Michael H. Hodges, fine arts writer. Hodges was the longtime art critic at The Detroit News. Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit is his second book on local architecture which, like his first, Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations, was named a Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. In addition, the Michigan chapter of the American Institute of Architects honored Building the Modern World with their 2019 Balthazar Korab Prize. Hodges blames his architectural obsessions on the picturesque dairy farm north of Detroit where he grew up, and the years he spent as a student at the Cranbrook School for Boys.
Donell Hutson, Design Director, Bulova, Accutron, and Caravelle brands, Citizen Watch America. An industrial designer and artist specializing in watch design and development, he has been instrumental in the design and development of some of the company’s most successful watches, among them the Series X, Frank Sinatra, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Latin Grammy collections. Hutson holds a master’s degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree in fine art and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College. A strong proponent of storytelling, believing it plays a key role in the design process and in our everyday lives, he also draws inspiration from interests ranging from fine art, fashion, and music to science fiction and comics, and his native city, New York.
Lisa Koenigsberg, President, IAC. Lisa Koenigsberg is President and Founder of Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC). An internationally recognized thought leader in visual culture, Koenigsberg’s work is characterized by a commitment to authenticity, artisanry, materials, sustainability, and responsible practice. Almost 30 years ago she established IAC’s multi-disciplinary conference series on visual culture, notably those that focus on the Arts & Crafts movement, maintaining that it is less particularities of style than the Movement’s ethos, principles, and ideals that define it. She has held leadership positions at NYU where she also served on the faculty, at several major museums, and at the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Her publications include chapters in Auspicious Vision: Edward Wales Root and American Modernism, The Gilded Edge: The Art of the Frame, and Architecture: A Place for Women, as well as journal and magazine articles and designation reports. She has organized symposia and special sessions and given talks at universities, museums, and professional organizations throughout the US and abroad. She is board president of the Morris––Jumel Mansion and a trustee of Glessner House. She holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University and from Yale University from which she received her PhD.
Rodrigo Manriquez, Head, MidWest Cultural Studio, SmithGroup. Manriquez draws on 25 years of experience gained as Lighting Design Studio Leader and in long-time collaboration with the firm’s Cultural Practice to deliver technically complex and exquisitely beautiful projects such as the Museum of the Bible, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Visitor Center and Administration Building, the North Carolina Museum of History, and the General Motors Design Dome, a renovation of the original 1956 Eero Saarinen structure. As an integrator of many specialties, he guides clients toward the intersection of design and engineering, the platform for maximizing visitor experience, sustainable practices, and historical relevance. Tightly woven into the firm’s national practice, Manriquez levers a vast knowledge of collections care, performing arts venues, exhibits, and museum planning, design, and construction within a multidisciplinary integrated design approach. A member of the Illuminating Engineers Society of North America (IESNA), Manriquez is a Certified Lighting Design (CLD) and is registered with the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). He holds a BS in Architectural Engineering, Lighting Design from the University of Kansas.
Steve McBride, Executive Director, Pewabic Pottery. A former studio potter, McBride brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience to his role leading Pewabic, one of the oldest continuously operating potteries in the nation and a National Historic Landmark, as well as an architectural tile studio and a ceramic arts education center. McBride joined Pewabic in 2015 after a decade with the Interlochen Center for the Arts; there, he served as Marketing Manager and Director of Annual Giving. Prior to Interlochen, McBride was Executive Director of the Beverly Arts Center of Chicago, during which time he also served on Chicago’s Cultural Facilities Task Force.
Alivia Stalnaker, AIA, is Design Architect, SmithGroup Detroit office. Stalnaker has collaborated for over a decade with large teams to deliver a variety of cultural, workplace, and higher education projects, including work at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the University of Michigan, and Ally Financial. Her creativity, attention to detail, and commitment to designing unique, high-performing office environments have established her as a leader within the firm’s office. Dedicated to environmental stewardship and occupant wellbeing and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Stalnaker is also a LEED Building Design and Construction Accredited Professional and Fitwel Ambassador. She holds an MArch from the University of Michigan and a BS in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University.
James W. Tottis, museum consultant. Tottis spent much of his career at the DIA as a curator in the Department of American Art. While there, he was responsible for 18 exhibitions, organizing six including “Life’s Pleasures: The Ashcan Artists’ Brush with Leisure, 1895 – 1925,” “American Beauty: Paintings and Sculpture from The Detroit Institute of Arts 1770 – 1920” (which traveled to three European venues), “Building Detroit: 150 Years of Architecture and Innovation,” and “From Hudson River to Impressionism: American Paintings from the Manoogian Collection” (which traveled to six venues in Japan). During his tenure, he made numerous significant acquisitions, some of which were included in a special edition of the Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts entitled “Twenty Years of Collecting American Furniture and Decorative Arts 1984 – 2004 at The Detroit Institute of Arts.” He has authored and co-authored numerous publications including The Guardian Building: Cathedral of Finance and Forging a Modern Identity: American Paintings in The Detroit Institute of Arts: Artists born after 1847, volume lll. Most recently, he was Vice President of Museum Affairs, Cheekwood, and Director of Collections, Museum of the City of New York. For nearly 20 years he served as Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Wayne State University. He has and continues to serve on boards of arts organizations throughout the United States.
Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor Emeritus in Architectural History at the University of Virginia. His many books, articles, and exhibits consider different aspects of American and modern architecture including Thomas Jefferson and the Arts & Crafts movement.
Gregory Wittkopp, Founding Director, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. For over three decades Wittkopp has been shaping and stewarding Cranbrook’s collections, first as a curator, then as the Director of Cranbrook Art Museum, and now as the Founding Director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Major projects at the Museum include restoring Saarinen House, overseeing the restoration of the Eliel Saarinen-designed galleries and the creation of the state-of-the-art Collections Wing (a $22 million project completed in 2011), and the acquisition for Cranbrook of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House. His research and publications have focused on Cranbrook and its artists and include Saarinen House and Garden: A Total Work of Art and an essay in the exhibition catalog Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism. Wittkopp holds an MA in Art History from Wayne State University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan and serves on the board of DoCoMoMo – US/MI.