Craig Dykers (Senior Partner/Director, Snøhetta, Oslo/New York) was born in Frankfurt, Germany and has lived extensively in both Europe and North America. Dykers received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin after initial studies in medicine and art. Dykers has worked in Texas and California and co-founded the architecture, landscape and interior design company Snøhetta in Oslo, Norway in 1989 and in New York City in 2004. Dykers has worked on the design of several prominent cultural projects including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York City. Other projects include the Lillehammer Winter Olympics Art Museum and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin. Snøhetta has been the recipient of the Aga Khan, Mies Van der Rohe and World Architecture Prizes.
Cameron Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. During his studies Sinclair developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design. His postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York's homeless through sustainable, transitional housing. After his studies, he moved to New York where he worked as a designer and project architect. Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr compiled a bestselling book Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises and are currently working on a second volume. He is heavily involved in bringing socially relevant building into academia and serves on advisory boards of the Acumen Fund, the Institute for State Effectiveness and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Sinclair is a TED prize recipient and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2008 Architecture for Humanity and its co-founders Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the Design Patron Award for the National Design Awards. The following year Sinclair and Stohr were jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people’s resourcefulness. As a result of the 2006 TED Prize he and Stohr launched the Open Architecture Network, the worlds' first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. Every two years this network hosts a global challenge to tackle a systemic issue within the built environment.
Kate Stohr Kate Stohr is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Architecture for Humanity where she has been instrumental in leading the organization's community development and reconstruction programs. Stohr has also led the development of the organization's online platforms, including the Open Architecture Network (www.openarchitecturenetwork.org), and edited the book Design Like You Give a Damn. Her work with Architecture for Humanity has been profiled on NPR, CNN and Frontline/World, and she has served as a panel moderator and guest speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, "Live from the New York Public Library," the Aspen Ideas Festival, and many other design conferences and events. Stohr brings a background in project management, website development and a strong understanding of urban planning issues to the organization. Prior to co-founding Architecture for Humanity, she was a journalist and producer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report and on MSNBC, A&E, and PBS. She developed a number of websites for Time Inc., Gruner+Jahr and other clients. Stohr received her bachelor's degree magna cum laude from New York University and her master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. She is the recipient of Wired magazine's 2006 Rave Award for Architecture and was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Bicentenary Medal in 2009. Together with co-founder, Cameron Sinclair she accepted the 2008 Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Patron Award in honor of the work of Architecture for Humanity, its chapters, volunteers and design fellows.
Nora Abousteit Nora started her career in media at Hubert Burda Media in the staff of Hubert Burda, where she was part of the organizing team for DLD conferences. Before that, Nora worked in Business Development and Corporate Marketing in Cairo, Egypt, where she also received a degree in Middle East Studies and Political Science from the American University in Cairo. Nora currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lauren Cornell is Adjunct Curator at the New Museum and Executive Director of Rhizome, where she oversees and develops the organization's programs, all of which are devoted to the presentation, interpretation and preservation of art engaged with new technology. At the New Museum, Cornell has co-curated exhibitions including "The Generational: Younger Than Jesus," and directs the monthly event program entitled the New Silent Series. Her new exhibition Free, featuring twenty artists, will open at the Museum in October 2010.