QINGYUN MA is Dean of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, before which serving as principal of the firm MADA s.p.a.m. in Shanghai. He has served as keynote speaker at the 2005 World Association of Chinese Architects sponsored by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects, the Mies van der Roe Foundation, Bridge the Gap and numerous London School of Economics conferences. He has served as a planning expert and presenter to the International Olympic Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and as a member of the conceptual script team for the 2010 Shanghai Exposition
Hans Fonk - Editor in Chief, OBJEKT International magazine.
Fonk first completed his advanced studies in textile technology and then embarked on his career in photography, as a fashion photographer. In San Francisco he began photographing interiors, architecture, art and design. At the end of 1991 he launched his own publication, OBJEKT, which has meanwhile achieved world wide circulation in its English-language edition, OBJEKT©International. Over the years, OBJEKT©International has produced some stunning features on prominent interior and textile designers, antique dealers, artists and architects throughout the world. For OBJEKT©International he is also responsible for most of the photography, as well as the design, layout and editorial production.
JOHN DUNNIGAN is professor and Head of the Department of Furniture Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. as a designer he is known as "the man with the well-placed tassel." his work at John Dunnigan Studio and as a partner at Dunnigan Wahl Associates has been featured in House Beautiful, The New York Times, Town and Country, Metropolis, Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek and Art and Antiques.
MAXWELL GILLINGHAM-RYAN is the founder of apartment therapy, a new york interior design practice. he is also founder and editor-in-chief of the residential interior design blog apartment therapy.com ("saving the world, one room at a time"), which has become one of the country's most influential voices in interior design. his work with apartment therapy has landed his opinions on design in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Observer and The Wall Street Journal.
ANDY GRIFFITH is co-owner and buyer of los angeles' A+R Design Store, a playful silver lake ode to international modern design with a new sister location on Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach.
David Hertz, AIA, LEED, is the Principal of David Hertz, AIA Architects, a full-service architecture firm that specializes in the design and construction of residential and commercial buildings with an emphasis on systainability. he is Founder of Syndesis, inc. and engineer of Syndecrete, an innovative lightweight concrete alternative to non-renewable materials. .
Angus MacKenzie, Editor in Chief for elemente Magazine, a international architecture, design and art magazine in Canada. Angus MacKenzie, works to deliver one of Canada's coolest, alternative design publications to the curious masses. Traveling the frozen Canadian tundra, and the world, in search of only the most innovative, enlightening features, elemente provides a refreshing and unique take on the world of design. elemente has received kudos and awards in its first two years in Canada for its enigmatic approach, style and content. Angus currently participates as judge on a number of Canadian design related panels.
Jessica Multari, Managing Editor for Specifier Magazine in Australia
Jessica Multari is the Managing Editor of Specifier magazine --– a national publication for the architecture industry in Australia. Covering the newest products, projects and technology and featuring Australia's award-winning designs and interviews with some of the country's leading architects, Specifier remains an informative reference source for design and building professionals. Scanning the globe for the latest in superior design and architectural feats, Specifier recognizes the contribution of the profession's most recognized and newest names with reviews on a myriad of blockbuster and boutique projects.
Catherine Osborne, Senior Editor for Azure Magazine - design, architecture and art magazine in Toronto.
Gwynne Pugh, AIA, leed is co-founder and partner at Pugh + Scarpa Architects and is known for his planning, design and facilitation skills between parties. he serves as chair of the Santa Monica Planning Commmission and as a peer review consultant to the cities of San Diego, Long Beach, Carson and Los Angeles and at the Getty Conservation Institute, and is an expert in sustainable design and engineering.
Newell Turner is the Style Director of House Beautiful.
Kelly Wearstler, is the mind behind kelly wearstler, inc. and a judge on BravoTV’s “Top Design”.
Kelly Wearstler is the author of Modern Glamour and the founder of the Los Angeles architectural interior design firm kwid (Kelly Wearstler Interior Design). Her designs for the trendsetting Viceroy resorts from California to the Caribbean; such taste-making hotels as Maison 140 and Avalon; unique office, retail, and leisure spaces, including BG restaurant and lounge in Manhattan's Bergdorf Goodman; and upscale residences such as the Trousdale Estate have been profiled in House and Garden, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Elle Décor, Vogue, and W. Wearstler is also designer of her own kwid line of furnishings and accessories.
Kahi Lee, is the host of HGTV's "Design on a Dime" and Style Network's "My Celebrity Home".
She has made guest appearances on The Early Show on CBS, The Tyra Banks Show, Extra, Fashion Team and Life & Styl among others. Lee easily adapts to the tastes and attitudes of her wide-ranging audience and credits her demographic-defying designs, versatility and genuine passion for all things stylish for much of her television success. Lee launched design company called Kahi Lee Lifestyle in 2005, specializing in high end residential and commercial interior design. Her talents and style sensibility have been featured in numerous publications including: USA Today, In Style, In Style Home, Seventeen, etc. Lee was recently named one of Los Angeles' best interior designers by 944 magazine.
Rido Busse is the Chairman of the German Trade and Industry Board and, as an award-winning product designer, founded the design agency Busse Design Ulm. He is the recipient of the Baden-Wurttemberg State Economy medal and is an activist in the fight against piracy in product design, having founded the "Plagiarius", a punitive award for the theft of ideas.
Celeste Holt-Walters - Senior Art Producer for McCann Erickson NY
Nicole Lloyd - Senior Art Buyer, Duetsch Inc.
Nicole Lloyd, Senior Art Buyer for Deutsch Inc. Los Angeles sources artists and produces photo shoots and illustration projects for Sony PlayStation and Saturn. In addition to her Art Buying career she also consults photographers on portfolio building.
LAURENCE NG is Publisher of IdN magazine, an international publication unifying the design community in Asia and the rest of the world. He is a graphic design critic and columnist.
Josh Rubin is Editor-in-Chief, founder and Publisher of cool hunting (www.coolhunting.com), a trendtracking phenomenon that banks on rubin's experience in graphic design as a user interface lead at Motorola and design director at Razorfish. he is senior partner and a founder of the digital services firm Bond Art and Science, and an acute observer and curator of products of cultural inspiration.
MELISSA STERRY founded the design agency, think tank and incubator Societás in 2004. She sits on the WWF's Beyond Green Consumption think tank and is the eco-style and ethical affairs editor to several European arts and lifestyle titles. She is the co-founder of the Creative Graduate Prize launched in 2005 and the Iconique Societás 'Excellence in Fashion Photography and Illustration Awards launched in conjunction with Iconique.com in 2007.
Barbara Thornburg is the Senior Style Editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine .
Brandusa Niro, Editor in Chief, The Daily Group / Senior Vice President, IMG Publishing
Brandusa Niro is an editor and publishing executive with 20 years experience in fashion. She began her career as the fashion editor of French weekly, L'Express, and went on to become editor of Elite magazine in Canada. After moving to New York in 1990, Brandusa was a fashion consultant for The New Yorker, and in April 1999 founded the online news service Fashion Wire Daily. In January 2004, Brandusa launched The Daily online at www.fashionweekdaily.com . Since then, the online Daily has become the fashion world's favorite source of up-to-the-minute fashion news.
Rose Apodaca is a pop culture and style columnist and frequent contributor to Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Style.com, Paper and other publications. she consulted on and helped launch Image, the new Los Angeles Times style section; and is the co- owner of A+R Design lab and www.aplusrstore.com, Los Angeles.
Federico Rocca - Fashion Director, Fashion Fm Milano, Italy
Geraldine Grisey - Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary, France