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Hi there!  We're Crate, and we're very glad you're interested in getting to know more about us!
We are a collective of Houston designers with the mission of making our city a more connected and equitable place.  

One of the ways we plan to do this is by putting together educational and entertaining events, both physical and virtual, that promote culture, belonging, and interactive experiences.  We call these events, "Happenings"!  We're still fresh on the scene, but we're already working hard to make that happen.  In fact, our first "Happening" is already happening!  You can check it out by clicking here!

By putting together our creativity and different skills and strengths, and with the support of our wonderful Houstonian communities, we believe that we can contribute our grain of sand in making our amazing city even more amazing!

Thank you for joining us on this journey!

-The Crate Team

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Claudia Cepeda was born in Mexico and grew up in

Cloverleaf, TX graduating from NSSHS. Claudia has a

Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Houston. It

was there that she became interested in the enhancement

of communities and their health through public art

projects. She is currently a project manager at Walter P

Moore engineering consulting firm.

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Hung Pham is an artist and architect based in Houston.

He moved to the USA with his family of 7 with the
American dream in mind. He has a Bachelors of

Architecture from the University of Houston. Hung is often
being involved in arts events such as Via Colori, through

which he’s been fortunate to connect with people of
all ages and all walks of life. He strives to promote art as

a medium to bring awareness to our communities.

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Juan Pablo Fuentes Rojas is an architect urbanist born

in Lima, Peru, based in Amsterdam and Houston.
Juan Pablo’s research and design practice lies at the

intersection of community building, landscape, urban
policy, and economy as a platform to speculate on

achievable futures for a just city. His work ranges in

scale from exhibition design to city master plans

across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Mirna Santillan Cantu is a first generation Mexican

American and Houstonian at heart. After graduating from

the University of Houston Architecture Program, Mirna
became passionate about community engagement,

urban planning, and public outreach. She has worked on
projects of various scales, from public art to buildings to

master plans, always focusing on the user. She believes

that through design we can affect the quality of life of

families and ultimately generations.

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Fernando J. Moguel was born in Houston, TX, and his

family is from Mexico. For many years, he toured and

performed with international children’s entertainment

group  “The Wiggles” and was the Yellow Wiggle for

the Latin American Wiggles. He received a Bachelor of

Arts from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His

passions include producing music, writing and illustrating

poetry books, creating videos and animations, and

building brands.  His mission is to use music, art, and

creativity to inspire wonder and curiosity.

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