Shashi Caan is a distinguished thought leader for architectural design internationally. As a practitioner, design futurist, educator and author, her dedication to furthering human betterment through and by design is reflected in her 25+ year design career. She is the founding partner of her US/UK based, innovatively structured firm, the SC COLLECTIVE, and Shashi Caan is the Founder and President of GloWD (Globally We Design), an international thought leadership platform, through which her ReDesignEd Educators Forum facilitated the Universal Design Education Charter in 2018.

At the world level, she is one of only three two-term Presidents of the distinguished International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI). In 2017, she was appointed IFI CEO.

Formerly she held executive and leadership positions with three renowned NYC based architecture firms, including SOM, where she served as Design Director and Associate Partner. Simultaneously, she has served as Chair of the Interiors at Parsons New School of Design taught at several universities internationally.

She is the 2004 US Designer of the Year and recipient of the 2012 Golden Seat Architectural Master Award of China. In 2013 she was appointed the JDP Design Ambassador to Japan. She is a two-term president of IFI (The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, 2009-2014). With her leadership at IFI and gaining input from 88 countries, she founded the IFI Interiors Declaration (2011). She is a Fellow of the IFI and Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) and has been awarded honorary Fellowships in the UK, Australia and the U.S. In 2010, she was conferred an honorary doctorate from NYSID in New York. She is the author of the seminal book, Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment (2011), which has been translated in multiple languages.

A sought-after public speaker, Shashi participates in design juries, panel discussions, workshops and lectures around the world. Over the last decade she has written some forty articles, essays and critiques, published both in the US and internationally.

Shashi Caan



Theodore Prudon



Dr. Theodore Prudon was born in The Netherlands, trained as an architect in the United States (MSArch and PhD, Columbia University) and The Netherlands (MSArchEng, Delft Technical University); holds professional licenses in seven US states, as well as in The Netherlands; and has an NCARB certificate.

Prudon is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and has taught in Columbia’s Graduate Program for Historic Preservation since 1973; and at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Graduate Program for Historic Preservation, has been on faculty since 1986.

Before forming Prudon & Partners, he was in two large architectural firms in New York City, The Ehrenkrantz Group and Swanke Hayden Connell, both no longer extant. The scope of his portfolio spans public buildings, state capitols, churches, synagogues, theaters, educational facilities, private residences, libraries, park structures (including fountains and terraces) as well as interiors and period furniture.

Currently, he is the President of DOCOMOMO US, and serves on the advisory Board of DOCOMOMO International, and a number of other professional, charitable and civic organizations.

Prudon is the author of the widely acclaimed book Preservation of Modern Architecture (Wiley and Sons, 2008), which has also been translated into Japanese and Chinese, in 2012 and 2016 respectively. The book was awarded the Lee H. Nelson Award in 2008 by the Association for Preservation Technology International. In 2016, he received the Architecture Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



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