Our Team

Aileen Ling

Aileen is an interdisciplinary designer with a background in architecture and  sustainable material systems. Through her graduate studies in Design for Cultural Commons at the London Metropolitan University, she developed the foundation for Makeshift Commons Project as a platform to bring people together to protect their common rights and resources.

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Derek Simmers

Derek is a designer, illustrator, public art advocate and community organizer. His work serves to educate and nurture a supportive culture in communities through knowledge of regenerative agriculture and restorative land care practices.   He is a natural collaborator with a great passion for inspiring hope and creating change.


Kristel Derkowski

Kristel Derkowski is a published memoirist and illustrator who was trained as an architect and as a welder. She has personally planted half a million trees in remote Canadian clear-cuts and driven across North America about eight times for different kinds of work. Currently, she is living in Yellowknife 

(Northwest Territories) to work on a community-based regenerative building project.


Matthew Carreau

Matt is a design thinker, creative facilitator, project coordinator and urban strategist. He has worked with communities and organizations to research, design, develop, and execute projects that promote creative, collaborative and sustainable approaches to city building.

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Nam Hoang

Nam is a designer and cinematographer whose work focuses on a unique blend of strategy, creative direction, and interdisciplinary experimentation.

He is also a community organizer, focusing on building capacity within the Vietnamese Diaspora.  He is currently completing a MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at the OCAD University.



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Makeshift Collective

Toronto, Canada

School for Civic Action

London, UK
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Common Unity

London, UK
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Growing Structures

Maiia Sivtseva PhD Candidate @

ARCSR Research Group 

London, UK / Yakutsk, RU