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David Adjaye OBE
Founder & Principal Architect
Adjaye Associates

Photo credit: Ed Reeve

David Adjaye is founder and Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates. Established in June 2000, the firm has received worldwide attention, with work ranging in scale from private houses, cafes and bars, exhibitions and temporary pavilions to major arts centres, civic buildings and masterplans in Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The practice is currently engaged on the prestigious commission to design the Smithsonian Institution’s ambitious National Museum of African American Culture and History on a prominent site on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Adjaye currently holds a Visiting Professor post at Princeton University School of Architecture. He is a RIBA Chartered Member, an AIA Honorary Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  He was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2007 and received the Design Miami/ Year of the Artist title in 2011.

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE
Structural & Civil Engineering Partner
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

William F. Baker is the Partner in Charge of Structural Engineering at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM).  From houses to skyscrapers, Bill has dedicated himself to the creation and design of structural systems at all scales and is known for developing the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest manmade structure.  In recognition of his work, Bill has received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ OPAL Lifetime Award for Design, the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Gold Medal and was the first American to win the Fritz Leonhardt Prize; he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Eric Bunge, AIA Eric Bunge, AIA

Eric Bunge, AIA, is a co-founding principal of the New York City based firm nARCHITECTS, an emerging internationally-recognized practice founded in 1999 with Mimi Hoang.  In 2012 nARCHITECTS was named a Highly Commended firm in the international WAN 21FOR21 competition "to be part of a select group crowned to lead the next generation of designers in the 21st century.”  After completing “Canopy” for MoMA/P.S.1 in 2004 and Switch Building in 2007, the firm’s commissions have grown to include the ABC Dbayeh Department Store in Beirut, the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn, Ellicott Park in Buffalo, and the transformation of Chicago Navy Pier, a competition won in 2012 with James Corner Field Operations.  Bunge is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.

Principal & Founder
Studio Gang Architects

Jeanne Gang is founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers whose projects address pressing contemporary issues. Known for rooting her designs in both architectural form and idea-driven content, Jeanne’s work has been honored and exhibited widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, MoMA, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum. In 2011 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Her recent projects include the design of Northerly Island Park, a 91-acre former airfield on Chicago’s lakefront (now under construction), as well as Aqua Tower, the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year.

A distinguished graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Jeanne has taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and IIT, where her studios have focused on cities, ecologies, materials, and technologies. Reveal, her first volume on Studio Gang’s work and working process, was released in 2011 from Princeton Architectural Press.  The first solo exhibition of her firm’s work, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, opens at the Art Institute of Chicago in late September 2012.

Gordon Gill, AIA Gordon Gill, AIA
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Gordon Gill is an architect and one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based design. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to elements of a single home, is driven by his philosophy that there is a language of performance: a purposeful relationship between design and the performance criteria placed upon the subject.

A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), and the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters. These landmark projects achieve energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site, striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gordon has also designed performing arts centers, museums, schools, civic spaces and urban master plans across the globe.

Gordon’s work has been published and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally. His designs have repeatedly been recognized by the American Institute of Architects and in 2009 he was selected as the Chicago’s Best Emerging Architect by the Chicago Reader.

Prior to founding AS+GG in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a Director of Design for VOA Associates. Most recently, he co-founded PositivEnergy Practice, a consulting firm that designs and implements energy and carbon reduction strategies for clients around the world.

Rita Catinella OrrellJoann Gonchar
Senior Editor
Architectural Record

Joann Gonchar, AIA, LEED AP, is a senior editor at Architectural Record and a contributing editor to GreenSource magazine. She joined Record and GreenSource in 2006, after working for eight years at their sister McGraw-Hill publication, Engineering News-Record. Before starting her career as a journalist, Joann worked for several architecture firms and spent three years in Kobe, Japan, with the firm, Team Zoo, Atelier Iruka. She earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. She is licensed to practice architecture in New York State.

Michael Green
Michael Green Architecture

Michael GreenMichael Green founded Vancouver’s Michael Green Architecture in 2012 after 9 years leading design at mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN.   Recognized for his award winning buildings, public art, interiors, landscapes and urban environments, Michael’s reputation has led him to develop a wide range of projects from international airports and skyscrapers to Vancouver’s Ronald McDonald House, whistler Blackcomb’s Rendezvous Lodge and modest but unique retail spaces and homes.  His work extends around the globe including a current project for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture designing a sustainable community in the mountains of Central Asia. Michael teaches at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and lectures extensively around the world on the future of carbon neutral large urban buildings.

Michael is dedicated to bringing attention to several of the overwhelming challenges in architecture today. The first is climate change and how the built environment is an enormous contributor to the factors damaging the very environment designers and architects are seeking to improve. The second, is the profound reality that over the next 20 years, 3 billion people, or 40% of the world, will need a new affordable home. In short, solving the world’s massive shelter shortage with today’s building approaches will ironically trigger further environmental turmoil. Michael believes in championing the shift to new ways of building that will compliment the intersection of man’s greatest building challenges.

Francis AishFrancis Aish
Partner, Head of Applied Research & Development
Foster + Partners

Francis Aish is a partner and head of applied research and development at Foster + Partners. He studied aerospace systems engineering at the University of Southampton, and is currently completing an engineering doctorate at UCL. He joined Foster + Partners in 1999, and is responsible for the research and development of systems to model and solve complex, multi-disciplinary design problems. In the course of this work he has been involved in over 200 projects and competitions, including the Swiss Re HQ, the Smithsonian Institution, and Beijing Airport.

Francis Kéré
Francis Kéré Architecture

Francis Kéré Born in Gando, a small village in Burkina Faso, Diébédo Francis Kéré was the first son of the headman and thus the only child allowed to attend school. After graduating he received a scholarship for further education as supervisor in the context of development aid in Germany. Following the apprenticeship, Kéré studied architecture in Berlin and funded his office “KÉRÉ ARCHITECTURE” and the nonprofit association “SCHULBAUSTEINE FÜR GANDO”.

After University, he went back to his home country to reinvest his knowledge in his people.  Kéré sets the main focus of his work on the usage and development of local materials and techniques, the adaptation of new technology in a simple way and the potential of the local community. Today, Diébédo Francis Kéré is an expert in preserving and developing traditional clay technologies and architecture heritage.

Stephen Kieran, FAIAStephen Kieran, FAIA
Founding Partner

Stephen Kieran is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its integration of research and practice guided by a deep environmental ethic. The firm has received over one hundred design citations including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. In addition to his practice, Mr. Kieran currently teaches the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Yale University, and his M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, and co-author of five books on architecture.

Jennifer Luce, AIA
Luce et Studio

Jennifer Luce, AIAJennifer Luce began her career from Canada winning the international competition to design the Center for Innovative Technology in Washington DC.  In 1990, she established LUCE et Studio in La Jolla, Ca as a collaborative lab promoting cross disciplinary practice. Modeled after a family background in textile design and fashion ateliers,  the studio work continually pursues a dialogue between art and architecture / craft and technology / scale and sensuality.

With a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University (Canada) and a Masters of Design Studies from Harvard (GSD), Jennifer has taught as a guest lecturer at Carleton University Jennifer is now an executive Committee Member of the Alumni Council at Harvard.

Cathleen McGuigan
Architectural Record

Cathleen McGuiganCathleen McGuigan is a critic, journalist and editor specializing in architecture and culture. A longtime contributor to Newsweek magazine, where she also served as arts editor, her articles have appeared in many other periodicals as well, including The Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine, Architectural Record, Art NewsRolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar. A graduate of Brown University, McGuigan was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and has been a Poynter Fellow in journalism at Yale. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and has lectured at the School of Visual Arts and the Museum of the City of New York.  McGuigan is a member of the Forum for Urban Design and serves on the board of directors of the Skyscraper Museum in New York.  She is at work on a biography of Aline Saarinen. McGuigan lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

Clifford A. Pearson
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record

Clifford A. PearsonClifford Pearson is a deputy editor of Architectural Record. Since joining the magazine in 1989, he has written on a broad range of topics—from individual projects such as the MAXXI museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid and the Hong Kong International Airport by Foster & Partners to essays on school design and housing. From 1993 to 1997, he edited Record's annual section on architecture in the Pacific Rim and today he is in charge of the magazine’s Chinese edition and its annual Design Vanguard issue. He serves as a director of Asia Design Forum, a nonprofit think tank that organizes events and generates dialogue among the design community, related disciplines, and the general public. He is the author of Indonesia: Design and Culture, published by the Monacelli Press in 1998, and the editor of Modern American Houses, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in 1996 and reissued in 2005. In 2003, he received a Media Fellowship from the U.S.-Japan Foundation and spent two months in Japan examining “Technology and Tradition in Contemporary Japanese Architecture.” In 2004 and 2006, he was the co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Mr. Pearson holds a master's degree in architectural history from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Cornell University.

William Pedersen, FAIA FAARWilliam Pedersen, FAIA FAAR
Vice Chairman
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

William Pedersen is the Founding Design Partner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), which he established in 1976 with A. Eugene Kohn and Sheldon Fox. Mr. Pedersen has personally received seven AIA National Honor Awards for his achievements and contributions to the built environment, for projects ranging from Chicago’s 333 Wacker Drive to New York’s One Jackson Square. In addition, he was awarded the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in architecture from Tau Sigma, and the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture for Contributions in Architecture as an Art. He also holds several design patents for furniture and lighting fixtures, including the L’Ale Interior Sconce for Ivalo Lighting, which was awarded The Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award in 2010.

David Robinson
Director of Automation

David K. RobinsonDavid K. Robinson is an enthusiastic professional with over 25 years’ experience in the lighting industry. Currently he is the Automation Systems Director at MechoSystems. He is responsible for developing the sales and marketing strategies of the automated shading systems SolarTrac® and SunDialer®, as well as the state-of-the-art lighting energy management system, MechoLux®. He initiates training of MechoSystems’ sales and marketing representatives throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Mr. Robinson also contributes to the production of effective marketing and sales materials with the company’s in-house graphics department.

Previously Mr. Robinson worked as the Managing Director of Pinniger Lighting Design Consultants and prior to that Head of Services for Zumtobel Lighting Limited. He has had experience in a variety of different roles from the position of Street Lighting Engineer for Cape Town City Council to a Senior Project Manager at Derek Rogers & Associates.

Dennis R. Shelden, AIADennis R. Shelden, AIA
Chief Technology Officer
Gehry Technologies

Dennis R. Shelden is Associate Professor of the Practice of Architecture Design at MIT, and a Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gehry Technologies, a building industry technology company formed in 2001 by the research and development team of Frank Gehry Partners. He joined Gehry Partners in 1997 and became director of the firm’s computation efforts in 2000, where he was responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm's technology efforts. Prior to joining Gehry Partners, he performed structural engineering, energy systems and technology development work at firms including Ove Arup & Partners, Consultants’ Computation Bureau and Cyra Systems. Professor Shelden lectures and conducts research in building industry process advancement and in design computation and cognition. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Ph. D. in Computation and Architectural Design from MIT.

Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED APSebastian Schmaling, AIA, LEED AP
Johnsen Schmaling Architects

Sebastian Schmaling grew up in Berlin and graduated from Harvard, the University of Wisconsin, and the Technical University Berlin.  In 2003, he and Brian Johnsen founded Johnsen Schmaling Architects, a design and research studio whose work has garnered critical attention for its conceptual clarity, formal discipline, and astute detailing. Honors include the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Award and 27 national and regional AIA Awards.  Johnsen Schmaling’s projects have been widely published in books and leading design periodocals here and abroad. In addition to his practice, Schmaling continues to teach, most recently as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto.

Suzanne Stephens
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record

Suzanne StephensSuzanne Stephens, a deputy editor of Architectural Record, has been a writer, editor, and critic in the field of architecture for several decades.  She has a Ph.D. in architectural history from Cornell University, and teaches a seminar in the history of architectural criticism in the architecture program of Barnard and Columbia colleges.  In addition, Stephens is the architectural advisor to Checkerboard Film Foundation, which recently produced the film series, Landmarks in 21st Century American Architecture.  She was the lead author of Imagining Ground Zero: Official and Unofficial Proposals for the World Trade Center Site, published in 2004 by Architectural Record and Rizzoli International.  Currently Stephens serves on the board of directors of the Sir John Soane Museum Foundation in New York, and is a Life Trustee of the New York Architectural League.

Marc Tsurumaki
LTL Architects

Marc Tsurumaki Marc Tsurumaki is principal and founding partner of Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects PLLC), an innovative, awardwinning architecture partnership founded in 1997 along with Paul Lewis and David J. Lewis and located in New York City. LTL?s work has been published extensively, and their research into the means by which architecture can embrace environmental questions has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, in the exhibition Rising Currents: New York?s Waterfront in 2010. Recent awards include a 2012 AIANY Design Merit Award for their project Water Proving Ground. LTL Architects is the recipient of the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and was selected as one of six American architectural firms featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale. LTL Architects was included in the inaugural National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt in 2000. Their work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art. The principals are co-authors of the monograph Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998). Their second monograph, Intensities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012), will be released in the fall of 2012.

Marc Tsurumaki is a licensed architect, AIA member and LEED accredited professional and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Marc Tsurumaki is currently an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and has taught at a number of institutions including M.I.T., Barnard and Columbia Colleges, Syracuse University, Kent State University and Yale University as the 2006 Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor. He served on the Board of the Van Alen Institute from 2002 to 2011, and serves on the New York State Council of the Arts panel for Architecture and Design.

Laura Viscusi
Architectural Record

Laura ViscusiLaura Viscusi, Vice President of Integrated Media McGraw-Hill Construction, and Publisher, Architectural Record, Greensource and SNAP, has a keen insight into the communications dynamic among the many components of a given market. Laura’s ability to recognize the opportunities of integrating different media has enabled clients to maximize the use of MHC’s diverse product offerings. She is responsible for the strategic direction and advertising sales of the MHC media brands for architects, working to balance reader needs with market demands in print, online and events.

Her passion for architecture and design has fueled a close connection to the marketplace for her and her team, building strong and lasting relationships that have led all three publications to their unprecedented leadership positions.  Her ability to create and develop effective media tools, connecting manufacturers with architects and design professionals has enabled MHC to develop effective new platforms and brand extensions.

In 2008, under Laura’s leadership, Architectural Record launched an online Continuing Education Center, with over 200 available courses. Over 20,000 architects take more than 120,000 tests through the program each year. In response to interest by architects and manufacturers for easy access to quick takes on products, in 2009 Laura launched SNAP, a print and digital publication a brand extension of the venerable and Architectural Record, which quickly became the standard-bearer in the market. Prior to that, Laura was involved in the launch and positioning of Greensource, the award winning publication on sustainable design.
Laura works closely with the MHC editorial, circulation and marketing to develop multi-media promotions and outreach programs to continuously connect design and construction professionals with suppliers across all of our leading media brands.

Laura has also served as associate publisher of Engineering News-Record (ENR). She is a Regent on the Board of the American Architectural Foundation (AAF). She began her career in design publishing at Interiors magazine and came to Architectural Record in advertising sales. Laura joined the senior management team of Architectural Record in 1996.

Laura has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications and Marketing from the State University of New York at ALBANY.

Carol Willis
The Skyscraper Museum

Carol WillisCarol Willis is the founder, director, and curator of The Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City and a professor of Urban Studies at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning. She is the author of Form Follows Finance: Skyscrapers and Skylines in New York and Chicago (Princeton Architectural Press, 1995), which received an AIA book award and was named "Best Book on North American Urbanism, 1995" by the Urban History Association. In addition to articles in books and scholarly journals, Ms. Willis is the editor for Building the Empire State, a book on the construction of New York's signature skyscraper, published by W.W. Norton in 1998. 


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