Biography: Mustafa K. Abadan, FAIA is a Design Partner in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). Mr. Abadan spent part of his early career at SOM in the firm’s London office, before moving to New York where he leads several studios in a variety of practice areas, including large scale mixed-use developments and master plans; corporate and commercial office towers; residential and hospitality projects; and cultural centers. Mr. Abadan has long been active in Asia and has projects in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Some of his best known projects are Tokyo Midtown Tower in Japan, AIG Tower in Hong Kong, and Busan Lotte Tower in Korea.
Biography: Andrew Bernheimer is the director of the Master of Architecture program and an assistant professor at Parsons The New School for Design. He is also the principal of Bernheimer Architecture, a Brooklyn-based practice. As Director of the Master of Architecture, Bernheimer oversees a graduate program known for its connections between theory and practice, which includes a signature design-build studio and cross-disciplinary curricular opportunities with graduate programs in lighting and interior design. This work is closely aligned with his professional practice, which focuses on New York’s urban landscape through research and built work including civic, residential and affordable housing projects.
Biography: Michel Bertreux, partner at TETRARC will be presenting the Boréal scheme, winner of WAN's Residential award 2012. With a strong need for social housing, TETRARC was challenged to redesign and implement a new social program for the city of Nantes in France, that would reflect the history and progress of the past four decades.
Biography: Neeraj Bhatia is an Urban Designer and Licensed Architect whose work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure and urbanism. He is a co-director of the non-profit research collective, InfraNet Lab, founder of the design practice, The Open Workshop, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at The California College of the Arts where he is co-director of the URBANlab
Biography: Rick Bell serves as executive director of AIA New York where he helped create the storefront Center for Architecture. Previously, Rick worked as Chief Architect and Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering at the NYC Department of Design & Construction. He holds degrees from Yale and Columbia and has received numerous awards for civic activism and design. Recently he was named a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Biography: Chakrabarti is a Partner at SHoP Architects where with his partners he is advancing large-scale projects worldwide. SHoP is committed to proving that intelligent, exciting, evocative design can be done in the context of real world constraints. Chakrabarti adds to SHoP's already diverse knowledge base and highlights the curiosity and creative thinking essential to groundbreaking design and urban development, with a focus on transit-rich, hyperdense, mixed income urbanism.
Biography: Richard Coleman is an architect, consultant and Chairman of World Architecture News. Richard advises on projects which impact on the historic environment where a high quality of design is needed. The Gherkin is an example where the quality enabled the loss of a highly graded but compromised historic structure. He is a CABE Building Environment Expert, committee member of the Architecture Club and has 28 years of design review experience.
Biography: Jay Cross is President of Related Hudson Yards, leading the Related Companies' development efforts of the 26-acre Hudson Yards site on the west side of New York City. Cross has over 30 years of diversified real estate and sports business experience having been a driving force behind the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, the American Airlines Arena in Miami and the Air Canada Centre, home for the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs.
Biography: Craig Dykers is one of the founding Partners of Snøhetta, an integrated architecture, landscape and interior design practice with offices in New York City and Oslo, Norway. He has worked on the design of several prominent cultural projects including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, the September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion, and the Redesign of Times Square in New York City which is currently under construction.
Biography: Erez Ella is the founder of HQ Architects In Tel Aviv, an office that practices research, urban planning, and design of housing and public buildings. Prior to establishing HQ, Ella was a Principal at REX and worked as an Associate at OMA. At REX he was co-leading projects includ-ing the Museum Plaza in Louisville, Vakko HQ and others. At OMA he served as a Project Architect for the Television Cultural Center for China Central Television (TVCC) in Beijing and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Biography: David Farnsworth is a Principal with Arup's New York office. David has a depth of experience in the design and management of projects both locally and globally. His experience ranges from new mixed-use high-rise tower developments to signature bridge designs and includes various building, rail, airport and civil projects.
Biography: Twenty years of experience in public sector leading teams responsible for preparing and implementing programs and projects related to social housing, slum upgrading, social development and community participation. Engaged in assignments for both multi-lateral and bilateral donors (UNCHS-Habitat, the World Bank and IDB), in over 10 countries of Latin America, Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Mrs. Franca is presently Director of Studio2E-IdeiasUrbanas, an office engaged in the preparation of programs directed to combat the poverty located in the urban areas.
Biography: Sarah Gerber, AIA, LEED is a Senior Designer at FXFOWLE Architects. An architect with over 20 years of experience, Sarah has focused her recent work on innovation in the workplace. She has been instrumental to projects around the world, integrating both physical and virtual work practices with an emphasis on design. Sarah received her Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida and her Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Biography: Architect and Urban Planner from FAU-USP, has earned a Master of Science degree and attended the PhD graduate program at FAU-USP. Has collaborated in several offices such as Architectures Jean Nouvel (Paris), Cabinet Alliaume (Paris), Índio da Costa (Rio de Janeiro) e Baggio Pereira & Schiavon (Curitiba). At FGMF, responds for the conceptual design of every project with the other founding partners. Professor since 2002, has taught at the Istituto Europeo di Design in São Paulo, UNIP and FAU-USP. Currently, teaches in the graduate program of Mackenzie University.
Biography: Ori Inbar is the co-founder and CEO of Augmented Reality.ORG, a global non-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing augmented reality (AR), and the producer of Augmented World Expo - the world's largest and most influential conference for AR - now in its 4th year.
Biography: Andre Kikoski, AIA, Leed AP is the founder of Andre Kikoski Architect, a Manhattan‐based architecture and design firm. Kikoski's passion for material research, detail‐orientation and client‐focused approach define the thoughtful investigation of design that is his hallmark. The firm's distinguished group of clients span the worlds of the arts, culture, design and commerce, including multiple projects on Manhattan's "Museum Mile," such as The Wright restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum and One Museum Mile at The Museum for African Art.
Biography: Brian Kilkelly is the CEO and a founding partner of World Cities Network. He is passionate about bringing business and city leaders together to discover ways to make our cities more sustainable and resilient. Before taking the helm at World Cities Network, Brian was Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships at the Urban Land Institute in London. During his five years at the Institute, he created the Urban Investment Network - a public-private collaboration platform that attracted cities, developers, and investors from across Europe.
Biography: Amanda Kross is a Senior Strategist at brightspot strategy, a consulting firm focused on improving people's experience at work, school and play. Amanda takes a user-centered approach to spatial and service design to ensure people are at the core of every design decision. Amanda works across academic, corporate and cultural sectors her clients have included Google, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the University of Michigan, UC Santa Cruz and the GSA.
Biography: With over 30 years of design and management experience, Jill Lerner has led the design of numerous award-winning academic and institutional research facilities projects for public and private clients throughout the United States.
As a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, she is responsible for all aspects of project management and design.
Ms. Lerner is presently the President of the NYC American Institute of Architects (AIA). A Registered Architect in several states, she also served on the board of the Center for Architecture Foundation.
Biography: Daniel Libeskind studied music in Israel and in New York, and became a virtuoso performer. He left music to study architecture, receiving his professional architectural degree in 1970. He received a postgraduate degree in History and Theory of Architecture at the School of Comparative Studies at Essex University (England) in 1972.
Biography: Sharon McHugh is an architect, planner and design educator. Based in Princeton, NJ and New York City, she divides her time between professional design pursuits and writing about architecture and urbanism. She currently serves as the US Correspondent for World Architecture News and Abitare and is the former US editor of the RIBA's now defunct World Architecture magazine.
Biography: Peter Murray trained as an architect but has spent his career in the communication of architecture. He is Chairman of the design and communications consultancy Wordsearch, founder and Exhibitions Director of New London Architecture (NLA), Founder/Director of the London Festival of Architecture and editor in chief of London Property Review magazine. In 1983 he started Blueprint Magazine, the first of the new wave of design and architecture magazines that charted the rise of the creative industries. He has curated a number of major architectural exhibitions.
Biography: Waterstudio is 100% focused on floating designs and technology for the rich as well as people living in slums. In 2007, Olthuis was listed as one of "the most influential people in the world" in a readers' poll by TIME magazine due to the worldwide interest in water developments.
Biography: Raj Patel is a Principal of Arup and Leader of Arup Acoustics and Theatre Consulting Americas. A leading international acoustic designer, he is responsible for a wide range of acoustic and technical design projects, in a wide range of building sectors, working with many of the world's highest profile architecture and design practices
Biography: Ashok Raiji is a Principal in Arup’s New York office. He has led the planning of city-scale developments as well as the design of many high-performance buildings all over the world. He has led teams for many high performance buildings and city-scale planning projects in the USA and Asia including Master Plans for New Songdo City and the Yongsan International Business District in Korea. He has been Engineer of Record on numerous award-winning projects including the Frick Chemistry Building at Princeton University and Columbia University’s Northwest Corner Building in New York, Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport.
Biography: Hani Rashid co-founded the New York based architecture practice Asymptote in 1989. The firm has achieved international acclaim with a strong portfolio of buildings, master plans, art installations and design. Hani received a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1985 and awarded the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in 2004.
Biography: Doug Shapiro is the Director of A&D and Workplace Strategy of OFS Brands. He has been with OFS Brands for 8 years where he was previously the Director of Product Development. He has extensive experience collaborating with world class product designers from all over the globe on designing and developing new products.
Biography: Shagun received her Masters Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at the Tisch School of Arts, NYU and did her undergraduate studies in Interior Architecture at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India. Shagun's work has been shown as a part of New Museum Ideas City Festival, Venice Architecture Biennale and the Feast Conference.
Biography: Christina Seilern established Studio Seilern Architects in 2006. The practice is occupied at present with a masterplan in Abuja, Nigeria, a mixed use development in Lithuania, a mixed use site in Lagos, Nigeria, the design of 2 schools for Knightsbridge Schools International in London and Thailand as well as several private residences in Lagos, Zimbabwe and London. Prior to establishing Studio Seilern Architects, Christina Seilern was a director with Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA) for 10 years and was the Director responsible for establishing the practice's European office in London.
Biography: Jonathan D Solomon is Associate Dean at Syracuse University School of Architecture. His work explores public space and the contemporary city, through design projects such as Ooi Botos Gallery, a shophouse in a Hong Kong street market converted into a gallery; research projects such as his 2004 book 13 Projects for the Sheridan Expressway; and curatorial projects such as 2010’s Workshopping. His recent book, Cities Without Ground, is a guide to the complex three-dimensional urbanism of Hong Kong. Solomon has taught design at the City College of New York and, as a Banham Fellow, at the University at Buffalo, as well as the University of Hong Kong, where he led the Department of Architecture from 2009 to 2012. He is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois and Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Biography: With deep experience in print, online and face-to-face media, Chris Sullivan is principal of C.C. Sullivan, which works with clients in the design industries, architecture and related fields on new content, advertising, marketing, PR, events and education. Before founding the marketing agency, Mr. Sullivan was chief editor at award-winning national and international industry magazines including Architecture and Building Design & Construction and a contributor to such publications as Architectural Review. He now regularly contributes to Interior Design, SmartPlanet.com and others. Earlier, Sullivan worked for the U.S. architects Tai Soo Kim, and Emery Roth & Sons, as well as Madrid's Angel Fernandez Alba. He studied architecture at Yale University, finishing in 1986.
Biography: Daniel joined BIG in 2008 and has worked on some of BIG's most prominent projects and prize-winning competitions, including Tallinn Town Hall, Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, and the international competition for Paris Parc a new research facility for Sorbonne university in Paris. Daniel was also one of the lead designers on the Rose Rock International Financial Center in Tianjin which included a 588 meter (nearly 2,000 ft) tall Landmark Tower. Daniel moved to New York from his native Sweden to work as Project Leader for West 57th, a luxury residential building in New York City.
Biography: Martha Thorne is currently Associate Dean for External Relations at IE School of Architecture & Design, IE University, Spain. She is also the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, known as the "Nobel for architecture," a position she has occupied since 2005. Trained as a city planner, her special interests include housing in cities and international contemporary architecture, as expressed in the current competition "Houses for Change" that she has launched from IE University.
Biography: Ben Waber is President and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management services firm that uses wearable sensing technology. He is also a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he received his Ph.D. He was previously Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School.
Biography: Julian Weyer is one of the Partners of world-renowned architects practise CF Møller, specialists in education design. Weyer received his Architect MAA from The Aarhus School of Architecture in 1994 and has been employed at CF Møller since 1995 becoming Partner in 2007.
Biography: Andrew Whalley has been an instrumental part of Grimshaw since the earliest days of the practice, and has been Partner in Charge of a range of diverse projects ranging from infrastructure projects to performing arts buildings. His award-winning projects include the International Terminal at Waterloo, The Eden Project in Cornwall, Paddington Station in London and the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in New York.
Biography: Eric Wittner is Esri's 3D Technology Evangelist. He works to expand public understanding of how Esri's 3D products can enhance an organizations products and process, and help bring them success. Having spent six years as part of the 3D software development team, he has an intimate understanding of Esri core 3D technology. From his time as the product engineering lead for geodesign he understands how Esri's tools can be used to support interdisciplinary decision making in a variety of fields. As a thought leader in 3D at Esri, he helps shapes the vision and direction of Esri's software, data model, and solution developmen
Biography: Antony Wood has been Executive Director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat since 2006, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council and steering in conjunction with the Board of Trustees. His tenure has seen a revitalization of the CTBUH and an increase in output across all areas. Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Antony is also an Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at IIT, where he convenes various tall building design studios. A UK architect by training, his field of specialism is the design, and in particular the sustainable design, of tall buildings.