Neil Blumenthal Co-founder, Warby Parker
Co-founder, Warby Parker
Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a Social Enterprise Fellow and a Leadership Fellow.
Jane Chu Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
Jane Chu is the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Chu holds a master's degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University. Prior to joining the NEA, Chu was the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. In addition to awarding more than $240 million in grants during her tenure to-date, Chu has issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation's gross domestic product; has made hundreds of trips to communities across the nation to see first-hand how the arts are impacting people and places; and launched the Tell Us Your Story project that demonstrates the importance of the arts in our lives.
Joe Gebbia Co-founder, Airbnb
Joe Gebbia is the co-founder and CPO of Airbnb, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive staff. An entrepreneur from an early age, Airbnb's groundbreaking service began in his San Francisco apartment and spread to 2,000,000 listings in over 191 countries, creating a new economy for thousands of people around the world. He is involved in crafting the company culture, shaping the design aesthetic, and innovating future growth opportunities. Joe has spoken globally about both entrepreneurship and design, and received numerous distinctions such as the Inc 30 under 30 and Fortune 40 under 40. His lifelong appreciation for art and design led him to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he earned dual degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design. Gebbia now serves on the institution's Board of Trustees.
Fiona Cousins Principal, Arup
Fiona Cousins graduated from the University of Cambridge with degrees in Engineering Science and Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment. After graduating, she joined Arup’s London office. Over the years, she has worked at Arup in a variety of roles and is currently a Principal with the New York office. She also served for two years as the chair of the New York Chapter of the USGBC.
Architecture & Design
Carol Ross Barney Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects
Carol Ross Barney
Design Principal, Ross Barney Architects
Carol Ross Barney is the Founder and President of Ross Barney Architects. Her work has been published in national/ international journals and has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. Under her leadership, Ross Barney Architects has received more than 60 major awards, including 4 National AIA awards, 2 COTE Top Ten awards and the 1995 AIA Illinois Firm of the Year. In 2005, Carol received the American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, acknowledging a distinguished career and dedication to Architecture in the public realm.
Eran Chen Founder, ODA
Eran Chen is the founder and executive director of ODA, a boutique architectural firm based in NYC. He received a B.A. with honors from the Bezalel School of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he serves on the board and as guest lecturer. He is a registered architect both in the State of New York and Boston and a member of The American Institute of Architects. Prior to founding ODA, Chen served as a principal at Perkins Eastman NYC.
Nathalie de Vries Director and Co-founder, MVRDV
Nathalie de Vries
Director and Co-founder, MVRDV
Nathalie de Vries is an architect and urbanist. She is director and co-founder of globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, which she set up together with Winy Maas and Jacob van Rijs in 1993. She studied at Delft University of Technology from 1984 till 1990, and graduated with a master of architecture (honours). Since 2013 she has been Professor for Architecture at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Nathalie de Vries is currently the chair of The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA), and is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Groninger Museum, a position she has previously held for Het Nieuwe Instituut for Architecture, Design and E-culture, the Netherlands Architecture Fund, the Netherlands Architecture Insitute (now HNI) and the Moti Museum of the Image.
Yves Behar Founder, Fuseproject
Yves Behar is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone, where for the last 11 years his products, brand and communications work has helped the company become a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. Behar is also the Creative Co-Founder of OUYA, an open sourced gaming platform, and is Co-founder of start-up August, a next generation home entry system. His other collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, PayPal, SodaStream, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim.
Felix Burrichter Founder, PIN-UP Magazine
Founder, PIN-UP Magazine
Felix Burrichter is a German-born New York-based writer and creative director, and the founder of PIN-UP, a biannual magazine for Architecture and Entertainment.
Wendy Goodman Design Director, New York Magazine
Design Director, New York Magazine
Wendy Goodman has been the Design Editor at New York Magazine since 2007. Previously, she worked at Harper’s Bazaar, House and Garden, and The New York Times Magazine.
Paul Goldberger Architecture Critic and Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
Architecture Critic and Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
Paul Goldberger is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.
Julia Kaganskiy Director, New Inc.
Director, New Inc.
Julia Kaganskiy is a curator, editor and cultural producer focused on art and technology. She is currently director of the New Museum's art, technology and design incubator, scheduled to open at 231 Bowery in summer 2014. Previously she was global editor of The Creators Project, an international arts initiative from VICE and Intel dedicated to showcasing the ways technology is enabling creativity in all its forms.