Director, Museum of Arts and Design
Glenn Adamson is the Nanette L Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. He was, until Autumn 2013, Head of Research at the V&A, where he was active as a curator, historian, and theorist. Adamson is among the most prominent and respected voices in the field of applied arts and design today. His international perspective meshes perfectly with MAD's exhibition and education program, which represents a global roster of emerging and established artists.
Adamson's publications include Thinking Through Craft (2007), The Craft Reader (2010), Invention of Craft (2013), and Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 to 1990 (2011). He is also the co-founder and editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft.
Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design magazine
Lauded as "one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry," Cindy Allen marked 12 years as Editor in Chief of Interior Design magazine in 2013. 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. Allen is an industry champion, promoting both the giants of design and the rising stars. A self-proclaimed design junkie, she brings an unbridled passion for design to the pages of the magazine each month, offering a unique view into design and personal connections to leaders in the industry. 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. She was recently appointed chairman of DIFFA.
Harry Allen Design
Born in New Jersey in 1964, Harry Allen received an undergraduate degree from Alfred University before moving New York City and earning a Masters in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute. In 1993 he established his design consultancy, Harry Allen Design, and the same year designed and produced a line of furniture called Living Systems, which he showed at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Since, he has designed furniture, products, and interiors for an illustrious roster of international clients.
Harry's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) , the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Denver Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His awards include the Brooklyn Museum of Art's Modernism/Young Designer Award, two Industrial Design Society of America IDEA Awards, and he has been featured in Interior Design magazine's Annual Design Review four times. His packaging for Marc Jacob's men's fragrance, BANG, won both a FIFI award and a Pentaward. His work is featured regularly in international media.
Kathy Chia AIA founded Desai Chia Architecture in 1996 with her partner Arjun Desai. Her firm focuses on design that merges technology, material innovation, sustainability, and the craft of building into collaborative and socially-dynamic environments. Desai Chia's portfolio includes residential & commercial projects, product design, and art installations. The firm's projects have received numerous awards including several American Architecture Awards, AIA Design Awards, Interior Design 'Best of Year' Awards, and Good Design Awards. Prior to founding Desai/Chia Architecture, Katherine Chia worked with artist Maya Lin on numerous architecture and art commissions. Chia has taught in the architecture department at Parsons The New School of Design. She was a Trustee of the United Nations International School and is a Trustee Emeritus of Amherst College, serving as Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee at both institutions.
Paula Crown's portfolio is defined by direct engagement in the arts and advocacy for initiatives in education, health, and the environment. After a successful career at Salomon Brothers in New York, she joined family-owned investment firm Henry Crown and Company in Chicago as principal in 1985. Most recently, Crown revived an early avocation as an artist and graduated in 2012 with a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Crown is represented by Marlborough Gallery which hosted her first solo show in New York in 2015. Crown has had solo exhibitions at The Aspen Institute (2013) and Dallas Contemporary (2014); an installation at EXPO CHICAGO (2014); and a site specific installation in Miami's Design District. Crown serves on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She is also a member of the board of trustees of The Museum of Modern Art, as well as numerous boards focused on education, health, and the environment. She earned her A.B. degree in management science from Duke University magna cum laude. Crown resides in Chicago and Aspen with her husband and her four children. www.paulacrown.com
CEO, Derix Glasstudios
Barbara Derix has served as the CEO of Derix Glasstudios GmbH & KG in Germany since 2012. For over 150 years, Derix Glasstudios has taken Art in Glass into the world of mainstream fine art. Today, it is one of the world’s leading glass fabricators with 60 employees, and installations with leading artists all over the world.
As a young woman, Barbara worked as a trainee in the Mayor Gallery in London, and then went on to Frankfurt University where she studied the History of Art and Archaeology. In 1996 she joined Derix Glasstudios, taking responsibility for consulting with artists, architects, art administrators, and clients about creative solutions in glass. From 2005 to 2008, Barbara represented Derix Art Glass Consultants in Portland, Oregon while she was residing in Berkeley, CA. After that time, she returned to Germany to take the helm of her family business.
Drake Design Associates
New York designer Jamie Drake creates inviting, delightful, and resolutely livable environments and believes that the best décor expresses personality and place.
Having launched Drake Design Associates after graduation from Parson's, Drake has completed countless interiors in his 30 year career such as Madonna's LA showplace and projects for Michael Bloomberg, and has masterminded products for Roubini and Safavieh, Lewis Mittman, THG, Schumacher, Elkay, Labrazel, Boyd Lighting, and Theodore Alexander. He has created rooms for numerous show houses including the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Decorator Show House.
Drake's recent honors include his 2013 Fashion Group International Night of Stars Award for Interior Design, his 2013 Decoration & Design Building's Stars of Design Award, and his 2011 induction to the ASID College of Fellows.
He is an active member of the New York Metro Chapter of ASID, received a Partnership for the Homeless Director's Award in 2008, and has long been deeply involved in good causes. He currently serves as the Chair of The Alpha Workshops.
Former Executive Director, American Craft Council
Andrew Glasgow is the retired Executive Director of the American Craft Council. An Alabama native, Mr. Glasgow received an Art History degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After three years as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Mr. Glasgow joined the Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville as the Curator of Education. Four years later, he became the Assistant Director of Blue Spiral 1, a gallery that focuses on the arts and crafts of the South. He returned to the Southern Highland Craft Guild as Director of Programs and Collections before being named Executive Director of The Furniture Society in 2000. IN 2007 Mr. Glasgow was hired as Executive Director of the American Craft Council, then in NYC. He retired due to a long term illness in 2009.
The Penland School of Crafts recently created the Andrew Glasgow Writers' Residency, which provides time for writers, scholars, and curators to work on topics designed to advance the field of crafts. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Founder and Creative Director, Collective Design
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Steven Learner is an architect and interior designer, and has worked extensively in the worlds of art and design, creating galleries, private museums, and residences for a diverse range of collectors. In 2012, Learner became the Founder and Creative Director of Collective Design, an organization that engages a diverse range of voices and expertise from around the world to present a compelling vision of design throughout the 20th century and today. Guided by Steven and a passionate group of industry leaders, Collective Design focuses its shared knowledge on an annual fair in New York City that showcases the latest in design thinking and innovation, serving as a commercial and educational platform.
In more than 20 years of practice, including at his award-winning firm, Steven Learner Studio, Learner has developed strong ties to the creative community across the U.S. and abroad and developed an approach that bridges the traditional boundaries between architecture and interiors. Learner holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a BFA from Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.
Artistic Director and Curator, UNTITLED.
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Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED. since its founding in 2012 and will lead the curatorial team of UNTITLED. 2015. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally.
Most recently, he curated the Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists' Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He is currently a member of the Bronx Museum Acquisitions Committee. López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art, and the Royal Academy of Art in London.
Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO, Americans for the Arts
Robert L. Lynch is president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. His personal mission is to empower communities and leaders to advance the arts in society, and in the lives of citizens. Under his 30 years of leadership, the services and membership of Americans for the Arts have grown to more than 50 times their original size. He has personally reached audiences in over 2000 locations spanning all 50 states and more than a dozen nations.
Under his direction, Americans for the Arts has become a leader in documenting and articulating the key role played by the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and their audiences, in strengthening our nation's economy. Lynch also created the Americans for the Arts Action Fund.
He is currently serving a second term on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, a position appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. In 2014, he was awarded the Sidney R. Yates Award for Outstanding Advocacy on Behalf of the Performing Arts, and he was selected as one of the most influential executives in the nonprofit sector for the NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 for the third consecutive year.
CODAawards Senior Advisor, President, Shaw & Co! Productions
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 GLM Shows in the development of the ICFF and Accent on Design, and leads the New York NOW initiative Sustainability: Design for a Better World through exhibitions and a seminar series. She brings her industry expertise to clients such as Clodagh Design International, directing licensing and communications. Shaw & Co! Productions has produced a variety of retail art, design, and corporate marketing events, and has a diverse international clientele that includes Credit Suisse, Biogen Idec, Material ConneXion, Relais & Chateaux, Baldinger Lighting, The Artful Home, and the United Nations Environmental Programme. Shaw serves on the board of trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and co-founded and is president of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that creates mentorships and creative programs between architects, interior designers, artists, and New York City public school students.
Director, TransCultural Exchange
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Mary Sherman is an artist, curator and the director of TransCultural Exchange, which she founded in Chicago in 1989. She also teaches at Boston College and Northeastern University and, recently, served as the interim Associate Director of MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Additionally, for two decades, she worked as an art critic for such publications as The Chicago Sun-Times, The Boston Globe and ARTnews.
She has received numerous grants and awards, including two Fulbright Senior Specialist Grants (Taipei and Istanbul), and been an artist-in-residence at such institutions as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Taipei Artist Village. Among the shows she's curated, two received awards from the Northeast Chapter of the International Art Critics Association. Her own works, which push the definition of painting into the realm of space and sound, have been shown at numerous institutions, including Taipei's Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Beijing's Central Conservatory, Vienna's WUK Kunsthalle, Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts, University of Science and Technology, Seoul's Kwanghoon Gallery, and New York's Trans Hudson Gallery.
Cass Calder Smith, AIA
President, CCS Architecture
Cass Calder Smith established the architectural firm that bears his name in 1990. Born in 1961, Smith earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of New York City, he has lived in California since 1972. As the son of an Academy-Award winning filmmaker and a California landscape painter and designer, his early years were influenced by both Greenwich Village intellectuals and rural California artisans.
Smith is recognized internationally for his architectural and interior design projects. Firmly based in the modernist idiom, Smith draws inspiration from history's great architects and cities as well as the epic filmmakers of the last century. Bold imagery and intricate detail are characteristic of his designs balanced with experience and common sense.
Smith and his work have won numerous awards and have been recognized in The New York Times, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Dwell, Interior Design and Abitare, among others.
Debra Lehman Smith
Founding Partner, LSM
Debra Lehman Smith is the founding partner of LSM, a design studio with projects that are lauded as models of design excellence and catalysts for promoting organizational vision and change. She has been responsible for award-winning office space for some of the world's most respected organizations, and advises developers, architects and major corporations as they execute some of the world's most innovative commercial real estate developments. The convergence of art and architecture is one of her passions.
Ms. Lehman Smith was named Designer of the Year by Interiors Magazine in 1995, and inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame that same year. She is a frequent lecturer, juror and arbiter. She currently serves as a Design Excellence Peer Reviewer for the General Services Administration and on the State Department Bureau of Overseas Buildings Industry Advisory Panel. She is an officer of the Executive Board of the Washington, DC chapter of the International Women's Forum, a global organization dedicated to promoting better leadership for a changing world. She is also an advocate for public art programs and design education and has served as an advisor to universities and institutions nationwide.
Founder, Thoma Foundation
Carl Thoma is an art collector, philanthropist, and managing partner and founder of Thoma Bravo Private Equity, LLC. An early player in the field of venture capital beginning with Golder, Thoma in 1980, Carl has applied his eye for entrepreneurial talent to the collection of Modern and Contemporary paintings, most recently in the fields of Digital Art and Light and Space.
In his chosen profession, Thoma has been acknowledged in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week for his investment leadership. He has chaired the National Venture Capital Association and the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and served on the boards of Illinois Institution of Technology and Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Carl Thoma earned his bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State University and his MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
Roger P. Thomas
Executive Vice President of Design, Wynn Design
Roger Thomas is executive vice president design for Wynn Design and Development. He created the interiors of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, led the interior design of Wynn Macau, designed Encore Macau, and is currently developing designs for Wynn Cotai Palace, scheduled to open 2016.
Mr. Thomas was senior vice president and director of interior design for Atlandia Design, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mirage Resorts Incorporated. For 20 years, he designed the interiors of the Golden Nugget hotels in Las Vegas and Laughlin, and the most important properties on the Las Vegas Strip, the Mirage, Treasure Island, and the world-famous Bellagio Resort.
The Roger Thomas Collection includes signature designs and products for MunnWorks, Veneman, Boyd Lighting, Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, Fromental, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Samuel and Sons, Townsend Leather, Koroseal, S. Harris, Maya Romanoff, SICIS, The Phillips Collection, Studio A, Walters Wicker and OW Hospitality.
Mr Thomas has been honored 4 times in Architectural Digest's Top 100, most recently in 2014.
Patrick Tighe, FAIA
Patrick Tighe Architecture
Patrick Tighe, FAIA is principal and lead designer of Patrick Tighe Architecture. Committed to creating an authentic, contemporary Architecture, the work is informed by technology, sustainability and building innovation. Since its inception, the firm has produced a strong and diverse body of projects that includes city developed affordable housing, commercial, mixed-use projects, installations and award-winning interiors.
The firm has received over 50 design awards including eight National AIA Honor Awards, American Architecture Awards, a Progressive Architecture Award, Los Angeles Architecture Awards, West Side Prize, Best of Year Awards as well as local AIA Honors. Patrick Tighe was elevated into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2011, was awarded the prestigious Mercedes T. Bass Rome Prize in Architecture, the American Institute of Architects' Young Architect Award, and the 40 under 40 Award.
The work of Patrick Tighe Architecture has been published extensively, has been included in numerous architectural anthologies, and has been shown at MOCA. A monograph of the firm will be released in 2015.
Design Director and Principal, Gensler New York
Ed Wood, IIDA is a Design Director and Principal in Gensler's New York office. He continually seeks to create inspired and memorable work and prides himself on balancing highly creative and innovative interiors with an understanding of his clients' vision, values and business strategies.
His versatility as a designer is reflected in the range of project types he has worked on in his career including professional services, corporate headquarters, financial, commercial development, publishing, education and medical/institutional projects. Ed has guided clients on numerous corporate headquarters projects giving suggestions to improve the design from the inside out. His desire to create outstanding work exceeds his clients' expectations by challenging them, listening to their valuable input, and creating great design that is functional, sustainable, innovative, and beautifully executed. Ed's work has been published in The New York Times, Architecture, Interior Design, and Metropolis magazines as well as many international design publications. His work is continually recognized throughout the design community.