doug   Doug Bors

Let's say the US experienced a sudden blackout, who do you hope they'd call? Fortunately, Doug Bors. Doug is an extremely well connected, big system thinker. Having graduated from MIT in electrical engineering and architectural design, he now lives in the intellectual space caught between the two. He is not your quintessential engineer. Instead, he brings the unsettling, introspective, must-know-more view of a designer to every engineering problem. And, he has participated as a leader in literally hundreds of building design projects. Doug is a founding member of the Institute for Collaborative Building, a teacher for BetterBricks, a sought team leader and guest speaker in the most future looking energy developments, and founder of Sophometrics which means wisdom in measure.
jamie   Jamie Cowgill

Grounded in an interdisciplinary approach, Jamie creatively integrates functional graphic solutions into projects that create places. Jamie is the epitome of energy, as it relates to the capacity of a physical system to do work. Her vigor is evident in her firm, JRC Design, which celebrates 21 years with a wide range of clients including: local and regional authorities, healthcare facilities, universities, corporations, mixed-use and retail centers, and master-planned communities, etc. The firm is internationally recognized in environmental design and was the lead in an important healthcare research project called Hablamos Juntos. The result was the development and testing of graphic symbols that are easily understood and will ultimately be designed as a set of universally recognized symbols for use in health care environments to aid Limited English Proficiency (LEP) visitors.

dorothy_dunn   Dorothy Dunn

Dorothy is director of visitor experience and fellowships at the Philip Johnson Glass House, the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is responsible for design programs and strategic partnerships, including Conversations, which is a catalyst for promoting innovation and change. For 15 years, Dorothy was an award-winning education director for Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she launched and directed many programs such as: A City of Neighborhoods: Bridging School and Community, Summer Design Institute, and Design Directions and also planned numerous international conferences. Dorothy worked with AIGA, to reposition the International Design Conference at Aspen — the Aspen Design Summit, the world’s oldest forum for business and design leaders. She is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Center for Architecture, Openhouse/NY and Sweat Equity Enterprises (SEE).

angela   Angela Dye

Angela is the immediate past president of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). She founded A Dye Design in 1998, with a masters of Landscape Architecture, and Community Development & Planning degrees from the University of Colorado. As a LEED-accredited, licensed landscape architect (Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Ohio), her firm specializes in context-sensitive urban design and landscape architecture, and is very involved in developing strong places around transportation and transit, and public art-oriented projects. Those in government affairs, both regionally and nationally, recognize Angela's ability to institute Design Review standards, and act as a positive force behind legislative issues of planning, smart growth, balanced transportation and better community design.
tim   Richard Foy

Richard Foy is co-founder of the multidisciplinary firm Communication Arts Inc. For 37 years CommArts has often been responsible for the development of overall project character as well as planning and retail design for retail environments, adaptive re-use projects and urban districts. The firm is a recognized leader in the design of people-oriented places that have proven highly successful worldwide. Richard and his partner Henry Beer, both former employees of The Office of Charles Eames, moved east from LA to be located "west" in Boulder, Colorado. Although they were unable to bring the Pacific Ocean along, their visionary ability to move mountains no doubt assures they will figure it out soon. Their prestigious projects awards are too numerous to do justice to here, but they include the Urban Land Institute, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
tim   Tim Girvin

Tim is the founder of GIRVIN with locations in Seattle, NYC and Tokyo. He is a master of word and image, and has a personal focus on storytelling. Treat yourself and visit Tim's phenomenal and prolific design blog. His work of over 30 years in identity, retail and built brand environments, entertainment design and integrated experience development is well recognized and frequently honored. Tim is a brilliant strategist, designer, writer, commentator on trends, public speaker, illustrator and calligrapher. He has delighted and engaged his peers and clients all over the world by his original and entertaining approach to issues affecting business communications that address the necessity of incorporating emotional sensory content into all aspects of marketing and the creation of 'place'. His client list and affiliations are world-class.

bob   Bob Jacobson

Bob is a futurist and strategist working at the nexus of innovation management, experience design, sustainability, and communications theory and systems. Currently he is the organizer and director of a public portal to the Copenhagen climate change conference called Climate Critical. Although his work requires him to travel frequently between Arizona, Denmark and Sweden, he has recently been teaching at Malmö University where his work often involves coaching teams of faculty and student "societal entrepreneurs" in creating new forms of production and services. Bob is a senior consultant and founding member of GEMBA Innovation in Denmark and he is widely recognized for his ability to create virtual, globally accessible online worlds that feature various media modalities — telepresence, video, audio, virtual worlds, and interactive games. He is also passionately committed to developing a perpetual go-to virtual place for all things sustainable.

alan   Alan Jacobson

Alan has always pushed to raise standards and pioneer fresh approaches to environmental design. His firm, ex;it, works with clients in ways that are designed to improve the quality of design within complex physical spaces such as large hospitals, corporate campuses and public spaces. Alan practices a holistic approach to environmental graphic design that involves users directly in a process that he has named “touchpointing.” This process brings to light the way humans react and communicate in their surroundings and manifests people-centric solutions. As a partner in the Rwanda Healing Project he has lead community arts, health and economic initiatives in a genocide-survivors’ village in central Rwanda. In turn Alan has founded the ex;it foundation which explores opportunities to help people who are experiencing hardship through poverty, violence or discrimination to improve their lives.

alan   Kate Keating

Kate Keating is President and Founder of the San Francisco-based EGD firm Kate Keating Associates, Inc. As an innovator in the EGD community, she has spent the past 25 years creating a firm that is known for its ability to successfully integrate wayfinding programs into complex architecture and spaces. Kate believes that environmental graphics complete a place, as both a practical navigation tool and as an architectural enhancement. She approaches each venture as an opportunity to add value while merging the client’s needs and vision. Her firm has contributed to the success of many award-winning projects including: the GSA Federal Building in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences, and Golden Gate Park. Additionally, Kate is know as a wayfinding expert in the Healthcare Industry, and is credited with the development of Universal Wayfinding, a system based on numbers, that provides clear, legible wayfinding for people with Limited English Proficiency.

George Lim   George Lim

As a passionate and inspirational voice, George takes the practice of design and design education to a new extreme. As creative director of the environmental graphic design group at Jacobs, an international A&E firm; and as the founding partner of Tangram Design, he motivates design teams to generate wholly unique solutions, which are context-sensitive. As a professor at the University of Colorado (Architecture and Planning) George is a recognized leader in the development of a critical, educational curriculum for the rapidly evolving profession of EGD. He is the current Chapter Chair of SEGD Colorado, board member of the Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation, a member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce and the College of Arts Association. He has served as past president and chairman of the Art Directors Club of Denver and board member of AIGA Colorado. George seeks out cross-cultural projects where his teams can tell the stories of different people's connection to the land, society and the community. Current work for Tacoma’s Chinese Garden and Reconciliation Park creates a historical memory of a tragic legacy and an environment that heals the past in a way that brings people together for a shared future.
angela   Angela Matthews

Angela is a talented and industrious environmental designer who is rarely reluctant to take on large-scale initiatives. She is founder of MiSource, a non-profit organization that brings together design, planning, engineering and manufacturing resources, as well as companies that facilitate green technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal. In order to encourage economic recovery sooner rather than later, the organization bridges and expedites communication between highly skilled, local design professionals working on public projects for Michigan's municipalities and major institutions. This effort recognizes the fact that when public projects are awarded out of state, dollars do not realize their full potential in terms of local job creation and overall perception of economic stimulus. In the US, as many people are carefully watching cities like Detroit for positive signs of resurgence, MiSource serves as a pilot project for how local collaborative approaches can successfully roll out nationwide.

don   Don Meeker

Don grew up in Oregon and was greatly influenced by the state’s diverse landscape, its strong conservation ethic, and the public design initiatives in the 1950s and early 60s that were very progressive for their time. Although he has been a New Yorker for 35 years, that early influence and ethic has continued to guide his thinking. In his 30-year career as a graphic designer, he has worked for a variety of clients ranging from national parks to historic sites. His work on public projects for parks and natural areas touch millions of visitors a year. Don's innovative work on the design of the Clearview typeface to aid older drivers and improve the visual quality of the roadscape has been well recognized and now is being adapted internationally. He has authored and co-authored many research papers published by the National Academy of Sciences and other scientific organizations and has worked extensively with human-factors engineers on problems involving how people interact with the built environment.

bennett   Debra Nichols

For over 30 years, Debra has found her artform at the intersection of architecture, communication and art. She studied fine arts and design, graduating with a degree in environmental design from Univ. of California Davis. Beginning at SOM, as Assoc. Partner and Dir. of EGD, she has always worked alongside clients in multi-disciplined teams of architects, interior, lighting and landscape and graphic designers. Establishing Debra Nichols Design in 1991 allowed her to collaborate worldwide on museums, educational campuses, commercial developments, entertainment and sports venues, district masterplans, and civic institutions. Debra’s approach is integrative, synthesizing elegant and energetic design with strategic marketing; however, above all she believes to create the spirit of the place and to contribute to life in a meaningful way, it must be beautiful. Projects by DND have been published extensively and have been recognized by the highest awards. She is a Fellow of SEGD and received the UC Distinguished Alumni Award. Debra is currently working toward a Master of Arts degree, with a research emphasis on philosophical aesthetics and the impact of beauty on devotional practices, at the Graduate Theological Union.

bennett   Bennett Peji

Bennett Peji is a fireball of enthusiasm and possibility. His warm, inspirational and inclusive spirit has made him a very successful specialist in civic branding and design. He is a highly sought-after speaker, thanks to his ability to clearly illustrate how design can make the cultural richness of a city visible as well as economically viable. Through his firm Bennett Peji Design, he uses his "Form Follows Culture" process to revitalize organizations and cities. Bennett serves as a Commissioner of Arts and Culture for the City of San Diego, Chairman of the Board of the Asian Business Association, and a Public Art Committee member for National City. He is a past AIGA national board member, a co-founder of the AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design and an AIGA Fellow. Living on the US border, he and his family welcome the opportunity to experience several entirely unique cultural communities every day.

  Robert Probst

Robert is the Dean of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He began his professional career in 1975 in Germany at Otl Aicher, the renowned studio for visual communication. His design practice spans a wide range that includes two-dimensional graphics, promotional and identity design, multi-dimensional interpretive exhibition work, architectural signage and environmental design, wayfinding systems and product development. His professional experience is based on work for cultural, historical, zoological, educational and municipal institutions as well as for the private industry sector. His academic and professional work is featured in numerous national and international publications. He is a dynamic, inspirational speaker and is admired and adored by the many students he has taught.

kyle   Kyle Reath

Kyle unwittingly laid the foundation for a career in environmental design by melding his study of architectural engineering, civil engineering, with hands-on sculptural work in stone, glass, wood, metal, wayfinding, branding, graphic design, and signage. For nine years, he has run a collaborative practice positioned at the nexus of planning, design, and manufacturing - and working in every aspect of the process over the last 25 years - enables him to effectively implement his collaborative vision at a high level. As managing director of a talented group within the multifaceted multi-national firm Jacobs, he not only practices, but supports, the highest level of multidisciplinary design continuing to alter the perspective of some and the landscape for many. His work in environmental design, advance planning, urban design and planning, and visual media groups has carried through to his extracurricular work on the board of directors of SEGD and involvement with AIA, AAAE/ACC, ICSC, and ULI – where he is an UrbanPlan instructor.

kim   Kim Rees

While most of us work many years to create a 'place', Kim is often charged with producing the 'essence of place' for video or film in just a few weeks. Mastering the visual shorthand to human perception doesn’t happen overnight; it requires the kind of finely tuned collaborative skills and instinct for teamwork that Kim has developed over 30 years of experience. As Kim Rees Production Design, he has worked with the very finest commercial directors on projects for some of the world’s most powerful and prestigious clients who value his fluency in the rapidly changing visual vocabulary of today. Because he possesses a rare understanding of the ways in which dynamic content is beginning to influence our environment, he is constantly looking for new ways to preserve the genuine human communication that often gets lost in the current maze of technological advancement.

paula   Paula Rees

Rees, spelled backwards, is ‘Seer,’ and that constantly reminds Paula that her role is to develop new ways of seeing and creating visions that support better environments. She is principal of ForeSeer, a 30-year-old multi-disciplinary design firm. With a background in fine art, graphic design and theater, Paula is known for her skill at master planning and building powerful environments. Her M.O. for the past couple decades has been to bring together top-notch collaborators, from screenwriters and linguists, to designers, architects, and cultural anthropologists. A passionate observer and researcher, she loves designing emerging concepts for urban and mixed-use environments. Her list of teaching and speaking engagements, awards, and published articles is both numerous and impressive. Paula has recently been named a research fellow of Sara Little Turnbull's Process of Change Lab (formerly at Stanford) and her Center for Design Research.

  Margaret Schwartz

Margaret's extensive and varied background includes 30 years of design in architecture, interior design and aircraft interiors, as well as other highly specialized areas of design such as furniture, set design for filmmaking, to architectural and theme park signage. Her pursuit within these many areas of the design field has enabled her to look at environmental design from many different viewpoints. Coming from a creative household, she was encouraged to learn how things were made and to use sophisticated tools at a very early age, which piqued her interest in building and constructing in innovative ways. Her particular expertise has always addressed the finer details of the user's experience, however, during the last few years she has been looking at the world from a wheelchair, which has opened up a different perspective around environmental design issues. From her home office she has recently designed and directed projects that have taken her to China, the Philippine Islands and Samoa, opening her up to a larger interest in how humans adapt to their environment and how various cultures deal with life's many challenges.
  Sarah Speare

Sarah’s career includes a wealth of experience and accomplishment as an award-winning designer, a non-profit arts and design association executive, and an entrepreneur and innovator in consumer products. She is currently a creative strategist helping to launch a TV program and grow a non-profit design education foundation dedicated to social change. For the past ten years she has been the co-founder, President and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Chomp Inc., driving their brands into distribution in over 20,000 US stores and 42 countries internationally. Prior to her position at Chomp, she was the Executive Director of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) for 10 years, building it from 90 members to 1000. She also has been a Fellow of the NEA, served on numerous design juries and strategic design councils, was a founding member of the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, and has served on many arts and social service boards in Maine and Massachusetts. A graduate of Tufts University and the Museum School, she is a 1995 Fellow of the SEGD.
genevieve   Genevieve Tremblay

Genevieve is a creative catalyst, strategist and public scholar. She co-founded Cultural Entrepreneurs, a firm providing strategic planning and program development services. Her research and curatorial efforts focus on redefining the urban environment through the creative application of social, mobile and gaming technologies. She was recently appointed to the Port of Seattle’s Arts Oversight Committee. She has served as Bellevue Arts Commissioner since 2006 and is currently focused on innovative planning efforts in the newly re-zoned Bel-Red Corridor. Her past work includes award-winning art direction, graphic and interactive media design, as well as her work as a generative artist. Genevieve received her MFA, Massachusetts College of Art, 1990; BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, 1984; Certificate, Commercial Real Estate Development, University of Washington, 2009.

sara   Sara Little Turnbull

Sara is widely regarded as “the mother of invention.” An editor at House Beautiful magazine for nearly 20 years, she developed postwar products, materials, and cultural artifacts that transformed the American home and lifestyle. In 1958, she became a design consultant in product design and development. Her practice has spanned seven decades and included international travel dating back to the 1950’s for America’s largest and most innovative manufacturing firms. She developed a large number of successful products such as CorningWare, dust and medical masks, and isolated protein food products. Sara also consulted for NASA and other government institutions worldwide. In 1974, the Sara Little Center for Design Research was formed to promote design education and to illustrate items of cultural design, beauty, and utility. Most recently, Sara was founder and director of the Process of Change: Laboratory for Innovation and Design at the Stanford's Graduate School of Business, a position she held for nearly 20 years. At Stanford, she was an inspiration behind the small "d" for design at Stanford's new "d school".
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