We are delighted to announce the new Senior Fellows of the Design Futures Council

The Design Futures Council Fellowship is granted annually to outstanding individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership to the advancement of design, design solutions, and/or the design professions. Senior Fellows of the DFC are recognized for significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge that improve the built environment and the human condition. The final selection is made by the Senior Fellows Selection Committee of the DFC Executive Board.  

Senior Fellow Inductees 2013

Amanda Burden

Amanda, an urban planner and civic activist, is Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning.  Since her appointment in 2002, she has spearheaded Mayor Bloomberg’s economic development initiatives with comprehensive urban design master plans designed to catalyze commercial and residential development throughout the city and to reclaim its waterfront.  Amanda has been involved for many years with the city’s cultural community and with civic groups dedicated to improving the quality of life in the city. She served as Chair of the Board of Creative Time, Inc. was a Member of the Board of the Center for Arts Education, of the Nature Conservancy, of the Architectural League and of the Fund for the City of New York, and she is a Trustee of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.

Jack Davis

Jack is the Dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech. Professor Davis practiced in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the architectural firm of Cambridge Seven and Associates and with Suter & Suter in Basel, Switzerland. He has been Principal investigator on over 2.5 million dollars in research grants and continues to teach in the Professional Program in Architecture. He is the Reynolds Metal Professor of Architecture and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Professor Davis became a LEED Accredited Professional in August 2007. He was selected by DesignIntelligence as one of the nation’s Most Admired Educators of 2009.

Lisa Gansky

Lisa is the author of the bestselling book, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing and the ‘instigator’ behind the Mesh Directory. She consults, speaks and writes internationally on the topics of currency, trust, and the share economy, the social nature of brands, business platforms, and evolving models for businesses, cities and communities. For more than 18 years, Lisa has been a serial entrepreneur, marketer, and environmentalist focused on building companies and supporting ventures where there is an opportunity for well-timed disruption and a resounding impact. A founder and CEO of several Internet companies, including GNN (the first web portal sold to AOL) and the largest consumer photo sharing and print service, Ofoto (Kodak Gallery). Lisa’s focus is on sustainable ventures with positive impact. She is one of the DFC’s all-time highest rate speakers.

Ted Hathaway

Ted is CEO of Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. He identified the opportunity to position Oldcastle Glass as an integrated supplier of architectural glass and aluminum glazing systems. Today, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope is the leading supplier of products specified to close the building envelope. Ted partnered with Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) to create the Columbia Building Intelligence Project (CBIP). CBIP’s goal is to study and explore the inherent inefficiencies that exist within the design and construction process. Ted is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the New York-based Museum of Arts and Design and a member of the Design Futures Council Executive Board.

Nicholas Holt

A firm believer in the benefits of collaborative practice models, Nick approaches design by integrating building systems, sustainable design principles and extensive construction knowledge from the conceptual development of a project through construction documentation and execution. Directing the technical architecture team in SOM’s New York office, he oversees the detailed development and documentation for all of the New York office’s projects. A proponent of evidence-based design development, Mr. Holt leads a group of digital design specialists focused on advanced computational models that analyze the impact of design decisions at key points in the design process. Leveraging advanced digital tools both within SOM and in collaboration with industry partners allows the team to optimize sustainability, performance and constructability.

James P. Keane

Jim is President of Steelcase Group, Steelcase, Inc. Named to this role in October 2006, Jim oversees the sales, marketing and product development activities of the Steelcase brand and subsidiary companies Details, PolyVision and Vecta. Jim joined Steelcase in 1997. Other roles he has held include senior vice president, Advanced Concepts, Research and Development for Steelcase, focusing on understanding the future of work and the impact of emerging technologies in the workplace. Jim serves on the board of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) and the Design Futures Council.

Vivian Loftness

Vivian is a Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She has served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Neri Oxman

Designer Neri Oxman is the Sony Corporation Career Development and assistant professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter research group. Her group explores how digital design and fabrication technologies mediate between matter and environment to radically transform the design and construction of objects, buildings, and systems. Oxman was named to ICON’s list of the 20 most influential architects to shape our future (2009), and was selected as one of the “100 most creative people” by Fast Company (2009). Her work has been exhibited at MoMA (NYC) and is part of the museum’s permanent collection. In 2012 the Centre Georges Pompidou Museum (Paris, France) acquired her works for its permanent collection. She is included in prestigious private collections and has received numerous awards including a 40 Under 40 Building Design + Construction Award (2012).

Dan Rockhill

Dan is the Executive Director of Studio 804 and the J L Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Planning. He is a principal of the design firm Rockhill and Associates. Their work is tightly bound to the natural milieu and culture of the Kansas region. In the spirit of regionalism, the areas archetypal forms, Spartan aesthetics, frugal methods, and relationship to nature permeate the results. Their awards include: Residential Architect magazine’s Firm of the Year, one of Natural Home magazine’s Top Ten Green Architecture Firms, and Architecture magazine’s “Home of the Year.”

Ken Sanders

Ken is a principal and managing director at Gensler. In addition to his work supporting key clients and projects, his responsibilities include global oversight of Gensler’s Design + Delivery programs, including Sustainable Design, Integrated Project Delivery and Design/Build. Ken’s professional passion is the intersection between digital technology and design innovation. The author of The Digital Architect, Ken is also a member of the DFC Executive Board.

Edward Schlossberg

Ed is founder and principal designer of ESI Design. He is an internationally recognized designer of collaborative public experiences, knowledge-sharing networks, and communications platforms for a variety of companies and institutions.

His designs share a common theme – to help participants explore, learn, communicate and collaborate together. Dr. Schlossberg holds a Ph.D. in science and literature from Columbia University. He is the author of 11 books and numerous articles.  He serves as a board member for the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and desigNYC. Ed was also recently appointed by President Obama to serve a four-year term on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

Robert A. M. Stern

Robert is Dean and Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Mr. Stern, founder and senior partner in the firm of Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York City, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received both the Athena Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Board of Directors’ Honor from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America, was the tenth recipient of the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum, and laureate of the Driehaus Prize for traditional and classical architecture and urbanism. He is the author of several books, including New Directions in American Architecture; George Howe: Toward a Modern American Architecture; and Modern Classicism.

Richard Varda

Richard is the Vice President for Design at Target Corporation. He is often referred to in the media as: Target’s Design Chief. He has become an outspoken advocate promoting stewardship of the environment and making design thinking not a luxury, but a way of life. He is the founder of the “Design for All” campaign and has put this DNA into Target and its products and facilities. He is noted for improving the quality of retail design over the last ten years. A past president of the AIA Minnesota he is a fellow of the AIA and will be a keynote speaker at the Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design in Minneapolis. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture Varda was formerly with Ellerbe Becket as Chief Designer.