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Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder of cove.tool, brings her experience of building a successful sustainability consulting firm Pattern r+d. Working with high profile clients at university facilities, labs, healthcare, corporate and hospitality, Sandeep informs design decision to impact the building performance, occupant wellness and productivity. She recently won the Atlanta Startup Battle and the 30 under 30 award for developing cove.tool, the automated sustainability consultant. With her desire to bring automation into the AEC world, she is pioneering the integration of building performance into the design and construction process by developing and using intelligent technology and software.
Technical Director, Principal
Aliaga-Kelly is recognized for his knowledge of Manhattan’s commercial office buildings and his ability to evaluate and optimize new and existing buildings with tenants in mind. For Related/Oxford Properties’ Hudson Yards development, He served as the “voice of the tenant,” to ensure that the buildings were flexible, efficient, and attractive to prospective occupants. Successful projects include the renovation of the Ford Foundation Building and the new campus for the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts. Aliaga-Kelly participated in the review of IBC building codes for New York and is on the advisory board for the High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture. He also serves on the AIA New York City Codes Committee. His award-winning projects have been featured in publications including Interior Design and Sustain Magazine. He holds a Bachelors in Architecture from University College Dublin.
Anthony Birchler leads the design-engineering team at Zahner. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the Zahner patented systems which are now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. For many architects, Mr. Birchler is the face of Zahner. He works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.
LEED AP Founder, CEO
Platt Boyd practiced as an award winning architect for 15 years prior to leaving a partnership three years ago to found Branch. His fascination with natural beauty and amazing structures led to the initiation of a new technology using freeform 3D printing combined with conventional materials to robotically prefabricate architectural assemblies with resource stewardship and unprecedented design freedom. The Cellular Fabrication (C-FAB™) method takes its cues from proven methods observed in nature, where material use is minimized, but form is free. Branch has become a global leader in large scale 3D printing, having produced the largest 3D printed pavilions in the world in 2016, and the largest 3D printed spans in 2018. They have received awards ranging from NASA, Inc, and Dezeen, to the State of Tennessee where they are located. They are working with the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and corporate partnerships to further develop the technology to produce loadbearing composite walls used for homes and commercial facades.
Madeline Burke-Vigeland was Project Director for the renovation of the iconic Ford Foundation, and is the Principal-in-Charge of the expansion project for the Museum of Modern Art and served in a similar capacity for the Vagelos Graduate and Medical Education Center at Columbia University and the New Museum in New York. She has worked closely with the New York Public Library, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation. Burke-Vigeland serves as Chair of the Dean’s Council of the University of Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning and has lectured at Pratt, Columbia, NYU, and Harvard. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company, among other outlets. Burke-Vigeland holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the Pratt Institute.
Antoine Chaaya is a DPLG Architect, Partner/Director at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop-Paris. Chaaya was born in Lebanon in 1960. He studied architecture at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)-Lebanon. Chaaya joined RPBW Paris in 1987, and became Partner in 1997, in charge of many projects including The Manhattanville New Columbia University Campus. Nominated by USEK Patron of the class of young architects 2017, he received a new distinction in 2018. Honorary member of the Lebanese Green Buildings Council, he has lectured in France, Italy, Denmark, Lebanon, and the USA.
Focusing on the crossover between architecture and technology, Patrick Chopson leads Cove Tool, Inc., a building consulting software company delivering daylight, cost, and energy modeling services. He oversees product development and strategy as it provides a web based software for cost optimization vs energy performance to dramatically lower the cost of green buildings. Graduating in 2014 with a Master’s in High Performance Buildings from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Patrick focuses on architecture, process integration, and computational design. He is a licensed architect with over a decade of experience in both architecture and mechanical engineering firms.
National Architectural Manager
Steve Cohen, National Architectural Manager, Northeast Region, at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG), offers product support to architects and glazing contractors from New Jersey north to the Canadian border. Prior to joining Vitro in 2015, he spent 20 years in sales and product management at Schott North America.
Travis is an accredited presenter for the OAA on Rainscreen Education – has been working in the architectural community for over 10 years, with a special focus on Ventilated Façade products and systems. From 2006-2010 he worked as a designer for Cornerstone Architecture where he gained significant experience and knowledge in rainscreen building science and project tendering and had the opportunity to do many unique assignments in design development and building modeling. From 2010 – 2015, as a Business Development Representative at Ontario Panelization, he worked with an array of rainscreen products and systems from Metal Panels, to Exotic Stones, to Building Integrated Photovoltaics and later on Sintered Surfaces for a considerable amount of projects located throughout North America. During this later phase, he developed a passion for Sintered Compact Surfaces that lead him to start a new adventure from early 2015 at TheSize Surfaces as the North American Architectural Consultant Representative where he assists and educates the architectural community to use Neolith products for a wide range of applications.
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.
Architectural Precast Concrete Specialist
Joe Fattore has 35 years of diverse experience in architecture, engineering, construction, and technical support to the AEC industry throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern US regions. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University (’91) and has been a licensed architect since 1992. As an architect, he has worked for a diverse list of firms on buildings of all types. He enjoys his current role with High Concrete Group presenting the many values propositions of Precast Concrete as an Architectural Precast Concrete Specialist.
With a professional experience of more than 20 years in architectural sales, Beatriz Fernández is since 2008 the North America Manager at Cricursa, a highly specialized glass manufacturer who after 90 years experience focuses on complex glass structures, high technology glass-made bending solutions with a worldwide presence, collaborating with the most renowned architecture and engineering firms in the most challenging projects
Molly began her career at Gehry Partners, where she spent seven years creating and realizing challenging architectural designs and building systems. As an AutoCAD Director, she oversaw drawing set production and the coordination and interface between 2D documents and 3D BIM data.
At SURFACE DESIGN, Molly continues her focus on developing elegant design solutions and detailing for technically‐demanding projects. She manages several high‐rise projects in New York City and also directs daily operations of the firm. Molly started SURFACE Design Architects’ Site Monitoring division and currently leads the Energy division.
The common thread to Molly’s work across various disciplines is the desire to find design‐sensitive solutions to complex technical challenges. At Gehry Partners she advanced acoustical isolation solutions and developed energy‐use models for New World Symphony, and researched novel material and manufacturing techniques for the Eisenhower Memorial. At SURFACE DESIGN she has developed tools for analyzing the thermal performance of exterior walls and researched application of innovative and green technologies to the building sector.
Molly is a Registered Architect licensed in Massachusetts and New York, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Doriana Mandrelli Fuksas was born in Rome where she graduated in History of Modern and Contemporary Architecture at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1979. She has also earned a degree in Architecture from ESA, École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris. She has done didactic activities at the Institute of History of Art at the Faculty of Letters and Arts and at Industrial Design Department ITACA at “La Sapienza” University in Rome. She has curated four “Special Projects” at the “VII Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia”, Less Aesthetics, More Ethics in 2000: Jean Prouvè, Jean Maneval, the Peace Pavilion and Architecture of Spaces, and the Contemporary Art section. She has worked with Massimiliano Fuksas in 1985 and has been director in charge of “Fuksas Design” since 1997. In 2002 she was decorated Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française. In 2006 Awards for Excellence Europe” ULI (Urban Land Institute), first prize awarded to New Trade Fair, Rho-Pero in Milan, Italy, Washington D. C. In 2012 Wallpaper* Design Awards 2012, EUR New Congress Centre, Rome, Italy awarded Best Building Site, London, UK. In 2013 she was decorated Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la RépubliqueFrançaise. The same year the Idea-Tops Awards, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport-T3, awarded Best Transportation Space in Shenzhen, China and Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2013, Improntawash-basin for Catalano awarded Gold Winner in the Innovation in Design, London. From 2014 to 2015 she was, with Massimiliano Fuksas, the author of the Design column in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”.
Massimiliano Fuksas of Lithuanian descent, was born in Rome in 1944. He graduated in Architecture from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1969. Since the Eighties he has been one of the protagonists of the contemporary architectural scene.
From 1994 to 1997 he was a member of the Planning Commissions in Berlin and Salzburg.In 1998 he was awarded for his professional career with “Vitruvio International a la Trayectoria” in Buenos Aires. From 1998 to 2000 he directed the “VII Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venezia”, Less Aesthetics, More Ethics. In 1999 he received the Grand Prix National d’Architecture Française, the following year he was named National Academic of San Luca and was decorated Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République Française. In 2002 the Honorary Fellowship of the AIA – American Institute of Architects , Washington D.C. Three years later member of the Académied’Architecture in Paris.In 2006 the Honorary Fellowship of the RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects, London UK and was named Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Repubblica Italiana. In 2010 he was decorated with Légiond’Honneur by the French President. In 2012 the Medal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers in Italy, and the Global Lithuanian Award, Art and Culture category in Vilnius, Lithuania. The following year the Idea-Tops Awards, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport-T3, awarded Best Transportation Space in Shenzhen, China. In 2014 Architizer A + Award and Architizer A + Popular Choice Award, Transportation-Airports category in New York. From 2000 to 2015 he was author of the architecture column – founded by Bruno Zevi – in the Italian news magazine “L’Espresso” and from 2014 to 2015 he was, with his wife, the author of the Design column in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”.
He has been Visiting Professor at a number of Universities such as Columbia University in New York, the École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Akademie der BildendenKünste in Wien, the Staatliche Akademie der BildendenKünste in Stuttgart.
Long since he is dedicating special attention to the study of urban problems in large metropolitan areas.
ProTek Brand Manager
Experienced building products professional, skilled in all aspects of product development, marketing management, quality engineering / assurance and manufacturing excellence. Proven ability to take projects from concept assessment to timely product launch, providing full marketing collateral support. Consistently exhibit a strong commitment to understanding and supporting customers.
Benson Bright Gillespie
Benson Bright Gillespie
Benson has experience in all phases of project delivery, from evaluating sketches during schematic design to assisting in the bid process and ultimately monitoring shop fabrication and onâ€site installation. His focus has been on the design, fabrication, and use of parametric software in the development of custom exterior wall systems and specialty structures.
Having worked as both a technical facade designer and subsequently a facade consultant over the past decade, Benson has a unique perspective that benefits the relationship between the Designer, Architect and Client.
Benson is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a LEED Accredited Professional, and has been an invited architectural critic at Rice University, University of Houston and The Cooper Union.
Director of Sales
Since 2013 Kevin Harris has served as Director of Sales & Marketing for AGS Stainless, Inc. Mr. Harris has an extensive track record in business development, marketing, communications and sales. Prior to his position with AGS Stainless, Mr. Harris founded 4 industry-leading firms including 2-information technology firms, one specializing in the creation of web-based process management tools for Fortune 100 corporations and one that specialized in building predictive modeling applications for federal agencies. He also founded a real estate development firm that spearheaded the restoration and redevelopment of a historic seaport community’s downtown waterfront and he co-founded a state-chartered community bank. Two of these four companies he sold to publicly traded corporations. Over the years he has served on the Board of Directors for numerous non-profit organizations including the Economic Development Council of Jefferson County (Washington State), Centrum (Arts and Education) and the Jefferson County Historical Society (Washington State).
Robert Heintges, FAIA, is the founding principal of Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers P.C. (Heintges), and, with over 40 years of experience, is an internationally recognized authority on the design and implementation of the curtain wall. Heintges has consulted on more than 150 million square feet of facades on projects throughout the US and in 24 other countries. Recent projects include the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, 4 World Trade Center, and the Renovation of Facades at the United Nations Headquarters and University of Pennsylvania Richards Medical Research Laboratory. Mr. Heintges is also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP. He has contributed his extensive knowledge on curtain wall theory and practice and environmentally responsible design to numerous publications and organizations and has developed long-standing relationships with many of the world’s greatest architects.
District Sales Manager
Mr. Hilias has served as an exterior envelope manufacturing representative in New York City for more than 15 years. He joined CENTRIA, a leading manufacturer of architectural wall and roof systems, in 2013 as the New York City district sales manager, where he oversees sales projects from bidding through construction. Through his work with the NYC design community and CENTRIA dealer network, he provides design solutions on some of the city’s highest profile projects, including the Retail Podium at Hudson Yards, 50 Times Square, 25 Park Row, and the East Harlem Educational Center.
Managing Partner, CEO
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Stefan Holst is a managing partner at Transsolar KlimaEngineering, an international climate engineering firm which creates exceptional, highly comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces with a positive environmental impact. He graduated in physics at the University of Munich and was Scientific Assistant at the Center of Applied Energy Research (ZAE) in Munich, where he researched on solar energy storage systems and building integration. In 1996 he joined Transsolar and directed its Software Development Department and establishing their Munich office in 2003. Holst directed the team for Bangkok Airport, the company´s first international large scale project. He was the responsible partner for the Linked Hybrid Complex in Beijing, the Wyly Theatre in Dallas, TX, the ADAC HQ and the Siemens HQ in Munich and the New Terminal at Calgary. Current projects include the Elbtower in Hamburg and the Axel Springer Campus in Berlin. Holst is Visiting Professor KlimaEngineering at the chair for Experimental Architecture at the University of Innsbruck and is frequently lecturing on sustainable design at other universities and international conferences.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Eric Lacroix in consistently recognized throughout the design community and construction industry for his firestop expertise, especially in terms curtain wall perimeter fire barrier systems where he is considered the “Industry Specialist”. Eric has over 20 years of real world experience serving as an invaluable resource on many of largest, most complex high profile projects around the world. He works closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted advisor during the design, fabrication, construction and installation of a wide range of curtain wall projects.Eric’s wealth of knowledge and experience ensures the project stays on budget and gets done right the first time. He continuously adds value throughout the process, from conception to construction, to close out. Prior to his role as Director of Strategic Accounts, Eric was the STI Firestop Regional Manager, covering the Southeastern United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
Pablo van der Lugt
Head of Sustainability
Pablo van der Lugt
Pablo van der Lugt (Dr. ir.) gained his interest in sustainable natural building materials during an internship at the National Bamboo Project in Costa Rica in 2001. He received his Masters degree at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) where he graduated with honours, and remained there to undertake his PhD (Dr. ir.) in the TU Delft Design for Sustainability program.
After completing his PhD in 2008, van der Lugt put his learnings into practice in various roles in the building industry on both the supply side and purchasing side, whilst maintaining a strong link with science through lecturing and research.
Initially joining Accsys Group in 2012 as a sustainability consultant, van der Lugt progressed to Head of Sustainability in 2015. He oversees all environmental assessments (LCA, carbon footprint, EPD, etc.), the achievement and maintenance of key eco-labels and environmental certifications (C2C Gold, Nordic Ecolabel, Dubokeur, BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, etc.) for Accsys Group’s Sustainable materials Accoya and Tricoya, and developing a sustainability network around Accsys Group for increased application in the timber industry and circular economy/C2C inspired projects.
Van der Lugt believes that the global population is in an essential transition towards a circular economy where there are tremendous opportunities for smart bio-based materials made from fast-growing resources such as (modified) softwood and (engineered) giant bamboo, as replacements for carbon intensive, high performance materials such as tropical hardwood, steel, PVC, and concrete.
Editor In Chief
Founder and editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, Menking has curated and written catalogues for exhibitions including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, Superstudio Life Without Objects, and The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century. In 2008 he was U.S. Commissioner of Into the Open: Positioning Practice at The Venice Biennale. He co-authored Four Conversations on the Architecture Of Discourse and Architecture on Display. His essay Mr. Mumford’s Neighborhood appears in the book Forty Ways To Think About Architecture (Routledge). His writings have appeared in The Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Monocle, and Perspecta. He was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (2011) and is Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Toshiko Mori Architect (TMA) is known for over thirty years of innovative and influential work in a diverse body of projects that have received numerous design awards. TMA’s intelligent approach to ecologically sensitive site strategies, historical context, and innovative use of materials reflects a creative integration of design and technology. The work of TMA combines a strong conceptual and theoretical approach with a thorough study of programmatic needs and practical conditions to achieve a design that is both spatially compelling and pragmatically responsive.
Rishi brings more than 15 years of experience working on complex projects including Museums, Academic Sciences & Engineering Buildings, Executive Dormitories, Research Laboratories and Bridges. These projects have often incorporated complex design elements including double skin curtain walls and atriums which have required creative solutions to help meet client goals while minimizing the potential environmental impact, particularly energy, through the creative use of systems. Rishi has spoken at numerous conferences including I2SL and ABX Boston and is active member of his community. His focus is on resilient communities and has participated as part of the AIA’s Design and Resilience Team (DART) focused on minimizing climate and social impacts for the city of Providence.
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.
Architectural Market Manager
Michael Ondrus is Eastman’s Architectural Market Manager, Advanced Interlayers for Laminated Glass in the Americas. He works with architects, specifiers, engineers, consultants and designers as well as laminating customers, providing advanced yet practical interlayer solutions for laminated glass that meet project-specific performance and aesthetic needs for exterior and interior applications. Michael has over 25 years of glass industry marketing and technical experience at the float glass, interlayer, specialty fabricator and processing levels.
Olson Kundig principal Steven Rainville, AIA, LEED® AP, takes pride in being a generalist architect, bringing a strong interest in building performance, craft and technology to his residential, commercial, cultural and institutional projects. Across Steven’s diverse body of design work, a common thread is his drive to achieve high building performance alongside high aesthetics. Often, he finds this balance by using advanced digital technologies to execute efficient material effects with the signature of craft. As director of Olson Kundig’s r+D initiatives, Steven helps implement progressive research ideas, focusing on building energy use and the possibilities of technology and craft. Current explorations include a massive, ultra-high efficiency window system; continued research on kinetic design elements; and a “drawing-less” model-based delivery process for a remote cabin.
Director of Innovation
As the Director of Innovation of Skanska CDUS, Daniel leads the development and implementation of disruptive and sustaining innovation programs. From building a better fish tank for the Miami Science Museum to the use of lasers for construction wayfinding, Daniel has successfully deployed disruptive construction solutions for several organizations including CW Keller and Katerra.
Jesse Reiser is a principal of RUR Architecture DPC in New York and a Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary design firm, which has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. Among their notable projects, the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal presently under construction in Taiwan are slated for completion in 2020. O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai was completed in 2012. The Kaohsiung Port Terminal received the 2014 Progressive Architecture Award, and O-14 has received numerous international honors, including an AIA Design Award, the Concrete Industry Board’s 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2009 Diamond Award. The work of Reiser + Umemoto has been published and exhibited widely; the firm was awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999, and the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000. Jesse has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 1985 and became an honorary fellow of the University of Tokyo, School of Engineering in 2014.
Olson Kundig’s Director of Building Performance, Vikram Sami has been working on high performance design for over eighteen years, combining technical expertise with a love of design. Since joining Olson Kundig in 2016, Vikram has infused the firm with his infectious curiosity about how buildings can best support the health and well-being of their occupants. Vikram is passionate about working with design teams to help imbue the design process with creative questions about building performance. Vikram’s current areas of research include thermal comfort, natural ventilation, building simulation techniques, global carbon reduction techniques and post-occupancy evaluations. Vikram leads Olson Kundig’s participation on the AIA 2030 Commitment and helps designers understand sustainability ratings systems such as LEED®, WELL Building and Passivhaus.
A principal at Seattle-based Olson Kundig, Jamie Slagel has long been interested in transitional junctures between built and natural forms. She is known for her keen sensitivity to the landscape, which she brings to her work across a broad range of project types, from private residences to cultural projects, product design, art installations, mixed-use, commercial projects, and competitions. She has collaborated on projects receiving both national and regional awards, many of which have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest and The New York Times Style Magazine. In addition to her design work, Jamie has served as Adjunct Professor at Montana State University School of Architecture and the University of Washington College of Built Environment.
Stepe oversees YKK AP America, the North American arm of the global architectural products producer, YKK AP Inc. Now celebrating its 25th year in the US, YKK AP America has grown from a regional to a national company and has become a fully integrated fenestration systems producer in both commercial facade systems and residential windows for new and replacement, single, and multi-family homes. Since 1992, Stepe has held roles of increasing responsibility including business development and management, VP of sales and operations, and as senior VP, where he led company strategic growth initiatives. Stepe is a two-time recipient of the most influential people in the glass and metal industry award by USGlass Magazine.
Pallavi Mantha is a Senior Energy and Sustainability Consultant in the Arup New York office. She has over 9 years of experience in the field. Since joining Arup in 2013, Pallavi has worked on a diverse and challenging portfolio of projects including high performance buildings, sustainable infrastructure, and masterplans, among many others.
Her project experience includes: portfolio energy management, resource and carbon planning at city and community level; low and net-zero energy buildings and health and well-being. Some of Pallavi’s recent projects are: an existing commercial building aiming for net-zero energy, a mixed-use community aiming to be carbon neutral, a study on sheltering in place during extreme heat events, and an interactive portfolio tool to help New York City agencies meet the 35×25 emissions mandate.
Pallavi has an undergraduate degree in Architecture and a Masters in Sustainable Design.
Shirley Stern is the Architectural Manager, East Coast for Sherwin Williams Coil & Extrusion Coatings (formerly Valspar), the largest global coatings company. Throughout her 20+ year career, Shirley has experience in all facets of coatings and specializes in educating and assisting architects with finishing options for factory applied baked on coatings for monumental projects globally, as well as project management.
Dean of Cooper Union School of Architecture
Photo by Leo Sorel, Courtesy of The Cooper Union
Nader Tehrani is Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union and Principal at NADAAA, a practice dedicated to the advancement of design innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an intensive dialogue with the construction industry. His work has been recognized with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the United States Artists Fellowship in Architecture and Design, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, and eighteen Progressive Architecture Awards.
Jay Valgora’s Manhattan based practice, STUDIO V Architecture, is dedicated to the reinvention of the contemporary city. The Studio addresses multiple themes in its designs including creating a new architecture of transformative edges and sustainable communities, radical adaptive reuse, and experiments in innovative structures and fabrication.
STUDIO V has designed an extraordinary range of work advancing these issues. The Studio’s work encompasses reimagining New York City’s waterfront in all five boroughs including Astoria, Inwood, Flushing, DUMBO, Gravesend, Sunset Park, and Staten Island. Innovative designs for the Empire Stores and Bronx Post Office combine historic and contemporary architecture. The exploration of radical structures and fabrication includes the Accoya wood canopy in Helena Lobby, Yonkers Raceway, MOBI Pavilion, and Morimoto Asia.
Mr. Valgora has thirty years of experience in multiple disciplines including architecture, urban design, and industrial design. Mr. Valgora earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard, a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and was a Fulbright Fellow to the United Kingdom where he began his studies of reinventing former industrial waterfronts.
Mr. Valgora’s work has received numerous awards including national, state, and local AIA awards, International Design Award, Architizer A+ Awards, Architectural Record Award, among many others. His work is featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Record, Dwell, Wall St. Journal, New York Magazine, Crain’s New York, and Architect’s Newspaper. He is currently completing a book on the contemporary transformation of cities titled Last Utopia.
Mr. Valgora was born in Buffalo where he was inspired to become an architect by the grain elevators and steel mills where his father worked and the loss inflicted by industrial decay. He lived and practiced in London, Boston, San Francisco, and Toronto, and considers these great cities as practice for his eventual embrace of New York City, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Marcelo Velez is the Vice President for Manhattanville Development at Columbia University. He serves as the University’s point person on all aspects of development, design and construction of the University’s 6.8 million sq. foot Manhattanville in West Harlem campus expansion. Columbia’s Manhattanville campus has won numerous awards, including LEED Gold certification for the first two buildings constructed and LEED Platinum certification for the campus’s environmentally sustainable design and overall project plan.
Velez has been with Columbia since 1995 and has held several positions with increasing responsibility. He has been with Columbia’s Manhattanville Development Group since 2007, first as Associate Vice President for Project Management and Construction before becoming Vice President in 2016. Over the years, he has managed, supervised, or otherwise presided over $2 billion worth of capital construction.
Velez holds a BS in civil engineering from Rutgers University, an MBA from Columbia, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. Marcelo currently serves on the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentorship Program New York, and as Vice Chair of the Greater New York Construction User Council.