Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), where she has worked since 1994. Through her exhibitions—including “Design and the Elastic Mind,” 2008—teaching and writing, she strives to promote a deeper understanding of design’s transformative and constructive influence on the world. She is particularly proud of a recent acquisition for MoMA’s Permanent Collection: the @ sign. She is working on several exhibition concepts and on the book Design Bites, about basic foods as examples of outstanding design.

Jack Armstrong

Jack Armstrong, Leader of BASF—The Chemical Company’s Construction Markets for North America, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and began working for BASF in 1989. His posts have included Regional Marketing Manager for BASF South America, Brazil for Acrylic Functional Polymers, General Manager Polyurethane Systems, Americas (based in Brussels, Belgium) and Business Manager for Styropor Expandable Polystyrene Foams, for North America.

His current responsibilities focus on combining BASF's high-performance building products into integrated systems that result in a whole greater than the sum of its parts. BASF’s goal is to be the undisputed leader as the brand of sustainable solutions.

Armstrong currently serves on the board of directors of the Sustainable Building Industries Council, The Structural Insulated Panel Association, and the Building and Construction Team of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council.

Michael Bell

Michael Bell is an architect and a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Bell is the founding Chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials; a GSAPP collaboration with The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, Germany.

At Columbia, Bell directs the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios and also leads the school’s housing design studios.

Bell’s architectural design work has been exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Venice Biennale; the Yale School of Architecture; the University Art Museum, Berkeley and at Archilab, Orleans, France. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards and his work is also included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His recently completed Binocular House is featured in Kenneth Frampton’s American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Century (2008). Books by Bell include Post Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering (2011); Solid States: Concrete in Transition (2009); Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass (2008); 16 Houses: Designing the Public’s Private House (2004); Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City (2004) and Slow Space (1998).

Bell has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Rice University, and been a visiting professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and at the University of Michigan where he held the Saarinen Professorship in Architecture. Michael Bell Architecture was established in 1989 and specializes in housing and urban redevelopment where housing is a key component. In 2001 Bell led a team of architects who provided research, planning and design for 2,100 units of housing on a 100-acre parcel of oceanfront land owned by the New York Department of Housing Preservation and Development (NYHPD). The project was commissioned by the Architectural League of New York and the NYHPD as a research proposal to help shape city planning.

Bell is a partner in the design firm Visible Weather with Eunjeong Seong.

Raimondo Betti

Raimondo Betti is Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, of which he is Chair, at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University. He specializes in the areas of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering with particular emphasis on the analysis of dynamic soil-structure interaction effects for horizontally extended structures. His research interests include the dynamic response of embedded foundations to earthquake excitation, analysis and determination of Green's functions for homogeneous and layered semi-infinite domains, effects of the spatial variation of ground motion on the seismic response of bridges, active, passive and hybrid control systems for the vibration control of structures subjected to earthquake and/or wind excitation and damage detection for bridges using data correlation analysis. He is a member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers and Sigma Xi.

Johan Bettum

Johan Bettum is Professor of Architecture and Program Director of the Städelschule Architecture Class in Frankfurt. He has taught and lectured at the Architectural Association in London, UCLA, the Berlage Institute and Innsbruck University, among many other institutions, and is currently also a guest professor at the EPFL in Lausanne. He studied at the Architectural Association after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology from Princeton University. From 1998 to 2002, Bettum was a research fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture and headed a nationally funded research project on polymer composite materials in architecture; his doctoral thesis focuses on architecture and fiber-reinforced composites.

Craig Buckley

Craig Buckley is the Director of Print Publications at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, where he is also Adjunct Assistant Professor. He is the coeditor of Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X, Solid States: Concrete in Transition and Utopie: Texts and Projects 1967–1978.

William F. Carroll

William F. Carroll holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is currently Vice President, Industry Issues, for Occidental Chemical Corporation and also Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at Indiana University. Caroll is a past President (2005) of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and chair or member of a number of committees for the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. He has served on expert groups for the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Environmental Protection Agency and three states.


Beatriz Colomina is Professor of History and Theory and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University School of Architecture. She is the author of Domesticity at War (Actar and MIT Press, 2007), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT Press, 1994) and Sexuality and Space (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992). Her most recent book is Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X–197X (Actar, 2010), co-edited with Craig Buckley.

Hernan Diaz Alonso

Hernan Diaz Alonso is the principal and founder of Xefirotarch, an award-winning design firm in Architecture, Product and Digital Motion based in Los Angeles. He received his architecture degrees from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, and from Columbia University's AAD Program, from which he graduated from with honors. Currently, he is a studio design and visual studies professor and is the Thesis Coordinator at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles. Diaz Alonso is also a design studio professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Svhool of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a visiting professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. His architecture designs have received numerous awards and have been exhibited in both architecture and art exhibitions, including the 2004 Venice Biennale, “Metamorphose”; Archilab, Orleans, France; “The Naked City,” Beijing Biennale; "Glamour," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); and in 2003, "Virus,” Universidad de Costa Rica. His work is part of the permanent collections of FRAC, Orleans, France (Architecture Collection) and SFMoMA.

Winka Dubbeldam

Winka Dubbeldam is the principal of Archi-Tectonics, New York, which she founded in 1994. Archi-Tectonics is created as an open network—a team of highly qualified architects and designers, with a close connection to Dubbeldam’s team of engineers and consultants. The team spirit expresses itself in an aim to rethink, reinvestigate and reinterpret all project details. Archi-Tectonics’ recent built work includes the 80,000-square-foot mixed-use GW 497 building in New York City, the 15-story American Loft tower in Philadelphia, the 2500-square-foot GT residence and guesthouse in upstate New York and the 3000-square-foot Prefab Dub Residence in Rotterdam. Current projects under construction are the nine-story residential Vestry Street building, the LRH mixed-use building and a townhouse in Chelsea, all in New York City. Commercial work includes the flagship stores for Ports 1961in London, Paris and Shanghai, and a school /orphanage in Liberia. The work of Archi-Tectonics has been exhibited recently at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Venice Biennale and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Dubbeldam's role as Professor of Practice and the Director of the Post-Professional Program at the University of Pennsylvania and her teaching at Columbia University and Harvard University further assist in the constant innovation for which the office strives. Dubbeldam is a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, Rotterdam (1990); she received an M.Arch.AAD from Columbia University in 1992.

Anna Dyson

Anna Dyson teaches design, technology and theory at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is Director of The Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE), which hosts the Built Ecologies graduate program. Dyson received a Baccalauréat Général from Université Laval and an M.Arch. from Yale University. She has worked as a design architect and product designer in several offices in Canada, Europe and the United States. As Director of Materialab and then CASE, she has directed interdisciplinary systems research sponsored by the US DOE, NYSTAR and NYSERDA. Dyson has received numerous design awards and holds multiple international patents for building systems inventions.

Billie Faircloth

Billie Faircloth is Research Director at KieranTimberlake, an internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its commitment to research, innovation and invention. She leads a trans-disciplinary research team that conspires to advance building design practices through material, system, process and environment-driven questions. She fosters collaboration between disciplines, trades and industries and their disparate bodies of knowledge. In her professional and academic research Billie pursues an answer to the question “Why do we build the way that we do?” Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture where she instructed design research studios at the graduate and undergraduate level in exploring applications for conventional and emerging material technologies, and conducted seminars on emerging construction and fabrication technologies. Billie received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from North Carolina State University and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University.

Mark Goulthorpe

Mark Goulthorpe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT School of Architecture + Planning, where he teaches in undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs, and conducts ongoing research in digital design and fabrication. His current research centers on robotic fabrication and a variety of composite fabrication methodologies.

He is the author of two books: Autoplastic to Alloplastic (Hyx/Pompidou), which examines the shifts in design methodology occasioned by digital technologies; and The Possibility of (an) Architecture (Routledge), which theorizes the broad implications of a digital paradigm for architecture. A forthcoming book, Paramorph, foregrounds the design and fabrication research that lies behind the evolving projects.

Goulthorpe is also a practicing architect, working with diverse teams under the rubric dECOi. Current projects include a fully CNC-milled office interior for C Change Investments (Cambridge, MA), a carbon-fiber penthouse as an extension to a tower top adjacent to Tate Modern (London); and a Zero+ thermoplastic housing initiative. The dECOi atelier was named one of the Architectural League of New York’s “Emerging Voices” in 2006, selected for the “Design Vanguard” by Architectural Record in 2005, won the FEIDAD award for digital design in 2004 (Miran Galerie, Paris) and 2000 (Aegis Hyposurface), was selected for the exhibition “New Trends of Architecture” for the European Capital of Culture in 2004 and has exhibited a number of times at the Venice and Beijing Biennales.

Michael Graves

Michael Graves, the founder of Michael Graves & Associates & Michael Graves Design Group, is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects and the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, in recognition of his 39-year teaching career at Princeton University. Graves was cited by Paul Goldberger, former New York Times critic, as "the most truly original voice American architecture has produced in some time.”

Laurie Hawkinson

Laurie Hawkinson received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley, attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York and received her Professional Degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union. She is Professor of Architecture with tenure at Columbia University and is currently the Director of the Advanced Studios at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Significant completed projects include the Corning Museum of Glass, the Wall Street Ferry Terminal, “Strategic Open Space” Public Realm Improvement Strategy for Lower Manhattan and the new Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Massena, New York, as well as current ongoing projects such as the new Emergency Medical Services building for the City of New York. Collaborative projects include the North Carolina Museum of Art Amphitheater and Site Master Plan, the Museum of Women’s History and the NYC 2012 Olympic Village. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Wooster Group and serves on the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Juan Herreros

Juan Herreros, an architect and Ph.D., is Design Studio Chair, Senior Professor and Director of the Thesis Program at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid, as well as a Visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture. Planning and Preservation. He has previously taught at the EPFL (Lausanne), Architectural Association (London), Princeton University School of Architecture and Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1984 he founded, together with Iñaki Abalos, the firm Abalos & Herreros; in 1992 the Multimedia International League, LMI; and in 2006 his current firm, Herreros Arquitectos, through which he pursues his professional and pedagogical activity. His most notable publications are Tower & Office (with Iñaki Abalos, MIT Press), Isla Ciudad (Actar), Palacios de la Diversión (Mairea), PTb-Cedric Price (Ministerio de Fomento—COAM), Vivienda SXXI (Actar) and various monographs. Herreros Arquitectos is currently working on projects in Spain, Norway, Belgium, Panama, Mexico and Uruguay. Herreros has received the RIBA International Fellowship (Royal Institute of British Architects), the Medal of Fine Arts from the city of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the 2009 AD Architecture Award and was nominated for the 2010 Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Steven Holl

Steven Holl was born in 1947 in Bremerton, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976 he attended the Architectural Association in London and established Steven Holl Architects in New York City.

He has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Notable work includes the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998), the Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997) and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (2007). Most recently completed are the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China (2009)—named Best Tall Building Overall for 2009 by the Council on Tall Buildings—and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the Knut Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, Norway (2009), the Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark (2009) and the Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China (2009), one of the first LEED Platinum rated buildings in Southern China.

Steven Holl is a tenured Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous books, including Anchoring (1989), Parallax (2000), Idea and Phenomena (2002), Luminosity/Porosity (2006), House: Black Swan Theory (2007) and Architecture Spoken (2007). Most recently published is his new book, Urbanisms: Working With Doubt (Princeton Architectural Press).

George Jeronimidis

George Jeronimidis is Director of the Centre for Biomimetics, at the University of Reading, U.K., where he is also Professor Emeritus, and co-Director of the EmTech Programme, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has taught Composite Materials Engineering in the School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading, and is Visiting Professor at the Dipartimento di Architettura, Politecnico di Bari, Italy, and Department of Mechanical Engineering of Zhengzhou University, China.

Jeronimidis was born in Rome, Italy, and received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Rome in 1970. His previous academic positions include Scientific Officer at Laboratorio su Tecnologie dei Polimeri e Reologia, CNR, Naples (1970–75), Research Fellow in Department of Engineering, University of Reading (1975–80) and Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Engineering, University of Reading (1980–95).

Lydia Kallipoliti

Lydia Kallipoliti is Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Cooper Union, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, and a practicing architect, engineer and theorist living in New York. She holds architecture degrees from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, MIT and Princeton University School of Architecture. Kallipoliti is the editor of “EcoRedux: Design Remedies for an Ailing Planet,” a special issue of Architectural Design (AD) magazine. She is also the author of the EcoRedux online nonprofit educational resource for ecological experiments during the postwar period, which received an honor at the 14th International Webby Awards and a silver medal at the W3 awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Her design and theoretical work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Brian Kane

Brian Kane is an assistant professor of music at Yale University. His research explores the intersection of music theory, philosophy and contemporary music with a particular focus on sound, signification, the senses, phenomenology and critical theory. His work has been published in qui parle, Current Musicology, Contemporary Music Review, The Journal of Visual Culture, Journal of Music Theory and Music Theory Spectrum. He is currently writing a book on acousmatic sound.

Sheila Kennedy

Sheila Kennedy is Professor of Practice, MIT School of Architecture + Planning and a Principal of KVA MATx, an interdisciplinary design practice with projects in architecture, eco-infrastructure, digital technologies and the emergent public realm. Current work includes the IBA-Hamburg SOFT Housing in Germany, the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Project and the East 34th Street Public Ferry Terminal in New York. Kennedy directs KVA’s material research division, MATx, which has created designs for DuPont, Siemens, OSRAM, Herman Miller, Procter & Gamble, The North Face and the United States Department of Energy.

The MATx Portable Light Project, a nonprofit global initiative to create energy-harvesting textiles is a 2011 Buckminster Fuller Award Finalist, and the recipient of a 2009 U.S. Congressional Award and a 2009 Energy Globe Award for technology that benefits humanity. The work of KVA MATx has been exhibited at the National Design Museum, the Rotterdam Biennial, the Vitra Design Museum, the TED conference and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kennedy’s work appears in journals of architecture and design culture and on National Public Radio, BBC World News, CBS News, CNN Principal Voices, Wired, Science News, Elle Magazine The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week and the New York Times.

Jan Knippers

Jan Knippers, Prof. Dr. Ing., is a partner in Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering. He completed his studies of engineering studies at the Technische Universität Berlin in 1992, receiving a Ph.D., and founded his own firm together with Thorsten Helbig in 2001 in Stuttgart and in 2009 in New York City. The focus of their work is on efficient structural design for international and architecturally demanding projects. Jan Knippers specializes in complex parametrical generated geometries for roof and facade structures, as well as the use of innovative materials such as glass-fiber reinforced plastics. Since 2000, he has headed the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Stuttgart and is involved in many research projects on plastics in architecture.

Craig Konyk

Craig Konyk is an architect and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he most recently co-taught with Jorge Otero-Pailos a Joint Preservation and Design Studio-X, which traveled to Rio de Janeiro.

Konyk was invited to participate in the History Channel’s “City of the Future” Design Challenge where he presented “Cloud 09,” an information-based work/recreation proposal for Manhattan. His design for the UP!house (originally commissioned by Dwell magazine and sponsored by The Vinyl Institute), a prototype prefab house that incorporates innovative translucent vinyl wall/ceiling/floor panels, was selected for inclusion in the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial of 2006, a survey of the best in American design of the previous three years.

Konyk’s urban design proposal for anchoring Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood was exhibited as part of BKLYN DESIGNS 2010. Konyk’s installation (co-sponsored by Supima), entitled “FlatField,” was open to the public from September 15 to November 15, 2010, under the High Line in Manhattan at HL23. Konyk’s firm. kOnyk Architecture, most recently was honored with a 2010 New York Chapter AIA Design Merit Award for its sustainable Urban Design proposal “Urban Aeration.”

Sanford Kwinter

Sanford Kwinter is Professor of Architectural Theory and Criticism at Harvard Graduate School of Design. A writer and editor, he received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught at MIT and at Columbia and Rice universities, and was co-founder and editor of the journal Zone and Zone Books for 20 years. He has written widely on philosophical issues of design, architecture and urbanism and was an editorial member of the ANY conferences and publications as well as of Assemblage. He is the author of several articles and books, including Architectures of Time: Toward a Theory of the Event in Modernist Culture (MIT Press, 2001), Far From Equilibrium: Essays on Technology and Design Culture (Actar, 2008) and Requiem: For the City at the Turn of the Millennium. He is currently at work on a book on Africa and the origin of form.

Sylvia Lavin

Sylvia Lavin, Professor and Director of Critical Studies and MA/Ph.D. programs at UCLA and a visiting professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, is known both for her scholarship and her criticism in contemporary architecture and design. She has twice been a Getty Research Institute Scholar and writes for an international spectrum of journals. Her latest book, Kissing Architecture, will be published by Princeton University Press (April 2011) and she is currently completing her next book, The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity. Lavin is also a curator of experimental work in architecture and design: recent and forthcoming exhibitions include Ultra Expo, JANM, Los Angeles; “Craig Hodgetts: Playmaker (ACE Galleries); “Take Note,” exploring the relationship between architecture and writing, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and a new project based series of exhibits on architecture and design at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Chip Lord

Chip Lord is a media artist and a Professor Emeritus in the Film and Digital Media Department at U.C. Santa Cruz. He has an M.Arch from Tulane University and as a founding partner of Ant Farm (1968–78), Lord produced the video art classics Media Burn and The Eternal Frame as well as the sculpture Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. Ant Farm designed and built inflatable structures and produced the Inflatocookbook in 1971. Ant Farm received a Progressive Architecture Design Citation in 1973 for the House of the Century in Texas.

Greg Lynn

Greg Lynn is a leading pioneer at the intersection of computing, design and architecture. His architectural designs have been exhibited internationally at both architecture and art venues, including the 2000 Venice Biennale where he represented the United States in the American Pavilion, and at the Venice 11th International Architecture Exhibition in 2008 for which he was awarded the Golden Lion. His work is in the permanent collections of CCA, SFMoMA, and MoMA and has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Fondation Beyeler, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, MAK, MoCA, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Carnegie Museum of Art, ICA and Secession Museum, among other venues.

Lynn, who founded the firm Greg Lynn FORM in 1994, holds degrees in architecture and philosophy and received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. He was the Professor of Spatial Conception and Exploration at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and in 2002 became an Ordentlicher University Professor at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. He is a tenured Professor at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Design where he is currently spearheading the development of an experimental research robotics lab. In addition, he is the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University.

In 2001, Time magazine named Greg Lynn one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. In 2003, he received an Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2005, Forbes magazine named him one of the ten most influential living architects. In 2010, he was awarded a fellowship from United States Artists. Lynn has received numerous AIA and Progressive Architecture professional awards, and his Korean Presbyterian Church in New York was officially listed by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as one of the 30 most important buildings built in the city in the last 30 years.

Fabian Marcaccio

Fabian Marcaccio is an artist based in New York. His work investigates whether the traditional medium of painting can survive in the digital age. He has used printmaking and transfer techniques to make paintings and became well known in the 1990s for his manipulations of the conventions of painting. More recently, he has relied on digital and industrial techniques to infuse his painting process with spatial and temporal concerns. The results are environmental paintings, animations, and “Paintants,” which combine digitally manipulated imagery, sculptural form and three dimensionally painted surfaces.

Marcaccio was born in 1963 in Rosario, Argentina, where he attended the University of Philosophy. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States, Europe and South America. In 2004 a retrospective of his work was organized by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, the same year that a solo exhibition of his work was mounted at the Miami Art Museum. He regularly exhibits with galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Cologne and Barcelona. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 44th Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC in 1995; Summer Projects at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York in 2002 and Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany in 2002. His multidisciplinary collaborations include projects with the architect Greg Lynn that resulted in an exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, in 2001 and projects with composer Claudio Baroni creating animated operas and a 2005 scored, paintball performance at Weston Hall in Toronto.

Michael Meredith

Michael Meredith is a principal in the architecture firm MOS and an Associate Professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The work of MOS has been widely published and received numerous awards. In 2009, MOS was awarded the PS1/MoMA Summer Pavilion.

Heiko Trumpf

Currently a Principal at Werner Sobek Engineering and Design in New York and Stuttgart, Heiko Trumpf joined Werner Sobek Group in 2006 after finishing his Ph.D. dissertation on the “stability of pultruded glass-fiber reinforced polymer profiles” at the Institute of Steel Structures at Aachen University (RWTH Aachen). He has completed a wide range of international projects, including bridges, high-rises and office buildings, with a passion for outstanding structures, lightweight design and new materials. In addition, he has worked on several international research and development projects together with companies and universities.

In 2004 he graduated as a European and International Welding Engineer. After receiving his Dipl.-Ing. in Civil Engineering at Hanover University in 1997, Trumpf worked as a project manager at Boeger + Jaeckle Consulting Engineers. Since 2007, he has been a lecturer at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart.

Ignaas Verpoest

Ignaas Verpoest earned a Master’s Degree (1972) and a Ph.D. (1982) in Materials Engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). A full professor since 1990 in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the Katholieke Universiteit, he directs a group of eight postdoctoral researchers and 20 Ph.D. students, carrying out research in the areas of mesomechanics of textile-based composites, nano-engineered composites, natural-fiber reinforced biopolymers and advanced production methods for composites. He is the author of more then 140 journal papers, close to 400 conference papers and 3 books, and holds 12 patents.

Verpoest is past President of the European Society for Composite Materials, and of the International Committee on Composite Materials. He has won several awards, most recently the Descartes Prize for Science Communication from the European Commission (2004), the International Fellowship of the Society for the Advancement of Materials Processing and Engineering (2009), and an award from the International Committee on Composite Materials (2009).

Erik Olsen

Erik Olsen is a climate engineer known for his passionate focus on high-comfort, low-impact environments. As Managing Director of TRANSSOLAR Climate Engineering’s New York office, he works collaboratively with clients, architects and other engineers worldwide to develop and validate low-energy, architecturally integrated indoor climate and energy concepts. His work ranges from the completely passive Raising Malawi Academy for Girls to the groundbreaking Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore. In addition to his specialist work at TRANSSOLAR, he has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer on a wide variety of building types and launched and directed the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program.

George Wheeler

George Wheeler is Director of Conservation in the Historic Preservation Program of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He joined the program after 25 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a research scientist, a position he continues to hold part-time. He has published extensively in the field of conservation, including his recent book Alkoxysilanes and the Consolidation of Stone, issued by the Getty Conservation Institute. Wheeler is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, the International Institute for Conservation, and winner of the 1997 Rome Prize in conservation. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University, a Graduate Certificate in Conservation from the Institute of Fine Arts and a Master’s Degree in Art History from Hunter College-CUNY.

Jorge Otero-Pailos

Jorge Otero-Pailos is a New York-based architect, artist and theorist specializing in experimental forms of preservation. He teaches in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior. His works and writings have been featured in international publications such as Artforum, Art in America and Architectural Record, as well as in academic books and journals. His work rethinks preservation as a powerful countercultural practice that creates alternative futures for our collective world heritage.

William Pearson

William Pearson is Technical Director of North Sails, the world’s largest sailmaking firm, in charge of technology and global materials development. He has overseen the development of the firm’s one-piece molded sails (3DL), and its most recent development of fiber/resin composite sails (3Di). With North Sails he has been at the forefront of the intersection between textiles, composites and fibrous systems for performance applications, and has a keen interest in pursuing cross-platform applications. A trained sailmaker and a former professional yachtsman, Pearson has competed in most of the world’s major ocean races, including the Whitbread Around the World Race, and a number of sailing expeditions to remote parts of the world. He has worked with North Sails for 21 years in many capacities internationally. Pearson has a BS in Management from the University of South Carolina, and currently divides his time between San Francisco and Incline Village, Nevada.

Werner Preusker

Werner Preusker is an attorney and is the Managing Director of the PVC and Environment Working Group (Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und Umwelt—AgPU) based in Bonn, Germany. AgPU has expertise in environmental and consumer protection in relation to the PVC industry. More than 60 companies in the PVC supply chain support the goals of the AgPU through their membership. As a service partner, the AgPU advises its member companies on the environment, sustainable development, and consumer protection. It creates dialogue with decision makers from politics, trade, the economy and NGOs. Preusker is also the spokesperson of PVC+, a PVC information initiative supported by companies that produce PVC, additives, products such windows profiles, pipe, film, flooring and roofing, or recycle PVC products. Previously, he served as Assistant to the Council of Environmental Advisers (1980–83) and worked in the Environmental Department of the Confederation of the German Chemical Industry (1983–89).

Theodore H.M. Prudon

Theodore H.M. Prudon, a practicing architect in New York City, received master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Delft in the Netherlands and Columbia University, where he also obtained his Ph.D. He has been on the faculty of the Historic Preservation Program of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for several decades. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Prudon is the author of more than 70 articles in both domestic and international professional and trade journals dealing with preservation. His book Preservation of Modern Architecture, published in 2008 by John Wiley, received the Lee Nelson Book Award from the Association for Preservation Technology International. A Japanese-language edition of the book will appear in the fall of 2011.

At present, he serves on the Executive Committee of The Netherland-America Foundation and is active in DOCOMOMO. He is the president of DOCOMOMO US, is a board member of DOCOMOMO International in Barcelona and chairs the organization’s International Scientific Committee on Theory and Education.

Fran├žois Roche

François Roche is a licensed architect (DPLG) in France and received a diploma in architecture from Versailles, U.P.A. no. 3. in 1987. In 1989 he founded R&Sie(n) with Stéphanie Lavaux and Jean Navarro, based in Paris. The organic, oppositional architectural projects of the firm explore the bond between building, context and human relations. R&Sie(n) considers architectural identity to be an unstable concept, defined through temporary forms in which the vegetal and biological become a dynamic element. The firm is currently undertaking a critical experiment with new warping technologies to prompt architectural “scenarios” of cartographic distortion, substitution and genetic territorial mutations. R&Sie(n)’s projects have been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; Columbia University; UCLA; ICA, London; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris; Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Conference; and the Venice Biennale. Roche has taught at the Bartlett School, London; TU, Vienna; ESARQ, Barcelona; ESA, Paris; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Architecture. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as an Assistant Visiting Professor.

Hilary Sample

Hilary Sample is a Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to joining Yale, Hilary Sample taught at SUNY Buffalo, where she was awarded the Reyner Banham Teaching Fellowship, and at the University of Toronto. She is a founding principal with Michael Meredith of MOS, an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice based in New York City. Projects designed in her office have been published widely; have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago; and have received numerous awards, including a Design Award from Progressive Architecture and New York City Architectural League Emerging Voices. In 2010, Sample received an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Built projects include PS1/MoMA Afterpart, Hill House and the Floating House. Current work includes a villa in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, a community center in Uganda, a teen center in Lowell, Massachusetts and Element House in New Mexico.

Sample was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Canadian Architecture in Montreal. Her research focuses on the intersection of architecture, health, environments, technology and design. She is currently completing a book entitled Sick City: A Global Investigation into Urbanism, Infrastructure and Disease. She received a B.Arch. from Syracuse University and an M.Arch. from Princeton University School of Architecture.

Rita Schenck

Rita Schenck earned her doctorate in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She worked as an environmental manager in industry for many years before leaving to found the Institute for Environmental Research and Education, of which she is currently Executive Director, an independent nonprofit that supports fact-based environmental decision making. Schenck represented the U.S. in negotiating the international standards on life cycle assessment, and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the flagship program of the Institute. Among other projects, Schenck developed programs in community energy independence, green collar job education, and Environmental Product Declarations, an LCA-based Eco-label. She speaks and writes extensively on environmental sustainability and policy and the need for science in environmental decision making.

Felicity Scott

Felicity D. Scott is Director of the Program in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture (CCCP) of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, where she is Assistant Professor. She is also a founding co-editor of Grey Room, a quarterly journal of architecture, art, media and politics published quarterly by MIT Press since Fall 2000. In addition to publishing numerous articles in journals, magazines and edited anthologies, she has written the books Architecture or Techno-Utopia: Politics After Modernism (MIT Press, 2007), Living Archive 7: Ant Farm (Actar, 2008). She recently completed the manuscript for a book on the Austrian émigré architect Bernard Rudofsky, entitled “Cartographies of Drift: Bernard Rudofsky’s Encounters with Modernity.”

Hartmut Oliver Sinkwitz

Hartmut Oliver Sinkwitz is the Director of the Interior Design Center of Competence at Daimler AG (since 2008). He leads all relevant activities from Advanced Design and Production Design to C&T Design. Prior to joining the Mercedes-Benz Design Team he worked as Car Designer at the Mazda Design Center in Frankfurt (1991–95). He joined Mercedes-Benz Design in 1995 and was Senior Car Designer (1995–2000) before becoming Chief Designer for Smart at Mercedes-Benz, where he led the design of a number of microcars, including the Roadster, Forfour, Fortwo, Crossblade and several show cars.

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek is Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and head of the famous Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) of the University of Stuttgart, which specializes in research into new materials and new concepts for lightweight and adaptive structures. Sobek studied architecture and structural engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. His firm, Werner Sobek Engineering and Design, is one of the leading engineering consultancies in Europe. It excels through excellent engineering combined with first-rate design of constructional elements and sophisticated concepts for sustainable buildings. Werner Sobek has offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Moscow, New York and São Paulo.

Galia Solomonoff

Galia Solomonoff is a licensed architect and principal of SAS/Solomonoff Architecture Studio, based in Manhattan. Recent projects range from Dia:Beacon a 300,000-square-foot contemporary art museum, to residences and artist’s lofts. Solomonoff earned an M.Arch. from Columbia University (1994), where she was awarded the McKim Prize for Excellence in Design, and a William Kinne Fellows Prize. She received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from City College, City University of New York (1991), from which she graduated magna cum laude. Originally from Argentina, Solomonoff has lived in New York since 1987. She is currently Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and is, together with artist Liam Gillick, leading a design/build pavilion studio in spring 2011.

Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley is Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. An accomplished scholar and design teacher, he has written extensively on the theory and practice of architecture and is the author of Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (1995) and The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida’s Haunt (1993). He co-edited The Activist Drawing: Retracing Situationist Architectures from Constant’s New Babylon to Beyond (2001). Wigley has served as curator for widely attended exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Drawing Center, New York; Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; and Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam. He received both his Bachelor of Architecture (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Convened by:
The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation,
Columbia University in the City of New York
Mark Wigley, Dean

In Collaboration with:
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Fenioski Peña-Mora, Dean

Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, Germany
Werner Sobek, Founder

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