Austin is currently pursuing a Master’s in Community and Regional Planning at UBC. His passions include affordable housing, local economic development, and civic participation. He will be the Project Coordinator for “The Lux” space at 57 East Hastings, which is to become a low barrier income generating hub for people living in the Downtown Eastside. Before being involved with LEDlab, Austin has worked with the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants Program, Ottawa Architecture Week, The Otesha Project, The Leading Note Foundation, and Next Up. Austin completed his undergraduate degree in music at Western University and also completed a Master’s degree in Music and Culture at Carleton University, where he did his thesis research on the role of music in community development. He looks forward to working with LEDlab, EMBERS, and the Downtown Eastside community to contribute innovative solutions for the complex issues facing the Vancouver’s inner city.