Tom Wujec Returns to Lead Under40 Leadership Summit III
Tom Wujec is a Fellow at Autodesk, the world's leader in 2D & 3D design software. As a recognized thought leader and award-winning innovator, Tom works with Fortune 500 companies to foster innovation practices at all stages, from strategic and business planning to the design and implementation of advanced digital design tools. He has brought several software applications to market, including Autodesk SketchBook Pro, PortfolioWall, and Maya, which won an Academy Award for its contribution to the film industry.
Tom is a pioneer in business visualization, the emerging practice of using images, sketches, and data-driven infographics to help teams solve complex problems. Tom's work has been featured in many international conferences, such as TED, Pop!Tech, and the Fortune Innovation Summit. He is a founding faculty member of Singularity University.
Tom is also the author of three books on creative thinking: Pumping Ions, Five Star Mind, and Imagine, Design, Create. He is a highly soughtafter international speaker, and delivers visually rich innovation keynotes, workshops, and knowledge maps. Tom has worked as a creative director, writer, animator and has designed dozens of museum exhibits. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children.
M. Arthur Gensler, Jr.
M. Arthur Gensler, Jr., FAIA, FIIDA, RIBA, is the founder of Gensler, the largest architecture firm in the world. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1935, grew up in West Hartford, Conn., and graduated from high school in Garden City, Long Island. He earned a BArch from Cornell and served in the Army Corps of Engineers.
Early in his career Gensler worked for Shreve, Lamb and Harmon (architects of the Empire State Building); in Kingston, Jamaica, with Norman and Dawbarn; and with Albert Sigal. In 1962, he and his wife, Drue (née Cortell), moved to Tiburon, in Marin County, Calif.
After a brief tour with Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons, Gensler launched M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates Inc. His first major client was Donald Fisher, owner of a blue jeans store in San Francisco. The firm went on to design more than 3,000 stores and most of the offices for the Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic.
The firm has grown to more than 40 offices worldwide and has established master agreements with hundreds of companies in more than 80 countries.
Gensler is a board member of the California College of Arts and trustee of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Buck Institute for Age Research. He and Drue have four sons—David, one of the firm’s three Executive Leaders; Douglas, who directs the Boston office; Robert a PGA golf professional; and Kenneth, an airline pilot—and 10 grandchildren.
Rick Evans created his Architecture in San Francisco tour originally to jump-start research for his book on the unique historic buildings of San Francisco's Financial District. Six years later, the book is still a work in progress, but his excursions are immensely popular. Evans’ two-hour walking tour takes in many of San Francisco's most famous downtown buildings, including the Hallidie (the first glass curtain wall building); the Crown Zellerbach (the city’s first postwar glass building); and the private library in Mechanics’ Institute, which houses the oldest chess club in the country. Rick will introduce attendees to the city’s historic landmarks, unique open spaces, and the Golden Gate City’s Privately Open Public Spaces, or POPS, such as little-known green roof gardens. Rick Evans’ “Architecture in San Francisco” will be exclusively available to U40 Summit attendees.
Robert Cassidy is Editorial Director of Building Design+Construction, a professional publication serving the U.S./Canada architecture, engineering, and construction sector. He was educated at the College of the Holy Cross and earned a master’s in urban planning at Yale. A city planner, author (Livable Cities: Rebuilding Urban America, One Neighborhood at a Time; Margaret Mead: A Voice for the Century), and founder/chair of the Friends of the Chicago River, Cassidy has won numerous editorial awards, including four Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Awards, the highest honor in business-to-business journalism.
David Barista is Editor-in-Chief of Building Design+Construction and BDCnetwork.com, properties that combined reach more than 100,000 commercial building professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners. Barista has covered the U.S. construction industry for more than a decade, previously serving as Editor-in-Chief of Professional Builder, Custom Builder, and HousingZone.com. He has won numerous editorial awards, including three Jesse H. Neal Awards and multiple honors from the Construction Writers Association and the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Julie S. Higginbotham
Julie S. Higginbotham, Senior Editor of Building Design+Construction, has more than 20 years of experience writing about the built environment. Previously she was editor of Laboratory Design newsletter, and a member of the editorial team at School Planning & Management, College Planning & Management, Building Supply Home Centers, and American Nurseryman. She is a recipient of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award and multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
Kevin Beauchamp, AICP, Director of Physical Planning at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is responsible for the preparation and implementation of UCSF’s Long Range Development Plan. He oversees the preparation of Master Plans for all UCSF sites and environmental review conducted under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for new development. He has been the lead planner for UCSF’s Mission Bay campus since its inception, and was a member of the core negotiating team for the acquisition of property for the new campus.
Beauchamp has been with UCSF since 1994. He holds a BArch degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in land use regulation, environmental planning, and urban development. He is a member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, Society for College and University Planning, and San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.
Sandra E. Beck, AIA, LEED AP, a California registered architect, is Associate Director of Capital Programs at the University of California San Francisco, where she is responsible for overseeing about 25 projects in development and construction at the University’s new Mission Bay campus. She brings 32 years of architecture, construction, and project management experience to UCSF. Her expertise in software technology is furthering the development of Integrated Project Delivery at Mission Bay. She is a leader in UCSF’s effort to develop Lean Project Delivery methodologies in the delivery of projects at Mission Bay, and she leads UCSF’s endeavor to fulfill its vision for the sustainability and green design of the new buildings at Mission Bay.
Prior to joining UCSF in 2007, Beck held positions at NBBJ, ESS Architects, Ellerbe Becket, and Ratcliff Architects and was a Solutions Executive at Autodesk. She holds a B.S. in Architecture from Kent State University.