Azby Brown is a native of New Orleans, and has lived in Japan since 1985. A widely published author on architecture and environmentalism, in 2003 he founded the Future Design Institute at the Kanazawa Institute of Design, where he is director. Since March 2011, Azby has been closely involved with assisting Fukushima communities and analyzing and reporting the issues they face. A core member of SAFECAST involved in the group’s day-to-day operations, his primary roles there are research, education, and outreach. He is lead author of the Safecast Report.