Melissa Shin, RA, AIA is the Principal Architect and Co-Founder of Shin Shin and a licensed architect in the states of California and Michigan. Shin Shin is a female and minority owned architecture and design firm, named Best New Firm in the West (2021) by the Architect’s Newspaper and has been featured in Dwell, the Los Angeles Times, and various other publications. Melissa has worked in the offices of Herzog de Meuron (Switzerland and New York), Greg Lynn FORM (Los Angeles), and Gehry Partners (Los Angeles). Melissa holds a Master of Architecture (from Yale University), a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Mathematics (from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts (also from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Kevin Sherrod is Practice Area Leader for Arts & Culture – Gensler LA / Design Faculty at USC. Kevin has worked on transformative projects including, Tides Loads of Hope– a project to create the first permanent Loads of Hope laundry room for people experiencing homelessness; Compton College student housing – one of the first solutions for campus housing at a community college in Southern California; and the award-winning Debbie Allen Dance Academy, to name a few. Sherrod also served as a core member of the research leadership team with the Now Institute and Morphosis, working directly under the guidance of Thom Mayne on the 100 Buildings book. Most recently Kevin served as the lead designer for Gallery 90220– a first-of-its-kind art gallery for Black and Brown creatives in South Los Angeles. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Kevin’s design sensibility and teaching philosophy are rooted in his lived experiences growing up in an urban center and 20 plus years of experience serving in grassroots organizations. These experiences drove Kevin’s commitment to supporting the next generation of designers through mentorship and teaching. Kevin previously worked as an urban strategies lecturer for UCLA’s M.Arch II Program. Kevin’s award background includes: Best of Design Winner Unbuilt: Residential Category for his work with Skid Row Housing Ambrosia, Progressive Architecture P/A Awards for his contributions on Urban Awnings, and an honor award from WestSide Urban Forum Design Awards for work on West Edge. Sherrod’s works have been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Archinect, ArchDaily, LA business journal and Forbes.