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2017 Keynote Speakers


Valerie FletcherValerie Fletcher

Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design

Valerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD).  Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of a new national website on accessibility and inclusive design in cultural facilities for the National Endowment for the Arts to a wide range of consultation and design services to public, and private entities in the US and globally. She created the IHCD User/Expert Lab which has over 200 people engaged in the evaluation of places, products and services. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for multifamily housing, healthcare, culture, workplaces, and the public realm. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for classrooms, workplaces, cultural venues and the public realm.

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Hansel BaumanHansel Bauman

Architect & Adjunct Faculty, Gallaudet University – Science Labs, the Sixth Street Development & DeafSpace


Bauman is an architect currently serving as the Gallaudet University Campus Architect and is the founding partner of Hansel Bauman architect + planner (hb a+p). Over twenty years, Mr. Bauman has developed a diverse, international portfolio of projects that enhance cultural and sensory experiences within buildings for academic, civic, industrial, and residential uses.  His work also includes urban and campus planning projects in the United States and China.


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Anna LeaveyAnna Leavey

 Director of Construction, Gateway Arch Foundation / CityArch River Foundation

Anna Leavey is the Program Manager for CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. CityArchRiver is the lead organization on
the construction projects that will connect Downtown St. Louis with the Arch grounds and riverfront. Prior to joining CityArchRiver
Anna was Director of Construction for BJC HealthCare. She joined BJC in 2006 and transitioned to the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation
at the end of 2013. Anna is overseeing the private funding portion of the $380M project, including a conservancy program that
extends past the completion of construction.

Anna holds a Masters Degree in Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters of Architecture
from the same institution and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College. In addition she studied architecture at University College
London and participated in a summer program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the Construction
Management Association of America, the American Institute of Architects, holds a Missouri Real Estate Salesperson-Broker license,
and is a Master Gardener.


Vern RemigerVern Remiger

Founder & CEO, Remiger Design Architecture Firm – Architect for CityArch River Project










Judith HeumannJudith Heumann

Former Special Advisor on Disability Rights, US State Department under President Barack Obama

Judith Heumann is an internationally recognized leader in the disability community and a lifelong civil rights advocate for disadvantaged people. She has been appointed Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. Department of State. She previously served as the Director for the Department on Disability Services for the District of Columbia, where she was responsible for the Developmental Disability Administration and the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

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2017 Presenters