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Jack Alvarenga is a Research Scientist at the Wyss Institute, where he works on adaptive materials. He is intrigued by the design, development, and characterization of innovative materials systems that serve a purpose and can make an impact outside the laboratory. His work is driven by the belief that fundamental and radical materials research will be crucial to addressing several of the issues facing contemporary society, including energy efficiency and sustainability. Jack received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he investigated the synthesis and integration of carbon nanotube materials for aerospace wiring.
Corporate Quality Manager
Ken Amano helps lead building enclosure review and design-assist, in addition to overseeing overall quality management companywide. Having joined Consigli following 12 years with William Rawn Associates, Amano has a dual perspective of how design is realized through construction; more recently, he has been part of the Boston Public Library and the Harvard Smith Campus Center. Amano received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from MIT.
Kevin Bell is an Associate with Leers Weinzapfel Associates, whose work lies at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and infrastructure. Bell has exceptional technical and building construction comprehension from very early programming through construction. He most recently led the design of the technically complex Middlesex Community College Academic Arts Center in Lowell, MA and a theater addition to the West End House Boys & Girls Club in Allston, MA. Kevin is currently working on the Dana Hall renovation for Dartmouth College, in construction now. Within the firm, Bell leads the technology integration process; helping to guide the firm’s digital direction and leads frequent studio discussions and instruction. He has been a guest critic at several area architecture schools and recently co-authored articles in Building Design + Construction Magazine and School Construction News Magazine.
Designer + Business Development
Zhanina Boyadzhieva, originally from Bulgaria, received her M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She joined Leers Weinzapfel Associates in 2014 and has worked on variety of academic and infrastructure projects including the Condorcet Campus Competition (Paris), the John W. Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst, and, currently, the Harvard Allston Energy Facility Plant. In 2017, Boyadzhieva co-founded the Girl UNinterrupted research initiative, for which she was awarded the BWAF Tribune Award 2019. She has taught at Boston Architectural College and has been a guest critic at Harvard GSD, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Kuwait University. She is also an avid world traveler and an occasional writer whose work has been published by TEDx Bulgaria, Architect Magazine, Metropolis, and ArchNewsNow.
Darling is CEO and cofounder of The Architect’s Newspaper, celebrating its 12th year. The A|N media company consists of print and digital publications covering architecture and design news, as well as the Facades+ conferences. As A|N’s publisher, Darling won the AIA National Collaboration Award, Grassroots Preservation Award, and ASLA NY’s President’s Award. She began her publishing career as director of print production for The Gap’s European markets. She holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin.
Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and Digital Practice Leader with Walter P Moore Engineering New York where he leads the computational modeling for structural and façade engineering. Specializing in design computation he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computer science. He has global experience in all stages of projects in over 10 different countries, having practiced with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, UNStudio and BuroHappold Engineering. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas and Asia and presented at Autodesk University, the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA, FABRICATE and the SmartGeometry conference. Currently, he is a faculty member at Pratt Institute, a consultant at PennDesign. Gustav has also served on various design juries and lectured at Yale, the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
Jonathan Grinham is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Researcher with the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. His work asks how the design of conventional and emerging material technologies can address architecture’s big problem, energy and where we get it. This question has led to the development of novel technologies and publications around vascular-thin-film heat exchange, nano-scale thermal tuning, and the coupling of breathable materials to buoyancy-driven ventilation. These topics are complemented by Jonathan’s other research interests that track themes in robotics, kinematic structures, embedded computation, and automated fabrication workflows.
Jonathan has taught technology seminars at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as design studios at the Catholic University of America and Virginia Tech. While at Catholic University, Jonathan was the Assistant Project Manager for Team Capitol DC’s Solar Decathlon house, Harvest Home. Jonathan’s professional practice ranges from super-tall mixed-use buildings (while at SOM Chicago) to fiberglass composite structures (while at Studio 27 Architecture in Washington, DC) to facade consulting (for Mass Design Group in Boston, Ma).
Nicola is a Registered Architect and Certified Façade Engineer, with a strong background in high performance building envelopes.
Her work is characterized by a focus on integrative processes and close collaboration between design, engineering, material science, building physics and fabrication.
She joined Knippers Helbig in 2014 and works now as a project manager on high profile façade projects in the US, including Harvard University’s new Allston Science and Engineering Complex in Boston.
Irene joined Leers Weinzapfel Associates in 2007 and has been a pivotal member of the design team on many complex projects. Educated at Yale University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Irene is a highly dedicated project architect with technical expertise in high performance envelope detailing and sustainable design, and extensive experience in higher education and infrastructure projects. Currently, she is the project architect on the Harvard University District Energy Facility and Umass Amherst Chiller Plant. She also worked on the recently completed timber-framed Umass Amherst Design Building, the award winning Oak and Laurel Hall Classroom Buildings at the University of Connecticut, the Salem State University Sophia Gordon Performing Arts Complex, and the Collaborative Research Building at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. With a keen interest in exploring new materials and building technologies, Irene is actively involved with our office’s in-house sustainability group which researches and develops sustainability strategies and performs design reviews of current projects.
Amy Korté leads the design of Arrowstreet’s large-scaled mixed-use, commercial, and infrastructure projects with a focus on how shifts in technology and social trends impact cities and buildings. In addition to her project work, Korté directs AIR, a series of research and development incubators at Arrowstreet, which range from mixed reality and responsive environments to mobility and mass customization. She has a Masters of Architecture degree from Harvard University and a BFA in Environmental Design from Parsons.
Henry Moss specializes in the technical and building history aspects of architecture that inform both delicate restoration and large-scale adaptive reuse projects. Moss writes about the theory and practice of architecture as it relates to historic properties and is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on preservation technology. He is a founder of DoCoMoMo/US New England; vice-president of Historic Boston Incorporated; on the Properties Committee of Historic New England; and a sustainability advisor to the Boston Preservation Alliance.
Robert Matthew Noblett
Robert Matthew Noblett
Robert Matthew Noblett, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked in various American practices, including Rafael Viñoly Architects, where he served as project manager for projects in Boston, California, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In 2007, he joined Behnisch Architekten, Boston, and has been serving as Partner in Charge there since 2009. He has lectured at universities in Boston, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and Mexico. Robert Matthew Noblett is an AIA member and NCARB-certified architect.
O’Hara is facade director for the Skins Group, a division of Studio NYL, established to provide full service facade design specializing in thermal modeling, moisture/condensation analysis, and in-depth detailing. Although Studio NYL is recognized for its skins work with cutting-edge glass and glazing, their team also specializes in digitally fabricated metal skins, GFRC, reinforced polymers, stone, ultra high performance concrete, terra cotta, and traditional precast. O’Hara is currently working on multiple projects in the Boston area.