Displaying Futures
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Speakers

Eric Höweler
Eric Höweler,
currently an Assistant Professor at the GSD and a co-founder of Höweler + Yoon Architecture LLP, a multidisciplinary practice working between architecture, public space, and media. Höweler is a registered architect in state of New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Architecture from Cornell University.
 
Kiel Moe
Kiel Moe,
a registered practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at the GSD where he is Co-Director of both the MDesdesign research program and the Energy, Environments, & Design research lab. He has authored several book publications, including most recently Insulating Modernism: Isolated and Nonisolated Thermodynamics in Architecture (2014, Birkhauser).
 
Mariana Ibañez
Mariana Ibañez,
an architect in Argentina, and Associate Professor at the GSD, where she is part of the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab. She is also on the awards jury of the Boston Society of Architects and the MacDowell Colony. As an academic and editor, Ibañez’s research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growingperiphery. Her recent publication by Actar D, Paradigms in Computing, is an inquiry into design agency and revitalizing its scope of work.
 
Florian Idenburg
Florian Idenburg,
an Associate Professor of Practice at the GSD and a licensed architect with 17 years of professional experience. In 2008, he founded SO–IL with Jing Liu, an office that focuses on the development of new ideas and their viability in the world. Idenburg has led the firm to become one of the most recognized emerging practices in recent years around the world. Idenburg is the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Köhler Prize, an award from the Prince Bernhard Royal Cultural Fund in the Netherlands for exceptional talent, and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome.
 
Aaron Betsky
Aaron Betsky,
Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. A critic of art, architecture, and design, Betsky is the author of over a dozen books on those subjects, including a forthcoming survey of modernism in architecture and design. He writes a twice-weekly blog for architectmagazine.com, Beyond Buildings. Betsky was previously Director of the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Netherlands Architecture Institute, and Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2008, he also directed the 11th Venice International Biennale of Architecture.
 
Blaine Brownell
Blaine Brownell
an architect and former Fulbright scholar with a focus on emergent materials and applications. He is an associate professor and director of graduate studies at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and principal of the design and research practice Transstudio. Considered a preeminent scholar on advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell has been published in over forty design, business, and science journals including The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and Discover, and he has lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
 
Eve Blau
Eve Blau,
Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form at the GSD. She has written extensively on modern architecture and urbanism, including on transparency and experimentalist practices, and has curated numerous exhibitions. Her books have received a number of awards, including the 2015 Victor Adler State Prize from the Republic of Austria, the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, Spiro Kost of Award, Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, and the AIA Citation for Excellence in International Architectural Book Publishing.
 
Todd Gannon
Todd Gannon
an architect and writer based in Los Angeles. He teaches history, theory, and design studio; serves as Graduate Thesis Research Advisor; and coordinates the Cultural Studies curriculum at SCI-Arc, where he has taught since 2008. His essays have appeared in The SAGE Handbook for Architectural Theory, The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Post-modernism, and in periodicals including Log, The Architect’s Newspaper, andOfframp. In collaborationwithEwan Brandaand Andrew Zago, he curated the 2013 exhibition “A Confederacy of Heretics” at SCI-Arc, which examines the legacy of Thom Mayne’s 1979 “Architecture Gallery” in Venice, California.
 
Terence Riley
Terence Riley,
a founding partner of K/R (Keenen/Riley, 1984), an architectural studio well-known for its designs for art museums, galleries, artists, and collectors. He was the Chief Curator of the 2011 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture. Riley served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (1991-2006). From 2006–2010, Riley was director and design consultant for the Miami Art Museum (MAM), leading the institution through a transformative process of planning and designing a new waterfront facility.
 
Sheila Kennedy
Sheila Kennedy,
an American architect, innovator, and Professor of Architecture at MIT. She is a Principal of KVA MATx, an interdisciplinary practice that is widely recognized for innovation in architecture and explorations of material culture. Kennedy is the recipient of the Innovator Award and the 2014 Rupp Prize, one of the most significant awards for a practitioner in architecture. Kennedy’s work is widely published and she has been invited to share her work at the United Nations, on National Public Radio, BBC World News, CBS Spotlight on Design, etc.
 
Gail Peter Borden
Gail Peter Borden
an Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Architecture Discipline Head, and Director of the Graduate Architecture Programs at the USC. As principal of Borden Partnership, his design work has won numerous recognitions including the Architectural League Prize, AIA Young Architect Award, BD+C “40 Under 40” award, and numerous AIA, ACSA, and RADA awards. His teaching has been nationally recognized with an ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award.
 
Jan Knippers
Jan Knippers,
Prof. Dr.-Ing., specializes in complex parametrical generated structures for roofs and façades, as well as the use of innovative materials such as glass-fibrereinforced polymers. Since 2000, Knippers is head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (itke) at the Faculty for Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Stuttgart and involved in many research projects on fiber based materials and biomimetics in architecture. He is also partner and co-founder of Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering with offices in Stuttgart, New York City (since 2009), and Berlin (since 2014).
 
Monica Ponce de Leon
Monica Ponce de Leon
was appointed Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in September 2008. In 1991, she co-founded Office dA and in 2011 launched her own design practice: Monica Ponce de Leon Studio. Ponce de Leon received a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1989 from the University of Miami and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree from the GSD in 1991. She joined the GSD faculty in 1996, where she was a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Digital Lab.
 
Inese Lowenstein
Inese Lowenstein,
is leading the Display Materials business unit that belongs to Merck’s Performance Materials business sector. Being the global market and technology leader in liquid crystal mixtures, Display Materials stands for innovation, customer proximity, and superior profitability. From 2012 to 2014, Lowenstein was Head of Merck’s Pigments & Cosmetics business unit. She joined Performance Materials from Merck Millipore, where she was Marketing Director for Downstream Processing.
 
Skylar Tibbits
Skylar Tibbits,
the director of the Self-Assembly Lab housed at MIT’s International Design Center. Tibbits is faculty in the Department of Architecture where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and co-teaches “How to Make (Almost) Anything,” a seminar at MIT’s Media Lab with Neil Gershenfeld. Tibbits is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal. He is also the founder and principal of a multidisciplinary design practice founded in 2007, SJET LLC.
 
Chuck Hoberman
Chuck Hoberman,
an internationally known for his “transformable structures” inventor. Through his products, patents, and structures, Hoberman demonstrates how objects can be foldable, retractable, or shape-shifting. Hoberman is the founder of Hoberman Associates, a multidisciplinary practice that utilizes transformable principles for a wide range of applications including dynamic architecture, transformable stage sets, consumer products, deployable shelters, and structures for aerospace.
 
Hanif Kara
Hanif Kara
a Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the GSD. He is a fellow of RAE, RIBA, ICE, IStructE, RSA, on the board of trustees of the Architecture Foundation, formerly a CABE Commissioner, and served as a member of the Design for London Advisory Group to the Mayor of London. As Design Director and co-founder of AKT II, his particular ‘design-led’ approach and interest in innovative form, material uses, and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on numerous award-winning, pioneering projects.
 
Marc Simmons
Marc Simmons
a founding partner of Front Inc., a design and façade engineering firm that engages in numerous aspects of the architectural design industry, including façade consulting, system design, energy analysis, procurement and project management services, as well as the authorship of its own design work. Additionally, he is the Thomas W. Ventulett, III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also formerly taught at the Princeton University School of Architecture and Columbia University School of Architecture.
 
Dennis R. Shelden, Ph.D.
Dennis R. Shelden, Ph.D.
a Founder and Director of Global Services for Gehry Technologies, a building industry technology company formed in 2001 by the R&D team of Frank Gehry Partners, and acquired by Trimble Navigation in 2014. He joined Gehry Partners in 1997 and became Director of Computing and Research in 2000. He is oncurrently an Associate Professor of the Practice in Computation and Design at MIT, and holds a B.S. in Architectural Design, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Computation and Architectural Design from MIT. He is a licensed Architect in the State of California.
 
Frank Barkow
Frank Barkow,
studied architecture at Montana State University and the GSD. In 1993, Barkow and Regine Leibinger founded their practice in Berlin. Their interdisciplinary, discursive attitude allows their work to expand and respond to advancing knowledge and technology. This know-how contributes to various projects including the TRUTEC Office Building in Seoul and Tour Total, Berlin. Recently completed projects include a research campus for the Fraunhofer Institute and the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin.
 
Jeanne Gang
Jeanne Gang
an American architect, Founder and Principal of the award-winning design practice Studio Gang. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Gang received her Master of Architecture degree from the GSD. She is a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Through architecture and urban design, Gang champions an ecological approach, addressing global issues through local, community-based action. She is currently engaged in major international projects, including the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
 
Michael Meredith
Michael Meredith,
a principal of MOS Architects and an Assistant Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture. MOS is an internationally recognized architecture practice based in New York. His writing has appeared in Artforum, LOG, Perspecta, Praxis, Domus, and Harvard Design Magazine. Meredith previously taught at the GSD, the University of Toronto, and the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the Muschenheim Fellowship.
 
Martin Henn
Martin Henn,
studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and at the ETH, Zurich. He received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the ETH, Zurich in 2006, and his Post-Professional Master of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, New York in 2008. Prior to HENN, he was working for Zaha Hadid Architects in London and Asymptote Architecture in New York. Today, Henn is partner and head of design at HENN, an international architectural practice with more than 65 years of expertise in the design and realization of buildings and masterplans.
 
Matthias Schuler
Matthias Schuler,
one of the managing directors of TRANSSOLAR Energietechnik in Stuttgart. Born 1958, he is educated as a mechanical engineer at University Stuttgart. In 1992, he founded the company TRANSSOLAR Climate Engineering in Stuttgart. Presently Schuler works on national and international projects with architects like Kazuyo Sejima, Frank O. Gehry, Steven Holl, Peter Zumthor, and Renzo Piano. Since 2001, he has been teaching as a Visiting Professor at the GSD; he was Professor in Practice on Environmental Technologies 2008–2014.
 
Elizabeth Diller
Elizabeth Diller,
a founding principal of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. Diller is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” award (the first in the field of architecture), the National Design Award from the Smithsonian, and the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters. She is a Royal Institute of British Architects Fellow, and has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Diller is a Professor at the Princeton School of Architecture.
 
Mohsen Mostafavi
Mohsen Mostafavi,
architect and educator, the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design. He has taught at numerous institutions including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Cambridge, and the Frankfurt Academy of Fine Arts (Städelschule). Dean Mostafavi serves on the steering committee of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and has served on the design committees of the London Development Agency (LDA) and the RIBA Gold Medal. He is a consultant on a number of international architectural and urban projects.
 

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