Stefan Behnisch, Honorable FAIA
Principal, BEHNISCH ARCHITEKTEN
Stefan Behnisch is the Founding Partner of Behnisch Architekten. He is a world-renowned advocate and educator of sustainable building design, and has lectured at conferences all over the world. Behnisch’s goal - to connect the forces of human life and the natural environment - fuels the design of every commission his firm receives. Stefan Behnisch has directed the design of dynamic, award-winning buildings that promote sustainability within the built environment.
Principal, mikyoung kim design
For the last twenty years, Mikyoung Kim Design has crafted an exceptional body of work, spanning a wide range of landscape typologies in the United States, East Asia and the Middle East. The firm has developed a reputation for culturally significant design work that serve as a powerful tool to heal and enliven the public realm. Their work addresses pressing environmental issues, while celebrating the beauty of our collective human experience through the use of contemporary materials and technologies. Today, Mikyoung Kim Design’s work is defined by a seasoned understanding of material detailing and a whimsical celebration of the transformative and healing power of the natural world.
Jason Hellendrung, ASLA
Principal, Sasaki Associates
Jason Hellendrung, ASLA, is a landscape architect and principal at Sasaki Associates. His work encompasses complex urban infrastructure projects, with emphasis on urban revitalization and resilience. He has led the firm's research and project work around disaster recovery and climate adaptation and resilience in Cedar Rapids, New York, and New Jersey as a part of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.
Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Kristina Ford’s thoughtful, well-informed and articulate assessments – heard on CNN, BBC and National Public Radio – became the first, public voice of reason to mediate the great storm’s human and civic consequences to America and beyond. Ms. Ford is a frequent speaker on urban affairs, and has appeared on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times and in Planningmagazine.
Matthew J. Kiefer
Director, Climate Change Resiliency Task Force Coordinator, Goulston & Storrs
Matthew Kiefer practices real estate development and land use law, with a particular focus on obtaining site control and public approvals for complex urban projects. These include market-oriented and affordable housing, commercial and mixed-use developments, and facilities and master plans for health care, educational, cultural and other non-profit institutions.
Judith Nitsch, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Founding Principal and Chairman of the Board, Nitsch Engineering
Judy Nitsch is the founding principal of Nitsch Engineering. Her work over the past 38 years in the civil engineering field has focused on the design and management of site development and infrastructure-related projects, with a special emphasis on designing innovative sustainable site solutions. Judy serves on the Board of Directors of CREW Network (Commercial Real Estate Women) and is the 2014 President of this national organization.
Director of Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority, City of Boston
Kairos Shen was appointed as the Chief Planner for the City of Boston with the role of formulating a comprehensive long-term vision to guide the city’s economic and physical development, and coordinating planning across city departments. Kairos Shen has been intimately involved in many of Boston’s most important planning efforts in the last ten years.
Principal, Rebuild by Design
Henk Ovink is senior advisor for Secretary Shaun Donovan of Housing and Urban Development, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. Ovink is responsible for the long term planning, design and innovation strategy, the regional design competition ‘REBUILD BY DESIGN’, the connected planning conference and the follow up National program on ‘regional resilience by design’.
Marggie Lackner R.A.
Director of Design and Architecture, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Marggie is currently the Director of Design and Architecture at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), where she is responsible for design direction and standards for all stations and facilities.
An architect with 40 years of practice, Marggie’s areas of expertise is infrastructure architecture design management. Prior to working at the MBTA, she worked as a member of the design consultancy for the Central Artery/Tunnel project, where she was the design lead for the Charles River crossing, responsible for architecture, infrastructure architecture, urban design, landscape design, and integral art.
Marggie has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Vassar College, with minors in Art History and Psychology, and an MArch I from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has 27 years in private sector practice prior to starting at the MBTA, working primarily on large scale commercial and institutional facilities.
Robert M. Noblett
Partner, Behnisch Architekten
He has worked in various American practices, including Rafael Viñoly Architects PC in New York, where he served as project manager for projects in Boston, California, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In 2007, he joined Behnisch Architekten, Boston, and has been serving as Partner in Charge there since 2009.