Keynote Speakers


Arthur Cohen

Arthur Cohen is CEO and co-founder of LaPlaca Cohen, the nation’s leading strategic marketing and communications firm serving the unique needs of cultural organizations. He consults to organizations throughout the world, working with management, Board members, collectors, foundations, sponsors and educators on audience development, communications and strategic planning issues. Cohen also oversees LaPlaca Cohen's ongoing research project, CultureTrack, the largest ongoing study tracking the shifting attitudes and behaviors of cultural audiences in the United States. He is recognized as instrumental in advancing the field of cultural branding and organizational vision development through his professional, academic, and lecturing activities. These include speaking engagements to cultural professionals throughout North America, South America and Europe. Full bio

Cohen serves as an Associate Professor at New York University, where he teaches Cultural Branding—a course he created for NYU's Visual Arts Administration program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development for graduate students in that program as well as MBA students at the Stern School of Business Administration. 
He has also guest lectured at a number of leading colleges and universities including Columbia University and Yale University.

Cohen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (magna cum laude with Distinction in the Major, 1982), Harvard Business School (MBA 1988; President of the Marketing Society) and attended the London School of Economics (concentration in Philosophy, 1987).

Prior to co-founding LaPlaca Cohen, he served as a consultant to a number of major museums; public relations consultant to Giorgio Armani; and Communications Director and later acting Deputy Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Previously, he held brand management positions at Procter & Gamble and Gillette. Arthur is the Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, and a Board member of: the American Federation of Arts; the Architectural League of New York; The University of Pennsylvania/Institute of Contemporary Art; and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. He also serves on the Modern and Contemporary Collections Committee of the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Visiting Committee of the Center for Experimental Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He lives in New York City and Cape Cod.


Pascale Sablan

Pascale Sablan is a Senior Associate S9Architecture and Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment – a for-profit with a mission to create a more just, culturally reflective, and sustainable built environment. Pascale has extensive experience designing mixed-use, commercial, cultural and residential projects across the U.S. and around the world. Her work has been recognized with a number of awards and honors, including the Pratt Alumni Achievement Award, the NOMA Prize for Excellence in Design and the AIA Young Architects Award. In 2017, Pascale was featured on the cover of Building Design + Construction magazine as one of the 40 Under 40 rising stars in the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Pascale is the 315th African American female registered architect in the U.S. Earlier this month, she was named President Elect of the National Organization of Minority Architects after previously serving as the group’s Northeast Regional Vice President and being named Member of the Year.


Helle Lis Søholt

Helle is Founding Partner and CEO of Gehl. She started the company with Professor Jan Gehl in 2000. Through her leadership, strategic and organizational talent, the office has developed a knowledge base and experience portfolio that is respected internationally in the field of urban design and urban development. Over the years of its existence, Gehl has been awarded multiple prizes and recognitions for their contribution to making cities more livable and sustainable around the world. Full bio

Today, Helle is a prominent leader in her field. Over the past years, Helle has acted as an advisor to the City of Copenhagen and other great cities in Scandinavia like Oslo, Stockholm and Gothenburg, advocating for a new alternative to traditional planning with and for people. Helle is often leading and facilitating large change processes in cities, where she aims to move those involved from a traditional planning approach, towards a 21st century value-based planning model, centered on people. Using her pragmatic idealism, Helle manages to facilitate processes where people become the drivers of change. She enjoys fast idea generation, solving complex urban challenges and facilitating processes by engaging multiple stakeholders. Internationally, Helle has worked in cities such as Cape Town, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Seattle, New York, Vancouver, London, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne adding to her global experience in the field of urban design and development. She has extensive international urban design experience at various levels of intervention and at a multitude of scales – from urban research and analysis, visioning and strategy to design development and implementation.

In 2010, Helle was awarded membership of the Danish Arts Society, as well as the Danish Dreyer’s Prize of Honor for Architects in Denmark. She also serves as a member on several boards of foundations, organizations and committees, such as the Realdania Foundation in Denmark and the Danish Federal Realestate Development Agency.

In addition, Helle has served as a keynote speaker focusing on the issue of urban quality, quality of life and mobility at a wide range of internationally renowned conferences. She also regularly forms part of design competition juries, expert panels and debates. She is a strong advocate for healthy urban living, supports compact urban form, human scale and mobility for all. In contrast to urban complexity, Helle enjoys gardening, healthy food and art exhibitions and theater plays which offer visual pleasure and artistic expression.

Helle is educated as an architect from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, the University of Washington in Seattle, USA and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Wouter Vanstiphout

Wouter Vanstiphout is a historian of architecture and former Professor of Design and Politics at the Technical University of Delft. Previously he was Visiting Professor of Geography, Landscape & Cities at the Akademie der Bildende Künste, Vienna (2008–2009) and Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at Technical University, Berlin (2004–2006). Vanstiphout is one of the founders of the Crimson Historians & Urbanists research collective, Rotterdam. He is also a member of the Reflection team of VROM, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Hague and serves on the board of SKOR, Foundation Art and Public Space, Amsterdam. Publications include: De Collectie, bijzondere stationsgebouwen in Nederland [The Collection: Remarkable Train Station Buildings in the Netherlands] (2009) and WiMBY!, Verleden, Heden & Toekomst van een New Town [WiMBY!, Past, Present & Future of a New Town] (2007). Exhibitions with Crimson include: Rotterdam Maakbare Stad, International Architecture Biennial Rotterdam, at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, 2009; and WiMBY!, Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Vanstiphout lives and works in Rotterdam and Schiedam.


Featured Participants


Shalini Agrawal

Shalini Agrawal brings over 25 years of experience of community-engaged practice, and has dedicated her career to bringing diversity and equity in design, art and architecture. She is co-director of Pathways to Equity, a leadership experience for equitable community-engaged design, and founder and principal of Public Design for Equity, an equity-driven practice for equity-driven outcomes. Shalini is on the board of Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, and Association for Community Design, as their Director of Fellowship. She is Associate Professor in Critical Ethnic Studies, Interdisciplinary Design Studios and Decolonial School at California College of the Arts.


Julian Arrington

Julian Arrington is a lead designer in SmithGroup’s DC Cultural Studio. A proud graduate of Howard University, Julian has shaped concepts for multiple museum projects including a museum to address the history of slavery in Richmond, Virginia, the Universal Hip Hop Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Museum of Pop Culture and others. A proponent of community-informed design, Julian has helped to lead stakeholder-engagement efforts to craft designs that reflect the goals ands aspirations of the people they serve.


Ron Bogle

Ron Bogle, Hon AIA, brings decades of experience from the world of architecture, education and philanthropy to the challenge of leading Reimagine America’s Schools. With core funding from Schmidt’s Futures, Ron is leading a national initiative to bring together thought leaders from education, technology, design and the civic community to rethink public education and the built environment of America’s schools.

A creative social entrepreneur, Ron is currently President of the National Design Alliance, which he founded in 2018. Previously he served as the President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation. In his 15 years at AAF, Ron transformed the American Architectural Foundation into a dynamic national leadership organization with a completely new portfolio of national programs to help shape our cities, neighborhoods, schools and neighborhoods. As managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design while at AAF, Ron was directly involved in helping educate, inform and support mayors on the challenges of infrastructure design in cities. This program supported over 1000 mayors on community and civic design. Drawing on his work with Mayors, Ron launched a large portfolio of national programs to improve strategies for infrastructure design and sustainable and resilient design in cities.


David Brown

David Brown is the 2021 Artistic Director for the Chicago Architecture Biennial and is a designer, researcher, and educator based at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. David investigates non-hierarchical, flexible, and variable approaches to urban design. For more than a decade, David’s work has focused on The Available City, an ongoing speculation on the potential of Chicago’s city-owned vacant land. David’s work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012), the Chicago Cultural Center’s Expo 72 (2013), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015), and received a grant from the Graham Foundation in 2011. In 2006, David curated the exhibition Learning from North Lawndale: Past, Present + Future at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (now the Chicago Architecture Center). Brown has lectured on his work at Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies and the Politecno di Milano and has taught at Florida A&M University and Rice University. David is a long-time collaborator of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, having been a participant in the inaugural 2015 Biennial and presenting two pop-up exhibitions and a series of youth programs for the 2019 edition.


Elgin Cleckley

Elgin Cleckley, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at UVA with an appointment in the Curry School of Education and the School of Nursing. He is a designer, director, and principal of _mpathic design – a Design Thinking pedagogy, initiative, and professional practice focusing on intersections of identity, culture, history, memory, and place. After studying architecture at the University of Virginia (’93) and Princeton University (’95), he collaborated with DLR Group (Seattle), MRSA Architects (Chicago), and Baird Sampson Neuert Architects (Toronto) on award-winning civic projects. He was a Muschenheim Fellow at the University of Michigan (1998), teaching undergraduate studios at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Before joining UVA’s Design Thinking program in 2016, Elgin was the 3D Group Leader and Design Coordinator at the Ontario Science Centre (Toronto), Science Content and Design Department, and Agents of Change Initiative, since 2001. Elgin is the recent winner of several notable honors, the Armstead Robinson Faculty Award, the 2020 ACSA Diversity Achievement Award, and the Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies.


John Comazzi

John Comazzi is Associate Professor + Director of the Design Thinking/Design Practices Program at the University of Virginia. Hired as part of the University's "Cluster Hiring Initiative," John has partial appointments in the School of Nursing and the School of Education and Human Development where he collaborates on interdisciplinary teaching, research, and curriculum development. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Virginia, he held teaching positions at the University of Michigan (Lecturer 1999-2006), and the University of Minnesota (Assistant Professor 2006-2012, Associate Professor with Tenure 2012-2017) where he was the Director of the Undergraduate B.S. Degree Program (Major in Architecture) from 2012-2015.

John’s teaching, research, and scholarship focus on the following areas: mid-century Modern architecture and design; design theory and criticism; architecture photography; the design of active learning environments for PK-12 education; and design-build practices. He is the author a monograph on Balthazar Korab, one of the most prolific and celebrated architecture photographers of the Modern era, and is currently writing a monograph on the Miller House and Gardens in Columbus, IN (forthcoming from Princeton Architectural Press, 2021/22).


Erin Cullerton

Erin Cullerton is the Founder and Chief Strategist at Design Agency Co, a boutique public relations and brand strategy firm. Erin has been helping creative brands successfully expand their marketplace visibility for nearly two decades. As the former Deputy Director and Director of Communications for the American Institute of Architects in San Francisco, Erin leverages extensive knowledge of the practice of design with established industry connections, deep media savvy, and proven best practices to position our clients for exposure to the right audience at the right time.

Through the years, Erin has launched numerous community engagement initiatives, including the successful Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s first month-long design festival, and most recently the Making LA conference. As a former journalist, her writing on design and culture has appeared in ARTnews, Metropolis, ReadyMade, Surface, Time Out London, and Wired, and she is the editor of the publications Contemporary Prefab Houses and Young Architects Americas. Erin sits on the editorial advisory board of The Architect’s Newspaper and formerly co-ran Design East of La Brea (or de LaB), an educational design nonprofit known for throw some of the “best offbeat design experiences” in Los Angeles. She is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco.


Marieke de Veer

Marieke de Veer is a Senior Project Developer at Tinker Imanineers, and telling stories and creating spaces that matter is Marieke’s main motivation. Marieke’s background in film and theatre and international work experience on the side of the client have helped de Veer develop a clear sense of what moves the visitors. At Tinker, Marieke is primarily involved in coordinating and supervising master plans, concept visions, and project management.


Nathan Dennies

Nathan Dennies is the Associate Director of the Baltimore Architecture Foundation where he helps manage the organization and its programs, including Doors Open Baltimore. Nathan serves on the boards of the Baltimore City Historical Society, the Friends of The Jones Falls, and the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. He also manages the Greater Hampden Heritage Alliance, a community preservation organization in his neighborhood. Nathan is an avid birder, amateur gardener, and a passable bartender.


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Beatrice Galilee

Beatrice Galilee is a curator, critic and cultural consultant specializing in the field of contemporary architecture and design. Beatrice is internationally recognized for her worldwide experience in curating, designing and conceiving original and dynamic city-wide biennales, museum exhibitions, installations, conferences, events and publications, bringing together the world’s most important institutions with cutting edge practitioners. Her research and writing has been published in journals, newspapers and magazines.

She is the founder and executive director of The World Around, a New York-based conference and platform for cultural discourse whose critically acclaimed first event took place in January 2020. Between 2014-2019, Beatrice was the first curator of contemporary architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where she organized exhibitions and installations on the Met Rooftop, and public programs of contemporary architecture, art, photography, film and design, launched the acclaimed public program for architecture, In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day, as well as acquisitions and collections research.

From 2006-2009 Beatrice was Architecture Editor for Icon Magazine, one of Europe’s leading publications in architecture and design. Beatrice’s writing has been published in a number of international magazines and books as well as daily newspapers. Beatrice is a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London, with a Masters in Architectural History from Bartlett UCL and a degree in Architecture from Bath University.


Sarah Herda

Sarah Herda has served as Director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts since 2006. Sarah is credited with transforming the foundation’s headquarters, the historic Madlener House, into a world-class public venue for architecture exhibitions and building one of Chicago’s most celebrated venues for public programs. From 1998 until 2006, Sarah was Director and Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture, an experimental exhibition space founded in New York City in 1982 that is recognized internationally as a vital platform for emerging ideas. Before being named Director of Storefront, Sarah was Director of the Center for Critical Architecture/Art and Architecture Exhibition Space in San Francisco, and she also worked in architectural publishing at the Monacelli Press.

Sarah teaches at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she has frequently been an invited critic and speaker at numerous institutions. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Architecture Organizations, as well as on advisory boards for The Architect’s Newspaper, LAXART, the Mills College Art Museum, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.


Warren James

Warren James is an architect and urban designer, and the Director of Art Omi: Architecture; he is also a guest curator, published author, lecturer and visiting professor. The architecture and planning studio he founded, WAJA+P, has designed both PINTA: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and FLUX Art fairs in New York, and worked on exhibitions for The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, Museo del Barrio, Museum of The City of New York, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. As part of a multidisciplinary team the firm worked on the planning and development for the proposed National Latino Museum in Washington, DC. Warren studied architecture and urban design at Cornell and Columbia. His architectural drawings are in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and Centre Canadien d'Architecture.


Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson is an experienced nonprofit executive with expertise in nonprofit management, real estate development, and community and economic development. Rebecca is passionate about community engagement, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and design thinking approaches to solving some of our cities' largest problems.

As Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture and Design, Rebecca enthusiastically represents the interests of the architectural community in Philadelphia, as well as creates compelling programming to engage and excite the public about architecture and design. Rebecca has been an staunch advocate for young women and women in leadership, serving on the Board of the Pennsylvania Women's Campaign Fund for four years and co-founded REPRESENT! Political Action Committee to help elect strong, women in Pennsylvania. Rebecca earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Lehigh University; a master’s in Sociology-Urban Studies at Georgia State University and a JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law.


Michael Kimmelman

Michael Kimmelman has been the Architecture Critic for the New York Times since 2011, and has reported from more than 40 countries and twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His work focuses on urban affairs, public space, housing for the poor, infrastructure, social equality and the environment, as well as on design. A best-selling author, he has won numerous awards over the years. The magazine New York titled an article about him “The People’s Critic.” In March 2014, Michael was given the Brendan Gill Prize for “insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York’s architectural environment,” “that is journalism at its finest." From 2007 to 2011, Michael was based in Berlin, covering Europe and the Middle East, having devised the “Abroad” column. While there, he reported on life under Hamas in Gaza, the crackdown on culture in Putin’s Russia, negritude in France and bullfighting in Spain, among other subjects. He was previously The Times’s longtime chief art critic — “the most acute American art critic of his generation,” according to the late Australian writer Robert Hughes. A graduate of Yale and Harvard, adjunct professor at Columbia University and former Franke fellow at the Whitney Center for the Humanities at Yale, he has contributed regularly to The New York Review of Books.


Kristin LaBuz

Kristin LaBuz joined Open House New York as the Deputy Director for Development and Communications in January 2018. She has decade of experience working to improve the built environment, including previous roles at the Design Trust for Public Space, DUMBO Improvement District and NYC Health. Kristin holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.


Ted Landsmark

Ted Landsmark serves as Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. As Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s first appointment to the Boston Planning and Development Agency’s Board of Directors, Ted has brought to the board a wealth of expertise in architecture, urban design, civic leadership, architectural and construction law, and community advocacy. During his seventeen-year tenure as president and CEO of the Boston Architectural College, Ted led the growth of the school from a center into an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary institution. In August 2014, he was named president emeritus of the college. Ted has served as academic vice president of the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina, and as a faculty member and administrator at the Massachusetts College of Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and UMass Boston. He has also served as a trustee or board member for many non-profit organizations. His research and practice interests include diversity in design, environmental design, design education, higher education administration, community-based economic development, historic preservation, and African American art and artisanry.


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Anne-Marie Lubenau

Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA, is an architect, educator and advocate for excellence in urban design and planning. She focuses on expanding the role of architects in shaping cities by engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding about the built environment and its impact on our lives. Prior to joining the Bruner Foundation, Anne-Marie was CEO of the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, worked in architecture firms in Pittsburgh, and developed and taught classes on the urban environment. She regularly contributes to national forums and publications on design, and serves on the Association of Architecture Organizations' Board of Directors.


Kent Martinussen

Kent Martinussen is the CEO of the Danish Architecture Centre, and was educated at international architecture schools and universities, including the Beaux Arts School in Paris and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen from where he holds an MA in Architecture. Kent heads the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC), the national center for architecture and urban planning in Denmark, which is organized as a private-public partnership between the philanthropic fund Realdania and the Danish government. The DAC is a non-profit project organization that delivers public service, B2B development and international promotion within the field of architecture and urban planning. Kent serves as a member of a number of national and international committees, juries and boards, including the international jury panel of the Architecture Biennale in Venice, the steering committee of the Mies Van der Rohe Award and competition juries.

Kent is an advisor to governments, municipalities and corporations on policy making, strategic development and city governance.


Richard McCoy

Richard McCoy is the founding director of Landmark Columbus, an organization dedicated to caring for and celebrating the world-renowned design heritage of Columbus, Indiana. Landmark Columbus is best known for its program Exhibit Columbus which alternates programming between symposium and exhibition years.

Richard is an experienced cultural leader who has a history of creating unique solutions to complex cultural heritage challenges, curating art projects in public spaces, and teaching in graduate programs. He serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees.

A former Fulbright Scholar to Spain, Richard holds a master's degree in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts and received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University, double majoring in journalism and political science.


Beth Miller

Beth Miller served as Executive Director of the Community Design Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that strengthens neighborhoods through design, from 2001-2020. Beth also developed and launched Infill Philadelphia, a series of innovative proactive design initiatives. The seven-cycle initiative the Collaborative coordinated public private partnerships to reimagine underutilized assets, convene conversations, and deliver pragmatic design solutions around emergent themes.

Beth’s commitment to cities and civic engagement extends to her volunteer and public service. She served on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 2011 to 2016 and the Design Advocacy Group from 2005 to 2011. She holds a Master’s in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.


Michael J. Monti

Michael J. Monti, PhD, has served as executive director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture since 2004. ACSA’s mission is to lead in architectural education and research, and in recent years, under Michael’s leadership, the organization established new scholarly publications, a new portal to architecture schools, and a new volunteer structure that includes a committee charged with inclusion and diversity in architectural education as a top strategic initiative. Michael has also served as principal on several funded projects with government agencies, foundations and industry groups. Michael has a doctorate from the Philosophy, Interpretation, Culture program at Binghamton University, where his dissertation focused on environmental philosophy and ethics. Michael also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Architecture Organizations.


Samantha Nelson

Samantha Nelson has served as Boston By Foot’s Executive Director since May 2012. Previously she was Director of Education and Public Program at the Old State House Museum, operated by the Bostonian Society.

Samantha volunteers with Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts Odyssey of the Mind, a creative problem solving program for children, and she leads the Neighborhood Slow Streets initiative in her Roxbury neighborhood. She holds a BA in history from Boston University, an MA in history from the University of Glasgow, and an MBA in nonprofit management from Simmons College.


Ceara O’Leary

Ceara O’Leary, AIA, is a Co-Executive Director at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC), where she leads collaborative community design and planning projects citywide alongside neighborhood partners with a focus on community engagement. She is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, teaching public interest design and community development courses. Ceara’s professional work, teaching, research and speaking focus on inclusive design of community spaces, ranging from building renovations and open space design to neighborhood plans and citywide infrastructure strategy. Ceara joined the DCDC in 2012 as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow and is the Immediate Past Chair of the AIA Housing and Community Development Knowledge Community Advisory Group. In 2015 Ceara was named a “Top Urban Innovator” by Next City Vanguard and completed a fellowship with the ULI Larsen Center for Leadership. Previously, Ceara worked with bcWORKSHOP in the Lower Rio Grade Valley and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi. Ceara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Masters degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning and she earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University.


Cindy Olnick

Cindy Olnick is a communications consultant for historic places and preservation. She led communications for the Los Angeles Conservancy from 2004 to 2018, overseeing messaging, strategy, engagement, branding, marketing, digital outreach, and media relations. In her own practice, Cindy helps preservation organizations and other nonprofits raise money, engage audiences, and mobilize action. She also works on national initiatives to advance the field of preservation through strategic communications. Cindy co-hosts Save As, a new podcast showcasing innovative research by graduate students in the University of Southern California’s Heritage Conservation Program. She serves on the boards of Long Beach Heritage and Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library. A Georgia native, Cindy worked in communications in Boston before moving to Los Angeles in 2000, largely for its architecture.


Lynn Osmond

Lynn Osmond has served as President and CEO of the Chicago Architecture Foundation since 1996, and led the creation in 2018 of the Chicago Architecture Center, a 20,000-square-foot home that brings architecture into the city’s cultural conversation. Opening the Center included rebranding the organization as the CAC, whose tours, exhibitions, classes and conversations now engage 695,000 people each year. Under Lynn’s leadership, the CAC also initiated Open House Chicago—a free, citywide festival attracting more than 100,000 attendees—and spearheaded the launch of the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), connecting 160 members worldwide. More than 85 acclaimed tours led by volunteer docents depart more than 7,000 times annually, while CAC education initiatives reach more than 33,000 youth.

An Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects since 2005, Lynn serves on the boards of Choose Chicago (Vice Chair) and the Magnificent Mile and is President of International Women’s Forum Chicago. She is founding chair of the Association of Architectural Organizations, a commissioner of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, and a member of the Commercial Club, the Chicago Network, and the Economic Club of Chicago, among others. Osmond holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Canada’s Queens University and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Michaele Pride

Michaele Pride, AIA, NOMA, is a Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. As an architect and urban designer, she emphasizes principles of consensus, collaboration and public engagement in her teaching, research and professional consulting. Michaele’s current work focuses on the intersection between design and public health—seeking ways to create healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.

After the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, Michaele helped found the Design Professionals’ Coalition, offering assistance to neglected communities of South LA. She left private practice in Los Angeles to become the inaugural Director of the Downtown Design Center at the University of Kentucky in 1996. Prior to UNM, she was at the University of Cincinnati, where she served as the Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design from 2003-09.

Michaele served on the Cincinnati City Planning Commission and on the Board of Trustees for the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. She recently served on the Design Review Committee for the Sawmill Community Land Trust and on the Healthy Places, Healthy People steering committee for the Con Alma Health Foundation, and has served on several national and international design and awards juries.


Benjamin Prosky

Benjamin Prosky is Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) and the Center for Architecture. He previously served as Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). In 2009, Ben cofounded ARCHITIZER, and until May 2011 was the Director of Special Events and External Affairs at Columbia University GSAPP. From 2002 to 2005, Ben was Head of Public and University Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal, Canada, and from 1999 to 2002 he was an Exhibitions Coordinator for the Institut francais d’architecture in Paris, France. He currently serves on the boards of the Association of Architecture Organizations, the Advisory Board of the New York Institute of Technology and the Alumni Board of the Packer Collegiate Institute.


Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera is a designer, artist, educator and curator passionate about food, lover of ephemeral objects, gradients and anything deemed as kitsch. Juan Carlos was born and raised in the smallest town of Puerto Rico and received an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in NY. Juan's practice focuses on dismantling colonial legacies in art and design. The ongoing research that informs his work is the study of decoloniality, pedagogy, design and non-western methodologies.


Alan R. Sandler

Alan R. Sandler serves as Executive Director of the Architectural Foundation of San Francisco, where he develops, implements and administers AFSF programs. Prior to joining AFSF in 1999, Alan was director of operations and education programs for The American Architectural Foundation (AAF) and The American Institute of Architects (AlA) in Washington, DC for 20 years. Alan has authored publications and articles on education and also has served as contributing editor to several education journals and magazines. Alan has served as an education administrator in several school districts in Florida, as well as serving as a consultant to school systems throughout the nation.


Dayton Schroeter

Dayton Schroeter is a Design Principal who has championed Design Justice advocacy throughout his career at SmithGroup. As a leader of the firm’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, his charge is to lead design projects that address the systemic injustice that architecture and planning have perpetuated for historically disenfranchised communities of color. Leveraging his tenacious passion for design justice with authenticity and creativity, he is currently leading Antiracism efforts in design projects including the National Slavery Museum located at the Lumpkin’s Slave Jail Site / Devil’s Half Acre and a traveling installation called Society’s Cage that sheds national awareness on the intersectional effects of racism on our society’s collective health, safety and welfare. Dayton is the co-author of a research grant called Hidden Voices for the development of a rubric for architects and planners doing community engagement around Black historical sites of trauma and resilience in the United States.


Ellen Soloff

Ellen Soloff is the Director of Tours & Merchandise at Mural Arts Philadelphia, the largest public art program of its kind in the country, and has held this position since 2014. In this role, she oversees a department that runs annually 800+ mural tours and experiences for residents and tourists, as well as manages a team of 28 tour guides. For 12 years, prior to joining Mural Arts, Ellen was the Director of New Business Development at BlueStar Marketing, a branding and promotional products firm. In addition, Ellen has held several tourism marketing, sponsorship and special event management positions with Philadelphia‐centric organizations, such as: The Manayunk Development Corporation, Welcome America, Inc. and Light of Liberty, Inc. Ellen is a graduate of the George Washington University. She is a longtime Center City, Philadelphia resident as and has one daughter who attends the University of Pittsburgh. Also, loves the beach, theater and all kinds of travel.


Anne Surak

Anne Surak is the director of Exhibit Columbus, which is a program of the Landmark Columbus Foundation. Exhibit Columbus is an exploration of architecture, art, design, and community that activates the design legacy of Columbus, Indiana. It creates a cycle of programming that uses this context to convene conversations around innovative ideas and commissions site-responsive installations in a free, public exhibition.

Anne is a curator and art dealer whose 18-year-long career in the cultural sector has predominantly focused on the production of collaborative projects and exhibitions. She is the founder of art consultancy firm Art + Space and has worked with clients such as architecture firms Gensler and Smith Group.

Prior to becoming director of Exhibit Columbus, Surak was the inaugural director of Project 4 Gallery in Washington DC, which represented emerging and mid-career American artists.


Hunter Tura

Hunter Tura is President and Chief Executive Officer of Bruce Mau Design (a member of the MDC Partners network of companies) where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm, global recruiting and business development. Hunter's passion is for building truly great teams, helping develop strategies and driving growth for clients and brands. Over the course of the past two decades, he has worked with business, cultural and design leaders from organizations such as Coca-Cola, GE, Unilever, Nike, Prada, Procter & Gamble, Holt Renfrew, New World Development, Estée Lauder Companies, Harvard University, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, the AT&T Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts on a range of brand initiatives.

Prior to joining BMD, Tura was Managing Director at 2x4, Inc., responsible for leading operational and strategic business efforts in the U.S. and China, and previously was a designer at Rockwell Group in New York and has worked in the office of AMO/Rem Koolhaas. Hunter has served on the design faculty of the University of California - Berkeley, Columbia University, Boston Architectural College and has been a lecturer and guest critic at a wide range of Universities and conferences worldwide.


Gregory Wessner

Gregory Wessner became Executive Director of the National Academy of Design in September 2020. Founded in 1825 by a group of young artists and architects, the National Academy is one of the oldest arts institutions in the United States and has been a leading advocate for American art and architecture for nearly two centuries. Prior to the National Academy of Design, Wessner served as Executive Director of Open House New York, where he spearheaded an expanded schedule of programs and activities that helped transform OHNY into one of the leading forums for architecture, design and planning in New York City. Wessner also worked at the Architectural League of New York, where he served in a variety positions including Exhibitions Director. He also served as Chief Administrator at the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts and the alternative art space White Columns, and at the Parrish Art Museum. Wessner was named an Honorary Member of AIA New York and is a board member of the Association of Architecture Organizations. He was recognized by the Guides Association of New York in 2016 for Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City. In recognition of his contributions to art and culture in New York City, Wessner received the Award of Merit in 2020 from the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY), the highest honor given by AIANY to a non-architect. Wessner did doctoral research in art and architectural history at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and completed undergraduate studies in Art History at Rutgers University.


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Ann Yoachim

Ann Yoachim is the director of the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design and a professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture. As director, she oversees programs and projects, executes strategic initiatives and nurtures key relationships of the center. She has 15 years of experience building partnerships across campus-community boundaries to amplify community voice and support meaningful change. As an educator, scholar and administrator, Ann is focused on facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration and shaping built, natural and social environments that impact health and wellness in rural and urban settings. This work has ranged from managing multi-faceted projects on climate change adaptation and resilience to facilitating strategic planning and design thinking efforts for philanthropy. Much of her work falls at the intersection of design, equity, and ecology. Ann holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and political science from Dickinson College. In 2012-2013, she was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Amy Yurko

Amy Yurko AIA is an architect and educator who believes in applying brain-based strategies to the planning and design of learning environments. She is the founder of BrainSpaces, a consulting firm that offers collaborative visioning, programming and planning expertise to school districts throughout the country.

Amy is the recipient of the coveted Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI) International School Planner of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements in planning and designing educational facilities throughout the world.

Amy has worked as an educator in the Chicago Public School system as well as with high caliber institutions such as Harvard, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California, and volunteering to build schools in underprivileged communities in South America, she has been fortunate to experience the joy of learning and the value of promoting that joy in others.



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