Geeta Mehta is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia GSAPP, and has worked on design projects in India, China, Austria, France, Ukraine, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana and Kenya. She received her B. Arch from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi, M.S. AUD from Columbia GSAPP, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. Mehta is the founder and president of Asia Initiatives, a non-profit organization founded in 1999 that has supported over 200 micro credit banks, 40 village knowledge centres, and supported education and technology initiatives in partnership with MSSRF and other local partners in India and other developing countries.
Dan Hill is an Associate Director at Arup, and Head of Arup Digital Studio, a multidisciplinary design team that helps develop transformative digital technology for cities, spaces, infrastructure, buildings and organisations. A digital designer and urbanist, Dan’s previous leadership positions have produced innovative, influential projects and organisations, ranging across built environment (Arup, Future Cities Catapult), education and research (Fabrica), government (SITRA), and media (BBC, Monocle), each one transformed positively via digital technology and a holistic approach to design. Dan is also a visiting professor at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL London, as well as an adjunct professor at RMIT in Melbourne and at UTS in Sydney.
Antoine Picon is the G. Ware Travelstead Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the GSD. Trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, Picon works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. Picon’s most recent books, Digital Culture in Architecture: An Introduction for the Design Profession (2010) and Smart Cities: A Spatialised Intelligence (2015), offer a comprehensive overview of the changes brought by digital culture to architecture’s theory and practice, as well as to the planning and experience of the city. In 2010, he was elected a member of the French Académie des Technologies. He is Chevalier des Arts et Lettres since 2014. He is also Chairman of the Fondation Le Corbusier.
Stephen Graham is a scholar and author who researches cities and urban life. He is Professor of Cities and Society at Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. Graham has an interdisciplinary background linking human geography, urbanism and the sociology of technology. He uses this to explore the political aspects of infrastructure, mobility, digital media, surveillance, security and militarism emphasising, in particular, how these work to shape contemporary cities and urban life. His books include Telecommunications and the City, Splintering Urbanism (both with Simon Marvin), Cities, War and Terrorism, Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructures Fail, Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism and Infrastructural Lives (with Colin McFarlane). Graham’s latest research focuses on the political aspects of verticality and has resulted in his most recent publication, Vertical: The City From Satellites to Bunkers.