Alecia Kintner has been Chief Executive Officer of Cincinnati’s engine for the arts, ArtsWave, since 2014. Under her direction, ArtsWave created a multi-faceted diversity, equity, inclusion and access plan (“Lifting as We Learn”); launched an African American performing arts series (“Flow”); developed a 10-year community impact strategy for 100 arts organizations (“Blueprint for Collective Action in the Arts Sector”); piloted first-ever cultural tourism marketing campaigns; and raised and invested more than $80 million in arts activities that build a more vibrant and connected Cincinnati. Her advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in $14 million in federal dollars for arts relief in the region. Alecia has developed groundbreaking partnerships with the Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincinnati Experience, BLINK® Cincinnati, Cintrifuse, Regional Tourism Network and CVG Airport. Alecia has championed inclusion through the creation of a Women’s Leadership Roundtable, Circle of African American Leaders, ArtsWave Pride and ArtsWave YP. In 2020, the Cincinnati Business Courier named Alecia as one of “10 Women Who Mean Business.”
Alecia is a board member of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau; Cincinnati Experience (CX); a member of the Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum; and is a past chair of the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts. She is the recipient of AFTA’s 2004 Michael Newton Award for innovation in united arts fundraising.
Alecia’s previous professional roles include 10 years as deputy director of the Greater Hartford Arts Council; Vice President for Advancement at the Connecticut Science Center; Development Director at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop; and dance writer for The Moscow Times in Russia. Alecia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Journalism emphasizing dance history and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, from schools in her native Southern California. She has guided more than $100 million in local arts philanthropy over the course of her career.
Kim Yao, FAIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a New York City firm united by their collaborative process, commitment to accountable action, and social and environmental responsibility. ARO’s diverse body of work has earned the firm over a hundred design awards including the 2020 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. She holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia College: Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School for Design, and Barnard College (2001-2011). She has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. Kim has been awarded the AIA New York (AIANY) Medal of Honor and the Beverly Willis Foundation Mentorship Award. She was President of AIANY in 2020 and serves on the Board of the Center for Architecture.
Ana Pinto-Alexander is a Principal and Senior Vice President at HKS. A highly recognized and featured designer, Ana has more than 38 years of experience designing interiors for the country’s most progressive facilities. Her extensive research anchors her belief that the environments where we live, work and play greatly reflect and affect who we are as individuals. Those foundational beliefs were shaped by her childhood in Colombia, South America and enhanced by extensive international travel that influences her unique design perspective.
For 10 years she was President of Maregatti Interiors, a 22-employee interior design firm acquired by HKS in 2011. Although most of her work has been in in health care interiors, Ana is also passionate about meaningful interior design for educational facilities.
Ana has juried Healthcare Design magazine’s Architectural Showcase and Contract magazine’s Healthcare Environment Awards. She has spoken around the world on the importance the built environment has on the way we live. The recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 “Legends IN Design,” she has also been featured in several national publications, including a cover story for Interiors and Sources. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University. In 2019, she was recognized by Healthcare Design as one of the 25 most influential people in health care. Interior Design Magazine selected Ana to receive the Healthcare HiP award in 2020.
Because of her approach to design, business acumen and her professional accolades, Ana was recently appointed to the Executive Committee/Board of Directors at HKS, one of only two women to have achieved this level of professional recognition.
Kathy Fry leads the visual communications group at Mayer/Reed, a collaborative design studio based in Portland, Oregon. The multi-disciplinary firm is dedicated to positive community impact through landscape architecture, urban design, wayfinding and experiential graphic design. Drawing on her foundation of sociology, design and fabrication experience, Kathy’s work combines a passion for complex information systems and authentic placemaking.
Kathy’s 20 years of design experience in the Pacific Northwest and West Coast is rooted in values of sustainability, collaboration and community engagement – in everything from her signage and wayfinding projects to interpretive design and branding for both public and private spaces. Her work has been recognized with design awards from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
She is the current president of SEGD and has served on the SEGD board since 2016.
Tao is a principal and serves as Chair of Design Culture on Sasaki’s Board of Directors and a trustee on the firm’s non-profit arm Sasaki Foundation. He is a leader of Sasaki’s strong global practice and his works have been recognized by many national and international awards, including ASLA, APA, SCUP, the Plan, MIPIM, and IFLA awards, etc.
Trained as an ecologist and landscape architect, Tao is active in the arena of ecological design, striving to bridge the gap between practice and science. As well as being mindful and invested in creative expression, he seeks inspiration from science and always roots his design in deep understanding of the socio-ecological context.
Tao is a strong advocate for critical thinking and independent research to invigorate the profession. He has led research initiatives and collaborated with academic institutes on topics including post-occupancy metrics and environmental health. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and frequently speaks at conferences around the world. Besides practice, he has also taught landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and has been a regular studio critic at Harvard University GSD, MIT, and various universities in the US and abroad.