Andy Cohen, FAIA
Andy Cohen, FAIA is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs, whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as the #1 ranked global design firm, with $1.2 billion in revenue in 2016. For his innovative leadership, he and Co-CEO Diane Hoskins rank on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. A hands-on leader, Andy oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, some 5,500+ people networked across 47 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries.
A champion of design, resiliency and sustainability, Andy is Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors, spearheading design excellence strategies across Gensler’s 31 diverse practice areas. Andy has been a speaker at many premier industry conferences, including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Milken Institute Global Conference, Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) and TEDx. Andy is an active Board Member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. In his role as Co-CEO, Andy is one of the key contributors to what is acknowledged, by its peers, to be the most admired and largest architecture firm in the world, pioneering project types and design innovation strategies for the next century.
Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that works at the intersection of architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Diller along with Ricardo Scofidio received the “genius” award from the MacArthur Foundation in 1999, the first in the field of architecture to be so honored. Today, DS+R is led by four partners, who work with a staff of over 100 architects, designers, artists, and researchers.
DS+R’s international body of completed work includes the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at Columbia University Medical Center, New York; the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California, Berkeley; The Broad, a contemporary art museum in Los Angeles; the redevelopment of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; and the High Line, which extends 1.5 miles on the west side of Manhattan. Among the studio’s in-progress projects are The Shed, a new center for artistic invention at Hudson Yards, New York; and the Museum of Image & Sound in Rio de Janeiro. Diller is a professor of architecture at Princeton University.
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Craig W. Hartman, FAIA
Senior Consulting Design Partner, SOM
Craig W. Hartman, FAIA, is SOM’s Senior Consulting Design Partner based in the San Francisco office. His work in the United States, Europe and Asia ranges from entire urban districts to singular works of commercial, civic, and cultural architecture. His work is consistently sympathetic to issues of contemporary place and time as well as the sustainability of urban and natural ecologies. His projects include the United States Embassy in Beijing, San Francisco International Airport Terminal, the Cathedral of Christ the Light, and Harvard University’s Northwest Science Building among others. His work includes LEED® Gold and Platinum certifed buildings and awards for environmental sustainability at Treasure Island and the University of California, Merced.
In 2001, Hartman became the youngest recipient of the AIA California’s Maybeck Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in architecture. He was selected as a 2009 Design Futures Council Senior Fellow in recognition of his significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research and applied knowledge leading to innovative design models that improve the built environment and the human condition.
In 2011 Hartman’s SOM office in San Francisco won the AIA California Council’s Firm Award, based on a consistent record of design excellence for more than a decade. In 2012, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition selected him as its “Housing Hero” for his design of the carbon net zero neighborhood plans for Parkmerced and Treasure Island and the resulting entitlement of over 4,000 BMR and 12,000 market-rate dwellings. In 2016, the American Academy in Rome honored Hartman by inviting him to serve as the William Bernoudy Architect in Residence.
Chief Creative Officer, Piaggio Fast Forward and Owner, Greg Lynn FORM
Greg Lynn was born in 1964. He won a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award and was awarded a fellowship from United States Artists. Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century and Forbes Magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with Bachelor of Environmental Design and Bachelor of Philosophy degrees and from Princeton University with a Master of Architecture degree. In addition to designing consumer products utilizing new materials and manufacturing technologies with companies like Vitra, Alessi, Nike and Swarovski, he is also a co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Boston based intelligent lightweight mobility company Piaggio Fast Forward. He is the author of nine books.
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Thom Mayne, FAIA
Thom Mayne, FAIA, founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective architectural practice engaged in cross-disciplinary research and design. As its design director, he provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York City, and employs over 60 architects and designers. Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). With Morphosis, he has been the recipient of 26 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 100 American Institute of Architecture Awards, among other design recognitions.
Mayne has always retained a symbiotic relationship between teaching and practice, and is currently executive director of the Now Institute at University of California, Los Angeles, a research and design initiative focusing on applying strategic urban thinking to real world issues. In 1972, Mayne helped found the Southern California Institute of Architecture and since 1993 he has been a tenured Professor at UCLA in the department of Architecture and Urban Design. He has also held teaching positions at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Yale University’s School of Architecture (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998).
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Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA
Founder and Principal of Lorcan O’ Herlihy Architects (LOHA)
Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, is the founder and principal of Lorcan O’ Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Since LOHA’s 1994 inception, O’Herlihy has sought opportunities to engage the ever changing complexities of the urban landscape, embracing the role of architecture as a catalyst of change. His social concerns and fascination with the structure of cities has inspired an exploration of the creative interaction between public and private spaces and an emphasis on social and civic connectivity. His firm has established an international reputation for design excellence based on a commitment to research, innovative design and collaboration, and has built over 85 projects on three continents. LOHA has earned over 100 national and international design awards, including the American Institute of Architects| Los Angeles Firm of the Year, as well as nominations for the United States Artists Fellows, and the 2016 Beazley Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London. The Architectural League of New York selected O’Herlihy as one of the eight “emerging voices” in the United States and he was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He received an M.A. in History and Critical Thinking from London’s Architectural Association.
Partner and Director, OMA New York
Shohei Shigematsu is a partner at OMA and the director of the New York office. He has been a driving force behind many of OMA’s projects, leading its diverse portfolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Shigematsu provides design leadership and direction across the firm for projects from their conceptual onset to completed construction. His designs for cultural venues include a new museum for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; the Faena Forum, a multi-purpose venue in Miami Beach; and an extension to the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York. He has collaborated with multiple artists, including Cai Guo Qiang, Marina Abramović, Kanye West, and Taryn Simon, and designed exhibitions for Prada, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Park Avenue Armory.
Shigematsu is currently designing OMA’s first tower in Tokyo, and a new business center in Fukuoka, Japan. Three of his designs for residential towers in New York, San Francisco, and Miami are currently under construction. His urban and public space designs include a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy urban water strategy for New Jersey; a mixed-use development in Los Angeles; and the East Harbour masterplan in Toronto, the largest commercial real estate project in Canada.
A design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Shigematsu has lectured at TED and Wired Japan conferences, and at universities throughout the world.
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Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect at Cornell University. Raised in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, she is best known for her series, "Color(ed) Theory," exhibited at Chicago’s inaugural Architecture Biennial, in which she painted the exterior of soon-to-be-demolished houses using a culturally charged color palette as a way to mark the pervasiveness of vacancy and blight in black communities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshaped most inner cities. Amanda is a highly sought after lecturer and the subject of many articles on the relationship between art, race, and urbanism. She has forthcoming exhibitions at the Arts Club of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and is a 2017 Efroymson Family Fellow. Amanda was recently named to the multidisciplinary Exhibition Design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts in St. Louis. Amanda lives in Bronzeville in Chicago.
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