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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.
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Deborah Berke is the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, a New York-based architecture and design firm known for its bold yet subtle architecture. The firm designs a diverse range of projects, from cultural facilities and academic institutions to hotels and residences. Teaching and public service are also integral to Deborah's professional life. Deborah has been Professor (Adjunct) of Architectural Design at Yale University since 1987 and taught previously at several institutions including the University of Maryland, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. In 2012 she received the University of California, Berkeley's inaugural Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize. Additionally, Deborah is deeply engaged in her community and was Founding Trustee of New York City's Design Trust for Public Space, Trustee of the Forum for Urban Design, Trustee of the National Building Museum and Vice President of desigNYC. Deborah graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and The City University of New York and in 2005 received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Donna Davies is Fair Director of art + design new york and SOFA CHICAGO. Davies has been Fair Director of SOFA CHICAGO since 2011 and is launching art + design new york in May 2014 at 82Mercer in SoHo. Prior to her current role, Davies was Director of Marx-Saunders Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Earlier, she was Assistant Director of Contemporary Art of Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds a BA and MA in Art History.
Katharine DeShaw is a consultant, administrator and teacher devoted to best practices in philanthropy and non-profit management. She was the Founding Executive Director of United States Artists (USA) and led the organization from 2005-2013. Under her leadership USA annually awarded 50 outstanding artists, architects and designers awards of $50,000. Concurrently she launched USA Projects, the world's first micro-philanthropy website for artists' projects. She recently returned to her consulting practice and current clients include The Actors Gang (founded by Tim Robbins); American Song (a radio play series featuring Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, David Hyde Pierce, among others); Arts for LA; the Getty Leadership Institute; the Los Angeles Arts Center (a partnership of the Actors Fund, Artspace and LA’s Department of Cultural Affairs); the Los Angeles Dance Project (founded by choreographer Benjamin Millepied); and the Youth Policy Institute, which recently secured a Promise Zone designation from President Obama, a potential $500M investment in LA’s poorest neighborhoods. Ms. DeShaw attended Colorado College and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Mark McConnell.
Sherri Donghia is an award-winning designer and creative director who conceptualizes and develops products with a vision for the 21st century. Highly accomplished in home furnishings, textiles, fashion apparel and accessories, she has earned an international reputation in design and marketing. For 23 years, Donghia was executive VP of all design & marketing for Donghia Furniture and Textiles and the author of the book, Donghia: The Artistry of Luxury and Style.
For the past four years, Donghia has been consulting the Sunbrella design team with her experience in trends, color, fashion, product development and interior design. Currently a board member of the Rhode Island School of Deign (RISD) and Aid to Artisans, she is also chair of The Color Association of the U.S., Interiors Color Committee. Sherri also guest lectures at Parsons New School for Design, Design Academy Eindhoven and earned an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from New School of Interior Design. Sherri is currently co-curating of the Best of Exterior Design exhibition at Jack Lenor Larsen's Longhouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY.
Hugh Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures, and planning projects for the public realm across America. Their recent celebrated projects include: the new Jackson Federal Courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi; the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, Texas; renovation of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York; and a new Visual and Performing Arts Center for University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Hugh Hardy enjoys reshaping America’s cultural landscape through architecture. Hardy's work is consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context. A major presence in New York, H3 has completed restoration of Radio City Music Hall, multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York Botanical Garden's Leon Levy Visitor Center together with restoration of Bryant Park. Their faithful recreations of the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theaters on 42nd Street, were pivotal to reemergence of this famed street as one of New York's premier places of entertainment.
Guy Kemper is an architectural artist who is active in the corporate, liturgical and public art fields. His working studio sits on 90 acres of woodland near the Kentucky River, where the colors and lights found in the beauty of nature pour out onto his painted sketches for new projects, exploding like giant translucent paintings on huge walls of glass and mosaic. Merging the disciplines of fine art and architectural ornament, his internationally recognized projects have won several prestigious design awards, including one of last year’s CODAawards. Kemper has been the subject of two television documentaries in the U.S. and one in Germany. His work has been exhibited and commissioned in Asia, Europe, America, and the Middle East. Projects include airports in Chicago, Baltimore/Washington, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater, Mt. Baker rail station in Seattle, and the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero in New York. www.kemperstudio.com
D.B. Kim is an award-winning designer, a conceptual and constructive practitioner, a commentator on creativity, a world traveler and a world citizen. Born in South Korea, he built a professional career that has taken him all around the globe. His convictions, humor, and intellect drive a strategic imprint on the business of design and creativity.
Kim is currently a vice president of hospitality design at the Wanda group in Beijing, China. Before joining Wanda group, Kim worked as a design leader at Daroff Design Inc., Philadelphia and Pierre-Yves Rochon Inc., Paris & Chicago where he and his team designed projects for luxury hospitality projects throughout the world. Kim's previous body of work includes hospitality experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Kim received a master of architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a bachelor of fine arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
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Janet Koplos is a Saint Paul-based art critic. She is co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (2010) and author of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture (1990) and other books. She has written extensively on crafts and on American, Japanese and Dutch contemporary art and has published approximately 2,500 articles, reviews and essays in some two dozen periodicals over the last 30 years, writing on Richard De Vore, Leslie Dill, Oliver Herring, Teun Hocks, Gyöngy Laky, Ed Moses, David Nash, Rona Pondick, Martin Puryear, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Betty Woodman, among others. She lectures, critiques and juries frequently, and has taught at Parsons The New School for Design and Pratt Institute in New York, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She was for 18 years a staff editor at Art in America magazine in New York City and is currently a contributing editor.
A graduate of Princeton University's School of Architecture, Kevin Lippert is the founder and publisher of Princeton Architectural Press, one of the world’s most respected publishers of books on architecture, design, and visual culture, and winner of numerous awards for editorial and design excellence. Lippert is a past member of the board of directors of both the Society of Architectural Historians and the Van Alen Institute and also taught computer-aided design at Princeton University and The Cooper Union.
David Revere McFadden is Chief Curator Emeritus and former Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, where he served from 1997 to 2013. He was Curator of Decorative Arts and Assistant Director for Collections and Research at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1978 to 1995. For six years, he served as President of the International Council of Museums’ Decorative Arts and Design Committee. McFadden has organized more than 120 exhibitions on decorative arts, design, and craft, covering developments from the ancient world to the present day, has published more than 100 catalogues, essays, articles, and reviews, and has lectured extensively. McFadden has received the Presidential Design Award three times, is an Associate Member, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Knight First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland; Knight Commander, Order of the Northern Star of Sweden; and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.
Nancy Nodler is a thirty-three year veteran in the hospitality design industry and a leader of Gensler's firmwide hospitality practice. Having worked in a diversity of locations including Houston, Las Vegas, Antigua, Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico, Nancy partners with her clients to create engaging customer experiences around the world. Nancy brings her thoughtful attention to detail and exceptional client service to her leadership of a wide range of hotel projects. Most recently, she led the design effort on The Alexander, which will be the first LEED and only International Association of Conference Center (IACC) certified hotel in the state of Indiana. Nancy's work has earned extensive recognition throughout her career. Her celebrated projects include the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel, the hotel and conference center for Gaylord National Harbor, and the renovation of the MGM Mirage guestrooms and suites. Some of Nancy's most recent awards include the 2012 Best Hotels in the World Gold List by Condé Nast Traveler for the Hotel Sorella and the 2013 Gold Key Awards for Excellence from IHMRS for The Alexander Hotel.
David Rockefeller, Jr. is an active participant in the nonprofit arena, especially in the areas of the arts, the environment, and public education. He is currently the Chairman of the Rockefeller Foundation. Rockefeller has been engaged with the arts since childhood, be it music, design or fine arts, as a performer, collector, home builder or active appreciator. He is in his 35th year as a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, the institution founded by his grandmother Abby Aldrich Rockefeller in 1929. Other commitments within the arts include serving as a longtime trustee of the Asian Cultural Council; former chair of the North American Nominating Committee for the Praemium Imperiale; Assistant Manager of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; founding trustee of The Cantata Singers in Boston while performing with them as a chorister for four decades; and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Mr. Rockefeller is married to Susan Cohn Rockefeller, a filmmaker.
Dick Spierenburg finds pleasure in designing and creating concepts for individuals and companies. He studied Architecture at Delft University of Technology and Interior & Product Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. He joined the Dutch manufacturer Castelijn who produced a great number of his furniture designs. Spierenburg remained with the company for fifteen years, in the last period as managing director. His involvement with interior design events dates back from 1995. He started and managed three leading permanent interior design exhibitions in Amsterdam, NIC, Pakhuis Amsterdam and Post CS. In Germany, he co-ordinated the initiative for a design and interior showroom for international brands, Design Post and was appointed creative consultant to imm cologne. For the 2010 edition of this international interior fair, he created Pure Village. He also started KBDS with Dutch designer Karel Boonzaaijer in 2001. They designed for Arco, Artifort, Castelijn, Gelderland, Hollands Licht, Minotti Italia, Montis and Moroso. In 2009, Spierenburg started his own studio. In January 2011, Spierenburg was appointed creative director of imm cologne.
Ali Tayar, a principal of the New York based "parallel design" studied architecture at the University of Stuttgart and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tayar's work ranges from objects and furniture to commercial interiors and architectural projects. Tayar's designs were featured in "Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design" and "Workspheres" at New York's Museum of Modern Art and "Aluminum by Design" at the Cooper-Hewitt. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, the Denver Art Museum, the Carnegie Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Current projects include houses in Bern, Switzerland and Austin, TX, as well as residential renovations in New York City and a new Pop Burger on University Place. Tayar recently completed the Omnia, a mountain lodge in Zermatt, Switzerland, a "net-zero" house in Austin, Texas the interior of a high performance sailboat and a carbon-fiber house in Switzerland. Current projects include a hotel in Bern, Switzerland, PoP at Pod51, NYC. Tayar was a finalist for Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award in 2009.
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.
"Leave good footprints." -Ellen Kochansky, artist