Design Professionals as Active Agents of Change

Guy Geier

Managing Partner, FXCollaborative

An architect and interior designer with 38 years of experience in the design and management of corporate and institutional projects, Guy Geier is the Managing Partner of FXCollaborative Architects as well as having responsibility for the firm's Corporate and Interior Design practice. Guy focuses on developing designs that reflect a client's mission while creating solutions that address environmental concerns and the health and well-being of the users while delivering economic benefit to the client.

Guy has completed buildings and interiors for a wide range of clients including SAP, the National Audubon Society, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Disney, Mitsui Fudosan, Asia Society, Columbia University and the Javits Convention Center

Guy is a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association. He is 2018 President of the NY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and also serves on the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Virginia School of Architecture where he received both a Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree in Architecture.

Bryan Lee

Bryan Lee
Founder/Director, Colloqate Design

Bryan is a Designer and Design Justice Advocate. He is the founder/Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. Lee most recently served as the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and prior to that at the 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans.

Bryan is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action. Additionally, he has led two award-winning architecture + design programs for high school students through the Arts Council (local) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (national), respectively. He serves on several boards; most notably as the Design Education Chair National NOMA board and on the National AIA Equity + the Future of Architecture Committee. He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year, 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow, 2015 International British American Project Fellow. In 2016, Bryan was selected to give a TED Talk and to Keynote at SXSW Eco on Design Justice.

Christiana Moss

Christiana Moss, AIA
Principal, Studio Ma

Christiana Moss approaches architecture with vision, optimism and a commitment to testing and research; all integral qualities of the Studio Ma collaborative design practice. As Studio Ma's managing partner, Christiana is responsible for assisting their clients with identifying project goals, facilitating decisions and leading the design team to realize successful buildings. Her ability to grasp the interrelationships among these issues and use them to shape memorable architecture is integral to their practice.

Christiana received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to graduation, she joined the studio of the Pritzker Award winning Nordic master, Sverre Fehn, at the Oslo School of Architecture for a semester of study. She interned in the offices office of Simon Ungers in New York City upon graduation, where she worked on a winning entry for the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. In 1997, she moved to Arizona and was a member of the offices of McCoy and Simon Architects and Eddie Jones from 1998-2003 before founding Studio Ma with Christopher Alt, her partner in life and work.

Christiana leads Studio Ma's educational, institutional and cultural program types, where she applies her design and management skills towards the successful completion of both small and large-scale projects, including public-private partnerships with Princeton and Arizona State Universities.

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Randy Deutsch

Randy Deutsch, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Director, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign teaching design, professional practice, building- and digital-technology. Randy is an international keynote speaker, a design technology authority, Exec Ed program leader at Harvard GSD, and architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects. He has written for DesignIntelligence, featured in ARCHITECT Magazine and Architectural Record, and is the author of three books: Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017) on the nature of the ongoing convergence of technology and work processes; Data Driven Design and Construction: Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data (Wiley, 2015) on the innovative individuals and firms who are leveraging data to advance their practices; and, BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (Wiley, 2011) tracking the social and organizational impacts of the new technologies and collaborative work processes, and has been featured in other publications. His next book is, Superusers: An Architect's Guide to the Coming Tech Transformation (Routledge, 2019.) He wrote the Foreword to Managing Design: Perspectives on the Profession by Michael LeFevre, FAIA (2018.)

Craig Curtis, FAIA, LEED AP
Chief Architect, Katerra

Craig Curtis leads Katerra's Design team and is responsible for the overall design quality of all Katerra projects. Known for his integrated approach to the design of high-performance buildings, Craig joined the company to help develop a seamless integration of architecture, engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and construction within Katerra.

In the past 2 years, Katerra's Design team has multiplied to a 100+ person team, extending across multiple offices. Craig oversees the conceptual design of all Katerra projects and is the lead designer on select Katerra projects. Craig also established the Design Consortium at Katerra—a board of invaluable partnerships with top designers across North America. This group advises Katerra as we develop buildings around the country, helping ensure that we deliver on the highest level of design.

Previously, Craig was with The Miller Hull Partnership for 29 years, where he was a partner for 20 years. A few of Craig's projects at Miller Hull included The Bullitt Center, widely known as the greenest office building globally, as well as the GSA Land Port of Entry in San Diego, a $500m complete rebuild of the busiest land border crossing in the world. Miller Hull was awarded the National AIA Firm Award in 2003.

Luis Jaggy

Luis Jaggy
Design Researcher, Woods Bagot SuperSpace

Luis Jaggy is a Design Researcher at SuperSpace, the design research arm of Woods Bagot Architects.

SuperSpace is a collective of designers, scientists and computer programmers who develop advanced design methodologies at the nexus between spatial cognition, behavioral analysis, big data and machine learning. They research, design and build digital spatial systems in-house through professional software development.

SuperSpace explores the dynamic relationship between people and space through the design and development of digital design systems based on user and spatial analysis. This provides the data-rich evidence for developers, urban designers and governments to design truly human-centric environments.

Luis' research focus is on data driven design automation, generative design and optimization, and embedding formal/systems logic within design processes.

He has lectured at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design in computational design and manufacturing, and has been a lead developer on, a geometry kernel and platform agnostic scripting environment for designers.

Luis holds a Masters of Architecture (M.Arch) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts and Game Development Programming from Chapman University. Prior to receiving his M.Arch, Luis worked in special effects, motion capture, and post production for film and video game development.

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Darryl Condon, HCMA Architecture + Design

Darryl Condon, Architect AIBC, AAA, SAA, OAA, FRAIC, LEED AP
Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design

Darryl is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive change. As Managing Principal, he has created successful public spaces including community centres, pools, recreation facilities, fire halls and libraries across Canada.

Darryl is the President of the AIBC Council, a past member of the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel (2012-2013), President of the BC Recreation and Parks Association, and Adjunct Faculty at UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He has lectured extensively on issues related to sport and recreation facility design for groups across the globe and is a Fellow of the RAIC.

After 25 years of practice creating dynamic, engaging and effective spaces, Darryl is asking “What’s next?” The intent is to push, think and break away from preconceptions at every scale, to maximize the impact and potential of projects and collaborations. These efforts are focussed on creating spaces that leave lasting legacies in our communities.

Katy Faix, Holmes Structures

Katy Faix, AIA
Principal, Holmes Structures

Katy joined the Holmes Structures ownership team in 2017, and she leads business development and marketing efforts in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Katy’s background as an architect facilitates her wide range of participation throughout the firm. She jumps in design charrettes, client due diligence meetings and proposals, bringing a nuanced perspective to an engineering office. She actively pursues new work and celebrates the completion of projects through the creation of dynamic and informative Holmes collateral.

Katy is part of the management team which oversees the company’s operations, strategic planning and financial health. Katy contributes to branding coordination and oversight for the international Holmes Group. Katy received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University, GSAPP. She continues to be active in the profession through her involvement with CREW SF and AIA SF.

Jennifer Knudsen, CO Architects

Jennifer Knudsen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, CO Architects

Jenna Knudsen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a Principal at Los Angeles-based CO Architects, has designed and managed large-scale academic, laboratory and healthcare projects on campuses around the country. Her award winning projects demonstrate innovation in design, sustainability and project delivery—including early adoption of BIM and integrated delivery, for which she has been nationally recognized. Within CO Architects, Jenna leads the Women of CO (WoCO) initiative that champions the professional development of, and leadership opportunities for, the firm’s female employees. In addition, Jenna leads firm wide hiring and staffing initiatives. She is also the current co-chair for the Los Angeles Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Women in Architecture committee. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

Paul Mankins, Substance Architecture

Paul Mankins, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal, Substance Architecture

Paul Mankins, FAIA, LEED AP is a founding Partner of substancearchitecture in Des Moines, Iowa, and is widely regarded as one of the leading design practitioners in the Midwest. During the last three decades, he has directed the design of significant corporate, residential, civic and higher education facilities recognized with over 100 design awards—including more than 50 awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). These projects include the Principal Riverwalk Pavilion and Pump Station along the Des Moines River, the renovation of Eero Saarinen’s Oreon E. Scott Chapel at Drake University, and Des Moines’ New Central Library with David Chipperfield Architects of London. In addition, he taught architectural design at Iowa State University (ISU) from 1998 to 2013, and is a frequent academic and professional design awards juror nationwide.

In recognition of his contributions to the profession, Paul received the Design Achievement Award from ISU in 1998, the Young Architects Award from the AIA in 2003, and in 2004 he was elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows. In 2011, Paul was named a Richard Upjohn Fellow of the AIA for his efforts leading the Institute, and in 2013 he received AIA Iowa’s Medal of Honor—the highest honor the chapter can bestow on a member.

As a complement to his architectural work, Paul has served as Chair of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation and as a member of the Board of Regents for the American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C. He holds degrees from Iowa State University (BA 1985) and Yale University (MArch 1991), and is the recipient of a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts.

Zander Sivyer, Holmes Structures

Zander Sivyer, SE, LEED AP
Principal & CEO, Holmes Structures

When Zander Sivyer transitioned to the role of CEO at Holmes Structures in 2005, he wanted to grow the company without losing the fun of engineering. He finds meaningful work in engineering impactful new construction projects tailor-made for his clients, as well as through the adaptive reuse of historic structures. Zander has overseen Holmes Structures’ work product for a variety of innovative companies including Adobe, Intuit and Autodesk. His historic projects include the Presidio Main Post and House of Air as well as the seismic retrofit of San Francisco’s first sky scraper, 140 New Montgomery. Zander is a leading voice in the structural application of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), and he is currently engaged in designing the largest mass timber building in North America.

As CEO, Zander oversees Holmes Structures’ offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition, he is an owner of Holmes Group—an international collective of engineers and designers with companies based in Australia, New Zealand, United States and the Netherlands. Prior to joining Holmes Structures, Zander worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He received his engineering degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.