Yugene’s strong design sensibilities and keen understanding of complex geometries has expanded the firm’s already rich architectural vocabulary. His knowledge of advanced materials and curtain wall systems enables new design opportunities and optimizes resources and ensures that your building will endure. Yugene’s fluency in modeling allows expressive designs and integrates budget and schedule seamlessly into the design process for a highly intelligent workflow.
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.
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.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Jerry Schwabauer is vice president of sales and marketing for Azon. With more than 25 years of expertise in the sales and marketing field, he is responsible for the strategic management of global business growth and customer support for the company.
Mr. Schwabauer is active in several trade associations, including the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), and delivers educational presentations to manufacturers and construction professionals about the Azon energy saving thermal barrier technology for commercial aluminum fenestration products.
Don’s background in construction, woodworking and sculpture are the foundation for how he visualizes and details his designs. As a design leader in the office, Don carefully melds his design values and the opportunities presented by the site, with the environmental goals and desires of the client. He constantly investigates new ways to use technology to push the limits of our designs.
Don teaches online classes for blackspectacles.com and is co-instructor with Mark Sexton at Northwestern University. He is active in his community, part of a team of citizens spearheading a project to improve safety for visitors and commuters of Logan Square, creating a multi-modal and pedestrian-friendly urban experience.