Adam is a hybrid designer and strategist. As a Design & Innovation Lead at the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, he helps leading organizations across private, public, and social sectors harness design as a tool for leadership and innovation. Adam has helped dozens of organizations across the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa build innovative new businesses that create new sources of prosperity and profitable growth. He sits at the intersection of design and strategy—helping C-suite leadership develop the capabilities and competencies to innovate, create exceptional customer experiences, and set bold innovation strategies.
Before joining McKinsey & Company in 2017, Adam led design strategy at Casper's New York office, helped establish Doblin Group/Deloitte's London office, and worked the boutique innovation consulting firm Fahrenheit-212. Adam has spoken at numerous design and innovation conferences in New York and Europe. He is a Robert Busch School of Design Alumnus from the Industrial Design program. His talk will be about solving complex business challenges through the lens of design.
As Senior Workplace Design Strategist, my role is to advise clients throughout the decision-making process by integrating clients’ vision and business performance with workplace strategy solutions that are based on science, data, design and "real world" constraints. I am a passionate advocate for deeper integration of workplace research and applied design. And I promote the important connection between efficiency and effectiveness of the workplace.
As Creative Strategy Coordinator at ESI Design, Jack coordinates
projects when they are first conceived, from the business development process through the first design phase. By facilitating creative efforts between the diverse disciplines at ESI, he ensures designs are developed as strategically as possible for our clients. He has worked on concept designs for a range of ESI projects, including corporate campuses, retail environments, commercial real estate developments, and cultural institutions.
Jack also supports internal initiatives at the firm, such as design critiques, business development efforts, and various marketing and communications programs. Specifically, he has led the development of successful awards submissions, event presentations, video documentation, and ongoing coordination with ESI’s public relations agency.
Prior to joining ESI, Jack earned a BFA in Integrated Design from Parsons The New School for Design. With a focus on service design, he participated in a number of collaborative studio projects for social good, working with groups such as the Public Policy Lab, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, and Solar 1, an organization promoting urban sustainability and resiliency.
Joining Michael Graves Architecture & Design in 2007, Megan brings over 13 years of experience in the design of office spaces, hotels, restaurants and residences and has worked on several of the firm’s signature hospitality projects, including the Nile Corniche and Sentosa World Resorts in Singapore.
Megan designs with the goal of integrating interiors into architecture to create seamless and unique solutions. Recognizing the importance of sustainable design, Megan believes that carrying the vision of the client through all the stages of design is critical and that a successful design solution is defined by
the integration of sustainable concepts with cost effective and beautiful design solutions. Megan works closely with associate architects and consultants located overseas throughout the design and construction process.
Joining Michael Graves Architecture & Design in 2015, Phylicia Flynn has worked with the team responsible for delivering several high-profile projects for the firm’s interior design practice. Notable project experience includes the custom design of wall coverings and the coordination of fixtures and finishes for the luxurious six-star St. Regis Hotel in Cairo, Egypt and the interior renovations, furniture and finishes specifications, and construction documentation of the Miramar Sheraton Resort in El Gouna. Most recently, Phylicia coordinated construction documentation of Savio Hall and the Sacred Heart Chapel at Don Bosco Preparatory in Ramsey, New Jersey. Phylicia, a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design and Certified Interior Designer, resides in Asbury Park, New Jersey and is an avid baker!
Robert Siegel is principal of Robert Siegel Architects. In every building design, Robert integrates architecture, craft, engineering, movement and light. His approach to design and construction creates architecture of our time, reflecting the hopes and aspirations of our generation, while conveying a sense of permanence. Robert believes that architecture should feel as if it has always been there.
Robert was chair of the AIA New York Chapter Committee on the Environment and has delivered seminars on sustainable design to the AIA, the US Green Building Council, and public agencies. He has completed two LEED Gold buildings for the U.S. General Services Administration: the U.S. Land Port of Entry in Calais, Maine and the U.S. Land Port of Entry in Van Buren, Maine. He has designed multiple public facilities in the U.S. and abroad which have symbolic content and create vibrant hubs of public activity in their communities. His public architecture demonstrates how site design, building design, sustainability and engineering can work in concert to create enduring public buildings that benefit future generations. These facilities are catalysts for change, both in their physical context and in their operational effectiveness.
As a mentor to the profession, Robert has taught graduate and undergraduate studios at the Boston Architectural Center, City College of New York, Columbia University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and Syracuse University. He has been a guest critic at New York area architecture schools and has been on several AIA Awards juries. Robert is a GSA Peer Reviewer for Design Excellence in Federal Architecture.
Robert’s work has won 30 design awards and has appeared in over 50 publications, including Architectural Record, Architecture, Eco-Structure, GSA White Book, GSA Black Book, Government by Example, Korean Architecture, Metals in Architecture, Metropolitan Home, New American Luxury, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair.
Sal joined MGA&D in 2012. For Sal, creativity is a way of life. As Manager of Marketing & Business Development with the firm, he illustrates key institutional concepts through the use of dynamic language in an expressive style to convey design ideas for project pursuits across the firm’s disciplines. With a master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sal communicates brand messaging with highly engaging presentations, proposals and marketing collateral. Sal has contributed to many of the firm’s signature projects including textile design for CF Stinson and branding/identity for the Michael Graves Design Collection of products and decorative accessories. He has also provided wayfinding and signage design for several of the firm’s healthcare clients. Sal currently holds a teaching appointment at Kean University with the Michael Graves College/Robert Busch School of Design.
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design and currently pursuing a Master’s in Design Management from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Samantha brings a critical approach to interior design, specifications and creative uses of materials and finishes. Samantha has worked on projects that range from higher-education, to hospitality and the workplace. Currently, Samantha is working closely on the interior design of a large workplace transformation project for a national financial services firm. Samantha resides in downtown Princeton and when she is not in the office can be found playing tennis in her downtime.
Stefan G. Bucher
Stefan G. Bucher is the human behind 344lovesyou.com and dailymonster.com, which has spawned a book and the popular “Monster Maker” iPad app. He is the author of seven books, including the best-selling "344 Questions—The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment." His new book "LetterHeads," about an experimental alphabet of sentient letters just hit the shelves.
He has designed for David Hockney, Judd Apatow, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is an ADC Young Gun and has won a D&AD Yellow Pencil for book design.
He created custom letterforms for the main titles of the films "The Fall," “Immortals” and “Mirror, Mirror” for director Tarsem. His time-lapse drawings appear on the Emmy-award winning TV show “The Electric Company." His design credit also appears on albums for Sting, Whitney Houston, and the soundtrack for "The Matrix."
He designed the Blue Man Theater in Las Vegas, gave life to the Saks Fifth Avenue Yeti, and turned singer/songwriter Wesley Stace into an animated character. He recently mounted a gallery retrospective of his work from 1985 to 2075 entitled “Everything Is Going Exactly As Planned.”