Bruce A. Barteldt, Jr.

National Studio Principal, Retail Little Diversified Architectural Consulting

Barteldt oversees the retail operations for Little, a national architecture and design firm. His experience spans more than two decades of retail design, planning, project management and total quality management experience. He conveys the importance of creating balance between art and science and emphasizes design excellence through total facility solutions for the firm's retail clients. Barteldt has authored numerous industry articles and received both his Bachelor's of Architecture and Bachelor's of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

James B. Heller

President ka Architecture

Heller joined ka in 1971, the year he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Ohio State University. He became an associate in 1977, was promoted to vice president in 1982, and has served as president since 1986. Heller is NCARB-certified and is registered in 41 states and Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Heller personally works with project managers to assure that all clients' programmatic criteria are met. He assembles specialized teams from the broad-based resources of professional design talent and production staff within the firm to best achieve design solutions that meet the deadlines, budgets, and goals of each client.

Fred L. Keith

President HKW Associates

Keith heads up HKW Associates, a 12-year old boutique design firm in Birmingham, Ala. The diverse practice has evolved by blending traditional retail development and separate civic facilities into lifestyle centers with integrated civic components. The firm is designing true mixed-use, and multi-use developments in “Main Street” formats as well as hybrid layouts that incorporate big boxes. It is also exploring opportunities to blend multi-tenant, pedestrian-oriented entertainment zones with more traditional retail layouts that incorporate street-side parking. HKW is currently working in 10 states from New Jersey to California.

John H. Larsen

National Director of Retail/Mixed-Use Centers, Associate Principal Carter & Burgess Inc.

Larsen's designs can be found from North America to the Republic of South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He has 22 years experience in commercial architecture, planning and concept design in all aspects of the profession, including retail and mixed-use projects. Larsen was principal and senior vice president of Development Design Group (formerly Design International) where he was project planner/designer/manager for projects, including CocoWalk in Miami, one of the U.S.'s first urban/entertainment/retail centers, CocoWalk received the Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence.

Janet A. Martin

President Communication Arts Inc.

Martin is President of the Boulder-based design firm founded by Henry Beer and Richard Foy in 1973. After receiving a B.A. in Art History, magna cum laude, from The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, she attended graduate school at The University of Colorado, and later earned her MBA from the University of Denver. Martin is past president of the Association of Professional Design Firms. She also serves on the Design Futures Council, Board of Advisors. In 2001, the Design Futures Council named her a Senior Fellow of that organization.

David Moore

Executive Vice President Westfield America

Moore is executive vice president of design and product development for the Westfield America unit of the Westfield Group. Joining Westfield in 2006, Mr. Moore has more than 35 years of design experience in the development, design, construction, funds/asset management, property management, leasing and marketing activities. Previous positions include national director of retail design for Carter Burgess in Boston and principal for retail design with DFD Cornoyer Hedrick in Phoenix. At Westfield,Moore directs design for a $2 billion U.S. reinvestment pipeline including “lifestyle” expansions, town center-type projects, and mixed-use developments.

John O'Brien

Principal O'Brien and Associates

In 1974 O'Brien founded O'Brien and Associates, a national practice, with headquarters in Dallas, and branch offices in Chicago, Denver, and East Hanover, N.J. He graduated from Texas A&M University, and has more than 40 years experience in retail design. His firm's current focus is mixed-use. Projects include: High Street, a 320,000-square-foot town center in Williamsburg, Va.; Denton Hillview Center, a 2.3 million-square-foot mixed use project in Denton, Texas; and The Shops at Highland Village, a 400,000-square-foot Town center retail and office project in Highland Village, Texas. He won the SADI award for best shopping center in 2000 and 2001.

Sy Perkowitz

President and CEO Perkowitz + Ruth Architects

Perkowitz, AIA, PE, is a founding principal of Perkowitz + Ruth Architects. He has provided leadership for every aspect of the firm's development over the past 22 years. It is now ranked as one of the nation's top 20 architectural firms. A licensed architect in 13 states, Perkowitz participates in many of the firm's projects. Recently, he served as principal-in-charge of the repositioning of the one-million-square-foot Buena Park (Calif.) Mall and the design of a new 500,000-square-foot retail center in Santa Maria, Calif., the Crossroads at Santa Maria. He is active in the American Institute of Architects, ULI, the American Society of Professional Engineers and ICSC.