Paola Antonelli is senior design curator of architecture and director of R&D at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She studied economics then architecture before moving into writing and curation, working for Domus, Abitare, and the International Design Conference at Aspen (IDCA). She also taught at UCLA before MoMA. Her exhibitions explore the role of design and architecture in the context of real life, including healthcare and emergency design, and most recently, the ambiguous relationship between design and violence.
Liz Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in New York and professor of architecture at Princeton University. Dubbed the first ‘post-wall architect’, DS+R is an ideas led practice, choosing to interrogate issues that matter - anything from migration to public space - with outcomes as diverse as a pavilion made of fog and the New York High Line. She, with founding partner Ricardo Scofidio, are the first architects to be awarded a MacArthur ‘genius grant’.
André Fu graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and founded AFSO before returning in 2004 to his native Hong Kong. He has produced a series of internationally recognised hospitality interior architecture projects, including the Upper House Hotel in Hong Kong and the waterfront Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. Broader work includes Lane Crawford Store’s Shoe Library, one of the biggest shoe boutiques in the world. He has also recently set up the André Fu Living brand.
Rosario Hurtado and Roberto Feo
Phil Hutchinson is director of strategy at BDG architecture + design and an expert in workplace strategy and design. He has more than 30 years of experience and understanding of the world at work and is intrigued by, and passionate about, what makes business and people work well. He has worked across the globe for multinational clients from Mexico to Moscow and is a regular contributor to workshops and talks on the current state and future of work and also guides a module at the Cass School of Architecture.
Gregor Jackson studied Interior Design in Edinburgh, and has since worked in the ‘brand world’ for more than 25 years, both nationally and internationally — creating, shaping and evolving how brands are projected and perceived. As founding partner of internationally acclaimed design agency gpstudio, he works strategically in building brands and generating traction in the arenas of retail design, leisure and hospitality, through the medium of 2D graphic communication and 3D interior architecture.
Amanda Levete is a Stirling Prize-winning architect and founder and principal of AL_A. She trained at the Architectural Association and worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised groundbreaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges department store in Birmingham. She is a regular radio and TV broadcaster, writes for a number of publications, including the New Statesman and Prospect, and lectures worldwide.
Lyndon Neri is a founding partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London. Besides awardwinning architecture and interiors, Neri is actively involved in teaching and research, and has lectured and exhibited around the world. In London Neri&Hu Design is currently converting the Grade II listed Bow Street Magistrates Court into a 99-room boutique hotel.
Chris Wilkinson founded his practice with Jim Eyre in 1983. He received an OBE in 2000, was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in 2006, and holds an honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture. WilkinsonEyre is the only UK practice to have back-to-back success in both the RIBA Stirling Prize (2001 for Magna, 2002 for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge) and the RIBA Lubetkin Prize (2012 for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre, 2013 for the conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore)