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New York City
Lauded as "one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry," Allen has been Editor in Chief of Interior Design for 15 years. Since her editorship in 2001, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the publication’s importance and exposure—strengthening its credentials as the main ambassador of design while proving it the vehicle of growth and success for the industry it represents. She has published nine books on design. It doesn’t stop at the printed page; She is an early adopter of media as a communications tool, and has made over 70 short documentaries featuring the giants of design. She also actively participates in a variety of panels, juries, roundtables, speaking engagements, and industry events worldwide.
Recipient of the 2010 Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA and the 2009 Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops, Allen has served as juror for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and the Gensler Design Excellence Awards, and she is a board member for Design Trust for Public Space and Alpha Workshops. Allen is the 2014 Open House New York Honoree and is chairman of the national board of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids).
New York City
Robin Klehr Avia’s leadership is a hallmark of her professional reputation—whether setting a strategic vision for Gensler, or directing high-profile projects for organizations such as The New York Times and the Ford Foundation.
Since joining Gensler NY in 1980, her contribution is one of many reasons Gensler employs over 6,000 people in 48 offices globally. As Regional Managing Principal for the Northeast and Latin America, she helped lead Gensler into new markets in Canada, Central and South America, growing from a single office to more than 1,300 professionals in eight offices. She serves on Gensler’s Board of Directors, is a member of the Executive Committee and the Management Committee. Most recently, she was inducted into Interior Design’s Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Leadership distinction.
Her projects have won countless design awards. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Interior Design, and Architectural Record.
Luis Juan Lopez Barreiro is a founding partner of Iluminet, an information media outlet specializing in lighting in Mexico, Latin America and Spain. Since 2007, he has covered the most important events and conferences in the lighting industry both in Mexico and internationally, including Lightfair, Seminario IES-Mexico, Professional Lighting Design Conventions (PLDC), Light + Building, and others.
He is an avid promoter of lighting culture, and with his partner, Diana Solís, created the Iberoamerican Lighting Design Biennial as an initiative that seeks to bring recognition to this region´s lighting designers and their profession. He has an M.A. in Digital Journalism from the Universidad of Alcalá de Henares, a Lighting Design Post Graduate degree from UPC and a certificate from Design and Light DIALux by Philips and the Universidad Iberoamericana.
Locust Valley, NY
Dr. Carol Bentel is at the height of a distinguished career as a partner in the nationally renowned firm of Bentel & Bentel, Architects/Planners AIA, whose projects include nearly a half-century of award-winning designs for higher education, libraries, religious buildings, luxury hotels and some of New York’s most heralded restaurants. Her designs have appeared in such publications as Architectural Record, Contract Magazine, Hospitality Design, Interior Design and Metropolis, and have received numerous international honors. She served as National Chair for the AIA Committee on Design. She currently serves as Chair of the BFA Interior Design Department, School of Visual Arts, New York.
Dr. Bentel received a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MA from North Carolina State University, and a BA in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Venice, Italy and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, FAAR ‘94.
Andrée Bober is a curator and arts administrator who works with some of the most admired artists of our time. In 2008, she founded Landmarks at The University of Texas at Austin. Through a long-term loan with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she has acquired and commissioned major works by artists such as Ann Hamilton, Marc Quinn, Nancy Rubins, and James Turrell.
Prior to Austin, Bober led the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati through the successful completion of its Zaha Hadid-designed facility, after which the architect won the 2004 Pritzker Architecture Prize. As deputy and then acting director, she curated the exhibitions SPRAWL (2002) and Susan Unterberg: A Retrospective (2004).
Bober studied art history and museology at The University of Texas at Austin, practiced painting conservation in Vienna, Austria, and earned an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Her recent publications include The Collections: The University of Texas at Austin (2016) and Landmarks (2015).
New York City
Alexandra Champalimaud is an internationally-renowned designer with a reputation for developing bespoke designs of the highest caliber. Originally from Portugal, Alexandra brings a dynamic intellectual curiosity and an absence of pretense to her work. She draws upon a wealth of personal experiences and professional commissions throughout Europe, Africa, Asia and South America.
As founder of the Champalimaud design studio in New York, she and her designers compose elevated environments by culling the individual character of each project through intuitive application of color and texture, coupled with a seasoned understanding of the principles of classic design. Their projects range from five star hotels, luxury condos, fine dining, to private residences.
Some of her hallmark projects include: Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Beverly Hills Hotel in California, The Waldorf Astoria in New York and Chengdu China, The Dorchester in London, and Troutbeck in Upstate New York.
Jeremy Crandell is a co-lead of the Art Department, where he manages large-scale and technical art installations destined for Black Rock City. On playa, his teams include Art Support Services, Fire Art Safety Team, Eyes on Art and ARTery Operations, and he serves on the Event Operations Team. Jeremy volunteered with the Tech Team from 1998–2001 and the Art Department from 2001 through 2011 before joining the year-round staff in 2016. He has worked on collaborative art teams bringing large-scale public art to both Burning Man and municipal settings.
Jeremy has worked as a producer for AOL and as the co-founder of an email protection platform.He’s an active supporter and contributor to nonprofits serving the arts, environmental conservation and astronomy, and he currently serves on the board of The Crucible, an industrial arts school in Oakland, CA.
In the past 50 years, Elizabeth Devereaux has designed and, with an expert team of craftspeople, has fabricated more than 200 site-specific window commissions out of her glass art studio. She has become one of the most widely known and celebrated artists in her field. Her body of work includes commissions for churches, public art, hospitals, corporations, and residences across the country. She has received numerous Public Art Awards and IFRAA/AIA Religious Art Awards. Notable commissions include St. Joseph Cathedral, San Jose, CA; Holy Family Catholic Church, Fond du Lac, WI; and New Clairvaux Monastery, Vina, CA.
She attended Dominican College in San Rafael, CA, including a year of study at the University of Vienna. She completed graduate work at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich, Germany; studies in religion and the arts at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA; and industrial design at California State University, Long Beach.
John Edelman joined Design Within Reach as CEO in 2010, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in consumer-focused lifestyle brands. Before DWR, he spent 14 years at Edelman Leather, the most recent six of which were spent as President & CEO. Prior to this, he spent 7 years at the fashion shoe brand Sam & Libby, where he managed the company’s U.S. business. He has been acknowledged for his achievements by Robb Report, Open House of New York, Elle Decor, and many more.
Edelman is a graduate of Manhattanville College. He served on the Board for luxury bath retailer Waterworks for seven years (2009–2016), and he now serves on the Boards for the Philip Johnson Glass House, handbag designer Carlos Falchi and the Wooster School. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) and on the Advisory Council for the Design Leadership Network. He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife, Bonnie, a recognized photographer, and their two children.
JoAnn Edwards has overseen the Museum of Craft and Design’s (MCD’s) vision and growth since its founding in downtown San Francisco in 2003, to its relocation and acclaimed 2013 grand reopening in San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district. In 2015, the Museum was voted “the Best Boutique Museum in San Francisco” by San Francisco Magazine and in 2016, the MCD museum store was voted “the best Boutique Museum Store in San Francisco”.
Recently, Edwards was invited to be on an international jury for the Dutch Design Awards at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Netherlands. She was the lead speaker for MUSCON 2016 in Miami Beach, co-organized by The Wolfsonian — FIU, Design Miami/ and the Vitra Design Museum. Edwards has been a panelist at national conferences relating to contemporary studio furniture, as well as a juror/critic for such institutions as the American Craft Council, California College of the Arts, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Bellevue Arts Museum, Richmond Art Center, Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, Arts Council Santa Cruz, Patterson-Appleton Art Center and ENGAGE Art Fair.
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Susan Ewing is the new Director at Cranbrook after serving as a professor and administrator for more than three decades at Miami University of Ohio. An accomplished metalsmith, Ewing joined the Miami faculty in 1981. She served as University Distinguished Professor for more than 10 years and Sr. Assoc. Dean/Assoc. Dean of the College of Creative Arts from 2008 until 2016. She was named a Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty in 2005. In 1996, she was awarded Miami’s highest honor, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion.
Over the course of her career, Ewing has collected a number of notable artistic awards. She received the Ohio Craft Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 and was twice honored at The White House (1993, 1994) by President and Mrs. Clinton as one of 80 artists included in the first White House Collection of American Craft. The collection was exhibited at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and numerous other major venues.
Chris Gribbs is the showrunner of the Institute’s signature event, the AIA Conference on Architecture, now recognized as one of the fastest growing shows and largest gathering of architects in the country. The AIA Conference achieved 26,000 registrants, 200,000 net square feet of exhibits, and offers 750 educational sessions and programs.
The AIA Conference is peerless in its professional education offerings and contemporary networking opportunities, brought to life in a vibrant, interactive, and inspirational live experience that connects, energizes, and strives to lift the spirit. Among other initiatives, Chris works to significantly reduce the conference environmental impact and was recently cited as one of the most environmentally sustainable conferences by the Green Meetings Industry Council.
Chris has a degree in architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy and previously worked for architectural firms and the Historic American Buildings Survey of the National Park Service.
One Plus Partnership is an award-winning, Hong Kong-based design firm established in 2004 by directors Ajax Law and Virginia Lung. They have designed a variety of projects, including cinemas, restaurants, retail stores, club houses, and sales offices. Over the past 14 years, they been awarded 564 international interior design awards.
One Plus has won 17 Germany iF Design Awards, including 2 Gold Awards; and 27 US IIDA Awards, including the Overall Winner and Best of Competition among 14 design categories. Other key awards include 17 Germany Red Dot Design Award, one Best of The Best in 2018; 16 UK FX International Design Awards, 18 World Interiors News Awards, 5 INSIDE Festival of Interiors Awards; 7 US Contract Magazine – Annual Interiors Awards, 29 Interior Design Magazine – Best of Year Awards; 31 Italy A’ Design Awards; 21 Japan JCD Design Awards, 23 Good Design Awards. In the 2018 Netherlands Frame Awards, all five shortlisted projects for Cinema of the Year were from One Plus.
Since 1987, Satoshi Nakagawa has developed a universal design development theory and evaluation methods. He is widely involved in product planning and design development for companies around the world. While researching the development process of design focusing on user's behavioral psychology since 2005, he focused on "expected feeling" that leads to purchasing and usage motivation. In 2007 he established the concept of predictive sensitivity design called "EXPECTOLOGY" and presented it as a new design theory.
Since 2008, he has been involved in projects that have introduced the theory of anticipation in actual product development and service planning and contributes to many design engineering discoveries.His research group on participatory research, the “Expectation Study Group,” has attracted the interest of over 100 companies. Since 2015, he has been working on establishing a new concept, “SUPER SENSING,” developing products and modules that expand humans’ capacity to sense design.
Portland and Taunusstein
Derix Glasstudios is a world-class specialist for fabricating architectural art glass with 150 years of experience.
Frederik Richter, Executive Director, learned his craft from scratch. At the age of 20, he began training at Derix as a glazier. His artistic sensibility, skill and innovative approaches were apparent early on. In 2007, Frederik became Project Development Manager and executed large-scale public art projects around the globe. He has sat on the managing board for 7 years now, where he shares both his passion and extensive experience with artists, architects and clients.
As a 5th generation Derix, Anna Rothfuss grew up in the family business. Following a path of her own, she completed her liberal arts PhD while assisting the studio. She joined Derix full time in 2016, committing to her passion for glass and art. As Project Development Manager for Derix U.S., Anna uses her keen sense for art and space to collaborate with clients on the execution of artistic designs in glass.
For over two decades, southern California design firm, Minarc, has been held in high esteem among architectural design circles and building industry organizations alike. Minarc’s creations are inspired by the natural landscapes in which they reside, and the company is committed to environmentally sustainable building practices. Principals Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson derive inspiration from the unassuming beauty and otherworldly natural features of their native Iceland, the land of fire and ice.
Minarc’s designs have won a range of prestigious awards. Most notable are Minarc’s ION Adventure and ION City hotels, recognized by Hospitality Design Awards for Hotels, WIN Awards, BLLA Awards, International Architecture Awards, LEAF Awards, Global Travel Experience Awards, CODAawards, and many more. Minarc’s projects have been featured in top-of-industry publications including Dwell, NEWH Magazine, Wallpaper, SBID, GQ, and Interior Design Magazine, among many others.
Mark Zeff, founder of his world-renowned, namesake design firm, is an Interior Design Hall of Fame recipient that leads lifestyle thought for hotel, architecture, residential and restaurant design. Attention to detail in every project is paramount to his company’s success; the firm has numerous ongoing residential projects as well as hospitality projects for such major groups as Virgin Hotels, Canopy by Hilton, and Kimpton, amongst others. MARKZEFF’s original and distinctive environments seamlessly integrate the highest quality craftsmanship and custom designs with the latest technology.
Mark, with his wife Kristen, is also the visionary behind BLACKBARN, a lifestyle brand that embodies living with ease, sumptuous beauty, and style. The brand has partnered with BlackBook Media to open a fully integrated gallery, event space, and experiential media model in DUMBO called BlackBook Presents.
New York City
Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design.
A design marketing consultant who conceived of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Shaw worked closely with its show management in its development, and that of Accent on Design. She leads NY NOW’s green initiative, Sustainability: Design for a Better World.
Shaw serves as a founding member of the NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee, New York City’s official design week, during which Shaw produces Design Pavilion, a 9-day cultural public event intended to increase awareness of the power of design, and NYC Design Talks, offering inspired topics by today’s most insightful design thinkers.
Shaw serves on the board of trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and co-founded Operation Design, creating mentorships and creative programs between architects, designers, artists and NYC public schools.
"Leave good footprints." -Ellen Kochansky, artist