Speakers for Design Like You Give a Damn: LIVE! 2012

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Monday Opening Keynote
Nov. 12, 2012

Brent Bucknum
Winner, Open Architecture Challenge 2011

Brent lives and works in the former wetlands of West Oakland, California. Brent is known for innovative ecological engineering and green infrastructure. His work includes the design of institutional, municipal, commercial, and residential-scale living roofs, low impact stormwater projects, ecological landscapes, rainwater, greywater and ecological wastewater treatment systems. Brent founded the Hyphae Design Laboratory - an ecological engineering, research and design firm dedicated to bridging the gap between innovative architecture and ecology. Brent is also the founder and director of The Urban Biofilter, a West Oakland-based green infrastructure non-profit. Their work is focused on designing and advocating for innovative approaches to bioremediation of air, water and soil in communities with severe environmental injustice issues. Their approach includes community-based design solutions and green jobs creation. They are working with the EPA on VOC and Lead bioremediation for West Oakland superfund sites, as well as a state-funded urban forest masterplan for the redevelopment of the Oakland Army Base.

João Miguel Pereira Segurado
Winner, Open Architecture Challenge 2011

João Segurado has been an architect since 2005. After graduating from Lusíada University, College of Architecture and Arts of Lisbon, he moved to Amsterdam were he studied and worked with Jan Peter Wingender at Wingender Hovenier Architecten. Later João was invited to join a team for the Málaga Opera House International Competition at M.G.M. Arquitectos in Seville, that earned 2nd place. Finally, love brought him back to Lisbon, a city to which he still devotes much of his work and thoughts. During this time he has been involved in designing private and public projects as well as international competitions, as a collaborator for several architectural offices and a member of C.A.L., the Lisbon Architectural Collective, a conceptual think-tank that is engaged in a large variety of projects and subjects beyond the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism, from sociology to politics, tecnology, history and art. At the moment, Segurado is the Creative Senior Architect for Mörschel Architects, a Luso-German Office based in Lisbon, and member of a wide European platform for architecture cooperations with a special focus on international markets and foreign investments in Portugal, specialising in masterplans and large scale buildings. Recently, one of his designs was displayed in the 9th S. Paulo’s Architecture Bienale.

Mick Scott
Winner, Open Architecture Challenge 2011

Mick Scott is a double winner of the 2012 Architecture for Humanity [Un]restricted Access Competition, which challenged designers to re-imagine military space to civic use. Mick is a Ph.D candidate in the School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, where he is researching the role of sustainable architecture in strengthening modes of resilience (social and spatial) towards conflict transformation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. A graduate of Oxford Brookes University and Queen’s University Belfast, his work has focused on the legacy of sectarianism on the Northern Irish planning system and architectural conflict transformation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He has worked in the areas of architecture, development and post-conflict community reconciliation and recently co-founded Sustainable Architecture Studio, a social enterprise based on process led design in Oxford. He is a team member of the Building Sumud Project, focusing on research and the development of live projects in the Old City of Hebron.

Tuesday Panel Discussions
Nov. 13, 2012


Art Agnos
Former Mayor, San Francisco, California

Art Agnos began work as a civil rights social worker in city public housing and gradually became politically active as a California State Assemblyman, Mayor of San Francisco, and an appointee of President Clinton in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During his career in public office he was identified as a strong advocate for minorities, the homeless, gays and lesbians, health care, affordable housing, the environment and for the special needs of people with AIDS. As mayor of San Francisco, he received national attention for his work in directing the city’s response to the 1989 “World Series” earthquake. As a result, he has been invited to provide seminars on disaster response, governance and community participation in various countries around the world including South Africa, Angola, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Turkey, Russia, Korea, China and New Zealand.

Art occasionally lectures on government at local universities, serves on the boards of Global Food Technologies, a startup biotech food safety company, and the Linear Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance linear integrated circuits found in such products as cellular phones and computers. He and his wife Sherry continue to live in San Francisco where they are both active in community and educational issues.

Alex Amparo
Deputy Assistant Administrator, Recovery Directorate – Office of Response and Recovery, FEMA/Department of Homeland Security

Alex Amparo’s public service career spans over 18 years at the Federal and State levels. Alex assumed his current position as Deputy Assistant Administrator for FEMA’s Recovery Directorate in September 2011. He oversees the implementation of federally mandated programs designed to assist both individual disaster survivors and community recovery efforts for the United States and its territories. These programs constitute the majority of Federal funding (through FEMA) directly addressing impacts of disasters on individuals and communities. Alex plays a critical role in ongoing efforts to strengthen disaster recovery resiliency and develop partnerships across the Federal, State/Tribal, community, non-governmental, faith-based and voluntary agency levels.

Previously, Alex served as a senior advisor in the Office of Response and Recovery where he was instrumental in negotiating national partnerships, integrating activities and improving efficiency by supporting the realignment of responsibilities among FEMA directorates as part of the Strategic Integration Group. From 1999 through 2010, Alex was the Director of Emergency Management for the Florida Commission on Community Service. As a member of the State Emergency Response Team, he held leadership positions in over 60 State Emergencies including the response and recovery efforts of 22 major presidentially declared disasters.

Diego Collazos
Design Fellow, Architecture for Humanity Peru

Diego Collazos is a Design Fellow working for Architecture for Humanity in the post-disaster school rebuilding program sponsored by the Happy Hearts Fund and the SURA Group, which benefits underprivileged communities. The program has successfully rebuilt schools damaged by the 2007 earthquake in Peru, relocated schools affected by constant floods in Mexico, and developed a new school for the 2010 tsunami affected region in Chile.
Diego’s post disaster reconstruction expertise provides a different perspective, highlighting his fieldwork experience focusing in key practices while working from the ground such as stakeholder associations, community participation, funding sponsors relations and project implementation.

His role in the program includes a variety of activities such as research and development strategies, feasibility studies, architectural design, peer reviews, stakeholder analysis, construction administration and post occupancy evaluations to name a few. Among the most relevant projects developed during his involvement with the program are The Maria Auxiliadora School in Peru honored with the 2012 Social Economic Environmental Design award (SEED) and the 16 de Septiembre School in Mexico benefiting 205 school children. Diego holds an architectural Bachelor's degree from Monterrey Technical Institute (ITESM) in Mexico and a building and Urban design in Development Master Degree from University College London (UCL) in London UK.

Daniel Wallach
Executive Director and Founder, Greensburg GreenTown

Daniel Wallach is Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreeenTown, a not for profit organization that conceptualized and helped lead the sustainable rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas following the tornado that wiped out the town in 2007. Today, the tiny two-square mile community in the middle of rural Kansas is an internationally recognized model of a sustainably built community. In September 2011, Daniel and others opened the first affiliate GreenTown organization in Joplin, Missouri to help integrate sustainability into the rebuild there after a major storm wiped out a third of the town of 50,000.

Daniel is a social entrepreneur and innovator whose personal mission is to make capitalism and environmental health and vitality interdependent. He is a pioneer in sustainable disaster recovery and has been a vocal proponent of taking the opportunity latent in these many disasters and letting those situations catalyze positive cutting-edge changes in the recovery process that can effect lasting change in the rest of culture. Daniel’s long-term vision is to establish sustainability advocacy organizations in communities across the country, initially focusing on areas affected by natural disasters. Daniel’s education is varied but his most impactful experience has been “Adversity University”, when he was ill for over a decade and studied religion and spirituality, environmental sciences and the healing arts.


Clark Manus
CEO, Heller Manus Architects; 87th President, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Clark Manus, FAIA, is CEO of Heller Manus Architects and served as the 87th President of The American Institute of Architects (AIA). The convergence of these two leadership areas has enabled Clark to champion broader design thinking on issues pertaining to resilient, healthy and sustainable communities in the urban and regional context. In his role as a design principal and citizen architect, Clark’s 30-year career has influenced the character of San Francisco’s built environment. Following the 1989 earthquake, Clark chaired successive Mayoral Citizen Advisory Committees (CAC) over two decades, beginning with orchestrating the catalytic Embarcadero Design Assessment Team (DAT). The DAT resulted in the removal of the damaged Embarcadero Freeway in 1992, thereby enabling the reclamation of the Central Embarcadero, and setting the stage for the visionary Transbay CAC that enabled the rebirth of the downtown Rincon Hill neighborhood and the adjacent Transbay residential and transit district. Clark's experience encompasses a wide range of new and reconstruction projects including residential, commercial, civic, rehabilitation / adaptive re-use, performance facilities, retail, and urban design plans in the San Francisco Bay Area and China. Clark is recognized for his expertise in complex urban, mixed-use buildings and master planning projects, especially in difficult approval environments. Some noteworthy San Francisco projects include the renovation/restoration of San Francisco City Hall, the Infinity residential towers and Hotel Vitale.

2-3pm Eco Development in Low-Income Communities

David Baker
Founder, David Baker + Partners

David Baker FAIA LEED AP founded San Francisco-based David Baker + Partners in 1982. With a focus on sustainable affordable housing, the firm has come to be known for combining social concern with a signature design character. A leader in the affordable housing sphere, the firm has designed and built more than 8,000 affordable units in the San Francisco Bay Area and has received more than 150 local and national architectural design awards.

David recently was selected as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice, in recognition of a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment. In 2010 he was given Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, which honors the housing industry’s 30 most influential and innovative people of the past 30 years. From 1977 to 1982, David was principal of Sol-Arc, a firm dedicated to energy-efficient architecture. A progressive urban activist and bicyclist, he has also been a union carpenter, a teacher, and an active board member of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association). Born and raised in a passive-solar rammed-earth house in Arizona of his father’s design, David has held a lifelong interest in architecture, design, sustainable building, and the DIY ethic. His newest projects are Zero Cottage—a net-zero LEED Platinum urban home—and StoreFrontLab.org, a year-long exploration of storefronts as places of community, creativity and local industry.

Peter Cohen
Executive Director, Council of Community Housing Organizations

Peter Cohen is executive director of the San Francisco Council of Community Housing Organizations and the former policy director at East Bay Housing Organizations. He is an urban geographer by training who has been involved in a variety of land use, housing policy and planning initiatives in San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area. Peter has served on the boards of the San Francisco Community Land Trust and the Bay Area Greenbelt Alliance, and has been appointed to several policy task forces by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He also currently serves as chair of the Community Advisory Committee for the Market / Octavia Plan Area. In addition to his professional orientation to community-focused work, he is very active in his own community as a board member of Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Peter has a master's degree from San Francisco State University where he has also occasionally lectured in the geography and urban studies departments.

Theresa Hwang
Enterprise Rose Fellow, Skid Row Housing Trust

Theresa Hwang is a community-driven architect with the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles, California. With the Trust, she is designing and developing high quality and sustainable permanent supportive housing for the homeless with some of the leading architects in the country, including Michael Maltzan Architecture and Killefer Flammang Architects. The Trust has built 24 buildings and has created over 1400 units of affordable housing for the very low-income homeless population in the Skid Row community. She began with the Trust in 2009 as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow.

In addition to developing affordable housing, Theresa has spent over nine years using art and design as a means for community organizing and neighborhood development with multiple community-led groups and campaigns in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Art History from Johns Hopkins University.

Imrul Kayes
Head of Dhaka Chapter; Designer, Life in 1.5’ x 30’

Imrul Kayes received his architecture degree from BRAC University, Bangladesh in 2007 with a focus on the public informal sector. A strong believer in sustainable humanitarian development and Architecture for Humanity chapter lead in Bangladesh, Imrul dreams of establishing a self-sustainable platform that will bring a growing resource of engineering or architectural talent to assist communities in need and thus play a role in poverty alleviation. An architect by profession, he has dedicated himself to various projects such as a water purification plant for river side communities; a prefabricated, retractable two-story eco-friendly classroom for slum children; housing reconstruction in Bangladesh SIDR-affected areas; improved design of rural housing in the coastal area by IUCN; a unique low-cost, energy-efficient mobile tea stall for millions of micro-entrepreneurs. Imrul has also been involved with research ranging from appropriate construction modules for migrant communities; multi-sector initiatives in the urban slums around Bangladesh; and housing for the ultra poor. While designing, he endorses participatory process and focuses on climate, culture, energy and improved traditional construction methods. Imrul has won several national and international awards, and as he continues to conduct design projects, he aims to establish a single grassroots definition for sustainable development in low-income communities. He is a founding member of Engineers Without Borders–Bangladesh, and is active in Bangladesh Renewable Energy Society, Architecture for Humanity Bangladesh and Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB).


Lisa Hodges
Senior Advisor, Oystertree Consulting

Lisa Hodges is an attorney with over 15 years of diverse experience in affordable and public housing, large scale urban redevelopment and neighborhood revitalization. She has served as the Director of Real Estate for the Boston Housing Authority and as Development Advisor to the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA). In these capacities, she managed a portfolio of over $100 million in large-scale redevelopment projects and represented DCHA in District-wide and national housing policy committees, including the DC Mayor’s Green Building Advisory Council.

Prior to working with DCHA, Lisa was Special Assistant for Housing Policy to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the District of Columbia (ODMPED). There, Lisa managed the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force, a 28 member body charged with developing a 10 year District of Columbia-wide strategy to increase the amount of mixed-income, culturally diverse neighborhoods, the amount of affordable housing, the production of housing overall and minimize displacement of current residents. Lisa now serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Howard University School of Architecture and Design, teaching an Urban Housing Seminar focused on affordable housing development. She previously served as Adjunct Faculty and Staff Attorney at the Georgetown Law Center's Harrison Institute representing tenant groups in acquisition and development matters and studying the tenant purchase process. Lisa has also managed her own law practice in real estate, business and non-profit redevelopment, and continues to be a member of the Maryland State Bar. Ms. Hodges holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Haverford College.


Patrick Kelley
Director of International Housing Finance, Habitat for Humanity International

Patrick Kelley serves as Director of International Housing Finance for Habitat for Humanity International’s work in more than 80 countries worldwide. His responsibilities include directing Habitat’s global strategy for susainable housing finance, developing shelter-related products and services with local financial service providers through HFHI’s Center for Innovation in Shelter and Finance, and sourcing capital to bring housing solutions to scale. Prior to Habitat for Humanity, Patrick worked in Africa supporting microfinance institutions, savings-groups and national microfinance networks. He served as executive director of URWEGO LLC, the largest MFI in Rwanda, and initiated the start-up of Turame in Burundi, and Hekima Cooperative in the DRC. Both URWEGO and Turame were awarded Best MFI in Country by the UN “Year of Microcredit” Campaign. Patrick also introduced a non-mortgage housing finance product in Rwanda and has previous housing experience in Latin America. Patrick’s prior work experience includes ABN AMRO Bank and Ernst & Young. He has a B.S. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Princeton University.

Henry Loh II
Associate, Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP

Henry Loh is an associate practicing in the firm Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP's transactional group with an emphasis on affordable housing, financing and real estate. Henry represents developers and syndicators in multifamily tax credit housing projects, and assists in all aspects of affordable housing development, from navigating the rules of government funding sources to negotiating with institutional lenders and investors.
Henry has also represented both borrowers and lenders, including many of the largest national banks, in structuring and negotiating financing and navigating work-outs, in a variety of industries including the wine industry, affordable housing and real estate development. Henry has assisted borrowers in negotiating credit facilities, swap transactions and tax-exempt bond financing. He has also represented lenders in providing credit facilities to borrowers in the wine industry, including syndicated loans, secured financing and intercreditor agreements.

Mitch Medigovich
President, Cattlemen’s Mortgage and Investment Corporation; CEO, Investors Trustee Services Inc.

Mitch Medigovich is President of Cattlemen’s Mortgage and Investment Corporatiom and Chief Executive officer of Investors Trustee Services Inc. He has been in the mortgage lending industry since 1976 and has held positions of Loan Production Manager, Loan Servicing Manager, Collections and Foreclosure Manager, Loan Officer, and Secondary Marketing Manager. Mitch has served the mortgage brokers association since 1984 and has held numerous positions including President of the Arizona Association of Mortgage Brokers. In 1991 and 1995, he was honored as Mortgage Broker of the year in Arizona. In 1996 he co-founded the Western Regional Mortgage Lenders Conference, the most successful mortgage conference in the country. He has co-authored proposed legislation on both the state and national level for loan officer educational standards and registration. He is certified as an instructor by the Arizona Department of Real Estate, the Maricopa Community College District and the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. Mitch is also an international banking consultant that has worked in the former Soviet States of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as Egypt, Mexico and Bulgaria, assisting those countries in banking reform, commercial and mortgage lending.

Dan Miller
Co-Founder, Fundrise

Dan Miller is the co-founder of Rise Companies, the parent company to Fundrise, a direct, local real estate investment platform, Popularise, a real estate crowdsourcing tool, and Rise Development, a real estate development company based in Washington DC. Formed in 2010, Rise Companies focuses on the intersection of real estate, technology and urban development and seeds new businesses in-house that touch upon those themes. Dan graduated with a B.S. and M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Maria Angelica Sotomayor - Sector Leader for Sustainable Development, Caribbean Management Unit, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank

Maria is responsible for the overall strategy, development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Program (including all infrastructure sectors, agriculture, environment and social inclusion) in the Caribbean. She worked as Senior Economist in the Water and Urban Development Unit in the Europe and Central Asia Region, was responsible for policy dialogue and management of the Bank’s portfolio in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, and provided operational support to teams in Russia, Serbia and Vietnam. Prior to that, she worked in the Latin America region where she was responsible for sector policy dialogue and management of the water portfolio in Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Nicaragua, and participated in the design and supervision of urban development and water supply and sanitation projects in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. With an academic background in economics, she has extensive experience in utility regulation, the design of public policies, and the design, appraisal, and management of urban upgrading, municipal development and water and sanitation investment projects. She joined the World Bank in 1996 in the global Water Unit. Prior to joining the Bank she worked for three years as Projects Economist in a US-based consulting firm. She holds a M.A. in Economics.


Kate Stohr
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Kate Stohr is the co-founder and Managing Director of Architecture for Humanity. She has been instrumental in coordinating design services and raising more than $15 million in capital for design-centered community development. In her role at Architecture for Humanity, she has led a number of the organization’s community development and reconstruction programs including Football for Hope, Hurricane Katrina Reconstruction Programs, 2010 Haiti Earthquake Reconstruction, Open Architecture Network, and the acquisition of Worldchanging.

Prior to joining Architecture for Humanity, Kate was a journalist and producer, receiving her Bachelor's degree magna cum laude from New York University and her Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is the recipient of Wired magazine’s 2006 Rave Award for Architecture and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 2009. She serves as an adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative. Together with co-founder Cameron Sinclair she accepted the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Patron Award in honor of the work of Architecture for Humanity, its chapters, volunteers and design fellows.


Terrence Curry
Associate Professor at Tsinghua University

Terrence Curry SJ, AIA, is professor of architecture at Tsinghua University, School of Architecture in Beijing, where he teaches design and tectonics. Terrence studied architecture at Pratt Institute and did graduate studies in philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago, African American Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana and theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. In 1994 he founded the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy. Terrence left the design center in 2000 to participate in the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Design School. In 2004 he accepted at Fulbright Fellowship to explore community design methodology in Hungary at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, where he established the Szent Jozsef Studio Kollegium. Terrence has received numerous awards for his design work and community service including, AIA National and Local Young Architect of the Year, local and national design awards and an honorary degree from Archiworks, Chicago. In addition to teaching at Tsinghua, Terrence is currently a PhD candidate at the Technical University of Delft researching design theory and methodology. In all his work, Terrence seeks to integrate design, teaching and community service as a means of making beautiful places worthy of the human person.

Alejandro Echeverri
Former Director, Urban Projects, Medellín, Colombia; Director, Urbam

Alejandro Echeverri is an architect from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana of Medellín, Colombia. He has been a professor and was the director of the Study Group in Architecture at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana from 2002-2003 and was invited to be Professor of Urbanism in the ETSAB Barcelona 1999-2000, among other international and national schools of architecture. His work earned Alejandro the National Architectural Award, Fernando Martínez Sanabria, given by the Colombian Architectural Association in 1996. He won the National Urban Planning Award given by the Colombian Architectural Association in 2008, and the Urban Planning Award from the Pan American Biennale from Quito in 2008, and the Curry Stone Design Prize in 2009, among others. He was General Manager of the Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano (EDU) of the Municipality of Medellín from 2004 to 2005, and the Director of Urban Projects for the Municipality of Medellín from 2005 to 2008. He is cofounder and director of urbam, Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University and has his own private practice.

Adam Mansky
Director of Operations, Center for Court Innovation

Adam Mansky is the Center for Court Innovation’s Director of Operations. Adam supervises the Center’s community courts – Bronx Community Solutions; the Midtown Community Court; Newark Community Solutions; and the Red Hook Community Justice Center. He also supervises the Center’s technology department. Adam served as the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s planner, coordinating all aspects of design, construction and program development, and then, its first project director. He also led planning for New Jersey’s Newark Community Solutions and provided support to the British government during the initial development of the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre. Before joining the Center for Court Innovation, Adam practiced corporate law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and securities litigation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Beverly Prior
Principal, Civic and Justice Practice Leader, HMC Architects

Beverly Prior serves as the Civic and Justice Practice Leader at HMC+Beverly Prior Architects and has dedicated her career to providing justice architecture that supports the betterment of society. She is a notable figure in the local and national justice architecture communities, and a leader in developing and presenting progressive trends in security and programming for justice facilities. Beverly is active in the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ), a unique community, where several years ago she helped found a movement: Sustainable Justice. This philosophy espouses the responsibilities that justice architecture has to the environment and to the communities and individuals it serves: to be high-performing and economically and socially sustainable.

Beverly’s national speaking engagements have included: “the Courthouse's Role in Creating a Vital Downtown,” “Design/Build in Corrections Environments: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?,” and “LEED-J: Developing a Sustainability Rating System for Justice.” She co-authored the Green Guide to Justice in 2010 — the document that defined the foundational principles of the Sustainable Justice movement. Beverly also serves on the National AIA Board of Directors.


Nancy Mullane
Journalist and Author of Life After Murder

Nancy Mullane is author of Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption released by PublicAffairs - June 2012. She develops, reports, and produces feature stories for Public Radio International’s This American Life, National Public Radio and the NPR affiliate KALW News-Crosscurrents in San Francisco. In 2009, the Open Society Foundation awarded Nancy a Soros Justice Media Fellowship to examine the impact of governor review of parole. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women’s Media Foundation. In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

Tuesday Closing Keynote
Nov. 13, 2012

Omar Vulpinari
Director of Expanded Media and Head of Visual Communication, Fabrica – the Benetton Group Communications Research Centre

Omar Vulpinari is Director of Expanded Media (Visual Communication, Interaction and Online experience, Video, Sound) and Head of Visual Communication at Fabrica, the Benetton Group. His work focuses on communication design for international and local social impact: from branding to awareness-raising campaigns, from online participatory initiatives to regional community service co-design initiatives. Some of the topics he regularly addresses are violence and child injury prevention, road safety, climate change related disease control, anti-tobacco and alcohol culture, disability barrier awareness, AIDS and mental illness stigma reduction, and human rights advocacy. He has been Creative Director on projects for UNWHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDCP, UNICRI, The World Bank, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, Witness, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, Teachers Without Borders, and Instituto Terra.

From 2006 to 2012, Omar served on the board of directors of Icograda – International Council of Communication. He was Founding Editorial Director of Iridescent – The Icograda Journal of Design Research, and Chair and Co-editor of the Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011. Since 2005, he teaches Communication Design at the IUAV University of Venice in San Marino. He has lectured in over 30 countries worldwide and is a frequent exhibition curator, speaker, moderator, workshop leader and juror for major international design events and universities. Since 2011, Omar is nominator for The Sir Misha Black Medal and Award for Innovation in Design Education. He lives in Treviso, Italy.

Design Open Mic Judge

Peter Exley
Founder, ArchitectureIsFun

An advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct associate professor of Architecture and Interior Architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and the President Elect of AIA Chicago.

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