Keynote Speakers

March 29-30, 2012
21st Century Pushing Forward: Lessons from Leading Edge Urban Learning Environments
Columbia University, Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive MC2301, New York, NY 10027

Daniel Domenech

Daniel A. Domenech

AASA Executive Director

Daniel A. Domenech has served as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators since July 2008. Domenech has more than 36 years of experience in public education, twenty-seven of those years served as a school superintendent.

Prior to joining AASA, Domenech served as senior vice president for National Urban Markets with McGraw-Hill Education. In this role, he was responsible for building strong relationships with large school districts nationwide.

Prior to his position at McGraw-Hill, Domenech served for seven years as superintendent of the Fairfax County, Va., Public Schools, the 12th largest school system in the nation with 168,000 students.

Domenech began his teaching career in New York City, where he taught sixth grade in a predominantly black and Hispanic community in South Jamaica, Queens. He then became program director for the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services, which is the largest intermediate school district in the State of New York. Following this, he was first named superintendent of schools for Long Island's Deer Park Schools and then became superintendent of schools for the ethnically diverse South Huntington School District, also on Long Island – a position he held for 13 years. From 1994 to 1997, he was district superintendent of the Second Supervisory District of Suffolk County and chief executive officer of the Western Suffolk BOCES.

Domenech, an AASA member since 1979, served as president of AASA from July 1998 to June 1999. He is also a past president of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association, and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education. He was the first president and cofounder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education.

In addition, Domenech has served on the U.S. Department of Education's National Assessment Governing Board, on the advisory board for the Department of Defense schools, and on the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. He currently serves on the Board of Overseers for the Baldrige Award and on the boards of the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Education Policy Institute, and is chair for Communities in Schools of Virginia.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College in New York City and a Ph.D. from Hofstra University in Uniondale, N.Y.

Robert Twombly

Professor Robert Twombly

Professor Robert Twombly received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin where he taught for three years before joining the History Faculty at the City College of New York. Later he received a joint appointment in History and the City College School of Architecture as "Professor of Architectural History." He also held the Walt Whitman Chair of American Civilization at the University of Leiden (NL) as a Fulbright Scholar.

Professor Twombly has published numerous reviews and essays, and has lectured widely in the United States and Europe, mostly on American architecture, about which he has authored nine books (plus one on African-American history), including acclaimed biographies (and additional studies) of Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Other books include Power & Style: A Critique of Twentieth-Century Architecture in the United States and the "Essential Texts" of Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Andrew Jackson Downing. He is currently revising and pursuing further research on a book-length manuscript of Philip Johnson's 1930s fascist career.

Robert Twombly Scholarly Works – Books and Published Essays

    Blacks in White America Since 1865: Issues and Interpretations 1971, (David McKay Publications)
    Frank Lloyd Wright: An Interpretive Biography 1973 (Harper & Row)
    Frank Lloyd Wright: His Life and His Architecture 1979 (Wiley & Sons)
    Louis Sullivan: His Life and Work 1986 (Viking Press)
    Louis Sullivan: The Public Papers 1988 (University of Chicago Press)
    Power and Style; A Critique of Twentieth-Century Architecture in the United States 1995 (Hill & Wang)
    Louis Sullivan: The Poetry of Architecture 2000 (Norton) with Narciso Menocal Louis Kahn: Essential Texts 2003 (Norton Press)
    Frank Lloyd Wright: Essential Texts 2009 (Norton Press)
    Frederick Law Olmsted: Essential Texts 2010 (Norton Press)
    Andrew Jackson Downing: Essential Texts 2012 (Norton Press)


"Louis Sullivan's First National Bank Building (1919-1922), Manistique, Michigan," 2001 Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 60 (June)

"Frank Lloyd Wright" in Ruth A. and William R. Eblen (eds.), 2001 The Environment Encyclopedia (Marshall Cavendish Reference Books)

"Skyscrapers" in Stanley I. Kutler (ed.) 2002 Dictionary of American History (Scribner's)

"Raumplan: Adolf Loos, Frank Lloyd Wright, Residential Space, and Modernity" 2006 in Winer, Anderson, and Danze (eds.), Psychoanalysis and Architecture (The Annals of Psychoanalysis) 36

"Louis Sullivan" 2011 in The Great Builders (Thames & Hudson)

Xenia Cox

Xenia Cox

Xenia Cox is a "social architect". Xenia's area of expertise is the point where facility and education intersect, across macro – citywide planning and micro-building specific scales, linking educational goals to facility needs, analyzing real estate for opportunities to support educational initiatives, and related policy development. Her mission is to craft connections between educators and designers, ensuring that architecture and planning for education is defined by instructional imperatives and to expand her expertise to other areas of social reform. Her work has focused on supporting school leadership, superintendents and district/city leadership as they formulate an educational plan and providing services specific to developing a cohesive related facilities strategy. With expertise that spans both the world of education and the world of design, she uses collaborative strategies to extract programmatic goals, and to translate those goals into architectural language and buildable targets. In April 2008, Xenia launched Archademia, a consulting firm specializing in innovative planning services to schools and school districts to grow out a body of work at the intersection of design and school reform, particularly as it relates to the power of space to help shift paradigms. Before starting Archademia, Xenia served as Director of Site Planning and Development for the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) Office of Portfolio Development. Xenia has worked in design management positions both the private and public sector. She is a frequent panel member on issues related to advancing awareness of the impact of design on teaching and learning and has lectured at the Cooper Hewitt Museum on policy and practices around classroom design. Xenia is also a founding board member for the Mott Hall Charter School in the Bronx, NY.

Xenia is a Boston Architectural College alumnus.
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