Dr. José L.S. Gamez is an Associate Professor of Architecture and the Associate Director of the School of Architecture at UNC Charlotte. He is a founding member of the School’s Urban Design faculty and the former Director of the City.Building.Lab, which serves as the public outreach arm of the School of Architecture. He has also served as a Provost’s Faculty Fellow and he has been a Research Fellow at both UNC Charlotte’s Institute for Social Capital and Urban Institute. His research explores the role of community-engaged scholarship in public interest design, the roles of culture and identity in architecture and urbanism, and critical art and design practices. His has published in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Places: A Forum of Environmental Design, The Journal of Urbanism, and The Journal of Applied Geography. He has also authored essays that appear in the edited books Writing Urbanism: A Design Reader, Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism, Charlotte, NC: The Global Rise of a New South City, and Latino Urbanism: The Politics of Planning, Policy and Redevelopment.