In his day job, Ed Gavagan is the owner of PraxisNYC, a design/build firm practicing across a broad spectrum but specializing in boutique residences. Ed creates homes and furniture for fancy people and humble folk the world over. His work on four continents has been featured in newspapers, magazines, books and even the Internet. He aims to produce architecture of sustainability, habitability, durability and beauty. In 2009, Ed began telling stories with the Moth, a non-profit organization devoted to live storytelling events. Ed has been featured in the Moth StorySlams, numerous MainStage events and the Peabody-award-winning Moth Story Hour on NPR. He has also participated in Moth outreach programs and community workshops. Ed speaks to groups of at-risk youth and executives in the financial sector about risk and overcoming adversity. He is a co-founder of Design Starts Here, an architect’s collaborative that offered free design services to the public from a pop-up storefront in Manhattan.Two weeks after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Design Starts Here mobilized a fundraising effort and Ed traveled with a three-man team into Haiti on a relief mission. Ed lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.