James Biber studied Architecture and Biology at Cornell University, traveling on a fellowship after graduation. He taught and practiced architecture in New York before establishing his own office in 1984. In 1991, Pentagram invited him to become the second architectural partner since the firm’s founding.
Like his partners, his practice does not specialize in a single area, but covers a wide range of building types and client profiles. He and his team design private and commercial projects including museums and exhibitions, restaurants, retail stores and residences, as well as custom furniture, lighting and products.
Recent projects include the design of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the new Visitor’s Center for Philip Johnson’s Glass House, the design of corporate suites, club lounges and team locker rooms for the new Arizona Cardinals football stadium in Tempe, Arizona, and an oceanfront residential compound in Montauk, NY, a tribute to the mid-century Case Study Houses.
Other clients include The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Muzak, Disney Imagineering, Swatch, Bausch & Lomb, The Fashion Center, DuPont Corian, UPS, The National Building Museum, The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The Library of Congress, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the White House Millennium Council.
Jeanne Liedtka is a professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Formerly the Executive Director of the School’s Batten Institute, a foundation established to develop thought leadership in the fields of entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, Jeanne has also served as Chief Learning Officer for the United Technologies Corporation (UTC), headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, and as the Associate Dean of the MBA Program at Darden. Jeanne’s current teaching responsibilities focus on strategic thinking in the MBA and Executive Education Programs at Darden. She also teaches an elective course in Strategy Consulting, as well as a course focused on Strategy as a design process, conducted in Barcelona, Spain.
Jeanne’s current research interests focus on exploring how design thinking can be used to enrich our ability to create inclusive strategic conversations about organizational futures. She has consulted with a wide variety of organizations and their leaders, from museums to law firms to large corporations, on this topic.
Jeanne received her DBA in Management Policy from Boston University and her MBA from the Harvard Business School. She has been involved in the corporate strategy field since beginning her career as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.