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Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO, an innovation and design consultancy that works with the world’s leading brands. The firm’s groundbreaking projects have included the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Shimano’s new Coasting bike. Brown is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society, addressing critical issues such as sustainability, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world’s lower income groups. He has received numerous design awards, and his designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London. In 2007, IDEO guest-curated IDEO Selects: Works from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition which organized objects from Cooper-Hewitt’s collection around the theme of design thinking.
James Carpenter has been the principal of James Carpenter Design Associates since 1978. Known for expanding the artistic and technical potential of light and glass as they affect architectural space, his recent projects include the main entry to the Time Warner Center in New York, the tower enclosure design for the Seven World Trade Center in New York with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and the new building exterior for Gucci Headquarters in Tokyo. Carpenter has taught at numerous universities including Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Materials Science Department and the University of Stuttgart’s Lightweight Structures Institute. He is the recipient of the 2002 National Design Award for Environment Design, the 2006 AIA Institute Honors Award, and the 2004 MacArthur Fellowship.
Francisco Costa has been the Creative Director of the Calvin Klein Collection for women since 2003. Having worked directly under Calvin Klein before assuming the role, Costa maintains the brand’s uncomplicated, minimalist aesthetic while focusing on strong tailoring and infusing the garments with architectural details, geometric accents, and unexpected materials. His work for the label has received critical acclaim and Costa was named Womenswear Designer of the Year by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2006 and 2008. A native of Brazil, Costa studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and later went on to work for top design houses including Bill Blass, Gucci, Balmain Couture, and Oscar de la Renta.
Camilo Pardo is Design Chief of the Special Vehicle Team and Living Legends Design Studio at the Ford Motor Company. In addition to his critically-acclaimed re-design of the Ford GT40, a special-edition race car, Pardo has worked in Ford’s Advance Design Studio on the Ford Thunderbird, Lincoln LS, and Ford electric vehicles. He took on the role as Design Manager for Special Vehicle Team projects in 1998 and has also worked in Ford’s design studios in Cologne, Germany, and Turin, Italy. Pardo studied design at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit and was granted the Industrial Design Society of America Merit Award in 1985. An accomplished artist, sculptor, clothing, and furniture designer, Pardo’s work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries worldwide.
Mark Robbins has been the dean of the Syracuse University School of Architecture since 2004. Robbins’s work bridges the art and architecture fields and explores the social and political forces that contribute to the built environment. He has received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a fellowship in the visual arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation, and the State Arts Councils of Ohio and New York. Previously, Robbins was the Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and served as Curator of Architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. Angles of Incidence, a monograph on Robbins’s projects, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 1992 and his book Households, a collection of photos that comment on present-day customs and ways of life, was published by The Monacelli Press in 2006.
Georgianna Stout is founding partner and Creative Director at 2×4, a multidisciplinary design studio founded in 1994. Stout leads diverse projects at 2×4 from branding to extensive Web sites and large-scale identity, retail and environmental graphics programs. She was the creative lead for programs for the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York City, and Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. She led the retail and packaging projects for Vitra’s New York and Los Angeles headquarters, served as creative director of a new product launch for Knoll Textiles, and is currently working on a branding project for MTV Networks. Stout has been a visiting design critic at Rhode Island School of Design and Yale University School of Art. 2×4 was the winner of the 2006 National Design Award for Communications Design.
Raquel Tudela is Global Creative Director at Bloomberg L.P. in New York. Originally from Buenos Aires, Tudela worked as a graphic designer before joining Bloomberg in 2001 to help develop an internal, visual communication channel to link the company’s offices internationally and went on to lead projects ranging from their core branding and multimedia design to commissioning art installations and working alongside architects to redesign the company’s award-winning 126 offices around the world. She helped oversee the construction of Bloomberg’s New York office on Lexington Avenue, which was completed in 2005, collaborating with Pentagram, Studios Architects, and Cesar Pelli. Tudela currently manages Bloomberg’s in-house creative teams in New York, London, and Tokyo, all of whom work together across branding, print, television, and Web-based media.
Lauren Zalaznick is President of NBC Universal’s Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks. Zalaznick had served as President of Bravo Media and Oxygen Media and also leads NBCU’s environmental initiative, “Green is Universal.” Under Zalaznick’s tenure, Bravo has experienced triple-digit ratings growth — both on-air, online and on-the-go — while garnering exceptional critical acclaim and achieving Emmy wins for Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and amassing multiple Emmy nominations for Top Chef, Project Runway, and Inside the Actors Studio. Also in May, Zalaznick was named Chair of NBC Universal’s Green Is Universal companywide ongoing initiative. In November 2007, Zalaznick was appointed President of Oxygen Media, one of the nation’s leading female-focused cable television networks. Prior to joining NBC, she led original programming and development for VH1, where she created some of their most watched series, documentaries, concerts, and specials. Earlier in her career, Zalaznick produced a number of award-winning independent feature films, including Kids and Safe.