Our Team

Paula Horrigan
Paula Horrigan is an Emerita Professor of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University whose expertise is placemaking and democratic design. She is also a a licensed landscape architect and Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Since 2010 Professor Horrigan has spearheaded Cornell’s Rust to Green Utica Action Research Project (R2G) and worked together with Utica partners to advance Rust to Green Utica by amplifying Utica’s assets, celebrating its distinctive place identity and enhancing its social, economic and environmental resilience and sustainability. For nearly a decade, under her leadership, Cornell faculty and students–from landscape architecture, design, planning and engineering– have been working with Uticans on identifying and advancing actionable placemaking projects like the One World Garden.  In 2012, with Utica’s Refugee Center, she secured the planning grant from the Open Spaces Sacred Places program (TKF Foundation) that got the project underway.  She then acted as lead landscape architect on the garden’s design team and facilitated its lively community-engaged design process. Since 2013 she’s continued to work with R2G on efforts to realize the project and is proud to have now secured, for the City,  $1.4 M in funding from NYS Parks and EPF towards the One World Garden’s construction.

Cindy Koren
Recently named “Educator to Watch” by Graphic Design USA magazine Cindy Buckley Koren is a founding member of the One World Garden team specializing in communication design and runs the {meetinghouse} creative collaborative from her State Street studio. She launched her career in New York City working on award-winning projects for clients including AT&T, U.S. Open, and Runner’s World Magazine but could not resist returning to the Utica area to teach and raise her family. As Professor of Communications Design at PrattMWP College of Art and Design her students’ works are routinely honored and recognized reflecting her passion for cultivating young creative talent and using design to inspire positive social change.

“As a descendent of immigrants to Utica, I am fascinated by the stories of my ancestors and the more recent refugee population. I am excited to be a part of One World Garden as we celebrate our diversity and cultivate a new unity.”
– Cindy Buckley Koren

Patrick Fiore
Patrick is a native of Utica, NY returning home, Emeritus Faculty, after 29 years of teaching at Ringling College of Arts and Design, Sarasota, FL. He received his BFA from Syracuse University and MFA at School of Visual Arts, NYC. His ongoing project, “Significant Souls” illuminates stories of individuals, groups, families, and communities; those who found the strength to stand up against injustices and work to demand certain human rights for themselves with the hope of establishing a better future for their children and the future of their country. Patrick believes in the power of art to inspire change and move individuals to action. He views the arts and OWG as partners in opening new paths to education, community/cultural pride, social/economic invention and problem-solving.


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