1. Barbara Wilks

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    Barbara Wilks, FASLA, FAIA, principal and founder of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, is a leader in the field of design. As an architect and a landscape architect, Barbara uses her leadership skills to realign nature in the city. Barbara has won many awards for her work and has been published nationally and internationally. Her designs range from urban public spaces to infrastructure to architecture, and her goal is to use design to create access and a means of participation—a route to discovery and engagement. In addition to opening her projects for participation, during the design process Barbara continues the spirit of inclusion to the surrounding communities and government agencies. She is a board member of Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park in Ohio as well as the Design Trust for Public Space and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation in New York City.

  2. Tyler McIntyre

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     Tyler McIntyre is a Partner at Fairstead where he oversees the development, construction and rehabilitation of multifamily housing projects in 18 states across the U.S. Previously, Tyler held positions at Tetra Tech, Lendlease and RockFarmer Capital where he focused on the design and ground-up construction of commercial, multifamily and healthcare facilities. 

    Tyler earned two undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College: a BE in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Economics. In addition, Tyler graduated from the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University with an MS degree in Urban Planning and Construction Management.

  3. Amy Whitesides

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    Amy Whitesides has developed and led resiliency and research initiatives at Stoss for over ten years.  She brings a background in landscape, ecology and biology—as well as interests in food and landscapes for swimming and surfing—to a wide range of projects and efforts, including a firm culture that values generosity, collaboration, and mutual support. She has directed numerous award-winning projects that focus on environmental sustainability and resilience, including Vision Galveston on Galveston Island, North Shore Promenades in Edmonton, and various Climate Ready Boston district studies.  She is currently overseeing multiple waterfront design and redevelopment efforts, as well as a major renovation to Moakley Park—Boston’s most significant open-space investment since Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace. Amy is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She currently serves as a design critic at the GSD and previously taught landscape history and studio courses at Northeastern University and University of Toronto. 

  4. Benjamin G. Saxe

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    Ben’s belief in the positive role architecture can play in society around the world stems from his studies in Costa Rica and the US, as well as his work in Europe on a number of large international projects. This experience is combined with a long-held desire to use design to “do more with less” and ensure that craft and technology work seamlessly together to create buildings and spaces for all. While studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, Benjamin explored how different materials could be used in construction in new and exciting ways. In 2007, Benjamin moved to London to work for the world-renowned Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, drawn in part by their commitment to sustainable and socially aware design. In 2012, Benjamin Garcia Saxe was formally opened as a design studio in Costa Rica. The practice was renamed Studio Saxe in 2017 to acknowledge the growing role of many of its multidisciplinary team members.

  5. Erik Verboon

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    Erik Verboon is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Walter P Moore New York office. Trained in both architecture and engineering, Erik brings a deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types.

    Erik has experience working with a wide variety of facade applications including high-performance double skin facades, geometrically complex composite facades, and custom unitized enclosures for both new buildings and existing building retrofits and extensions. His experience in digital design, geometric rationalization and environmental analysis allows him to bring superlative value to his clients, helping designers deliver projects to the highest level of design sophistication while maximizing performance and minimizing cost.  Erik is currently working to develop resilient building enclosure strategies for flood-prone buildings and master plans.

    Erik’s portfolio includes both national and international work with extensive experience in the New York market, bringing expertise in buildings old and new, across academic, commercial, and cultural sectors. In addition to Erik’s professional accolades, he also teaches enclosure design and environmental analysis at a number of leading universities.

  6. Steven Baumgartner

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    Steven is an engineer and planner specializing in integrated systems solutions for campuses, communities, and cities. He founded Baumgartner Urban Systems Strategy (BUSS) after two decades with global integrated design, engineering, planning, and architecture firms. He uses his experience, evidence (data), and empathy to find innovative solutions for his clients. Core to his passion is the belief that urban systems need to be continually reexamined, reengineered, and reimagined to advance our biggest challenges. Through his work, Steven has seen the power of bold, elegant solutions that strengthen our neighborhoods, build economic prosperity, and ensure health and wellness—all while working in concert with (not against) our natural systems. Steven lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and supports several local initiatives, including Riverlife, Higher Education Climate Collaborative (HECC), and p4 Pittsburgh. In addition to the Van Alen Council, he is an active member of ULI’s Sustainable Development Council

  7. Gary Sorge

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    As Director of Landscape Architecture for Stantec’s multidisciplinary practice, Gary is proud to be part of one of the most sustainable corporations in the world—fifth globally and first in North America.  Gary’s influence spans a broad range of transportation, civic infrastructure, public realm, ecosystem restoration, and resiliency projects, leading professionals across all design disciplines. In his capacity as a hands-on principal, strategist, designer, and multidisciplinary planner, Gary brings to our clients a comprehensive approach to building resilient infrastructure and communities, creating and rehabilitating public space, creating and preserving natural habitats, and inclusive community engagement. Over his thirty plus years with Stantec,
    Gary has led the restoration and design of prominent and highly vulnerable landscapes and transportation infrastructure, leveraging the strength of systems-based design, innovation, and technology.

  8. S. Bry Sarté

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    S. Bry Sarté is an author, professional engineer, academic, and nonprofit founder. He established Sherwood Design Engineers 18 years ago, which now has six offices in the United States. He has worked on hundreds of leading national and international engineering projects that have set new standards for innovation and project excellence. His work significantly influences contemporary global urban transformation around issues of infrastructure, urban design, resilience, and ecological stewardship. He regularly serves as a lecturer at top universities and conferences around the world where he discusses applications of sustainable engineering to planning, design, and construction. He is the author of the book, Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design, published John Wiley & Sons, and the book, Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems, published by Columbia University in collaboration with United Nations Habitat III. Bry with his family in San Francisco, where Sherwood Design Engineers was founded.

  9. Kishore Varanasi

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    Kishore Varanasi is an award-winning urban designer, strategist, innovator, teacher, and writer, and brings over 15 years of professional experience in architecture and urban design. The Director of Urban Design at CBT, his work in both the public and private sectors has shaped countless cities and communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Kishore’s innovative contributions stem from his ability to create viable and sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods, converging the interests of residents, government entities, and developers by inspiring creative collaborations and fresh approaches to community building. Honored by the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute, Kishore’s work embraces emerging societal forces such as climate change, environmental consciousness, the sharing economy, and innovation culture to create an unparalleled quality of urban life.

  10. Daniel Elsea

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    A multidisciplinary urbanist and branding specialist, Daniel is a director and head of communications at Allies and Morrison, the London-based architecture and urbanism practice.  Daniel works on many of the practice’s international projects, especially at the early or competition stages. He blurs boundaries as a writer and editor, urban designer, and art director. He writes frequently, especially on public realm and landscape, architecture in the developing world, and on the built environment in contemporary art, having contributed to The Architects’ Journal, Architectural Record, Art Review, Building Design, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The South China Morning Post, The Wall Street Journal and The World of Interiors. A student of architectural history, politics and sustainable urban development, Daniel holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Oxford.