Keynotes

NeoCon East’s world-class programming will be headlined by an outstanding line up of keynote presenters, whose powerful ideas and active efforts are helping to advance the built environment and better serve the individuals and communities within them.

Suzette Subance Ferrier, IIDA

Design Director, TPG Architecture

Presented by: IIDA
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Suzette Subance Ferrier brings more than 15 years of experience to her role as design director at TPG. Before joining TPG, Ms. Subance Ferrier was Design Director at HLW and previously held design leadership roles at DDL Studio and Gensler. Her client roster includes highly creative clients Disney Theatrical and Google and corporate powerhouses JPMorgan Chase and Skadden. Her talent for creating spaces that synergize business needs and great design has been the key to her success. Ms. Subance Ferrier received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Zena Howard, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Director, Perkins+Will, North Carolina Practice

Presented by: AIA Philadelphia
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Zena Howard has more than 25 years of experience with private and public institutions, museum and cultural facilities, libraries, and higher education facilities. Her experience focuses on clients with specialized and/or unique design goals such as environmentally sensitive artifact exhibit areas, environmentally and spatially sensitive spaces for autistic children, historically and culturally significant buildings and locations, and sustainable design in pursuit of LEED® certification and other high performance building goals.

Ms. Howard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the National Organization of Minority Architects. Ms. Howard is currently the Managing Director of Perkins+Will's North Carolina Practice.


David Insinga, AIA

Chief Architect, General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service

GSA
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David Insinga joined the General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service in Washington, DC in 2007, and is currently the Chief Architect. In his position, Mr. Insinga is the Senior Advisor to the Administrator of GSA and to the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) regarding federal architecture and design policy and innovation. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Insinga served as the Director for Design Excellence in the Office of the Chief Architect. Previously he served as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Project Delivery.  His work focuses on the planning, design and construction of federal courthouses, land ports of entries and federal office buildings.  Current work includes almost $1 billion of courthouse projects funded in FY16.  Prior to joining GSA, Insinga was a Program Manager at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. 

Mr. Insinga received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1981, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  He has over 35 years of experience in both the private and government sectors.  Before becoming part of the federal workforce in 2002, he worked as a Director at Gensler in their Washington, DC and Boston offices.

Alex Gilliam

Founder, Public Workshop

Presented by: ASID
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A cheerleader of possibility, Alex Gilliam is the Founder and Director of Public Workshop, an organization that help clients and community partners throughout the United States create uniquely engaging opportunities for youth and their communities to shape the design of their schools, neighborhoods and cities. He believes that great design, empowerment, innovation, and having fun are not mutually exclusive. Uniquely combining his skills as a designer, teacher, expert builder and social entrepreneur, Alex leads multigenerational design-build community projects, develops creative placemaking initiatives that bring people together in new ways, constructs makerspaces for people of all ages, devises transformative youth design leadership programs, and creates innovative participatory design tools. 

His recent projects include leading the designing and building of a makerspace in Chester that is dedicated to empowering citizens to ‘rebuild their main street’; developing play and building-based STEM curriculum while leading the design-building of an outdoor classroom for a school in Arizona; helping clients create citizen science programs in Chicago and New York for measuring the impact of green infrastructure and green affordable housing; and transforming vacant lots into playgrounds and exercise courses in Philadelphia, Flint, Cleveland, and Camden. In addition to his work with Public Workshop, Alex partnered with Renee Schacht to create Tiny WPA, a nonprofit organization that uniquely connects and empowers youth and adults be catalysts, entrepreneurs, designers, builders and change-agents in their communities throughout Philadelphia. Tiny WPA and Public Workshop share a community focused makerspace in West Philadelphia, one of six makerspaces that Alex has helped clients and partners create.