Laura Kozak is a design researcher, cultural organizer and mother to two. As a Research Associate with Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Shumka Centre, she has played a key role in advocating and advancing opportunities for emerging artists and designers in British Columbia. A core interest in collaborative design of the urban environment, grounded in values of stewardship, care, incremental change and place-based knowledge, informs her research and teaching practice. Laura is the president of 221A Artist Run Centre Society and teaches in the Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies at Emily Carr. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2005) and a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture (2012).