Speaker Lineup Announced: ‘Material Health: Design Frontiers Symposium’

Who designs the future?

Who shapes it?

Who teaches it?

With less than two weeks to go until Material Health: Design Frontiers in the Built Environment, we are excited to share the lineup of speakers and sessions.

Educators, designers, scientists, doctors, architects, curators, contractors, artists, and material innovators will come together to examine critical topics of Material Health in this era of climate crisis.  Together, exceptional perspectives will identify viable alternatives for the next generation of architects and designers to advance to a healthier future.

Thursday, November 14th, 6pm

Keynote Address

Winona LaDuke, Environmentalist and Political Activist

Friday, November 15th, 9am-6pm

Air and Toxicity

Laura Vanderberg, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts School of Public Health and Health Sciences Department of Environmental Science

Aaron Dorf, Director and Senior Architect, Snøhetta

Ginger Krieg Dosier, Co-Founder and CEO, BioMASON

Moderator: Jonsara Ruth, Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab


Andrea Lipps, Associate Curator of Contemporary Design, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum

Charlotte McCurdy, Global Security Fellow & Interdisciplinary Designer

Julia Lohmann, Professor of Contemporary Design, Aalto University & Founder, Department of Seaweed e.V.

Moderator: John Bruce, Director MFA Transdisciplinary Design and Assistant Professor Design Strategies, Parsons School of Design


Maida Galvez, MD, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine, Public Health and Pediatrics- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Samantha Josaphat, Architect and Founder, Studio 397 Architecture

Ana Baptista, Chair of Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, The New School

Moderator: Alison Mears, Director, Healthy Materials Lab

Waste and Circular Economies

Kate Daly, Executive Director Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners

Lasse Lind, Architect, Partner, Head of Consulting, GXN

Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director, Ma-tt-er

Moderator: Jen Van Der Meer, Assistant Professor, Strategic Design & Management, Parsons School of Design

Ecosystems: From Fossil Fuels to Renewables, via Transparency

Franca Trubiano, Associate Professor in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

Martha Lewis, Senior Architect & Head of Materials, Henning Larsen Architects A/S

Anthony Neron, Founder of DuChanvre, and Plasterer

Moderator: Amanda Kaminsky, Founder, Building Product Ecosystems LLCFuturing Materials

Pirjo Kääriäinen, Professor of Practice, Design Driven Fibre Innovation, Aalto University and Co-Founder, CHEMARTS

Tapani Vuorinen, Professor of Forest Products Chemistry, Vice Dean (Education), School of Chemical Engineering, Aalto University and and Co-Founder, CHEMARTS

More information and speaker bios can be found here.


Material Health: Design Frontiers in the Built Environment
November 14 – 15, 2019

The Auditorium at The New School
66 W 12th Street, New York City

Healthy Materials Lab
2 W 13th St.New York, NY 10011