Master's degree in Architecture
Current Position: Principal, MXD - Liquid Studio, NCARB, AIA
M. von Nkosi has been working in the field of community development and redevelopment since the early-1990's. He has helped move Smart Growth strategies forward with his experience in, and knowledge of architecture, urban design, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), multimedia and academic research. The numerous projects von has worked on include implementation planning for the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic District for the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC) in Atlanta and identifying the gaps in neighborhood development projects prior to the 1996 Olympic Games. In late February 2007, he began serving as a Loaned Executive in the City of New Orleans.
For nearly 10-years before working in New Orleans von managed the Mixed Income Community Initiative (MICI) in metropolitan Atlanta for the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP), Inc. This work culminated in a report and blueprint entitled "Making the Case (MTC) for Mixed Income and Mixed Use Communities: An Executive Summary" published in 2004 (to view the full report, online, go to www.andpi.org/mici). By March 2005, the MICI report was the #1 ranked result on Google for those querying "mixed income communities" and had remained in that spot for some 4 years. The update, "Making the Case ¨C The Next Generation," was released in fall 2007. While leading the MTC work von became a Life Fellow of the Centres for Leadership and Public Values ¨C a partnership between Duke University and the University of Cape Town South Africa. The center focuses on political and economic analysis, knowledge about how to lead people and organizations and a strong ethical foundation for decision-making (www.pubpol.duke.edu/centers/clpv/). Von's other international experience includes being part of a 2009 New Orleans delegation visiting Tokyo and Miyakejima Japan to share experiences on disaster recovery issues.
Von holds licenses to practice architecture in Illinois, Florida, and Georgia. He also holds a certification (2005) from the National Charrette Institute as a Charrette Planner. As the founder, President/CEO of The MXD Collaborative, Inc. (www.liquidstudios360.com) von brings some of the best and creative minds together to help improve urban environments as a collaborative effort. His advisory work has also included providing technical assistance to health departments in Mississippi, New Mexico, and Ohio on influencing public policy around land use issues to improve health. MXD is also one of a few urban design firms that specialize in urban safety.
Von also holds two professional degrees in architecture (B.Arch and M.Arch) from Hampton University and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) respectively. While at IIT, von received two design competition awards from the Illinois Society of Architects and was the recipient of the AIA Henry Adams Award and the AIA Medal for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. He obtained a second masters degree (M.S.) from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) College of Architecture in 2009. He has also completed all his coursework and exams towards a Ph.D in Architecture focused on urban design and real estate development at GA Tech.