Michel Borg is a design architect who has built his career creating strong teams. A simple philosophy is at the core of how he works: “For me this is a team effort,” he explains. “Everyone designs; everyone has a voice in design; and everyone has the capability to push design forward—from the person conceptualizing initial sketches to the individual completing the shop drawings. It all matters. It is all design.”
As Design Director for our Dallas office, Michel has more than 30 years of experience working on large-scale transformative urban projects and brings specific expertise to our academic, corporate/commercial, healthcare and housing/hospitality market sectors.
He enjoys the creative and dynamic culture of the profession, noting that it is often his job to recognize the best idea in the room. “I love that we create something out of nothing,” he explains. “We do charrettes; we put things on the wall; we have robust discussions. I think this is what inspires creativity and ultimately produces the best projects and the best design.” Michel sees it as his mission to promote and elevate design in his studios.
Mattia Flabiano has lived his entire life in Dallas. Being an eyewitness to the enormous changes and rapid growth that profoundly affected his hometown during his childhood motivated Mattia’s dedication to finding solutions to the challenges facing the city today. Because of his strong community ties and his expertise as an architect, he was invited to serve as a member of the City of Dallas Landmark Commission in 2010. He currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Commission, which is tasked with protecting the city’s venerable structures and historic districts.
Under his design management leadership, Mattia has successfully directed Page healthcare facility planning and design teams on such notable greenfield projects as Children’s Medical Center at Legacy and Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.
Lowe drives 5G’s award-winning success as an innovative, client-centric group of architects, project managers, designers and planners. He co-founded the firm in 2005, and today 5G has offices and clients worldwide, with assignments from the most acclaimed global brands. With Scott’s leadership, 5G continually garners awards and honors, ranking in the Top Architect 50 Firms for two consecutive years in a row, in both Business and Design, among international firms with operations in the United States.
Jill is a Principal and Director of Building Sciences at Page. As a registered architect and environmental building design specialist, Jill leverages her strengths as a systems thinker and her ability to “speak engineer” to work across the firm’s interdisciplinary practices to integrate building performance analysis across Page’s market sectors. Skilled in communication and persistent in management, she is able to overcome challenges and fluidly incorporate green building standards and strategies into processes and projects. Her strategic vision has helped grow the influence and services of our building sciences team across our offices. “Intention requires rigor” is the mantra she frequently repeats, reminding us all that we need to follow through on our ideals and aspirations towards meaningful and measured results.
Talmadge is a design architect with a penchant for the challenges that come with large, complicated projects. Over his two-decade career, he has helped to shape high-rises, office buildings, airports, hospitals, mixed-use masterplans and just about everything in between. Talmadge is especially interested in crafting context-sensitive solutions that improve their surrounding neighborhoods and cities.
Talmadge’s first job after graduate school at Yale was with Cesar Pelli & Associates, where he had the good fortune to work on large-scale projects in the US, Europe and Asia. When he joined Page, his prior exposure to all project types had made him a versatile designer with experience in developing solutions that crossed practice boundaries.
At Page, Talmadge is a Design Principal and helps lead the design studio in Austin. While in the office, he can usually be found sketching at someone else’s desk, or working on his pour-over technique in the kitchen. Talmadge occasionally writes for architecture publications but spends much of his free time enjoying his family.
Jones is a Project Manager and Interior Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the architecture & planning industry. Skilled in AutoCAD, Revit, Budgeting, Construction Drawings, and Submittals. Strong arts and design professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Interior Design from Kansas State University.
“Rives Taylor has more than 35 years’ experience in institutional and commercial architecture with 30 years spent focusing on strategic planning, programming, and sustainable design, scaled from facility operations to campus and city planning. A Texas-practicing architect/educator, Rives directs Gensler’s Firmwide Design Resilience Task Force and leads the Gensler Research Institute Resilience Center. He casts a wide net in elevating both the why and how of sustainable design, including students, faculty, professionals, public officials, and the general public. In over 30 years as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston and visiting professor at Rice University, Rives has influenced more than 6,000 students in his technical and high-performance design studios and seminars.
The approaches Rives developed for Gensler not only affect the firm’s extensive practice but also influence clients’ building decisions worldwide. He developed a firm-wide green practice primer called “The Four Tiers of Sustainability,” led the inclusion of sustainable design in the firm’s in-house education program, and in partnership with Architecture 2030 and the Design Futures Council, developed an “eco-charrette” process and developed a building performance metric that is now used in all of Gensler’s projects. He is part of the editorial team that produces the annual “Climate Action Through Design”
Rives has been a general member and occasional board member of the ULI Sustainable Development product council for over 8 years. Locally he has been the inaugural director of the Houston ULI Chapter Building Healthy Places Council. He has engaged in two Professional Advisory Panels for Broward County and for the Duwamish River (Seattle) resilience focus.
In 2015 Rives led Gensler’s delegation to the Paris Climate Conference/Agreement and led the editorial team for the “Impact by Design” publications annually (recent publication: https://www.gensler.com/research-insight/sustainability/2018 ). He is also part of the leadership team rolling out the Gensler Cities Climate Challenge (GC3)
Rives developed design and construction standards for clients such as ExxonMobil, Walmart, ThyssenKrupp, and Toyota are now embedded in those clients’ protocols and are followed worldwide.”
Natalie Terrill launched her career as a Sustainability Analyst at Steven Winter Associates in 2005 after earning her Bachelor of Architecture from Iowa State University. Prior to joining The Beck Group, she was a Senior Associate at Vidaris, Inc., where she served as a group manager and provided technical leadership. Natalie’s project management helps create innovative solutions and drive behavior change by translating complex technical issues for diverse stakeholders across the built environment, real estate, and construction sectors. Natalie has achieved over 60 LEED Certifications totaling 15 million square feet of built space under multiple rating systems. Her experience spans the globe with cross-functional project teams from the UAE, France, Mexico, and Turkey.
Her environmental issues management covers land use, water use, waste diversion, air quality, sustainably sourced materials, and energy efficiency. Natalie has been a LEED AP and an AIA Associate since 2006. As part of the USGBC LEED Implementation Advisory Committee, she co-developed the LEED v4 Rating System.
Keith Hanspard joined ANDRES 18 years ago and has since evolved into a solid and reliable Project Manager. He has managed multiple adaptive reuse projects such as The National, The Mayflower, Mosaic Lofts, and aLoft Hotel. He is currently the Project Manager at ANDRES’ Good-E project in Deep Ellum. Keith is a respected industry leader that consistently seeks to mentor and share his expertise with all he encounters.
As Digital Practice Manager for Computational Design, Luc brings a programmer’s rigor and designer’s creativity to every area of Perkins+Will’s diverse practice, giving designers new tools to create more sophisticated designs. Trained as an architect, his portfolio now encompasses a wide range of scales and disciplines, from robotic fabrication to environmental simulation and responsive parametric design. Luc’s work pushes at the boundaries of technology and creativity.
James Coleman currently acts as Vice President of Innovation at A. Zahner Company, a company that specializes in computational fabrication and mass customization at an architectural scale. He is involved in the production of 100,000s of unique parts for large-scale projects as a digital design and manufacturing specialist.
James holds master’s degrees in both architecture and mechanical engineering from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research is centered around parametric design-to-fabrication workflows and one-off automation strategies in both hardware and software.
He currently balances working on large scale high profile architectural projects with being one half of the machine design studio James and the Giant Peek.
With a diverse suite of manufacturing equipment, industrial robots, and custom-made CNC machinery James makes things, break things and invents things with varying levels of success and sophistication.
Mario Romero is a computational designer and digital practice manager at Perkins and Will. His work primarily deals in the melding of technology and architecture including:
robotics, Digital\physical interface design, Digital fabrication (in specific, 3D printing), Modular building automation & intelligence. Mario previously worked at AS+GG in Chicago and holds a BArch from University of Illinois Chicago
Jack graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Civil Engineering and has been in the industry for eight (8) years with The Walsh Group. He embarked on his career with The Walsh Group in the estimating department at the company’s headquarters in Chicago and started working on preconstruction for AMLI Fountain Place. Jack draws knowledge from previous projects and applies it at the preconstruction stage to mitigate potential shortcomings before they reach the construction site, while taking into account constructability, design vision, and ownership goals. Since completing AMLI Fountain Place, he has worked on other notable high-rises in Dallas including The Victor, a 39-story multifamily tower. He is currently at Maple Terrace, a mixed-use development which includes a 22-story multifamily tower and the renovation and expansion of the historic Maple Terrace Apartments. He utilizes his experience from preconstruction, construction, and project close-out to overcome challenges while catering to the uniqueness of each project and services that The Walsh Group provides
Nathan Barnes is the Computational Lead at Zahner. He has a background in architectural fabrication through programmatic mass customization. He is passionate about encapsulating solutions to problems through technological solutions. Additionally, he has a passion for fostering an inquisitive culture around him.
Nathan holds a master’s degree in architecture from UTA with an emphasis on digital fabrication. His current research is centered around developing software and hardware improvements to nudge forward fabrication capabilities.