Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack, a platform for team communication, used by customers ranging from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to Deloitte, from Samsung to BuzzFeed.
Butterfield has built a distinguished career as a designer, an entrepreneur, and a technologist. He co-founded Flickr in the early 2000s and was named the Wall Street Journal’s 2015 Technology Innovator of the Year.
James Corner, a leading-edge landscape architect, is the founder of James Corner Field Operations, based in New York City. He’s also a professor of landscape and urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His work has been recognized with the National Design Award, the Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the D&AD Black Pencil Award.
Innovator, artist, protagonist, and positive provocateur, Maria Giudice has pursued a vision of intelligent, elegant, people-centered design throughout her professional life. Her grasp of the pragmatic, the authentic, and the essential has kept her at the forefront of design and business for more than 25 years.
Under Giudice’s leadership, Hot Studio, the experience design firm she founded in 1997, grew into a full-service creative agency with an impressive list of Fortune 500 clients. In March 2013, Facebook acquired the talent behind Hot Studio. In 2015, Giudice joined Autodesk as vice president for experience design. Her latest book, Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design, was published by New Riders. Giudice is an AIGA Design Fellow. She has spoken at conferences all over the world and currently serves as an adjunct professor and trustee at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades has been characterized by its ingenuity, inventiveness, and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, he founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture, sculpture, and urban planning together in a single workspace.
Heatherwick leads the design of all the studio’s projects, working in collaboration with a team of 170 highly skilled architects, designers, and makers. His unusual approach challenges every brief from first principles to produce unique solutions for each project’s needs. In applying artistic thinking to the needs of modern cities, the team is engaged in creating some of the most acclaimed and memorable projects of our time.
Based in London, Heatherwick Studio is currently working on four continents on projects together valued at more than £2 billion. Its international reputation is founded on projects such as the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, the Olympic Cauldron for the 2012 London Olympic Games, and the design of the New Bus for London. The studio recently completed a major new university building in Singapore and a gin distillery in Britain; other current projects include the Garden Bridge over the River Thames, 8 million square feet of mixed-use development in Shanghai, and the new glass-domed Google campus in Silicon Valley.
Heatherwick, who trained in three-dimensional design in Manchester and at the Royal College of Art in London, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. He’s also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a Royal Academician, and in 2004 he became the youngest Royal Designer for Industry.
An international figure in architecture and urban design, the architect Daniel Libeskind (B.Arch., M.A., BDA, AIA) is renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings of equilibrium-defying contemporaneity. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable.
Born in Lódź, Poland, in 1946, Libeskind immigrated to the United States as a teenager. He established his architectural studio in Berlin in 1989 after winning the competition to build the city’s Jewish Museum. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City when Libeskind was selected as the master planner for the World Trade Center redevelopment. The studio is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural, and commercial projects internationally. It has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers, and residential towers.
As principal design architect for the studio, Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture at universities and professional summits. His designs and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture. Libeskind lives in New York with his wife and business partner, Nina Libeskind.
Ken Wong is a lead designer at ustwo. He was the lead designer on the acclaimed mobile game Monument Valley, winner of two Bafta Game Awards and Apple’s iPad Game of the Year. He’s also a co-designer of ustwo’s latest game, Land’s End, which is their first foray into virtual reality. Originally hailing from Australia, Wong developed games in Hong Kong and Shanghai before joining ustwo’s London studio in 2013.