Karim Rashid Jorge M. Pérez

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolificdesigners of his generation. Over 3000designs in production, over 300 awardsand working in over 35 countries attest toKarim’s legend of design. His award winningdesigns include democratic objects such asthe ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chairfor Umbra, interiors such as the Morimotorestaurant, Philadelphia and Semiramis hotel,Athens and exhibitions for Deutsche Bankand Audi. Karim has collaborated with clientsto create democratic design for Method andDirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and Magis,brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai,high tech products for LaCie and Samsung,and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few. Karim’s work isfeatured in 20 permanent collections andhe exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karimis a perennial winner of the Red Dot award,Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award,I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSAIndustrial Design Excellence award.He holds honorary doctorates from theOntario college of Art & Design and CorcoranCollege of Art & Design. Karim is a frequentguest lecturer at universities and conferencesglobally disseminating the importance ofdesign in everyday life. Karim has beenfeatured in publications and books includingTime, Financial Times, The New York Times, Esquire, GQ and countless others. In 2009Rizzoli released Karim’s latest monographKarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim’s interiorarchitecture designs. Other books includeKarim’s guide to living, ‘Design Your Self’(Harper Collins, 2006), ‘Digipop’, a digitalexploration of computer graphics (Taschen,2005), compact portfolio published byChronicle Books (2004), as well as twomonographs titled ‘Evolution’ (Universe,2004) and ‘I Want to Change the World’(Rizzoli, 2001). In his spare time Karim’spluralism flirts with DJing, art and fashionand is determined to creatively touch everyaspect of our physical landscape. 

Jorge M. Pérez is Chairman, ChiefExecutive Officer and Founder of The Related Group. TIME Magazinenamed Mr. Pérez one of top 25 mostinfluential Hispanics in the UnitedStates.Under his direction, The RelatedGroup has redefined the SouthFlorida Landscape. Since itsinception, more than 30 years ago,the firm has built and/or managedmore than 80,000 apartments andcondominium residences. Also duringthat time, the group’s Designercollection has become a hallmarkof the brand’s development style, featuring design influence and inputfrom many of the world’s mostprolific, innovative and respecteddesigners including Philippe Starck,Carlos Ott, Arquitectonica, EnriqueNorten, Yabu Pushelberg, SiegerSuarez and Robert Swedroe, just toname a few.The Related Group is one of thelargest Hispanic-owned businessesin the United States with adevelopment portfolio of projectsworth in excess of $10 billion andthe distinction of having been thenumber one multi-family developer inthe nation.

Raymond Jungles, FASLA Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA

Raymond Jungles leads his Miami based landscape architecture firm in the design of private residential gardens, community landscapes, boutique hotels, and botanical gardens. The firm has collaborated with Herzog & de Meuron on the 1111 Lincoln Road project and with Frank Gehry and Partners on the New World Symphony’s Campus Expansion, both in Miami Beach, FL. Mr. Jungles has received 34 Design Awards from the Florida Chapter of the ASLA. In 2003, he was honored as the Miami Chapter of the AIA Landscape Architect of the Year. His projects, which focus on native horticulture, have been featured in more than 30 books, including his two monographs, titled Ten Landscapes and The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles. He has been profiled in The New York Times’ Art and Design section, and his work has appeared in over 100 national and international publications.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, is a founding Principal of Arquitectonica. He studied architecture and urban planning at Princeton University and received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he later taught. He first came to Miami in 1975 to teach at the University of Miami. By 1977 he founded Arquitectonica with a group of young architects and set up a studio in Coconut Grove. Within two years Arquitectonica’s work was appearing in magazines around the world. Today Arquitectonica has designed buildings in forty countries from eleven offices around the world.