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Day 2: Wednesday, 9 June
Creating Libraries for the 21st Century
Conference Opening & Plenary
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Margaret Sullivan

Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio

Margaret Sullivan is a national thought leader in assisting public libraries envision their preferred future. Margaret leads Margaret Sullivan Studio, a full-service strategy and design firm, collaborating with innovative library systems internationally. Since the firm’s founding in 2014, MSS has become the industry leader in re-envisioning the 21st century library for diverse and complex contemporary communities, with a focus on social justice and racial equity. Margaret has assisted over thirty public library systems, including New York Public Library, DC Public Library, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Richland Library, New Haven Free Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library, Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library and Memphis Public Library define their version of what a 21st century library can be through strategic planning, facilities master planning, visioning, programming, and interior design. Prior to establishing her own firm, Margaret worked for prestigious architecture firms including H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture as Director of Interior Design. In 2017, Margaret was named one of Interior Design Magazine’s Rising Stars. 

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Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Executive Director, The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS)

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, LEED AP, is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS). Prior to this role, Rebekkah was the MHLS Coordinator for Library Sustainability, assisting 66 member libraries in the areas of governance, management, funding and facilities since 1998.

Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (NaSBA), Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University.

Rebekkah is the Library Sustainability columnist for Library Journal, author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World [ALA Editions], author of the Handbook for New Public Library Directors in New York State and co-author of the Handbook for Library Trustees in New York State.

Rebekkah is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and past president of the Leadership & Management Section (LAMS) of the New York Library Association.

Specialties: Helping libraries create sustainable solutions for their facilities, funding and leadership.

Keynote Session 1
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Kevin Hui

Director, Archimarathon

Kevin Hui is the founder of Archimarathon, its YouTube channel and Discord community. For the last 18 years, Kevin has been teaching architecture design studios, especially with public library design briefs at various universities. He is an avid architectural traveller, seeing an astonishing amount of quality and influential projects and leading tightly curated learning tours around the world. Together with co-host Andrew Maynard of Austin Maynard Architects, Archimarathon delivers educational YouTube video contents weekly on buildings and topics that are often not talked about.

Architecture Panel Discussion
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Prof. Rob Adams

City Architect, City of Melbourne

Since joining the City of Melbourne in 1985, Rob Adams has led the rejuvenation of central Melbourne.
In 2007, Rob was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to Architecture and Urban Design and in 2008 was awarded the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year.

In 2018, Rob was the recipient of the Australian Institute of Architect’s National President’s Award and has led a team that are recipients of over 150 international, state and local awards for design in the urban environment.

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Bill Dowzer

Principal, BVN

A strategic leader with specialist expertise in the briefing and design of new workplace and education environments.

Bill Dowzer is a Principal at BVN who recently led the establishment of its New York City design studio. He is passionate about creating empowering environments that celebrate the user experience. Over five years in NYC, he immersed himself in the emerging co-working and flexible leasing sector. 

Led by Bill, the NYC studio evolved a product development and design for manufacture approach to scalable solutions for operators and landlords. Additionally, he led the design development of Space and Co, a co working brand for Australian REIT GPT, Altspace, an on-demand offering for Liquidspace, and worked with Convene to develop innovative products for the evolving world of ‘building as a service’. 

Bill has extensive expertise in master planning, early project strategic direction and brief creation. He has developed specialist expertise in the design of new workplace and education environments which incorporate a high degree of user consultation in the development of sustainable design strategies. Notably, he has been involved in the design and direction of numerous award-winning projects ranging from public, educational and cultural buildings to commercial work environments

Juho Grönholm

Principal, ALA Architects

Architect SAFA Juho Grönholm is co-founder and partner at ALA Architects. The Helsinki based architectural firm founded in 2005 specializes in cultural buildings, modernist renovation projects and transportation architecture. ALA has been one of the frontrunners of a new generation of Nordic architecture practices completing several major public projects, such as Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Norway (2011) and the Helsinki Central Library Oodi (2018) in Finland. The expansion of Helsinki International Airport will be completed later this year. Juho holds a master’s degree in architecture from Helsinki University of Technology and is a member of the Finnish Association of Architects SAFA. In addition to his day job, he has taught at the Department of Architecture at Helsinki University of Technology, nowadays part of Aalto University, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, as well as at Washington University in St. Louis’ Helsinki International Semester 2015.


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Kevin Hui

Director, Archimarathon

For 18 years, Kevin Hüi has been teaching architecture design studios at various universities. He is an avid architectural traveller since going on a grand-tour with his lecturer on a 26 days European Architecture tour in 1997, seeing an astonishing amount of quality and influential projects within a well curated learning tour. He has continued that passion, seeking out as many exciting new projects as well as old classics to visit and learn from. With the constraints of available time off working and teaching schedules, his tours had to be well researched and organised to maximise the experiences. Upon frequent requests over the years, Kevin has finally decided to take students and graduates on his tours, combining his love of architecture, teaching and travelling