About Theresa

Theresa Hwang is a community-engaged architect, educator, and facilitator. She is the founder of Dept. of Places, a participatory design and civic engagement practice based in Los Angeles, CA. She has spent over 12 years focused on equitable cultural and community development with multiple groups and campaigns. Theresa is an adjunct design studio professor at Woodbury University and has previously co-taught at the University of Southern California. Her work has been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, Atlantic Cities, Al-Jazeera America and other media outlets. In addition to the Board of Directors for Venice Community Housing, she is on the Board of Directors for the Association for Community Design and was recognized as one of Next City’s Urban Vanguards 2015. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Art History from the Johns Hopkins University.