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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 Barich 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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Stephen Barrett is a Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), where he has worked for over 25 years. He was project architect for the Bordeaux Law Courts project, France; Terminal 4 Barajas Satellite, Madrid; and for the new Control Tower at Heathrow Airport. He spent two years seconded to the RSHP Madrid office as project architect for Campus Palmas Altas in Seville. In 2008, Barrett led a multi-disciplinary team participating in the international consultancy on the future of metropolitan Paris “Le Grand Pari(s)”, a masterplan for Greater Paris 2025 commissioned by former President Sarkozy, examining the changing needs of urban Paris in the 21st Century. Since 2012 he has been leading the team that won an international competition for the new Terminal at Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport and from 2016 he has been leading the team for Geneva Airport Aile-Est. Barrett is a member of the RSHP sustainability group. He led the LEED certification process on the Campus Palmas Altas project in Seville and managed the environmental footprint audit of the practice’s own activities in 2008. He is a qualified BREEAM International Assessor.

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Dubbed the 'Willy Wonka of Design and Science,' Nelly Ben Hayoun 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.


marcel botha

Marcel Botha is an entrepreneur, engineer, architect and investor. He experiments with novel hardware ideas on the edge between consumer and medical products.  Feeding off his passion for product acceleration and digital manufacturing, he guides product development teams from concept to commercialization. Botha founded 10XBeta in 2010, since building an international team of designers and engineers who together have initiated, accelerated, and commercialized a diverse range of venture-backed and self-funded products with notable Fortune 500 partners. He has founded, invested and sold positions in multiple companies since graduating from MIT. Current and prior affiliations include Timesulin, Infant Ventures, MIT Council for the Arts, MIT Smart Cities, MIT Mobile Experience Lab, MIT Digital Design and Fabrication Group and MIT Center for Bits and Atoms.


Benedikt Boucsein

Benedikt Boucsein (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, Boucsein 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). Bratton's 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). Brown 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.


alex chatham 

 Alex Chatham is a New York based industrial designer and entrepreneur. After studying at the Rhode Island School of Design and Istituto Europeo di Design, he started his career designing cars for Italy’s legendary Bertone. He has developed consumer products that millions of people use every day for major brands like LG, SCJ, Panasonic, InBev and Lenovo. Chatham now runs a startup called Spacial that is developing autonomous blimps for a variety of applications in and around the urban environment.



Robert Chicas is the global director of Aviation + Transportation based in HOK’s New York office and serves on the firm’s board of directors. He specializes in leading large-scale airport projects and is recognized throughout the industry for his ability to lead multidisciplinary teams through the delivery of complex projects. Chicas regularly speaks at industry events including Passenger Terminal Expo and the ACC/AAAE symposium. As an expert on aviation trends and enhancing the passenger experience, he has authored or contributed to more than a dozen articles in design and aviation trade publications including Passenger Terminal Today, Centerlines, BD+C Magazine, and The Atlantic’s CityLab. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute School of Architecture. 


derrick choi 

Derrick Choi AIA, Founding Principal of XChange Architects, is an award-winning aviation architect and transportation planning professional with nearly two decades of experience working on challenging international aviation, transportation, infrastructure, and urban design projects from Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East.  He has been privileged to have participated in aviation design projects for the world’s leading airport clientele from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Atlanta to Abu Dhabi. A graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Choi has worked with a number of leading aviation design practices, and most recently at POPULOUS, where he established the firm’s Aviation Practice in 2014.

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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. She 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, Coburn 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.



David Cook, AIA, is an Associate at Grimshaw, where he has worked for the past eightyears. In 1999, while at HOK, he worked on a feasibility study for Delta Air Lines at JFK Airport. Since then, Cook has continued to work on aviation, transportation and infrastructure projects, as well as other project types, including higher education and commercial. His most recent completed projects for Grimshaw are the Broadhead Center for Student Life at Duke University and the Croton Water Filtration Plan in Bronx, NY. He also recently led the design of a bus terminal prototype that will be deployed at multiple sites in Doha, Qatar. Cook received his Master of Architecture from Columbia University, and has spoken at numerous schools and conferences including most recently Pratt, Parsons School of Design, SCUP, and Wood at Work 2017.

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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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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, Deri 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.


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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Jeffrey Dugan, AIA, is a partner at Dattner Architects. With over 35 years of experience focused on the design of transit facilities for air and rail, he is a leader within the firm’s Transportation and Infrastructure studio. In response to Governor Cuomo’s design competition involving the re-envisioning of LaGaurdia Airport, Dugan co-led the firm’s visionary urban master plan – Port LaGuardia – developing a series of bold ideas that focused on an incremental series of airside, landside, and waterside improvements. Through this cohesive master plan and the design of a unified terminal with Ferry, Subway, and AirTrain connectivity, a contemporary gateway was established, and many of the solutions incorporated into the Governor’s Advisory Committee’s Master Plan. As a leader in the industry, he serves as the co-chair of AIANY’s Transportation + Infrastructure (T+I) Committee where he contributes to the Chapter’s advocacy effort for T+I planning, design, and resiliency in public policy.

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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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Amaia De Durañona

Amaia de Durañona is an interior architect and industrial designer at FR-EE - Fernando Romero Enterprise. Before moving to Mexico City, she collaborated on private luxury projects for the Middle East and Africa in Paris. De Durañona 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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Rob Eisenstat is the Chief Architect of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Engineering Department, an award-winning multi-disciplinary in-house department of architects, landscape architects, planners, and engineers who provide design and construction management services for the agency. He has been an architect in the Engineering Department for the past 27 years. He holds NCARB and LEED certification, and is a member of the Architectural League of New York and the American Institute of Architects, where he has been co-chair of the New York Chapter Transportation + Infrastructure Committee since 2007.



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 worldwide.

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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. Flores received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University in 2012, and her BArch from Oklahoma State University in 2010.

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Dave Gilmore is the President and Chief Operating Officer of DesignIntelligence and the Design Futures Council, where he is responsible for strategic growth and management. He 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, Goldberg seeks to reconcile long-term public goals and short-term needs by combining highly disciplined project management and design solutions. Work under his 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.

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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.


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, Hafermaas 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. 


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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As an Executive Principal at Intersection, Campbell Hyers has defined and shaped the firm’s core offerings at the convergence of the digital and physical worlds. As a founding partner of Intersection’s technology practice, his leadership launched a leading user experience firm that blends business strategy, UX design and digital tools. With a focus of injecting digital strategy into large shared spaces, his portfolio includes the creation of the Delta/OTG first-of-its-kind tablet concierge, establishing a digital master planning process for connected communities and airports, and helping the world’s largest retailer implement rapid modernization at scale to reenvision their scope of customer service. Hyers speaks frequently on the opportunity for digital to improve value and experience at scale in brick and mortar environments. He is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Storefront for Art and Architecture, curators of the United States Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.



Mitchell Joachim is Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners LLP, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To." Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America." Joachim has won many awards including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, Architizer A+ Award, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012. He co-authored three books, "XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design," "Super Cells: Building with Biology," and "Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned". His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD at Harvard University, and MArch from Columbia University.

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George Kafka is a writer and researcher based in London. Formerly an editor at uncube magazine, he 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.

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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, 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. 

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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. 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. Lyster received a BArch from UCD Dublin and her MArch from Yale University.

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jonathan massey

Jonathan Massey is a Managing Principal with Corgan, where he is the head of Aviation. For the past 25 years, he has played a key role in numerous terminal projects ranging in scale from Shanghai Pudong’s 110 gate Satellite Concourse, to state of the art terminals for Southwest Airlines. Massey's project experience includes passenger terminal feasibility, planning and design, airport master planning, support facility design and operational planning.  His focus is functional optimization, a tailored passenger experience and an effective planning and design process. Massey is a licensed architect in multiple states and a LEED Accredited Professional.


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, Molotch was Centennial Professor, London School of Economics and Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.



Derek A. R. Moore, AIA, PhD, has spent most of his architectural career planning and designing large-scale transportation complexes in both urban and airport settings.  He is a Director of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP (SOM), where he leads the firm’s transportation practice.  Derek has played a significant role in projects at all three NY/NJ airports, as well as other US projects.  Internationally, Derek has led planning and design projects for airports in Europe, the Middle East, India, Hong Kong, China and New Zealand.  The new integrated Terminal at Mumbai International Airport and the Denver Union Station multi-model ground transportation and city development projects are among his most recent completed projects.  Derek is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he spent three years researching and writing his PhD dissertation for the Institute of Fine Arts.  His teaching at Columbia and NYU, as well as his scholarly publications, have ranged from ancient to modern urban history, architectural history and theory, and the future of transportation.  Special projects have included the restoration of a significant church influenced by the Ecclesiological movement in the US and a plan for enhanced visitation of historic sites in Agra, India. 


margaret newman

With over 25 years of experience as an architect and urban planner, Margaret Newman is a Principal at ARUP, focusing on public realm projects as part of the fabric and context of cities. With a deep knowledge of the design process, direct experience with key city agencies, resilient infrastructure and with the long term planning around transportation networks, she directs design for many public and private sector projects.  Prior to joining ARUP, Newman headed up her own consulting firm More Urban, advising on design, and urban planning projects. Under Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Sadik-Khan, she served as Chief of Staff at the NYC Department of Transportation where she directed major agency projects including the capital construction plan for Times Square. Newman received a Master’s degree in Architecture from Princeton University, is a certified LEED BD+C professional and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


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

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. Nowak 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. 

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wayne place

Wayne Place is the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University. He has a PhD in Physics and a Master's Degree in Architecture. 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. Place has taught and written books on daylighting, and 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. Rehm currently 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.  Rivas 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, he held leadership roles at Amazon.com and was co-founder and CEO at Kima Labs (acquired by Groupon). Scholl is an avid pilot and holds a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.


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Nic Scholz is a multidisciplinary designer and Co-Founder of SILO Inc. He holds a BFA in industrial design from RISD and is a fellow at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. Previously he has worked with NASA conceptualizing low gravity transportation systems on celestial bodies and with Chrysler developing steering interfaces for disabled drivers. He has had products showcased in the New York Times Style Magazine. Nic is focused on human interaction with consumer electronic devices, large-scale manufacturing processes, and complex industrial systems. Currently he is building a body of large prints showcasing the internal beauty and engineering prowess of jet engines.


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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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marina suberlyak

Armed with 10 years of airline and commercial experience, Marina Suberlyak recently joined Norwegian Air Shuttle to help solidify the airline’s disruptive presence in the Transatlantic market, and beyond. Combining hands on experience in revenue, network planning and customer marketing at US Airways and JetBlue, she brings a unique perspective on identifying and nurturing opportunities for airlines and airports alike. Grounded by data at her core, in the most recent role heading JetBlue Vacations business unit, Suberlyak led research and development projects to transform packaging product stereotypes into flexible, customer-centric, digital and physical journey interconnected offering poised to modernize how airlines think about their suite of products in the future.

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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 center may one day co-exist. Sutton 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. Theobald 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, Upbin 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.


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. Velikov 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. She is currently working on an exhibition, symposium, and publication titled Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape and the Postnatural.



Dan Verbsky is a Senior Account Manager at LG Electronics for the transportation industry. Prior to that, he worked as the Director of Hardware Solutions at CMS provider Four Winds Interactive for 7 years. Verbsky has over 23 years in the display industry with a background in design, installation, support, and solutions consulting.

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bostjan 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 Waier 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, Waier served as Department Manager of Marketing and Director of Mobile Ticketing for Metrolink. During his tenure, he 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.



Martin Zangerl 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.