Alex Krieger FAIA ("The once and future city") is a principal at NBBJ and professor of urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In his combined career of teaching and practice, he has dedicated himself to improving the quality of place and life in urban areas in the United States and abroad. He is a frequent adviser to mayors and their planning staffs and was one of the initial appointees to the Boston Civic Design Commission. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed him to the US Commission of Fine Arts.
Russell Preston ("Bring on the joy") is founder of Principle Group, a planning, design, and development firm focused on creating authentic places. He serves as a commissioner of Boston's Air Pollution Control Commission and is on the board of directors of the Congress for the New Urbanism New England Chapter, and Washington Gateway Main Street in Boston's South End. He studied architecture at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Miami.
Brian R. Swett ("Ready or not?") is director of Cities and Sustainable Real Estate at Arup USA, a global engineering and consulting firm. He is spearheading the firm's work in the Americas in sustainability, transportation consulting, and energy masterplanning to bring strategic support to cities. Prior to joining Arup, he served as Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston.
Ann Beha FAIA ("Ivory powers") is a principal at Ann Beha Architects, whose projects have expanded the dialogue between tradition and innovation in their design for America's cities and campuses. The firm's clients include the Smithsonian, the US Department of State, University of Chicago, Princeton University, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Wellesley College and MIT, and a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, she received the Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects.
Cliff Gayley FAIA ("Unleashed") is a principal at William Rawn Associates, Architects, where his projects include the Cambridge Public Library, the W Boston Hotel, and the new tower for the Berklee College of Music. He has served as co-principal for design for the Mattapan and East Boston branches of the Boston Public Library, as well as for the renovation of the Johnson Wing of the Boston Public Library central branch.