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About Applied Research + Design Publishing
Meet the AR+D Editorial Board
In 2008 Kenneth Schwartz was appointed as dean of the Tulane School of Architecture after serving as professor, department chair, and associate dean for twenty-four years at the University of Virginia. As a founding principal of CP+D (Community Planning + Design) and Schwartz-Kinnard Architects, he has won four national design competitions exploring the constructive force that progressive urbanism and architecture can play in rebuilding cities. In addition to his design work, Mr. Schwartz has served as a planning commissioner and
member of the Board of Architectural Review for the City of Charlottesville, focusing on design and preservation issues in the community. Mr. Schwartz served on the University of Virginia Master Planning Committee and the Art and Architecture Review Board for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a past president of the National Architecture Accrediting Board and recent board member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Monica Ponce de Leon is the dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University. Along with her success in academia, she is widely recognized as a pioneer in robotic architecture and practices widely through MPdL Studio, which she is the founder of. Throughout her career she has won various design awards including the Young Architect Award in 1997 from the Architectural League of New York, the Award in Architecture in 2002 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Emerging Voices award in 2003. Her past academic career includes being the former dean of A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan and work as a professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
John Parman is an editor and writer based in San Francisco and Berkeley. At Gensler, a global design consultancy, he serves as editorial director of the publications group and the editor of its client magazine, Dialogue, which he co-founded in 1999. He also co-founded and published the award-winning quarterly Design Book Review from 1983 through 1999. He is an editorial adviser to Architect’s Newspaper California edition and Room One Thousand, a publication of UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. He writes for Arcade, the Seattle design journal, and is a founding editor of TraceSF.com, a blog journal focused on design, culture, and urbanism.
Lake Douglas, PhD, ASLA, is the associate dean of research and development at the College of Art and Design, Louisiana State University, and an associate professor in the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture. He received his bachelor’s degree in environmental design from LSU before attending Harvard for his Master’s degree, and the University of New Orleans where he finished his doctorate studies. He is the author of seven books—the most recent being Buildings of New Orleans (University of Virginia Press, 2018), which he co-authored with Karen Kingsley—and dozens of articles, book chapters, essays, and reviews. A member of the Council of Fellows for ASLA since 2016, Douglas is a highly honored member with numerous awards, and still maintains a practice, which focuses on revitalizing public spaces in New Orleans.
About the Founder
ORO, taken for the Spanish word for ‘gold’, is the inspiration of founder and executive publisher Gordon Goff, is founded on a principle of building lovingly hand crafted books which exude creativity and employ the highest standards of quality in an effort to express a deeper perspective and reveal the soul of design.
Officially launched in 2006, ORO quickly became an award winning and internationally recognized publishing firm, producing bespoke publications featuring the work of global design practices, master architects and a wide range of landscape and urban design professionals. Over the last 12 years ORO has designed and published over 400+ distinct titles, emerging as a global leader in the publication of design and applied research based academic publications.