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Claudia Donà
Journalist and Design Critic

Claudia Donà is an Italian Journalist and Design Critic, as well as a Collection and Exhibition Curator.
After the Ph.D. in History of Modern Art from the Università Statale of Milan and the expertise on the Art Biennial of Venice, she began her career as a journalist on the pages of "La Repubblica," a major Italian newspaper.  Fascinated by the challenges of Design discipline, she joined the creative team of Modo, the avant-garde radical design magazine edited by Alessandro Mendini, where she became Editor in Chief.

Early in the 80s, she participated in events, performances, and exhibitions with Alchimia, the group promoting the revolution of New Design in Italy. In 1987 she was invited to be part of the international team researching and collaborating on the book Design after Modernism (edited by John Thackara, Thames and Hudson, London), together with other authors (among which Kenneth Frampton, Jean Baudrillard, and Francois Burkhardt).
After several years in Europe and the US, where she lived and taught between 1984 and 1989-1990, writing for many publications, she became the Press Office Director of the  Salone del Mobile di Milano and responsible for the related cultural events and exhibitions (e.g., "Telematic Ulysses: the Office on the Threshold of the Third Millennium," Chicago 1986, Milan 1987, Paris 1989; "Kromocucina," Milan 1988; "Italian Furniture 1961-1991. Variety in Linguistic Currents", Triennale di Milano, 1991).
From 1991 to 2009, she has been the Cultural Director of the FAAR Foundation (today FAR), a private institution based in Milan granting international research scholarships in architecture, design, technology, and urban planning,  with the aim of encouraging the internationalization of Milan as the Capital of Design.  She has been Adjunct Professor for the Foreign Studies Program of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and consultant for the Foreign Studies Program of the Catholic University of America, Washington DC.

From 2002 to 2009, she joined FADI, the ADI Foundation for Italian Design. She developed the cultural and strategic identity of the Foundation, improving relationships with the leading design-oriented manufacturers as well as with primary public and private national and international institutions. She was nominated Curator of the Compasso d'Oro Collection, the most important Italian Industrial Design Collection and the main asset of the Foundation.  In this capacity in 2004, for the first time in the history of design, she obtained from the Italian Ministry of Culture the official recognition for the Collection as meriting "Heritage of exceptional artistic and historical interest." She increased its potential, including the Italian Design Museum system, the rating of industrial design as a "prior art," the reorganization of the Collection's Archives, the acquisition of missing items, and the realization of numerous exhibitions (e.g., The twentieth ADI Compasso d' Oro Award (Triennale di Milano, 2004); Compasso d'Oro & Remade in Italy (Shanghai, China, 2005), Flair & Function (WIPO, World Intellectual Property Organization, Genève, 2005); Compasso d' Oro: 50 Years of Italian Design (DesignMuseum Gent, Belgium, 2006), The Gold of Italian Design (Royal Palace, Venaria Turin, 2008).

In her career, she has been a columnist and special correspondent for various newspapers and magazines, among which: Modo, Abitare, Domus, Arca, Interni, Zoom, Gap, Ottagono, Industrial Design, Vogue, CasaAmica, Corriere della Sera, Metropolitan Review, etc.). She has edited books, published essays, and participated in international competition juries, conferences, lectures, and seminars.

To face new creative challenges as well as bridging between design, art, and forefront technologies, in the last decade, she decided to concentrate her energies towards a strong social, cultural, and ethical mission to promote design excellence for most of the individuals, society, and environment. With this priority, her more recent work includes an active role in iiSBE Italia (International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment); the organization of special international events (The European Prize for Architecture, assigned to Alessandro Mendini in 2015 by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for  Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies); the design philosophy of CREAPS (Creative Prefeasibility Study) in order to investigate the variety of "tomorrows" for cities, territories and complex ecosystems, such as the Corridor Verona-Munich and the Fashion District in Milan, studying the possibilities of developing every project taking into account its past, present, and future history.

As Honorary Member of Diotima Society (Milan), she is now working on the project for the exhibition Vanishing Cities (to be completed after the current pandemic emergency), and contributing to the organization of the New European Bauhaus, a "Green Deal" project recently launched by the European Commission President, Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen, and carried on with the IDEA Team in Brussels.

David Tryba, FAIA
Tryba Architects

David is the Founder of Tryba Architects, a firm with a national reputation for design excellence. Tryba Architects specializes in crafting complex places and structures that integrate the built environment and the natural. David is involved in each of the firm’s endeavors and excels at leading talented designers towards solutions that are in the best interest of the client, community, and project.

David received his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, and in 2005, the University conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from CU for his significant contribution to the transformation and rebuilding of Denver’s urban form. David was named AIA Colorado’s 2013 Architect of the Year.

For over 30 years, Tryba Architects has specialized in civic, cultural, historic and adaptive re-use, mixed-use, commercial and transit-oriented markets. The firm is comprised of civic architects committed to the thorough integration of the historical, physical, geographic, and cultural context in all endeavors. Tryba Architects works with clients to shape human-scaled, sustainable, and timeless places that honor the public realm and are adaptable across shifting demographics.

Recently completed projects in Tryba’s portfolio include: the Denver Art Museum Master Plan, the Colorado History Museum, the conversion of Denver’s historic Union Station, Denver Botanic Gardens Master Plan, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Cigna Corporate Headquarters, British Petroleum’s Lower 48 Regional Headquarters, and Google’s new Boulder, Colorado campus.

Dominic Dunn
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, PC.

Dominic Dunn holds a Bachelor of Architecture, City College of New York (1986). Utilizing a systematic approach to integrate distinct requirements and perspectives, Nick manages some of KPF’s most complex projects around the world, including the tallest office tower in Midtown Manhattan (One Vanderbilt) and a new terminal at one of the busiest airports in the world (Changi Airport T5 in Singapore). It also helps him oversee operations of the firm itself, coordinating KPF’s nine offices in seven countries.

Nick helped pioneer KPF’s expansion into multiple regions, including China, where he was involved in the firm’s first major project (Plaza 66 in Shanghai), and Brazil, where he managed the design of Infinity Tower in Sao Paulo. Nick also led KPF’s London office from 2009 to 2014, where he was responsible for strengthening the firm’s presence in the United Kingdom, Europe, India, and the Middle East.

Nick’s ability to create consensus among large, multidisciplinary teams has allowed him to guide multiple buildings through complicated zoning, planning, and urban land-use review (ULURP) processes, including 52 Lime Street in London and 745 Seventh Avenue, One Jackson Square, and One Vanderbilt in New York City.

Nick is active in the design community, helping with the Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program and serving on the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan civic organization that aims to achieve constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State.

Flavio Manzoni
Ferrari SpA

Born in Sardinia (Italy), Architect and Designer Flavio Manzoni is the Ferrari's Senior Vice President of Design.

Graduated in Architecture at the University of Florence, with a specialization in Industrial Design, he joined Lancia in 1993. Amongst various projects, he worked in particular on the Lancia Dialogos concept and on the Maserati 3200 GT production model. In 1999 he went to Barcelona as the head of SEAT Interior Design and developed the interiors of the Salsa Emoción and Tango concept cars and Altea and León production cars.

He returned to Lancia in 2001, where he was appointed Design Director; under his direction at Lancia, the team developed the production cars Ypsilon and Musa. In 2004 he took on the role of Fiat, Lancia, and LCV Design Director, managing the Grande Punto, Nuova 500, Fiorino, and Cubo car model projects.

He left the Fiat Group in 2006 when he was appointed Director of Creative Design at Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg. Engaged to define the new vision and the new formal language of the Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, and particularly Volkswagen brands, Manzoni created the concepts Up!, Space Up!, Space up! Blue, E-Up! and the BlueSport roadster. Amongst the production cars, he designed the recent generation of VW cars, including the Scirocco, Golf VI, Golf VII, the new Polo, the new Beetle, and the new Touareg.

In 2010 he was appointed Ferrari Design Director with the specific mission to create the new in-house Design Centre and setting up a comprehensive Ferrari Design Department including a model-making area, a virtual design lab, and hiring high-level specialists and professional designers.

Lecturer at major international universities, cultural institutions, art and design museums, Flavio Manzoni has been included into the Hall of Fame of car design at the National Automobile Museum in Turin and is the co-author of the book "L'automobile italiana", published by Giunti in 2006. For his work and contribution, he has received several prizes and awards.

Micael Calatrava
Calatrava International LLC

Micael Calatrava is Chief Executive Officer of Calatrava International LLC and the son of Santiago Calatrava. He is an engineer and a four-time graduate of Columbia University in New York, having earned three degrees in civil engineering and an MBA.

Micael Calatrava holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Professional Degree in Civil Engineering (Structural) from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, USA, while also a Master of Business Administration of Columbia Business School, Columbia University, USA.

In this capacity, Micael Calatrava oversees and is responsible for the Dubai office and all of its projects. Including the Sharq Crossing, with a project value estimate of over $5 billion, and the Dubai Creek Harbour Tower, projected to be the world’s tallest structure.

Prior to joining Calatrava Mideast, Micael Calatrava worked at Tortus Capital in New York, a multi-strategy hedge fund focused on value investing and identified opportunities across the capital structure and covering equities, capital arbitrage, including special situations. He performed extensive sovereign/GSE credit analysis and managed investment risks regarding capital preservation and hedging strategies.

Some of the projects he has managed as a Design Manager over the years are the following: London Peninsula Place, London, UK (2015 - Present), UAE Pavilion EXPO 2020/Dubai, UAE (2016 - Present), Dubai Creek Harbor Tower / Dubai, UAE (2016 - Present), United Arab Emirates Embassy / Beijing, China (2018 - Present), Sohar Intl. Bank Headquarters / Muscat, Oman (2019 - Present)

He is also a Member of the Executive Board at Columbia Engineering Young Alumni.

Michael Grove
Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Michael Grove is the Chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Ecology and sits on the Board of Directors at Sasaki, a global design firm with offices in Boston, Denver, and Shanghai. Leading much of the firm's international work, he offers unique insight into the environmental and social impacts of urbanization around the world.

Michael is a fierce advocate for the vital role that landscape architects play in shaping contemporary cities. Informed by a rigorous inquiry of economic, ecological, and cultural influences, he believes that the role of the designer is to make cities more livable, equitable, resilient, and just.

Michael's distinguished career spans a variety of project types and scales, including regional planning, urban districts, and waterfronts. He collaborates closely with clients, consultants, stakeholders, and a host of allied professionals to generate planning and design strategies that are inclusive of financial, cultural, and environmental perspectives. This integrated approach results in visionary yet pragmatic solutions that balance development needs with ecological and social imperatives.

Michael is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in landscape architecture and a focus on planning and urban design. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, sits on the Placemaking council of the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the board of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. His work has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, and he is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities around the world.

Vivian Lee
Woods Bagot

Vivian Lee, FAIA, LEED AP, is the Executive Director leading the Woods Bagot New York Studio. She joined the firm in February 2020 after a previous tenure as principal at Richard Meier & Partners. With thirty years of experience, she has designed projects across scales and building types.

Vivian received her Bachelor in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Summa Cum Laude Master in Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.

Vivian is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and co-chair of the Women in Architecture Committee of the New York chapter. She is also an-elect Board of Directors at the AIA NY. As a LEED-accredited professional, she is committed to delivering environmentally sustainable buildings through technology and innovation. She brings with her an incredible pedigree of design excellence and experience in various project sectors, both in the US and abroad.

Her strong focus on her clients’ design goals, strategies, and schedules bring value to any project team. So does her diverse, global background, which has granted her a unique perspective in achieving design excellence and delivering dynamic places and spaces that enhance the human experience. Vivian has led award-winning projects in Europe, Asia, and the US, in the sectors of mixed-use, hotel, retail, airport, education, residential, and workplace interiors. Many of these have been featured in prestigious publications.

A frequent speaker, panelist, and juror, she has given talks at universities and conferences around the world.