EXPOTENTIAL CHIEF CURATOR & ENGINEER
Laetitia Wolff, a design writer, curator and strategist, is the founder of futureflair, a creative conduit that provides a critical eye on all things visual and a multi-faceted understanding of the cultural value and strategic dimensions of design. futureflair focuses on translating core values and identities into sophisticated, scalable and integrated communications strategies as well as concrete, innovative, content-rich programming.Wolff has curated and produced a number of similar interdisciplinary design labs, among which “Value Meal:Design and (over)Eating” presented at the Center for Architecture in 2005, which became a direct inspiration for FitCity, as well as most recently, she co-organized “Headspace, on Scent as Design,” presented in March 2010 at Parsons School of Design, in partnership with MoMA and International Fragrances & Flavors (IFF).Over the past five years, she has been moderating international debates around the role of design in the city. Formerly the editor in chief of Surface and Graphis, she is the editor of the award-winning publication, “New Design Cities” and the author of the acclaimed “Massin” monograph for Phaidon.
Vera Sacchetti hails from Lisbon, Portugal, and writes about design and architecture for both sides of the Atlantic. She has contributed to Change Observer, Metropolis, The New City Reader, Arte Capital and Proximo Futuro/Next Future. Vera is a Fulbright scholar at SVA’s MFA in Design Criticism, where she developed a master’s thesis about the burgeoning field of social design. As a Portuguese stranded in New York, she is, like the swallows back home, very much in favor of impermanence.
Kimberlie Birks is a current graduate student and Silas Rhodes scholar in the SVA’s MFA in Design Criticism program. Coming to design by way of art history, Kim’s writing has appeared in The New City Reader, Canadian Art and enRoute, Canada’s premier lifestyle and travel publication. These days Kim’s thesis research finds her more a part of the swing set than the jet set, positing that New York is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in playground design. She is a strong believer in the power of creative and playful urban intervention and is excited to be part of the ExpoTENtial team.
Adriana Gelves is currently the Interiors Director at Surface magazine, managing special projects, marketing and sales for hospitality clients, and design and architecture advertisers.
Rori DuBoff, VP Strategy @ Huge, managing and developing the planning, product strategy, social engagement, research and analytics teams.