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The initial phase of (D+W) was made possible by the generous funding awarded to Derek through a 2010-2011 Sam Fox School Creative Activity Research Grant to travel to the Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam in March 2011; to purchase equipment for geo-spatial documentation; and, to acquire research assistance. Additional funding for travel to the Deltas in Times of Change conference in Rotterdam in October 2010 was made possible by Derek being honored with a 2009-2010 Sam Fox School Outstanding Teaching Award.

Special Thanks

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis:
2010-2011 Sam Fox School Creative Activity Research Grant Selection Committee
Mr. Carmon Colangelo, Dean, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis
Mr. Bruce Lindsey, Dean, College & Graduate School of Urban Design, Washington University in St. Louis
Mr. Enrique Von Rohr, Director, Sam Fox School Research Office (for helping Derek land the SFS CAR grant)
Ms. Bobbe Winters, Ms. Karen Swiney, Ms. Sandy Cooper, Ms. Rose Park, Accounting Office, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts (for being patient with Derek’s “accounting” skills)
Students, Gutter to Gulf and Gutter to Gulf Goes Global architecture, landscape architecture and urban design studios, University of Toronto and Washington University in St. Louis, 2009-present (for being so eager, passionate and driven)
Dr. Duong Van Ni, Hoa An Research Center, Cantho university, Vietnam (if it wasn’t for Dr. Ni, Derek’s trip in the Vietnam delta would have never happened. Dr. Ni went above and beyond to assist in ensuring government approval for Derek to visit delta provinces rarely seen by foreigners. Dr. Ni set Derek up with an assistant/translator, a driver, and worked with Derek to custom-tailor his trip in the delta…really wonderful help)
Mr. Khoa Ledang, Hoa An Center, Cantho University, Vietnam (Derek’s amazing research assistant/translator throughout the Vietnam delta)
Mr. Sang (Derek’s driver in the Vietnam delta. Mr. Sang knows where all the great restaurants are…and whale sharks…)
Mr. Nguyen Huu Kiet, College of Environment and Natural Resources, Cantho University, Vietnam (Derek’s pre-trip assistance for Vietnam delta and showed Derek around cool Cantho City)
Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Thao, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture (Ms. Thao graciously took Derek around HCMC; to meet faculty in architecture and urban design; and, assisted with his itinerary in the Vietnam delta)
Mr. Ho Dinh Chieu, Deputy Dean of Architecture, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture (for meeting with Derek to discuss University collaborations)
Mr. Le Anh Duc, Vice – Dean of Urban Design, Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture (for meeting with Derek to discuss University collaborations)
Dr. Andrew Wyatt, Academic Director (Vietnam/Cambodia: Ecology and Community-Based Natural Resource Management), SIT Study Abroad; Cantho University, College of Environmental and Natural Resource Management, Cantho City, Vietnam (Andrew hooked Derek and John up with Mr. Thu at Preah Rumkel Commune at the Cambodia/Lao border)
Ms. Ei Lin Ooi, Nong Lam University, Novus Aqua Research Center, Ho Chi Minh City (gave Derek a cool tour of an aquaculture facility on outskirts of HCMC)
Mr. Hok Kang, Architect in Phnom Penh, Cambodia (Hok was kind enough to let Derek crash at his cool studio apartment in Phnom Penh and assisted him with contacts and itinerary in Cambodia)
Mr. John Monnat (John accompanied and assisted Derek from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to the border of Laos along the Mekong. John also is DDD(+W) website co-designer)
Mr. Thu, Village Secretary, Preah Rumkel Commune (Mr. Thu enabled Derek and John to visit the “God Made Waterfalls” Khone falls complex and the endangered Irrawaddy river dolphins near a proposed dam site at the Cambodia/Lao border. Mr. Thu also opened up the village’s accommodations for Derek and John to stay the night. Additional thanks goes out to the family that cooked for us and prepared our accommodations)
River Dolphin Guards, Preah Rumkal Commune (first and foremost for protecting the endangered dolphins, but also for taking Derek and John by boat to see the dolphins and the waterfalls. Also, for their hospitality and beaming smiles…)
Dr. Anond Snidvongs, Director, START (Global Change System for Analysis, Research, and Training) Southeast Asia Regional Research Center
Mr. Suppakorn Chinvanno, START (met with Derek in Bangkok to discuss multi-disciplinary collaborations)
Dr. Geoffrey Blate, Climate Change Coordinator, WWF Greater Mekong Program (met with Derek in Bangkok to discuss multi-disciplinary collaborations)
Ms. Siriwan Silapacharanan, Deputy Dean, Chulalongkorn School of Architecture, Bangkok, Thailand (met with Derek in Bangkok to discuss University collaborations)
Mr. Danai Thaitakoo, Landscape Architecture/Landscape Ecology at  the Faculty of Architecture at Chulalongkorn University (met with Derek in Bangkok to discuss common research interests in water management)
M. Jeremy Bird, CEO of Mekong River Commission (for giving Derek advice about Mekong issues and pointing him in the direction of MRC research reports)
The Netherlands:
The Honorable Renée Jones-Bos, Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States (for visiting and presenting at Washington Univ. in March, 2010)
Mr. Han Meyer, Professor of Theory and Urban Design, TU – Delft (for putting Derek in contact with his student Ms. Pham Thi Thanh Thao)
Mr. Stijn Koole, Landscape Architect, Bosch-Slabbers (for taking Derek around the Netherlands to first-hand experience the Dutch polder landscape; also thanks to Stijn’s parents for letting Derek stay at their amazing beachfront vacation home)
United States:
Mr. David Waggonner, Principal, Waggonner & Ball Architects; co-founder, Dutch Dialogues (for many many reasons…)
Mr. Dale Morris, Senior Economist, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington D.C. (for facilitating Ambassador visit to Washington Univ.)
Mr. Mark Biern, Associate Director of Oversees Programs, Washington University in St. Louis (for setting Derek up with Mr. Andrew Wyatt of SIT Study Abroad that led to Derek’s visit to Cambodia/Lao border)
Mr. Craig Browdy, Novus International (for setting up contact to Novus Aqua Research Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
Mr. Ben Fehrmann (for linking Derek up with Craig Browdy)
Ms. Jane Wolff, Director, landscape architecture program, University of Toronto; co-founder, Gutter to Gulf (for lots of reasons…)
Ms. Elise Shelley, Landscape Architect; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; co-founder, Gutter to Gulf (for additional lots of reasons…)
…and of course all the new friends met along the way…