Peter Ballman has worked on construction crews in Kentucky, California, Oregon, China, Thailand and New York City. As a construction manager at Sciame Construction in NYC he was a senior project manager on The Shed project, focusing on design assist, logistics and site coordination. Other projects with Sciame included Columbia University Medical Center and the Cooper Union New Academic Building. He also planned and supervised the installation of large artworks at 51 Astor Place.
As an architect he has worked in the offices of Kohn Pederson Fox, Himma Studio, and Barkow Leibinger.
Ballman holds a bachelor of arts in anthropology from Reed College (2000) and a bachelor of architecture from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union (2008). He has served as a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, where his teaching in design studios and seminars focused on construction technologies, and has taught an integrated design studio at Pratt Institute. He has been an invited critic at The Cooper Union, Pratt, and Cornell.
Dasha Khapalova is a registered architect in New York. She has worked in the offices of Deborah Berke Partners, Barkow Leibinger, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and OBRA Architects. She is a Visiting Critic in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University where she teaches design studio and representation courses, and has previously taught at Pratt Institute. She has been an invited critic at Harvard GSD, Princeton University, The Cooper Union, Syracuse University, and Pratt. In 2012 Khapalova was the recipient of the Gabriel Prize Fellowship, and her work has been published in Architects Draw by Sue Ferguson Gussow, Open City: Existential Urbanity by Diane Lewis et al, and Harvard GSD's Platform series.
Khapalova received her master of architecture degree from Harvard GSD in 2012 where she was awarded the Kevin V. Kieran Prize for highest academic achievement. Her undergraduate studies were divided between Cornell University and The Cooper Union, where she received her bachelor of architecture degree in 2007 and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate of Merit and was a recipient of the John Q. Hejduk Scholarship.