New York Jury
Alexander P. Lamis
ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS, LLP.
Alexander Lamis, FAIA, joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1983 and has been a Partner in the firm since 1999. He has acted as Project Partner for a diverse group of institutional, commercial, and residential projects including the campus master plan, space plan, framework plan, and facilities assessment for the multicity, 26 million-square-foot Rutgers University system; the LEED Platinum George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park; the Nashville Public Library in Nashville, Tennessee; the Jacksonville Public Library in Jacksonville, Florida; the campus master plan, space plan, and facilities assessment, as well as the LEED Gold Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, and Clinical Wing at Harvard Law School; Northrup Hall at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas; the campus space plan and facilities assessment for Bronx Community College, including the subsequent design and construction of the new LEED Silver North Hall and Library; the Broadway Residence Hall for Columbia University in New York City; the Kaufman Center in New York City, home to Merkin Concert Hall and two music schools; the Barnett Residential Life Center, the Christoverson Humanities Building, and the Becker Business Building for the Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise, all at Florida Southern College; the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University; the William Gates Computer Science Building at Stanford University; Baker Library | Bloomberg Center at the Harvard Business School; and Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World in Florida.
An authority on library design, Mr. Lamis has been invited to speak on the evolving role of information technology in libraries at Computers in Libraries 2000, IOLS 2000, the National Library of Medicine, and the MIT Club of New York. He contributed a chapter on sustainable design in libraries to the book Planning the Modern Public Library Building (Westport, Connecticut: Libraries Unlimited, 2003) and the article "Evolving Spaces: An Architect’s Perspective on Libraries" in Volume 28 of Advances in Librarianship (Oxford, England: Elsevier, 2004). He is a co-author of Designs for Learning: College and University Buildings by Robert A.M. Stern Architects(New York: Monacelli, 2016).
Mr. Lamis was a Board Member from 2005 to 2009 and 2008 President of the Center for Architecture Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit foundation allied with the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects that funds scholarships and educational and cultural programs that reach 5,000 students annually. He currently serves as co-chair of both the Design Awards Committee of the AIA New York Chapter and the Architects Leadership Council of the New York Building Congress. He served on several committees for the American Libraries Association and was program chair and speaker for Going Green Without Going Broke, a discussion of sustainable design solutions in libraries for the 2002 ALA national convention, which was repeated at the 2004 Convention.
Mr. Lamis manages Robert A.M. Stern Interiors, LLC, which provides interior design services to RAMSA projects, and Robert A.M. Stern Design, LLC, which licenses product designs.
Mr. Lamis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning of Columbia University, where he was a Kinne Fellow and was awarded the Henry Adams Certificate. Mr. Lamis is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the American Association of Museums and the American Library Association, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a registered architect in the State of New York and other jurisdictions.
Renolds Logan, FAIA
RICHARD MEIER & PARTNERS
Reynolds Logan has spent almost thirty years collaborating with Richard Meier during an important period of creativity and practice growth across a wide range of building types and sizes. He is currently responsible for One Waterline Square on the Upper West Side in New York City, and various private and public projects in the United States. He has previously been the Project Architect and Designer for several other internationally recognized projects, including the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; Swiss Air North American Headquarters in Melville, New York; the Alfonse D’Amato Courthouse in Central Islip, New York; the Weill Hall laboratory building at Cornell University; and the Rothschild Tower in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Renny received his Masters of Architecture from Clemson University after studying and traveling with the Charles E. Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy. He also earned a BS Design from Clemson University. Mr. Logan is registered in New York, and has been elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects.
Randall Buck, a multi-media artist who works in time-based media, envisions pattern from an architectural perspective and engages technology in an effort to return the design work back to a finished form, which is tactile, distinct and inspired. Buck has engineered existing technology to push it beyond conventional manufacturing limits to invent new materials original for their environmental qualities and endurance. Buck believes these innovations are essential to his evolution as a designer and the possibilities are limitless.
Founded in 2006 in New York City, Trove is led by Jee Levin and Randall Buck, who are both accomplished artists and the creative force behind the brand. As the founding partners of Trove, Levin and Buck aspire to merge art, design, and craft - mixing traditionally recognized decorative elements with nontraditional application and eco-friendly materials. Trove strives to create a product that is minimally harmful and least impactful to our endangered world. Levin and Buck’s work is a clever interpretation of the simple, yet fascinating beauty of our environment.
Trove has won several awards, including four Good Design awards, two Editor's Choice Awards for ICFF, and two Architectural Products Product Innovation award. Trove has also won a NeoCon Silver award for their “Vivid” collection for KnollTextiles. Two Trove patterns have been acquired for the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and three Trove patterns were featured in the 2010 Triennial exhibit. Six Trove patterns were acquired for the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum.
Principal Product Designer
ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
With the firm since 1984, Donald Strum is the Principal in charge of product, furniture, and graphic design and has played a key role in the development and the success of the firm’s product design practice. His first project for the firm was the now ubiquitous “Whistling Bird Teakettle” for the Italian manufacturer, Alessi. In 1997, under the leadership of Mr. Strum, the firm began a relationship with Target Stores that led to what many in the critical press have hailed as “the democratization of design”. In 2005, after witnessing firsthand the issues Michael Graves was experiencing with an illness that left him paralyzed, Mr. Strum and the product design group made a commitment to transform healthcare design services for the aging and physically disabled population, as well as for the people who care for them. Mr. Strum and his product design group have brought over 2,000 consumer products to market over the past three decades.
Jose Dos Santos
Head of Design
PHILIPS LIGHTING NORTH AMERICA CORPORATION
Jose has over 25 years of experience in design and design management, an MA in industrial design from Central Saint Martins and an Executive MA from the Northwestern University. Started in Portugal in 1989 as an industrial, in Europe formed and sold two product design companies, worked as a product Design Director in Barcelona and led as Chief Design Officer a large Internet company. Taught design to designers and in business schools, served as a juror in international design competitions, co-founded one of Europe’s fastest growing start-up accelerators, and co-hosted many design related conferences. In 2011 came to the US and joined Masco as a Design Director and in 2016 joined Philips Lighting as Head of Design | Americas. A designer, thought leader and passionate entrepreneur!
Sharon is an architect, design journalist and founder of Consulting 4 Creatives, where she advises architects and the institutions that engage them on the best practices to advance design excellence. Based in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey, Sharon has worked in the offices of leading global design practices and was the long time US Editor of the preeminent architecture and design magazine, Abitare. She currently serves as the US Correspondent for World Architecture News and is a contributing writer for The Architects Newspaper, Architectural Record, The Art Newspaper, Competitions, Il Giornale dell’ Architettura, Interior Design, and Modern. Sharon holds advanced degrees in architecture, urban design, and historic preservations from the University of Pennsylvania and has received numerous awards, including the Young Architects Award (1995) from the Architectural League of New York for collaborative work with John Nastasi Architect, and an AIA Honor Award for Excellence (2004) for the Cornel West Pavilion, acquired by the Grounds for Sculpture, a sculpture park and museum. Sharon frequently serves on professional design juries and has been a visiting design critic/lecturer at Princeton University, the University of Virginia and the University of Urbino, among others. She has been a ‘first-cut’ nominator for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards and the Pulitzer Foundation’s PXSTL Vacant Lot Competition.
San Francisco Jury
Sascha M. Retailleau
ELEMENT PRODUCT DESIGN, INC.
As the Founder, CEO and Program Lead for Element Product Design, a design consulting and product development firm in San Francisco, Sascha helps both start-ups and established firms bring new ideas to market. Originally from Chicago, Sascha has been designing and developing products and interfaces for over 20 years.
His firm focusses its work on “good karma” products, which either bring joy to people and/or leave the world a better place. His design experience ranges from complex consumer electronics to medical devices to industrial products. In recent years, he has both contributed to and managed the teams that have done the heavy-lifting to design and engineer the XT Series of automated pharmaceutical dispensing cabinets for Omnicell, the Brrr liquid nitrogen ice cream machines for Smitten Ice Cream, the PowerStore energy storage hardware platform for Stem, the Ecobee3 smart home thermostat and the Kuri AI-enabled personal home robot for Mayfield Robotics/Bosch.
Mr. Retailleau passionately believes that products should always address real user needs, and do so in an elegant, efficient and beautiful manner.
He completed his undergraduate work at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and he holds two Master’s degrees from Stanford University: one in Engineering & Management and one in Product Design.
VP of Industrial Design
Chris Green is Amazon’s Vice President of Industrial Design.
Since 2007, Chris has led the Industrial Design team which is responsible for all Amazon Consumer electronic devices: Kindle, Echo, FireTV, etc…As the head of the Design group, Chris leads a team of industrial, graphic, packaging, soft goods and CMF specialists, who work from the customer backwards to turn Amazon’s online brand into a physical experience.
Prior to Amazon, Chris worked for Hartmut Esslinger at Frog-Design as Creative Director of Industrial Design and led strategic industrial design programs for Fortune 500 companies including; 3M, Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford, Microsoft, Motorola, Nike and Target. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Product Design and Development from University of Salford.
AIDLIN DARLING DESIGN
Since joining Aidlin Darling Design in 1999, principal Peter Larsen has contributed his exceptional design and management skills to the masterplanning and development of complex multi-structure projects on large and remote land parcels, including the Vineyard Estate, Paso Robles Residence and Scribe Winery; as well as a focus on sustainable building strategies. His recent work includes the Net-Zero LEED Platinum House of Earth and Sky, a waterfront estate on San Francisco Bay, a boutique eco-resort in Napa County, and the renovation of Brecon Estate Winery. The firm’s award-winning work emphasizes the primacy of the embodied human experience, grounded in a spirit of place.
John Marx, AIA is Co-Founder and Chief Artistic Officer of San Francisco based Form4 Architecture. He advocates for including art, philosophy and emotional meaning in the thoughtful making of place through Lyrical Expressionism, and as a balancing act between self-expression and collaboration.
While CAO of Form4 he has won over 135 international design awards, and is a 2017 Laureate of the American Prize for Architecture. Marx has lectured and published internationally on the topics of Design, Place-making, Emotional Meaning and Cultural Vibrancy.
In 2016, he exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in the GAAF exhibition titled “Time-Space-Existence.”
Bernhard Wildner, Sr.
Director of Industrial Design
Bernhard is a German born, award winning designer who immigrated to the United States in his early twenties. His work includes products ranging from housewares, furniture, and audio products but he has spent most of his career designing consumer electronics. Helping HTC to make the transition from an ODM manufacturer to a leading brand in the mobile phone industry was among his accomplishments. Before leaving HTC, he was Director of Design of Accessories at HTC where he built a team from the ground up.
Most recently Bernhard was focused on establishing Industrial Design as an in-house discipline at Fitbit serving as its Senior Director of Design. He was instrumental in assembling a world class team of designers recognized for award winning and category defining design.
Almost 40 years ago Jeff Smith graduated with a degree in fine arts from the University of Illinois, and moved from the cornfields of Illinois to sunny northern California, to begin his career in industrial design. At that time, industrial design was a marginalized profession in California’s young Silicon Valley. In time however, design in the Silicon Valley became deeply integrated and influential in the areas of product engineering, consumer research, branding and co-creating business value. By the mid 90’s, ID Magazine had proclaimed that Jeff, as President and CEO of LUNAR, along with his co-founders, had “helped plant the seeds of what has become the most fertile design culture in the U.S.”
As the 21st century was about to begin, Jeff found himself on the cover of Inc. Magazine, in a feature article which highlighted how he and LUNAR helped invent the idea of venture design, now a commonplace practice of designers participating in creating, directing and developing new businesses and opportunities through design and collaborative networks.
Jeff co-initiated and helped lead many design ventures throughout the years at LUNAR to create successful outcomes in companies offering a range of products from Xootr performance kick scooters, selected by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as one of 50 coolest products of the 21st Century, to beautiful, superior performing kitchen tools that are crafted to last generations to laser medical and even laser pet toy products.
Under Jeff’s leadership, LUNAR became consistently counted among the top design firms, as Business Week magazine listed LUNAR in their top-ten list, each of the 20 years that the magazine co-sponsored the prestigious IDEA awards. LUNAR also won Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award in 2014 and was recognized in the same year by Red Dot in Europe as one of the world’s most innovative design studios.
Jeff has always been interested in how design creates value throughout all aspects of business and life. Observing how companies maximized success, Jeff originated LUNAR’s contemporary approach for fueling successful business results through driving integrated design outcomes that are Beautiful, Ingenious, and Charismatic – an approach that is explained in LUNAR’s five-star rated book, Design Like Apple.
Jeff and his co-founders sold LUNAR to McKinsey & Company in the spring of 2015 where he currently serves as Senior Advisor.
Throughout his career, Jeff has also been an active speaker, guest lecturer and workshop leader for institutions and professional organizations such as MIT's Enterprise Forum, Industrial Designers Society of America, Haas School of Business, Marketing Sciences Institute, Art Center College of Design, San Jose State University, Caltech, Innotown Innovation Conference, Anderson School of Management, Design Management Institute, Cal Poly Pomona, Stanford University, Association for Professional Design Firms, and The Wharton School.
Cofounder and Senior Advisor
Over his three-decade career at LUNAR, Gerard received recognition in numerous product design books as well as annual design competitions. The University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Architecture selected him as its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. In 2014, LUNAR received the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award for Product Design in recognition of its body of work.
Gerard has contributed articles to IDSA’s Innovation magazine, Machine Design, Plastics Design Forum and the Society of Plastics Engineers. He has been a speaker for IDSA, the Association of Professional Design Firms (APDF), Society of Plastics Engineers, the Design and Engineering Show, as well as for a number of design schools.
Prior to the acquisition by McKinsey & Company, Gerard served as LUNAR’s Vice President of Licensing and Investments, overseeing LUNAR’s royalty programs, product startups and its client stock holdings. In In 2013, he played a key role in launching the Belle-V ice cream scoop on Kickstarter.
He launched and chaired the APDF Royalty and Licensing Summit series and taught at the USC School of Architecture’s XED executive education program. He was also an adjunct professor in San Jose State University’s Industrial Design Program teaching design entrepreneurship.
He has served as President and Chairman of the Board of APDF, Chair of the San Francisco Chapter of IDSA and a Trustee of the Design Foundation. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from USC and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from San Jose State University.
ASTRO Studios Inc.
Brett founded ASTRO Studios in 1994 to innovatively blend design, technology and lifestyle insights into a wide range of iconic, culture defining products and brands. Since then Brett has become one of Americas top design leaders, advocating for design and directing some of the world’s most culturally relevant products and brands, while helping clients generate billions in new revenue worldwide.
ASTRO & Brett have worked on hundreds of products and brands, from Fortune 100 clients to start-ups, receiving numerous industry and design awards including 2 BusinessWeek Design of the Decade awards and 5 nominations for Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. Project highlights include: Nike’s Triax Watch Series, the Nike Fuelband, Microsoft Xbox360 gaming console, Shinola Electric & Audio and many more.
In 2008, ASTRO also created and spun-off ASTRO Gaming Inc., extending the ASTRO design brand into a hi-performance e-sports brand. In 2011 the venture backed ASTRO Gaming achieved #13 on the INC. 500 fastest growing companies list, then was acquired by pre-IPO, Skullcandy Inc. and recently acquired by Logitech. ASTRO recently launched it’s next property, the Minus-8 watch brand.