John Nelson is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Architecture who retired in 2017 after serving the North Carolina University System at UNC Charlotte, College of Arts + Architecture, School of Architecture for 41 years. He is a registered Architect focusing on climate responsive/sustainable affordable housing issues. Over the course of his teaching and practice career he directed the SoA Design Build initiatives for the college. Under his guidance the SoA students designed and built 12 homes for families in need, receiving funding from and working with the Mecklenburg County Community Development Department, City of Charlotte Neighborhood Development and Habitat for Humanity. He has remained in Charlotte and is currently taking advantage of the freedom from the academic calendar by traveling in his 16-foot Airstream trailer with his wife and Irish setter and spending more time at the cottage in northern Ontario, Canada. He continues to pursue and be involved with issues of affordable climate responsive housing.