Donald Albrecht is the Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of the City of New York. He has curated Now Boarding: Fentress + The Architecture of Flight for the Denver Art Museum and Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design for the National Building Museum, to profiles of individual design firms and artists—The Work of Charles and Ray Eames for the Library of Congress and Vitra Design Museum and Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future for the Finnish Cultural Institute.

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Benjamin Ball

Benjamin Ball is leading the integrated design and fabrication practice Ball- Nogues Studio, in collaboration with Gaston Nogues. Operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the “design” of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. The Studio (established 2004) has exhibited at major institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Venice Biennale. 



Frank is founder and Principal Consultant of Barich, Inc.; a business consulting firm serving the aviation industry. He has over 30 years’ experience in his profession and currently serves in project leadership and consulting roles. During this time, he has had the privilege of helping to advance North American airport initiatives in key strategic areas such as passenger processing, airport operational technologies, and common use. 

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Dubbed the 'Willy Wonka of Design and Science,' Nelly is an award winning explorer and director, a fearless and passionate provocateur. She is the Designer of Experiences at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, Head of Experiences at We Transfer, a Wired Innovation fellow, Advisor to the United Nations Virtual Reality Lab, a member of the International astronautical federation and in 2013 Icon Magazine touted Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers "shaping the future." She works with leading scientists to devise subversive events and bring chaos and critical thinking amongst members of the public and institutions.

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Benedikt Boucsein

Benedikt (PhD, ETH Zurich) is an architect and urban designer with a research focus on infrastructure, urban design and everyday architecture. From 2008-2017 he taught and researched at the ETH Zurich with Guest Professor Felix Claus and Prof. Kees Christiaanse. His book „The Noise Landscape“, co-authored with Kees Christiaanse, Eirini Kasioumi and Christian Salewski, appears in September 2017. Parallel to his academic work, Benedikt co-founded the research and publication platform Camenzind in 2005 and the architectural partnership BHSF in 2007.


Phil Brown

Phil Brown is the Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. As Executive Director, he is responsible for the operation and management of both Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport, with an annual budget of over $440 million. He currently serves as Chairman of the AAAE Airport Legislative Alliance (ALA), as a member of the AAAE Policy Review Committee (PRC), and is Vice Chairman of the Gateway Airports Council (GAC). Phil holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, and is an Accredited Airport Executive by the American Airport Association of Airport Executives.



Architect Miklos Deri is the creator and driving force behind Drive Through Airport. A graduate of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, he worked for more than six years at award-winning international architecture firm UNStudio. In 2013, he submitted a proposal to the UK Airports Commussion to respond to a forecast capacity shortage in aviation. Since 2015 he has been working as Senior Architect at Berger + Parkkinen Architects in Vienna, Austria.

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Mario C. Diaz 

Mario C. Diaz is Director of the City of Houston Department of Aviation. He is responsible for the executive leadership of the Houston Airport System (HAS) and its three aviation facilities — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) — and its more than 1,300 employees. He is one of the industry’s leading authorities in the study of future developments in commercial aviation. In 2013, Diaz was named “Airport Director of the Year” by Airport Revenue News Magazine. 


Amaia De Durañona

Amaia De Durañona is an interior architect and industrial designer at FR-EE - Fernando Romero Enterprise. Before moving to Mexico City, Amaia collaborated on private luxury projects for the Middle East and Africa in Paris. She currently serves as Associate Interior Architect and head of the specifications department for the New International Airport for Mexico City project at FR-EE.

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Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East. In 2002, he became director of AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union. He has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning. De Graaf has recently worked extensively in Moscow, overseeing OMA’s proposal to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, the ‘Russian Silicon Valley,’ and leading a consortium which proposed a development concept for the Moscow Agglomeration: an urban plan for Greater Moscow.



Lukas Feireiss attained his graduate education in Comparative Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethnology, where he specialized in the dynamic relationship between architecture and other fields of knowledge. He is the curator and editor of numerous books and exhibitions and teaches at various universities worldwide.

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Curtis Fentress is an American architect and Principal Airport Terminal Designer at Fentress Architects, an international design studio he founded in Denver, Colorado, in 1980. Fentress’ airports have garnered recognition worldwide for design excellence and outstanding “airside-to-curbside” traveler experience. These include game-changing international airports such as Denver, Incheon and the LAX international terminal. Recipient of the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture in 2010, Fentress has developed a reputation as a hybrid architect, developing iconic design and high-profile public architecture.



Anna Gasco is a postdoctoral researcher at the ETH-Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. Chartered Part III architect (UK) and urban designer, she worked in practice for over seven years on visionary urban projects at multiple scales and locales. A native Italian born in Congo, her international career is juxtaposed with research that began in 2011, when she joined FCL. In this multidisciplinary research platform, she completed her dissertation on the urbanising effects of airports, particularly that of Changi Airport. Her research has been published with Routledge and her work exhibited at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Hong Kong/Shenzhen, the Boston Society of Architects, Aedes Berlin and the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority. 

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Dave is the President and Chief Operating Officer of DesignIntelligence and the Design Futures Council, where he is responsible for strategic growth and management. Dave is a contributing member of the American Economic Association, a scholar member of the American Institute of Economic Research, and active member of the International Economic Development Council.



Christian Henriksen is a Partner in Nordic — Office of Architecture. He has played a central role in airport projects conducted by Nordic Office of Architecture. He has worked on the Oslo International Airport Gardermoen T1 and T2 projects through all of its phases. He was Design Manager for the ongoing extension of the airport. He is currently heading the expansion of Nordic in the UK and India. He holds a Sivilarkitekt (Master) degree from Norges Tekniske Høyskole. 

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Max Hirsh (PhD, Harvard) is a professor at the University of Hong Kong and a leading expert on airports, migration, and transport infrastructure. He is the author of Airport Urbanism: an unprecedented study of air travel that incorporates the perspective of passengers, architects, planners, and aviation executives. With a particular focus on the rise of Asia, the book sheds light on the exponential increase in global air travel and its implications for the planning, design, and operation of airports worldwide. Max also writes the popular blog airporturbanism.com, where he presents leading-edge strategies for tackling the challenges that confront airports today.

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George Kafka is a writer and researcher based in London. Formerly an editor at uncube magazine, George has written on architecture and cities for Metropolis, The Architectural Review and Cartha, among others. He is a founding member of editorial collective &beyond and is currently working towards a PhD in Urban Studies at University College London.



Agatha Kessler has worked as an executive in the worlds of finance and technology, building international businesses in emerging products with VISA and Hewlett-Packard. Energized by the intersection of technology, business and design, in 2007 Agatha joined Fentress Architects as CEO. She holds an MBA and has lived in many cities around the world. Currently, as Chairman of Fentress Architects, Agatha serves on a number of boards, including Opera Colorado and the Design Futures Council. With a keen interest in the future of air travel, Agatha is pursuing a PhD in Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Bill Kreysler 

William Kreysler is founder and CEO of Kreysler & Associates (K&A), a custom molder of ber reinforced polymer products located in Napa County CA. K&A has won awards for excellence in the manufacture of Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) architectural products, industrial products, and large-scale sculptures. The firm has customers throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Before founding K&A in 1982, Mr. Kreysler was Executive VP and Production Manager for the Performance Sailcraft Corporation (PSC), Northern California’s largest manufacturer of sailboats at the time. He is a founding member and President of the Digital Fabrication Network. 



Founder of Redline Cargo drone network. Inventor of the Droneport concept. Leading thinker on advanced technologies and species survival in emerging economies. Director of Ledgard Labs, former director of Future Africa at EPFL, longtime foreign political and war correspondent for The Economist. Present work includes robots, AI, neuroscience, deep ocean. Separately, a novelist.

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Cynthia Nikitin

Cynthia Nikitin has led numerous large-scale multi-sectoral place-based community-led projects during her twenty ve years with Project for Public Spaces. She is directing the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts which focuses on providing technical design assistance to rural communities and small towns across the United States. Cynthia also manages the Heart of the Community program, a partnership with Southwest Airlines to create transformative public spaces. Most recently, she has been a lead trainer and technical assistance advisor to ThinkCity, an urban regeneration organization based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


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Tobias Nolte is a co-founder of Certain Measures—an office for design science. Prior to founding his own practice, he was a Director at Gehry Technologies in New York where he led a team of architects and engineers in the implementation of parametric and computational methods in design and construction. He was previously a director at the Europe office of Gehry Technologies in Paris where he has worked with a variety of leading international design firms including Gehry Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Snohetta, UNStudio, Coop Himmelb(l)au and several others.

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Sila Siva graduated from the architecture department of Istanbul Technical University and studied Urban Design & Spatial Planning at the St. Lucas School of Architecture in Belgium. She is an architect and project coordinator at Istanbul-based Autoban. The firm works across architecture and interiors, product and experiential design, forging a reputation for thoughtfulness and experimentation. Their work has redefined Istanbul’s cityscape, including numerous hospitality, residential and public realm developments, and is also found in London, Madrid, Hong Kong, Moscow and China, as well as Azerbaijan.


Thomas D. Pellegrin

A Director with PricewaterhouseCooper’s Aviation Center of Excellence in the UAE and leader of PricewaterhouseCooper’s Aviation Center of Excellence. Thomas brings operational strategy expertise across the aerospace and aviation value chains (tier-1s, OEMs, airlines, MRO, aviation regulators), and global experience, having conducted engagements in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Oceania. Thomas holds a Master of Management from Grenoble Graduate School of Business, an MBA from the George Washington University, is pursuing a PhD in aviation with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and holds various professional certifications including APICS CSCP, APICS SCOR, PMI PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, and an IATA Diploma in Aviation. Thomas is a licensed private pilot in the UAE.

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Wayne Place is the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State UniversityHe has a PhD in Physics, a Master’s Degree in Architecture, and had extensive graduate level education in mathematics and engineering. He is a registered engineer with a specialty in structures. Since 1986, he has been on the Faculty of the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University where he has focused his research on building systems integration, with an emphasis on daylighting, thermal systems, and structures. Since coming to NCSU, he has taught required courses on architectural structures, written a major textbook on architectural structures, and generated online versions of his structures courses.  He has taught and written books on daylighting. He teaches graduate studios focusing on airport design and graduate studios focusing on tall-building design.

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Ashok Raiji is a Mechanical Engineer and Principal in Arup’s New York office.  He has led the design of several airport terminals all over the world, including the new Mexico City Airport, Abu Dhabi Mid-field concourse, Bangalore Terminal 2, JFK Terminal 4 expansion for Delta Airlines and Terminal 2 at Raleigh-Durham. He has worked on the design and provided expert consulting services for aviation projects in 16 countries and airport terminals with a total area of more than 3 million square meters.



Andres F. Ramirez is a sociologist and urban planner, investigating the semantics of space and its socio-cultural implications. As a project manager, program curator, and independent consultant in architecture and urban planning he works in projects with an emphasis on social processes and public space. He is co-founder and Managing Partner of PLANE—SITE, an agency devoted to the production and dissemination of original content for architecture and the built environment.

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Salvador Rivas

Salvador Rivas is Associate Partner at Foster+Partners. He is a qualified architect in both Mexico and the United Kingdom and has collaborated at Foster+Partners for the past ten years on a diverse range of project typologies such as residential, office, mixed-use, hospitality and master planning projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas.  Salvador has also participated in the design development and coordination of large and complex infrastructure projects such as the Expansion of Tocumen International Airport in Panama City and the Mexico City New International Airport (NACIM). He is currently based in Mexico City as part of Foster+Partners team for NAICM project.

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Ostap is a registered architect and founding partner of Clouds Architecture Office. He is a professor at Pratt Institute and has been an invited critic at various universities. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His most recent awards include first place in NASA's Mars Habitat Challenge, and consecutive AIA Honor awards for built projects in New York City. His speculative work engaging the atmosphere has been exhibited and published worldwide.



Blake Scholl is founder/CEO at Boom Supersonic, the Denver startup building supersonic passenger aircraft. Previously, Blake held leadership roles at Amazon.com and was co-founder and CEO at Kima Labs (acquired by Groupon). Blake is an avid pilot. Blake holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Alex is an award-winning British designer. A graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, his work has been published globally through the international media, with features in Dezeen, Architizer, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, and GQ Magazine. His speculative Stockholm Airport City project won the Jury Prize in the Architizer A+ Awards 2016, Unbuilt Transportation Category in New York, after capturing significant worldwide attention with its exploration on how an airport and a city centre may one day co-exist. He is currently a designer and project leader at Sevil Peach Architecture + Design in London.

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Tom Theobald is a principal at Fentress Architects and co-director of the firm’s aviation practice. Prior to joining Fentress in 1992, he worked with Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. Tom has over 20 years of aviation expertise, and has completed over 17 million square feet of international aviation work with such notable projects as Doha, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham, Portland, Sacramento, Tom Bradley International Terminal and Alaska Airlines’ Terminal 6, both at LAX. He has a keen understanding of aviation trends, airport operations and specializes in complex problem-solving and phasing. He has presented at ACI and Passenger Terminal World conferences.



Andrew Vasey is the president and founder of Vasey Aviation Group, providing advisory, operational, strategic and infrastructure advisory services to private equity funds, airlines and airport operators. Mr. Vasey has over thirty years of experience with the financing, planning, design, construction and operation of airport facilities across the US, Europe and Russia.  He most recently was the senior advisor to Oaktree Infrastructure Fund and the Chief Development Officer on the $615 million acquisition of the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.



Martin is an Architect and Associate at UNStudio. He received his degree from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Before joining UNStudio Martin worked for several architectural offices in Austria, Germany and the USA. Martin is an all-round architect, specialized in parametric design. He has worked on several major projects, such as the Abu Dhabi Media Zone for twofour54, the UIC mixed-use high-rise towers in Shenton Way, Singapore, and the Qatar Integrated Railway, a large-scale infrastructure development for the new Doha Metro Network in Qatar.