the boards of the Society of American Historians and American Heritage Rivers, and the advisory board for the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. Before becoming a writer, Mr. Barry coached football at the high school, small college, and major college levels. Currently distinguished scholar at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research of Tulane and Xavier Universities, he lives in New Orleans.
Steven Bingler received his architectural training at the University of Virginia, where he was free to indulge his curiosity of democratic principles. In 1983 he founded Concordia, a community-based planning and architecture firm, to pursue systemic and collaborative design practices. Concord—which means harmony among things and agreement between people—is the firm’s one-word mission statement. Design projects include the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, where a cooperative partnership with seven sculptors explored visual art and architectural design as a collaborative enterprise; and the Henry Ford Academy in Dearborn, Michigan, where Concordia worked with teams of teachers, students, and arts curators to integrate a learning environment for 400 inner-city high school students into the 80-acre Henry Ford Museum complex. In 2006, Concordia coordinated the development of the Unified New Orleans Plan, a comprehensive strategy for the redevelopment of the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The process incorporated the work of 12 urban planning firms, 54 community planning district meetings and 3 citywide community congress events, with a combined participation of more than 9,000 New Orleans citizens. Concordia was also the principle education facilities planning consultant for the development of the New Orleans School Facilities Master Plan, which features a melding of school planning and urban design principles to form a nexus of walkable, equitable, and environmentally sustainable community programs, facilities, parks and public spaces. Concordia’s research alliances have included the MIT Media Lab, Harvard University’s Project Zero, the University of New Mexico, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Thornburg Institute, the Appalachian Education Lab, and the West Ed Research Lab. In addition, Mr. Bingler has served as a special consultant to the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education for policy related to the design of schools as centers of community. His papers have been published in a wide range of books and journals in the fields of urban planning, architectural design, education, public health, and smart growth.
Paul Byers, M.D.
Paul Byers received his B.S. in biology from Millsaps College. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi, with training in internal medicine in 1992. Dr. Byers has been employed with the Mississippi State Department of Health since 1993 in the position of medical director for the Copiah County