Epicenter is a nonprofit community design center that works with the town of Green River, Utah (pop. 952). We are committed to creating positive change locally through an intentional design-based practice in order to best fulfill our mission to accentuate Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit. At Epicenter, we nurture local businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and ideas. We’re dedicated to the town of Green River where we strive to provide local solutions to universal design challenges.
In 2009, Epicenter was founded by three entrepreneurial Auburn University architecture graduates. At that time, the designers worked as AmeriCorps volunteers for the local community center (“PACT”) through which the trio purchased a 110+ year-old building on historic Broadway, redesigned the space, and renovated the structure. Today from that building, the organization remains dedicated to its mission as directed by co-Founder Maria Sykes.
Epicenter is part of the larger effort to create positive change in Green River, and works closely with the local business community and entrepreneurs, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), the local community center (“PACT”), USDA Rural Development of Utah, City of Green River, Green River Improvement Team (“GRIT”), Green River High School, John Wesley Powell River History Museum, and many local residents.
Board of Directors
NICK ZDON – Board Chair
ETHAN MIGLIORI – Board Treasurer
Salt Lake City, UT
Green River, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
Epicenter Co-Founder and Executive Director
Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture (Auburn University, 2008)
Epicenter Associate Principal
Master of Architecture (University of Utah, 2014)
Bachelor of Science, Graphic and Web Design (John Brown University, 2015)
Bachelor of Arts (Bennington College, 2007)
“Our Futures” Project Manager
Master of Architecture (University of Washington, 2013)
“Our Futures” Exhibit Designer
Bachelor of Architecture (University of Arizona, 2016)
RCAC Rural Housing Specialist
Former State Director of USDA Rural Development of Utah
Financial Managing Consultant
RCAC Financial Management Specialist
Executive Director of Assist, Inc. and Enterprise Rose Fellow Alumnus