TONI L. GRIFFIN is the founder of Urban Planning for the American City, based in New York. Through the practice, Toni served as Project Director for the Detroit Work Project Long Term Planning initiative, and released Detroit Future City, a comprehensive citywide framework for urban transformation. Current clients include the cities of Memphis, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.
Toni is also Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she will both teach and develop values-based planning methodologies through the Just City Design Lab.
Most recently, Ms. Griffin was a Professor of Architecture and the founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Founded in 2011, the Center’s work focused on Legacy City DesignInitiative; Just City Design Indicators Project; and Inclusion in Architecture, examining the participation of people of color in architecture and related design fields.
Toni has held several public sector positions including, Director of Community Development for Newark, New Jersey; Vice President and Director of Design for the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation in Washington, DC; and Deputy Director for Revitalization and Neighborhood Planning for the DC Office of Planning. She began her career as an architect with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago, where she became an Associate Partner.
Ms. Griffin received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In 2014, Toni was the Visiting Associate Professor and Theodore B. and Doris Shoong Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning, in the Department of City and Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley.
MAURICE COX is the planning director for the city of Detroit. He most recently served as associate dean for community engagement at Tulane University’s School of Architecture and director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research and civic engagement throughout New Orleans.
Cox previously taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He also served as design director of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) from 2007-2010, where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, and oversaw grants to the design community across the United States.
He was named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company magazine for his experience merging architecture, politics and design education. In 2013, Cox was named one of the “Most Admired Design Educators in America” in the annual ranking of Design Intelligence.
TOM DALLESSIO is President, CEO & Publisher of Next City – a nonprofit organization that inspires social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events. Next City’s online posts are read widely around the world, and the annual Vanguard conference is the premier program for urban innovators. A licensed professional planner with three decades of urban planning and public policy experience on the local, regional, State, national and international levels, Tom was Senior Policy Advisor to two Governors. He founded the Center for Resilient Design and teaches Land Use Planning and Infrastructure Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
REED KROLOFF is the founding principal of jones|kroloff, a unique practice that develops strategy for clients in the architecture and design industry and also guides architect selection processes. The firm’s clients have included the American Society of Interior Designers, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the Aspen Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the University of Chicago, Yale University, Motown, the History Channel, and many others.
Mr. Kroloff was previously Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, Louisiana, which he led through Hurricane Katrina and its recovery.
The recipient of the American Academy in Rome’s 2003 Rome Prize Fellowship, Mr. Kroloff also served as Editor-in-Chief of Architecture magazine, then the nation’s leading design publication.
Reed Kroloff writes and lectures widely, has appeared in a number of television programs, and is a regular critic at professional organizations and architecture schools across the country. He holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, and has practiced architecture in Texas and Arizona. Mr. Kroloff has served on boards and advisory councils ranging from the Public Architecture Foundation to the Register of Peer Professionals of the United States General Services Administration.
RANDALL MASON plays several roles at Penn’s School of Design: Executive Director of PennPraxis; Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning; and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. During his twelve years at Penn he has taught a wide range of subjects spanning historic preservation, city planning and landscape fields, and managed a diverse program of research projects.
Mason professional practice includes projects at many scales, addressing planning, preservation and public space issues. Typical projects include preservation plans for sites and regions, organizational consulting, research on social uses of public space, and preservation consulting for design projects. His work has been supported by public and nonprofit clients including the Brookings Institution, Getty Conservation Institute, William Penn Foundation, the City of Philadelphia and the National Park Service.
Mason’s education includes PhD from Columbia University. He worked previously at the Getty Conservation Institute, University of Maryland and Rhode Island School of Design, and was the recipient of the 2012-13 National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize.
MARTHA THORNE is dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, one of five schools at an innovative, private university in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. She is also executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005.
From 1996 to 2005, she worked as a curator at the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. In her curatorial role, she undertook research, exhibition production and collection development.
She is the co-author of the books Masterpieces of Chicago Architecture and Skyscrapers: The New Millennium, editor of David Adler: The Elements of Style, editor and author for The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years. Additionally she has written numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias.
In recent years, Ms. Thorne has facilitated competitions and led the architecture selection process for various public institutions and universities. She was a member of the jury for the international prize, ArcVision-Women and Architecture Award and the board of the International Archive of Women in Architecture.
Thorne holds a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics.