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Michael Bell

Michael Bell is a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he is Director of the Core Design Studios and Chair of the Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering, and Materials. He is the founder of Michael Bell Architecture, based in New York City. His design work has been shown at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Venice Biennale; Yale University's School of Architecture; the University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley; and Archi-Lab, France. Bell has received four Progressive Architecture Awards, and his work is included in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Books by Bell include 16 Houses: Designing the Public's Private House (2000), Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us: Essays and Projects on the City (2000), and Slow Space (1998). He is a founding editor, along with Yung Ho Chang and Steven Holl, of the urbanism journal 32. Bell has taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Rice University; and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. In 2000-02 he led a team of architects to provide research, planning, and design for 2,100 units of housing on a 100-acre parcel of oceanfront land owned by the city of New York. The work was funded to assist in the city's future planning and development goals. Bell also founded "16 Houses," a low-income housing design program in Houston, Texas. Bell's Binocular House is included in American Masterworks: Houses of the 20th and 21st Centuries by Kenneth Frampton (2008) and published in the magazine Casabella.

Angelo Bucci

Angelo Bucci is a founder of the São Paulo-based SPBR Architects, of which he has been principal in charge since 2003. He teaches at the Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo, Universidad de São Paulo, Brazil, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, as well as at universities in Argentina, Chile, and Ecuador.

Pascal Casanova

Pascal Casanova is the Group Director of Research Development at Lafarge. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. Casanova started his career with a public works company specializing in civil engineering, where he was in charge of supervising French bridge projects. He joined Lafarge in 1999 as Technical Director, where he worked on Ductal, the ultra-high- performance concrete, handling its transition from the research stage to implementation in industry. In 2002 he was appointed Head of Research and Development for Roofing at Lafarge, overseeing several technological breakthrough projects. Since 2005 he has also served as Managing Director of Lafarge Roofing Components, headquartered in Germany.

Jean-Louis Cohen

Trained as an architect and historian in Paris, Jean-Louis Cohen is the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. His research has focused on twentieth-century architecture and urban planning in France, Russia, Germany, and North Africa. His work has resulted in numerous exhibitions and publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Casablanca: Colonial Myths and Architectural Ventures (2002), Scenes of the World to Come (1995), and Le Corbusier and the Mystique of the USSR (1991). He has co-edited, with G. Martin Moeller, Jr., Liquid Stone: New Architecture in Concrete (2006).

Preston Scott Cohen

Preston Scott Cohen's work is known for its synthesis of architectural typologies, descriptive geometry, and digital media. The work of his firm, Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., encompasses projects ranging in scale from residences to educational and cultural institutions.

Cohen received the first prize in the international competitions for the design of Robbins Elementary School in Trenton, New Jersey (2006), and for two museums: the Taiyuan Art Museum in Taiyuan, China (2007-11) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Amir Building (2003-09). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and three Progressive Architecture Awards.

The author of Contested Symmetries and Other Predicaments in Architecture (2001), Cohen has been widely published. His work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University. It has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007), The National Design Triennale, Cooper-Hewitt Museum (2007); the Venice International Architecture Biennale (2004, 1996, 1985); ICA University of Pennsylvania (2003); Max Protetch Gallery (2002); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1999). Cohen's work is represented by the Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

Cohen is the Gerald M. McCue Professor in Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design where he is the coordinator of first-year design studios. He was the Frank Gehry International Chair at the University of Toronto (2004) and the Perloff Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (2002). He has held faculty positions at Princeton, Rhode Island School of Design, and Ohio State University.

Carlos Eduardo Comas

Carlos Eduardo Comas studied architecture at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil; the University of Pennsylvania, and the Université de Paris VIII. He operates a private practice in Porto Alegre and is Professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and Chair of its Graduate Studies Program in Architecture. He has written and lectured intensively on modern architecture and urbanism, emphasizing the role of reinforced-concrete frames and shells in the theoretical and practical formulations of architects such as Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Affonso Reidy, Vilanova Artigas, Lina Bo Bardi, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Lelé Filgueras Lima, and Alvaro Siza. His contributions have appeared in the magazines 2G, AA Files, A&V, Arquine, Summa+, and Projeto, and the books Cruelty and Utopia: Cities and Landscapes of Latin America (2005), La Casa Moderna Latinoamericana (2003), Le Corbusier e Rio (1999), and Le Corbusier y Sudamérica: viajes y proyectos (1991). Comas's work has won awards in architectural competitions in Brazil. Among his built projects are Porto Alegre's Central Market and several private houses.

Neil Denari

Neil Denari is an architect and principal of Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA, Inc.). He studied at the University of Houston and Harvard University, and is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles. His office currently is engaged with projects of various scales throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Denari is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections (1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (1999).

Jacques Ferrier

Architect Jacques Ferrier lives and works in Paris. He graduated from the Université de Paris VIII in 1985 and from the École Centrale in 1981. Ferrier established his own firm in 1990 and his works now include the design of public facilities, research centers, cultural institutions, office buildings, and housing. The firm's output is based in the creation of an architecture for a sustainable society. In parallel, Ferrier also conducts innovative research activity in partnership with industries. His projects, which include the Concept Office and the Hypergreen skyscraper, initiated a reflection on the future role of architecture, which takes into consideration the challenges represented by megalopolises and the planet's needs. In March 2008, he was selected to design the French pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, on the theme of "A better city, a better life." Jacques Ferrier has received several architectural prizes and is the author of a number of books, including The Poetry of Useful Things (2004).

Kenneth Frampton

Kenneth Frampton is the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, and has worked as an architect and architectural historian and critic in England, Israel, and the United States. He is the author of such distinguished books as 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).

Benjamin A. Graybeal

Benjamin Graybeal is a research structural engineer with the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at its Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. He manages the structural concrete research program for FHWA, with a distinct emphasis toward application of advanced cementitious materials in the highway infrastructure. Since 2001 he has been the principal investigator for FHWA's Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) research program. Thrusts of this work have included UHPC material characterization, full-scale structural testing of UHPC components, and field deployment of UHPC technology.

Laurie Hawkinson

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

Juan Herreros

Professor at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and Visiting Professor at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, Juan Herreros has also taught at 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 Madrid-based 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. The firm has projects underway in Spain, Portugal, the United States, Mexico, and Uruguay. His work has been widely published and exhibited; among his books, co-authored Iñaki Abalos, is Tower & Office (2003).

Steven Holl

Steven Holl has realized cultural, civic, university, and residential projects both in the United States and internationally. In 1976 he founded Steven Holl Architects, which currently operates offices in New York and Beijing with a staff of 65. The firm has been recognized around the world with numerous awards and accolades, and its work has been widely published and exhibited. Currently under construction is the Linked Hybrid mixed-use complex (Beijing, China), Nanjing Museum of Art and Architecture (Nanjing, China), Vanke Center (Shenzhen, China), Knut Hamsun Center (Hamaroy, Norway), and Herning Center of the Arts (Herning, Denmark). Recent international design competitions won include including the Cité du Surf et de l'Océan (Biarritz, France), Sail Hybrid (Knokke-Heist, Belgium), and Meander (Helsinki, Finland). In June 2007, Steven Holl Architects opened the highly acclaimed Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, Missouri). Holl is an honors graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle. He studied architecture in Rome, Italy, in 1970 and undertook postgraduate work at the Architectural Association in London in 1976. An accomplished author, he is also a Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

Sanford Kwinter

Sanford Kwinter is Professor at Rice University's School of Architecture and at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Kwinter has written widely on the philosophical aspects of design, architecture and urbanism and 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 groundbreaking Zone Books and the journal Zone from 1984 to 2001.

Jacques Lukasik

Jacques Lukasik is Lafarge Group Senior Vice President for Scientific Affairs. Trained in atomic and molecular physics and in quantum electronics, he has served as Lafarge's General Manager of the Central Research Laboratory and Chairman of the Group's External Scientific Advisory Council. Active in various European research networks, he is also an adviser to Canadian concrete research teams in Quebec.

Dr. Lukasik is a member of the French Academy of Technologies and an associate member of the Civil Engineering Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Qingyun Ma

Qingyun Ma is Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, where he actively promotes technological integration and design intelligence from a global perspective. Prior to his deanship, he was principal of the firm MADA s.p.a.m. (strategy, planning, architecture, media), which is based in Shanghai, China. His "participative practice" and teaching of architecture have received attention internationally. Recognizing the power of public spectacles, his firm has designed and built a series of exhibition spaces in China, including the Telemedia City (Xian), Shanghai Natural History Museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing), Renault Truckland, Ningpo Urban Museum, and the Chinese Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo (Shanghai). Ma has served on juries for several important projects in China, including the National Stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Reinhold Martin

Reinhold Martin is Associate Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he directs the PhD program in architecture, and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Grey Room, a partner in the research practice Martin/Baxi Architects, and has published widely on the history and theory of modern and contemporary architecture. Martin is the author of The Organizational Complex: Architecture, Media, and Corporate Space (2003), and the co-author, with Kadambari Baxi, of Multi-National City: Architectural Itineraries (2007). He is currently completing a book that re-theorizes postmodernism.

Fernando Menis

Fernando Menis, a native of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, studied architecture at ETSA Barcelona. In 1981 he established a partnership with architects Felipe Artengo Rufino and José María Rodríguez Pastrana Malagón. Since July 2004 he has operated a solo practice. His work has been widely published and exhibited internationally. Among the awards he has received are for Un objeto para b.d. (with Inés Rodríguez Mansilla) at the 1st International Competition for Industrial Design; for Chaise Longue, at YUH (1989); 1st Prize Manuel de Oráa for MM House (1989). In 1999, MM House was a finalist at FAD. Menis has been a visiting professor and has given lectures and workshops at universities in Berlin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Graz, Havana, Paris, Rome, Santiago de Chile, and Viena.

Detlef Mertins

Detlef Mertins is an architectural historian known for his revisionist histories of twentieth-century modernisms. He is a Professor in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Architecture, where he was also Chair from 2003 to 2008. He previously taught at the University of Toronto where he held the Canada Research Chair and directed the graduate program. He has also taught at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Rice universities and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He is a recipient of the Konrad Adenauer Research Prize of the Humboldt Foundation and Royal Society of Canada (2003). Mertins edited the The Presence of Mies (1994) and the English edition of Walter Curt Behrendt's The Victory of the New Building Style (2000). He has published widely in journals, anthologies, and exhibition catalogues, which include Zaha Hadid (2006), Mies in America (2001), and Mies in Berlin (2001). Among his current projects are a monograph on Mies and an English edition of the avant-garde journal G: Material for Elemental Form-Creation, originally published in 1923-26.

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, Berkeley. He then spent eight years in engineering practice, first working with Albert C. Martin and Associates in Los Angeles on the 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, in particular 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. PMeyer 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.

Marc Mimram

Marc Mimram holds a master's degree in mathematics and graduated as an engineer from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées. He is a DPLG architect and earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in addition to a postgraduate degree in philosophy. He founded his own consultancy and architecture-engineering firm in Paris 1981 and has realized numerous civil engineering structures and architectural projects in France and elsewhere. Mimram has taught at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and at Princeton University. He was appointed Professeur des Ecoles d'Architecture (Professor of Architectural Schools) and currently teaches at the Ecole d'Architecture de Marne-la-Vallée in France.

Paulo Monteiro

Paulo Monteiro, professor and group leader of the Structural Engineering Mechanics and Materials Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, received his engineering degree from the University of Sao Paulo and master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Monteiro's professional experience includes working on a number of projects with the late Roy Carlson, a pioneer in the technology of mass concrete. Recent projects include working with roller-compacted concrete and architectural concrete. At Berkeley, he and his students are creating micromechanical models, characterizing deleterious reactions in concrete, and developing new microscopic techniques, such as low-temperature scanning electron microscopy, soft X-ray microscopy, and direction cooling. In addition to being a co-author, with P.K. Mehta, on the widely used textbook Concrete: Microstructure, Properties, and Materials, Monteiro has published more than 100 articles in archival journals.

Toshiko Mori

Toshiko Mori 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. She is also principal of her firm, Toshiko Mori Architect, in New York City. In 2005 she received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Medal of Honor from the New York City chapter of the AIA. Her design for the Syracuse Center of Excellence was awarded a 2008 Project Honor Award from the New York Chapter of the AIA. Her design for an addition to a Paul Rudolph house in Florida received a 2008 Award of Excellence from the New York State AIA. Mori is the editor of a volume on material and fabrication research, Immaterial/Ultramaterial (2002), and a monograph of her work, Toshiko Mori Architect: Works and Projects, was published in 2008. She is a frequent participant in international design juries and symposia.

Antoine E. Naaman

Antoine E. Naaman is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, the Prestressed Concrete Institute, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the International Ferrocement Society. Naaman's research has led to more than 300 technical publications, including two textbooks, and twelve co-edited books. His research interests include prestressed concrete, high-performance fiber-reinforced cement composites, ferrocement, and the integration-tailoring of advanced construction materials to improve structural performance.

Guy Nordenson

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and Professor of Structural Engineering at Princeton University's School of Architecture. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Princeton University Center for Human Values. After studying at MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, he began his career as a draftsman in the joint studio of R Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi in Long Island City in 1976. Nordenson has worked as a structural engineer in San Francisco and New York. He established the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners in 1987 and was its director until 1997, when he began his own practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, LLP. In 1993-94 he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. In 2003 he was the first recipient of the new American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Architecture for contributions to architecture by a non-architect. He was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Art Commission in 2006 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council, the first engineer appointed since the Art Commission was established in 1898.

Nordenson was the structural engineer for The Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Simmons Residence Hall at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Disneyland parking structure in California, the Santa Fe Opera House, and more than 100 other projects. Recently completed projects include the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art; and the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History building. Among the architect's current projects are the World Trade Center Memorial Museum slurry-wall bracing structure, two pedestrian bridges at Yale University, the Asian Cultural Complex in Guangju, South Korea, the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and the San Francisco State University Creative Arts Center. His project "On the Water, A Model for the Future: A Study of New York and New Jersey Upper Bay" won the 2007 AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Prize.

Nordenson is active in earthquake engineering, including code development, technology transfer, long-range planning for FEMA and the USGS, and research. He initiated and led the development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 to its enactment into law in 1995. In 1996 he co-founded the Structural Engineers Association of New York. He was co-curator, with Terence Riley, of the exhibition Tall Buildings held at MoMA QNS in 2004. His drawings and models for the 2003 World Trade Center Tower 1 design are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.

Kate Orff

Kate Orff established the Manhattan design studio SCAPE in 2004. Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, she leads studios that integrate the earth sciences into the design curriculum. After graduating from the University of Virginia with Distinction, Orff earned a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has worked on projects for many prominent academic institutions and private clients that have been published nationally and internationally. She trained for several years with Hargreaves Associates and with the Dutch architect/urbanist Rem Koolhaas at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, before founding SCAPE. Orff has built SCAPE's reputation for design innovation and collaboration, leading dynamic, open work processes with large, complex teams of collaborating consultants across the fields of engineering, science, and design. The studio alternates between research and design, developing new visions and understandings of urban nature. She has been nominated for several national awards, including the RISD-Surface Magazine Emerging Designer, and she was named among "50 for the Future of Design" by H&G Magazine. SCAPE is the recipient of a 2008 ASLA Award.

Antoine Picon

Antoine Picon is Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design where he is also serving as Director of Doctoral Program. He has published extensively on the relations between architecture, urban design, science, and technology with a special focus on construction history and theory. Among other publications, he is the author of French Architects and Engineers in the Age of the Enlightenment (1988; English trans., 1992), Claude Perrault (1613-1688) ou la curiosité d'un classique (1988), L'Invention de l'ingénieur moderne (,1992), La ville territoire des cyborgs (1998), and Les Saint-Simoniens: Raison, Imaginaire et Utopie (2003). In 1997 he edited a dictionary of the history of engineering for the Centre Georges Pompidou, L'Art de l'Ingénieur: Constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur. In 2003 Picon edited, with Alessandra Ponte, Architecture and the Sciences: Exchanging Metaphors (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003). He recently completed a monograph on the work of the architect and engineer Marc Mimram and is currently writing a book on digital culture and architecture.

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have practiced together in New York City since 1986. Their internationally recognized architectural design firm, Reiser + Umemoto, has realized projects at a wide range of scales—from furniture design to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape design and infrastructure. Reiser and Umemoto have taught and lectured throughout the United States, including at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation during the 1990s, and in Europe and Japan.

Jesse Reiser is Associate Professor at Princeton University's School of Architecture. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and his master of architecture degree at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was a fellow of the American Academy in Rome in 1985.

Nanako Umemoto is an architect and landscape architect. She graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art following studies at the School of Urban Design at the Osaka University of Art.

Stanley Saitowitz

Stanley Saitowitz is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, he received his bachelor of architecture degree at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his master of architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. He was the Elliot Noyes Professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (1991-92) and the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Oklahoma , Norman (1993), and he has also taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, SCIARC, Rice, Cornell, and Syracuse universities, and the University of Texas, Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. He realized his first residentaial design in 1975 and, with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., he has completed numerous buildings and projects, including housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, and urban landscapes. These projects have received national and international recognition. Among many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997; the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998; and in 2006 Satowitz was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

Hans Schober

Hans Schober is a Partner with Schlaich Bergermann and Partner, Consulting Engineers in Stuttgart, Germany, and President of the Schlaich Bergermann branch office in New York. He studied civil engineering at the University of Stuttgart, from which earned a Ph.D. in 1984. He has worked on glass roofs and glass walls, cable structures, pedestrian bridges, membrane structures, and road- and railway bridges around In New York, Schober has been involved in the design of the new 7 World Trade Center building, the Time Warner Center, Moynihan Station, and the Freedom Tower. Currently he is working on the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco and on several projects in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Matthias Schuler

Matthias Schuler is a Managing Director of TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik in Stuttgart, Germany. Trained as a mechanical engineer at the University of Stuttgart where he participated in international research projects on energy efficiency in commercial buildings. In 1992, based on this work, he founded the company TRANSSOLAR, a climate-engineering consulting firm, which aims to integrates comfort-optimizing and energy-saving strategies into building design and master planning. The firm today has offices in Stuttgart, Munich, and New York, and Schuler has worked on national and international projects with architects such as Kazuyo Sejima, Frank O. Gehry, Steven Holl, and Helmut Jahn. Schuler is also Adjunct Professor of Environmental Technology at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, where he has been a lecturer since 2001, teaching courses on sustainability and urban design.

Ysrael A. Seinuk

Ysrael A. Seinuk is Professor and Head of the Structural Department in the School of Architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where he has taught since 1969. An engineer, author, and lecturer, he is recognized internationally as one of the foremost structural engineers and pioneers in the field of tall buildings and special structures. He graduated as a civil engineer in 1954 from the University of Havana, and is a registered engineer in 20 states, and a licensed civil engineer in the United Kingdom, Israel, and Cuba. He began his private practice in Cuba in 1958 with the design of the 700-room Monte Carlo Hotel, and two 50-story concrete buildings, both with the renowned Spanish architect Martin Dominguez. This work advanced the concept of the mega structure, adopted in many designs years thereafter. Seinuk was one of two Americans invited by the Institution of Structural Engineers in the United Kingdom to be a part of a working group on safety in tall buildings, with the objective of providing guidance and advice on the implications following the structural collapses and loss of life at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He was named as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America by Time magazine in 2005.

Seinuk is the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York Society of Architects 2007 Distinguished Service Award; in 2006 he was inducted into the HENAAC Hall of Fame whose members have achieved the highest honors as Hispanic engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. He also received the 2006 Homer Gage Balcom Award for Lifetime Achievements in Structural Engineering from the American Society of Civil Engineers; the 2005 Urban Visionaries Award for engineering from The Cooper Union School of Architecture; the 2005 Engineer of the Year from the Association of Cuban Engineers; and the Leader of Industry Award from The Concrete Industry Board in 1999. His firm, Ysrael A. Seinuk, P.C., has an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects, some of which include such iconic structures as the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, which received three engineering awards; Bronx Criminal Court Complex; Trump World Tower, which received multiple awards, including the highest award from the Concrete Industry Board for the year 2000; the revitalization of Grand Central Terminal; 42nd Street Redevelopment; and the Gatehouse for the Philip Johnson Estate.

Pierluigi Serraino

Pierluigi Serraino is a practicing architect in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds degrees from the Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza," Sci-Arc, and University of California, Los Angeles. He is Ph.D. candidate in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. His projects and articles have appeared in Architectural Record, Architectural Design, Hunch, ACADIA, Case d'Abitare, and Modernism, among other journals and magazines. He is the author of several books, including Modernism Rediscovered (2000) and NorCalMod (2006). Serraino has been a member of the editorial board of Architecture California and is a former Chair of the Architecture + Design Forum at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Surendra P. Shah

Surendra P. Shah is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials at Northwestern University. His current research interests include fracture, fiber-reinforced composites, nondestructive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nanotechnology, and use of solid-waste materials. He is a co-author of the books Fiber Reinforced Cement Based Composites (1992) and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete (1994). He has published more than 400 journal articles and edited more than 20 books. He is past editor of the RILEM journal, Materials and Structures. Shah is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received many awards, including the Swedish Concrete Award, American Concrete Institute's Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thompson Award, American Society of Civil Engineer's Charles Pankow Award, and Engineering News-Record News Maker Award. He was named one of the ten most influential people in concrete by Concrete Construction. Recently, he spent time at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, as an Honorary Professor under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant. In addition to teaching at Northwestern, Shah has taught at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and served as a visiting professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Sydney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt University, and Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris. He currently serves as Honorary Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnical University.

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek studied architecture and structural engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. In 1991 he became Professor at the University of Hanover. One year later he founded his own engineering consulting firm. In 1995, Sobek took over the renowned Institute for Lightweight Structures at the University of Stuttgart as successor to Frei Otto. In 2001 he also assumed the chair of structural engineer Joerg Schlaich, fusing the two institutes into the new Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK), which he directs. ILEK specializes in research on new materials and new concepts for lightweight and adaptive structures.

Werner Sobek's firm is one of the leading engineering consultancies in Europe. It is dedicated to combining the highest levels of engineering and design of constructional elements and sophisticated concepts for sustainable buildings. A particular focus is on special structures in steel, glass, titanium, concrete, textiles, and wood. Werner Sobek has offices in Stuttgart, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Moscow, and New York. Sobek's designs have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the DuPont Benedictus Award, European Glulam Award, Fritz Schumacher Award, iF Design Award, SEAOI Structural Engineering Award, the "Building of the Year Award" from the American Institute of Architecture, Hugo Haering Award, Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal, and the UIA's Auguste Perret Prize.

Bernard Tschumi

An architect based in New York and Paris, Bernard Tschumi is Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he served as Dean from 1988 to 2003. First known as a theorist, he exhibited and published The Manhattan Transcripts (1981) and wrote Architecture and Disjunction, a series of theoretical essays (1994). In 1983 he won the prestigious competition for the design of the Parc de la Villette, a 125-acre public park at the northeast edge of Paris containing dramatic buildings, walkways, bridges, and gardens. Current projects include the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, as well as an archaeological museum and a cultural center, both in France. He recently completed a 6,000-seat concert hall in Limoges, France, as well as a residential tower in New York City. His most recent books are Tschumi on Architecture: Conversations with Enrique Walker (2006) and a biography and monograph by Gilles De Bure, Bernard Tschumi (2008).

Mark Wigley

Since 2004, Mark Wigley has served as the Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Prior to joining Columbia in 2000 as Director of Advanced Studios, he taught from 1987 to 1999 at Princeton University, where he became Director of Graduate Studies in Architecture in 1997. He received both his B.Arch. (1979) and his Ph.D. (1987) degrees from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Wigley has served as guest 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 Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.

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 is a co-editor of The Activist Drawing: Situationist Architectures From Constant's New Babylon to Beyond (2001). In 1990 he received the International Committee of Architectural Critics (C.I.C.A.) Triennial Award for Architectural Criticism.

Mabel Wilson

Mabel Wilson is Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where she directs the Program for Advanced Architectural Research. She recently began Studio 6Ten, an interdisciplinary practice that explores the intersections between architecture, art, media, and theory. Her designs have been exhibited at a number of international and national venues, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's Triennial, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Her articles and design projects have been featured in Assemblage, Any, and Harvard Design Magazine, and her scholarly essays have appeared in books on critical geography, cultural memory, visual culture, and architecture. She is currently working on the book Black History Made Visible, which examines the social and material production of the displays, expositions, museums, and cities where black Americans remembered their past and envisioned their future. Out of this research she is currently developing a database and interface The Visible History project, which presents this scholarship to a wider audience.

Wilson has also taught at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she chaired the Graduate Visual and Critical Studies Program, the University of Kentucky, Parsons/The New School for Design, Princeton University, and Ohio State University. She received her B.S. in architecture from the University of Virginia, an M.Arch. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University.

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
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University
Christian Meyer, Chair and Professor

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