Seth Wachtel is Dept. Chair of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco in California. He worked many years with Christopher Alexander and the Center for Environmental Structure during the height of their design/build period. Since 2004, he has guided USF’s Architecture program, focusing on learning through real projects for underserved communities worldwide. The curriculum has students designing culturally-connected environments using innovative construction techniques, to produce heritage preserving, locally appropriate buildings. He has received awards for teaching, service and research, and has ongoing projects in numerous countries, including a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Discovery and Documentation of At-Risk Built Heritage.