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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.
Roy G. Barris
Roy G. Barris
Roy G. Barris AIA, has over thirty years of experience in the design of large-scale buildings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He worked closely with Henry N. Cobb on the design of One Dalton: Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in Boston’s Back Bay, along with the adjacent 30 Dalton residential tower and Belvidere Park at the towers’ base. Mr. Barris’s projects currently in construction include twin residential towers at the $2B Century Plaza development in Los Angeles and the 13,000-employee India headquarters campus of a global financial company. Other recent works in which he has played a key design role are office buildings in Washington DC, including LEED-Platinum 1000 Connecticut Avenue, and residential towers in Taipei and Manila. Prior to joining PCF&P, Barris worked at the studios of Eric Owen Moss, Cesar Pelli, Richard Meier, and Moshe Safde. He received his master in architecture from Yale University.
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.
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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.
Henry N. Cobb
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Henry N. Cobb
Henry N. Cobb, a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, is lead designer of One Dalton. His practice has embraced a wide variety of building types around the world, including the John Hancock Tower and John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston, Harvard Center for Government and International Studies, and the Portland Museum of Art in Maine. Current works in progress include the Century Plaza residential towers in Los Angeles and the International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina.
Debbie Collins is the director of sales and marketing for the Four Seasons Private Residences One Dalton Street, Boston which is a Carpenter and Company development. Collins provides a unique experience and perspective on the creation and operation of new development marking and on-site sales strategy, process and procedures for new luxury residential developments from inception thru sell out and closing. Her past projects with Millennium Partners include The Ritz-Carlton Private Residences, One Charles and Millennium Place.
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.
Vice President of Sales
Jeffery Glick has been championing daylighting solutions for nearly two decades. He regularly speaks on how technologies that optimize daylighting are increasingly gaining importance in commercial architecture. With dozens of automated window management projects under his belt, he is now charged with building and leading Halio North America’s sales team.
Halio North America is the exclusive sales and service provider of Halio smart-tinting glass. The company is a joint venture between Kinestral Technologies, Inc., developer and manufacturer of Halio smart-tinting glass, and AGC, Inc., the world’s largest glass manufacturer.
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.
With a background in environmental engineering and management systems, Larry’s experience and technical expertise with energy efficiency, daylighting, thermal and visual comfort, water, policy and governance have been instrumental in strengthening Atelier Ten’s expertise in the cultivation of creative, practical and appealing design solutions.
He has consulted on over 100 LEED certified and LEED targeted projects providing services ranging from environmental design, daylight consulting, benchmarking, carbon and masterplanning. Larry’s recent focus has been the modernization and renewal of existing buildings throughout the Eastern United States. Larry has been successfully managing multiple benchmarking systems including LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Estidama for major institutional, cultural, and commercial projects. Recent high-performance projects include the LEED Platinum and Living Certified Frick Park Environmental Center, the LEED Gold Tufts Science and Engineering Complex, the LEED Gold Sandy Hook School, Dana Hall Library at Dartmouth College, and the renewals of select Harvard University River Houses.
Larry’s leadership extends beyond Atelier Ten with his active involvement with organizations including the United States Green Building Council where he is an appointed LEED Fellow, Green Business Certification Institute, and International Living Future Institute (ILFI). As a founding member, Larry has been serving on the steering committee of the Connecticut Collaborative for the Living Building Challenge, and has been serving as a technical resource the International Living Future Institute on select projects. Larry’s experience extends to teaching involvements at Yale School of Architecture and Georgia Institute of Technology, providing students within an in-depth understanding of the integration of architecture with sustainability.
Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University.
Senior AEC Industry Engagement Manager
Dr. Nathan King is the Senior AEC Industry Engagement Manager for the Autodesk Technology Centers where he develops applied research collaborations between Industry, Design Practice, and Academia. With a background in Architecture and Industrial Design, Nathan earned his Doctor of Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a focus on additive manufacturing and robotics in design and construction. Prior to joining Autodesk, King was a Director at MASS Design Group, where he collaborated on the development and deployment of innovative building technologies, medical devices, and evaluation methods for application in resource-limited settings. Nathan is a faculty member at Virginia Tech where he teaches courses in Industrial Design, Architecture, Construction and Engineering; and visiting lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design focusing on topics relating to automation in design and construction.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin is responsible for the strategic direction and the financial and operational performance of Building Blocks. Under his leadership, Building Blocks has developed innovative building envelope products, and has achieved several milestones including building a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation, developing unitized GFRC wall systems and achieving rapid commercial growth.
Prior to Building Blocks Kevin worked as a management consultant for Andersen Consulting and fortune 100 businesses such as McDonalds, CNA Insurance, Northern Trust Bank, and United Airlines. He holds a BS in Biophysics from University of Illinois – Urbana, MS in Bioengineering from University of Illinois – Chicago and Masters in Business Administration from University of Illinois – Urbana.
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.
Donald Press is the President of Okalux North America, responsible for growth of an aesthetically unique line of energy efficient, insulated, architectural glasses. Mr. Press has 35 years of experience in the field of glass and special glazing, most recently leading the Architectural Division of SCHOTT North America. He is an accomplished presenter, having spoken at MIT and the National AIA Show.
Senior Facade Engineer
James Richardson joined Thornton Tomasetti’s facade practice in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He brings expertise in special structures, including light-weight structures and structural glass, as well as computational methods, parametric design, and structural optimization. He has published writings about shell structures and topology optimization. Richardson’s experience includes structural design, analysis and materials research and development. His responsibilities involve integrated building structure, skin consulting and engineering, material selection, detail development and structural system design.
National Sales Director
Thomas Richardson is an entrepreneurial, highly knowledgeable and multi-faceted sales professional with over 20 years experience selling building materials and services directly to distributors, wholesalers, general contractors, architects and developers.
Peter Stattler is Vice President of Sales and marketing at Okalux North America, LLC. He is responsible for managing a network of representatives throughout the US and Canada as well as for all marketing related initiatives. Mr. Stattler has 20 years of experience in the glass field, most recently as the Business Development Manager for SCHOTT North America.
Winne Stopps, with over 30 years experience, is an exceptional Project Manager and Programmer, who has led complex and technical infrastructure projects and academic buildings. Currently, Stopps is the Project Manager for Harvard District Energy Facility and a Central Energy Plant for Tufts University. She has also worked on Phase II Expansion of the University of Pennsylvania Gateway Complex Chiller Plant. Stopps’ portfolio also includes a challenging vertical addition at the Harvard Science Center. Her organizational skills facilitated the continuous occupancy of the existing building during a complex multi-stage construction process. She was also the Project Manager and Programmer for the two University of Connecticut Social Sciences Buildings, from programming for the five departments, through coordination with the Classroom Committee and the Institute for Teaching and Learning.
Stopps has recently shared her expertise in infrastructure projects at I.D.E.A. Campus Energy 2019, Harvard Business School’s conference “Leveraging Data & Technology” (Boston, 2018) as well as PLAN Perspective Conference (New York, 2018).
Director of Enclosure Design
Stan Su is a Senior Associate at Morphosis with more than 20 years of professional architectural experience. As Director of Enclosure Design, his primary role is oversight with the detail design and technical resolution of complex enclosure systems. Mr. Su works in close collaboration with the project teams, specialty consultants, and contractors ensuring that design quality is upheld throughout the virtual design and construction (VDC) process. He brings extensive experience in both architectural design practices and facades-specific consultant teams for all phases of design and construction. Mr. Su’s recent focus includes the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California; the New U.S. Embassy Campus in Beirut, Lebanon; and the Kolon One and Only Tower in Seoul, Korea.