Jeffrey Abramson, AIA, LEED AP, has vast knowledge in the design, analysis and detailing of highly complex envelope systems. His project experience includes double skin façades, unitized and stick built curtain wall, and sloped glazing systems for institutional clients such as the Harvard Art Museums, Amherst College and University of Massachusetts Medical School. Abramson is an instrumental contributor to Payette's research work on thermal bridging and has presented the firm's ongoing work both locally and at national conferences.
Principal | Facade Design Director
Will is a Principal and Façade Design Director at Studio NYL. As both architect and engineer; he has designed, realized, written, and presented on award-winning and high performance enclosures around the country and world.
Will is also an active member in numerous professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, an AIA National representative on ASHRAE’s 90.1 envelope subcommittee, Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council, and ASTM where he is a voting member on the E06 Performance of Buildings Committee. He is also the National Vice Chair of the Building Enclosure Council (BEC).
Lead Concept Designer – Business Dev. Mgr. East
Bicchiarelli graduated from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” with a degree in Architecture. In 1991 he became a Director and a Partner in one of Permasteelisa Group’s Italian companies. In 1998, he joined the US operations to contribute as a liaison between the Permasteelisa Group companies and the new U.S.-based office overseeing the Sales and Estimating Division with respect to cladding and curtain-wall for monumental buildings.
In 2008 Bicchiarelli became General Manager and Sr. Vice President to Permasteelisa N.A. Miami-based office. In addition to his General Manager duties, he continues to oversee Sales and Estimating concentrating on the Southern U.S. and Central and South American Markets, while still maintaining a close relation with many of his former projects. Bicchiarelli covers the role of Lead Concept Designer and also the role of Business Development Manager of the East Coast.
Susan Borne has worked in the paint/coating industry for 25 years, gaining experience in product knowledge, project management, and specification. As a seasoned Architectural Manager, she is passionate about educating architects on the right types of coatings for the building envelope, as well as collaborating with them on the perfect color for the project. In addition, she is also actively involved in CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) and President-Elect of the Boston chapter. Outside of the office, Susan enjoys hiking, canoeing, and traveling.
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.
Erik Farrington is an Associate Principal in Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Structural Engineering division with experience in both new design and repair and rehabilitation of building structures. Farrington is the principal liaison for SGH’s multidisciplinary structure-envelope teams that tackle integrated repairs, retrofits, and reconfigurations of building exteriors. His projects range from historic masonry buildings where the facades double as structure and envelope, to over-clad design for mid-century concrete and steel frame buildings, to modern structural glass facades.
Montgomery Forman is the Director of the New England office of Island Exterior Fabricators, a custom curtainwall and megapanel fabricator. Day to day, Monty’s work straddles the intersection of architecture, construction, and bespoke product design. Monty has worked in the field of custom façade solutions for over a decade and has notably consulted on projects for with several Pritzker-winning architects both nationally and internationally. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.
Josh Kivela, P.E., is an Associate Principal in Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Building Technology division. Kivela leverages his experience along with SGH’s diverse capabilities to tackle complex cladding and restoration projects of both historic and contemporary buildings. He is a versatile and creative designer of high-performance building-envelope systems that require integration of complex glazing, wall, roofing, and waterproofing systems. Kivela helps clients provide innovative and durable solutions to complex building problems through investigation, assessment, and collaborative design.
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.
Principal, Director of Building Science
As Director of Building Science at Payette, Love works across all projects to improve building performance. She was the Principal Investigator for the AIA Upjohn Grant on thermal bridging, and is a Lecturer at MIT Architecture. Love is a licensed architect with a BArch from Carnegie Mellon, and Masters in Building Technology from MIT and received the Tucker-Voss Award. She is a member of the COTE Advisory Group, and chairs the 2030 Working Group.
Senior Project Manager
Harry Lowd, RA, has been a part of NADAAA/Office since 2006. Lowd’s work has included design and project management of award-winning institutional, commercial, and residential projects. At NADAAA, he is currently the Project Manager of Site 4, a large 28-story mixed-use development project for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which will be completing construction this summer. He also recently was the Project Manager for Rock Creek House and Villa Varoise.
MacNeil is a principal at MP Boston, the Boston affiliate of Millennium Partners, an urban real estate development firm. Her work has included several complex urban projects, most recently Winthrop Center, a 691’ tall mixed-use skyscraper in Boston’s financial district which will be, upon its completion in 2022, the largest Passive Office building in the world.
National Facades Manager
Brendan Mercier is the National Facades Manager for Cosentino North America. He started with Cosentino in 2015 as a sales manager, working with the architect & design community throughout New England. Prior to that, he was a kitchen and bath designer for 10 years, working with high-end builders and residential remodelers. He, along with Cosentino, are members of the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA).
Blake Middleton, FAIA LEED AP's, work includes a variety of large-scale projects that have broken new ground in approaches to sustainable design and urban living. Recent examples include The House at the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, the world’s largest and tallest certified Passive House, and Millennium Tower Boston, a 1.4 million SF mixed-use tower including the renovation of Daniel Burnham’s landmark Filene’s Building.
He is overseeing the design of two other precedent-setting Passive House projects: Winthrop Center, a mixed-use building featuring over 700,000 SF of high-performance office use in Boston’s Financial District; and in East Harlem, Sendero Verde, a 760,000 SF mixed-use complex including a school, health center, community services partners, coupled with 650 100% affordable apartments. Middleton has taught and lectured widely, and his work has won distinction from the AIA, SARA, Urban Land Institute, and the Congress for New Urbanism. His designs have been published widely and exhibited nationally. He received his B. Arch. and M. Arch. in Urban Design from Cornell University, and is a recipient of the Rome Prize and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Middleton lives with his wife and daughter in Morningside Heights in New York City and is a Board Member of the Riverside Park Conservancy.
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.
Brad is an architect with over nineteen years of experience working on some of the nation’s most prestigious campuses. A problem-solver with great technical skill, he has been part of several award-winning project teams. As chair of Sasaki’s Technical Resource Group, Brad shares his knowledge of design and detailing with the rest of firm to promote better practices in architecture. Brad co-founded BSA’s MakeTANK Committee and is involved in the Construction Specifier’s Institute. He frequently participates as a design critic at area colleges and universities, and lectures on detailing and bringing maker culture into the design process.
Maren Reepmeyer, AIA LEED AP, has led efforts to tackle the strategic re-use and repositioning of some of New England's most prominent buildings. Her success as a leader in this market is due to her unique approach, sustainable practice, and creative design process. Her projects bring award-winning aesthetic transformation while acknowledging context and historic significance. These contributions bring meaningful architectural impact to the public realm while providing tremendous value to her clients