Senior Architectural Professional
A third-generation architect, Richard Aeck is an architectural technologist and passionate supporter of the arts with an M.S. Arch from MIT, M.A. Arch Georgia Tech, and B.A. in Economics/Studio Art from Wake Forest. Stemming from formative training in casting and stone carving under former Henry Moore assistant Nathalie Lewis, his work has evolved from CNC-enabled architectural installations into facade design and architecture. Specific themes track through the whole, such as daylighting, light structure, systemic responsiveness, dynamic structure typology, integrated enclosure system design, insulation as structure, and modeling for fabrication. After working on the Harvard 'Light Machine' at RPBW in Italy and on bridges/facades at RFR in France, he recently completed at MIT research fellowship and is testing related architectural ideas at SOM Enclosures in New York. 2019 Notable Contributions: Harvard Art Museums, Columbia University Forum, USDOT Volpe Center (2023), LIRR/PSCI Pavilion (2022), Viaduc des Rocs, Astrup Fearnley Museum, 548 Ploenchit 2017 SMArchS Thesis: Free4orm Framing: High-performance Bending-active Strip Construction 2007 MArch Thesis: Cannoli Framing and Turnstijl Houses
Mr. Arbour has over 15 years of experience working on newconstruction projects, specializing as a facade system designerand consultant to architects. His professional work has beenfocused on the conception, detailing and construction of custom-designed building facades. He has a wide-ranging knowledge ofbuilding materials and the procedures of fabrication, assemblyand construction of diverse building enclosure systems.He is versed in the development of architectural concepts duringthe design process and their materialization and transformationthrough the fabrication and construction processes. This includescreating architectural details, developing structural conceptdesigns, drawing schematic design and design developmentpackages for cladding systems and structures, consulting witharchitects regarding construction sequencing and materialassemblies, coordinating contractors and subcontractors andperforming site inspections, as well as researching daylightingand environmental control systems for
Lois B. Arena, PE, possesses over 25 years experience in the building science field. She holds both US and international Passive House consultant certifications and is currently consulting on some of the largest and most difficult Passive House projects in the world and is regularly invited to present at conferences and private firms around the world to discuss the benefits of and road blocks to PH adoption.
Principal and Facade Design
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).
UNStudio & UNSense Founder
Ben van Berkel, (F)RIBA, Hon. FAIA, studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987. In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam, extending their theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture. UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current projects include the design for Doha's Integrated Metro Network in Qatar, ‘Four’ a large-scale mixed-use project in Frankfurt and the Wasl Tower in Dubai. UNStudio projects include the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem central Station in the Netherlands, the Raffles City mixed-use development in Hangzhou, the Canaletto Tower in London, a private villa up-state New York and the Singapore University of Technology and Design. In 2018 Ben van Berkel founded UNSense, an Arch Tech company that designs and integrates human-centric tech solutions for the built environment. Currently, van Berkel holds the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor's Chair at Harvard University GSD. In 2017, he also gave a TEDx presentation about health and architecture. In addition, he is a member of the Taskforce Team / Advisory Board Construction Industry for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Charles Berman is an Associate Principal who joined the studio in 2013. He attended Arizona State University and received a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been practicing architecture for over 30 years. Berman is a senior member of the design team of The Shed. As the Senior Technical Director on the project, he led The Shed development including the façade and the resolution of many of The Shed’s complex technical systems. Berman specializes in façade design and has worked as a façade consultant at Front, Inc. and R.A. Heintges & Associates. Prior to that, he spent 9 years at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, where he led the design for the new headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Beijing, the new headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Berman received a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University. Berman teaches a technical seminar on building enclosures at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
Linn Bjornrud, AIA is a registered architect and associate in LEO A DALY’s Minneapolis studio. He is responsible for developing strategy, growing team expertise, and overseeing the design and delivery of projects. He specializes in leading large projects with complex building enclosure components, which feeds his interest envelope design. His experience spans public and private sectors and demonstrates a consistent commitment to ambitious design, efficient process, and strong client relationships.
Françoise Bollack, AIA, DESA, is a registered architect with over 30 years of experience in architectural design, historic preservation, adaptive reuse and interior design. Since 1990, Bollack has also been an adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation in Columbia University’s GSAPP.
Bollack received her degree in Architecture at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. She was President of the Historic Districts Council from 2011 to 2014. She has served at the City and State levels of the AIA and on the boards of Landmark West! and of the Architectural League. Françoise Bollack Architects is a member of the Professional Circle of the New York Landmarks Conservancy. Recent publications include Old Buildings – New Forms: New Directions in Architectural Transformations (Monacelli Press, 2013). Defining Appropriateness was published in 2015 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Landmarks Law.
The restoration of the facade of the LGBT Center won awards form the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Victorian Society of America and the Municipal Art Society.
Ruben Cabanillas is an architect designer with sustainability background at SOM, as Designer he tries to connect technical and design challenges. Identifying metrics to understand enclosure behaviors is something that he pursues on every project in response to different project goals, such as performance and comfort. He understands parametric design language as a tool to support design challenges on the entire life of the project, bringing complexity topics to be explained in simplicity visualization way. He has been actively working on SOM for almost 3 years in High performance designs such as Volpe HQ at Cambridge, Emory Cancer Institute in Atlanta and different residential proposals at New York City. Before joining to SOM he worked on Cetra Ruddy where he explored interesting international school design with resilient passive strategies in India as long as residential projects in Manhattan. Ruben received his M.Arch at Polytechnic of Madrid (ETSAM) and he has an projected international practice, along Spain working in firms (Ensamble Studio), Germany (Henn) and US. He has been involved on academia with ESTAM (Spain), CUNY and Pratt.
Ross Cameron is a Vice President with Elkus Manfredi Architects. Since joining the firm fifteen years ago, he has been a key player in the firm's work with Emerson College, including the award-winning Paramount Center, the Two Boylston Place residence hall, and the complete reimagining and restoration of The Little Building as an architectural cornerstone for the urban campus. His preservation and renovation work also includes studies for the Old North Church in Boston; Massasoit Paramount Theatre in Springfield, Massachusetts; and the Union Trust Building in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Elkus Manfredi, Ross was involved with the design of the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre in England, and renovation of the William Playfair Parliament House (the Scottish Supreme Court Judges’ Library). In addition to his renovation and re-use design work, Ross has also been involved with the master plan for the Port of Istanbul, a new arts-oriented mixed-use development in Beirut, and new office tower and mixed-use project in Montreal. Ross received his Bachelor of Architecture from Edinburgh University. He is a board member of the Boston Preservation Alliance, a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and the Society for College and University Planning.
John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. With a passion for innovative, inspiring designs and a commitment to real world solutions, Cetra has led the firm to international recognition. Through his practice, Cetra has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving which inform his approach on projects ranging from new construction to conversions of Landmark buildings. He is a recognized industry leader in tall building technology, historic buildings and analytic site development. Cetra holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York.
Part of the AEC industry since 2012, Katherine joined Walter P Moore in 2018 as a technical designer in the Enclosure Engineering practice in our New York office. Katherine actually stumbled upon façade engineering during an internship that combined her structural engineering degree and her pursuit of her graduate degree in architecture. She has since focused on the design of building enclosures and specialty structures, which she says allow her to combine her interests in structures, architecture, and engineering as a whole. She is passionate about the built environment and how design affects how we experience the world around us.
En-Ming (Jimmy) Chang is an Associate Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, joining the firm in 2005. Jimmy has served as the Design Project Manager and Senior Project Designer for a diverse array of projects. His experience includes interior architecture, multi-family residential, hospitality, commercial, mixed-use buildings, large public buildings and urban master plans. Mr. Chang has a keen interest in advancing and implementing computational design within the office and a founding member of REACH, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architect’s computational design group. The REACH arm of the firm focuses on research, education of our staff, and developing a distributed platform for integrating innovation into the design process.Jimmy is a Registered Architect licensed in New York, and a LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction.
Founder & Executive Director
Since establishing ODA in 2007, Chen has become one of the most prolific architects in New York. He has gained a reputation for delivering designs that are innovative as well as socially and fiscally responsible. His work has been widely published around the world and recognized by the AIA and the Society of American Registered Architects. Chen graduated with honors from the Bezalel School of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he serves on the board and as guest lecturer. He is a frequent speaker at design and development forums, as well as architecture schools including Columbia, Clemson, Syracuse, Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, and The Technion in Haifa. Recent projects include the renovation of the Postkantoor in Rotterdam, the conversion of the Arbuckle Sugar Refinery at 10 Jay into offices and the forthcoming 416-4120 Kent Ave towers in Williamsburg’s Waterfront. His writings have been published in ODA’s latest book, Unboxing New York.
Dennis joined Enclos in 2016, where his efforts are focused on the design development, geometric rationalization, clash-detection, and coordination of specialty structures and high-performance facades. He has worked with the Production Engineering and Operations divisions to successfully deliver multiple projects, including the Chase Center Arena in San Francisco and Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Building Science degrees from the University of Southern California. He has varied experiences in the AEC industry, having also worked in high-end retail, lighting, and installation design both domestically and abroad.
NE Region General Manager
Travis is an accredited presenter for the OAA on Rainscreen Education – has been working in the architectural community for over 10 years, with a special focus on Ventilated Façade products and systems. From 2006-2010 he worked as a designer for Cornerstone Architecture where he gained significant experience and knowledge in rainscreen building science and project tendering and had the opportunity to do many unique assignments in design development and building modeling. From 2010 – 2015, as a Business Development Representative at Ontario Panelization, he worked with an array of rainscreen products and systems from Metal Panels, to Exotic Stones, to Building Integrated Photovoltaics and later on Sintered Surfaces for a considerable amount of projects located throughout North America. During this later phase, he developed a passion for Sintered Compact Surfaces that lead him to start a new adventure from early 2015 at TheSize Surfaces as the North American Architectural Consultant Representative where he assists and educates the architectural community to use Neolith products for a wide range of applications.
Michael Cotton has been practicing as an Architect at Snøhetta in New York for the past eleven years. During this time, he has been the Project Manager for the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Canada, the Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Toronto, and the new Executive Education Center and Graduate Hotel at Cornell Tech in New York, opening in January 2020. Michael has also made significant contributions to other projects at Snøhetta as well, including the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University, the Golden State Warriors Arena in San Francisco, and has led several design competitions, including the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Honolulu, and the winning entries for the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, completed in 2016, and the El Paso Children’s Museum in Texas, currently in Design Development.
Craig Copeland is a Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, where he pursues synergies of architecture, art and product design through material and fabrication research. Copeland has led the design teams for several of New York City’s emerging iconic developments - The Visionaire, 1214 Fifth, The Centrale, and Brookfield Place. Currently, Copeland is leading the design teams on 2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, in D.C. and Cabin|Stack|Prefabs, a series of stacking pre-fabricated homes and furnishings. Copeland has a BA in Design from the University of Florida, an MArch from Yale University, was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Ryan Cramer is a registered architect and certified Passive House designer, with five years ofstructural and architectural design experience, with a demonstrated history of a crosscollaboration with architecture and engineering. He joined BüroEhring in October 2016, afterspending two years at the nationally recognized interior design and architecture firm NELSON,where he worked on various corporate, retail, and residential projects.Mr. Cramer’s expertise in building enclosure design includes façade systems, advancedenclosure design, parametric modeling, thermal and hygrothermal analysis, condensation riskanalysis, daylighting design and analysis, energy modeling, envelope investigation, façaderenovation and rehabilitation, and detail engineering. An aspiring architect with an affinity fortechnical, detailed design; Mr. Cramer leverages his skillset to deliver innovative and informedfaçade solutions and analysis to project design teams and clients.
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.
Fagerström leads computational modeling for structural and facade engineering at Walter P Moore. He has global experience in all stages of projects in over 10 different countries, having practiced with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, UNStudio, and BuroHappold Engineering. His work has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas, and Asia and presented at Autodesk University, the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA, FABRICATE, and the SmartGeometry conference. Currently, he is a faculty member at Pratt Institute and a consultant at PennDesign. Fagerström has also served on various design juries and lectured at Yale, the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm.
Forr develops elegant design solutions and detailing for technically demanding projects. She manages several high‐rise projects in New York City and also directs daily operations of the firm. Currently leading the Energy division, she started Surface Design Architects’ Site Monitoring division, and she has also developed tools for analyzing the thermal performance of exterior walls. Her career began at Gehry Partners where she advanced acoustical isolation solutions and developed energy‐use models for New World Symphony, and researched novel material and manufacturing techniques for the Eisenhower Memorial.
Gillespie focuses on the design, fabrication, and use of parametric software in the development of custom exterior wall systems and specialty structures. He is experienced in all phases of project delivery, having worked as both a technical facade designer and subsequently a facade consultant over the past decade. He is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a LEED Accredited Professional, and has been an invited architectural critic at Rice University, the University of Houston, and The Cooper Union.
Gary Handel FAIA is the founder and Managing Partner of Handel Architects. Since starting the practice in 1994, Handel has overseen its growth to over 200 architects, designers, and planners around the world. He leads the firm’s direction by placing an emphasis on enriching the urban environment. Handel is a leader in sustainable building strategies, and recent work includes some of the largest and tallest Passive House buildings in the world.
Luke Hartmann has over 10 years of experience with a myriad of building materials. He has a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University, an MBA from Northeastern University and is a LEED AP. He also serves as Chairman of the Sean Hanna Foundation and is an avid mixed martial artist.
Kristin Hopkins-Clegg is an Associate Principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ (PCPA) New York City Office. With over 15 years of experience designing mixed-use developments, commercial, residential, and national and international master plans, Kristin has been the design team leader on multiple projects. Her interest in building envelope technologies, sustainability, and wellness has spurred her to lead PCPA’s internal research group “Facta.” This group focuses on creating opportunities for designers in the office from an educational, social and well-being standpoint. Kristin starts every project with the same goals: design for the place and client, collaborate with peers, and be socially responsible by mitigating the intersection of the indoor and outdoor environment to create places that are energy efficient, thoughtfully designed, and timeless.
John Ivanoff joined BuroHappold Engineering in 2013 and is responsible for the direction of the United States Facades team at BuroHappold, based out of the NY office. Ivanoff holds a Master of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute. With deep global experience in design development and construction administration on projects in the US, Asia and the Middle East, his focus is on the design of complex and high performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types. He has worked with a variety of facade systems providing bespoke design solutions for both new buildings and renovations projects for institutional, commercial and cultural clients.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Purnima Kapur is a highly accomplished planning professional with over 25 years of experience. She is currently a consultant to Harvard University’s Allston Initiative. Until recently, Kapur was the Executive Director of the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP). She is one of the key architects of New York City’s groundbreaking Mandatory Inclusionary Housing regulation. Kapur served as Director of DCP’s Brooklyn Borough Office from 2006-2014, and led transformative projects, including the development of Greenpoint-Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn and Coney Island. As Director of DCP’s Bronx Office from 2001-2006, she led the largest rezoning agenda in the borough’s history touching almost every neighborhood in the borough. Kapur is trained as an architect and a city planner, with dual Masters degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
Suri Kasirer is a born New Yorker and advocate. She founded Kasirer in 1997 and is a lifelong commitment to championing people, progress and policy in the city. Kasirer grew her business into the #1 lobbying firms in New York City, assembling and leading a team with decades of experience and an unrivaled fluency in the inner workings of New York. She and her team have established an unparalleled record of success in the city on behalf of clients who are leaders in a wide range of industries, corporate to not-for-profit, education and culture, real estate to technology, hospitality to media to health care. Citizens Union honored Suri as a 2018 Gotham Great and she was a recipient of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Women of Power & Influence Award. Kasirer serves on the boards of the New York League of Conservation Voters, Citymeals on Wheels, the Women’s Leadership Forum and the New York Building Foundation. She is a member of the steering committee for the Association for a Better New York and a member of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate, and the Downtown Lower Manhattan Association. After graduating from Yeshiva University, Suri worked as an educator—before working on a national presidential race. Inspired by politics, she joined the executive staff of then-governor Mario Cuomo as his special assistant.
Neil Katz is an architect with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He uses a "computational design" approach to design, and has used this methodology in developing geometry and as a way of analyzing and designing in response to many project goals, including environmental and sustainability goals. "Computational design", aspects of which include algorithmic and parametric design as well as building information modeling (BIM), is as much a way of thinking about design as using and developing tools for design. With SOM for over three decades, In addition to leading digital design groups in New York and Chicago offices, Neil also participates on projects as part of design teams. Neil received his B.Arch degree from Pratt Institute, and has taught and lectured at various schools, and is often invited to speak about his work at schools and conferences.
Ms. Knack-Brown joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 1998. Her work includes a range of building enclosure investigations and designs involving both contemporary structures, such as the Fisher Center for Performing Arts, and landmarks, such as Boston’s Quincy Market. Ms. Knack-Brown specializes in large-scale preservation and adaptive reuse projects where she applies technology to the restoration of landmark buildings and works with owners to extend the function and performance of existing buildings. Some of Susan’s signature projects include the multi-phase, multi-year roof rehabilitation and skylight restoration on the New York State Capitol, the roof replacement on the Massachusetts State House, and on-going work at The First Church of Christ, Scientist.
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.
Director of Sales
Oliver Lahr is Director of Sales at Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, the leading custom fabricator and installer of high quality engineered architectural envelope systems. In this role, Oliver consults architects, developers and owners on creative and efficient solutions for tailormade façade structures. His profound knowledge in façade technologies coupled with a 20-year experience in Design, Project Management and international Sales provides Lahr with the ability to Turn Visions into Reality in close collaboration with architects, designers and consulting engineers. Before joining Roschmann Lahr was Project Manager Facades at Gartner Steel and Glass North America for over six years as well as did he serve four years as a Lead Structural Engineer at Eriksen Engineers in Germany. Oliver is a Structural Engineer by trade and looks back onto an extraordinary track record of having been engaged in award winning projects such as the Grace Farms Center by SAANA Architects, the new Duke University West Campus by Grimshaw Architects and the International Spy Museum in DC by Rogers Stirk Harbour Architects.
Executive Director of Design Build
In her role managing design and construction projects, Alison Landry, AIA, uses her technical skill set and a creative, results-oriented approach to tackle complex issues across all five boroughs. Her current portfolio includes priority resiliency work at Bellevue Hospital to repair damage from superstorm Sandy, mitigating against future impacts and ensuring critical care needs are maintained during disaster events. She was previously an Associate at Handel Architects, and is a Registered Architect in the State of New York. Prior to moving to New York, she lived in New Orleans, supporting post-Katrina planning efforts through research, design, and advocacy. Landry received her Masters in Architecture from Tulane University.
Director of Public Projects, Labor Standards and Compliance
Lievre became a Journeyman in 1994 and worked with the IMI from 2014 to 2019 as a full-time bricklaying instructor. He has been a leader at Local 1 Labor since 2019.
Application Developer and Computational Designer
Logan's work with LINE has balanced the concerns of design, documentation and fabrication for complex architectural systems and custom application development from the scale of project specific needs to needs of the office at large. He also leads development and contributes to open source projects such as Elk, a mapping and topography plugin for Grasshopper and Dynamo, as well as a number of of other plugins and experiements.
Alan Maskin is a principal and owner of Olson Kundig, where he leads an interdisciplinary team of architects, designers, visual artists and researchers. His team designs buildings, parks and gardens, installations, sculpture, digital art, graphic novels and film. For over two decades, Maskin has pursued unconventional design challenges in public places. His built international portfolio includes museums, installations, exhibits, visitor-based destinations and urban park projects.
In recent years, Maskin has been awarded first place in multiple international design competitions, including The Bob Dylan Center, The Jewish Museum Berlin Kindermuseum, and Fairy Tales 2016, the world’s largest architectural ideas competition. Maskin’s recent self-provoked works include [storefront] Olson Kundig, a two-year experiment in design, culture and social practice; and “The 5th Façade,” a multidisciplinary exploration into the uppermost layer of cities.
Maskin’s current work includes a redesign of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, the world’s first facility for Recompose (a sustainable human burial alternative), two new museum projects for an American sculptor, and a new art park in Sacramento.
Principal | Director
Heath May has 17 years of experience leading commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare projects. May leads a design team responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution that earned the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award, and he worked as senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. In 2013, he was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. His interest in passive solar design encourages research in optimizing complex facades for daylighting and solar performance.
Ricardo A. Medina is an expert in the field of structural mechanics who specializes in earthquakeengineering and multi-hazard assessment to assist clients with issues related to infrastructure risk andresilience. He has significant teaching experience as an associate professor in the Department of Civil andEnvironmental Engineering for both the University of New Hampshire and University of Maryland, CollegePark, and has taught courses in the Unit of Applied Mechanics at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Hehas conducted in-depth research and published on a range of topics involving structural engineering;structural dynamics; earthquake engineering; performance-based design of structural and nonstructuralcomponents; collapse assessment of structures; hybrid, fatigue, and shake table testing; and riskassessment of infrastructure and nuclear casks during transportation. Ricardo has also been activelyinvolved in the development of national and international standards for the seismic design of nonstructuralcomponents in buildings as well as guidelines to improve infrastructure resilience. Outside of academia, hehas served as a consultant on multiple projects related to the seismic and wind analysis of structures,
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).
Crediting his father as his mentor, McGrath began his career with MG McGrath sweeping warehouse floors. He eventually grew with the family business as an Apprentice, a Journeyman, a Foreman, and then a Project Manager, before assuming responsibilities as President of Operations and the company’s visionary. Presently, McGrath is responsible for all aspects of the business. With over 20 years' hands-on experience and a deft understanding of architectural metal, glass and glazing, building-envelope design, and high-volume operations, he is a transformational leader. McGrath works closely with architects, contractors, and clients, on projects from New York to Los Angeles and in-between, armed with the company’s belief that with great people you will get amazing results.
Leading the Historic Preservation and Restoration Division at SURFACE Design Group, Newbold has over 20 years of experience in the restoration and preservation of existing and historic building facades. This experience includes the restoration of traditional load bearing masonry structures dressed in stone, brick and terra cotta, cast iron facade assemblies, window replacement and restoration, glass and metal curtain wall assemblies, storefronts and waterproofing and roofing assemblies. These buildings demand a wide variety of technical services, including building condition surveys, forensic material deterioration investigations, leak investigations and the preparation of construction documents and the proper implementation of comprehensive restoration programs.
Newbold has led preservation efforts for a wide range of architectural projects, including master plans for large federal building complexes, schools, urban planning projects, building envelope restorations and historic interiors. He places great emphasis on serving as an advocate for historic structures and materials themselves, stressing appropriate and compatible conservation techniques through both preservation and adaptive use.
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.
Since joining the firm in 2012, Okamoto has worked predominantly on academic and cultural projects, including the Museum of Modern Art Expansion, NY (2019), Tianjin Juilliard School, China (2019) and the University of Sydney Susan Wakil Health Building, Australia (2020). He currently leads the design, facade development, and DS+R construction administration efforts for the US Olympic Museum, Colorado Springs (2020). Originally from Japan, Okamoto received his MArch from MIT with The Arthur Rotch Prize.
Nilay finds creative expression in the many contrasts and contradictions of his field. He is an architect who finds inspiration as a builder. He is a consummate insider who has worked for fifteen years on the East End, yet brings an outsiders perspective as a result of his upbringing in India. Nilay and Peter, a fellow traveller who seeks similar creative contrast, founded Oza Sabbeth Architecture as an expression of this sensibility.
Nilay is a LEED accredited Licensed Architect with a Masters Degree in Architecture from MIT. When not designing and building his own home, Nilay practices ashtanga yoga. Nilay lives with his wife and two young daughters in Sag Harbor.
Emir A. Pekdemir is an energy analyst with BuroHappold Engineering’s Environmental and Computational Analytics team. His experience includes dynamic thermal and airflow modeling, daylight and glare analyses, computational fluid dynamics, and advanced HVAC simulations to provide design solutions to achieve better performance in buildings. His primary expertise is solving intricate building physics for projects with complex façades and their integration with passive and mechanical systems. Emir is also an active member of AIA, ASHRAE, USGBC and IBPSA, and currently serves on multiple positions at IBPSA-USA.
Lee Pepin serves as Director of Virtual Design Construction for MG McGrath, Inc. Lee joined the MG McGrath team in 2011 with a degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating from Dunwoody College of Technology. Along with that, he brings to his position hands-on experience from the field. As the Director of the department, Lee leads the VDC department with aspects spanning from inception of design to completion in the field. He works internally with the project managers and job supervisors to ensure that virtual design not only meets specifications, but is also executable for a successful installation in the field. In doing so, he utilizes various modes of technology to ensure that accurate drawings are provided on-schedule to the invested parties.
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.
With over 25 years of experience, Poisson has been responsible for the design and construction of some of BKSK’s most ambitious projects, including residential, mixed-use, and institutional projects. He draws inspiration from historic detailing in the service of a relevant contemporary spirit. Award-winning projects include 529 Broadway, NIKE's new flagship retail building in the Soho Cast Iron Historic District, and Tammany Hall, a contemporary glass dome addition to and conversion of the storied landmark building on Union Square. His interest in the tools of architectural practice, as well as his commitment to excellence in project delivery, result in his teams being at the forefront of today’s design technologies and processes.
Principal I Technical Director- Building Envelope/ Facade Engineering
Manan Raval has over 19 years of experience and leads the Hatfield Group Building Envelope and Special Structures engineering team. He is recognized as an industry expert in facade design, specialty glass systems and complex structures. Raval has successfully completed complex projects across a diverse range of climatic conditions in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Bahamas, Asia and the Middle East. He is recognized by his clients as a dynamic leader who provides sound, progressive insight to help develop and achieve cost effective, sustainable, building envelope solutions. He has previously worked at ARUP, CH2MHill and BuroHappold.
Al-Rawi works at the intersection of architecture and engineering. An associate at the LA office of Walter P Moore, he has worked on the facades and structures of complex projects. He is a specialist in generative and computational design methods and has directed and lectured at the AA Summer Visiting School in Jordan. Al-Rawi also engages in design-research projects, where his most recent co-designed installation at the A+D Museum received an AIA Merit Design Award.
Reiser+Umemoto, RUR Architecture DPC, is a multidisciplinary design firm operating at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. In 2010, the firm was awarded first prize for the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal in Taiwan, both of which began construction in 2013 are set to be completed in 2020. Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto have received numerous awards for their speculative work and built projects, including the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design, the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Presidential Citation and John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union, and the USA Booth Fellowship from United States Artists for Architecture & Design. The firm’s first comprehensive monograph, Projects and Their Consequences, was published in 2019 and traces thirty years of innovative, multidisciplinary investigations of form, structure, technique, and planning.
Peter was a fine art painter in the mid 90’s when he first started designing and building luxury loft spaces in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Lofts transitioned to East End homes when the allure of the ocean beckoned. Merging his fine art sensibility with a non- traditional approach to home design, Peter became enamored with space creation and manipulation as a medium.Modern Green Home was born. Since then, Peter and Modern Green Home have helped transform the “traditional” Hamptons building industry with dozens of projects including the 2008 Hamptons Cottages & Gardens Idea House. From an early age, Peter was submerged in construction materials through his family’s distribution business. This exposure fostered sensitivity towards incorporating sustainable materials into his designs as visits to factories and wood mills exposed him to the tremendous environmental impact of materials manufacturing.In 2014, Peter and Nilay met at an Employee’s leaving party. Their common fascination with both design and construction techniques led to a fast friendship which evolved into a working relationship and eventually a partnership. 1 plus 1 equals 3 is how they feel.Peter is a graduate of Tufts University, a 9-year member of the US Green Building Council, a contributing writer to the Southampton Press, Skateboard Designer, Trans Oceanic sailor, blogger, tea crafter, and father of two boys. He lives in Sag Harbor.
Senior Consulting Engineer
Cheryl Saldanha specializes in the design and evaluation of building enclosures. She also works on projects involving investigations and renovations to building enclosure systems. Her background is in building science, including computer simulations of buildings and building components. She is adept at using multiple computer software packages to perform thermal and hygrothermal analyses of building details, and whole-building energy and daylighting analyses. Examples of her projects follow.
Chief Sustainability Officer
As Chief Sustainability Officer at the largest private university in the United States, Cecil leadsits efforts to fight global climate change, engage its community, and partner with facultyacross NYU’s 14 global locations. He led NYU’s successful effort to reduce carbon emissions 30%over five years, and now works to guide NYU towards 50% reductions by 2025 and carbonneutrality by 2040. Cecil formerly served as Chief Program Officer at Urban Green Council andwas the Managing Director of the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force, determining how to bestrebuild after Hurricane Sandy to prepare New York City for future extreme weather events.Previously, he founded Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where residents live comfortably on just 10%of the resources used by the average American. He serves on the Board of Directors of UrbanGreen Council. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a ProfessionalEngineer’s license from New York State, and is a Certified Energy and LEED Accredited Professional.
Executive Director of Preconstruction
Dirk Schulte is Executive Director of Preconstruction at Roschmann Steel & Glass Constructions, the leading custom fabricator and installer of high quality engineered architectural envelope systems. In this role, Schulte’s responsibilities include the strategic development of business and client relationships, technical preconstruction advisory, commercial sales and project consultancy primarily within the North-East and South Region of the United States and Canada. Before joining Roschmann Schulte was Vice President of North American Operations at Tianjin North Glass, the leading fabricator of specialty and oversized architectural glass for the global construction industry. Schulte was further previously serving as Vice President of Business Development, Sales and Engineering at APG International, Inc., a leading façade contractor in the Northeastern United States, as well as Managing Director of APG’s Middle Eastern operation in Dubai for over 8 years. Prior to that, Schulte was Global Business Development Manager for Structural Glass & Facade Applications at DORMA for more than 10 years. He is a Civil Engineer by trade, personal member of the Association of German Professional Engineers and the Façade Tectonics Institute. In addition, Schulte frequently contributes his expertise to the industry through a broad range of global publications since 2004.
Markus Schulte, PE, leads Arup's Facade Consulting Group in New York. He has extensive experience in the design and construction of sophisticated buildings in New York City and abroad. His current projects include the recladding of 1271 Avenue of the Americas and Cornell’s Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island. His interest lies in designing and building projects at the highest possible quality level within the budget and schedule constraints of his clients.
Holger Schulze-Ehring has eighteen years of structural and architectural design experience,with a focus on long-span, lightweight and specialty structures. He founded Büro Ehring early2016, after a long tenure at architecture and engineering firm Santiago Calatrava andSimpson Gumpertz & Heger, where he worked on landmark projects world-wide, including inthe United States and Europe.Mr. Schulze-Ehring’s expertise is in advanced engineering with a collaborative approach todesign. He leverages his cross-disciplinary capabilities to deliver innovative and specializedsolutions to complex architectural challenges for his award-winning projects. A strongtechnical and creative background forms his considerable proficiency in engineering anddesigning unique and inventive structures.
Partner / Director
Shohei Shigematsu has been a driving force behind many of OMA’s projects, leading the firm’s diverse portfolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Shigematsu provides design leadership and direction across the company for projects from their conceptual onset to completed construction.He is responsible for delivering a number of cultural projects across North America, including Milstein Hall, an extension to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University; a new museum for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; Faena Forum in Miami Beach and the renovation and reimagination of Sotheby’s New York Headquarters. His cultural projects currently in progress include an expansion for the New Museum in New York City; an extension to the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York and an event space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles. Shigematsu has also designed exhibitions for Prada, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Park Avenue Armory, Dior’s first US retrospective at Denver Art Museum and at the Dallas Museum of Art. He has collaborated with multiple artists – including Cai Guo-Qiang, Marina Abramović, Kanye West and Taryn Simon.Shigematsu's urban and public space designs around the world include the Willow Campus masterplan, an integrated mixed-use village for Facebook in Menlo Park, California; a mixed-use development in Santa Monica; a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy urban water strategy for New Jersey; and in Toronto, the largest transit-oriented development currently underway in North America.He has built a number of innovative workspaces including–the China Central Television Headquarters in Beijing (2012), and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters (2013). He is currently designing a new business center in Fukuoka (2020) and OMA’s first tower in Tokyo for Mori Building Co, Ltd. (2022). Shigematsu’s designs for three residential projects are under construction across the country–from New York to San Francisco and Miami.A design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Shigematsu has lectured at TED and Wired Japan conference, and at universities throughout the world.
Director of Enclosure Design
Stan Su is a Senior Associate at Morphosis with more than 20 years of professional architectural experience. As Director of Enclosure Design, his primary role is oversight with the detail design and technical resolution of complex enclosure systems. Mr. Su works in close collaboration with the project teams, specialty consultants, and contractors ensuring that design quality is upheld throughout the virtual design and construction (VDC) process. He brings extensive experience in both architectural design practices and facades-specific consultant teams for all phases of design and construction. Mr. Su’s recent focus includes the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California; the New U.S. Embassy Campus in Beirut, Lebanon; and the Kolon One and Only Tower in Seoul, Korea.
As Technical Director for his design studio, Tony provides leadership on all phases of a project to ensure excellence in design delivery. He provides technical oversight on projects, interfacing with clients and coordinating work with consultants and regulatory agencies. As an Architect with over 19 years’ experience working in various typologies ranging from institutional and education projects to corporate interiors and commercial core and shell office buildings he is has a passion for design and solving complex code and technical issues. He also has extensive experience in complex adaptive reuse and repositioning projects with complete infrastructure upgrades, zoning enlargements and façade recladding to bring value to client’s portfolios. Tony is a Registered Architect, LEED Accredited Professional and Construction Documents Technologist.
Where appropriate, he and his team combine energy efficiency with moisture condensation and thermal comfort analyses (THERM, WUFI and CFD modeling). He has analyzed hundreds of millions of sf of facilities, achieving energy savings from 20% to over 50% to net zero, using a whole-building approach. The buildings obtained LEED ratings from Certified to Platinum. Locally, Mr. Tuluca led a team that trained the NYC DOB on Energy Code compliance; advised on the NYC Local Law 86 and Local Law 31 that required 20-50% energy cost savings vs code; and more recently was part of the advisory teams on PlaNYC2030, green zoning, and other initiatives. In addition, he has expertise in NYC Local Law 97 for deep carbon reductions. Adrian has been involved with the NYC law on greenhouse gas emissions, as part of the Urban Green committee, and he is thoroughly familiar with both the requirements and methods to meet the 2024 and 2030 thresholds. His team has been providing technical advice to NYS and NYC on the next iteration of the energy code, to be released in 2019
Trained in architecture and engineering, Verboon brings a deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high-performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types—old and new, academic, commercial, and cultural. His experience encompasses a wide variety of facade applications including: high-performance, double-skin facades; geometrically complex composite façades; and custom-unitized enclosures for both new buildings and existing building retrofits and additions. His experience in digital design, geometric rationalization, and environmental analysis allows him to bring the highest value to his clients while also helping designers deliver projects to the highest level of design sophistication while maximizing performance and minimizing cost. He also teaches enclosure design at a number of leading universities.
Director of Marketing
Walcott oversees marketing, communications, brand management, and product management, focusing on YKK AP America’s commercial aluminum facades business. She brings nearly 15 years of B2B marketing experience with manufacturing companies over a variety of industries. Walcott holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Syracuse University and earned her M.B.A. at Wichita State University; she also served in the armed forces as a U.S. Air Force officer.
Design Principal, Partner
Weston Walker, AIA, is Design Principal in charge of Studio Gang’s New York office, where he leads a talented team of architects and a diverse portfolio of projects. Walker’s work spans cultural institutions, universities, civic buildings, and towers. Having led the design team for the recently completed Solar Carve Tower in New York, his current projects include a major expansion of the American Museum of Natural History and the new US Embassy in Brazil.
Throughout his career in architecture, James Warton has maintained an interest in cutting-edge manufacturing processes and developed specialized concentration in high-resolution additive processes. He is currently focused on highly articulated metal structures and direct-to-fabrication methodologies and the synthesis of structural design. Within HKS | LINE his responsibilities encompass a broad range of activities that span from preliminary analysis and conceptual design through the design development and documentation of complex architectural systems. His role demonstrates proactive engagement with practice leading to implementation of additively manufactured building-scale assemblies. These efforts represent a cumulative contribution to professional and academic discourse surrounding computational design and digital fabrication, as well as serve to further application and advancement in real-world construction scenarios while expanding the field’s awareness of emerging technologies.
Claire Weisz FAIA is a founding partner with Mark Yoes FAIA of WXY, whose work as an architect and urbanist focuses on innovative approaches to public space, structures, and cities. The firm, globally recognized for its place-based approach to architecture, urban design, and planning, has played a vital role in design thinking around resiliency. Weisz was awarded the Medal of Honor from AIANY in 2018 and was honored with the Women in Architecture Award by Architectural Record in 2019.
Eric Wilson is a Deputy Director with MOR, where he manages climate adaptation programs in land use and buildings. Eric oversees a team of architects, urban planners and policy experts working to identify fiscally responsible and socially equitable approaches to climate challenges facing New York City’s building stock and neighborhoods.
John Woelfling's work is driven by the belief that architecture should be sensitive to the environment. He leverages his experiences working across project typologies, from education and recreation to healthcare and infrastructure, to inform his leadership on many of the firm's mixed-use residential projects. Whether directing a design team, spearheading AIA 2030 Commitment efforts, or leading the firm's Sustainable Practice Group, his focus on sustainable design practices is guided by data informed decision making and follow up analysis.
Walter Woodington has five years of façade and specialty engineering experience ranging across market sectors (sports, commercial, residential), typologies (curtain wall, gridshells, tensile, curtain wall, high rise, sculpture), and materials (steel, pneumatics, cable, glass).Mr. Woodington joined Buro Ehring early in 2019 after working for four years in New York focusing on high profile new structural enclosures for national and international projects. These projects focused on geometrically complex, lightweight, and long span enclosures. Projects within the tristate area covered much more breadth, such as masonry facades, unitized curtain wall, mega-sized operable units, and kinetic systems. Facade investigation and renovation came naturally to Mr. Woodington due to his familiarity across materials and systems, but also his attention to constructability and energy concerns. His projects involved breakages of structural glass, material and anchor testing, and historic building systems.Mr. Woodington’s experience with architecturally demanding projects and fundamental understanding of details makes him an ideal team member for a visually pro
Bob Zhang came to the U.S. in 2015, as Sales Director of Tianjin Northglass for North America, the leading fabricator of specialty and oversized architectural glass for the global construction industry. Zhang has many years experience with the Quality Control Department. Zhang was also the project manager for Apple Park project in Cupertino, working with the Apple team on the glass selection for their new headquarters. Zhang supports architects, using Northglass' innovative capabilities to best execute their designs.
Sr. Branch Mgr. Würzburg
Stefan Zimmermann leads Gartner's branch office in Wuerzburg, Germany, and has been with Josef Gartner for 15 years. During this time he was responsible for about 75 high profile projects in many different countries such as the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, France, UK, Ireland, Qatar, UAE, Chile and Russia. With his engineering expertise, his main focus is in on steel and glass projects, cable walls, structural glass projects and complex geometries.