2018–19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Recipients
The J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize forms a connecting thread between Exhibit Columbus’ symposium and exhibition years. It honors two great patrons of architecture, art, and design by inviting renowned architects, artists, and designers to participate in the symposium and create innovative installations and experiences that make up the core of the exhibition. Meet the 2018-19 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Winners in their first public conversation as a group. After experiencing Columbus, its architectural heritage, and its community, the Miller Prize Winners will begin designing installations for the 2019 Exhibit Columbus exhibition.
Agency Landscape + Planning
Bryony Roberts Studio
Frida Escobedo Studio
MASS Design Group
2018–19 Washington Street Civic Project Leaders
The Washington Street Civic Projects will showcase innovative work created by five mission-driven organizations dedicated to using architecture, art, and design to improve people’s lives, connect communities, and catalyze efforts to make cities more equitable and sustainable. As part of the 2019 exhibition, their projects will activate sites on and around Washington Street, Columbus’ downtown commercial and civic corridor, and will highlight the diverse efforts of the following organizations from across North America.
People for Urban Progress
2018–19 University Design Research Fellows
The Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellowship was created to showcase current research by leading professors of architecture and design and highlight innovative research exploring ways that architecture and design can improve people’s lives and make cities stronger. Exhibit Columbus is proud to award six fellowships to professors representing eight universities.
The University Design Research Fellows will participate in the Thursday Afternoon Conversation: States of Design Education.
The Museum of Modern Art
Sean Anderson is associate curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, he has degrees in architectural design and history from Cornell, an M. Arch from Princeton and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. At MoMA, he has organized the exhibitions Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter (2016-17), Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959-89 (2017-18) and manages the Young Architects Program (YAP) installation and exhibition series.
Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
Kevin Adkisson is the collections fellow at the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Since assuming that role in the summer of 2016, Adkisson has assisted with preservation, interpretation, and programs across the many buildings and treasures of Cranbrook. He has curated seasonal exhibitions within Saarinen House using collections from Cranbrook Archives and Cranbrook Art Museum. A native of north Georgia, Adkisson holds a BA in Architecture from Yale, where he worked in the Yale University Art Gallery’s American Decorative Arts Furniture Study. He is completing his MA in the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, with a thesis examining the role of postmodernism in shopping mall architecture. Previously, Kevin worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York as a research and writing associate and at Kent Bloomer Studio in New Haven, where he designed and fabricated architectural ornament.
International Council on Monuments and Sites
Gustavo Araoz is an American architect whose 40-year career has focused on the management and conservation of the historic built environment. His commitment to serve the professional conservation community and to broaden international cooperation to preserve the world’s cultural heritage earned him three terms as president of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He was a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania for seven years, and has been a visiting lecturer internationally at institutions including Yale, Brandenburg Technical University in Germany, and the International Centers for Heritage Conservation in the Canary Islands and Buenos Aires. He participated in the Nara + 20 process convened by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and served on advisory panels for the Getty Foundation’s Architectural Conservation grant programs. A native of Cuba, Araoz was awarded the Cuban National Heritage Foundation’s 2011 “Herencia” award. In 2017, he received the Ann Webster Smith Award given by US/ICOMOS.
Michael Bierut is a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram, where his work includes brand identity, book design, packaging, and environmental graphics. His clients at Pentagram have included the New York Times, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Robin Hood Foundation, MIT Media Lab, Mastercard, Princeton University, the New York Jets, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. As a volunteer to Hillary Clinton’s communications team, he designed the H logo that was ubiquitous throughout the campaign. Bierut is on the faculty of the Yale School of Management and a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art. Part design manual, part manifesto, Bierut’s 2015 book How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world, explores his career and his philosophy of creating with purpose.
Joshua Ayoroa is president and principal of Ayoroa Simmons, a building information modeling firm based in Lexington, Kentucky. Ayoroa has worked in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry since 2009. From 2011 to 2014, he worked for one of the top ten manufacturing design-build firms in the country. During that time he worked with multidisciplinary teams of design and construction professionals from around the country on some of the most complex projects in the company’s portfolio. Today, Ayoroa provides building information modeling solutions to leading design professionals, contractors, and owners throughout North America and Europe. His team used 3D laser scanning to provide Oyler Wu Collaborative with detailed site information for their 2017 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize installation “The Exchange.” Ayoroa holds a master of architecture degree from the University of Kentucky.
Herman Miller Cares
Linda Brand is president of Herman Miller Cares, Herman Miller’s corporate giving foundation that funds initiatives worldwide. She is an active member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy. Prior to joining Herman Miller, Brand was president and CEO of Brand & Associates, a business consulting firm engaged with private foundations, philanthropists, and community leaders to affect positive social change. Brand was an active member of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance (WMSA), a regional collaboration resulting in significant policy and organizational impact. In 2010, along with several local philanthropists, Linda helped develop and manage the Model Community Initiatives, a local byproduct of WMSA which continues today. This high-profile three-sector leadership forum is designed to engage local stakeholders in strategies to address community issues. Linda has served on several non-profit boards, teaches at the local community college, is a contributing author to the book Personal Quality, and was named one of West Michigan’s Top 50 Women of Influence
Mary Chandler is the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Cummins Inc. and C.E.O. of the Cummins Foundation. Chandler practiced law for 25 years and was a partner in an Indianapolis, Indiana, law firm. She has been significantly involved in state and local public policy, serving as President of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, and Commissioner on the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, among many other roles. She is currently the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. At Cummins, Chandler has led the development of significant global community programs including Cummins Powers Women, a global community initiative committed to the advancement and prosperity of women and girls around the world. Through its Architecture Program, the Cummins Foundation has fostered Columbus’ reputation for architectural excellence since 1957.
Page & Turnbull
Flora Chou is a senior associate and cultural resources planner for Page & Turnbull in the Los Angeles office. Based in California, Page & Turnbull is an architecture, planning, and conservation firm imagining change in historic environments through design, research, and technology. Chou leads the architectural history and preservation planning aspects of the firm’s Southern California projects. She holds a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College, and is a LEED-accredited professional. She speaks regularly at conferences and workshops on preservation planning and practices. Prior to joining Page & Turnbull in 2013, Chou was a preservation advocate for the Los Angeles Conservancy. She currently serves on the national board of Docomomo US, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the buildings and sites of the modern movement.
Memphis River Parks Partnership, Kresge Foundation
Carol Coletta is president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership. She is leading the relaunch of a nonprofit to develop, manage and program six miles of riverfront and five park districts along the Mississippi River. Coletta is on loan from The Kresge Foundation, where she is a senior fellow in the foundation’s American Cities Practice. She leads a $50+ million collaboration of national and local foundations, local nonprofits and governments to Reimagine the Civic Commons in five cities. She was formerly vice president of Community and National Initiatives for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Coletta also led the two-year start-up of ArtPlace, a unique public-private collaboration to accelerate creative placemaking in communities across the U.S. She was host and producer of the weekly public radio show Smart City, where she interviewed international leaders in business, the arts, and cities. She continues the conversation on her podcast “Talking about Cities.”
Holly Davidson is the store manager of the Indianapolis-area IKEA that opened October 11, 2017 in Fishers, IN—the 45th U.S. IKEA and the first in Indiana. A native of southern Indiana, Davidson joined IKEA following successful tenures with international retail companies Blockbuster and Starbucks in regional management positions. Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment through the IKEA Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to create substantial and lasting change by funding holistic, long-term programs in some of the world’s poorest communities that address children’s fundamental needs. Good Cause campaigns in IKEA stores, like 2017’s Let’s Play for Change, give co-workers and customers an opportunity to engage directly with foundation programs.
Melissa Dittmer is the vice president of Architecture + Design at Bedrock, leading Bedrock’s internal architecture studio— a collaborative group that completes the research, analysis, programming, conceptual design, and (as needed) full architecture services for Bedrock’s real estate development projects, and the selection of external architects appropriate for each project’s strategic vision. Most recently, Dittmer co-led the organization, design, and curating of a 17-day architecture exhibition called “Detroit Design” that resulted in 16 special public events, 4000 exhibit visitors, 19 published design articles, and three media outlets declaring Detroit as a top 10 tourist design destination. Earlier projects include Bedrock’s “City Modern” project within Detroit’s historic Brush Park community and leading the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force Plan. Dittmer has been published in Topos, MONU, MetropolisMag, The Plan, Places: Design Observer, and the Architect’s Newspaper, and is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and Columbia University.
Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher is the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Since 2008, Dunlop Fletcher has contributed to the museum’s Architecture + Design program through several key acquisitions and exhibitions with a focus on visionary works of design from 1980 to the present. Recent curatorial projects include Designed in California (2018), Typeface to Interface (co-curator) (2016); Lebbeus Woods, Architect (co-curator) (2013); A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living (2013); The Utopian Impulse: Buckminster Fuller and the Bay Area (2012), and commissioned works by Bureau Spectacular (2017), Claudy Jongstra (2016) and Mike Mills (2013). She has published essays on the practices of A. Quincy Jones, Ewan Gibbs, Tobias Wong, and Lebbeus Woods. Dunlop Fletcher is a graduate of New York University, and earned master’s degrees from Bard College in Curatorial Studies and Harvard University in Architecture History and Theory.
Museum of Design Atlanta
Laura Flusche is the Executive Director of the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA). Under her leadership, the museum has been transformed into Atlanta’s design hub, a leader in design thinking and STEAM education for youth, and a trailblazer in exploring ways that a museum can serve its community in the 21st century. A classical archaeologist by training, Laura lived in Rome, Italy for fifteen years where she taught at the university level, excavated on the Palatine Hill, and was a co-founder of the Institute of Design + Culture. She fiercely maintains that design is archaeology backwards.
The Ohio State University
Todd Gannon is Robert S. Livesey Professor and Head of the Architecture Section at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School. His most recent book is Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech. His other books include The Light Construction Reader (2002), Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie’s Miller House (2013) and monographs on the work of Morphosis, Bernard Tschumi, UN Studio, Steven Holl, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam, Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenman, and Eric Owen Moss. His essays have appeared in periodicals including Log, the Architect’s Newspaper, and Offramp. In collaboration with Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago, he curated the 2013 exhibition A Confederacy of Heretics. His work has been recognized and supported by the Getty Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Ohio State University, and UCLA.
Writer and Curator
Greg Goldin is a writer and curator based in Los Angeles. For a dozen years he was the architecture critic at Los Angeles Magazine. He has published widely in Architect's Newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, the L.A. Weekly, Village Voice, and other publications. He co-curated the exhibitions Never Built New York at the Queens Museum and Never Built Los Angeles at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles. He was a two-time recipient of a Getty Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles grant for his work examining vernacular architecture. With collaborator Sam Lubell, Goldin is currently researching the unbuilt projects in Columbus’ architectural history.
Sarah Urist Green
The Art Assignment
Sarah Urist Green is creator and curator of The Art Assignment, an educational video series produced by PBS Digital Studios that explores art history through the lens of the present. Since its premiere in February 2014, the series has grown to over 200,000 subscribers, issued assignments by more than 60 artists, and generated thousands of artworks in response. Green is the former curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where she organized the exhibitions Graphite and Andy Warhol Enterprises, among others, and was instrumental in developing The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc
Adrienne Heflich is an associate with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) in Brooklyn, NY. She improves contemporary public spaces by learning from and enhancing a site’s natural and cultural landscapes. For the past 6 years, she has been a part of MVVA’s design and construction administration team for the Gateway Arch Park in St. Louis, MO. As MVVA’s project manager for Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, NC, she guides the transformation of the site from former state institution to destination public park. The project seeks to promote healthy and diverse local communities through new opportunities for outdoor activities and education, rehabilitate the site’s cultural landscapes, and restore and celebrate the ecology of the region. In addition, Heflich has managed landscape improvements to Vassar and Albright Colleges and Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Heflich is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Bowdoin College and has worked with MVVA since 2009.
University of Kentucky
Jeffrey Johnson is the director of the School of Architecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design and a principal of SLAB Architecture. Johnson’s work and research focuses on the intersection of architecture and the city. His recent research has been investigating the radical transformations of China’s urban landscape through the proliferation of superblock development, the basic DNA of large-scale urban growth, which will be included as part of a book he is co-editing entitled The China Lab Guide to Megablock Urbanisms. Currently, Johnson is critically examining the unprecedented museumification of China as a result of the current museum building boom. Johnson has taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Tongji University in Shanghai. Johnson was the curator and co-academic director of the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism + Architecture in Shenzhen, China.
Yugon Kim is a founding partner of IKD, an architectural design firm based in Boston and San Francisco that operates at the intersection of art, architecture, culture, and community. IKD’s clients include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the National Building Museum, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Kim’s long experience with timber led to the realization of the “Conversation Plinth,” a Miller Prize installation at Exhibit Columbus’ 2017 exhibition which was the first hardwood Cross-Laminated Timber structure constructed in the US. This ongoing material research was awarded a Wood Innovation Grant by the US Forest Service and aims to be a catalyst for a new timber industry by upcycling low-value regional hardwood. The “Conversation Plinth” was named 2017’s Best New Building Material by the Architect’s Newspaper and earned Architizer’s 2018 A+ Award for Best Temporary Structure. In addition to his professional practice, Kim is a faculty member at Rhode Island School of Design.
Matthew Kreilich is a design principal at Snow Kreilich Architects in Minneapolis. The studio received AIA’s 2018 Architecture Firm Award, an honor that recognizes a practice that consistently has produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. He is the heart of the firm's collaborative working model, with an active participation in both strategic and detail design resolution. Kreilich provides his design leadership on all the firm's projects. He has taught at the University of Minnesota College of Design and Syracuse University and participated in visiting critiques at the GSD and Washington University. Kreilich was recently a juror for the Progressive Architecture Award. He continues to participate on AIA juries throughout the country and give lectures in both academic and professional settings.
Studio for Art and Urbanism
Gavin Kroeber is an artist whose projects and writings poach from visual art, urban theory, and performance. He produces curatorial projects and performance events that are concerned broadly with cultural dynamics of power and in particular with their expression in the poetics of place. Recent work includes the two-day festival Dwell in Other Futures: Art / Urbanism / Midwest and the interdisciplinary social series At the Edge of Everything Else, both held in St. Louis. His project New Cities, Future Ruins, which received the 2016 Meadows Prize, investigates planetary crises of growth, migration, and sustainability in the sprawling cities of the Sun Belt. Projects in development are focused on St. Louis as a suburbanized region and the burn zones of California’s 2017 wildfires. He holds a master’s degree in Design Studies in Art, Design, and the Public Domain from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Elizabeth Harrison Kubany studied architecture and architectural history at Columbia College and the Architectural Association in London. After working as director of public relations at Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in New York and Los Angeles, she joined the staff of Architectural Record magazine as practice editor. In this position, she covered the business and management issues confronting architectural practitioners, as well as writing about design. In 2000, Elizabeth was hired as firm-wide director of public relations for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to conceive, organize, and direct a public relations strategy for the 1,100-person, nine-office firm. She worked in this position for two years, when she founded EHKPR and then Kubany Judlowe. Elizabeth has spoken widely on the role of public relations and marketing in the practice of architecture, ethics in architecture, and the problems with architectural fees. She serves on the board of Open House NY and on the Curatorial Advisory Committee of Exhibit Columbus.
2017 Exhibit Columbus High School Design Team
Mila Lipinski is a 2017 graduate of Columbus East High School. She was already planning to pursue a career in architecture when her art teacher, Denise Kocur, suggested she volunteer to join the Exhibit Columbus High School Design Team. Under the guidance of a team of experts, Lipinski and five other students met weekly during their 2016-2017 school year to explore, learn, design, propose, and construct an installation intended to serve as a meeting point during Exhibit Columbus’ inaugural exhibition. The resulting installation, Between The Threads, was a playful and inviting maze of brightly colored panels made with plastic string that vibrated in the breeze. Featured in a New York Times article about the 2017 exhibition, Between the Threads was one of the most popular—and most photographed—installations. Lipinski is currently a student University of Illinois where her studies in architecture are guided by an interest in community and humanitarian design.
Writer and Curator
Sam Lubell is a writer based in New York. He has written eight books about architecture for Phaidon, Rizzoli, Metropolis Books and Monacelli Press. He is a Contributing Editor at the Architect’s Newspaper and writes for the New York Times, Wallpaper, Dwell, Wired, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, Architectural Record, Architect Magazine, Contract, Architectural Review and other publications. He co-curated the exhibition Never Built New York at the Queens Museum and the shows Never Built Los Angeles and Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles. With collaborator Greg Goldin, Lubell is currently researching the unbuilt projects in Columbus’ architectural history.
University of Cincinnati
Edward Mitchell is the director of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to this appointment, he was associate professor at the School of Architecture, Yale University, where he served as director of the Post-Professional program and coordinated the post-professional and graduate studios in architecture and urbanism. His award-winning practice has been recognized by the Architectural League of New York and the Boston Society of Architects. He has been a member of Vita Nuova, an environmental planning consortium, and the Urban Design Workshop at Yale. His two latest books, A Train of Cities and Common Wealth are studies of the regional potentials in former industrial centers in Boston and South Coast Massachusetts. He has been the Chair of the National ACSA annual meeting and has lectured and exhibited internationally, including at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, The University of Illinois, Aalto University in Helsinki, and the Salzburg Seminars in Austria.
Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Historic Preservation
Jorge Otero-Pailos works at the intersection of art, architecture and preservation. One of the leading thinkers defining the new field of “experimental preservation,” Otero-Pailos’ work on historic monuments has been commissioned and exhibited widely, from the Venice Biennale to the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and a prolific contributor to scholarly journals and books. He has received awards from major art, architecture, and preservation organizations such as the 2012 UNESCO Eminent Professional Award, the American Institute of Architects, the Graham Foundation, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. Otero-Pailos holds a PhD from MIT and was a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. He is director and professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture in New York.
Chicago Architecture Biennale
Todd Palmer is the executive director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, which explores the way we live, work, and organize society globally. The next edition of the biennial will be on view from September 2019 – January 2020 in venues throughout Chicago. Trained in the history, theory, and practice of architecture, Palmer has two decades of design, curatorial, educational, and planning experience. Prior to joining the Biennial in 2016, he was associate director and curator at the National Public Housing Museum, where he spearheaded the rehabilitation of the museum’s historic site, organized exhibits, and piloted programs to catalyze social change. An author and artist, Palmer exhibited with The Studio Museum in Harlem, produced public artworks, and published in the Avery Review and African American National Biography. He is vice-president on the Executive Committee of the non-profit Chicago Cultural Alliance's Board of Directors.
Theodore H.M. Prudon is a practicing architect and preservationist. He received his education in the United States (MS Arch and PhD from Columbia University) and the Netherlands (MS ArchEng from the University of Delft). He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Preservation Technology International. He has been on the faculty of the Graduate Programs in Historic Preservation at both Columbia University and Pratt Institute for over 30 years. He has lectured and published extensively and is the author of Preservation of Modern Architecture, of which also a Japanese and Chinese language edition has appeared. The book received the Lee Nelson Book Award from the Association for Preservation Technology. Dr. Prudon is the president of Docomomo US and serves on the Advisory Board of Docomomo International based in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2016 he was awarded the architecture prize by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Enrique Ramirez is a scholar and historian of modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism. He is a member of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative and an advisory editor for Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism. Ramirez has lectured widely and his writings, which cover a variety of topics, have appeared in publications like the Avery Review, the Journal of Architecture (UK), Harvard Design Magazine, and Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal. He contributed an essay to the companion volume for Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Ramirez brings his former experiences as a lawyer and entertainment industry veteran to bear on his research, which considers diverse topics such as legal history and cinematic representations of landscapes. He is currently working on a manuscript that considers how exchanges between architectural and aeronautical cultures in 18th- and 19th-century France constructed new ideas about air and the natural environment.
DAVID RUBIN Land Collective
David Rubin is the founding principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective, a landscape architecture and urban design studio committed to practicing with an emphasis on socially-purposeful design strategies. He is design critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His projects have received honors from the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects, among others. David is responsible for the design of Canal Park in Washington, DC; Lenfest Plaza at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Campus, both in Philadelphia; as well as The Commonground at Eskenazi Health Hospital, the Indianapolis Museum of Art Master Plan, and the Cummins DBU Headquarters, all in Indianapolis. His current work includes Franklin Park in Washington, DC; the White River Master Plan, and Grand Junction Plaza in Westfield, Indiana; and the Envision Columbus Downtown Strategic Development Plan for Columbus, Indiana.
Artist and Designer
Susan Saarinen, daughter of architect Eero Saarinen and sculptor Lily Swann Saarinen, is an artist, designer, and artisan comfortable working in many different media. Susan grew up in the Cranbrook Educational Community, an intensely creative environment where her grandfather Eliel Saarinen was director, sculptor Carl Milles and ceramist Maija Grotell were teachers, and Susan’s godfather Charles Eames, furniture designer Florence Knoll, weaver Jack Lenor Larsen, and metal sculptor and furniture designer Harry Bertoia met and developed their crafts. Profoundly influenced by her early years, she holds degrees in Fine Arts (weaving and ceramics) and Landscape Architecture. Her firm, Saarinen Landscape Architecture, concentrates on environmentally appropriate projects. When she has time, she balances her design practice with fine arts. Saarinen has taught at Harvard, the University of Colorado at Denver, the Art Student’s League of Denver and a cultural exchange center in southwest France. She is presently writing her memoirs.
College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology
Michelangelo Sabatino is an architect, preservationist, and historian whose research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built and natural environment. He is dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he holds the Rowe Family College of Architecture Endowed Chair and is the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow. Previously, Sabatino taught history and theory of architecture at Yale University and the University of Houston. Sabatino lectures and publishes widely, participates in juries, and serves on a number of editorial boards, including Architectural Histories, the journal of the European Architectural History Network. His monograph Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011) was recognized with multiple awards, including the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award. His next book, Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony, co-edited with Ben Nicholson, is forthcoming in 2019.
Jose Sanchez is an architect, programmer, and game designer based in Los Angeles, California. He is the director of the Plethora Project, a research and learning project investing in the future of on-line open-source knowledge. He is also the creator of Block’hood, an award-winning city building video game exploring notions of crowdsourced urbanism. He has taught and guest lectured in several renowned institutions across the world, including the Architectural Association in London, the University of Applied Arts (Angewandte) in Vienna, ETH Zurich, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure D'Architecture in Paris. Today, he is an assistant professor at USC School of Architecture in Los Angeles. His research ‘Gamescapes’ explores generative interfaces in the form of video games, speculating in modes of intelligence augmentation, combinatorics, and open systems as a design medium.
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Shelley Selim is the associate curator of Design and Decorative Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, where she provides curatorial oversight of the museum’s design and decorative art collections, as well as its two historic homes—the Lilly House and the Miller House and Garden. She recently curated a reinstallation of the IMA’s Design Gallery, the largest permanent collection gallery devoted to modern and contemporary design of any museum in the country. Prior to her arrival at the IMA, she was the Jeanne and Ralph Graham Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. She has edited and written numerous publications about design, craft, and art, and has also lectured widely on these topics. She earned her MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum/Parsons, the New School for Design.
The Architect's Newspaper
Matt Shaw is the senior editor of the The Architect's Newspaper and a Columbus native. He teaches critical writing at SCI-Arc and is the founder and co-editor of Mockitecture, a half-manifesto/half-satire collection of architectural debauchery. He has worked for the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab), Storefront for Art and Architecture, Architizer, and been published in the Architectural Review, Beyond, Domus, and Icon. He wrote and researched two editions of the guidebook “Europe’s Top 100 Architecture and Design Schools” for Domus, and helped edit with Mark Foster Gage the forthcoming book Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses Across Art, Architecture, and Philosophy (MIT Press, Spring 2019). Shaw has led the experimental research group Critical Method Unit (CMU) at Syracuse University NYC Architecture Program, and has been an invited critic at numerous schools including Yale University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Penn, and UCLA.
Ball State University
Janice Shimizu is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Ball State University and a principal at Shimizu + Coggeshall Architects. Licensed in California and Indiana, she has worked on an array of programs, scales, and conditions. Prior to joining Ball State, Shimizu taught at the University of Southern California and worked at SmithGroup, Hodgetts + Fung, Guthrie + Buresh, and Morphosis Architects. Shimizu coordinates the First Thursday Arts Walk for Muncie Makes Lab and is an associate curator for Exhibit Columbus. Shimizu’s work with Exhibit Columbus focuses on promoting and supporting cutting-edge work at midwestern universities. She coordinated the University Installations for the 2017 exhibition, and has developed the 2018-19 University Design Research Fellowships in order to showcase current design research by leading professors of architecture and design in the region, grow a community that cares about design heritage, and provide excellent educational opportunities.
Donna Sink is an architect at Rowland Design, an Indianapolis architecture firm focused on cultural and residential projects throughout the state. For the last 25 years, Sink has worked on urban design, cultural institution, and art exhibition design projects, and has called Philadelphia, Detroit, Portland, and Phoenix home. She is committed to contributing to increasing the demand for good design in the city of Indianapolis, serving as president of the board for People for Urban Progress and a member and past president of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. She was honored with a 2016 Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence award. Sink completed her master of architecture degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Heritage Fund––the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
Tracy Souza is President and CEO of Heritage Fun––The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Heritage Fund, with assets of $72.7M, is a key community-focused philanthropic organization. Souza has lived, worked, and volunteered in Columbus for 40 years, including 32 years at Cummins. Her involvement spans the Columbus Human Rights Commission, Arts Council, United Way, Community Education Coalition, and many other boards and commissions. She has been closely involved in public/private partnerships, especially around community/downtown development. Souza was an early champion for Landmark Columbus and Exhibit Columbus. She is dedicated to ensuring that Columbus has a way to honor, care for, and fully utilize its architectural assets for broad community benefit. It is a way to honor the remarkable contributions of past community leaders while teaching and developing a new generation of leader that will continue to make Columbus a great place to live, work and play.
Ball State University
Andrea Swartz is an architect who has taught extensively in professional architecture programs at Ball State, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at the Yale School of Architecture where she earned undergraduate and M.Arch degrees and was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal. Swartz has worked for firms in Rhode Island, Maine, Washington, and California. Her design work has earned recognition, including a second-place award at the Toronto Sukkahville Design + Build Competition and Exhibition (2014), and recognition at state AIA design “ideas” competitions (2017, 2015). Her photography and artwork has been exhibited nationally. Prior to serving as the Chair of Ball State’s Department of Architecture, she taught architectural design studios and courses in photography, material investigations, and furniture design, as well as introductory structures courses. Swartz received the 2014 Charles M. Sappenfield Award from alumni in recognition of her “dedication, contribution, and commitment to the education of students of the College of Architecture and Planning.”
Barry Threw is a technologist, designer, strategist, and cultural producer with over 15 years of experience incubating innovative and influential products, experiences, teams, and businesses ranging across art, built environment, and creative technologies. His work has been presented internationally at sites such as the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale; Mutek, Montreal; Siggraph, San Diego; St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican; UNESCO Headquarters; the UN Headquarters, and the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He is the former director of Software at Obscura Digital, a San Francisco-based creative technology studio creating architectural projection mapping and installations globally. Threw is currently CEO of Fabricatorz, a global art technology studio based in St. Louis, MO; on the Board of the Gray Area, a San Francisco non-profit catalyzing art and technology for social, civic, and cultural impact; and Director of #NEWPALMYRA, an community platform dedicated to the virtual remodeling and creative reuse of architecture from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
Architect and Critic
Susana Torre is an architect and critic who examines the connection between architectural form and cultural context from a feminist standpoint. Torre’s portfolio is marked by social concerns and questions of purpose and meaning in architectural spaces and in the profession of architecture. The first woman to participate in the Cummins Foundation Architecture Program in Columbus, Torre designed Firehouse 5 to integrate female firefighters, focusing activity to foster mutual trust among firefighters in communal spaces rather than segregated locker rooms, and replacing traditional dormitories with private bedrooms to achieve privacy for both men and women. She is also known for innovative projects such as a proposed Ellis Island master plan (1981) and the renovation of Schermerhorn Hall at Columbia University (1985). Women in American Architecture. A Historic and Contemporary Perspective, the exhibition and book she curated and edited in 1977, is considered a game-changer regarding the position of women in both the discipline and the profession, inspiring recent efforts to document and inscribe women’s histories in the architectural survey and online sites such as Wikipedia. She teaches and publishes internationally; represented the US in the 1980 Venice Biennale of Architecture; has received numerous scholarly and design awards, and has held leadership positions at Barnard College, Columbia University GSAPP, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Parsons School of Design.
Miller House and Garden
Ben Wever has worked at the Miller House and Garden for nineteen years, first as a groundskeeper and then as site administrator for Newfields for the last nine years. As site administrator, Wever is responsible for the overall care and administration of the Miller House and Garden. Wever has also helped maintain several Dan Kiley landscapes, including North Christian Church. Previous experience included working the gardens and greenhouse of the Irwin Home as well as being a personal assistant to J. Irwin Miller for four years. An accredited horticulturalist since 2000, Wever has also managed the Columbus branch of Engledow Group, which maintained several Kiley designs for Cummins Inc. and Miller House and Garden. Ben has served on Landmark Columbus’ Design Advocacy Committee, where his knowledge of Columbus history and modern design and architecture helped preserve historical landmarks and architecturally significant buildings as well as public art and landscapes.
T. Kelly Wilson
T. Kelly Wilson is the director of the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program at the Indiana University Center for Art + Design and an associate professor of Indiana University. Wilson is both an artist and architect: his paintings and architectural drawings have been published widely and exhibited nationally. He is also the principal of Studio 922, an architectural and urban design practice involved with national and international urban projects. Auburn University has awarded him the Paul Rudolph Fellowship twice. Wilson has been an invited lecturer at institutions from the Bermuda National Gallery of Art, the to the American University in Cairo. His lectures address the subjects of spatial invention within drawing and architecture, focusing upon the perceptual organization of architecture and the city. Before leading IUCA+D, Wilson held an Associate Professorship at Harvard Graduate School of Design where he taught design, visual studies, and co-directed the Harvard Rome Program.
site design group ltd.
Ernest C. Wong, founder and principal of Site Design Group, has been instrumental in the development of both the firm and the landscape architecture profession in the City of Chicago. In managing the firm for over 28 years, Wong has established Site’s reputation for creative design solutions and thoughtful, community-oriented urban spaces. The firm has won numerous national and international design awards for projects like the Field Museum landscape, Positioning Pullman master plan, and the Chinatown Branch Library. A strong proponent of civic and community engagement, Wong sits on the board of numerous service organizations and professional juries, including the Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, Near South Planning Board, and the Chicago Landmarks Commission. In addition, Wong is a frequent speaker at universities as well as design, business, and diversity conferences, including serving as the keynote speaker at the National Minority Supplier Development Council in 2016.