The Temple Crew

Building The Temple is a co-creative process. It starts with the Temple Crew - a group of old and young, veterans and newbies, who strive to ensure the wellbeing of each other with the understanding that no individual’s contribution is more or less important than another’s. We assemble an inclusive team from diverse backgrounds. Many skills are required to create the Temple and the build is an opportunity to learn and grow.

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Lead Artists

Marisha Fransworth

Marisha Farnsworth is an artist whose large-scale public space interventions explore future ecosystems, infrastructural utopias and the social and economic implications of materiality in the built environment. Marisha is design director at the Hyphae Design Lab and teaches at Laney College where her students are working to build digitally fabricated housing for the homeless in Oakland, CA.

Steve Brummond

Steve is an artist/architect from Oakland. He skipped his first week of grad school to go to Burning Man and has been going ever since. Marisha, one of his grad school classmates, invited him to work with her on the 2014 Temple. Since then, he has been volunteering on Temple projects both on and off playa. He also works at a design firm in San Francisco that specializes in civic architecture around the Bay Area.

Mark Sinclair

Mark is a structural engineer, based in Bay Area, who's worked on may many past Temple builds.

The Crew

Design / Documentation

Anastasia Victor (Desert Fox) Design / Visualization Contact
John Faichney (Goldmember) Design / Scripting Contact
Chris Lander Design / Drawing


Lee Klinger (Tree) Aborist / Environmental Sceintist


Jack Champion Sequencing / Tools Coordination
Richard Augustine Heavy Equipment
Scott Prusso Sequencing / Tools Coordination
Alexis Iliinsky Sequencing / Tools Coordination
Noah Elias Sequencing / Tools Coordination
Paul Troutman Metal Fabrication

Fundraising / Events

Cat Cabalo Fundraising / Events
Bethany Meuleners Fundraising / Events
Riley Westgaard Fundraising / Events

Social Media

John Hart (Nonstop Symon) Facebook
Aaron Woods (Chocolate) Facebook

Volunteer Coordination

Josh Lundell Volunteer Coordination
Sydney Moss Volunteer Coordination


Clovis Buford
Renu Malhotra

Camp Logistics / Leave No Trace

John Hart (Nonstop Symon) Camp Coordination

Camp Kitchen

Sandrine Di Rienzo Kitchen Coordination

Legal / Bookeeping

Nada Rastad Legal
Angel Lowrey Accounting

Trucking/ Transportation

Todd Khal


Dave Washer


Jennifer Crook
Leslie Tom


Logan Mellow
Rob McKeown
TJ Lee
Greg Watson
Michael Jacob
Tim Bragg
Lizzie Cohn-Martin
Eric Altenburger
Paddy Dunne
Jon Huddleson (Hud)
Graham Prentice
Mathew Gilbuena
Shannon Pistole