Join us in New York on June 23-24 for a compelling mix of talks and panels from thought leaders, entrepreneurs and futurists, with ample time for Q&A and informal discussion.
Gensler’s premier client event, Design Forecast LIVE, looks at how the next decade’s biggest trends will transform how people live, work, and play, and how we can reshape the design of place, environment, and experience – at every scale.
The event will explore how we can thrive in tomorrow’s creative economy, and how organizations like yours can secure a solid yet transformative future. Hosted by Condé Nast and Etsy, Design Forecast LIVE grounds a look ahead in our industry’s latest forecasts, design thinking, and research findings.
Program Director, Trimble
Aviad Almagor is the Director of the Mixed Reality Program at Trimble. His areas of focus are mixed reality technologies implementation and strategies, which have new implications for 3-D visualization in the architecture and construction industry. Aviad joined Trimble as part of the acquisition of Vico Software, where he was the Director of Product Design. Prior to working at Vico, Aviad served in various positions with leading AEC software companies and as a practicing architect. Aviad holds an MBA degree from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland, and a B.Arch. degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology.
General Manager, Americas Marketing
Scott is General Manager for North America Marketing Operations at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Prior to taking this position, he served as Senior Director of Integrated Consumer Marketing for the company and has also directed the company’s advertising and sales promotion activities. He has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Iowa.
Dean and H.D. Price Professor of Business, The University of Kansas
Neeli Bendapudi is the dean and H.D. Price Professor of Business at the KU School of Business. A scholar of marketing, she holds a doctorate from the University of Kansas and has taught at Texas A&M and Ohio State. Her research has appeared in Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Retailing and Harvard Business Review, among others. Neeli has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, receiving numerous college, university and national teaching awards. Outside of the academy, she has served on public and private boards and was EVP and Chief Customer Officer of Huntington National Bank.
Chief Administrative Officer, Condé Nast
Jill Bright joined Condé Nast in 1993 and led the Human Resources department from 1996 to 2010, when she was appointed chief administrative officer. Prior to joining Condé Nast, she worked in senior HR roles at Macy’s, American Express and PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division. Jill serves on the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, the Executive Committee of the Alliance for Downtown New York and the National Board of Girls Inc. She’s also a board member at Qubed, a higher education services company that partners with top colleges and media brands to deliver high-quality academic programs.
Capital Projects Manager, Etsy
Justine joined Etsy two years ago, shortly after Etsy signed its lease in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Prior to joining Etsy, she worked for a decade in architecture at many leading firms around the world. Since joining Etsy, Justine has led workplace design and implementation for Etsy office relocations in Brooklyn, San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, Dublin, Paris and Hudson, New York.
Chairman and CEO, Sidewalk Labs
Dan Doctoroff is chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company that works with cities to build technologies that address big urban problems. Prior to launching Sidewalk, he was CEO and president of Bloomberg L.P., the provider of financial news and information. From 2002 to 2008, he was New York City’s deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding. Today Dan serves on the boards of the University of Chicago, World Resources Institute and Human Rights First. He’s also the founder of Target ALS, which works to advance ALS research, and chairman of Culture Shed, a new cultural institution in New York.
Research Manager, Technology Horizons, Institute for the Future
Eri is an economist-turned-biotech entrepreneur and a White House Champion for Change in Citizen Science. She is a Research Manager for the Technology Horizons Program at IFTF. She is also co-founder of BioCurious and a co-host of the Bay Area Quantified Self. Previously Eri was both CEO and co-founder of Livly, a nonprofit cancer research company. Started in a garage, Livly quickly attracted a community of scientists that completely overwhelmed its capacity to support collaborative work. Hence the need for BioCurious, the world’s first hackerspace model for biotechnology and now one of the largest DIY bio-organizations in the world.
Program Director, Ten-Year Forecast, Institute for the Future
As director of the Ten-Year Forecast program at the Institute for the Future, Dylan pursues new ways to synthesize and communicate the trends and paradigms that are transforming the fabric of 21st century life. His interest in media revolves around a belief that good storytelling is the most essential tool for advancing society. To that end, he has been riding the crest of innovation that has disrupted the media landscape. Along the way, Dylan has produced significant media pieces for industry-leading companies and national governments, and helped innovative nonprofits tell their story better through video and animation.
Dean of College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cornell University
Kent Kleinman is dean of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. His scholarly focus is 20th-century European Modernism, and his books include After Taste; Rudolf Arnheim: Revealing Vision; The Villa Müller: A Work of Adolf Loos; Mies van der Rohe: The Krefeld Villas; and a translation of Jan Turnovsky’s The Poetics of a Wall Projection. Previously he was professor and dean at the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons, The New School for Design; professor and chair of architecture at the University of Buffalo; and associate professor at the University of Michigan.
Director of Partnerships, Institute for the Future
As Director of Partnerships at IFTF, Daria Lamb not only introduces people to future forecasts, but also teaches groups to use futures thinking skills and systematic thinking to radically inform decisions. She has observed missed opportunities at the intersection of commerce, technology and social impact, and builds multi-constituent projects that address these gaps. Daria joined IFTF after working at The Conference Board, an economic think tank in New York. There, she led the research working group and tackled projects on future-oriented topics such as workforce skills and digital knowledge transfer. In 2014, she co-authored “Creating the Right Voice and Content for Social Media.”
Co-founder, First Third
Craig is a co-founder of First Third, a design and fabrication workshop specializing in unique designs for furniture, interiors and high-end architectural millwork. The company’s clients include Vice Media, Kickstarter, General Assembly and, most notably, Etsy. First Third has been one of Etsy’s longest-term partners in sourcing of handmade furniture—providing handmade desks, conference tables and artwork.
Director of Experience Design, Hyperloop One
With a background in interior design, real estate and art curation, Colin Rhys is director of experience design at Hyperloop, a new technological proposition. Simply put, Hyperloop is conceived as an elevated tube that spans hundreds of miles between cities, propelling passengers and goods at near-supersonic speeds. It would cut travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco to 30 minutes. The brainchild of SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the 760-mph Hyperloop would be three times faster than the fastest bullet train on earth—at a cost that’s tens of billions less than California’s far slower high-speed railroad.
Vornado Realty Trust
Mitchell is the president of Vornado/Charles E. Smith. He directs the performance and growth of Vornado’s extensive 20+ million-square-foot portfolio in the Washington, DC, region. Prior to joining Vornado, Mitchell spent 15 years at The Kaempfer Company, where as president he oversaw the company’s development, leasing and management activities. He has served on a number of boards on behalf of the real estate industry and the community. In 2015, he was honored by Transwestern as the Public Company Trendsetter of the Year in recognition of his legacy of innovation, quality and contributions to the Washington community.
Professor and Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
Bob Shibley is dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning and also serves as campus architect. In these capacities, he has guided the school to a top-tier position in research generation among the nation’s architecture and planning programs. He also led the development of UB’s three-campus master plan. Bob is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and received the Institute’s Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to planning and design excellence. The American Institute of Certified Planners has also elevated him to its College of Fellows.
CEO and Founder, ClickMedix
As the founder of ClickMedix, Ting relies on her experience in designing and launching technology services, along with business strategies, for US government, pharmaceutical and global education companies and organizations. Her expertise includes strategy, operations management, organization change management and business development. Earlier she founded Click Diagnostics, a social enterprise born out of the MIT Media Lab, conducting mobile health projects and pilots in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and North America. Ting was integral to designing mobile health systems that can withstand unreliable or intermittent mobile network performance, while satisfying healthcare needs in underserved communities.
Producer, Laboratory Productions
Alisa develops and produces film, television, multimedia productions and events internationally, working with a who’s who of writers, actors and directors. Her new projects blend science, technology and urban planning with design and media. Recently she began collaborating with NCC, the Scandinavian construction, environments and development company whose mandate is to provide sustainable solutions. Working with them, Alisa is exploring how to close the gap between imagination and reality by merging fiction, design and art with engineering, science and technology. She also is an advisor to LA Makerspace, which will soon occupy 4,000 square feet behind the Wiltern Theater.
Senior Project Manager, EvensonBest
EvensonBest is nationally recognized as an industry-leading contract furniture distributor, with offices in the New York metropolitan, Mid-Atlantic and Northern New Jersey regions. The company ranks among the top 10 furniture distributors nationwide and the #1 Knoll distributor for the past 17 years. Even so, Etsy ranks as one of the most rigorous projects ever delivered by EvensonBest, complex in both its sustainability criteria and its unique collaboration with many local makers.
Director, Workplace Ecology and Design, Etsy
Josh Wise is Etsy’s Director, Workplace Ecology and Design, with responsibility for sustainable operations and expansion of the workplace. Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. The heart and soul of Etsy is its global community: the creative entrepreneurs who use Etsy to sell what they make or curate, the shoppers looking for things they can’t find anywhere else, the manufacturers who partner with Etsy sellers to help them grow, and the Etsy employees who maintain and nurture its marketplace.
Andy Cohen is one of two Co-CEOs at Gensler, whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as a leading global design firm through its innovation strategies. Andy oversees Gensler’s global platform and its daily operations—5,000+ people networked across 46 offices, serving clients in 120+ countries. A champion of design, resiliency and sustainability, Andy is chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and leads the committee responsible for global design innovation, spearheading design excellence strategies across 31 practice areas. Andy has been a speaker at industry conferences including the Urban Land Institute, Milken Institute Global Conference and TEDx.
Diane is one of two Co-CEOs at Gensler, a leading global design firm whose collaborative leadership model is a differentiator in the marketplace. Diane oversees Gensler’s global platform and day-to-day operations involving 5,000+ people networked across 46 offices. Diane is focused on Gensler’s global talent strategies, performance and organizational development to ensure that the firm serves its clients with the world’s top talent. She is vice chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and the catalyst for Gensler’s Research program, which delivers value to clients through strategies and innovations like Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index® (WPI).
Community Sector Leader, Gensler
Maddy is a Studio Director in Gensler’s New York office. In her role as Firmwide Community Sector Leader, she also serves on the firm’s Management Committee. A leader of successful collaborations with high-profile clients and peer design firms, Maddy has completed projects with significant impact on cities and communities. Currently the principal-in-charge of the Columbia University Medical Center’s Graduate Education Building, she served in a similar capacity for the expansion and renovation of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. She is deeply engaged with education and cultural organizations such as the New Museum and the New York Public Library.
Technology Practice Area Leader, Gensler
As a leader of Gensler’s Firmwide Technology Practice Area, Amanda identifies and creates trends and drivers that impact business strategy, design philosophy and innovations within some of the most sought-after brands in the world. In 2015, Amanda was named to LinkedIn NextWave: the top 150 professionals under 35 globally who are transforming their industries. A licensed Interior Designer and LEED®-Accredited Professional with a background in pre-lease strategy, Amanda specializes in helping fast-growth companies navigate challenges and milestones in their real estate portfolios. She leads a studio of architects and designers at the forefront of New York’s “creative class surge.”
Regional Managing Principal
Jordan co-manages Gensler’s Washington, D.C. office in addition to being a Southeast Co-Regional Managing Principal. He is also a member of Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee. A Registered Architect in five states, Jordan has received numerous national and regional awards for excellence in architecture, interior design and product design. A strong proponent of the value of design education, Jordan teaches a graduate course on product design at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Community Sector Leader, Aviation & Transportation Practice Area Leader, Gensler
As a Leader of Gensler’s Aviation & Transportation Practice Area, Bill brings expertise in the design of new terminals and aviation facilities worldwide. He also serves as Firmwide Leader of Gensler’s Community Sector, which encompasses practice areas in Critical Facilities, Education, Health & Wellness, and Planning & Urban Design, in addition to Aviation & Transportation. His major assignments include Terminal 5 at JFK for JetBlue, new terminals at Chennai (India), King Khaled International Airport (KSA) and the London City Airport. A recognized authority, Bill has discussed terminal design on the Discovery Channel and in The New York Times and USA Today.
Lifestyle Sector Leader, Hospitality Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Tom launched Gensler’s Hospitality Practice in the late 1990s, when he led the celebrated renovation of the Beverly Hills Hotel. He has since expanded the practice to an international scale, leading complex mixed-use, entertainment, master planning and hotel projects worldwide. His expertise was integral to the leadership of the 18 million-square-foot CityCenter development in Las Vegas and, more recently, the Westin Hotel, part of the South Terminal Redevelopment Program at the Denver International Airport, which includes a conference center and transit station. Tom is a Registered Architect and a member of Gensler’s Management Committee.
Lifestyle Sector Leader, Retail Practice Area Leader, Gensler
As a leader of Gensler’s Lifestyle Sector and Retail Practice Area, Irwin brings a unique design sensibility to retail and mixed-use projects, with a focus on elevating user experience through innovative brand and technology integration. A principal and design director in Gensler’s Los Angeles office and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, he promotes collaboration across disciplines, project types and geographic regions to ensure that the firm is exploring integration at all levels of design. Irwin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Consumer Goods Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Carlos is a Firmwide Consumer Goods Practice Area Leader and Studio Director in the New York office. For more than 30 years, he has provided thought leadership and innovative solutions in architecture, design and business strategy. Having recently served on Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee, Carlos focuses on shaping the strategic role of design in our clients’ enterprises along with fostering the next generation of design talent. He has received numerous accolades, including induction into the International Interior Design Association’s College of Fellows and Gensler’s prestigious Don Brinkmann Award for design excellence.
Senior Business Strategist, Professional Facilitator, Gensler
Jim is an organizational strategist and facilitator at Gensler, with a strong interest in maximizing the effectiveness and success of organizations and individuals. He works closely with Fortune 500 profit, nonprofit, institutional and educational clients, helping them assess, clarify and strengthen organizational culture, structure and effectiveness. Jim also works collaboratively with management teams to develop strategic plans and business plans. He designs and facilitates a wide variety of company meetings and retreats focused on organizational goal-setting, strategic planning and alignment, and communication/collaboration.
Workplace Sector Leader, Gensler
Drawing on her experience in strategy, research and design, Janet is one of Gensler’s key thought leaders on how the physical workplace impacts work. Her career has focused on how design can boost performance, innovation and well-being in the workplace. She has been instrumental in the research underlying Gensler’s 2008 and 2013 Workplace Surveys and in the development of Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index® (WPI), which measures workplace effectiveness. A current Firmwide Leader of the Workplace Sector and a member of the Management Committee, she was formerly Managing Director of Gensler’s Denver office and a co-founder of the Shanghai office.
Experience Designer, Gensler
Alan Robles is an experience designer in Gensler’s Los Angeles office, where he works across all practice areas to support the design and development of projects that increase the value of the in-person experience. Currently focused on developing technology-rich experiences for retail, entertainment and hospitality environments, he co-leads a firmwide effort to explore the opportunities presented by real-time rendered environments and creating processes to leverage these technologies. Alan helps bring the technologies of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to the firm and supports Gensler’s leadership in the conversation about how these technologies are changing visualization and the work environment.
Managing Director, Gensler
Julia is Co-Managing Director of Gensler’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Management Committee, focusing on Client Relationships and Leadership development. Julia is recognized as an expert in workplaces for the professional services industry, and she is a trusted advisor to many of the most respected global law firms. She has also led large, complex workplace projects for financial services, media and consumer products companies. Julia’s projects have been widely recognized, and she has been the recipient of the Interior Design Best of Year Award and the CoreNet Global Award.
Workplace Sector Leader, Consulting Practice Area Leader, Gensler
Gervais loves to talk about the future of how people think, feel and work. A Firmwide Leader of Gensler’s Workplace Sector, he also serves as a Leader of the firm’s Consulting Practice Area and is a member of the Management Committee. Based in San Francisco, Gervais works around the world, overseeing global services for some of the world’s best-known tech companies. He has a passion for research that has led him down a multidisciplinary path in real estate strategy and design. During his career he has directed architecture, interior and consulting projects, always driven to understand the relationships among real estate, technology and behavior.