Statement + Bios
Homeboat is a crew of doers focused on community engagement, radical architecture, ethical design, and really good times. With friendship first and play as practice, we take on projects that promote inclusivity across geographies, socioeconomic status, and cultural backgrounds. Homeboat believes in the power of diligent civic practice and neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. We aim to beautyquest in every town, to treat our landscapes like family, and to always say good morning.
Kelly Gregory is a social architect based in Oakland, California. Her practice is rooted in socially-engaged work: affordable housing projects, exhibitions, reimagining spaces of incarceration, democratic public space, and in-depth community-driven research. Her projects fold current communities and future solutions into functional, beautiful spaces for collaboration and engagement.
Spence Kroll is a designer based in Portland, Oregon. Spence heads Bowline Studio, a practice that focuses on thoughtfully-scaled live and work spaces, utilitarian installations, and functional landscape design. Spence is inspired by latent energies, portability and the resilience of desert organisms. He believes in front porches, good knots, and not going to bed angry.
Jack Forinash is a citizen architect, advocate, and doer. He brings to the team over a decade of rural development experience, with a focus on affordable housing, financial management, organizational transparency, and research. As a leader in conscientious design/build ethos, he brings empathy and consideration to the practice of applied arts, architecture, and good old-fashioned fun.
Mary Welcome is a citizen artist with an emphasis on cultural empowerment in rural and under-recognized communities. Her work is conversational and research-based, in response to the social, built, and natural environments we situate ourselves within. She collaborates with local schools, city councils, civic groups, arts organizations, youth groups, summer camps, libraries, neighbors, and friends to build cooperative environments that encourage civic engagement, radical education, and community progress.
Corbin LaMont is an artist, designer, and mystic making publications, site specific works, and moments of introspection as part of a mobile practice that hopes to connect humanity. She is the Principal and Creative Director at the Office of Virtue and runs a nomadic place-based newspaper called The Changing Times.
Nik Nerburn is an active listener, radical photojournalist, and research-based filmmaker. He uses personal histories, folklore, and regionalisms to tell compassionate stories in rural, marginalized, and changing communities. His work explores the intersections of power, memory, nostalgia, race, and place. He challenges his fears by practicing cannonballs in deep water and making prank phone calls.