Educated as a geologist, structural engineer, and architect, Chris Luebkeman currently leads the Global Foresight & Innovation team at Arup, a global firm of engineering and design consultants. He has served as a faculty member of the Departments of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
While he refuses be categorized, Luebkeman views himself as a generalist with a view of being “in league with the future”. He has been described as the “Willy Wonka of the built environment, conjuring up dreams of a future where we can cure our ills through faith, physics and forethought”. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, in 2004, and was listed as one of the ten future speculators and shapers “Who will change the Way we live”, in Wallpaper Magazine (2002).
Luebkeman is currently working with some of the world’s leading companies to develop future scenarios to better understand the opportunities created by future change in the built environment. He speaks on the issues of sustainability and thoughtful design, and applies the lessons learned in the design of the built environment to business. His keynotes, workshops, and strategy sessions are created for executives seeking better design sensibility for their products, services, and processes. Through his unique user-centric methods, Luebkeman helps clients better understand the needs and desires of consumers, customers, and citizens