Arcosanti - An Urban Laboratory in the Arizona Desert.

Board of Directors

Matteo DiMichele is originally from Milan, Italy, and has lived in the U.S. since 2002. He received his Juris Doctor Degree in Como, Italy, with a doctoral dissertation on the international protection of human rights. After working in Milan as a contract law adviser with a large telecommunications company, Matteo moved to Arcosanti where he resided and worked for more than 10 years with a variety of responsibilities including human resources management, workshop coordination, operations management, and the development of strategic partnerships with cultural institutions and universities. In 2012 Matteo received his MBA in Supply Chain and Operations Management at Arizona State University and relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Emily, and their daughter Julia. Matteo currently works with Bank of America where he holds the position of Vice President with the Procurement team.

Russell Ferguson, BFA, KCAI; MFA Yale, is a tenured professor at the Kansas City Art Institute and the recipient of many awards: NEA, Merriam Hill–Findhorn Foundation, Peter Bohan Drawing Prize, Phelps Berdan Excellence in Printmaking, and more. His works are exhibited in museums worldwide including MacDonaugh Museum of Art, Balmain and UWS (Australia), Taller Graphica (Cuba), Kunsthalle Bielefeld (Germany), Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Museum, I-Space Chicago, and many more. Professor Ferguson, a onetime Soleri apprentice, describes his own work as "…formed around the nature of Shrines: the landscape of their environs, of their pilgrims’ approach; the complex reverent/irreverence of their makers; their function as the best teachers available to pilgrim-seekers; their representations taken back to the home places. Shrines create our erotic relationship to Nature and Land. The Journey as distinct from the Tour is at once heurist and holist; it stands for the human condition."

Mary Hoadley, co-president and treasurer, a member of the executive committee, became associated with the Cosanti Foundation in 1970. She has held numerous staff positions in the foundation, becoming part of the management staff in 1971 and a member of the board of directors in 1977. Hoadley graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford in 1967 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and anthropology. She has represented the Cosanti Foundation internationally in the communities exchange program to Findhorn and Auroville, and traveled to China, Tibet, and Rio de Janeiro on behalf of the foundation. She is also an active representative of the foundation in many civic organizations in central Arizona. Hoadley is married to Roger Tomalty who has been associated with the foundation since 1970.

Jeff Stein, co-president, a member of the executive committee, is an editor, writer and practicing architect. Formerly Dean of Boston Architectural College and Head of Architecture at Wentworth Institute in Boston. He taught in the Career Discovery Program at Harvard Graduate School of Design; Technicum Winterthur, Zurich; and at Ecole de Architecture Languedoc-Rousillon, in Montpellier, France. Mr. Stein was Commissioner of Education for the Boston Society of Architects, on the editorial board of Architecture Boston, and an award-winning architecture critic for the newspaper, Banker + Tradesman. On the Cosanti staff in the 1970's and 80's he worked on many projects. Stein lectures widely about Arcosanti, including at the 7th World EcoCities Congress, and the Tel Aviv-Yafo Centennial Conference on Urban Sustainability this past year. He recently completed an American edition of the Swiss text, The Ecological Aspects of Building, with his wife, art historian Emilie Altemose.

Tomiaki Tamura, co-president and secretary, a member of the executive committee, began his association with Paolo Soleri in 1976. Working first as an apprentice, he became an assistant to Soleri at the Cosanti Design Studio and developed a plan for the Arcosanti Critical Mass. In 1983, he moved to Arcosanti to coordinate the planning and construction of Arcosanti. In addition to being a Cosanti Foundation's senior management staff, he has been archivist of Soleri's work and curator of Soleri exhibitions. He holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Nihon University in Japan and a master's degree in environmental planning from Arizona State University. Tamura is co-author of two Japanese publications and numerous articles in architecture and art journals. He has been a keynote speaker at Architectural Institue of British Columbia Conference and International Ecovillage Conference in Tokyo, as well as a lecturer at Chinese, Korean and Japanese institutions.

Roger Tomalty, co-president, a member of the executive committee, has worked closely with Soleri in both an architectural design and construction capacity since 1970.  He studied architecture at Syracuse University and holds a Masters degree from Arizona State University in Physical Geography, with an emphasis on radiation-budget Climatology. Tomalty served as construction supervisor and site coordinator of the Arcosanti project in the 1970’s, has taught and lectured extensively on Soleri and the Arcosanti project in the United States, Europe and Asia and actively conducts workshops on earth casting techniques worldwide. As the President of the Cosanti Originals, Inc., he oversees its operations and coordinates marketing of custom bell assemblies. His primary interest is for the Cosanti Foundation and Arcosanti to continue to explore and demonstrate the interaction of the built and natural environments, in ways that integrate food production, water conservation and flow energy resources with habitat.

John Walsh, Chairman, president of the fashion industry consulting firm, JFW Associates brings his experience in business strategy, e-commerce and brand development to the Foundation’s board as the board continues to build on Soleri’s global legacy.  John previously helped to lead designer businesses such as Donna Karan and Calvin Klein in the United States. John and his wife Virginia are longtime supporters of the work of Paolo Soleri and owned the Soleri-designed DeConcini house in Phoenix.