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 2014

Natalia Allen

A fashion designer and surfer who combines green and tech to create innovative styles using environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing processes, Natalia Allen is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative, and one of Utne Reader’s 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World. Natalia was a keynote speaker at the DFC Sustainability Summit in Boston.

Rosalyn Cama

Roz is one of the foremost interior designers in the world and author of a leading book on experience design. She is one of a handful of authentic authorities on healthcare design trends and issues.

Joann Davis Brayman

Joann is Vice President at Armstrong World Industries with responsibility for new products, marketing research and communications. Under Joann’s leadership, Armstrong has made a positive environmental impact. She leads the development of many innovative green products and services, including the use of rapidly renewable resources, high-recycled content and Low VOC products. She has been a leader of the DFC Sustainability Summit over the past 5 years and is an articulate spokesperson for the future changes required in the PACE industry.

Paul Doherty

Paul is currently the President and CEO of the digit group, inc. He is an author, educator, analyst, consultant and project manager to Fortune 500 organizations, global government agencies, prominent institutions and the most prestigious architectural, engineering and construction firms in the world. He provided an excellent program at a DFC Summit in La Jolla.

Jeanne Gang

Jeanne is a Chicago Architect who will speak at the DFC dinner in Chicago. She has designed the tallest hotel in the world by a female architect. She was a keynote speaker at the 2014 AIA convention. She has received the MacArthur Prize and is now nominated to sit on the Pritzker Prize jury. Jeanne is a very congenial and innovative form giver.

David Gensler

David is co-CEO of Gensler, leading the integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm founded by his father. David is a well-reasoned manager and leader who is fostering a highly talented and competitive organization. He has taken time to support the activities of the Design Futures Council.

Bill Hellmuth

Bill joined HOK in 1991 and became the firm’s president in 2004. He leads HOK projects worldwide and, as director of design in the firm’s Washington office, across the DC metropolitan area. He provided an inspiration program for the DFC’s Leadership Summit. He is a strong voice for design and for the study of trends and shifts to anticipate change, as well as a DFC Board member.

Vijay Kumar

With over 30 years of experience on design innovation, Vijay is a methodologist, planner, teacher, and advisor. He is focused on developing and using structured methods to uncover unexplored innovation opportunities, conceive reliable human-centered innovations, and turn them into strategic plans for organizations. For more than 12 years he was the chief methodologist at Doblin Inc., a global innovation firm. He has also led his design consulting practice in India for more than 7 years. Vijay is the author of the book 101 Design Methods and was a speaker at a DFC Summit in La Jolla.

Lynn Osmond

Lynn is the president of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and an articulate spokesperson for design and community planning. She is a speaker and organizer and the leader beyond the growth and success of the CAF. She has been a featured speaker at a DFC dinner in Chicago.

M. Kent Turner

Kent served as regional director of Cannon Design’s Midwest Region for 13 years and is widely recognized for his leadership in advancing Cannon Design’s national healthcare practice. As President of Cannon Design North America, Kent is responsible for developing methodologies that support Cannon Design’s delivery of transformational architectural and engineering strategies. He also leads the firm’s Research Group, established to integrate new architectural and engineering knowledge into the firm’s entire portfolio. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team as well as the firm’s Board of Directors. He is an executive board member of the DFC.

Jane Cady Wright

The CEO of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas, Jane is regarded as one of the foremost planners and architects of college campuses. With an eye to the future, she has completed master plans for Rice, U of Chicago, Stanford, James Madison University, and others. Her firm of 85 people was recently the firm of the year in Virginia. The firm is a DFC Professional Partner and Jane sits on the DFC Executive Board.