The Design Futures Council has named four professionals as Senior Fellows. 

The Design Futures Council Senior Fellows designation is granted annually to outstanding individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership to the advancement of design and related professions. Senior Fellows of the DFC are recognized for “clear, acknowledged, and measurable contribution to the betterment of the A/E/C industry over the past decade. Such contribution has had a meaningful influence in raising the overall professions within architecture, engineering and construction leadership.”

This year’s Senior Fellows were announced at the Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on the Business of Design in New York in November.

The 2017 Senior Fellows include:

Joseph Burns
Thornton Tomasetti
Joe is managing principal of Thornton Tomasetti. He is a passionate advocate for the deeper integration of architecture and engineering, which he promotes through technical innovation in the design of structural systems, collaboration in practice and leadership in building science education. A member of Thornton Tomasetti’s board of directors, he oversees the firm’s practice areas and operations in Europe, the Middle East, India and Brazil. With more than 35 years of experience, Joe specializes in the design of complex structural systems, including earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis.

Dr. Vini Nathan
Auburn University
Vini is the dean and McWhorter Endowed Chair in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University. She earned an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Anna University, a master’s degree in Interior Design from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She has been on the faculty at Michigan State University, New York Institute of Technology and Philadelphia University. Through Walker Group/CNI New York, Vini collaborated with Cesar Pelli Associates on the design of the Kuala Lumpur City Center (Petronas Towers) in Malaysia.

Luis Rico-Gutierrez
Iowa State University
Luis is the dean of the College of Design at Iowa State University. Prior to this position, he was associate dean in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, and also served as associate head of the School of Architecture. He is co-founder of the Remaking Cities Institute in the same institution and served as its first director. Luis’ research includes the use of information technology in the design process and grassroots participatory practice in urban design.

Paula Wallace
Savannah College of Art and Design
Paula is the founder and president of the Savannah College of Art and Design. Established in 1978, SCAD is the most comprehensive art and design university in the United States, with over 40 programs and locations in Savannah, Atlanta, France and Hong Kong. She currently serves on the national advisory board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University, and Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from Georgia State University. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Gonzaga University.


About the Design Futures Council 

The Design Futures Council is an independent and interdisciplinary network of design, product, construction and real estate leaders who explore trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the A/E/C industry and environment. The DFC integrates the latest research to benefit the built environment, improve the way we design and build, and strengthen member organizations. The organization challenges conventions and limiting beliefs, offering fresh intelligence, innovation, and strategic optimism to enable the design, product, construction and real estate industry to improve the human condition. The DFC was co-founded in 1994 by Dr. Jonas Salk and James P. Cramer.

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