Aranda\Lasch is a New York and Tucson based design studio established in 2003 by Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch. Aranda\Lasch designs buildings, installations, and furniture. Their recognitions include the United States Artists Award, Young Architects Award, Design Vanguard Award, AD Innovators, and the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award. Their early projects are the subject of the book, Tooling. Aranda\Lasch has exhibited internationally in galleries, museums, design fairs, and biennials. Their work is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York.
Terrol Dew Johnson is a community leader, nationally recognized advocate for Native communities as well as a renowned artist and weaver. Johnson co-founded Tohono O’odham Community Action (TOCA), a grassroots community organization dedicated to creating positive programs based in the O’odham Himdag–the Desert People’s Way. In 1999 Johnson was named one of “America’s top ten young community leaders” by the Do Something Foundation and in 2002 he received the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award. As an artist, Johnson is recognized as one of the top Native American basketweavers in the U.S. He has won top honors at such shows as Santa Fe Indian Market, O’odham Tash, the Heard Museum Fair and the Southwest Indian Art Fair. His work is in the permanent collections of museums including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Heard Museum.