Daniel Hewett is an architect and teacher. He is the founder and director of URBANFRAME, a non-profit organization mobilizing individuals to design and test catalytic multi-site interventions in response to inefficiencies in complex urban systems. Projects range in scale, working across disciplines, from architecture and landscape to industrial design and graphics, whose research explores the interaction between cultural and infrastructure in rapidly urbanizing cities.
Mr. Hewett serves as the Director of Partnered Academic Projects and teaches in the Departments of Landscape and Adaptive Reuse at The Rhode Island School of Design. He has held teaching and research appointments at Northeastern University’s Graduate School of Architecture and MIT where he lectures in the Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies. He is a critic in architecture schools in the US and abroad.
Mr. Hewett has 20 years of experience in professional practice. His built work ranges from interior and reuse projects to historic preservation and new residential and commercial commissions.
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, PhD. is Professor Emerita, Dpt. of Anthropology at Smith College and founded Sachamama Center in 2009 which she directs. She has spent years in India and Peru working with indigenous peoples and with farmers. She was a research associate at the World Institute for Development Economics (WIDER) in Helsinki, a part of the United Nations University, for several years in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. Along with the Harvard economist Stephen A. Marglin, she has directed several research projects questioning the dominance of the modern paradigm of knowledge. She has authored as well as edited twelve books and published over 50 articles.
Cloe Shasha is a connector with a love of design, writing, curating experiences, innovation, and building communities. She works at TED Conferences, LLC on speaker research, community outreach, and conference production. She is co-founding Global Leadership Lab, an organization that connects innovators and helps individuals build leadership skills. In the past, she has been a logo and web designer, a cognitive psychology researcher, a solar engineering document translator, a news journalist for ABC News as well as for small print newspapers. She founded and organized TEDxMiddlebury in 2010 and helped launch an accelerator program called The Bold Academy in 2011.
Larry Simons is an artist who in 1965, began making sculptures on Cape Cod with leather scraps from the sandal shop where he worked. Today, he lives outside Brattleboro, Vermont and specializes in making sculptures from scraps or old, recycled materials. At TEDxYouth@LincolnSudbury, he is speaking on his art and how it has evolved over time.
Hannah Woolf is a high school senior who, over the summer of 2012, interned at UMass Med Molecular Biology Labs. Working with Dr. Craig Mello's team, she explored the mechanics of cellular differentiation in C. elegans embryos.
Andrea Leclaire is an emerging singer/songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. Under the Development of Boston’s Surefire Music Group (Ne-Yo, Jordan Knight, Nickelodeon, Boston Symphony Orchestra, VH1, and MTV), and the management of Blu & Grae Music, Andrea is currently in the studio recording a fast growing musical catalogue. She has also captured the attention of Grammy award winning audio engineer Ken Lewis (Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, etc). Her band includes Alex Graff (keyboard), Max Saccone (bass), Alex Saccone (drums) and Jonathan Elyashiv (electric guitar).