Kofi Boone, ASLA
Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, NC State University
Kofi Boone, ASLA, is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at NC State University, College of Design. He teaches in the areas of environmental justice, site analysis and planning, community engagement, and digital design media. Kofi focuses on participatory design and innovating tools for engaging communities in the design and planning process. Kofi serves as the academic liaison to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Environmental Justice Professional Practice Network. He has won awards for teaching, research, as well as design communications ,analysis and planning. He served as faculty advisor for“Playtime in Africa”, an ASLA student award of honor winner in community service, and a SEED awards honorable mention. Kofi is a Detroit native and he received his master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.
Chair, Graduate Center for Planning & the Environment, Pratt Institute School of Architecture
John Shapiro is Chair of the Graduate Center for Planning & the Environment, within the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY. Shapiro has nearly 40 years of experience as a professional planner, 25 years with his consultancy Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates. With a portfolio throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, Shapiro and his work have received roughly 20 awards, including the national American Planning Association’s first Presidential Award for the Comprehensive Community Revitalization plans in the South Bronx, NY. At Pratt, Shapiro has lead a group of professors and administrators in integrating and expanding the range of urbanism programs from city planning, historic preservation and construction / facilities management to also include environmental sustainability, progressive real estate, GIS analysis, and most relevant to the EDRA Great Places awards, urban placemaking — to complete the Institute’s new Programs for Sustainable Planning & Development. The intent is to graduate students who are at once professionals, experts in a particular cross-disciplinary subject, and full urbanists.
Professor, Interior Architecture + Design Departmetn, Florida State University
Jill Pable is a professor in the Interior Architecture + Design Department at Florida State University and a fellow and past national president of the Interior Design Educators Council. She holds B.S. and M.F.A. degrees in Interior Design and a Ph.D. degree in Instructional Technology with specialization in architecture. She is the author and co-author respectively of Sketching Interiors at the Speed of Thought and Interior Design: Strategies for Teaching and Learning and was included in the list of 30 Most Admired Design Educators in the United States in the 2015 annual DesignIntelligence rankings. Her research focuses on the design of environments for the disadvantaged and she is the originator of the Design Resource for Homelessness initiative, a research-informed online resource for architectural designers and organizations creating facilities for homeless persons. She believes that design can make life more interesting, fulfilling and humane.
Robin Guenther, FAIA
Principal, Perkins+Will and Senior Advisor, Health Care Without Harm
Robin's innovative healthcare projects have been published nationally and internationally. Healthcare Design magazine named her the “#1 Most Influential Designer in Healthcare” in 2010. In 2012, Fast Company included her as one of the “100 most creative people in business.” She was a TEDMED 2014 speaker. She serves on the USGBC Green Buildings and Human Health Task Force. She co-coordinated the Green Guide for Health Care, served on LEED for Healthcare committee, and released the second edition of “Sustainable Healthcare Architecture,” with Gail Vittori in May 2013. She is working with the US Dept of Health and Human Services on a Healthcare Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit.
Co-Founder and Director of Education and Training, Project for Public Spaces
Kathy Madden is an environmental designer who has been at PPS since its inception in 1975. During this time, Kathy has been involved in all aspects of the organization’s work. She has directed over 300 research and urban design projects along with training programs throughout the U.S and abroad. She also currently directs PPS’s Placemaking Training and Public Space Research and Publications programs.