The 2011 Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge Evaluation Panel

Design professionals, a cycling pioneer, and a national bicycling magazine editor

We’re honored and delighted to present an exceptional judging panel for the Constructor’s Design Challenge:

Rob Forbes is a lifetime bicyclist and proponent of modern urban design initiatives and programs that help us reduce our dependency on cars and think differently about the way we get around. These interests led him to found PUBLIC in 2009, a San Francisco based company selling classic simple steel framed city bikes and related urban accessories. He is best known as the Founder of Design Within Reach and for his writings, photography and design advocacy, this TED talk being a good example. His academic training includes a BA in Aesthetics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1974), an MFA from Alfred University (1979) and an MBA from Stanford University (1985).

Tinker Hatfield oversees Nike’s “Innovation Kitchen” as the VP of Innovation Design and Special Projects. Tinker is the renowned designer of many of Nike’s most popular and innovative athletic shoe designs, including the Air Jordan III through Air Jordan XV, the twentieth anniversary Air Jordan XX, the final numbered Air Jordan, the XXIII, the 2010 (XXV) and other athletic sneakers including the world’s first “cross training” shoes, the Nike Air Trainer. Tinker has served as creative director for all LeBron James projects, designed shoes for Kobe Bryant and Lance Armstrong.

Joe Breeze, founder of Breezer Bicycles, is a bicycle designer and bicycling advocate. A frame builder since 1974, he was a pioneer in the development of mountain bikes. His Breezers, which he first made in 1977, were the first modern mountain bikes. Credited with designing the unicrown fork and other influential design innovations, Joe is a charter member (1988) of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. While he continued to develop and refine mountain and road-racing bikes into the latter 1990s, Joe’s passion was to get more Americans onto everyday bikes. In 2001, he devoted Breezer exclusively to transportation bikes. Today the Breezer line includes Mountain, Town, E-bikes and Folding bikes.

Bill Strickland, editor-at-large of Bicycling, has published stories in Bicycling, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Book Review and many other publications. He has worked with Phil Liggett providing narration for race videos and has commented on cycling, memoirs and other topics for Good Morning America, The Early Show, CBS Sports, ESPN, NPR and other networks. Books by Bill include his recently released Tour de Lance: The Extraordinary Story of Lance Armstrong’s Fight to Reclaim the Tour de France, (June 15,2010); and We Might As Well Win: On the Road to Success with the Mastermind Behind Eight Tour de France Victories co-authored by Johan Bruyneel and Lance Armstrong (Jun 3, 2009).

Ron Sutphin, our moderator, is president of United Bicycle Institute and has worked professionally in the bicycle industry since 1978. He has been teaching the craft of custom frame building for over 18 years. Unique in the world, UBI’s program has served as a major incubator for the renaissance of custom frame building. Scores of successful frame builders first learned their craft under Ron’s guidance at UBI. Over 12,000 students from all 50 states and over 40 countries have made the trip to Oregon to attend UBI.