Senior Fellows

Updated 9/4/2015

The Design Futures Council Senior Fellowship is granted annually to outstanding individuals who have provided noteworthy leadership to the advancement of design and related professions. Senior Fellows of the DFC are recognized for significant contributions toward the understanding of changing trends, new research, and applied knowledge that improve the built environment and the human condition. The final selection is made by the Senior Fellows Selection Committee of the DFC Executive Board.

Ava Abramowitz, Professor, George Washington University Law School

Harold Adams, Chairman Emeritus, RTKL, Former Chairman, National Building Museum

David M. Adamson, Professor, University College London & Cambridge University

David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye Associates

Natalia Allen, Fashion Designer, Natalia Allen LLC

Ray Anderson*, Founder & Chairman, Interface, Inc.

Rodrigo Arboleda, Chairman & CEO, One Laptop Per Child Association and MIT Fellow


James F. Barker, Architect & President, Clemson University

Peter Beck, Managing Partner & CEO, The Beck Group

Janine M. Benyus, Biomimicry & Sustainability Expert, Author

Robert J. Berkebile, Founding Principal, BNIM Architects

Phil Bernstein, Technology & Professional Practice Authority, Yale University

Peter Bohlin, Founder, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Friedl Bohm, Owner, White Oaks Partners, Former Chairman of NBBJ

Penny Bonda, Interior Designer, Author

John Seely Brown, Co-Chairman, Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation

Barbara White Bryson, Vice President, University of Arizona

Amanda Burden, Chair and Director, New York City Planning Commission

Carrie Byles, Managing Director & Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


Santiago Calatrava, Pioneering Forms & Spaces, Santiago Calatrava Architects

Rosalyn Cama, Author & Designer, Cama Inc., Evidence-Based Design Authority

Robert Campbell, Architect, Author, and Architecture Critic, The Boston Globe, Pulitzer Prize

John Cary, Public Interest Design Advocate & Author, The Power of Pro Bono

Wing T. Chao, Former Vice Chairman, Walt Disney World

David Childs, Partner Emeritus, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

William Chilton, Architect, Educator, and Founding Principal, Pickard Chilton

Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School, Author, The Innovator's Dilemma

Steve Chu, Nobel Laureate & Former Secretary of Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Daniel P. Coffey, Founder & President, Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Ltd.

Cindy Coleman, Strategic Planner, Gensler, Professor, Art Institute of Chicago

Carol Coletta, President, Coletta & Company

Maurice Cox, Planning Director, City of Detroit

James P. Cramer, Co-Founder of Design Futures Council; Founder of DesignIntelligence

Michael Crichton*, Design Advocate, Author, Film Director


Sylvester Damianos, Architect, Sculptor, Damianosgroup, Former President, The American Institute of Architects

Nigel Dancey, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners

Clark Davis, Principal Consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group

Jack Davis, Dean and Reynolds Metal Professor of Architecture Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Joann Davis Brayman, Vice President, Armstrong World Industries

Betsy del Monte, Southern Methodist University

Lauren Della Bella, President, SHP Leading Design

Abel Joseph “Jack” Diamond, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects

Paul Doherty, Founder, The Digit Group, Inc.

Frank Duffy, Co-Founder of DEGW, Author

Trudy Dujardin, Founder, Dujardin Design

Williston (Bill) Dye, Architect, Disney Imagineering


Phil Enquist, Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Del Eulberg, Booz Allen Hamilton; USAF (ret.)


Richard Farson, President, Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, Author of The Power of Design

Rick Fedrizzi, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

Edward Feiner, Principal, Perkins + Will, Former Chief Architect, General Service Administration

Curtis Fentress, Founding Principal, Fentress Architects

Scott Findley, Design Partner, 10 Design

Martin Fischer, Director, Center for Integrated Facility Engineering, Stanford University

Tom Fisher, Design Educator, Author & Dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota

Steve Fiskum, Partner, Hammel, Green & Abrahamson

Richard Florida, Urban Advocate and Author

Jim Follett, Architect & Organizational Growth Pioneer, Gensler

Lord Norman Foster, Founder & Chairman, Foster + Partners

Harrison Fraker, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Neil Frankel, Partner, Frankel + Coleman

Roger Frechette, Managing Principal, Interface Engineering

Cindy Frewen-Wuellner, Professor and Futurist

Ed Friedrichs, Architect, Interior Designer, Author, Friedrichs Group

R. Buckminster (Bucky) Fuller*, Engineer, Inventor, Innovator


Thomas Galloway*, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jeanne Gang, Principal, Studio Gang Architects, MacArthur Fellow

Lisa Gansky, Author and Digital Entrepreneur, The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

Jan Gehl, Principal, Gehl Architects

Frank Gehry, Architect, Gehry Partners

Arthur Gensler, Founder & Chairman, Gensler

David Gensler, Co-CEO, Gensler

Milton Glaser, Graphic Designer, Founder, Milton Glaser, Inc., Author

Roger Godwin, Architect, Interior Designer, Developer, DAG Architects

Paul Goldberger, Author & Architecture Critic, The New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize

Al Gore, Author & Former Vice President of the United States of America, Nobel Laureate

David Gottfried, Managing Partner, Regenerative Ventures, Founder, U.S. Green Building Council

Michael Graves*, Architect, Product Designer & Educator, Michael Graves & Associates

Robert Greenstreet, Urban Designer & Dean, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Robert C. Grupe, Grupe Gypsum Consulting


Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid Architects

Gerry Hammond*, Architect & Educational Design Pioneer, SHP Leading Design

Jeremy Harris, former Mayor of Honolulu, Design Planning Advocate

Phil Harrison, President & CEO, Perkins + Will

Scott Harrison, President & Founder, charity: water

Craig W. Hartman, Design Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Edwin B. (Ted) Hathaway, President & CEO, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Paul Hawken, Founder, Natural Capital Institute

H. Ralph Hawkins, Chairman & CEO, HKS, Inc.

Barbara Heller, CEO, Design + Construction Strategies

Bill Hellmuth, President, HOK

Jerry Hobbs, Information Architect & New Media Pioneer, AC Neilson

Carl Hodges, Founder & Chairman, The Seawater Foundation

Steven Holl, Principal, Steven Holl Architects

Nicholas Holt, Director of Digital Design Innovation, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, Gensler


Bjarke Ingels, Principal of BIG

Robert Ivy, Executive Vice President & CEO, The American Institute of Architects

Dr. Richard Jackson, Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA, Author

Jane Jacobs*, Urban Theorist, Author, Educator & Community Activist

Valerie Jacobs, Vice President, Group Director of Trends, LPK

Scott Jenkins, General Manager of the New Atlanta Stadium, Board Chair of Green Sports Alliance

Mary Margaret Jones, President & Senior Principal, Hargreaves Associates

Chris Jordan, Award-Winning Photographer


Louis I. Kahn*, Architect & Educator, University of Pennsylvania

Blair Kamin, Architecture Critic, The Chicago Tribune, Pulitzer Prize

Don Kasian, President & CEO, Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning

Bruce Katz, Vice President, Brookings Institution, and Founding Director, Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program

James P. Keane, President, Steelcase Group, Steelcase, Vecta, PolyVision

Larry Keeley, Co-Founder and President of Doblin, Inc.

Tom Kelley, Founder and General Manager, IDEO

Stephen Kieran, Founding Partner, KieranTimberlake

Eugene Kohn, Founding Partner & Chairman, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Norman Koonce, Architect & Former CEO, The American Institute of Architects

Vijay Kumar, Illinois Institute of Technology, Author of 101 Design Methods

Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Futurist, and Author, The Singularity is Near


Theodore C. Landsmark, Boston Redevelopment Authority

Gary Lawrence, Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM

Mary Ann Lazarus, Founder of Sustainable Design Initiative, HOK

Laura Lee, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Thinker in Residence, South Australia

Debra Lehman-Smith, Partner, Lehman Smith McLeish

Maya Lin, Artist & Designer, Maya Lin Studio

Vivian Loftness, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Amory Lovins, Author, Chief Scientist & Founder, Rocky Mountain Institute

Lucinda Ludwig*, Design Forum Advocate, Engineer, Design Integration & Value Innovator, Leo A. Daly

Chris Luebkeman, Author & Director for Global Foresight & Innovation, Arup


John Maeda, Design Partner, Kleiner Perkins Partners

Marvin Malecha, Dean, College of Design & Professor of Architecture, North Carolina State University & Former President, The American Institute of Architects

Janet Martin, President, Communication Arts, Inc. / Stantec

Bruce Mau, Author & Chief Creative Officer, Bruce Mau Design Inc.

Thom Mayne, Founder & Design Director, Morphosis

Ed Mazria, Environmental Advocate & Founder, Architecture 2030

William McDonough, Architect & Author, William McDonough + Partners

Alisdair McGregor, Engineer & Global Sustainability Leader, Arup

Steve McKay, Senior Principal, DLR Group

Jason McLennan, CEO, International Living Future Institute

Richard Meier, Managing Partner, Richard Meier & Partners Architects

Sandra Mendler, Author, Sustainability Leader & Principal, Mithun

Raymond F. Messer, Engineer, Chairman & CEO, Walter P. Moore

George Miller, Managing Partner, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Gordon Mills, Architect, Former President, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Glen Morrison, President and CEO, Tarkett North America

Glenn Murcutt, Professor & Architect


John Ochsendorf, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MacArthur "Genius Award" Fellow

Liz Ogbu, Public Interest Design Expert and Design Director, Public Architecture

Lynn Osmond, President/CEO, Chicago Architecture Foundation

Ruy Ohtake, Architect

Neri Oxman, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab


Douglas R. Parker, Architect

Thompson Penney, Chairman/President/CEO, LS3P

Alexander (Sandy) Pentland, Educator & Researcher, MIT Media Lab

John Peterson, Founder & President of Public Architecture; Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard

Renzo Piano, Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Joseph Pine II, Branding Strategist & Author, Strategic Horizons LLP

Dan Pink, Author

William Bradley (Brad) Pitt, Actor & Environmental Advocate

Jane Poynter, Chair & President, Paragon Space Development Corp.

Antoine Predock, Architect & Partner, Antoine Predock Architect PC


Raymond Ritchey, Executive Vice President, Boston Properties

Dan Rockhill, Executive Director, Studio 804 and J.L. Constant Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Architecture

Richard Rogers, Architect, Pritzker Prize Laureate, RIBA Gold Medal Recipient

Tim Rowe, Founder/CEO, CIC

Witold Rybczynski, Author & Myerson Professor, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Author


Moshe Safdie, Architect & Global Peace Advocate, Moshe Safdie and Associates

Jonathan Salk, Psychiatrist, Private Practice

Jonas Salk*, Co-founder of the Design Futures Council, Founder of The Salk Institute, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

Ken Sanders, Principal and Managing Director, Gensler

Adele Santos, Dean, School of Architecture & Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Edwin Schlossberg, Founder and Principal Designer, ESI Design

Michael Schrage, Innovation Expert, Author, and Research Fellow, Sloan School Center for Digital Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kenneth Schwartz, Dean of the Tulane School of Architecture

Peter Schwartz, Futurist, Author of The Long View, Co-founder, Global Business Network

Kate Schwennsen, Chair, School of Architecture, Clemson University, Former President, The American Institute of Architects

Terrence J. Sejnowski, Brain Scientist, The Salk Institute

Stephen J. Senkowski, CEO, Camino Modular Systems

William Sharples, Founding Principal, SHoP Architects

Scott Simpson, Co-Author of How Firms Succeed, Chair, DFC Senior Fellows

Cameron Sinclair, Global Humanitarian Design Leader & Co-Founder, Architecture for Humanity

Adrian Smith, Principal, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Alex Steffen, Co-Founder, Worldchanging

Karen Stephenson, Professor, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University & Founder, NetForm International

Robert A.M. Stern, Dean, Yale University School of Architecture

Cecil Steward, Architect, University of Nebraska-Lincoln & Joslyn Institute

RK Stewart, Architect, Former President, The American Institute of Architects

Sarah Susanka, Author & Architect, Susanka Studios

David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist & Co-founder, David Suzuki Foundation

Hon. Richard N. Swett, Former U.S. Representative, Former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Climate Prosperity Solutions

Susan Szenasy, Chief Editor, Metropolis Magazine


Jack Tanis, Strategic Planning & Workplace Design Thought Leader

Marilyn Taylor, Dean, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

April Thornton, Integrated Design Services Leader

James Timberlake, Founding Partner, KieranTimberlake

Lene Tranberg, Head Architect & Co-Founder, Lundgaard & Tranberg

Alan Traugott, Principal, CJL Engineering

Robert Tucker, Author & President, The Innovation Resource

Kent Turner, Architect, President, Cannon Design


Richard Varda, Vice President of Design, Target Corporation


John Carl Warnecke*, Architect & Contextual Design, Author

Alice Waters, Founder, Chez Panisse Foundation

Alan Webber, Author, Rules of Thumb; Founding Editor, Fast Company; Former Managing Editor, Harvard Business Review

Jon Westling, Professor & Former President, Boston University

Gary Wheeler, Architect & Workspace Design Leader, WheelerKänik

Mark Wight, Chairman and CEO of Wight & Co.

Doug Wignall, President, HDR Architecture

Allison Williams, Principal, Perkins + Will

Arol Wolford, President, SmartBIM

Jane Wright, Architect, Partner, Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas

Richard Saul Wurman, Author, Information Architect & Founder, Access Guide & TED

Jocelyn Wyatt, Co-Lead & Executive Director of IDEA

Scott Wyatt, Managing Partner, NBBJ, Chair of Nature Conservancy Board


Nicholas You, Planner & Director, UNESCO Executive Director

​* Deceased