Atlanta, Georgia – The Design Futures Council (DFC) announced the elevation of fourteen new Honorary Senior Fellows.
The Design Futures Council Senior Fellowship 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 significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge that improve the built environment and the human condition.
“We are in an era of game changing trends that are redefining global risk and power,” said James P. Cramer, co-founder and chairman of the organization. “The leadership role of design is of critical importance toward the creation of a healthier and happier planet. The new Senior Fellows of the Deign Futures Council have been selected for the tremendous impact they have had on our world. Each is noteworthy for providing new hope and direction.”
The final selection is made by the Senior Fellows selection committee of the DFC executive board. Senior Fellowships will be awarded at the Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design, which will take place from October 11-13, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.
This year’s new Senior Fellows are:
Planning Director, City of Detroit
Mayor Duggan recently recruited Maurice Cox to be the planning director for the city of Detroit, where he will play a leading role in the city’s revitalization efforts. A longtime professor at associate dean at Tulane, Maurice had a major impact on the school’s curriculum, particularly as it pertains to public interest design and community engagement.
Abel Joseph “Jack” Diamond
Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Jack Diamond has practiced architecture since 1968 and is recognized for his astute interpretation of site and context across a wide range of award-winning building types, from civic and residential to performing arts and academic projects. He is a Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medalist and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is a member of the Order of Ontario and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Founder, Dujardin Design
Trudy is the founder of Dujardin Design and a leading voice for “eco-elegance” in creating residential interior spaces. She is a longtime supporter of and participant in Design Futures Council events.
Design Partner, 10 Design
Scott Findley is a Design Partner with IO Design who has led significant projects in Asia for university and private clients. He is a past president of the Architectural Foundation of Nebraska and is currently an adjunct professor of the Architecture and Planning Master Degree program at the University of Colorado.
CEO, Frewen Architects
Professor, University of Houston
Board Chair/CEO, Association of Professional Futurists
Cindy is an the leader of an architecture firm who holds positions as a professor in the University of Houston Graduate Program in Strategic Foresight and the chair of the board of the Association of Professional Futurists.
Diane oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, which span 4,500+ people, networked across 46 offices in 16 countries. Diane is focused on Gensler’s global talent strategies, performance and organizational development.
Vice President and Group Director, Trends at LPK
Valerie founded the trends and futures practice at LPK, the largest independent brand design firm in the United States. Her research, analysis, and translation of trend data inform the design strategies of global consumer products brands. She has been a featured speaker at DFC events.
General Manager of New Atlanta Stadium; Board Chair of Green Sports Alliance
Scott has led sustainable design from the owner’s side in his work with the Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Eagles, and other professional and college athletic programs. He is also the board chair of the Green Sports Alliance, an organization that leverages the cultural and market influence of sports to promote healthy, sustainable communities.
CEO, International Living Future Institute
Jason is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He is the creator of the Living Building Challenge, a past recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Prize, and the author of five books on sustainable design.
Managing Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
George first joined Pei Cobb Freed in 1975 and became a partner in 1989. He has served as teacher, lecturer and guest critic at Columbia University, Yale University, Pennsylvania State University and the New York Institute of Technology. In addition to his leadership in professional practice and education, George served on the board of the AIA and as the institute’s president in 2010.
Chairman/President/CEO of LS3P
Thom leads LS3P, one of the top multidisciplinary firms in the southeast. He is also a former national president of the AIA and chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. Thom is a longtime executive board member of the DFC.
Founder & President of Public Architecture; Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard
John has not only been a leading thinker around the intersection between social justice and design, his firm Public Architecture has had impact on communities across the United States with projects they have facilitated, connecting A&D firms to nonprofits who can leverage design services. John has been a resource for firms developing their own pro bono design strategy and one of the leading voices advocating for design access.
Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture
Through his work with the Tulane School of Architecture and as a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning + Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard, Architects, Ken has led the development of significant programs in progressive urbanism and the revitalization of cities as well as innovative models of community engagement through design. He is a past president of NAAB, a recent board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and a longtime participant in the DFC.
Chairman and CEO of Wight & Co.
Mark is a third-generation owner and leader of design and construction firm Wight & Company in Chicago. He focuses on constantly anticipating the future of the industry and keeping Wight at the forefront of emerging trends. He is a longtime supporter of the DFC.
President, HDR Architecture
Doug has been the president of HDR Architecture since 2012. He is known for his strategic outlook as well as his sophisticated use of social media tools to engage with employees and the industry in more human, nontraditional ways. He is a DFC executive board member and a longtime supporter of the organization.