"Cardborigami is an idea and an organization that's full of potential in social, economic, and personal terms. I'm looking forward to helping out in any way I can."
Erik Mar has worked as a designer and architect for more than 30 years, in Asia, the US, and Latin America, on projects ranging in size from a few hundred dollars to more than $12 million. Throughout his career, he has focused on social housing and on community buildings for the public sector. For 4 years during the 1980s and 1990s, he worked for the Frente Sandinista in Nicaragua, acting as architect and general contractor for self-build housing projects, municipal marketplaces, child care centers, and schools. He is a founding member of ODESAR (www.odesar.org), a Nicaraguan NGO that focuses on agricultural development, women’s rights, and associated building projects. After receiving his Masters degree in Architecture from MIT, he moved to the LA area, where he has designed, and seen built, over 20 buildings for multiple public agencies in both the City and the County of Los Angeles. He designed the only two LEED Platinum certified buildings for the County Public Library, one of which was the first building certified at that level that is owned by the County. Since 2006, he has been on the architectural design faculty at USC, where he taught core studios in housing and community buildings, as well as topic studios on disaster relief shelters and transitional settlements on sites located throughout the world.He is currently working on three libraries for the County, all of which are under construction and expected to open by the end of 2016.