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Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli is senior curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) where she has worked since 1994. Before joining MoMA, she curated design and architecture exhibitions internationally and worked as a contributing editor for Domus magazine and as design editor of Abitare. She has lectured on design and architecture worldwide and her articles have appeared in publications ranging from Seed and Nest to Harvard Design Magazine. Antonelli is the author of a number of books, including Workspheres (2001), Objects of Design from The Museum of Modern Art (2003), Humble Masterpieces (2005) and Design and the Elastic Mind (2008).

Phillip Anzalone

Phillip Anzalone is Director of the Building Technologies Sequence and the Avery Digital Fabrication Laboratory at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). As director, Anzalone leads research and curriculum related to applied and experimental building science and technology, digitally based design and fabrication and assembly techniques, as well as numerous creative constructed projects at GSAPP. He also teaches classes related to computer-based fabrication, building structures, advanced material studies, industry collaboration and architectural detailing and graduate-level design studios. Anzalone is a registered architect with experience as a curtain wall consultant for R.A. Heintges & Associates and an architectural designer with Greg Lynn FORM, and is currently a partner at Atelier Architecture 64, a firm with built projects in New York, San Francisco, France, the Netherlands and Korea. He holds an M.Arch from Columbia University and a B.P.S. degree in architecture from SUNY Buffalo.

Michael Bell

Michael Bell is an architect practicing in New York and a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) where he is director of the Master of Architecture Program Core Design Studios. Bell is also coordinator of the school’s housing design studios and chairs the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering and Materials; a GSAPP collaboration with The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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, 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 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.

David Benjamin

David Benjamin is Director of the Living Architecture Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and principal of the firm The Living. Recent projects include Living City (a platform for buildings to talk to one another), Amphibious Architecture (a cloud of light above the East and Bronx Rivers that changes according to conditions underwater), Living Light (a permanent pavilion in Seoul that displays air quality and collective interest in the environment) and Proof (a series of design studios at Columbia that explore testing as a design methodology and multi-objective optimization as a software technique). Benjamin received an M.Arch. from Columbia GSAPP, and a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University.

Lise Anne Couture

Lise Anne Couture is a principal of Asymptote Architecture, the awardwinning, New York-based practice that she co-founded with Hani Rashid in 1989. In 2004 Couture and Rashid were chosen as the design architects for the 9th International Venice Architecture Biennale and awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture.

Among Asymptote’s recently completed projects are the Strata Tower, an innovative, forty-story residential tower, and a luxury hotel adjacent to the Formula 1 racetrack, both in Abu Dhabi, UAE; the award-winning HydraPier Pavilion in Haarlemmermeer, the Netherlands; the Guggenheim Virtual Museum; the New York Stock Exchange Advanced Trading Floor and the design and creation of new brand identities for clients such as BMW and Alessi. Asymptote’s work has been widely published and exhibited and is included in various private and public collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Frac Centre in Orléans, France.

Lise Anne Couture is a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture and has held visiting professorships at Princeton University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), the University of Virginia, l’Université de Montréal, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam, the University of Michigan and MIT. Couture received an M.Arch from Yale University in 1986.

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 Graduate Program in Architectural Sciences, offering a concentration in Built Ecologies. Dyson has worked as a design architect and product designer in several offices in Canada, Europe and the United States. Her work has been exhibited in the MoMA Young Architects Series, and she was a finalist in the international Next Generation Design Competition.

Dyson holds multiple international patents for building systems inventions and is currently directing interdisciplinary research sponsored to develop new systems for on-site energy generation.

Dyson received a Baccalauréat Général from Université Laval and an M.Arch. from Yale University.

John Fernandez

John Fernandez has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1999. His interests are related to the physical world: materials, resource flows, the built environment and the diverse discourse that ensues. He practices architecture in Boston and his work can be found in California, New York, Virginia and elsewhere. He is currently writing a book titled Designing Urban Metabolism: Material Flows in a Resource-Constrained World and is the author of Material Architecture (2005). Fernandez received an M.Arch. from Princeton University’s School of Architecture after earning a BSAD degree from MIT

Kenneth Frampton

Kenneth Frampton trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has worked as an architect and as an architectural historian and critic in England, Israel and the United States. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York. His books include Modern Architecture: a Critical History (1980), Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2002), Labor, Work and Architecture (2002) and the updated and expanded fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007).

Louis Geschwinder

Louis Geschwinder is vice president of the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Professor Emeritus of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. As vice president, he was responsible for the development of the standard specification for steel buildings, ANSI/AISC 360, as well as all technical activities of the Institute. He currently is working on special projects, including the development of a unified approach for all AISC education activities and several technical publications.

He received his bachelor’s degree in building science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both his M.S. degree in architectural engineering and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered professional engineer and was a faculty member at Penn State for more than 40 years where he taught and conducted research in building structures. He continues to teach in the architectural engineering program.

Geschwinder is past chairman of the Committee on Design of Steel Building Structures and the Committee on Metals and co-chair of the Tension Membrane Structures Standards Committee, of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SEI/ASCE). He is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, is Chair of its technical committee on Member Design, TC-4, and is a member of the editorial committee, TC-2.

Laurie Hawkinson

Laurie Hawkinson is a partner of Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects—a New York City-based architecture and urban planning firm. Projects include the expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Wall Street Ferry Terminal at Pier 11, the Outdoor Cinema and Amphitheater at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the firm was a finalist for the Olympic Village Design Competition sponsored by the NYC 2012 Olympic Committee. Currently the firm is designing the U.S. Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Massena, New York, for the General Services Administration and recently completed a house in Sagaponack, New York. Laurie Hawkinson is Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Juan Herreros

Juan Herreros is Senior Professor and Head of the Thesis Program at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the Architectural Association in London, and the School of Architecture at Princeton University. He has conducted numerous lectures, courses, and international seminars as well as research workshops. In 1984, with Iñaki Abalos, he founded the Madridbased practice Abalos & Herreros; in 1992 he established the Multimedia International League LMI; and in 2006 founded his current practice, Juan Herreros Arquitectos, which encompasses both professional and pedagogical activity. His work has been widely published and exhibited, and among his other theoretical books, Tower & Office (2003, in collaboration with Iñaki Abalos) remains preeminent as a primary resource for students and architects around the world. In 2008, Herreros was awarded the International Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects and his office is currently working on projects in Spain, Norway, Panama and Mexico.

Gary Higbee

Since 2002, Gary Higbee has been director of industry development for the New York City-based Steel and the Ornamental Metal Institutes of New York, where he promotes the work of the institutes’ 400 members to the architectural, engineering and building communities by conducting technical seminars and conferences, and by publishing the associations’ magazine Metals in Construction. An architect by profession, he is an expert in building codes and serves as the governor’s architect appointee on New York State’s code-making council.

Steven Holl

Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, academic and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. Among the notable work produced by his firm, Steven Holl Architects, founded in 1976, are the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland (1998), Sarphatistraat Offices, Amsterdam (2000) and Chapel of St. Ignatius, Seattle, Washington (1997). Most recently completed are the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex in Beijing, China (2009), the Knut Hamsun Center in Hamarøy, Norway (2009) and the Herning Center of the Arts in Herning, Denmark (2009). In June 2007 the highly acclaimed addition to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, opened to the public.

Recently the firm has won a number of international design competitions, including the Glasgow School of Art (Scotland), LM Harbor Gateway (Copenhagen, Denmark), Cité de l’Océan et du Surf (Biarritz, France; with Solange Fabião), Sail Hybrid (Knokke-Heist, Belgium), Meander (Helsinki, Finland) and Vanke Center (Shenzhen, China).

Steven Holl is Professor of Architecture in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has lectured and exhibited widely and has published numerous texts, including Anchoring (1989), Parallax (2000), Idea and Phenomena (2002), Luminosity/Porosity (2006), House: Black Swan Theory (2007) and Architecture Spoken (2007).

Keith Kaseman

Keith Kaseman received a B.S.D. degree in Architecture from Arizona State University in 1995 and an M.Arch. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAAP) in 2001. In June 2003, Keith and his partner, Julie Beckman, launched Kaseman Beckman Advanced Strategies (KBAS) upon having their scheme selected as the winning proposal in the Pentagon Memorial Design Competition. Currently based in Philadelphia, KBAS operates under the premise that, at its best, architecture stands as a cultural declaration of collaborative intelligence. Keith is an adjunct associate professor of architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP, where he lends his expertise to both advanced design studios and technical workshops.

Christoph A. Kumpusch

A professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University, Christoph A. Kumpusch, C.D.-IVCL.A. Ing. Mag. Arch., is a recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Fellowship and Grant, launched by the European Union and the highest honor of its kind; and is a Rudolf M. Schindler Scholar, USAA Scholar and National Collegiate Engineering Award winner for outstanding commitment to academic excellence. Kumpusch has previously taught at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, Ohio State University, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Guangzhou University, China. He recently became the research director for the Ludwig Wittgenstein estate and the Wittgenstein Haus. In 2006 Kumpusch became the youngest architect to be accredited as engineer by the European Union, Federal Ministry for the Economics, Austria Section. Current projects include a community embassy in Kenya, Africa; a council estate development at the Costa del Sol in Marbella, Spain; an atelier for an actor partnership in Beverly Hills, California; a technology pavilion in Chengdhu, China; and a social housing tower in Budapest, Hungary.

Sanford Kwinter

Sanford Kwinter is a Professor of Architecture at Rice University’s School of Architecture and currently teaches at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the author of Far From Equilibrium: Essays on Technology and Design Culture (2007), Architectures of Time: Toward a Theory of the Event in Modernist Culture (2002) and the forthcoming Requiem: Meditations on the Metropolis at the Turn of the Millennium. Kwinter was co-founder and editor of the journal Zone and Zone Books from 1984 to 2001.

Sylvia Lavin

Sylvia Lavin is a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she is Director of Critical Studies and M.A./ Ph.D. programs. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Princeton University’s School of Architecture, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and other institutions. Lavin is the author of the forthcoming books The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity and Kissing Architecture. She recently curated two exhibitions: Craig Hodgetts, Playmaker, opening at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, in October 2009; and Take Note, at the Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montreal (2009).

Mark Malekshahi

An associate principal at Buro Happold Consulting Engineers in New York, Mark Malekshahi serves as the key member for communication between the MEP team and the architect’s design team. He has worked for more than 15 years in engineering design and project management on a variety of multi-disciplinary and specialized building projects, including cultural, institutional, corporate, health care and retail projects. His responsibilities also include developing HVAC design schemes. He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York and is a member of ASHRAE, and ASME.

Ronald Mayes

Ronald Mayes received his Ph.D. in structural engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 1972. He is the past Secretary/ Treasurer of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and a former Technical and Executive Director of the Applied Technology Council (ATC). Mayes formed and became President of Dynamic Isolation Systems, Inc. a firm that pioneered the use of base isolation technology in the United States. He joined Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, San Francisco, in June 2001 and is the firm’s in-house expert on the application of innovative technology. He has been project manager on an extensive research program funded by the Army Research Laboratory on the use of high-strength steel in long-span structures.

Rory McGowan

Rory McGowan is currently Director of the Beijing office of the global engineering firm Arup, where he oversees development of the firm’s practice in China. Among his current projects in Asia are the Bangkok Residential Tower (OMA), JiangXi Museum (MADA), Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters (OMA) and the CCTV building (OMA), which he has led since the competition stage. He has also worked on a number of development projects, including the Lotus Children’s Center in Mongolia, the Ladakh School in India, the Korup Bridge Project in Cameroon, and primary health care research in Tanzania, sponsored by Arup.

Born and trained as a structural engineer in Ireland, McGowan joined the Arup Dublin office in 1986, and later moved to London. Until early 2005 he directed a building engineering group in Arup’s London office where he led a variety of high-profile international projects, including the Kansai Airport (Renzo Piano), Congrexpo Lille, ITT Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Universal Studios (OMA), VPRO Headquarters in the Netherlands and Serpentine Mountain (MVRDV) and Fundación Caixa Galicia, La Coruña, Spain (Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners).

McGowan lectures frequently and has served as technical tutor at several architectural schools, including the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, the Architectural Association and Bartlett London.

Christian Meyer

Christian Meyer is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Technical University Berlin and obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He then spent eight years in engineering practice, first working with Albert C. Martin and Associates in Los Angeles on earthquake-resistant design of tall buildings, then with Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston on analysis and design of nuclear power plant facilities. Since 1978 he has been on the faculty of Columbia University. His primary interests are related to analysis and design of structures, particularly concrete structures. In recent years, his interests have shifted toward concrete materials science and technology. He and his co-workers are focusing particularly on the beneficiation of recycled waste materials for the production of concrete, such as waste glass, carpet fibers and dredged material from New York Harbor. This work extends from basic scientific research through technology development to technology transfer by closely working with concrete producers. Meyer has written almost 200 technical articles, including a textbook on the design of concrete structures. He is the recipient of the prestigious research award from Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Ana Miljacki

Ana Miljacki is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has previously taught studios and seminars at Columbia University, City College in New York and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Ph.D. (2007) in history and theory of architecture from Harvard University, an M.Arch. from Rice University and a B.A. from Bennington College. Her research interests range from issues in contemporary discourse, through the articulation of the role of architecture and architects during the Cold War, to, more recently, the ghosts of utopia that haunt the architectural discipline throughout its history of envisioning the future.

Miljacki is a partner, with Lee Moreau, in the interdisciplinary practice Project_, which was one of the recipients of The Architecture League of New York Young Architects award for 2008.

José Rafael Moneo

José Rafael Moneo is the first Josep Lluis Sert Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was chairman of the Department of Architecture from 1985 to 1990. Before joining the School of Design, Moneo was a fellow at the Spanish Academy in Rome and taught in Barcelona and Madrid. His numerous articles and lectures have been published throughout the world. His projects in Spain include the Bankinter Building in Madrid, the Museum of Roman Art in Mérida, the L’Illa building in Barcelona, the Pilar and Joan Miró Museum in Palma de Mallorca, the Kursaal Auditorium and Congress Center in San Sebastián and the extension of the Prado Museum in Madrid. He has also designed the Davis Art Museum at Wellesley College, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Moneo has been awarded the Gold Medal by the Spanish government, the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prince of Viana Prize (Spain), the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts Schock Prize for the Visual Arts and the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal. In 1996 he received the UIA Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize.

Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, in New York City. She is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and was chair of the Department of Architecture from 2002 to 2008. In 2003 Mori was awarded the Cooper Union Inaugural John Hejduk Award. In 2005 she received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Medal of Honor from the AIA New York Chapter. She has edited a volume on material and fabrication research, Immaterial/Ultramaterial. A monograph of her work, Toshiko Mori Architect, was published in 2008.

Marwan Nader

Marwan Nader is a vice president and project director at the civil and structural engineering firm T.Y. Lin International in San Francisco. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, focusing on the seismic performance of steel structures. He has more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction of long-span bridges. A member of ASCE, AISC, AWS, IABSE and SEOANC, Nader is the 2004 recipient of ASCE’s Arthur M. Wellington Award.

Jorge Otero-Pailos

An architect, historian and theorist specializing in experimental forms of preservation, Jorge Otero-Pailos is interested in rethinking preservation as a powerful countercultural practice that creates alternative futures for our world heritage. He is the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior, the first American peer-reviewed scholarly journal to be devoted to the history, theory and criticism of historic preservation. His forthcoming book, Architecture’s Historical Turn: Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern, traces the intellectual origins of postmodern architectural theory to the 1970s turn toward history and historiography. His current research project probes the manner in which the advent of large-scale environmental pollution changed how architects understand the nature of architecture and its history. His experimental preservation installations have been exhibited at Manifesta 7: The European Contemporary Art Biennial (2008), and at the 53rd Venice Art Biennial (2009). An Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, he holds a Ph.D. in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Theodore Prudon

Theodore Prudon is a Dutch-born architect and principal of Prudon & Partners, a firm specializing in restoration. As the founding president of DOCOMOMO/U.S. (The Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement), Prudon leads the U.S. chapter of the international organization dedicated to preserving modernist structures. Prudon also is a DOCOMOMO International board member and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Delft University of Technology in Holland, a master’s of science in architecture from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in architecture from Columbia. Prudon is the author of Preservation of Modern Architecture (2008).

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have practiced together in New York City since 1986. Reiser + Umemoto, an internationally recognized architectural firm, has built projects at a wide range of scales, from furniture design to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape design and infrastructure.

Jesse Reiser received his B.Arch. degree from The Cooper Union in New York and his M.Arch. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985. He is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at Princeton University.

Architect and landscape architect Nanako Umemoto graduated from The Cooper Union following studies at the School of Urban Design at the Osaka University of Art. In addition to teaching at Columbia University, both Reiser and Umemoto have taught and lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Hilary Sample

Hilary Sample is an architect and Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She is a founding principal of MOS, an interdisciplinary architecture and design practice based in New Haven. Projects designed by MOS have been showcased in numerous publications and exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. The firm was the winner of the 2009 MoMA/ P.S.1 Young Architects Program and has received numerous awards, including a Design Award from Progressive Architecture, and selection as part of The Architectural League Emerging Voices series. Current projects include a villa for Ordos 100, Inner Mongolia, China; Ballroom Drive-In theater, Marfa, Texas; an inflatable factory in Newfoundland, Canada; and a Teen Center, Lowell, Massachusetts. Sample’s research focuses on both the physical and conceptual aspects of maintenance and their intersection with architecture and urbanism. Her forthcoming book, Sick City: A Global Investigation About Urbanism, Infrastructure and Disease, explores cities in trauma. Sample received a B.Arch. from Syracuse University and an M.Arch. from Princeton University.

Hans Schober

Hans Schober is a Partner with Schlaich Bergermann and Partner, Consulting Engineers in Stuttgart, Germany, which he joined in 1982; he established the firm’s New York office in 2005. He studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart from which he earned his Ph.D. in 1984. His numerous completed projects include specialty structures and innovative projects in the field of glass structures, cable and lightweight structures, as well as railway, highway and pedestrian bridges. Among his most recent projects are the New Trade Fair Milan with Massimiliano Fuksas Architecture; in New York, the cable net walls for Time Warner Center and 7 World Trade Center, the glass roofs for the new Moynihan Station with James Carpenter and David Childs, the antenna structure and glass walls for 1 World Trade Center with David Childs and the glass structures for Eleven Times Square with FX Fowle; the Transbay Transit Center In San Francisco with Pelli Clarke Pelli; and the YAS Hotel in Abu Dhabi with Asymptote Architecture. His areas of expertise include materials such as concrete, glass, timber, fiber-reinforced plastics, steel, and cables and membrane systems.

Matthias Schuler

Matthias Schuler is a Managing Director of TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik in Stuttgart. Trained as a mechanical engineer at the University of Stuttgart, in 1992 he founded the firm TRANSSOLAR Climate Engineering. The firm’s focus is on new energy-saving and comfort-optimizing strategies that take an integral approach in building design. With the master plan for the world’s first carbon- neutral city, Masdar Development, in collaboration with Foster Partners, Transsolar expanded its concepts to the urban scale, identifying the necessary boundary conditions for such a challenging approach.

Today, with 45 employees in Stuttgart, Munich and New York, Schuler works on national and international projects with architects including Kazuyo Sejima, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Jean Nouvel and Helmut Jahn. Since 2001, Schuer has taught as a visiting professor at Harvard University Graduate School of Design; he became Adjunct Professor for Environmental Technologies in 2008.

Craig Schwitter

Craig Schwitter has more than 17 years of experience in the engineering design of complex buildings, including educational, performing arts, stadium, transportation and cultural projects. Schwitter founded the first North American office of Buro Happold in 1998. Since then the branch has grown to encompass more than 200 staff members based in multiple office locations including New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Toronto. The North American offices offer a full spectrum of engineering services, including structural, MEP, and facade, special projects engineering, lighting design, sustainability consulting services, and geotechnical services. With a focus on integrated engineering and the use of appropriate technology, Schwitter has played a hands-on role in to ensure a high level of quality in Buro Happold’s projects and breakthrough innovations for the firm’s recent highprofile engineering commissions.

Felicity Scott

Felicity Scott is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the Program in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is also a founding co-editor of Grey Room, a quarterly academic journal of architecture, art, media and politics published by MIT Press since Fall 2000. Her articles are included in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of the books Architecture or Techno- Utopia: Politics After Modernism (2007) and Living Archive 7: Ant Farm (2008). She is currently finalizing a manuscript titled “Cartographies of Drift: Bernard Rudofsky’s Encounters with Modernity.”

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek studied architecture and structural engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. In 1991 he became full-time professor at the University of Hanover. One year later he founded his own engineering consultancy, Werner Sobek Engineering and Design. In 1995, Sobek took over directorship of the famous Institute for Lightweight Structures at the University of Stuttgart as successor to Frei Otto. In 2001 he also assumed the chair of structural engineer Jörg Schlaich at the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Construction and Design, fusing the two institutes into the new Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), which specializes in research into new materials and new concepts for lightweight and adaptive structures.

Werner Sobek Engineering and Design is one of the leading engineering consultancies in Europe, with offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow, and New York.

A particular focus is special structures in steel, glass, titanium, concrete, textiles and wood.

The works of Werner Sobek have been awarded numerous awards and distinctions, including the DuPont Benedictus Award, the European Gluelam Award, the Fritz Schumacher Award, the iF Design Award, the SEAOI Structural Engineering Award, awards of the American Institute of Architecture, the Hugo Haering Award, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal and the UIA’s Auguste Perret Prize.

Galia Solomonoff

Galia Solomonoff is principal of SAS/ Solomonoff Architecture Studio in New York. SAS provides architecture for art-related clients and artists, including DIa:Beacon. Solomonoff was a contributor to the book Latin American Architecture: Six Voices (2000), edited by Malcolm Quantrill. Solomonoff is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University. She holds an M.Arch. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (McKim Prize for Excellence in Design, 1994), and a B.S. in architecture from City College, City University of New York (1991). A native of Argentina, she has lived in New York since 1987 and works to foster recognition and knowledge of Latin American architecture.

Man-Chung Tang

Man-Chung Tang is the Chairman of the Board of T.Y. Lin International, a consulting engineering firm with headquarters in San Francisco. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in 1965 from the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany, and has since been working as a structural engineer. He is an honorary professor at nine universities, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Heiko Trumpf

Heiko Trumpf is a principal of Werner Sobek Engineering and Design in Stuttgart. He studied civil engineering at the University of Hanover, became an International Welding Engineer (IWE) and received a Ph.D. in structural engineering from RWTH Aachen in 2006. Since 2007 he has also been a lecturer at the University of Stuttgart. Among the major projects he has worked on are the extension for O’Hare Airport, Chicago; Bukhatir Headquarters, Sharjah, UAE; Swarovski Corporation, Männedorf, Switzerland; University of Chicago Utility Plants; and DC Towers, Vienna.

George Wheeler

George Wheeler is Director of Conservation in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He joined the program after 25 years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as a Research Scientist. He has published extensively in the field of conservation, including his book Alkoxysilanes and the Consolidation of Stone, published by the Getty Conservation Institute (2005). 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 an M.A. in Art History from CUNY.

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.

Mabel Wilson

Mabel Wilson, Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), navigates a multidisciplinary practice between the fields of architecture, art, visual cultural analysis and American studies. Her design research and scholarly work investigates space and cultural memory in black America, race and visual culture and new technologies and the social production of space. Her collaborative design practices (KW: a and Studio 6Ten) have produced speculative and built projects. Her practice has been a competition finalist for several important cultural institutions, including lower Manhattan’s African Burial Ground Memorial and the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture (with Diller Scofidio +Renfro.) The Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum’s Triennial, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and SF Cameraworks have featured her installations. She is currently completing the book Progress and Prospects—Black Americans and the World of Fairs and Museums, which examines the ways in which ideologies of race, social uplift and nationalism shaped black American sites of memory. She is compiling photographic research for the book into an experimental exhibition and database as part of the Visible History Project and is also developing an urban history database for use through mobile technologies by residents in African cities. Wilson directs GSAPP’s program for Advanced Architectural Research and the HBCU Design Leadership Project.

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

In Collaboration with:
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Christian Meyer, Chair and Professor

Steel Institute of New York
Ornamental Metal Institute of New York
American Institute of Steel Construction

Exclusive media sponsor:
The Architect’s Newspaper

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