City Fabrick is a nonprofit design studio dedicated to enhancing communities through public interest design, planning, policy and civic engagement. Based in Long Beach, City Fabrick engages with existing communities willing to explore change as ideal laboratories for creating innovative examples of how to repurpose, retrofit and develop sustainable cities. By leveraging the prototyping, piloting and experimentation, City Fabrick collaborates with other purpose-driven organzations to fast-track these communities for invention and best practices.
City Fabrick adapts to working in a diversity of environments, filling a variety of roles and providing a broad spectrum of expertise – based what best serves those partnerships, programs and projects. As a consultant, the organization provides professional services to other nonprofit organizations, government agencies and private entities dedicated on projects that serve the public good.
City Fabrick plans, designs and implements projects spanning open space, mobility, land-use, housing and cultural development with concepts that are both site-specific and globally relevant. City Fabrick prepares research studies, formulates policies, develops communication resources and implements designs that proactively engage and empower professionals, officials, community leaders and the public on a broad range of topics related to urban planning, policy and design.
As a design studio City Fabrick approaches each opportunity and challenge with an open-mind: sometimes the solution requires a can of paint; or a flier; rehabilitating or building a structure; even removing a major piece of infrastructure. Architects typically providing building solutions, landscape architects have landscape solutions and so on. As such, we employ a diverse array of designers who have expertise and interests in all forms of design, be it graphic, landscape, urban or building design. This varied approach to design enriches each project and even allows City Fabrick to provide comprehensive and multifaceted design strategies when called upon.
BRIAN ULASZEWSKI | LEED AP-Executive Director Principal
Brian Ulaszewski has over two decades of experience working in the design and planning field on work spanning tactical interventions like pop-up plazas and parklets to building and landscape projects to regional-scale planning and state policy, all dedicated to improving communities Brian has extensive experience working with local governments, developers, affordable housing providers, and nonprofit organizations on a wide variety projects ranging graphic, environmental, building, landscape and urban design. He has also returned to teach within the Landscape Architecture and Urbanism Department at the University of South California, School of Architecture. Brian is a recognized leader in city building, having been recognized by the American Planning Association – Los Angeles with the John Chase Visionary Award and invited to speak at several academic and industry publications.
BAKTAASH SORKHABI | Designer
Baktaash Sorkhabi has contributed greatly to the work at City Fabrick, helping the organization with graphic design, academic research, community advocacy, program coordination, and project facilitation. As the Program and Design Coordinator, Baktaash brings nearly a decade of both public and private sector experience. The range of projects Baktaash has worked on include envisioning and designing temporary environments for people such as pop-up plazas, researching and developing case studies for domestic as well as international cities. The Long Beach Post recognized Baktaash as one of the city’s distinguished young individuals making a positive impact for their annual ‘Top 40 under 40” list. He is also the founder of Longbeachize, an award-winning community organization and news website involved in a wide range of issues including transportation, land use governance, planning, open space, sustainability and well-being.
PARUL SHARMA | Urban Designer
With her experience of having lived in three countries, the U.S, India and the U.K., Parul brings her passion and perspective of varied urban systems and social conditions to the fore at City Fabrick. Parul received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design in 2015 from Columbia University and was awarded the William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize upon graduation. In India, she received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University School of Architecture and Planning in New Delhi. Parul has over six years of experience in architecture and urban design in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She has worked on professional and academic projects ranging from affordable housing master plans, LEED-Neighborhood Design accreditation, sustainable architecture, revitalization of
post-industrial American cities, guide for do-it-yourself low cost infrastructure in Kenya, pop-up urban projects, and the full concept-to-construction design process of architectural and interior projects. She thoroughly enjoys and values her work in the Long Beach community, especially in innovative engagement and outreach. Amongst other things, she enjoys exploring new cities and collecting stationery.
ANGELICA MEZA | Designer
A native to Southern California, Angelica attended Orange Coast College after high school. There she found her passion and went on to graduate from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Through the graphic design program, she was able to explore new cities and learn from various cultures from around the world, which have proven useful in her position at City Fabrick. Her previous experiences have allowed her to understand and collaborate with the many different clients and projects that pass through City Fabrick with great care, attention, and empathy. When spending her leisure time, she continues to learn about and support the local community by visiting various destinations like Long Beach Creamery and The Merchant.
ALEXANDER JUNG | Urban Designer
Alexander Jung brings to his work at City Fabrick a unique perspective working on urban design and planning projects in the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors. With over five years of experience, Alexander has proven to be an effective project manager, designer, and community facilitator in his involvement with several award-winning projects throughout Southern California. The range of projects Alexander has worked on include visioning and designing multimodal streetscapes, parks and open spaces, First/Last Mile connectivity plans, pedestrian and bicycle networks, and Transit Oriented Districts. Recently arriving to Long Beach, he has already worked on several plans and projects throughout the city. He is also the Development Coordinator for Tuesday Night Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides a space for artists and community activists to share their work.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
City Fabrick has a volunteer Board of Directors that consistently provides strategic guidance, fiscal oversight and expert insight. City Fabrick’s Board of Directors consists of dynamic emerging voices as well as veteran civic leaders which provides historic context in the communities we serve as well an eye towards the future. These Directors include among others, health providers, planners and real estate professionals from Southern California and the Bay Area, providing a diverse array of perspective and capacity that augments those staff within the regular operations.
MEG BEATRICE, AIA
STEVE GERHARDT, AICP
DR. VANESSA KALEB, MD
LEED AP-Executive Director Principal