Riley Johnson holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Florida and is currently in his 3rd year pursuing his Masters of Architecture at Cornell AAP. For his final thesis semester in Fall 2021, he will be investigating how ecology and other earth sciences can inform, mediate, and reshape the relationship between humans and the environment via GIS. He holds interests in systems thinking, alternative paradigms of environmental ethics, Pre-Columbian Native American cultures, and he has completed an independent study on generative design methods. Johnson has joined CCL as a part-time research assistant to investigate and report on the current state of Ithaca’s circularity by examining its material stocks and flows as well as its future potential for circular construction.