Guest curator Hilairie Schackai brings a combination of talents and experience to the INHABIT exhibition. A graduate of Cornell University in plant science, she pursued a career in community garden management, small-scale farming, and garden design before joining the executive staff at Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans. While serving there, Schackai was intimately involved in the restoration of Ellen Biddle Shipman’s masterpiece gardens, curated a retrospective on the legacy of philanthropists Edith and Edgar Stern, and played a supporting role in the post-Katrina rehabilitation of Pontchartrain Park—the nation’s first subdivision devoted to African-American homeownership. For the past three years, Schackai’s primary focus has been on community engagement around green infrastructure, in concert with the New Orleans Urban Water Plan. In 2015, she founded Neutral Ground Press, an urban heritage publishing house dedicated to exploring and illuminating the history, culture, and ecology of American cities.