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Ken Andrews is a Principal Architect with Arch11, Inc. Arch11 is a boutique architecture practice creating distinctive organic modern design through full architectural, planning, and commercial interior design services. Maintaining studios in Boulder and Denver, Colorado Arch11 practices throughout the Intermountain West. From its inception in 1993, Arch11 is recognized as a leader in design innovation and has the distinct advantage of understanding the regional subtleties of Colorado light, weather extremes, history and modern growth patterns. Our work mediates between the specifics of local sites and the influences of global culture.
Mr. Andrews brings a rigor to Arch11’s design leadership through directing project delivery and implementing new technology into the design and construction process. He is devoted to the belief that architecture should be a visceral, material and technological response to place and use. Ken pushes the practice to innovative project solutions that has led to numerous design awards.
Along with his practice in architecture, Ken is committed to teaching and mentoring students and staff. While on the faculty at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture and Planning, where he taught for eleven years, Ken was named AIA Colorado’s Instructor of the Year in 2007 and received AIA Colorado’s Mentor of the Year in 2013. Ken continues to engage the academic community through regular lectures, design juries, advisory positions and mentorships.
Ken Andrews is a registered architect in Colorado, Utah, Missouri and Ohio and an active member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2011, Ken was named both AIA Colorado Young Architect of the Year and AIA Western Mountain Region Young Architect.
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.
Sarah specializes in developing innovative practices for design, engineering, detailing and construction management. Her background is in architecture and design, and she has extensive experience with cutting-edge technologies and applications. Her primary interest is in the resolution of complex form into elegant and constructible systems.
After graduating from Yale University, she worked with Frank Gehry on various projects such as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas. She continued her pursuit of unique design challenges with Gehry Technologies (GT) where she helped to maintain design integrity and constructability via an intensive and customized virtual management and delivery process.
Founder & CEO
Dr. Doggett is the Founder & CEO of Built Environments, Inc., an architectural & building science consulting firm located in Stillwater, Minnesota. Dr. Doggett’s expertise combines advance building science and computational modeling with extensive field and design experience to help multi-stakeholders achieve resilient, high-performing buildings. He has served as the principal forensic investigator on hundreds of projects involving all markets and all building types. Dr. Doggett currently chairs the Minnesota chapter of the Building Enclosure Council.
Senior Project Architect and Chair of COBEC
Alastair Huber is an architect who has been working in Denver the past 18 years. Educated in Halifax, he has also lived and worked in Boston, Chicago, and Boulder. He has been active in promoting the Building Enclosure Council the past 10 years and is currently the president of COBEC, the Colorado Chapter of the BEC which is now a non-profit organization. Alastair believes in free access to information critical to the building industry and advocates for detailing and constructing competently.
Mr. Kirschbaum’s career spans more than 40 years during which time he has distinguished himself as an expert in Project Team Leadership, Project Execution, High-Performance Building Envelope Design, Building Materials Specification, and Sustainable Design. He has served as Project Director for all 8 of Fentress Architects’ high-rise buildings in the Arabian Gulf. Ned was the founding Chairman of the Building Enclosure Council—Colorado and served as an Advisory Group member on the National AIA Building Science Knowledge Community. As Technical Design Director at Fentress Architect, Ned is responsible for the development of the firm’s cutting-edge facades.
Mike P. McGrath
Mike P. McGrath
Mike P. McGrath serves as President for MG McGrath. Crediting his father as his mentor, Mike began his career with MG McGrath sweeping warehouse floors at a young age. He eventually grew with the family business as an Apprentice, a Journeyman, a Foreman, and then a Project Manager, before assuming his responsibilities as President of Operations and the company’s visionary. As President of MG McGrath, Mike P. McGrath is responsible for all aspects of the business. With over 20 years of hands-on experience, he is a transformational leader. His deft understanding of architectural metal, glass and glazing, building envelope design, and high volume operations has helped grow and develop MG McGrath’s teams and technologies in order to be able to take on bigger and more architecturally complex projects than ever before. With projects in motion from New York to Los Angeles, and in-between, Mike works closely with architects, contractors and clients, armed with the company’s belief that with great people you will get amazing results.
Yushiro Okamoto joined Diller Scofiodio + Renfro in 2012 and has worked predominantly on academic and cultural projects, including the Museum of Modern Art Expansion, NY (2019), Tianjin Juilliard School, Tianjin, China (2019) and the University of Sydney Susan Wakil Health Building, Sydney, Australia (2020). He is currently leading the design, facade development and DS+R construction administration efforts for the US Olympic Museum, Colorado Springs, CO (2020). Originally from Japan, Okamoto received his M.Arch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with The Arthur Rotch Prize and B.A. from Keio University with The Shigeru Ito Award.