Ben van Berkel Co-founder and Principal, UNStudio
Ben van Berkel
Co-founder and Principal, UNStudio
Ben van Berkel is a Dutch architect, author, and founder of the architectural practice UNStudio. His interdisciplinary design team develops urban projects, bridges, residential and public buildings around the world, including the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam, the Moebius House in the Netherlands, the Mercedes- Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem Central Station, the Singapore University of Architecture and Design, and Raffles City in Hangzhou. Van Berkel is currently the Kentzo Tange Chair of architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has received numerous honors including the British Council Fellowship (1986), the 1822-Kunstpreis (2003), and the Honorary Fellowship AIA (2013).
Annabelle Selldorf Principal, Selldorf Architects
Principal, Selldorf Architects
Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the Board of the Architectural League of New York, the World Monuments Fund, the Chinati Foundation, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. In 2017, Ms. Selldorf was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, three years after receiving the organization’s prestigious Award in Architecture. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architecture New York Chapter.
Gary Handel Founding Partner, Handel Architects
Founding Partner, Handel Architects
Gary Handel FAIA is the Founding Partner and Managing Principal of Handel Architects. Since starting the practice in 1994, Mr. Handel has overseen its growth to a firm of over 150 architects, designers, and planners around the world. The firm is a leader in the fields of mixed-use and sustainable buildings, designed to support urban density, and is known for projects including the Dream Downtown Hotel, the World Trade Center Memorial, the Millenium Tower, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington DC. Handel has served on the Boards of the Friends of the High Line and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum and received numerous honors for his contributions to New York’s built environment.
Carol Ross Barney Founder, Ross Barney Architects
Carol Ross Barney
Founder, Ross Barney Architects
Carol Ross Barney is a Chicago architect and principal designer at Ross Barney Architects, which she founded in 1981. With a career spanning over 40 years, she has made significant contributions to the profession, particularly in the design of the public realm. She became the first woman to design a federal building when commissioned as architect for the Oklahoma City Federal Building, which replaced the bombed Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Ross Barney's other projects include the JRC Synagogue (LEEDPlatinum), James I Swenson Civil Engineering Building (LEED Gold), Chicago Riverwalk, and the CTA Morgan Street Station. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chicago chapter of the AIA.
Rick Fedrizzi Co-Founder, USGBC and CEO, International WELL Building Institute
Co-Founder, USGBC and CEO, International WELL Building Institute
Rick Fedrizzi is Co-Founder and former CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization promoting high-performing buildings and communities. During his tenure, LEED became the world’s most widely used green building rating system. In 2016, Fedrizzi was appointed CEO of the International WELL Building Institute, a public benefit corporation advancing buildings whose designs emphasize human health and wellness. Fedrizzi also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York Indoor Environmental Quality (NYIEQ) Center and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health. His honors include the Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy and the Olmsted Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Neri Oxman Designer and Professor, MIT Media Lab
Designer and Professor, MIT Media Lab
Neri Oxman is an American–Israeli architect, designer, and professor at the MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Mediated Matter research group. She is known for art and architecture that combine design, biology, computing, and materials engineering. Many of Oxman's projects use 3D printing and fabrication techniques. They include the Silk Pavilion, spun by silkworms released onto a nylon frame, Ocean Pavilion, a water-based fabrication platform that built structures out of chitosan, G3DP, the first 3D printer for optically transparent glass, and collections of 3D-printed clothing and wearables worn in couture shows and performances. She has held exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and Boston's Museum of Science, is a senior fellow in the Design Futures Council, and was the recipient of a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2018.
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.
Andrew Cogan Chairman, Knoll
Andrew Cogan is Chairman of the Board of Knoll, Inc. the renowned producer of office systems, seating, tables, desks, textiles and other home accessories by visionary architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Bertoia, Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, and Sir David Adjaye. Cogan previously served as President and CEO of Knoll from 2001 to 2018, part of a 25+ yaer career at Knoll and other international manufacturers working in the commercial interiors industry. Cogan also serves as Director of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and of the American Woodmark Corporation. Over 40 Knoll designs can be found in the permanent design collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Primo Orpilla Founding Principal, O+A
Founding Principal, O+A
Primo Orpilla is an interior designer and the co-founder, along with Verda Alexander, of the award winning Studio O+A, a San Francisco design firm responsible for the ground breaking offices at Facebook, Microsoft, AOL, Yelp, Samsung, TATA, Levi Strauss, and many other companies. A leader in the field of workplace environments with an emphasis on “democratic design,” O+A’s expansive, open-plan offices have become a signature look for some of the country’s most forward-thinking tech innovators. The studio’s designs have received numerous honors including from the International Interior Design Association, Frame Magazine, FX Design Awards, and more. Orpilla was named Designer of the Year by Contract Magazine and is a frequent speaker at international forums on interior design including NeoCon.
Cheryl Durst Vice President and CEO, IIDA
Vice President and CEO, IIDA
As Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association, Cheryl Durst is an innovator and visionary driver of progress in the Interior Design industry. Since joining the IIDA in 1997, Durst has helped grow the organization to 15,000 members across 58 countries, curates and publishes Perspective, the association’s thought-leadership journal, and directs all IIDA programs, including more than a dozen global design competitions, which recognize worldwide excellence in interior design. She was inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2016.
David Rockwell Founder and President, Rockwell Group
Founder and President, Rockwell Group
David Rockwell is founder and president of Rockwell Group, an award-winning, 250-person cross-disciplinary design practice based in New York City, Madrid and Shanghai. Known for its large-scale interior and hospitality projects, the firm has worked on a broad range of projects, including restaurants, hotels, airport terminals, hospitals, museums, and Broadway sets. Rockwell’s honors include a 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design, the AIA New York Chapter President's Award, the 2008 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design, the Presidential Design Award; and induction into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame. Rockwell Group was named by Fast Company 2008, 2014 and 2015 as one of the world’s most innovative design practices.
Joan Blumenfeld Design Principal and Interior Design Director, Perkins+Will
Design Principal and Interior Design Director, Perkins+Will
Joan Blumenfeld is a Principal and Interior Design Director at Perkins+Will, a global architectural firm with over 2,200 employees in 20 offices.Recognized as a thought leader in design, she was elected to both the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) in 2005 and 2014, respectively. Blumenfeld serves on the boards of numerous design organizations including, the New York Chapter of the AIA, the Beverly Willis Foundation, the Center for Active Design, NYC Building Congress, IIDA, and Women Executives in Real Estate. She has received over 40 design awards in the past five years, including a 2018 Interior Design magazine Best of Year Award and being named 2018 Design Legend by Contract Magazine.