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Professor and Interim Head
Brownell AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is an architect and former Fulbright scholar to Japan with a focus on emergent materials and applications. He is a professor and interim head of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and principal of the design and research practice Transstudio. Brownell authored the four-volume Transmaterial series as well as Matter in the Floating World, Material Strategies, and Hypernatural (co-authored with Marc Swackhamer) with Princeton Architectural Press. Considered a leading scholar on advanced materials for architecture and design, Brownell has been published in over 70 architecture, design, science, and news journals including The New York Times, The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, New Scientist, and Discover, and he has lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Blaine’s latest book is Transmaterial Next: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine Our Future.
Sr. Project Dir.
Mark Chiu, R.A., is part of the Facade Engineering practice at Thornton Tomasetti and has over ten years of experience in exterior envelope detailing and engineering of facade systems. He has attained several years of experience as an NFRC certified thermal simulator, and has in-depth knowledge on thermal performance of skin systems. Chiu has collaborated on several projects involving complex use of glass, from surface treatments such as bird-friendly glass to structural use of glass skins.
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.
Since joining WJE in 1995, Anthony Cinnamon has participated in building enclosure investigations, window and curtain wall failures, and glass and glazing assessments. His expertise lies in the inspection and investigation of building facades, exterior wall systems, and fenestration systems. Mr. Cinnamon’s projects include curtain wall systems, wood and aluminum window systems, and building facade cladding systems. Building types include high-rise residential and office buildings, institutions, sports arenas, and historic structures. Mr. Cinnamon has written numerous articles on the inspection, repair and restoration, and replacement of window and facade systems. He has also presented seminars domestically and internationally on fenestration related topics including typical window problems, glass and glazing failures, and testing and repair of window and curtain wall systems.
Mark Van Dalen
Business Development Manager
Mark Van Dalen
Mark is Business Development Manager for UL Building Envelope services. Mark knows that there are tremendous challenges in constructing and maintaining envelope systems that meet increasing performance targets. He also knows the damage and disruption that occurs when envelope systems don’t perform. Applying more than thirty years of experience in consulting and testing in Eastern North America, Mark works with building owners and managers to avoid or eliminate problems over the service life of their built environment assets. Mark has completed hundreds of investigations of envelope failures and has commissioned new envelope construction on such landmark, unique buildings in Canada as the National Gallery of Canada and the Bank of Canada Headquarters. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Joshua Freedland has extensive experience with materials conservation of historic buildings. His work has included materials analysis, building documentation, facade investigations, preservation recommendations, and construction observations. Mr. Freedland has worked with a wide variety of materials, including granite, marble, limestone, brick masonry, terra cotta, stucco, plaster, and architectural metals. Mr. Freedland has provided preservation recommendations for hundreds of buildings, monuments, and sculptures, including many listed on the National Register of Historic Places and local registers. Multiple local and national organizations have recognized his preservation work for excellence. Numerous archaeological sites in the United States and abroad have benefited from Mr. Freedland’s conservation consulting services. He has published and presented extensively on materials and site conservation, including laboratory studies on desalination efficiency, stone consolidants, and masonry cleaning and preservation.
Since Commissioner Frydland's appointment in 2015, the Building Department has implemented several reforms that have streamlined the permit process. Under her leadership, Chicago has adopted the first full rewrite of the building code in 70 years. Ms. Frydland previously served 25 years in the Chicago Law Department. She graduated from I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law, was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1990 and is a current member of the Chicago Bar Association.
Edward A. Gerns
Edward A. Gerns
Edward Gerns is a project manager and project architect/engineer experienced in the investigation and repair of deteriorated conditions in existing buildings. He performs evaluations of brick, terra cotta, and stone masonry, assesses causes of collapse or distress in existing cladding systems, and has inspected numerous structures damaged by wind, ice, snow, and fire. Mr. Gerns has overseen preparation of repair documents for contemporary and historic buildings and structures. Mr. Gerns’ expertise includes exterior wall evaluation and restorations for buildings ranging from churches to high-rise offices. He also has extensive experience with all typical facade systems, including masonry, stone, concrete, EIFS, and metal and glass curtain walls.
Founder and President
Karl Heitman, AIA, LEED AP, B+C, leads the firm as Design Principal on a diverse range of manufacturing projects, corporate consolidations, and redevelopment projects. His firm was awarded CoreNet Global’s Sustainable Leadership Award in 2016 for Method Soap Box, first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility in US; and was awarded an AIA 2019 National Honor award for the TRUMPF Smart Factory project. Heitman is an active member of the AIA and the USGBC.
Development Project Manager
Anthony Hrusovsky manages Sterling Bay’s Fulton Market development pipeline, which has included planning, design and construction of McDonald’s HQ, 333 N Green, 210 N Carpenter, Hyatt House, 345 N Morgan and 1000 W Carroll. He also oversees Sterling Bay’s first out-of-market, ground-up office development in Miami. Prior to joining Sterling Bay in 2015, Hrusovsky worked in architecture and design at Solomon Cordwell Buenz. He earned an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a MArch from the University of Michigan Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Senior Project Engineer
As a licensed architect and engineer, Alloy Kemp has had extensive experience in the design and engineering of a myriad of facade typologies. Her main focus is engineering of special structures; tensile membranes, structural glass, long-span gridshells, and ETFE. At Thornton Tomasetti, Kemp has been integral to many projects with iconic facades, in various scales.
Ms. Klingenberg, Dipl.-Ing., M-Arch, CPHC®, is a licensed architect in Germany. She worked for Murphy/Jahn and SCB in Chicago. In 2003, she designed and completed the first home to meet passive house standards in the United States. She has designed and consulted on numerous passive building projects across North America’s varied climate zones since. In 2007 Ms. Klingenberg co-founded the Passive House Institute US, shifting the focus of her work towards research and education. Ms. Klingenberg has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of passive building science.
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.
Alfonso Lopez has over thirty years of industry experience. His career has been characterized by a commitment to innovation in the areas of glass technology and structural engineering. His dedication to the development of creative design solutions using emerging technologies has positioned Sentech as a major player in the structural glass marketplace. Lopez is a registered PE, holds an MS in Mechanics and Structures from UCLA and is a graduate of UCLA’s Executive Management Program.
Sarah K. Van Domelen
Sarah K. Van Domelen
Since joining WJE in 2010, Sarah Van Domelen has worked on a variety of projects involving historic and contemporary buildings. She has completed numerous field investigations, including facade inspections, condition surveys, water leakage testing, and structural investigations. Ms. Van Domelen has also made repair recommendations and developed restoration details for various types of construction, including steel, reinforced concrete, and masonry structures. She has extensive experience with historic building components including brick, stone, and terra cotta masonry; wood and metal windows and curtain walls; and slate, sheet metal, and built-up roofing systems. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Van Domelen was a teaching assistant for the Architectural Conservation Laboratory and authored a thesis entitled “The Choice Is Yours: Considerations and Methods for the Evaluation and Selection of Substitute Materials for Historic Preservation.
With more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry Edward Peck has become a force in innovative and performance-oriented architecture. His professional history is diverse; he has practiced as an architect, facade engineer and served as the design director for a leading specialty facade contractor. From these positions he has gained valuable knowledge from design and engineering to product development, manufacturing and construction. His diverse experience with complex and progressive projects enables him to be an impactful collaborator.
Peck received degrees in building science and architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and teaches architectural technologies and building skin systems at IIT. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is a licensed architect registered with the National Council of Architects Registration Board (NCARB) and a LEED Accredited Professional.
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.
As founding partner at Krueck + Sexton Architects, Mark is integral to the design and management of all the firm’s work. His dedication to design, detailing and responsible project delivery ensures the firm-wide quality and consistency of all projects. Whether designing highly complex and secure federal facilities or a private residence, Mark brings both experience and inquisitiveness to his work. He embraces the ideas of colleagues, investigates possibilities and engages with community, constantly evolving and advancing projects.
Business Development Manager
Kyle Sword is the Business Development Manager for Pilkington North America and heads the company’s interests in historic restoration. Has worked for Pilkington for 15+ years, mostly in glass manufacturing. Ceramic Engineering degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from California State University, Sacramento. Kyle is involved with a variety of different technological developments in the glass industry. Main business function is to spread glass education and look for new opportunities to provide value for customers creating products with coated and flat glass products.
Sasha Zeljic, AIA NCARB LEED AP, with over 20 year experience on a wide range of complex, high-profile projects – including Shanghai Tower, Manila’s Finance Centre Tower and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago – strives to design beautifully crafted, high performance buildings for clients around the globe. Serving as Design Principal in Gensler’s Chicago Office, Zeljic also leads Commercial Office Buildings Practice for North Central Region, working to deliver innovative solutions for clients through his continued passion for excellence. Most recent work includes projects in Chicago’s West Loop: Fulton West – 1330 West Fulton which was completed in 2017, 333 North Green which is in construction and 360 North Green which is currently on the boards. In the professional community, he is a strong contributor to organizations such as UN-Habitat and the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC). Zeljic also served as the Chicago chapter chair of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Young Professionals Committee and has authored numerous white papers and presented at CTBUH conferences worldwide. He holds a B.Arch. and M.Arch. from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, as well as an M.Arch. from the University of Illinois in Chicago.