Photo by Joanna Totolici, TOTOLICI.COM

Robert Ferry & Elizabeth Monoian conceptualized the Land Art Generator Initiative in the fall of 2008 and the project was strongly founded by the spring of 2009.


Robert Ferry, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Founding Director, LAGI

Robert Ferry is the Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative and Studied Impact Design. He has two decades of professional experience designing and managing high profile capital projects in the US and the UAE.


He consults on design strategy for net-zero and net-positive buildings and has contributed to many sustainable development projects around the world, including Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. His concept designs pushing the envelope of building-integrated renewable energy technology have been published in Superlative Emirates, Popular Science Magazine, and other publications.


Elizabeth Monoian

Founding Director, LAGI

Elizabeth Monoian (MFA, Carnegie Mellon University) is the founder and director of Society for Cultural Exchange (SCE), an organization that is developing global partnerships between private and public entities around interdisciplinary projects that address issues of climate and sustainability through the lens of creativity. She works closely with cities, universities, corporations, arts organizations, and community groups to design customized approaches to renewable energy installations.


Under SCE she co-founded the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), an international initiative activating interdisciplinary teams to conceive of large-scale public artworks for specific sites that artfully provide utility-scale clean energy to the city grid. The project combines renewable infrastructure design with international cultural exchange and community educational outreach. The project has been featured in articles in numerous international press outlets, including The New York Times, Huffington Post,  the Guardian, and Dwell magazine.


Through the LAGI project Elizabeth has published, exhibited, and presented globally on the aesthetics of renewable energy and the role of art in providing solutions to climate change.


Monoian and Ferry have developed an array of unique STEAM materials that are widely used globally, including the Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, Art+Energy Camps, Art+Energy Flash Cards, a 13-step STEAM Toolkit, information graphics, publications, and more.


LAGI is the recipient of multiple National Endowment for the Arts grants and has been awarded the J.M.K. Innovation Prize, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.


Their publications include Regenerative Infrastructures (Prestel Publishing), The Time is Now: Public Art of the Sustainable City (Page One Publishing), New Energies (Prestel Publishing), Powering Places: LAGI Santa Monica, (Prestel Publishing), and A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies.



Hanna Wells
LAGI Intern 2016–2017
Hanna is a senior at Pittsburgh CAPA studying visual arts. She has lived in Pittsburgh most of her life, although she spends her summers in Germany and travels far from cities to enjoy nature. Hanna’s interest in science and art began when she became involved with a biological imaging lab, producing a solo-exhibit at the Phipps Conservatory. She was first exposed to environmental design when she submitted a design to the first LAGI Youth Prize, winning third place. As an avid environmentalist and aspiring designer, she wishes to enhance her studies of environmental design in college. Hanna is a co-president of her school’s STEAM club, and works hard to make her school community greener.


Tafline Laylin
Tafline Laylin is a freelance journalist with three major passions: nature, travel, and the Middle East. She has followed the Land Art Generator Initiative since its inception in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, helping to raise its profile in the media space through her work as managing editor of Green Prophet and news editor of Inhabitat. Tafline’s environmental journalism and travel writing has appeared in The Guardian US, The Ecologist, Brownbook Magazine, Dwell Magazine and several other international publications. She is currently based between the MENA region and the United States.


Herman J. Milligan, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Milligan is currently a Managing Partner with The Fulton Group, LLC, an independent consultant firm specializing in marketing research, competitive intelligence, non-profit organizational development, and culturally-specific initiatives. He has over twenty-five years of experience working in the financial services industry. He retired in 2010 as a Vice-President of Marketing Research/Competitive Intelligence within the Enterprise Marketing/Customer Insights and Analysis division for Wells Fargo and Company. Dr. Milligan received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He has published, presented and served on national and international marketing research, strategic and competitive intelligence boards and committees of organizations such as ESOMAR and Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP).  Dr. Milligan received the Most Valuable Thought Leader Award as part of the 14th Annual Competitive Intelligence Frost & Sullivan Executive MindXchange.

He was as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Music at the Center For Contemporary Music at Mills College (Oakland, CA) and performed with the Cecil Taylor Black Music Ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Tenor Saxophone), and also served as a music reviewer for the schools’ newspaper, The Daily Cardinal. Dr. Milligan currently serves on the Board of Directors/Advisory Boards for Ananya Dance Theatre (Minneapolis, MN); Art Practical/Daily Serving (San Francisco, CA); Artspace Projects, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN); Contempo Physical Dance (St. Paul, MN); The Center for Cuban Studies (New York, NY); Forecast Public Art (Saint Paul, MN); Girls on the Run Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN); The Givens Foundation For African American Literature (Minneapolis, MN); IFP Center for Media Arts (St. Paul, MN); Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN); Juxtaposition Arts (Minneapolis, MN); Land Art Generator Initiative (Pittsburgh, PA); League of Women Voters Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN); The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN);  SOO Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN); Threads Dance Project (Minneapolis, MN); Tuesday; An Art Project (Boston, MA); and TuckUnder Projects (Minneapolis, MN).


Thaddeus Padlowski

Thaddeus Pawlowski is an urban designer working at the forefront of adapting cities to climate change.  Working in New York City government since the early 2000s, he has sought to integrate adaptation and resilience into both disaster recovery and the long term development patterns of the city through the design of projects, policies and programs.   He has a Masters in Architecture from University of Pennsylvania, was a 2015 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University and is now teaching Urban Design at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.


Ann Rosenthal
Ann Rosenthal brings to communities over 30 years experience as an artist, educator, and writer. Her art installations address the local manifestation of global concerns, including climate change, food safety, nuclear waste, migration and extinction. Her work, in collaboration with Steffi Domike, has been shown across the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Rosenthal’s essays and work on eco/community art have been published in several journals and anthologies, and she is currently co-authoring a series of articles on Art and Feminism through the online art journal, Pittsburgh Articulate. She teaches foundations, art history, and environmental art courses on-ground and online. For 2016, she initiated and is directing LUNA (Learning Urban Nature through Art), an ecoliteracy and art after-school program in Pittsburgh, funded through a Remake Learning grant from The Sprout Fund. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999.


Paul Schifino

(LAGI Advisor & Board Member, Society for Cultural Exchange)

Paul received his degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1979. Mr. Schifino’s work has been published in design publications including: Communication Arts (CA), Graphis, Print, How, and ReadyMade magazine. His art has been included in shows at the Andy Warhol Museum (AMP), the Mattress Factory (Gestures #4 and #14 ), TRAF Gallery (By Design), and the TRAF (Best of Pittsburgh Show.)


Mr. Schifino has served as president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and is a former Advisory Board member of the American Shorts Reading Series, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He currently serves on the Board of the Society for Cultural Exchange.


Deborah Hosking

(LAGI Advisor & Board Member, Society for Cultural Exchange)

Deborah has lived, worked and exhibited in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles and, since 2005, Pittsburgh. Initially a painter, she now works in digital photography and video. She has awards to her credit in each medium, and a number of her photographs are currently included in an exhibition in the American Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic.


Deborah served as production designer for the short films The Specials and Lightweight, which she also co-wrote. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and an MFA in Film & Digital Media from Chatham University.