Below are bios for the presenters at Comprehensive Design + Science: Visions for St. Louis and the Great Lakes Region.
Jonathan Marvel is the Principal and Founder of Marvel Architects. He started his professional career in the office of Richard Meier, working on the Getty Museum, the High Museum and the Museu d’Art Contemporani in Barcelona. He began his private practice at the helm of Rogers Marvel Architects by winning a competition for El Museo del Barrio on Museum Mile in New York City. In 2013 he founded Marvel Architects with more than 25 years of experience leading the design and planning of public spaces and streetscapes, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments. Jonathan imbues architecture with depth and meaning, forging constraints of sustainability, site, and security into bold forms and dynamic spaces. Using light, movement and materiality, he composes architectural spaces with sensitivity to the spheres of public and private, old and new, day and night. From a rigorous analysis of the history, context, and program of each project, he creates an expressive language of architectural artifacts that engage the user, defining our place and time. Jonathan’s passion for integrating the built and natural environments is evident in the design of Pierhouse and 1 Hotel at the foot of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge. He has taught and lectured widely, and sits on the board of the Isamu Noguchi Museum, the Buckminster Fuller Institute and the Van Alen Institute. Jonathan has edited several books on architecture and lives in a renovated historic townhouse in Brooklyn.
Partner in Charge of Urban Design and Planning
Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
Philip Enquist is the leader of SOM's Global City Design Practice, the world’s most highly awarded urban planning group. Enquist and his studios have improved the quality and efficiency of city living on five continents by creating location-unique strategic designs that integrate nature and urban density within a framework of future-focused public infrastructure.
The scale of Enquist’s design perspective continues to expand from innovating sustainable urban forms that enhance city living with walkable, transit-enabled districts humanized by their natural amenities to rapidly changing urban clusters within regional ecosystems like North America’s Great Lakes basin and China’s Bohai Rim.
Enquist is committed to the profession through one-on-one mentorships, his recent teaching of a studio for architecture and urban design students at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and as the Charles Moore Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
He was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Architectural Guild of the University of Southern California's School of Architecture for his dedication to strengthening the physical, social, and intellectual infrastructure of cities. The year prior, the Chicago Tribune named him and his studio "Chicagoans of the Year in Architecture," citing “the city-friendly designs of Phil Enquist.”
Enquist passionately believes that the world’s explosive growth in cities and population must be managed by humanely bold and holistically sustainable thinking at the national, regional, and metropolitan scale and that human habitat design will become the alpha design science of the 21st century.
Founder and Executive Director, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science
A founder of Public Lab, Shannon is based in New Orleans as Executive Director of the organization, managing the work of the Public Lab nonprofit. With a background in community organizing and education, Shannon held positions with the Anthropology and Geography Department at Louisiana State University as a Community Researcher and Ethnographer on a study about the social impacts of the BP oil spill in coastal Louisiana and worked at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, conducting the first on-the-ground health and economic impact surveying in Louisiana post-spill. Shannon is specifically interested in infusing traditional organizing methods of the environmental sector with new media technologies and tools.
She has an MS in Anthropology and Nonprofit Management and has worked with nonprofits for over fourteen years. She is a 2013 Environmental Leadership Program Fellow and current Senior Fellow, a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow, on the advisory board of Global Community Monitor, on the Advisory Board of the Louisiana Public Health Institute Healthy Communities Coalition, a current member of the Public Participation in Scientific Research web and communications steering committee (working on developing the Citizen Science Association), on the Leaders Council for the National Parks Conservation Association, a reviewer for the National Science Foundation DRL, and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association technology committee.
Program Cultivator, Plant Chicago
Blayne Greiner manages Plant Chicago’s demonstration farms at The Plant, and is currently developing other programs in the waste, energy, and educational sectors. Blayne graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2004 with a B.A. in Theater, and has been working in the field of urban and rural agriculture since 2007. In his spare time Blayne is an avid Dadaist, Dad, Cyclist, Calypsonian, and reader of Indian Fiction.
Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University
Derek Hoeferlin is a born and raised and resident of St. Louis, a registered architect and assistant professor of architecture at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. His teaching, research and professional work has been awarded, presented and published internationally. Derek directs "Deltas + Watersheds (D+W),” conducting collaborative research on global comparative deltas and watersheds—primarily focused on the Mekong, Mississippi and the Rhine—to inform adaptive design strategies. In 2013, Derek co-organized with John Hoal of Washington University and Dale Morris of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C., “MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers, Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Midwest River Basins,” a multi-disciplinary scenario-based design workshop at Washington University that included experts from The Netherlands’ “Room for the River” program. Currently Derek is the design lead for STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI, a multi-disciplinary team as 1 of 8 semi-finalists in the “Changing Course” competition for Louisiana delta coastal restoration strategies. Derek co-leads “Gutter to Gulf,” advocating for integrated water management strategies for New Orleans. He worked with Waggonner & Ball as key designer for “Dutch Dialogues,” the "Urban Water Plan for New Orleans" and “Rebuild by Design Competition.” Derek and Ian Caine tied for first place in the 2009 “Rising Tides” international competition and were named a finalist in the 2010 “Build a Better Burb” competition. He holds master of architecture degrees from Tulane and Yale.
Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis is a collaborative project of The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Ballroom Marfa, and the Public Concern Foundation, with support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.