Joyce Fernandes, Executive Director

Joyce Fernandes is a cultural worker whose career encompasses extensive experience in arts administration, lecturing and teaching, critical writing, and visual arts practice. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Her primary focus has been to develop innovative community arts practices. Joyce has been Executive Director of archi-treasures since 1998. Joyce has a history of working hard to facilitate strong community partnerships by recognizing and honoring the tremendous assets and resources that are available in all communities by designing creative projects that leverage and complement those assets. Joyce has also worked as the Director of Exhibitions and Events at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

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Ralph Hoffman, Associate Director

Ralph Hoffman is a designer and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the field of architecture and design. He has a BA in Interior Architecture from Columbia College in Chicago. He founded MAPLAB, Inc. in 1996, a design firm specializing in residential design. Prior to starting his own firm, Ralph worked for Landon Architects Ltd. and in the architect Walter Netsch’s design studio. Additionally, Ralph has taught furniture design courses at Columbia College. Ralph is one of the founders of archi-treasures from when Neil Gaffney started the organization. He provided construction management and technical consultation and served on the Board of Directors for multiple terms, including serving as Board President. Ralph is currently providing archi-treasures with construction and technical expertise as well as working on business development in communities across Chicago.

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Sean Elliot, Acting Program Coordinator

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Jackson, Mascot

Jackson is the official archi-treasures mascot. Jackson has been enhancing countless lives through his charm and personality for over ten years.