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.


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.

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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.


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.

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Benjamin Bratton

Benjamin H. Bratton is sociological, media, and design theorist. He is Professor of Visual Arts and Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. He is Program Director of the Strelka Institute of Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow. He is also a Professor of Digital Design at The European Graduate School and Visiting Faculty at SCI_Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture). His work sits at the intersections of contemporary social and political theory, computational media & infrastructure, and architectural & urban design problems and methodologies.

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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.

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Jackie Coburn

Jackie Coburn is an associate principal leading Arup’s Aviation Planning team in Toronto, Canada; a team of more than 20 strong it is a center of excellence in the firm. Jackie has a background in architecture and has specialized in aviation since joining Arup nine years ago. With varied experience in airport master planning, terminal design and project management, Jackie brings a global perspective having worked on aviation projects in Canada, USA, South America, Europe and the Middle East. Most recently she has had a leading role in the development of a several large airport master plans ranging in size from 40 to 125 million annual passengers.

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Margaret Crawford

Margaret Crawford is Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism and urban history and studios focusing on small-scale urbanity. Her research focuses on the evolution, uses and meanings of urban space. She has written and edited several books including Building the Workingman’s Paradise: The Design of American Company Towns, The Car and the City: The Automobile, the Built Environment and Daily Urban Life and Everyday Urbanism, and has published numerous articles on shopping malls, public space, and other issues in the American built environment, recently investigated the rapid physical and social changes in China’s Pearl River Delta.

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Cynthia Davidson

Cynthia Davidson is executive director of the nonprofit Anyone Corporation architecture think tank in New York City and editor of the international architecture journal Log and the former ANY magazine, a tabloid she edited from 1993–2000. She is responsible for more than 40 books in print and oversees the “Writing Architecture” series published with MIT Press. She also organizes exhibitions, including co-curating the US Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has hosted a number of cross-cultural multidisciplinary conferences on architecture at venues far and wide. A former Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she was recognized by The American Academy of Arts and Letters with its Architecture Award in 2014.

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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.

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. 


Hernan Diaz Alonso

Hernan Diaz Alonso assumed the role of SCI-Arc director beginning in the 2015 academic year. He is widely credited with spearheading SCI-Arc’s transition to digital technologies, and he played a key role in shaping the school’s graduate curriculum over the last decade. In parallel to his role at SCI-Arc, Diaz Alonso is principal of the Los Angeles–based architecture office Xefirotarch. His multidisciplinary practice is praised for its work at the intersection of design, animation, interactive environments, and radical architectural explorations. Over the course of his career as an architect and educator, Diaz Alonso has earned accolades for his leadership and innovation, as well as his ability to build partnerships among varied constituencies.

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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.

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Steve Dumas

Steve Dumas is the design lead of Westfield’s Architecture Studio, responsible for the placemaking and experience-setting elements of Westfield’s U.S. portfolio. Dumas oversees the architecture, ambiance, and furnishings for all Westfield shopping centers, airport projects and transit hubs. Since joining the company in 1994, he has been instrumental in the experiential components that comprise every Westfield project, from architecture to individual tenant design, marketing communication, branding, and amenity elements. Recent notable projects overseen by Dumas include Terminals 1, 2, 6, and the Tom Bradley Terminal at LAX, and the design of the recently completed $1 billion redevelopment of Westfield Century City, Westfield’s flagship shopping center located in the heart of Los Angeles. 

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Ginger S. Evans

Ginger S. Evans manages one of the world’s busiest airport systems comprised of O’Hare and Midway International Airports as Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner. Evans has 30 years of aviation experience. She joined the CDA in June 2015 after serving as Vice President of Engineering for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) in Washington, D.C. She has overseen major projects at Reagan National and Dulles airports, as well as the new Silver Line Metrorail extension. Prior to her role as Vice President at MWAA, Evans worked in private consulting on major aviation projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as rail projects in New York and Washington. Prior to this, she served as Director of Aviation for Denver International Airport. She is a member of the National Academy of Construction and the International Women’s Forum.



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.

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Samantha Flores

Samantha Flores is an architect at Corgan in Dallas, Texas. She has 5 years of experience working with Corgan’s Aviation Studio as an experiential design specialist, developing the evolution of the passenger experience. Her research concentrates on in-depth  passenger profiling, design-applied wayfinding analysis, and developing predictions and implementation of new technologies in aviation design. These ideas have developed through her research-driven design work on several projects; one such as the new satellite concourse at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which upon completion in 2018, will be the largest satellite concourse in the world. She received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University in 2012, and her BArch from Oklahoma State University in 2010.



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.


Geoff Goldberg

Geoff Goldberg practices architecture and urban design in the Chicago area, focusing on complex urban design projects. Projects include regional planning for a third airport, an industrial development plan for the west side of Chicago, a City College campus, and design management of the CTA Brown Line reconstruction. His office G. Goldberg + Associates, founded in 1992, aims for tighter integration of public policy and project development. With extensive experience in the public sector, Geoff seeks to reconcile long-term public goals and short-term needs by combining highly disciplined project management and design solutions. Work under Geoff’s direction has received numerous awards, from small details to larger regional planning efforts. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard University, he currently teaches design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has published both architectural and engineering histories.


Nikolaus Hafermaas

Nikolaus Hafermaas is an international award-winning artist, designer, and educational leader. His Los Angeles based artist platform Ueberall International conceives and produces mediatecture installations converging digital media and spatial experiences. His artist team is responsible for designing the first award-winning SoReal virtual reality entertainment center in Beijing, China. Previously he produced the iconic data-driven sculptures eCloud for San Jose International Airport and AirField for Atlanta International Airport. Nik has just completed DAZZLE, a landmark art project for the San Diego International Airport, the world’s largest media façade made of e-paper. As the Department Chair for graduate and undergraduate Graphic Design at ArtCenter College of Design, Nik has created a new curriculum, fusing print and packaging, motion and interaction design into Transmedia Design.


Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. He is also professor of practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility, and demographic change in Southern California. Before joining the Los Angeles Times he was architecture critic for Slate, contributing editor at Metropolis magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture, published by Princeton Architectural Press, and has contributed essays to numerous books on art, architecture, and design, including Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream (Yale University Press). 




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 and urban infrastructure. He is the author of Airport Urbanism: an unprecedented study of air travel and global migration patterns that incorporates the perspective of passengers, airport designers, urban planners, and aviation executives. Max also writes the popular blog airporturbanism.com, where he presents leading-edge strategies for tackling many of the issues that confront airports today. Passionate about airports and air travel, he works with airport authorities, design firms, and urban planning agencies around the world to help shape the future of airports and the cities that they serve.


Craig Hodgetts

Craig Hodgetts, Principal and Co-Founder of Hodgetts + Fung Design and Architecture, is an internationally recognized architect known for his imaginative synthesis of architecture, arts and technology. With a broad ranging background in automotive design, theater, and architecture grounded by Mid-Western traditions, Hodgetts brings dramatic concepts to life by means of an uncompromising application of constructive methodology. He has been called upon to produce full-scale architectural projects, master plans, urban designs, exhibition installations, entertainment venues, and industrial products. Creative Director of Hodgetts + Fung, Craig is known for employing an imaginative weave of high technology and storytelling, contemporary ideology, information culture and evolving lifestyles. 

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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.

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Thomas Kong

Thomas Kong is a Singapore registered architect and an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Besides his teaching responsibility, he chairs the Interior Architecture program and has co-chaired the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects. He has published, spoken and conducted design workshops on the social and cultural concerns surrounding vast, interconnected interior environments and is currently researching for a publication on the new Changi Jewel in Singapore as a new form of 21st century interior urbanism in the city-state. Kong is a member of the Project for Public Space’s Placemaking Leadership Council and was recognized by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation as the organization’s 2014 Visionary for his contribution to interior design education. 


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.


Devin Liddell

Devin Liddell leads the brand strategy offer for design consultancy TEAGUE, working collaboratively with clients such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, The Boeing Company, Intel, JW Marriott, Microsoft, and SC Johnson to create research-driven brand strategies and consumer experiences. With more than a decade of experience in brand strategy and design, Devin has worked across a broad spectrum of industries: aerospace, higher education, software/technology, food and beverage, and retail. His work has been featured in Brandweek and Brand Strategy, and he teaches regularly at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle, Washington.


Greg Lindsay

Greg Lindsay is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative  — and the director of strategy for LACoMotion, a new mobility festival coming to the Arts District of Los Angeles in November 2017. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, a contributing writer for Fast Company, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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Anthony Loui

Anthony Loui has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of city planning, architecture, urban design, transportation planning, policy and implementation. He has worked for the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) at the Federal Transit Administration in Washington, DC. With extensive experience in evaluating and recommending new public transportation investments, he also participates in other policy activities undertaken, including public-private partnership arrangements, transit-oriented development initiatives and intermodal policy development. He currently works in California at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).


Clare Lyster

Clare Lyster is an architect, educator and writer. She is an Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Illinois School of Architecture (Chicago). Her work focuses on the design of the city from the perspective of contemporary theories in landscape, and infrastructure. at Chicago She is author of Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Cities and co-editor of Third Coast Atlas, A Prelude to a Plan with Ibañez, Waldheim and White.  Research and design, produced by her practice, CLUAA, has been exhibited locally and internationally including the Art Institute of Chicago, University College Dublin, The Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the forthcoming Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. She received a BArch from UCD Dublin and her MArch from Yale University.


Juergen Mayer H. 

Juergen Mayer H. is founder and principal of J. MAYER H. und Partner, Architekten mbB, an international, award winning architecture office with projects at the intersection of architecture, communication, and new technology. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, Juergen Mayer H. is concerned with the relationship between the human body, technology, and nature; which forms the background for a new production of space. National and international awards include the Mies van der Rohe Award, emerging architect, special mention 2003; Holcim Award, winner Europe bronze 2005; and Audi Urban Future Award, 2010. 

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Harvey Molotch

Harvey Molotch is a Professor of Sociology at New York University. His writings on cities pay special attention to city growth, urban security, everyday artifacts, and product design. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Among his eight books and over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters is Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger (Princeton University Press, 2012). Prior to NYU, he was Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara. 


Cynthia Nikitin

Cynthia Nikitin has led numerous large-scale multi-sectoral place-based community-led projects during her twenty-five 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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Marta Nowak

Marta Nowak is a lecturer at UCLA, AUD Suprastudio and a founding principal of AN.ONYMOUS, a trans-disciplinary design firm based in Los Angeles. Her work explores the role of architecture and design at the intersection of technology, mobility and the human body. Her office has done work for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Hummer Museum and many others. Her research at UCLA involves investigation of prosthetic devices, mobile microspaces and included collaborations with Red Bull eSports High Performance, Art Center as well as Hyperloop. She also worked as an editorial assistant at Harvard Design Magazine and was a Fellow at the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) where she worked on the Cities and Climate Change Initiative. 


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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Casey Rehm

Casey Rehm is a designer and algorithmic consultant whose firm Kinch is based in Los Angeles. In addition to his practice he is a full time faculty member at SCI-Arc.  He received a MSAAD from Columbia University in 2009 and his BArch from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005. He has over 12 years of architectural experience, working for firms in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and London. In addition to his professional experience, Casey has been a full time faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, assisted studios at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Pratt Institute. Currently he teaches graduate design studios and seminars in programming, interactive media and robotics in design.

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Hennie Reynders

Hennie Reynders is the Chair of Architecture and full-time, tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research interests and academic advising benefit from the interdisciplinary opportunities of the art, design and science nexus at SAIC and focus on uneven development in the urban field, ecological urbanism, revolutionary forms of practice, social infrastructure, the social shaping of technology and the relationship that exists between structure and agency. By implication his research propositions an expanded mandate for architecture through his writing, in biopic interventions and installations, and most recently through contributions to the Good City Group in Chicago.

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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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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.


Jonathan D. Solomon

Jonathan D. Solomon is an Associate Professor and Director of the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His drawings, analytical and counterfactual urban narratives, appear in Cities Without Ground (ORO, 2012), and 13 Projects for the Sheridan Expressway (PAPress, 2004). Solomon edits Forty-Five, a journal of outside research, and was curator of the US Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. His interests include extra-disciplinary, post-growth, and non-anthroponormative design futures. Solomon received a BA from Columbia University and an MArch from Princeton University and is a licensed architect in the State of Illinois.

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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.

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Bruce Upbin

Bruce Upbin is VP of Strategic Communications for Hyperloop One, where his main role is to connect audiences globally to the promise and reality of the first new mode of transportation in 100 years. Since joining the company in May 2016, Bruce has helped establish the company’s brand and value proposition as a technology that can transform the way we live and work. Prior to joining Hyperloop One, he worked as a business journalist for 25 years, and ran Forbes Media’s worldwide technology coverage from 2008 to 2016, overseeing a network of more than 120 contributors.



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.


Kathy Velikov

Kathy Velikov is an Architect and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is founding partner of the research-based practice RVTR, which serves as a platform for exploration and experimentation in the agency of architecture and urban design, within the context of dynamic ecological systems, infrastructures, materially and technologically mediated environments, and emerging social organizations. Kathy is a recipient of the Architectural League’s Young Architects Award and the Canadian Professional Prix de Rome in Architecture. Her practice has won numerous awards and their work has been exhibited widely; most recently “Infundibuliforms” received a 2016 R+D Awards honorable mention from Architect Magazine and they collaborated on EXTRACTION, the Canadian Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. Kathy is currently working on an exhibition, symposium, and publication titled Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape and the Postnatural.

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Boston Vuga

Bostjan Vuga is a Slovenian architect and educator. Together with Jurij Sadar, he founded SADAR+VUGA in Ljubljana in 1996. In two decades the office has become one of the leading European architectural practices based on an open, integral and innovative concept. Their most acclaimed works include the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, the Central Part of the National Gallery of Slovenia, Sports Park Stožice, and Air Traffic Control Centre Ljubljana. The office has received many national and global architectural awards (Bauwelt Prize, Iconic Award, ArchMarathon Award, Piranesi Award, Plecnik Prize) and eight Mies van der Rohe nominations. Bostjan co-curated the Montenegro Pavilion at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014. He was a guest professor at the Münster School of Architecture, the IAAC Barcelona, TU Berlin and The Berlage Institute. Since 2014 he has led the board of the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Mark Waier

Mark Water is the Director of Communications for the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). LAMP will reduce congestion in and around the airport by constructing a people mover train that connects airport terminals to parking facilities and the Metro system.  This $5.5 billion project is the largest Public Private Partnership in the state of California and the largest capital investment project for the City of Los Angeles. Prior to joining LAX, Mark served as Department Manager of Marketing and Director of Mobile Ticketing for Metrolink. During his tenure, Mark guided the redesign of the agency’s website and new media digital tactics which projected the agency to have the highest social media following of any public transit agency in the United States.

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Charles Waldheim

Charles Waldheim is an architect and the John E. Irving Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he directs the school’s Office for Urbanization. Waldheim is recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the Sanders Fellowship at the University of Michigan; a Visiting Scholar residency at the Architectural Association School of Architecture; and the Cullinan Chair at Rice University.



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.

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John Zukowsky

John Zukowsky is an architectural and design historian with more than four decades of museum experience. While curator of architecture for The Art Institute of Chicago (1978 – 2004), he organized a number of award-winning exhibitions, accompanied by major publications. These include three devoted to aviation architecture and design: Building for Air Travel; Building for Space Travel; and Aerospace Design, this last done in conjunction with NASA. He has also recently authored several architecture volumes including Benjamin H. Marshall: Chicago Architect, Why on Earth Would Anyone Build That? Modern Architecture Explained; and Building Chicago: The Architectural Masterworks. His latest book, in conjunction with architectural illustrator Robbie Polley, is titled Architecture Inside-Out, being scheduled for publication in 2018.