Meet the Teachers

Our team of three teachers hails from various parts of the country. We are all thrilled to be starting our adventure of teaching design-build in Barrow! Check out below for a little bit of info on our team members.

Skye Sturm is an architect in Fairbanks, Alaska, working in a design firm while pursuing her Master of Architecture degree at the Boston Architectural College. Her thesis focuses on engaging community in the design-build process. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Skye has always had an interest in exploring and building in Alaska's more remote places. She has picked up construction experience to complement her design background by working on projects such as historic restoration in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and the Fortymile River area, as well as the design and construction of sustainable student housing at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. When she's not designing or building, Skye likes to spend time outside with her partner and their two huskies. 

Milly Baker is an architect living in Boston, where she has been since graduating from the University of Oregon in the '80s. She is originally from New Jersey and upstate NY. Milly has been working as a licensed architect for many years, working in two large firms with a lot of expertise in hospital design. She has worked on projects all over the world, and is excited to be making the journey north to join the Design & Build camp team. Visiting the Top of the World city has been one of Milly's lifelong dreams. Milly brings her expertise in design education as well as architecture. She has a 14 1/2 year old dog named Zeke who she will miss a lot while she is gone.

Nick Toye grew up in Laramie, WY and moved to Valdez, AK in 2002. He graduated from UAF with a B.A. in Geography of the Circumpolar North and Pacific Rim with a minor in Geology/G.I.S. He began working in the construction trades during school and some years off, working for a general contractor in Valdez for a couple years and on housing projects in Anchorage, Girdwood, Valdez and Fairbanks. He has worked for the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks and traveled to various remote villages for prototype housing projects; Buckland and Atmautluak, AK.  He recently returned to Alaska from a winter in Wyoming building houses and formed his own contracting company, Boreal Builders, based in Anchorage.