Steven Holl, FAIA Architects is a 40-person innovative architecture and urban design office working globally as one office from two locations; New York City and Beijing. Steven Holl leads the office with senior partner Chris McVoy and junior partner Noah Yaffe. Steven Holl Architects is internationally-honored with architecture’s most prestigious awards, publications and exhibitions for excellence in design. Steven Holl Architects has realized architectural works nationally and overseas, with extensive experience in the arts (including museum, gallery, and exhibition design), campus and educational facilities, and residential work. Other projects include retail design, office design, public utilities, and master planning.

Juhani Pallasmaa, Hon. FAIA, Finnish architect, educator, and critic, Architect SAFA, Int FRIBA, is a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, and art culture. The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’ Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. Pallasmaa is the former dean and professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. Pallasmaa’s architectural practice spans projects in urban design; building design; and exhibition, product, and graphic design. His built works can be found in Finland, France, Slovenia, Russia, Ethiopia, China, and the United States.

Thomas Albright, Ph.D is Professor and Conrad T. Prebys Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he joined the faculty in 1986. He is Director of the Salk Institute Center for the Neurobiology of Vision and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. Albright is an authority on the neural basis of visual perception, memory and visually guided behavior. Albright received a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an associate of the Neuroscience Research Program. He is past-president of ANFA, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Technology, and Law, and a member of the U.S. National Commission on Forensic Science.

Tatiana Berger, Assoc. AIA, Associate Professor of Graduate Architecture and Chair of the Lecture Series Committee at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Ms. Berger has more than 20 years of international experience in professional practice and education. She has served as a project manager and architect with Alvaro Siza Architects, Portugal; senior manager of the 2014 Sochi Olympics project, ILF Consulting Engineers; project manager with Baumschlager-Eberle, Austria; designer with Richard Meier and Partners, New York. Tatiana teaches design studio, architectural and urban theory, and seminars in neuroscience and architecture at NewSchool. Berger received a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gordon Chong FAIA, Managing Director at Aditazz Inc. For Gordon H. Chong, architecture is more than just designing buildings. He believes in “community-based architecture” that focuses on designing and constructing public buildings such as hospitals, schools and cultural buildings. He attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1966. He then went to Edinburgh University in Scotland where he received a master’s degree in 1968. After working for two San Francisco area firms, he began his own firm in 1976. Chong has served as a member of the AIA Board of Directors since 1997 and led the “Redefinition of the Profession” task force. He was admitted to the College of Fellows in 1994.

Gilbert Cooke, Professor, Undergraduate Architecture, and Dean Emeritus at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. He studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for his first two years and graduated from the University of Cincinnati, with a B.Arch. He then attended the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where he earned his M.Arch. He was awarded an Honorary M.Arch. from NewSchool of Architecture and Design; fellow of the American Institute of Architects; National Board Member and Officer, NAAB and NCARB; visiting scholar at UCSD (present); chair of the Maryland Architecture Registration Board. He is the former President of ANFA; member of the East Village Association Board of Directors; officer of the NewSchool Foundation; thesis mentor; Yantalo Foundation consulting architect.

Sergei Gepshtein, Ph.D is the founding director of the Collaboratory for Adaptive Sensory Technologies at the Salk Institute. He studies visual perception and visually guided behavior using methods of sensorimotor psychophysics and computational neuroscience. One of Sergei’s long-standing interests is the interaction between two aspects of visual perception: the entry process called early vision and the constructive process called perceptual organization. Gepshtein’s education includes: MSc in Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, PhD in Psychology, University of Virginia, and Postdoctoral Fellow in Vision Science, University of California at Berkeley.

Fred “Rusty” Gage, Ph.D, John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Diseases, Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute. Fred “Rusty” Gage concentrates on the unexpected plasticity (ability to change) and adaptability to the environment that mammals have throughout life. Gage and his colleagues discovered that the human brain can give rise to new neurons throughout life. He also found that exercise and cognitive enrichment can increase the brain’s ability to generate more neurons. Gage’s lab also models diseases in the laboratory using human stem cells. By reprogramming human skin cells and other cells from patients with neurologic and psychiatric diseases into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and induced neurons (iN), his work seeks to decipher the progression and mechanisms that lead to brain cell dysfunction.

Kurt Hunker, FAIA, Acting Dean, Architecture & Construction Management programs at NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Kurt has been associated with NewSchool since 1989 while continuing to be a practicing architect. He has won multiple design awards from the AIA and other organizations. Hunker has been recognized as NewSchool Teacher of the Year on two occasions, serves as guest lecturer to many local and regional organizations, and has had his designs published in regional and national periodicals. Hunker received a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a B.S. in Architecture from the Ohio State University.

Eduardo Macagno, Ph.D, Professor, UC San Diego. He trained at Columbia University in Physics and is currently a professor at the University of California in San Diego, where he teaches and conducts research in neuroscience. Besides working on the cellular and molecular bases of neural development, his current research includes several projects at the interface of Architecture and Neuroscience, using novel technologies to monitor brain activity in virtual reality environments in the study of spatial navigation and spatial cognition in normal and neurologically impaired subjects, particularly in the built environment. Macagno was President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture in 2010-12.

Alison Whitelaw FAIA LEED ap BD+C is the Senior Principal of the firm Platt/Whitelaw Architects. She received her architectural degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. During her 30 years of architectural practice in the San Diego region, Ms. Whitelaw has become recognized for her award winning work on sustainably designed projects for private, governmental and institutional clients. For ten years she has taught Sustainable Design classes at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design and has lectured on Sustainable Design across the country. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the former President of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. She is also past President of the AIA San Diego Chapter, past President of the San Diego Architectural Foundation, and a member of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design Advisory Board.