The World Around was co-founded in 2019 by executive chairman Diego Marroquin, executive director Beatrice Galilee and managing director Alexandra Hodkowski with the goal of enriching and empowering architectural discourse. The platform seeks to connect and create a diverse and global network of designers, thinkers, leaders and makers today through educational initiatives including conferences, events and workshops.
Diego Marroquin is a private equity executive focused on real estate with a personal passion and professional investment in design and the built environment. He is the founder of AREA Capital LLC.
Beatrice Galilee is an independent writer, curator and critic of contemporary design with 10 years of experience in leading international exhibitions, biennales and events. Between 2014-2019, Beatrice was the first curator of architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Alexandra Hodkowski is a specialist in arts and business administration with experience across various cultural institutions including Creative Time, Queens Museum, Museum for Contemporary Art Denver and Headlands Center for the Arts. She is co-founder of Head Hi, a hybrid community space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.