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.
Beatrice Galilee Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Beatrice Galilee is a curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. She is the co-founder and director of The Gopher Hole, an exhibition and event space in London, architectural consultant and writer at DomusWeb, and associate lecturer at Central St Martins University. She is currently the Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alessandra Cianchetta Founder, AWP
Alessandra Cianchetta is a leading architect and founding partner of AWP, Paris, AWP-HHF, Basel and AWP UK, London, the award-winning practice. Her work is regularly presented at venues worldwide such as Maxxi in Rome, Cité de l’Architecture in Paris and MoMA and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. She is currently Thesis Adviser at the Berlage Center of Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Delft she is also in charge of urban design and architecture studios at Columbia University GSAPP in the New York-Paris program, having formerly been a Visiting Critic at Cornell University in 2013 teaching studio and seminars on Media & Architecture.
Troy Conrad Therrien Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Guggenheim
Troy Conrad Therrien
Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, Guggenheim
Troy Conrad Therrien is the Curator of Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Guggenheim. Initially trained as a computer engineer, and later in architecture design, history, and theory, Therrien has held positions as an architect, creative technologist, innovation consultant, and scholar. His current research focuses on the relationship between architecture, communication technology, and political economy through a curatorial practice that blends traditional exhibitions with experimental forms of programming and research. He regularly lectures, writes, and sits on juries across a diverse spectrum of venues and fields.
Architecture & Design
Chris Precht Founder, Penda
Chris Precht is the founder of Penda, the A+Awards winning Emerging Firm of the Year in 2016. His office is ranked first at Archipreneurs list of “Architectural Start-ups of 2016” and he was listed as one of the “Architects to follow” in 2015. His work has recently been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, 798 Beijing, the Kuenstlerhaus in Salzburg among others.
Kristian Lars Ahlmark Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Kristian Lars Ahlmark
Partner, Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Kristian Lars Ahlmark is one of five partners at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects where he has worked as an architect since graduating in 2001. As a partner, Kristian is responsible for the Øresund region, including Copenhagen, Sweden and Norway. Kristian spearheaded the opening of the Shanghai office in 2011 and has been acting partner responsible for the office and works in the region since.
Keely Colcleugh Director and Founder, Kilograph
Director and Founder, Kilograph
Keely is the Director and Founder of Kilograph, a visual communications studio in Los Angeles. Drawing on over 18 years of experience in the fields of architecture, visual effects, and communications, she has built a unique design studio that operates at the intersection of architecture, graphics, and future technologies. Prior to founding Kilograph Colcleugh worked as a designer at OMA and at Bruce Mau Design in Toronto. She has taught visual communications at CalPoly, the University of Kentucky, USC, and most recently at the IUAV in Venice Italy.
Kristen Brittingham Donnelly Partner, Studio 2X
Kristen Brittingham Donnelly
Partner, Studio 2X
Kristen is the co-founder of Studio 2X, an emerging women-owned design firm in New York City. She received her Master of Architecture degree and Certificate for Ecological Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. As a LEED accredited professional, she seeks to expand her knowledge of sustainability principles and technologies through her work. She sees each project as a unique opportunity to create an innovative solution which provides a rich and thoughtful design.
Media & Fashion
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.
Cynthia Rowley Founder, Cynthia Rowley
Founder, Cynthia Rowley
Cynthia Rowley is the founder of Cynthia Rowley, a leading global lifestyle brand sold in branded collection boutiques, as well as in department, specialty, and online stores worldwide. She is the author of five best-selling books, has appeared on many TV shows, and is the founder of Exhibition A, an institutionally-recognized source for contemporary art editions.
Nicola Formichetti Creative Director, DIESEL
Creative Director, DIESEL
Nicola Formichetti is the Creative Director of DIESEL. He previously served as the Fashion Director of Vogue Hommes Japan and the Creative Director of MUGLER. In December 2010, Formichetti was named the Fashion Creator of the year at the British Fashion Awards.
John Varvatos Founder, John Varvatos
Founder, John Varvatos
John Varvatos is a contemporary menswear designer and the founder of John Varvatos. He has received numerous awards for his work in fashion, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Perry Ellis Award for Menswear in 2000 and their Design of the Year Award in 2001. He also received the CFDA’s 2005 Menswear Design of the Year and was named GQ’s Designer of the Year in 2007.