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Jack Forinash™, Citizen Architect

Rural Offices:

PO Box 442
Green River, UT 84525

PO Box 364
Palouse, WA 99161

PO Box 29
New Cuyama, CA 93254


> Bio
> Attributes & Interests
> Superpowers
> Education
> Professional & Related Experience
> Built Projects of Record
> Articles, Reports, & Publications
> Presentations
> Recognition


Bio

Jack Forinash is an affordable housing and organizational development obsessive found most often in rural towns. As a leader in conscientious design/build ethos, he brings empathy and consideration to the practice of applied arts, architecture, and good old-fashioned fun. He’s a program director, technical assistant, relationship builder, and a crew’s first mate.


Attributes & Interests

ESFJ
Aquarian ○  Sag ☽  Virgo ↑
red boxed-wine
list making
housing for all


Superpowers

spreadsheets
on-site construction
sledding with friends
cooking, inc. for large groups
jukebox playlists of 90’s country music
letter writing
public speaking
data collection
boat provisioning 
financial management
comprehensive emails


Professional & Related Experience

Executive Director, Director of Finance & Creative Projects
February 2018 - present
Blue Sky Center, New Cuyama, CA

Founding Crew Member
June 2017 - present
Homeboat Collective
(with Mary Welcome, Kelly Gregory, Corbin LaMont, Spence Kroll, and Zoe Minikes)

Host
June 7-9, 2019
Beach Blanket Babylon (Green River, UT)
(with Homeboat)

Creative Design/Build Consultant
June 2018 - March 2019
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership Creative Community Design Build:
- Yes! House (Granite Falls, MN)
- Polos Building (St. James, MN)
(with Ashley Hanson, Mary Welcome, Kelly Gregory, Spence Kroll, Corbin LaMont, and Zoe Minikes)

Program Designer
June - October 2018
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Healthy Housing Initiative, funded by ArtPlace
Part 2: Community Advocate Program Development
(with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory)

Cook
March 29-31, 2018
Space Space Space Conference (Cranbrook Academy for the Arts, Michigan)
(with Zoe Minikes)

Design/Builder and Workshop Host
March 2018
Westbrook Artists’ Site, Winterset, IA
(with Mary Welcome, Corbin LaMont, and Spence Kroll)

Desert Fellow
November - December 2017
Blue Sky Center, New Cuyama, CA

Selected Artist
March - September 2017
Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Healthy Housing Initiative, funded by ArtPlace
(with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory)

Principal of Housing
2008-2017
Epicenter, Green River, UT
Founder, Principal of Housing, Financial Manager: manager of daily operations including grant acquisition and administration, staff and volunteer oversight, project management, strategic planning, case management, architectural design, construction management, partnership building

Selected Artist
September 2016
Rabbit Island Residency (Lake Superior, MI)
(with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory)

Delegate
2016
One of two delegates for the state Democratic convention (Green River, UT)

Selected Artist
November 2015
Central Utah Art Center’s residency (Birch Creek Ranch, UT)
(with Mary Welcome)

Visiting Instructor
July 2015
Remote Studio, Ennis, MT
with Lori Ryker

Board Member
2014-2017 
Utah Housing Coalition
Rural Committee Co-chair

Program Manager
2009-2019 
Habitat for Humanity of Castle Country, Price, UT
Board Member (2009-2014) / Program Manager [Employee] (2014-2017) / Technical Assistance Provider [Independent Contractor] (2017-2019): grant acquisition, financial management, project management, construction management, volunteer coordination
Resource Development Committee Chairman, Family Selection Committee Member

Director of Finance & Administration
2012-2015
Positive Action Community Team, Green River, UT
DFA: manage $300,000 in annual income/expenses and $700,000 in assets for community-based non-profit organization employing eleven staff members, report regularly to the Board and allied agencies, ensure organizational solvency

Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman
2011-2014
City of Green River Planning and Zoning Commission, Vice-chairman (2013), Chairman (2014)
Notable accomplishments:
- research and development of Green River’s first Housing Plan (rated by the State of Utah as a top 10 plan in the state ever rated)
- research, community survey, and completion of the 2014 General Plan update
- removal of affordable housing barriers including comprehensive revision to the city’s residential zoning code

Director
2012-2013
University of Utah’s DesignBuildBLUFF, Bluff, UT
Interim Director, Instructor
oversee staff and students, solicit funding, project management, vendor relations, design, and construction of houses on the Navajo Nation

AmeriCorps VISTA
2008-2009
AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), Green River, UT
Year of service in a small, rural community in southeastern Utah; co-founded Epicenter as new affordable housing and economic development division of the non-profit organization PACT,         attracted and retained fellow young professionals

Intern Architect 
Summer 2007
Stacy Norman Architects, Auburn, AL
campus-wide building analysis

Intern Architect
Summer 2007
David Whatley Hinson Architect, Auburn, AL
scale model building


Built Projects of Record

2017 Frontier House, Green River, UT - Principal-in-Charge

2015 Epicenter Sunscreen, Green River, UT - Principal-in-Charge

2015 Epicenter Workshop, Green River, UT - Principal-in-Charge

2013 Rabbit Ear House, Mexican Water, Navajo Nation - Director, Instructor

2012 Mendoza House, Green River, UT - Architectural Designer, Grant Writer/Administrator, Project Manager, Construction Supervisor, On-site Builder

2010 Epicenter Office, Green River, UT - Co-designer, Construction Supervisor, On-site Builder, Grant Writer and Administrator

2009 A House for Bear, Green River, UT - Assistant Designer, Client Manager, Facilitator
USDA 502 Home Loan-funded house built for low-income homeowner

2008 DESIGNhabitat 2.1 House, Greensboro, AL - Co-designer, Team Leader
Habitat for Humanity design/build home incorporating systems-built and site-built components. Also served as project manager, on-site supervisor, and financial manager

2006 DESIGNhabitat 2 House, Greensboro, AL - Co-designer, Team Member
Habitat design/build home incorporating context-driven design with systems-built and site-built components

2005 A House for Willie Bell, Masons Bend, AL - Co-designer, Team Member
Rural Studio design/build house

2004 Habitat for Humanity of Lee County, Auburn, AL - Construction Intern
Constructed two stick-built homes; on-site construction


Authored Articles & Reports
and other Publications

Yes! House Research Report (Phase 2)
Jack Forinash, Co-author, 2019
with Mary Welcome, Kelly Gregory, Corbin LaMont, Zoe Minikes, and Spence Kroll (Homeboat), SW MN Housing Partnership, and the Department of Public Transformation

Yes! House Research Report (Phase 1)
Jack Forinash, Co-author, 2018
with Mary Welcome, Kelly Gregory, Corbin LaMont, Zoe Minikes, and Spence Kroll (Homeboat), SW MN Housing Partnership, and the Department of Public Transformation

Community Advocate Pilot Program Road Map
Jack Forinash, Co-author, 2018
with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory (Homeboat), SW MN Housing Partnership, and the City of St. James (MN)

Piney Wood Atlas Volume II
Jack Forinash, Contributor, 2018

New Cuyama Home Value Report
Jack Forinash, Director of Creative Projects, 2018
with Blue Sky Center

Healthy Housing Handbook
Jack Forinash, Co-author, 2018
with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory (Homeboat), SW MN Housing Partnership, and the City of St. James (MN)

New Cuyama Housing Assessment
Jack Forinash, Consultant, 2017
with Blue Sky Center
 
Interview with Philip Jankoski, Executive Director of Blue Sky Center Transcript

“Rural Voices” - Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s 2016 Annual Report 
Interview of Jack Forinash regarding Epicenter

“Housing security and affordability” - blog post for Epicenter
By Jack Forinash, 2016

Rural Coalition Report, in support of the Enterprise Zone tax credit
By Jack Forinash, 2016

Green River Vernacular Housing Study
Jack Forinash, Principal-in-Charge, 2016

Green River Mobile Home Survey Report
Jack Forinash, Principal-in-Charge, 2016

Case Study: Epicenter - Recruiting and Retaining Young Professionals
By Jack Forinash with Epicenter, 2015

“My rural is not your rural.” - blog post for Epicenter on the non-homogenous nature of Rural America
By Jack Forinash, 2015

City of Green River Housing Plan
Jack Forinash, Planning & Zoning Commission Member, featuring research by Jack Forinash with Epicenter, 2013

Green River Town Assessment
Featuring graphics and research by Jack Forinash with Epicenter, 2013

Designed for Habitat: Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity
D. Hinson and J. Miller; Routledge, 2013
Featuring DESIGNhabitat 2 and DESIGNhabitat 2.1 houses

CRIT69: Architects Without Architecture - “An Account of the Epicenter” (p. 18-21)
Journal of the American Institute of Architecture Students, 2010 Featured article on the impetus for (and original manifesto of) Epicenter and it as an alternative model of professional practice

Rural Studio at Twenty
Andrew Freear, Elena Barthel, Andrea Oppenheimer Dean, Timothy Hursley; Princeton Architectural Press, 2014
Willie Bell’s House project profiled

USDA Capital Markets and Community Building report, “RBEG Grant Funds Business Service Center,” 2011
profile of Epicenter Office project

“Hand Made: Portraits of Emergent New Community Culture”; Editor: Tessy Britton, UK, 2010
Epicenter featured

Collaborative Writing Project™
with Young Professionals LLC, 2009
© 1972

CRIT 65: “Greenwash”
editorial on the use of green technologies in new urbanism communities

“AIA’s 2007 Honor Awards”
Architectural Record, July 2007 Issue
DESIGNhabitat 2 house featured

“Keeping the Spirit Alive”
Architectural Record, March 2006 Issues
Willie Bell’s House project featured


Presentations

October 2019
“The After Hours Hours (or, why my bar tab is a reimbursable expense)” - Rural Arts & Culture Summit (Grand Rapids, MN)
with the Homeboat crew


September 2019
“Blue Sky Center” - Enterprise Community Partners Grantee Convening (Boston, MA)


April 2019
“Breaking Down Biases Affecting Rural California” - Housing California’s 40th Annual Conference (Sacramento, CA)
with Rural Community Assistance Corporation, California Coalition for Rural Housing, California Housing Partnership, California Rural Legal Assistance, and Enterprise Community Partners
Led a panel of rural experts on the effects of urban-normativity on rural places and case studies of redefining rural


March 2019
“Night School: The Sun Room” - Blue Sky Center (New Cuyama, CA)
A round of presentations from each person on self-selected interests and histories


November 2018
“Night School: Runway L88”
for the 2nd Annual 29th Birthday and Cuyama Campout (New Cuyama, CA)
Intro to Scorpio season astrology, constellation identifications and orientations for Polaris, Cassiopeia, the Swan, and the Dolphin


October 2018
Conversation with Environmental Design Students and College-wide Lecture - Auburn University, College of Architecture, Design, & Construction (Auburn, AL)
Q&A session with students and lecture on professional practice of a decade of rural development work


June 2018
“Night School: Runway L88” - Blue Sky Center (New Cuyama, CA)
for the The Long Weekend
Constellation identifications and orientations for Polaris, the Great Bear, Cassiopeia, the Swan, and the Dolphin


March 2018
“Homeboat” - (d) Symposium at the College of Design, Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
with Corbin LaMont and Mary Welcome


November 2017
“Night School: The Design Room” - Blue Sky Center (New Cuyama, CA)
with Ryan FlanaganPhilip JankoskiCorbin LaMont, Matthew SimeoneJoal Stein, and Julia Warner
Two rounds+ of presentations from each person on self-selected interests and histories

“Night School: Runway L88” - Blue Sky Center (New Cuyama, CA)
with Philip Jankoski, Corbin LaMont, and Joal Stein
Constellation identifications and orientations for Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Seven Sisters, and the Swan

“Food - Water - Shelter” - Common Field Convening (Los Angeles, CA)
with Homeboat crew members Kelly Gregory and Spence Kroll
Presentation on the importance of an affordable and available housing focus within public interest design/civic art practices


August 2017
“Night School (During the Day on an Air Mattress in a Living Room)” - Lorane Beach Club (Lorane, OR)
with Corbin LaMont, Nicole Lavelle, Sara Leimbach, Joal Stein, and Adrien Young
Presentations from each person on current work and interests


July 2017
“We are MAJIK” - Outpost (Winona, MN)
with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory
Presentation on recent collaborative work in rural places


June 2017
“Reflections on Engaging Arts & Culture in Housing” - Rural Arts & Culture Summit (Morris, MN)
Session with Jose Galarza of DesignBuildBLUFF and Chelsea Alger of Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership


May 2017
“Refining the Role of the Architect (or, Designer, more broadly): A Case Study in Alternative Professional Practice“ - to visiting Iowa State University students (Green River, UT)

“I’m not alone in this work. We’re not alone in these communities.” - Rural Summit, Blue Sky Center (New Cuyama, CA)

“Case Study in Economic Diversification: Epicenter“ - Northern Arizona Economic Outlook Conference (Page, AZ)


April 2017
“Case Study in Economic Diversification: Epicenter“ - National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) (Denver, CO) Strengthening Economies in the West: A Regional Forum for Coal-reliant Communities


March 2017
“Refining the Role of the Architect: A Case Study in Alternative Professional Practice” - LIKEWISE (Portland, OR)

“Being and Circumstance: practice conditioned/determined on the premise that people and place matter” - Portland State University Social Practice MFA Show & Tell (Portland, OR)
(video)


February 2017
“Refining the Role of the Architect: A Case Study in Alternative Professional Practice “ - University of Idaho College of Art & Architecture


October 2016
“The Frontier House” - Utah Housing Matters Annual Conference (Salt Lake City, UT)

“Epicenter” - University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Public Interest Design course (Salt Lake City, UT)


May 2016
“State of the Frontier Report” - Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Salt Lake City, UT)
with Utah Nonprofits Association, for “Nonprofit 101” training for state government officials 


September 2015
“Case Study in Honest and Entrenched Community Engagement“ - Utah Nonprofits Association Annual Conference (West Valley, UT)


October 2015
“Check Your ID at the Door” - Utah Housing Matters Annual Conference (Park City, UT)
Discussion with housing and social services professionals under age 35 on the future of nonprofit housing advocacy and how to recruit and retain young professionals
Follow up report: Recruiting and Retaining Young Professionals
 
“Epicenter” - University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Public Interest Design course (Salt Lake City, UT)


October 2014
“Case Study and Presentation of Methodology: Green River Housing Assessment” - Utah Housing Matters Annual Conference (Park City, UT)


April 2014
“Epicenter” - Structures for Inclusion annual conference (New York City, NY)
with Charlotte XC Sullivan 



Recognition

Selected Artist (with Mary Welcome and Kelly Gregory) for Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Healthy Housing Initiative, funded by ArtPlace (2017)

Design Arts ‘15 Juror’s Prize for This is Green River and The Green River Magazine (Epicenter, 2015)

Emery County Business Chamber’s Nonprofit Business of the Year (Epicenter, 2015)

Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award for a Local Arts Agency (Epicenter, 2015)

Feature on Epicenter in StudioAPLA (Auburn University School of Architecture’s semiannual magazine) (2015)

Epicenter’s “Fix It First” program named Project of the Year (Rural) by the Utah Housing Coalition (2014)

Curbed Young Guns Finalist (Community Builder) (2014)

Epicenter Featured in the Nonprofits Edition of the Utah Business Magazine (2014)

Nominated for Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year (Utah Region) (2014)

Luncha Kucha Presenter at Structures for Inclusion 14 (New York, NY) (Epicenter, 2014)
 
Panelist for the AIA Utah’s Young Architect’s Forum “NO ONE SITE” discussion (Salt Lake City, UT) (2014)

“Emerging Leader” as named by the Design Futures Council (2013)

Feature on Epicenter in High Country News, issue 44.19 (2012)
    
National AIAS Design Review Competition, first place overall: “Within the context of Hudson Farm...” (2007)         

National AIAS FORUM Design Charette Competition, second place (2007)  

AIAS Chapter President Award (Auburn, 2007)    

Auburn University Center for Urban Studies, Rome, Italy - Studio X Foreign Studies Program (2007)

AIA National Housing Design Award for DESIGNhabitat 2 House (2007)

Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for DESIGNhabitat 2 House (2006) 

Alabama Council of the AIA Honor Award for DESIGNhabitat 2 House (2006)

Collaborative Practice Award from the ACSA for “A House for Willie Bell” project (2004)    

AIA Education Honor Award for “Drawing Machine” - Prof. Rusty Smith’s Foundation Studio



Education

2014 SEED Certification, Public Interest Design Institute (Design Corps)

2008 Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
with honors        

2007 Center for Urban Studies, Auburn University, Rome, Italy
Studio X Foreign Studies Program

2006 Trenholm State Technical College, Montgomery, AL
industrial welding program

2004 Rural Studio, Auburn University School of Architecture
Willie Bell’s House



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