If you’re already successful in your own practice, this Symposium will expand your contacts and expose you to the biggest innovators and disruptors in the industry!
Martha Darling is an experienced practitioner delivering business acumen across organisational operations. Specialising in business and project information management, her work includes collating analytics and measurables to illustrate change management methods to facilitate strategic growth.
Starting her career at high end fashion brand Jimmy Choo, Martha’s professional background is grounded in the creative profession. At Gensler Design Agency, she managed multiple teams across all design disciplines. Martha is currently Head of Operations for the Stirling-Prize winning architecture studio AL_A. In every project, AL_A try to advance the debate, be it through design, urban thinking, social purpose or material innovation.
Martha’s expertise lies in understanding the requirements of a business in order to balance creative vision with business objectives. Through effective planning of multiple workstreams, efficient running of lean and effective teams and successful streamlining and implementation of new structures and processes, she manages rapidly shifting business demands in line with creative goals.
Ria is an experienced communications leader with knowledge of corporate communications strategy, reputation management, executive profiling and content creation client-side and in the professional services industries. She enjoys working with an international reach and is currently the Head of PR and Campaigns for the UK, India, Middle East and Africa at Arup, the global sustainable development specialists.
Ria leads multidisciplinary teams to deliver high profile and impact marketing and communications campaigns designed to achieve cut-through across top tier media, government and client audiences. She is also accountable for board-level reputational risk management, crisis communications and the press office function.
Ria is committed to increasing representation within the industry and is active in participating in industry events, outreach and mentoring to address these challenges.
Fadi Asmar is a Global Marketing and Communications Professional at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Based in New York, Fadi works closely with SOM’s structural engineering leadership, marketing, and communications teams. While emphasizing the unique value of SOM’s multidisciplinary approach, he is involved in content creation and supports business development. Earlier in his career, Fadi was responsible for the redesign of LERA’s website.
Vivian Lee- Woods Bagot New York Studio Executive Director
Diana Darling is the co-founder and president of The Architect’s Newspaper. Founded in 2003, The Architect’s Newspaper serves up news and inside reports to a global community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. After 20 years, The Architect’s Newspaper through 6 branded channels (The Architect’s Newspaper, Facades+, Tech+, CE Strong, AN Awards and AN Interior Magazine delivers quality news and cultural reporting through print, web, newsletter, conferences, continuing education social media design awards—all the news you want, in all the ways you want to get it. Her core strength is managing the business and operations side of the media brand. She believes in boot-strapping business growth and focusing marketing on the key success areas that differentiate the brand message. Diana grew up in Texas and moved to NYC many years ago. Prior to starting The Architect’s Newspaper, she honed her marketing and business skills at important brands such as The Gap, Victoria’s Secret and Neiman Marcus. @archpaper, @facadesplus
Vivian Lee- leads award-winning projects of all types and scales, Vivian, brings over 30-years of passion for the design industry to Woods Bagot’s New York Studio. Driven by a belief that good design can and should inspire, Vivian encourages the team to balance creative vision with practical solutions to deliver value to the client and end-user. Her diverse portfolio includes innovative projects for the commercial office, hotel, airport, universities, schools, workplace, and residential sectors.
Vivian’s commitment to mentorship fosters the next generation of designers, and her extraordinary dedication to promoting and advancing women in architecture continues to contribute to the profession. Her design accomplishments and leadership in architecture resulted in Vivian’s elevation to the distinguished American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2020. She is on the Board of Directors
for the AIA New York Chapter and serves as the Women in Architecture Committee co-chair.
An editor and designer based in the US, China, and Argentina. Born in 1966, in Buenos Aires, he moved to the United States in 1990. Since then he has published over three hundred books, assembling a remarkable body of work notable for its thoroughness of content, timeless character, and sophisticated and innovative craftsmanship.
Oscar Riera Ojeda’s books have been published by many prestigious publishing houses across the world, including Birkhäuser, Byggförlaget, The Monacelli Press, Gustavo Gili, Thames & Hudson, Rizzoli, Damiani, Page One, ORO editions, Whitney Library of Design, and Taschen.
Oscar Riera Ojeda is also the creator of numerous architectural book series, including Ten Houses, Contemporary World-Architects, The New American House and The New American Apartment, Architecture in Detail, and Single Building.
His work has received many international awards, in-depth reviews, and citations. He is a regular contributor and consultant for several publications in the field.
HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its portfolio includes high-performance laptops, desktops and solutions from Z by HP and powerful remoting software from Teradici to help bring these ideas to life.