Suad Amiry is a writer, and architect and a political activist. In 1991 Amiry founded and directed RIWAQ, a non-profit NGO that has won many international Prizes: The Aga Khan Award For architecture 2013, the Curry Stone Prize 2012, Prince Clause Award 2010, the Palestine Award for Excellence and Creativity 2009 (second Place), The Qattan Distinction Awards 2007, the Good Governance Certificate 2007, The Habitat Dubai International Award for the Best Practices to improve the living environment 2006. In 2003 Amiry became a writer “by sheer accident” as she claims. Her book “Sharon and My Mother-in-Law”, which has been translated into 20 languages, has won one of Italy’s most prestigious literary awards: The Viareggio Prize 2004. Since then Suad has written: “No Sex in Palestine” or “Menopausal Palestine”, “Nothing to lose but your life: and 18 hour journey with Murad and his friends. Her most recent book: “Golda Slept Here” (2013) has won the 2014 Nonino Prize. Amiry has also written several architectural books. Last but not least Suad Amiry has been a member of the Palestinian Delegation to the ME Peace talks which took place in the State Department in 1991-1993 in Washington DC.
Antonio Scarponi is an Architect and Designer. He is the founder of the Zurich based practice Conceptual Devices, an agency for strategic design engaged with the physical and built environment, consulting and designing for startups, companies, and city administrations. He studied architecture at Cooper Union, New York and at IUAV, Venice, from which he holds a PhD in Urban Design. He has been teaching at KTH, Stockholm, NABA, Milan, and currently at ZhDK, Zurich. Curry Stone Design Prize winner in 2008, he is the author of ELIOOO (www.eliooo.com), an indoor urban agriculture manual to grow food using IKEA furniture.
John Thackara is a writer, philosopher and event producer who, for three decades, has traveled the world looking for live examples of what a sustainable future can be like. He writes about these stories online, and in books; he uses them in talks and workshops for cities, universities, and business; and, as director of Doors Of Perception, he organizes social harvest festivals in which project leaders share experiences with each other. John is the author of a widely read column at Design Observer, and of the best-selling book In the Bubble: Designing In A Complex World. John has been, variously: Editor of Design Magazine in the UK; Director of Research at the Royal College of Art; Director of the Netherlands Design Institute in Amsterdam; Programme Director of Dott, the social innovation biennial in England; and Commissioner of City Eco Lab in France. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London, and a Fellow of The Young Foundation, the UK’s social enterprise incubator, at Mushashino Art University in Tokyo. He is a visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. John is a member of the Design Commission of the UK Parliament. John, who is English, lives in southern France. Visit his website at www.doorsofperception.com.
John Cary is the founding executive director of the Autodesk Impact Design Foundation, a new philanthropic venture of Autodesk, Inc. An architect by training, John is a writer and strategist focused on social change. He is the founding editor of PublicInterestDesign.org and his writing has appeared in an array of publications including The New York Times, CNN.com, The Christian Science Monitor, and Fast Company. His first book, The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories About Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients, was published in 2010.
N’Goné Fall is an independent curator, art critic and consultant based in Paris and Dakar. She has been the editorial director of the Paris-based contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire and has edited books including An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century; Photographers from Kinshasa; and Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography: A Century of African Photographers. N’Goné was a curator of the African photography biennale in Bamako in 2001 and a guest curator of the 2002 Dakar biennale. She is an associate professor at the Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt, and a founding member of the Dakar-based collective GawLab, a research and production platform for technology applied to artistic creativity.
Rahul Mehrotra is Professor of Urban Design and Planning and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His Mumbai-based practice, RMA Architects, has completed projects as varied a campus for Hewlett-Packard in Bangalore, the restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, and a conservation master plan for the Taj Mahal. Mehrotra has lectured and written extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in India; his most recent publication, Architecture in India: Since 1990, is a reading of contemporary architecture in India.
Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). He serves as the first Chief Urban Designer for the City of Newark, NJ, where he has developed the city’s first riverfront parks on the Passaic and is planning and rezoning 250 acres of riverfront land. In 1997, Damon founded CUP, a nonprofit that uses design and art to improve civic engagement, and was Executive Director for 10 years. (CUP is a 2012 Curry Stone Design Prize Winner.) His work represented the U.S. at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, and in a solo exhibition at the Queens Museum in 2009.
Teddy Cruz is a professor in Public Culture and Urbanism at University of California, San Diego, where he founded CUE / Center for Urban Ecologies. His urban research of the Tijuana-San Diego border has been widely recognized. He received the Rome Prize in Architecture, was the first recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture On The City Prize, and received the Ford Foundation's “Visionary Leader Award.” Most recently he represented the U.S. in the Venice Architecture Biennial and was included in the Small Scale, Big Change exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Elvira Dyangani Ose is a Curator of International Art at London's Tate Modern, supported by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. She is an art and architecture historian, currently completing a PhD in History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell University, New York. Elvira Dyangani Ose has worked as curator in several institutions in Spain. She was general curator of Arte inVisible, AECID, in 2009 and 2010. She is also the Artistic Director of Rencontres Picha 2012, the third edition of the Lubumbashi Biennial.
Joseph Grima is a Milan-based architect, editor, writer and curator. He is the editor of Domus, the magazine of contemporary architecture, design and art. He is the former director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, a non-profit gallery and events space in New York City devoted to the advancement of innovative positions in art and architecture. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Experimenta, and the New Museum among others and he is currently co-curator of the 2012 edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial.
Alejandro Echeverri is the former Director of Urban Projects for the City of Medellín, Colombia. In 2009 he was co-recipient, with Mayor Sergio Fajardo, of the Curry Stone Design Prize for his work in revitalizing Medellín. Echeverri is currently the director of Ur.bam, Center of Urban and Environmental Studies, at the University of EAFIT research center. He is also the principle of a private architecture practice, AE Arquitectos, based in Medellín.
Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and educator, is Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and its Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. He was formerly Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University, Chairman of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge University, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule). Dean Mostafavi serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has served on the design committee of the London Development Agency and the RIBA Gold Medal. His recent publications include Ecological Urbanism (Lars Müller Publishers/Harvard GSD, 2010), and Implicate & Explicate (Lars Müller Publishers, 2011).
Cynthia E. Smith serves as Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Curator of Socially Responsible Design. She is the co-author of The Politics of Genocide: U.S. Rhetoric vs. Inaction in Darfur for the Kennedy School Review; co-curated the 2010 National Design Triennial: Why Design Now?; curated the 2007 exhibition Design for the Other 90%; and is working on the next exhibition in the series, Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, which will be on view at the United Nations October 15, 2011 to January 9th, 2012. Named a “20/20 New Pioneer” by Icon magazine and one of Metropolis magazine’s “next generation of young curators,” Smith has served on international design juries and lectured widely on socially responsible design.
Adriaan Geuze received his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture at the Agricultural University of Wageningen, site of the first department of Landscape Design in the Netherlands. In 1987, Geuze and his colleagues founded «West 8» specializing in urban design and landscape architecture. Geuze and «West 8» have become widely known at an international level for their unique approach to planning and design of public use zones. In 1992, Geuze founded the SLA(Surrealist Landscape Architecture) Foundation, that has created substantial interest of the general public towards architecture.
Guta Moura Guedes, co-founder of the cultural non-profit association “Experimenta – Associação para a Promoção do Design e Cultura de Projecto”, and Chair of ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam Foundation. Guedes is also part of the International Advisory Committee of the “Torino 2008 World Design Capital” travelling to this city regularly to contribute to the first world capital of design. She is part of the International Think Tank for the Scottish event “Six Cities Design Festival," in Scotland in 2007, and of the Editorial Committee of the “Utrecht Manifest Design 2007,” in Holland. Guedes is the Curatorial Director of the Massimo Dutti Design Award, whose first edition takes place in 2007, for the promotion and recognition of the Portuguese equipment design. She is one of ten international curators of contemporary industrial design featured in “& Fork” (Phaidon Press, 2007).
Deputy curatorial director and head of the Textiles department at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Matilda McQuaid proposes and organizes national and international exhibitions and publications, and oversees one of the premier textile collections in the world—including more than 30,000 textiles produced over 2,000 years, beginning with the Han Dynasty of China. Prior to joining the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, McQuaid held a 15-year tenure at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she began as a curatorial assistant in 1987 and eventually became associate curator in 1995. She is an accomplished author and editor on art, architecture, and design, with many books and articles to her credit, including Shigeru Ban Architect (Phaidon Press, 2003); Envisioning Architecture: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art (The Museum of Modern Art, 2002); Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles (The Museum of Modern Art, 1998); Architecture: A Place for Women (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989); and, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). McQuaid holds a master’s degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bowdoin College.
The office of Rahul Mehrotra Associates was founded in August 1990 and has since designed and executed diverse projects ranging from Interior Design and Architecture to Urban Design, Conservation and Planning. Rahul Mehrotra is actively involved with Urban Conservation projects in the city of Bombay and served from 1992 to 1999 on the Advisory Commitee that advised the Municipal Commissioner on Conservation of Heritage Buildings and artifacts in the city of Bombay. Mehrotra has also authored a number of books on Bombay and has written extensively on architecture, urban design and planning in India. Mehrotra has taught at The National University of Singapore, (1998) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (2000) where he is now been an Associate Professor. Rahul Mehrotra studied at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard where he received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree.
Els van der Plas is an Art Historian. In 1987, van der Plas, Born in the Dutch town of Leiden, founded the Gate Foundation, an international organization that promotes intercultural exchange in contemporary art. In 1997 she became the first Director of the newly established Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Together with the Board of Advisors and the honorary Chairman, Prince Claus of The Netherlands, she determined the direction and scope of the Foundation. Van der Plas also writes and edits for various publications, lectures, curates exhibitions, serves on several boards and continues to direct the many operations of the Fund. Prince Claus Fund
Lindy Roy, of Cape Town, South Africa, received a B.Arch from the University of Cape Town in 1985 and M.Arch from Columbia University in 1990. After graduation she worked in the office of Peter Eisenman, then taught at Princeton University, Rice University, Columbia University and The Cooper Union. In 2000 she founded ROY Co. in New York. Roy’s major projects include the headquarters for Vitra USA, Andre Balazs’s Hotel QT, L’Oreal’s Living Labs, an extreme heli-ski hotel in Alaska, the Okavango Delta Spa in Botswana, the Poolhouse in Sagaponac, and High Line 519, an 11-story condo building in Manhattan, currently under construction. Roy Design
Michael Bierut studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, graduating summa cum laude in 1980. Prior to joining Pentagram in 1990 as a partner in the firm’s New York office, he worked for ten years at Vignelli Associates, ultimately as vice president of graphic design. Pentagram
Ravi Naidoo - founder and managing director of Interactive Africa, a Cape Town based media and marketing company, completed his MBA degree at University of Cape Town in 1994. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physiology from UCT. Naidoo is possibly best known for establishing Design Indaba, which has become recognized as one of the world’s leading international design institutions through its flagship conference and expo held annually in Cape Town. He also sits on the jury of the Index Awards in Copenhagen, and is a member of the jury of the Dutch Design Awards. Design in Daba, Interactive Africa
David Adjaye is a Ghanaian-born architect and the principal of Adjaye Associates based in London. In 2008, he was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his service to architecture. His most notable projects include his Idea Stores in Great Britain, the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado. His exhibit “Making Public Buildings” recently toured the United States. He has received the RIBA First Prize Bronze Medal. He is the author of David Adjaye Houses: Recycling, Reconfiguring, Rebuilding. He is currently working on a project to document each of Africa’s capital cities which will become a book and an exhibition in 2009.
John Hockenberry is a renowned news correspondent, author, and international journalist. His innovative storytelling in print and broadcast media has earned him four Emmys, four Peabodys, and two Columbia DuPont Awards for Journalism. He is the author of Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs, and Declarations of Independence (a memoir of his life as a foreign correspondent) and the novel, A River out of Eden. He is currently co-host with Adaora Udoji of a new morning news program, " The Takeaway," on National Public Radio.
Renny Ramakers is co-founder and owner of Droog Design, an internationally renowned Dutch design collective which designs and manufactures furniture and architectural features. Droog Design is a worldwide operation with a collection of more than 120 products and locations around the globe. Ms. Ramakers was educated as an art historian and has worked professionally as a design critic, curator, art director and cultural entrepreneur. She is the former editor in chief of items designmagazine. She won the Dedalus Prize for European Design, the George Nelson Design Award, Kho Liang Ie prize, and the Benno Premsela prize. She was named by CNBC as one of the Top 50 Innovators in Europe.
Michael Speaks is the Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Design. An educator, researcher, critic, and editor, Speaks has served numerous institutions here in the U.S. and abroad, including the Southern California Institute of Architecture, the Technological University at Delft, The Berlage Institute, Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan. He was the founding editor of the cultural journal Polygraph, a former editor at Architecture New York, former editor of a+u (Tokyo), and contributing editor for Architectural Record. Outside the classroom, Speaks has published and lectured internationally on art, architecture, urban design and scenario planning.
Clifford Curry is an Oregon-based architect who worked with developer William Colson to pioneer modern-day retirement facilities as affordable and livable communities. Curry is a 1970 alumnus of the University of Kentucky’s College of Architecture (now the UK College of Design). He is a co-founder of the Curry Stone Foundation, which makes grants to innovators working for public vitality.
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