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ThinkWoven is a waste design consultancy founded by architect Clare Miflin in 2018, after leading the development of the Zero Waste Design Guidelines. We look at material flows within the built environment and see how linear material flows (take-make-waste) can be transformed into circular loops, and how urban systems can be woven into ecosystems. We consider the waste types created in buildings and public spaces daily, as well as building material waste created by the processes of construction, deconstruction and renovation. 

ThinkWoven consults with design teams, municipalities and developers to ensure buildings and public spaces are designed to reduce and better manage waste, and to achieve TRUE zero waste certification.

Team

ThinkWoven and the Center for Zero Waste Design share staff who split their time between consulting and non-profit projects.

Clare Miflin is an architect and systems thinker with experience designing buildings to Passive House, LEED Platinum, Living Building Challenge and AIA COTE Top Ten standards. While acknowledging the importance of rigorous metrics, she knows that inspiration, intuition and vision also have a vital role to play if humanity is to thrive. She was Associate Principal for Kiss + Cathcart, Architects from 2000-2018.

Active on the  AIA NY’s Committee on the Environment serving as co-chair from 2017-2021 and she now leads the materials subcommittee. She is also on the board of BiomimicryNYC, and was Sustainability Coordinator for her local food cooperative.

Parker Limón is an architectural designer, researcher, and artist. He holds a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Cooper Union. His research forward process investigates objects of social and cultural value. In addition to his architectural work, he has experience in the non-profit sector, in archives, and working with grassroots organizations in Brooklyn.

Jennah Jones is a multidisciplinary designer pursuing a masters in architecture at Columbia GSAPP (’24). Her approach to architecture is informed by her experience in product design, a discipline that centers ethnographic research and community-centered design. She’s passionate about environmental justice and biomaterials, her projects often reimagining waste management through a generative justice lens. Previously she has held design research positions at Julia Watson LLC, the Natural Materials Lab at Columbia GSAPP, and BlocPower.

Caroline Wineburg is an architectural and urban designer with a Masters of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia GSAPP. Equipped with a critical, socially-engaged approach, she strives to envision spatial justice within the built environment that is grounded in community, culture, and place. Her interests lie at the intersection of ecological urbanism, collective stewardship, and equity-centered design.