Julie Decker, Ph.D., is the chair of the Design Committee of the Anchorage Museum Building Committee. She is also the director of the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, a frequent guest curator at the Anchorage Museum, and an instructor of art history, art appreciation and literature for the University of Alaska. She also works as an artist and a freelance writer. Decker has authored numerous articles and publications on the art and architecture of Alaska, including John Hoover: Art & Life, Icebreakers: Alaska’s Most Innovative Artists, Found & Assembled in Alaska, and Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age. She serves on the board of the Alaska Design Forum, the Anchorage Museum Building Committee, the Alaska Native Arts Foundation, the Visual Arts Committee of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Mayor’s Economic Development Council, and the Anchorage Film Festival. She has degrees, in art history, arts administration, journalism and fine art. She has lived in Alaska since 1971.

Brian Carter received his professional diploma in architecture from the Nottingham School of Architecture in England and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Toronto. He is a licensed architect in the United Kingdom and worked in practice, most recently with Arup Associates in London where he was the designer of a number of award-winning projects. Carter is also the author of a number of books including Johnson Wax Administration Building and Research Tower (Architecture in Detail), published by Phaidon Press (1998) and another on the work of Patkau Architects: Selected Projects 1983-1993 published by Tuns Press (1994). He has contributed to architectural journals internationally. Recently he worked on a multi-disciplinary team that collaborated on the design of a new training center for Iveco in Turin (completed 2000) and a production building for Ferrari at Maranello (completed 2002). His scholarly work focuses on design research through practice and the consideration of modernism in contemporary architecture.

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