Michelle Delk, ASLA
Snøhetta, New York
Fascinated by the urban environment and its influence on people’s lives, Michelle Delk has designed public spaces throughout the U.S. for thirteen years. As the Director of Landscape Architecture for Snøhetta NYC, she continues to cultivate trans-disciplinary collaboration while providing insightful vision for the creative advancement of public environment.
Since 2001, Michelle has lead diverse urban projects at a variety of scales with emphatic community and client groups. This has included realization of small downtown plazas, conceptual plans for a four-hundred acre park system, streetscape revitalizations, the development of open spaces for campuses, and the creation of new civic public spaces. Through these design opportunities she seeks to discover and expand upon the urban landscape vernacular to further enable positive dialog between our current and future urban vision.
Her commitment to the profession is reflected not only in Michelle’s design work and leadership within the firm but also in academic and community engagements. She’s participated as a guest lecturer, critic, and mentor with universities in Denver and Boulder and has spoken at conferences such as the American Society of Landscape Architecture. As founder of an annual student design exhibit and as a community design review board member, she has been committed to broadening an understanding of the role of landscape architecture in our communities. Clear thinking and collaborative principles characterize Michelle’s leadership in projects which often emphasize social and experiential opportunities. She is inspired by a belief that through well designed personal and spatial interaction, people will choose to better themselves, others, and their environments.
Roger W. Moss, Ph.D.
Executive Director Emeritus, The Athenæum of Philadelphia
Roger W. Moss is widely recognized as an authority on the
preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic
American buildings. He trained an entire generation of graduate
students in the Preservation Program at The University of
Pennsylvania, where he taught courses ranging from historic site
management to historic building mechanical systems and research
for the preparation of historic structure reports. Moss also
has served or is now serving as a trustee of several National
Historic Landmark properties and as board member of national and
international foundations. He enjoys a active national
consulting practice specializing in nineteenth-century
Moss is the author of more than a dozen books and scores of essays on architecture and design. For example, The National Trust for Historic Preservation published his Lighting for Historic Buildings and Paint in America. His three landmark books on Philadelphia historic architecture--Historic Houses of Philadelphia, Historic Sacred Places of Philadelphia, and Historic Landmarks of Philadelphia were published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Together with his wife and partner, Gail Caskey Winkler, he wrote Victorian Interior Decoration and Victorian Exterior Decoration.
Roger Moss is the executive director emeritus of The Athenaeum of
Philadelphia. During his tenure this independent special
collections library developed its specialties in American
architecture prior to 1930 and nineteenth-century material
culture. The historic Athenaeum building was restored and
expanded, the membership doubled, and millions of dollars added
to the endowment. He also conceived and raised the funding for
the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings online utility which
is searched by 150,000 readers daily.
Laurie Olin, RLA, FASLA
Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. From vision to realization, he has guided many of OLIN’s signature projects, which span the history of the studio from the Washington Monument Grounds in Washington, DC to Bryant Park in New York City. His recent projects include the AIA award-winning Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Oregon.
Laurie studied civil engineering at the University of Alaska and
pursued architecture at the University of Washington, where
Richard Haag encouraged him to focus on landscape. He is
currently Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture at the
University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for forty years,
and is former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture
at Harvard University. Laurie is a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society
of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in
Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He
is the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, the highest
lifetime achievement award for artists and designers bestowed by
the National Endowment for the Arts and the President of the
United States. He also holds the 2011 American Society of
Landscape Architects Medal, the society’s highest award for a
Founding Director, Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering,
Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress
During a forty-year tenure C. Ford Peatross has substantially redefined and expanded the Library’s architecture, design, and engineering collections by over three million items, including the archives of Richard Morris Hunt, Cass Gilbert, Raymond Loewy, Charles and Ray Eames, Charles M. Goodman, Paul Rudolph, Victor Lundy, I. M. Pei; the photographic archives of Gottscho-Schleisner, Sigurd Fischer, Philip Trager, Balthazar Korab, Carol M. Highsmith, and Norman McGrath; the rare and special format collections of the American Institute of Architects and the United Engineering Societies; and the Historic American Buildings Survey, the Historic American Engineering Record, and the Historic American Landscape Survey.
He has published and lectured widely in these subject areas for a wide range of audiences and the broadcast media, here and abroad, and helped to organize and fund a number of award-winning exhibitions. He worked to initiate the Art & Architecture Thesaurus of the Getty Research Institute, to expand COPAR (the Cooperative Preservation of Architectural Records), and conceived the now ten-volume series of W. W. Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design and Engineering. He has served on the Architectural Drawings Advisory Group of the National Gallery of Art and the editorial board of the The Buildings of the United States since their inception.
Peatross is a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Historic American Buildings Survey and an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. In December 2014 he will receive the President's Award for lifetime achievement from the National Building Museum.
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Billie Tsien has been in partnership with Tod Williams since 1986. Their studio, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, located in New York City, focuses on work for institutions - museums, schools and non-profits; organizations that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty.
Their buildings are carefully made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail, and most of all experience are at the heart of what they build. Their compelling body of work includes the Natatorium at the Cranbrook School, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong, the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and a skating facility in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. The firm, with Davis Brody Bond, was awarded the commission to design the New Embassy Compound in Mexico City.
Parallel to her practice, Tsien maintains an active teaching career and lectures worldwide. Tsien also serves on the advisory council for the Yale School of Architecture, and is a Director of the Public Art Fund, the Architectural League of New York, and the American Academy of Rome, where she was in residence in 1999. In 2007, Tsien was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.