Fifteen individuals honored for their contributions leading to innovative design

James P. Cramer, Design Futures Council co-chairman and chief executive officer of the Greenway Group, has announced the selection of 15 Design Futures Council senior fellows for 2011. Senior fellowship in the DFC honors “significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge leading to innovative design models that improve the built environment and the human condition,” according to their citations.

Senior fellowship is granted to individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership to the advancement of design, design solutions, or the design professions.

The class of 2011 senior fellows includes:

  • William Chilton is a founding principal of Pickard Chilton, a leading design firm in New Haven, Conn. He has directed projects for leading corporate and institutional clients worldwide. Prior to founding the firm, Chilton was Ellerbe Becket’s president of architecture, where he collaborated on many notable buildings. In addition to his design work, Chilton is recognized for his contributions to teaching and to the DFC Executive Board.
  • Clayton Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is the world’s foremost authority on disruptive innovation. His seminal book, The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997) received the Global Business Book Award for best business book of the year. Christensen is a four-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for best article in the Harvard Business Review.
  • Richard Florida is the author of the global best-seller The Rise of the Creative Class. His latest book, The Great Reset, explains how new ways of living and working will drive post-crash prosperity. Florida is a senior editor for The Atlantic and a regular columnist for The Globe and Mail. He is one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation.
  • Phil Harrison is president and chief executive officer of Perkins+Will, where he is responsible for the firm’s strategic focus and business performance. Harrison is involved with the firm’s quality initiatives, including design excellence, sustainability, and technical delivery. He oversees firm growth, diversification, and development, and he defines the firm’s business objectives for performance, collaborative operations, and staff development.
  • Steven Holl is principal of Steven Holl Architects, which he founded in 1976. One of America’s most important architects, Holl is recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to use the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.
  • Ray Kurzweil is an inventor, author, and futurist. He has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him No. 8 among U.S. entrepreneurs, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.” He is involved in fields as diverse as optical character recognition, text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments.
  • Bruce Katz is a vice president at the Brookings Institution and founding director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, which aims to provide decision makers in the public, corporate, and civic sectors with policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitans areas. Katz advises federal, state, regional, and municipal leaders on policy reforms that advance the competitiveness of metropolitan areas.
  • Marvin Malecha has been dean of the College of Design and a professor of architecture at North Carolina State University since 1994. He has led the effort to promote the development of case studies as a means of studying architecture. His career has been characterized by leadership in academic management and a passionate belief in the right of every individual in our society to access an education.
  • Glen Morrison is president of Alcoa Building and Construction Systems, which includes Kawneer and Alcoa Architectural Products. He has been a global leader at Alcoa since 1991 and is a leading thinker about the integration of building products and design solutions. A retired captain in Britain’s Royal Corps of Signals (comparable to the U.S. National Guard), Morrison serves on the DFC Executive Board.
  • John Ochsendorf is a 2008 MacArthur (“Genius Award”) Fellow and an associate professor of building technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ochsendorf is a structural engineer with multi-disciplinary research interests. He conducts research on the structural safety of historic monuments and design of more sustainable infrastructure, and he leads MIT’s design-build program with award-winning built projects across the globe.
  • Liz Ogbu is the outgoing design director of Public Architecture, where she led the organization’s public interest design initiatives. She edited the “Design for Reuse Primer” a publication meant to inspire mainstream material reuse. Under Ogbu’s leadership, Public Architecture’s design work has been recognized by two Holcim Foundation Awards for Sustainable Construction. In September, Ogbu will join as a fellow in residence.
  • Antoine Predock is the 2006 recipient of the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal. He believes passionately in the power of architecture, which he has been practicing since 1967. Based in Albuquerque, N.M., his practice has a global presence, focusing on the examination of physical place, cultural strata, and the client’s program. Physical interaction with the land plays a vital role in his design process.
  • Michael Schrage is a thought leader on innovation. He has redefined how we think about innovation by focusing on customer acceptance of new products and services as an integral part of the innovation process. Schrage has pioneered techniques for using rapid prototyping, simulations, and modeling to improve return on innovation investment. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books: Serious Play and Shared Minds.
  • Cameron Sinclair was trained as an architect and co-founded Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings professional design services to communities in need. A TED prize recipient and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Sinclair is an advocate for the power of architecture to respond to issues of social, cultural, and humanitarian relevance.
  • Susan Szenasy was named chief editor of Metropolis magazine in 1986. During her tenure, the magazine has gained international recognition and has won numerous awards. She is the co-founder of R.Dot (Rebuild Downtown Our Town), a coalition of New Yorkers who came together after the 9/11 tragedies to contribute their expertise to building the 21st century metropolis at the site of the former World Trade Center.

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