John Gendall is a New York-based architectural writer whose work appears in Architectural Record, The Architect’s Newspaper and Harvard Design Magazine. He was a contributing author to The Atlas of 21st-Century Architecture (Phaidon, 2008). He also teaches architectural writing at Pratt Institute, and studied architectural history and theory at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Michael Webb writes on modern architecture, design, and travel. He is the author of 26 books, most recently Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art +Architecture in a Maverick Community (Abrams). Previous titles include: Art/ Invention/House, Adventurous Wine Architecture, Brave New Houses: Adventures in Southern California Living, Modernism Reborn: Mid-Century Modern American Houses, Architecture + Design LA, Architects House Themselves, and The City Square, as well as monographs on leading architects and designers. He is a regular contributor to The Plan, The Architectural Review, Frame, and Mark, and also writes for The New York Times, The World of Interiors, and A+U.
Born and educated in London, where he worked at The Times and Country Life, he moved to the United States to become programming director of the American Film Institute. Webb resumed his writing career in 1980, and now lives in Los Angeles when he is not traveling the world to gather material for books and articles.
Jack Skelley’s writing has been featured in Harper’s magazine, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Downtown News; and he edits the urban-design e-newsletter, www.TheHotSheetRPR.com. He co-edited the book, Los Angeles: Building the Polycentric City, for Congress for the New Urbanism.
As a painter, Ina Drosu draws upon her artistic experience in this month’s issue to explore new innovations in preservation technologies. Drosu’s extensive talent is evident in her breadth of work from fine art and murals to gilding and faux finishes, www.inadrosu.com. She has been featured at numerous galleries in the Washington and Oregon area, and contributes regularly to FORM.
Architects Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu founded their Los Angeles-based firm, B+U, in 1999 after meeting while both working for Gehry Partners. Since starting their own practice, the architects have worked on cultural, educational, transportation and master planning projects across the world.
Architect and founder of SCI_Arc Ray Kappe, FAIA was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in “Stars of Design 2009” at the Pacific Design Center to celebrate his 50-year career. Eschewing the label of Modernist, Kappe continues to experiment with innovative ideas, technologies and materials.
Adam Stone writes from Annapolis, Maryland, where he covers architecture and design, as well as business and technology issues. He is co-author of Lehigh Valley: Crossroad of Commerce, senior writer for www.SoftwareCEO.com and a frequent contributor to American City Business Journal publications
Over the last seven years, Pugh + Scarpa has received more than 42 major awards, including 11 National AIA Awards. As one of the principals of the firm, Lawrence Scarpa has dedicated his career to questioning the process of design in order to make the “ordinary extraordinary.”
Founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg in Santa Monica, Hank Koning, has helped guide the firm into an award-winning force with more than 60 commendations including 25 AIA awards. He is both a Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and of the American Institute of Architects. As an Australian, Koning reflects on Jorn Utzon’s legacy and the Sydney Opera House.
To illustrate the piece “Is Innovation Dead in the United States?”, Tom Trapnell explored the personification of America. After more than 10 years as Editorial Design Director of the Los Angeles Times, Trapnell is principal of his own firm, www.tomtrapnell.com, specializing in the design of books, magazines, newspapers, websites and corporate identity. An avid musician, he plays lead guitar for the band, Below the Fold.
To illustrate “Generation Next”, Studio Fuse explored the true roundtable experience by throwing ideas literally on the table. The studio’s four-person design team has pioneered FORM’s art direction since its launch, and spent seven years designing its predecessor LA Architect. Studio Fuse is widely known for their work with cultural institutions, an endeavor that continues to push this versatile team into new visual media.
Photographer Mark Edward Harris has spanned the globe capturing beautiful images in several books, including Wanderlust (R.A.M. Publications) and Inside Korea (Chronicle Books), available at www.markedwardharris.com. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Condé Nast Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Harris’s photography has earned him several awards, among them a Clio and an Aurora Gold Award.
For more than 20 years, Melbourne-born photographer Tim Griffith has captured the essence of contemporary architecture in his images. Traveling around the world, he has worked with cutting-edge architects including NBBJ, Morphosis and Frank Gehry; and his photography has appeared in numerous publications, including Architectural Record, California Home + Design and Metropolis.