Hansy Bettter Barraza
is an associate Professor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and received a B. Arch. from Cornell University and a M. Arch. in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2011 she cofounded BR-A-CE: Building Research–Architecture– Community Exchange, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating new community spaces. She serves on the editorial board of the Critical- Productive Journal and has been a Visiting Critic at Cornell University, Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University as well as a guest speaker at Columbia University, Harvard University, and Yale, among other institutions. Studio Luz Architects, the firm she cofounded with Anthony Piermarini, has been featured in national and international exhibits and publications.


Pablo Castro
Was educated at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in Argentina, and received a M. Arch. from Columbia University. He was de Montequin Senior Fellow in 2003 and in 2006 Fellow in Architecture/ Environmental Structure at the New York Foundation for the Arts.


Jennifer Lee
Received a B. Arch. from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. In 2003 she was de Montequin Senior Fellow and in 2006 Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures. In 2007 she received the Urban Visionaries Award from Cooper Union.


OBRA Architects
OBRA Architects which Castro and Lee founded in 2000, has endeavored to develop a series of reconciliatory acts between humans and nature. They have taught design studios at Pratt Institute and Cranbrook Academy of Art as Architects in Residence, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons/ the New School for Design, Barnard College, Cooper Union, and Dongguk University in Seoul, Korea. OBRA’s work has been exhibited at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Art Museum of China, the Rhode Island School of Design, Fordham University, and the Chicago Athenaeum. OBRA was selected for the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices in 2005 and in 2006 won the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program competition.


Jae Cha
B. Arch., Wellesley College and M. Arch.,Yale University, established LIGHT in Washington, D.C., in 2000 and that same year was the overall winner of the AR+D Emerging International Architecture Award for her church in Urubo, Bolivia. She was also a finalist for the Borromini Award for Young Architects in 2001 and winner of distinction for the AR+D of Emerging International Architecture Award for her Community Center in Marcovia, Honduras. In 2003 she received the Editor’s Choice Award from the Architectural Review for her church in Filadelfia, Costa Rica. Jae Cha has lectured around the world and her community projects have been published internationally.

Peter Clegg
A senior partner in Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, which he and the late Richard Feilden founded in 1978. Educated at Cambridge University and Yale University, he is Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath. Widely recognized as a pioneer in sustainable design, he is the primary author of Feilden Clegg Bradley: The Environmental Handbook (2007). His firm has won numerous design awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008.


Milton S. F. Curry
B. Arch. Cornell University and M. Arch., Harvard Graduate School of Design, is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Founding coeditor/publisher of Appendx Journal from 1992 to 2003 and editor-in-chief of CriticalProductive Journal, Curry has published seminal essays on the redevelopment of American public housing and new urbanism. He has lectured widely on issues ranging from the intersection of architecture and politics to new concepts of social and collective space.


Balkrishna Doshi
A pioneer of modern architecture in India, is Founder-Director of Vāstu-Shilpā Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design. As Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Doshi began his career in the studio of Le Corbusier and was Le Corbusier’s associate architect in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. He has also worked with Louis Kahn as the associate architect for the Indian Institute of Management. In addition to books and numerous journal articles on his work, Professor Doshi has received such honors as the Global Award for Lifetime Achievement for Sustainable Architecture.


David Gersten
David is a Professor in the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Gersten has been a visiting professor and guest critic at universities throughout Europe and the Americas. The Canadian Center for Architecture, among other public and private collections, has acquired his widely exhibited drawings and constructions. His work has also appeared in many publications, including RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics. Hunting Life: A Forever House is a museum edition of his drawings and stories.


Mateo Kries
Director of the Vitra Design Museum, has published a wide range of books, including Grow Your Own House (2000), Living Under the Crescent Moon: Domestic Culture in the Arab World (2004), Design Berlin: New Projects for a Changing City (2003), Total Design: The Inflation of Modern Form (2010), and Rudolf Steiner: Alchemy of the Everyday (2010).

Jonathan Massey
Architect and historian of modern architecture, is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, where he co-founded the Trans disciplinary Media Studio and helped establish a new interdisciplinary LGBT Studies program. In 2009 he published Crystal and Arabesque: Claude Bragdon, Ornament, and Modern Architecture.


Alberto Pérez-Gómez
is Saidye Rosner Bronfman Professor of the History of Architecture at McGill University and the author of Architecture and the Crisis of Modern Science (1983) and Polyphilo, or, The Dark Forest Revisited (1992). He is coeditor of the book series CHORA: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture. Built Upon Love: Architectural Longing after Ethics and Aesthetics (2006) is his most recent book.


Michael Sorkin
is principal of Michael Sorkin Studio and Distinguished Professor of Architecture and director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York. His books include Variations on a Theme Park (1992), Exquisite Corpse (1994), Wiggle (1998),The Next Jerusalem ( 2002), Starting from Zero ( 2003), Indefensible Space (2007), Twenty Minutes in Manhattan ( 2009), and All Over the Map: Writing on Buildings and Cities (2011).


Simón Vélez
is a Colombia architect known for innovative structures that use a mortar-filled bamboo. For the Zero Emissions Research Initiative of the Expo Hanover 2000 he designed a 2000-squaremeter pavilion made from bamboo, recycled cement, and terra cotta. More recently he participated in designing Crosswaters Ecolodge in Guangdong Province, China. He is the recipient of the Principal Prince Claus Award. Publications of his work include Grow Your Own House: Simón Vélez and Bamboo Architecture (2000).


Mabel O. Wilson
is Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she directs the program for Advanced Architectural Research. She recently began 6Ten Studio, an interdisciplinary practice exploring the intersections between architecture, art and cultural history. Her designs have been shown at international and national venues including the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Her design projects and articles have appeared in numerous venues. Her book, Progress and Prospects: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums, is forthcoming.