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Peder Anker, PhD
Peder Anker’s teaching and research interests lie in the
history of science, ecology, environmentalism and
design, as well as environmental philosophy. He has
received research fellowships from the Fulbright
Program, the Dibner Institute and the Max Planck
Institute for the History of Science, and been a visiting
scholar at both Columbia University and University of
Oslo. He is the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere
Envisioned (Prestel, 2014) together with Louise Harpman
and Mitchell Joachim. He is also the author of
Bauhaus to Eco-House: A History of Ecological Design
(Louisiana State University Press 2010), which explores
the intersection of architecture and ecological science,
Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British
Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001),
which investigates how the promising new science of
ecology flourished in the British Empire. Professor Anker’s
current book project explores the history of ecological
debates in his country of birth, Norway.
Peder Anker received his PhD in history of science from
Harvard University in 1999. He is Associate Professor at
the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York
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Louise Harpman
Louise Harpman is a founding partner in the architecture
and urban design firm
Specht Harpman. Specht
Harpman was recognized by Wallpaper* magazine as
one of the “top 50 up and coming architectural practices
from around the world.” The firm has received multiple
Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects
and was named “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural
League of New York. The firm's designs have been
featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Municipal Art
Society, and the Van Alen Institute. Specht Harpman
was named “Tastemakers” by House and Garden and is
frequently listed as one of New York City’s “Top 100”
architecture firms by New York magazine. Harpman is an
Associate Professor at NYU's Gallatin School of
Individualized Study, where she has been teaching since
2010. Her teaching career began in 1995 and she has
taught at the Yale School of Architecture, the University
of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and the
University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of
Architecture and Planning. She is the co-author of
Global Design and the co-editor of Perspecta 31:
Settlement Patterns

Mitchell Joachim, PhD
He is the founding Co-President of Terreform ONE. He is
an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU and EGS in
Switzerland. He was formerly an architect at Gehry
Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow
and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie
and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was
chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15
People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling
Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People
Who Are Changing America". Mitchell won many awards
including; Victor Papanek Social Design Award,
Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability, History
Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time
Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car.
Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012.
He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch.
Columbia University.