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Curriculum Vitae

Tim McCormick

Portland, Oregon


Phone: +1 503 334 1894


Twitter: @tmccormick

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last updated: 3 September, 2021



1. Education

2. Work Experience

3. Other affiliations

4. Book Projects (in progress)

5. Grants / contracts received - selected

6. Grant proposals (not awarded)

7. Public talks and guest teaching

8. Published articles, posts, letters

9. Exhibits

10. Event organizing

11. Media coverage

12. Media interviews

13. Public testimony


I am a housing advocate, researcher, and project developer, based in Portland, Oregon, and Northern California. I'm lead organizer of the Village Collaborative national advocacy network; founder & editor of HousingWiki, and Director of PDX Shelter Forum. I am also currently writing/editing an open book project, Village Buildings: West Coast housing from the bottom up and outside in, with Village Collaborative, and editing/co-writing a book, Apology for the Builder, on speculative and terraced housing from 17th century London to today, for YIMBY Press.

1. Education

M.S.L.I.S. (Library and Information Science), completed all but thesis.

New York University / Long Island University joint program.

B.A, Art / Design, Yale University. 1997.

2. Work Experience

PDX Shelter Forum - founder & Director (2020 - present).

The Village Collaborative - lead organizer and editor. (2017 - present).

National housing advocacy network associated with SquareOne Villages, Eugene, OR.

HousingWiki (formerly YIMBYwiki) - founder and editor (2016 - present).

Houslets project - lead researcher & exhibitor (2013-2018).

Stanford MediaX - 2013-14.

Stanford Highwire Press - 2012-13.

Online Computer Library Center

Openly Informatics - Bloomfield, NJ.

Juno Online Services.

3. Other affiliations

Tiny House Industry Association - founding member, Communications committee.

Portland: Neighbors Welcome - founded Homelessness and Low-Income committee (2019-2020).

Portland Village Coalition (member, 2016-present.

4. Book Projects (in progress)

An Apology for the Builder: Barbon's 1685 Manifesto, and the Rise of Projectible Housing. editor and co-author, with SF YIMBY founder Sonja Trauss. To be published by YIMBY Press, Fall 2021, funded by grant from Emergent Ventures (at Mercatus Center, George Mason University).

Village Buildings: West Coast Housing from the Bottom Up and Outside In.

in collaboration with the Village Collaborative network.

5. Grants / contracts received - selected

California Air Resources Board - $350,000 contract award, as part of team with Woodsong Associates,

Emergent Ventures / Mercatus Center - Fast Grants.

($5,000 grant to Sonja Trauss, for book project An Apology for the Builder which I am editing and co-writing).

Better Boulder - $18,000 to develop HousingWiki (originally YIMBYwiki).

Institute for the Future conference, Oakland.

Market Street Prototyping Festival - $5,000 to support exhibit of Houslets prototype.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Futures Cities conference/exhibit.

Knight Foundation - Knight Cities program - $40,000 (2014).

IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Studies, a US Federal Agency), 21st Century Library grant, $24,000,

Adrian van Sinderen Book Collecting Prize, Yale University - $1000 (?), 1997.

6. Grant proposals (not awarded)

Oregon Cooperative Housing Network - led proposal to Meyer Memorial Trust, 2021 Annual Funding Opportunity, for $35,000 grant to establish a research, education, and advocacy network.

[this application led to creation of a fiscally-sponsored nonprofit organization, of which I am Director, under Portland's Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods. We may rename/relaunch it as the legal and fiscal structure for planned, wider-scope, Housing Alternatives Network].

New Starter Homes - led proposal to Meyer Memorial Trust, Million Month Challenge grant program, 2018, with Portland Village Coalition. To create a network of city-supported, very low-cost, redeployable, ownable cottage housing for extremely low-income Portlanders.

7. Public talks and guest teaching

- guest speaking at Pacific Northwest College of Arts classes, 2020-21.

PDX Shelter Forum 4: "Alternative Housing & Shelter: Request for Public Involvement". Organized, moderated, and spoke at this public online forum.

January 27, 2021:  "Incremental Building and Organizing": mini-talk at PDX Shelter Forum 3, "SquareOne Villages: community land trusts and limited-equity co-ops", which I also co-organized and moderated.

PDX Shelter Forum 2.

Co-organized, moderated, and spoke at.

PDX Shelter Forum, 1st event, June 25, 2020 - presentation, panel moderation.

Event video:


Conference speaker, consultant, grantee, exhibitor, for Institute For The Future, Palo Alto, CA.

2014 – 2016

I Annotate conferences - Social Scholar presentation, etc.

"Houslets: simple, mobile, modular building in available space." invited talk at event “Hack the Housing Crisis," organized by San Francisco Public Press, June 13, 2014.

“Smarter Social-Media Tools for Scientists.”

presentation, with Marie Boran of University of Galway, at Spot On London (formerly Science Online London) conference, Nature Publishing Group, London.


Video:  (53:40).

"Healthier Information: using Quantified Self methods to address information anxiety." Quantified Self conference, Google HQ, March 28, 2012.



Ida B Wells-Barnett (formerly Wilson) High School commencement address, May 1992.

8. Published articles, posts, letters  

"The houseless vs the settlement: interview with Willamette Week". Medium, May 14, 2021.

on Portland's increasingly heated, fractious homelessness policy battles.

"A New Pattern Language: Homelessness." Medium, May 20, 2021.

A book/platform project concept, developed from a Twitter thread.

"Loving, Learning, Leaving LA: a chat with the LA Times" Medium, May 9, 2021.

"Voice crying out in the Wilderness*: An Evening with County Chair Kafoury on Homelessness, Part 1." Medium, May 4, 2021.

January 19, 2021

Letter to Portland Tribune about announced closure of Hazelnut Grove village.

"Art of the Actual: a Modest Proposal for Housing Reform by Results."

[fully automated luxury abundant California housing, the easy way]. Medium, December 20, 2020.

"Portland protest war zone, open city." Medium, Jul 17, 2020.

Letter to Portland Tribune critiquing Metro Supportive Housing Services tax ballot measure. Portland Tribune, April 28, 2020; archived copy.

Oct 22, 2018

"Dunkin’ out for the territory: in search of a Boston icon."

Cultural history and analysis of Dunkin' Donuts, along with observations from September visit to Boston and Roxbury.

May 5, 2018

"The New Urban Autonomous House."

written November 2017, updated August 22, 2018.

May 5, 2018

"You can’t take it with you: fleeing the fires." on Medium.

[from October 2017, during the North Bay / Northern California wildfires]

May 24, 2016

"13 Ways of Looking for Yreka: a toolkit for appreciating (any) place." on Medium.

Nov 21, 2015

"Roadside Architecture Contraptions: a prefab housing tour of Willits, California." on Medium.

November 18, 2015.

"Tiny Houses for the Homeless in San Francisco?" Medium.

"Creative shelter approaches could help the unhoused and nomadic amid the housing crisis, and open us to new approaches. But it’s a contested and controversial space — let’s pilot artfully."

November 3, 2015

"How might we put affordable housing on disused & small sites in San Francisco?"

"Housing fix? Think small.” (original title: "Lean Urbanism for Silicon Valley housing"). Silicon Valley Business Journal, March 14, 2014.

(archived PDF:

"Another Design is Possible: 10 Contrarian Design Patterns & Projects."

October 19, 2013

From reading drift to reading flow: how to reclaim focus (and self)

Posted on September 9, 2013

2 essays on living without mobile phone service (after moving to Silicon Valley) in ReadWrite Web.

"Collaborative Argumentation and Advocacy."

June 1, 2013

"The objects in my life: ‘useless stuff’ versus perfect things." essay series, 2009.

9. Exhibits

Institute for the Future conference, Oakland.

Maker Faires - exhibitor at several of the global Maker Faires (San Mateo, CA), also Mini-Maker Faire, Oakland.

UCSF social innovation conference.

San Francisco Market Street Prototyping Festival - exhibitor and grantee.

Sep 2014 – Apr 2015

Designed, built, and exhibited grant-funded exhibit "ProtoHouse" in 2015 Prototyping Festival. The 8x16-foot pop-up dwelling unit was prefabricated, and set up overnight on a sidewalk plaza on Market Street in San Francisco's financial district for three-day public festival.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Futures Cities conference/exhibit.

10. Event organizing

PDX Shelter Forum 

I co-organize, speak, moderate, and manage all digital aspects for this online event series begun in May 2020.

Forum 4: "Alternative Housing & Shelter: Request for Public Involvement".

Forum 3, January 27, 2021:  

"SquareOne Villages: community land trusts and limited-equity co-ops"

Forum 2: "Learning from Seattle"

Forum 1, June 25, 2020 - presentation, panel moderation.

Event video:

Hosts were Interfaith Alliance on Poverty, and Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.

Stanford Media X - helped organize conference 2013.

11. Media coverage

December 15, 2020.

"The Village Alternative: Andrew Heben and Tim McCormick Have a Democratic Solution to Houselessness."

interview/feature by Portland journalist Thacher Schmid, commissioned by The Sun magazine but ended up being published on Thacher's site Poor for a Minute.

Incorporated as Ch.1 in my collaborative book project, Village Buildings: West Coast housing from the bottom up and outside in. (

"Our Portland" podcast (from Portland Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone)

Jan 21, 2020 podcast, regarding her Housing For All platform. I presented my proposed "New Starter Homes" program for a city-wide, low-cost, affordable housing 'fleet' of movable homes.

also at:

December 31, 2015.

Schuffman, Stuart (aka Broke-Ass Stuart). "New concepts emerging to address homelessness." San Francisco Examiner, December 31, 2015.

Report on Saint Francis Homelessness Challenge, it's showcase event January 2, and the RouteHome low-cost housing prototype co-developed by Houslets.

Wadsworth, Jen. "Small but Mighty Tiny, modular homes are a big idea"

The (North Bay) Bohemian. Jun 3, 2015.

"32 civic innovators receive $5 million in funding in first Knight Cities Challenge"

Knight Foundation. Mar 31, 2015

Lindsay, Greg. "S.F. Is Getting Musical Walls, 'Data Lanterns'​ and Street Furniture Made of Mushrooms." Next City, Mar 19, 2015

Schiller, Ben. "A Tiny Modular Housing System For Cities Where Real Housing Is Too Expensive To Afford."

Fast Company, Feb 26, 2015.

Wadsworth, Jennifer. "Tiny Homes Present Big Ideas for Transforming Urban Ecosystems"

Metro Silicon Valley, Feb 19, 2015.

"Bay Area Man Envisions Small Living Spaces To Relieve Housing Crisis"

CBS San Francisco, 6pm news, Feb 19, 2015.

"One solution to SF’s housing crisis: microhomes." San Francisco Examiner. Dec 5, 2014

Brosnahan, Cori. "Housing Solution: Allow Off-the-Shelf Homes in San Francisco’s Underused Spaces." San Francisco Public Press, Jun 13, 2014.

"Two Bay Area designers are re-imagining the home as a simple consumer good. If they and other entrepreneurs are successful, San Francisco’s marginal land — including parking spaces — could be retrofitted to accommodate hundreds or thousands of these movable living spaces.

"Project Aims to Bring PLoS-Style Openness to the Humanities."

The Chronicle of Higher Education. Jan 29, 2013

interviewed for this front-page feature about Open Library of Humanities, in the leading academic-world news source. "'I have the sense there's a lot of unfulfilled idealism out there, a lot of academics living in fear. One thing we want to do is to tap into the wish people have to do something new and better, not just fix a problem.'"

Arieff, Allison. “How Small Is Too Small?" New York Times. October 19, 2012:

12. Media interviews

Street Roots - Christen McCurdy - 2021.

Willamette Week - Sophie Peel - 2021.

Willamette Week - Latisha Jensen - 2021.


The Oregonian - Molly Harbarger - 2020.

13. Public testimony

Multnomah County, 2022 Budget Hearing #1 (

"Do our Mayor's & County Chair's 2022 budget proposals listen & respond well to houseless voices, we might also ask?

I did ask, Commissioners & Chair Deborah Kafoury, (1:13:22-).

Portland City Council, April 14, 2021.

In support of the Shelter to Housing Continuum code reform project also rebutting preceding remarks by Dr. Marisa Zapata of Portland State University. "Center & presume validity of the most powerless, needy, marginalized, & affected."

(45:42 - 50:48).

Portland City Council, April 7, 2021.

On how new Outdoor Shelter forms & Tiny House/RV residence allowance, in recent Shelter to Housing Reforms, could & should now be extended for wide-scale evolvability to low-cost, "permanent village" permanent housing, in current Residential Infill Project Part 2 project:

Portland City Council, March 7, 2021

"Pharaohs! let my housing go, that my people may dwell." Advocacy for movable, shared, village housing, in landmark Shelter to Housing Continuum reform.

Winter/Spring 2021 -

Various - to Portland City Council, Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, Multnomah County Board of Commissioner (Budget hearing), etc.

January 6, 2021.

Spoken testimony at A Home For Everyone, Coordinating Board (Portland / Multnomah County's homelessness oversight board). (14:04 - 15:36).

see also reply/concurring response from County Commissioner Sharon Meieran at 1:27:23

October 28, 2020.

Testimony at City Council - Fall BUMP (Budget amendment meeting, with response from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. (public testifier #7, starting at 1:26:11).

February 25, 2020  ·

written public testimony to Portland's regional Metro government, for hearing on proposed $250M/year "Supportive Housing Services" (formerly, "Homeless Services"!) tax measure. full letter PDF:

February 15, 2020.

written public testimony to Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission, regarding a program to facilitate affordable housing on properties of faith- and community-based organizations. (letter: While city officials are mostly thinking about long-term, conventional housing projects, many people at the hearing brought up nearer-term, alternative housing.

August 28, 2018  ·

State of Oregon, Building Codes Division, Salem - spoken testimony in support of 2018 “Reach Code.” This is a proposed new code section to allow “flexibility to permit innovative approaches”: Section II would authorize less-than-400 square foot mobile and/or anchorable tiny houses. Room full of builders, local officials, advocates/volunteers for the unhoused including several from SquareOne Villages, tiny-house owners and aspiring.

November 21, 2017

Cupertino City Council - video testimony in support of retaining the housing planned for a major development in Cupertino, California (former #Vallco mall site).

February 18, 2016.

Portland City Council - spoken testimony at in support of Right 2 Dream village. (3:18:25 - 3:21:00).