James Hubbell Founder, Ilan-Lael Foundation & Pacific Rim Park James Hubbell is one of the founding members and principal creative director behind the Pacific Rim Park project.  He is an artist, architectural designer, a poet, jeweler, sculptor and designer in metal, wood, stained glass, and tile. He is also a teacher to students of architecture and design throughout the world. Hubbell’s formal education was at Cranbrook Art Academy in 1955-56 where he studied Eli Saarinen’s accommodation to nature and applied it to his own work. Travel inspired his work, including tours of Europe where he encountered the work of Gaudi; Africa and its rich sculptural traditions; and Asia, where he painted murals for the Army while serving in the Korean War. Hubbell has received numerous awards, honors, and lifetime achievement recognition from such varied organizations as Rotary International, the National Endowment for the Arts, The American Institute of Architects, the United Nations Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

James Hubbell
Founder, Ilan-Lael Foundation & Pacific Rim Park

James Hubbell is one of the founding members and principal creative director behind the Pacific Rim Park project.  He is an artist, architectural designer, a poet, jeweler, sculptor and designer in metal, wood, stained glass, and tile. He is also a teacher to students of architecture and design throughout the world.

Hubbell’s formal education was at Cranbrook Art Academy in 1955-56 where he studied Eli Saarinen’s accommodation to nature and applied it to his own work.

Travel inspired his work, including tours of Europe where he encountered the work of Gaudi; Africa and its rich sculptural traditions; and Asia, where he painted murals for the Army while serving in the Korean War.

Hubbell has received numerous awards, honors, and lifetime achievement recognition from such varied organizations as Rotary International, the National Endowment for the Arts, The American Institute of Architects, the United Nations Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award, and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

Kyle Bergman M.Arch. Co-Chair Mr. Bergman has been working as an architectural designer since 1985. He's designed and built houses with his own firm, Bergman Design Team, and collaborated on many other projects with internationally recognized architects, including James Hubbell and David Sellers. These diverse projects include an Environmental Learning Center for children in Tecate, Mexico, a bed & breakfast on Orcas Island in Washington State, and a public park for the city of Vladivostok, Russia. He has also been instrumental in the design and execution of major architecture exhibits including an exhibit at the Russian National Architecture Museum in Moscow and the New Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, CA. He has taught classes on continuous architecture at the Yestermorrow Design/Build Institute in Warren, Vermont. Other accomplishments include creating and moderating an architectural lecture series for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and guest editing an entire magazine dedicated to continuous architecture. Frustrated with the lack of resource material for quality new products, Mr. Bergman sought a better way to access the product information he knew was out there and founded a publishing company dedicated to producing “Alt Spec: a visual resource of design consciences products” Currently Mr. Bergman is the principal of Bergman Design Team as well as creating a Architectural and Design Film Festival that will premier in Washington DC in February 2004

Kyle Bergman M.Arch.
Co-Chair


Mr. Bergman has been working as an architectural designer since 1985. He's designed and built houses with his own firm, Bergman Design Team, and collaborated on many other projects with internationally recognized architects, including James Hubbell and David Sellers. These diverse projects include an Environmental Learning Center for children in Tecate, Mexico, a bed & breakfast on Orcas Island in Washington State, and a public park for the city of Vladivostok, Russia. He has also been instrumental in the design and execution of major architecture exhibits including an exhibit at the Russian National Architecture Museum in Moscow and the New Oceanside Museum of Art in Oceanside, CA. He has taught classes on continuous architecture at the Yestermorrow Design/Build Institute in Warren, Vermont.

Other accomplishments include creating and moderating an architectural lecture series for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and guest editing an entire magazine dedicated to continuous architecture. Frustrated with the lack of resource material for quality new products, Mr. Bergman sought a better way to access the product information he knew was out there and founded a publishing company dedicated to producing “Alt Spec: a visual resource of design consciences products” Currently Mr. Bergman is the principal of Bergman Design Team as well as creating a Architectural and Design Film Festival that will premier in Washington DC in February 2004

Marianne Gerdes M.A.Communications Co-Chair; Executive Director, Ilan-Lael Foundation Marianne has been working with James Hubbell and the Ilan-Lael Foundation for ten years to expand its impact and aid in the transition of the iconic Ilan-Lael property from private home to public resource.  Marianne has chaired a $1.2 million dollar fundraising effort to construct the Foundation’s headquarters and program space at Ilan-Lael.  She developed influential programs for the Ilan-Lael Foundation like Conversations on Beauty, the Triton Art Recovery & Repurpose Auction, and the Pacific Mosaic Youth Art Project.  She is also one of the founding members and current co-chair of Gateway Conversations.  She and her husband Michael were also the filmmakers behind “Eye of The Beholder” a PBS classic about the life and art of James Hubbell.  Marianne is also a television producer.  Her current series “A Growing Passion,” a show about the art and science of gardening that can be seen on public television each week.    

Marianne Gerdes M.A.Communications
Co-Chair; Executive Director, Ilan-Lael Foundation

Marianne has been working with James Hubbell and the Ilan-Lael Foundation for ten years to expand its impact and aid in the transition of the iconic Ilan-Lael property from private home to public resource.  Marianne has chaired a $1.2 million dollar fundraising effort to construct the Foundation’s headquarters and program space at Ilan-Lael.  She developed influential programs for the Ilan-Lael Foundation like Conversations on Beauty, the Triton Art Recovery & Repurpose Auction, and the Pacific Mosaic Youth Art Project.  She is also one of the founding members and current co-chair of Gateway Conversations. 

She and her husband Michael were also the filmmakers behind “Eye of The Beholder” a PBS classic about the life and art of James Hubbell.  Marianne is also a television producer.  Her current series “A Growing Passion,” a show about the art and science of gardening that can be seen on public television each week.  

 

 

 Gateway Conversations Steering Committee


Veronica Baker         Dennis-Michael Broussard         David Edick

Deborah Flores        Chuck Lang        Rebecca Morales