Robert Campbell, is a writer, educator and architect. He currently lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts as the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Boston Globe. Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College, Phi Beta Kappa; the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism; and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he received the Appleton Traveling Fellowship and Francis Kelley Prize.
Robert entered private practice as an architect in 1975, chiefly as a consultant for the improvement or expansion of cultural institutions. He has been an urban design consultant to cities as well as an advisor to the Mayors' Institute on City Design, which he helped found. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Robert has received the AIA's Medal for Criticism; the Commonwealth Award of the Boston Society of Architects; a Design Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; and grants from the Graham Foundation and the J. M. Kaplan Fund. In 2002 he helped plan and appeared in a television series, “Beyond the Big Dig”, for which he was awarded the national Columbia Dupont Award.
Ed Carpenter is an artist specializing in large-scale public installations ranging from architectural sculpture to infrastructure design. Working internationally from his studio in Portland, Oregon, Ed collaborates with a variety of expert consultants, sub-contractors, and studio assistants. For the past few years, Carpenter has also been a key contributor to the Columbia River Crossing's Urban Design Advisory Group.
Ed studied architectural glass art under artists in England and Germany during the early 1970's and, since 1973, has completed scores of projects for public, corporate, and ecclesiastical clients. Recent projects include interior and exterior sculptures, bridges, towers, and gateways. His use of glass in new configurations, programmed artificial lighting, and unusual tension structures have broken new ground in architectural art. He is known as an eager and open-minded collaborator as well as technical innovator.
Maurice Cox is an architect, educator and urbanist. He served as Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts from October 2007 until January 2010. He has since returned to teaching at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville, from which he took a leave of absence to join the NEA. During his term, he supervised the NEA grant making process in design; oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design, Governors' Institute on Community Design, and Your Town: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design; and provided his professional leadership and expertise in architecture and design to the nation.
Maurice was a founding partner of RBGC Architecture, Research and Urbanism from 1996-2006 in Charlottesville, Virginia. As Mayor of Charlottesville from 2002-2004, he was widely recognized as the principal urban designer of the city. A recipient of the 2004-05 Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the 2006 John Hejduk Award for Architecture, Maurice has lectured widely on the topics of democratic design, civic engagement, and the designer's role as leader. He received his architectural education from the Cooper Union School of Architecture, has taught at Syracuse University's School of Architecture, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and held the 2006 Kea Visiting Professorship at the University of Maryland's School of Architecture.
In December 2009, Maurice received the Edmund N. Bacon Prize, awarded annually to "an outstanding national figure who has advocated for excellence in urban development, planning and design."
Ken Greenberg is an architect and urban design consultant. He has played a leading role on a broad range of assignments in highly diverse urban settings in North America and Europe. Much of Ken's work focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods, and campus master planning. With each project, his strategic consensus-building approach has led to coordinated planning and a renewed focus on urban design.
Ken's projects include, amongst numerous others, the award-winning Saint Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework; the Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River in New York; the East River Waterfront in Lower Manhattan; the Fan Pier in Boston; and the Southwest and Southeast Waterfronts in Washington, D.C. He also served as the interim Chief Planner at the Boston Redevelopment Authority which included oversight of the Crossroads Initiative that built upon the 'Big Dig' and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
A professor of history at Stanford University, Richard White is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading scholars in three related fields: the American West, Native American history and environmental history. Professor White is the author of five books, including The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires and Republic in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815, which was named a finalist for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. He also authored The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River, "a powerful and exploratory look into the relationship between people and nature in the Pacific Northwest." Among other honors, White is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.
Ethan Seltzer, is the Director of the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, at Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs where, as a tenured professor, he teaches interdisciplinary courses dealing with themes of regions, planning and place. Ethan received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, with Distinction, from Swarthmore College. Ethan's doctoral dissertation was Citizen Participation in Environmental Planning: Context and Consequence.
Prior to joining Portland State University, Ethan was the Land Use Supervisor for Metro, the regional government in the Portland area, and prior to that served as an Assistant to Portland City Commissioner Mike Lindberg. He has served in the past on the Oregon Environmental Council, the 40-Mile Loop Land Trust, and as President of the City of Portland Planning Commission. Ethan is recognized for his contributions to local and regional planning in the Portland area, and has been invited to speak in cities throughout North America.