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When: Friday, October 25, 2013
From 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Contact: Prucia Buscell

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Friday, October 25, 2013 - 1-2 PM ET
Buildings Designed for Beauty, Life and Work
Guests: Robert Peck, Thomas Lockwood and Sharon Benjamin

MP3 File


Design Slides (ppt) from Thomas Lockwood

Rethinking the Office (pdf) from Bob Peck

Is there a hard-wired human need for beauty? How do the aesthetics of the built environment influence the way we think, interact and work? These guests have valuable insights from their experiences with design, systems thinking and leadership in businesses and organizations.

Robert Peck is Southeast Region Director of Consulting for Gensler, a global architecture and design firm. His group helps clients with workplace strategy, occupancy management and sustainable design. He is a nationally recognized advocate for high quality public architecture, smart growth and sustainable design. For five years in the Clinton Administration and nearly three years in the Obama Administration, Bob was Commissioner of the U.S, General Services Administration’s Public Building Service, eventually managing a budget of more than $9 billion and a workforce of 7,000. At the GSA, he helped launch the Design Excellence Program, returning the federal government to what he termed its lost practice of building buildings "worthy of the American people,” and initiated a "Green Proving Ground" program to measure effectiveness of innovative technologies in GSA buildings. He has also worked for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House, and the Federal Communications Commission. He served as associate counsel to the U.S. Committee on Public Works, and was chief of staff to the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In the private sector, Bob has been a land use and real estate lawyer, a real estate investment executive, and a broker and real estate consultant. His nonprofit work includes serving as full time president of the Greater Washington Baard of trade and vice president for public affairs for the American Institute of Architects. He is a former president of the D.C. Preservation League and he served on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. In 2011 Bob won the Henry Hope Reed Award from the Driehaus Foundation and the University of Notre Dame, and in 2012 he received the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecturefrom the American Institute of Architects.

Thomas Lockwood is an international expert in design leadership and integrating design and innovation into business. He holds a rare PhD in design management, and is a passionate advocate for the value of design to the triple bottom line by improving economic social and environmental well being. Lockwood is the co-editor of four books: The Handbook of Design Management (2011), Design Thinking (2010), Corporate Creativity (2008) and Building Design Strategy (2007). He has served as a visiting professor at Pratt Institute in New York. Tom is the founding partner of Lockwood Resource LLC, an international recruiting firm specializing in design, innovation and creative leadership. Clients include 3M, GE, Intuit, Kohler, Samsung, Beiersdorf, Teague, Continuum Innovation and George P Johnson, among others. He served as the President of DMI, the Design Management Institute, from 2006 - 2011, and the Editor-in-chief of the DMI Review and Journal, and a member of member of DMI’s Board of Directors since 2003. Before working in the non-profit sector Tom directed design and brand management at Sun Microsystems and Storage Technology Corporation (StorageTek) for 12 years, after running two design firms for about 10 years. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in London and has been a speaker or led design workshops in the countries around the world. He is a design advisor to corporations and to countries, serves on numerous boards and councils, is a frequent design award judge, and has worked with most of the major design councils around the world.


Sharon Benjamin, PhD is principal of Alchemy, a Washington DC based management consulting practice. She consults with multi-lateral, NGO and healthcare organizations. An adjunct at NYU, she teaches the leadership capstone course for MPA students. Her work supports leaders seeking to effect profound transformation -- within themselves and their organizations, pioneering innovative methods such as Positive Deviance. Her previous positions have included Vice President for Marketing for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, D.C. and Director for Major Gifts for the Union of Concerned Scientists in CambridgeMA. She earned her doctorate in organizational behavior from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati,OH, where she has co-taught three leadership seminars. She has been active in the non-profit community, serving as treasurer of the Board Earthworks,chair of the Board of Directors of, and a member of Oceana's Board of Governors.

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