Fernanda Canales Founder & Director, Fernanda Canales Arquitectura
Founding & Director, Fernanda Canales Arquitectura
Fernanda Canales holds a PhD in Architecture (ETSAM, Madrid), and a MA from the Universidad Politecnica de Cataluña (UPC, Barcelona). She has been distinguished with several international awards, such as the Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York. Author of books such as: Private Spaces; Shared Structures (Actar, 2020), Vivienda Colectiva en México (Gustavo Gili, 2017) and Architecture in Mexico 1900-2010: The Construction of Modernity (Arquine, 2013), she has been visiting faculty member at Yale School of Architecture and invited speaker at the Architectural Association School in London, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited, among other venues, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the ifa-Gallery in Stuttgart, and the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Tom Kundig FAIA, RIBA, Principal/Owner, Olson | Kundig
FAIA, RIBA, Principal/Owner, Olson | Kundig
Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, is an owner and principal of global design practice Olson Kundig. Kundig has received some of the world’s highest design honors, including a National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and election to the National Academy as an Academician in Architecture. Kundig was also awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington. Known for his contextual approach to design, Kundig emphasizes the primacy of the site. His buildings are a direct response to place, often serving as a backdrop to the built, cultural or natural landscapes that surround them.
Alison Brooks Principal & Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects
Principal & Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects
Alison Brooks is one of Britain’s mostly highly acclaimed architects. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to London in 1988 and founded her practice in 1996. She is now internationally recognised for her award-winning works ranging from urban design and housing to performing arts venues, higher education buildings and exhibitions. With a unique design process that fuses history, community and locality Brooks has since become the only recipient of the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. Her work attracts acclaim for its conceptual rigor, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing. Brooks serves as a Trustee of Open City. She taught at the Architectural Association from 2008-2010 and in 2018 was appointed as the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD. She lectures internationally and is currently a visiting professor at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 2016 Alison Brooks was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater, the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Wang Yan Principal, GOA
Mr. Wang Yan, a student of Herzog & de Meuron, first practiced architecture in Europe, where his broad and diversified educational background has helped to shape his keen global perspective. He is dedicated to establishing open value systems and practicing architecture on the basis of understanding diversified cultures. He focuses on urban renewal, and has presided over a series of urban renewal practices including Shanghai Hongkou Rui Kang Li Urban Research. He also has rich experience in construction technology fields related to high levels of comfort and micro levels of energy consumption. Mr. Wang’s projects include SPSI Art Museum, Dingli Art Museum, Fengying Stone Art Museum, Huaxin Reception Center, and more. They have received honors such as Architecture Awards of Architectural Society of China, China Architecture Media Awards, WAF, and Architecture Master Prize. His projects have been published in Detail, Archdaily, Time Architecture, the Architectural Journal and others. Recently Mr. Wang was named one of the 40 Under 40 Chinese Young Architects. Since 2014, he has been a professor at the CAUP (the College of Architecture and Urban Planning) of Tongji University.
Design & Culture
Professor Lesley Lokko Founder & Director, African Futures Institute
Professor Lesley Lokko
Founder & Director, African Futures Institute
LESLEY LOKKO trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture and holds a PhD in Architecture from University of London. She is the founder and director of the African Futures Institute (AFI) in Accra, Ghana, an independent postgraduate school of architecture and platform for pan-African architectural discourse. She was the founder and director of the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg (2014—2019) and the Dean of Architecture at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (2019—2020). She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Race, Culture, Architecture (University of Minnesota Press, 2000); editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture. In 2004, she made the successful transition from academic to novelist with the publication of her first novel, Sundowners (Orion 2004) and has since followed with twelve further bestsellers, which have been translated into fifteen languages.
Aric Chen M+ Museum, Design Miami
M+ Museum, Design Miami
Aric Chen is a design and architecture curator and writer based in Shanghai, where he is Professor of Practice at the College of Design & Innovation at Tongji University. In addition, Chen currently serves as Curatorial Director for the Design Miami/ and Design Miami/Basel fairs and as Curator-at-Large for M+, the new museum for visual culture under construction in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District, where from 2012-2018 he was that institution's first Lead Curator for Design and Architecture.
Pascale Sablan FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Founder & Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment
FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Founder & Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, With over 13 years of experience, she has been on the team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects in the U.S. and globally. Pascale is the 315th living African-American, female registered architect in the U.S. She is an activist architect who works to advance architecture for the betterment of society, bring visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and diverse designers. She founded the Beyond the Built Environment organization positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture. She was awarded the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young. Jr Award for her advocacy efforts and ascended to the AIA College of Fellows, the youngest African American to reach that honor. She also received Pratt Alumni Achievement Award, BD+C 40 Under 40; featured on the cover of the 09/2017 issue. Pascale has given lectures at Colleges and Universities nationally; cultural institutions such as the United Nations and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Karim Rashid Kreator, Karim Rashid
Kreator, Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 4000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award-winning designs include democratic objects such as the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel, Athens. Karim collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and BoConcept, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few. Karim’s work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence Award.
Innovation & Business
Natsai Audrey Chieza Founder & Director, Faber Futures
Natsai Audrey Chieza
Founder & Director, Faber Futures
Natsai Audrey Chieza is Founder and Director of Faber Futures, an award-winning multidisciplinary design agency operating at the intersection of nature, technology, and society. The London-based studio empowers industry and institutions with innovative design solutions and R&D for an impactful transition towards sustainable futures. A background in Architectural Design and Material Futures, Chieza pioneered the design- driven application of microbial pigment dyes for textiles and has been awarded the Index Award 2019 for the chemical-free, water-saving biofabrication system she developed. In her 2017 TED Talk, Chieza demonstrates how emerging biotechnologies converge with craft and interact with the contemporary realities of resource scarcity, climate change, and sustainable development. With a highly influential practice in the contemporary design for ecology movement, Chieza has exhibited at prestigious institutions including at the Cooper Hewitt (US), Pompidou Centre (FR), Vitra Design Museum (DE), The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, The Victoria & Albert Museum (UK) and Science Gallery Dublin (IE). An international speaker on emergent futures, Chieza is named on OkayAfrica’s "100 Women 2018" for her work in STEM, ICON Magazine's 2019 "ICON Design 100" list and It's Nice That's "Ones to Watch 2019".
Liam Young Speculative Architect and Director, Tomorrows Thoughts Today
Speculative Architect and Director, Tomorrows Thoughts Today
Liam Young is a speculative architect and director who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is cofounder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, an urban futures think tank, exploring the local and global implications of new technologies and Unknown Fields, a nomadic research studio that travels on expeditions to chronicle these emerging conditions as they occur on the ground. His worldbuilding for the film and television industries has been acclaimed in both mainstream and architectural media, including the BBC, NBC, Wired, Guardian, Time Magazine and New Scientist, he is a BAFTA nominated producer and his work has been collected by institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum and MAAS in Sydney. He has published several books including the recent Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post Anthropocene and has taught internationally at the Architectural Association, Princeton University and now runs the groundbreaking Masters in Fiction and Entertainment at Sci Arc in Los Angeles. Liam's narrative approach sits between documentary and fiction as he focuses on projects that aim to reveal the invisible connections and systems that make the modern world work. Liam now manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and visualising the future worlds he extrapolates from them.
Céline Semaan Founder & Executive Director, Slow Factory Foundation
Founder & Executive Director, Slow Factory Foundation
Céline Semaan-Vernon is a Lebanese-Canadian designer, writer, advocate and public speaker. She is the founder of Slow Factory Foundation, a 501c3 public service organization working at the intersection of environmental and social justice, which produces a conference series promoting sustainability literacy called Study Hall, and the first science-driven incubator in fashion called One X One. She is on the Council of Progressive International, became a Director's Fellow of MIT Media Lab in 2016, and served on the Board of Directors of AIGA NY, a nonprofit membership organization that helps cultivate the future of design in New York City from 2016-2017.
Shogo Kawata teamLab Architects
Representative of teamLab Architects, an architectural group that explores new architecture and space. teamLab crosses architectural boundaries to create cities for a new era through digital technology, art, nature, people, and biology.