from time donated by top level environmental professionals including architects, planners, specialists in sewage, solar energy, engineers and builders. This help has extended over a period of more than 25 years.

The following are some of the people and organizations whose support has made Groundwork Institute's work possible:


Groundwork also receives donations of money and equipment from foundations and individuals.  Some of them are: 




In the past, we participated in a HUD program for non-profit organizations whereby we sold inexpensive homes to low income first homebuyers with no money down. A small portion of the proceeds goes to support the Institute.

Groundwork Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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