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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).
Head of Architecture
Hugo Balderas is the Head of Architecture at Grupo Anima, a design and construction company based in Mexico City. After studying Architecture at Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) – during which he worked part-time at Espiñeira y Muro Arquitectos – he was invited to collaborate with Alberto Djaddah Jamous(UIA) on what would eventually become Grupo Anima. Over the past 19 years, Hugo has led a team tha thas developed more than 110 residential, office, mixed-use, and hospitality projects throughout Mexico under the brand names Punto Destino, Aura, and Viadora. Since 2014, he has been collaborating with Belzberg Architects, Neme Design Studio, and Arup among others, on several award-winning projects.
Peter Barsuk, AIA, LEED® AP, DBIA, is an expert in government, education, civic, and office building projects in Gensler’s LA office. With more than 20 years of experience, Barsuk has demonstrated his leadership at Gensler since 2005, collaborating with client user groups, design professionals, and contractors to design and deliver innovative project solutions for his clients. A passionate environmentalist, Barsuk is the former Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter, and is focused on promoting sustainability in the local, built environment.
Anthony Birchler leads the design-engineering team at Zahner. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the Zahner patented systems which are now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. For many architects, Mr. Birchler is the face of Zahner. He works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.
Ashley Clark is an Architectural Consultant based in San Francisco, California. She is the interface to architects, designers and builders involving a variety of typologies and scope, specializing in Facades. During her more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Ashley has earned her LEED credentials and a General Contractor’s license and affiliated as an AIA Associate. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at San Diego and Master’s of Architecture from the New School of Architecture.
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.
Brock strives to achieve a catalytic effect in his work, often using the design of individual buildings to positively impact the surrounding built environment. Since joining Belzberg Architects in 2004, he has worked across a variety of typologies including institutional, residential, commercial, and hospitality, and for the past several years, has overseen the firm’s growing portfolio in Mexico. Embracing an interdisciplinary approach, coordination early and often is critical to Brock’s process, allowing the full team to tease out ingenuity and produce the best design solutions through a truly creative collaboration. Brock is also an avid public transportation user and an outspoken supporter of a multimodal lifestyle.
National Sales Manager
Tan Diep, National Architectural Manager, West Region, at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG), offers product support to architects and glazing contractors in a five-state territory. He joined Vitro in 2017, and previously worked as an architectural manager for PPG’s architectural coatings business. He also was a strategic account manager for Sloan Valve Co., and he held specification leadership positions at Legrand North America and Akzo Nobel.
Becher Eli Neme
Becher Eli Neme
Principal Founder of Neme Design Studio, LLC and a licensed Architect with 20 years’ experience. Specialized in using 3D technologies to optimize complex geometry and building systems for construction coordination and fabrication.
Becher professional career commenced in France where he worked with TETRARC Architects, an award winning practice recognized for their artistic and poetic approach to architecture. He later moved on to Los Angeles to work for Frank Gehry where he was involved in highly complex projects, including the Brooklyn Arena, the Hall winery, and the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi.
Becher graduated with a degree in Architectural Design, a degree in Architectural Engineering, and a Master’s in Urban design from L’Ecole Nationale Superieure D’architecture in Nantes, France. Becher writes regularly and is a frequent speaker about the interface of architecture and 3D technology.
John Fidler is a British licensed architect with two postgraduate degreesin building conservation and over 40 years specialist experience repairinghistoric buildings and ancient monuments. His international award-winningconsultancy is based in Marina Del Rey.
Formerly the Conservation Director of English Heritage in London, wherehe was responsible for the welfare of over 400 ruined abbeys, castles andWorld Heritage Sites including Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall, Fidler chairedBritish Standard 8221/2: 2000, The Cleaning & Surface Repair of Buildingsand now serves on two ASTM committees. He is currently rewriting SirBernard Feilden’s Conservation of Historic Buildings.
David Freeland is a principal at FreelandBuck in Los Angeles and design faculty at Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is a winner of the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices Prize in 2019 and was named a finalist for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program as well as a member of Architectural Record’s 2017 Design Vanguard.
Dick Gee oversees Spectra Company’s preservation consulting, design-build and historic construction projects. A licensed architect in California and Arizona with 30 years of experience on historic projects, he started his preservation career working on places like the Eastern Columbia Building, the Los Angeles Coliseum, and El Pueblo de Los Angeles. Additional projects include the El Capitan Office Building and Theater, Vibiana in Los Angeles, and the restoration of most historic buildings at the Pechanga and Pala tribe reservations.
Margaret Griffin's designs synthesize form, content, and context to reinterpret and transform environments. Griffin examines the traditionally dichotomous relationships between built form and environment, site and urban context, space and lightness to punctuate her comprehensive approach to design. In addition to guiding a progressive firm, Margaret extends her architectural research on the design faculty at the SCI-Arc. She also serves as a design leader on the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board. She holds a BArch from Syracuse University and a MArch from the University of Virginia.
Building Science Engineer
Eric’s typical responsibilities include design peer review, construction field review, and construction administration services for the building enclosure components of new construction and rehabilitation projects. He also performs building enclosure condition assessments of existing buildings to review the performance of the enclosure and to establish the scope of necessary repairs and maintenance. Eric works closely with the rest of the RDH team to provide building science recommendations and consulting services. In addition to this, he is involved with performance testing of building enclosure assemblies to ensure that they meet the project requirements. Eric first joined RDH in 2015 as an Engineering Assistant for a co-op term in the Vancouver office. He joined the SF Bay Area office full-time in 2016, and is committed to the success of RDH projects.
Patti Harburg-Petrich, SE, LEED AP BD+C is a principal at BuroHappold Engineering. As an interdisciplinary project director, Patti has experience leading teams for many building types, including aviation, commercial, healthcare, educational, and sports.She has a passion for community-centric work, adaptive reuse and seismic retrofit, sustainable design, and aviation and transportation projects.
Patti is a licensed Structural Engineer in the state of California, LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction, and certified Disaster Service Worker for the State of California Safety Assessment Program. She serves on the board of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and on the Executive Board of the ACE Mentor Program, the Southern California Development Forum, and the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute BPAD Executive Committee.
Chief Design Officer
Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining City Hall, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. He is professor of the practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility and demographic change in Southern California.
Jessica blends a high level of design intuition with sound analytical thinking. Her ability to develop compelling conceptual designs is matched by her technical knowledge and tectonic approach resulting in elegant, thorough design solutions. She possesses great facility with software and digital techniques enabling her to solve complex problems quickly and efficiently as well as communicate effectively with interdisciplinary collaborators. As Lead Project Designer of Apertures, she was instrumental in shepherding the research and development of a new standard masonry unit with integrated structural system and ensured its application stayed true to the original design intent. Currently, Jessica is interested in how the principles of sustainability can be amplified by form and tectonics.
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.
Director of Sales
Since 2013 Kevin Harris has served as Director of Sales & Marketing for AGS Stainless, Inc. Mr. Harris has an extensive track record in business development, marketing, communications and sales. Prior to his position with AGS Stainless, Mr. Harris founded 4 industry-leading firms including 2-information technology firms, one specializing in the creation of web-based process management tools for Fortune 100 corporations and one that specialized in building predictive modeling applications for federal agencies. He also founded a real estate development firm that spearheaded the restoration and redevelopment of a historic seaport community’s downtown waterfront and he co-founded a state-chartered community bank. Two of these four companies he sold to publicly traded corporations. Over the years he has served on the Board of Directors for numerous non-profit organizations including the Economic Development Council of Jefferson County (Washington State), Centrum (Arts and Education) and the Jefferson County Historical Society (Washington State).
Brian Hubbs, is a Managing Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist at RDH. Brian has over 25 years' experience as a consultant practicing exclusively in the field of building science. Brian is a practical Facade engineer and researcher. He has a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge gained from designing Facades for new buildings, as well as completing hundreds of forensic investigations, rehabilitation and research projects. Brian has extensive experience with high-rise and Iconic façade systems, components, and materials and has designed new and innovative facade systems for high-rise wood and passive house projects. An engaging and vibrant presenter, he regularly speaks at seminars, conferences, and guest lectures on a wide range of building science and Façade Engineering topics.
Principal, Managing Director
Georgina Huljich, with more than 13 years of experience, has actively advanced the office to engage in new speculative and strategic horizons having a huge impact on design and scale of work. Architect and Educator, her work has been published and exhibited widely and her current research looks at strange peripheries in Europe and Asia and the way they affect notions of type, form and aesthetics.
Director of Sustainable Design
Dirk Kestner's project work, teaching, and coaching and broad-reaching influence in the industry help maintain Walter P Moore’s status as a national leader in sustainable approaches and outcomes. A structural engineer, Kestner applies his immense passion for environmental accountability in design to elevate the knowledge and expertise of all those around him, creating better results for clients and projects. Kestner was founding chair of the Sustainability Committee of the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and is widely acknowledged as a leader in the advancement of sustainable structural solutions. As a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the US Green Building Council, he helps guide the criteria of the LEED rating system. Kestner is a professional engineer in Texas and Georgia and is LEED Accredited Professional/Building Design + Construction. He holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and graduated Cum Laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Fabian Kremkus was Past Chair of the COTE AIA LA and is current Director at the AIA LA chapter. Kremkus' 25-year architectural career – 20 with CO Architects – includes work on national and international academic facilities and corporate headquarters. With CO Architects, he has designed research, higher education, healthcare, and civic facilities. Kremkus merges design sensitivity with great attention to craft. He is also one of Los Angeles’ most avid bicyclists.
Bill Kreysler founded his firm in 1982 after 9 years building competition sailboats. The firm, based in Napa County with a new, highly automated facility on Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. Kreysler & Associates is a leader in the use of digital fabrication and composite materials. He has been chairman of the industry committee responsible for changing the building codes by recognizing composite materials as an accepted construction material. He has served as board member and President of the American Composites Manufacturing Association (ACMA) and was a founding member of the Digital Fabrication Network. Kresyler works extensively with schools, introducing students to composite materials and how they are changing the building environment.
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.
Christina Lee is focused on the execution of new developments through all phases of the development process, with particular experience with mixed use, multifamily, and office projects. She has managed, entitled, and repositioned projects including 2011 North Soto, 4540 Worth, Pico/Centinela, 301 Ocean, and 6th and Bixel. Currently, she manages the development of LA Plaza Village, a mixed-used project comprised of 355 residential units and 45,000 sf of commercial in the El Pueblo District in LA. She also serves as the point person on the 42-acre Taylor Yard development along the Los Angeles River. She manages consultants, provides direct interface with city and government officials, and develops project budgets and pro formas.
Reuben Lombardo is a key team construction and project-management team member of Spectra Company’s historic division. An artist by trade, he holds expertise in ornamental concrete/plaster, granite, marble, ceramics, historic murals, sculptures, mold making, wood restoration, and metalwork. He has worked on landmarks including the Hoover Dam, the Catalina Island Casino in Avalon, and Hearst Castle in San Simeon. He is a former board member of the Western Chapter of Preservation Technologies International.
Director of Engineering Sales
Paul Martin is the Director of Engineering Sales for the A. Zahner Company and a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked as a 3D model designer in the semiconductor industry before finding a home in architectural metals. Over the past 20 years, he has had the opportunity to work directly with many of the most creative and advanced architecture firms to realize their ambitions. He has had a front seat in the development of many iconic projects including the Experience Music Project, the de Young Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (SF) and the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech. He has shared his experiences at various events and institutions including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Stevens Institute of Technology, and the College of the Arts, San Francisco.
National Sustainable Design Director
Lisa Matthiessen, FAIA, LEED Fellow, leads HGA’s approach to high-performance building design by guiding related research and education and supporting industry-leading projects. She has more than 25 years’ experience in sustainable design and planning and has progressed from designing individual buildings that set new green benchmarks to framing the national dialogue on sustainable design through her work on national committees, associations, and forums. Matthiessen is also known for her research into the cost implications of building green.
Director of North America Sales and Operations
Piergiorgio Mazzetta is the Director of North America Sales and Operations for LAMINAM S.p.A. Having spent his professional life in the porcelain and tile business, Mr. Mazzetta has proven to be a team leader, with deep and broad experience in the architectural design world, successfully driving both sales and executive teams to winning positions.
He is strongly involved with the A&D Community in all the major centers in North America, providing solutions for commercial, industrial and residential applications.
Fokke Moerel joined MVRDV in 1998, having previously worked for OMA. She leads projects in the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, the Americas and the rest of Europe. She frequently teaches and has been a tutor at the Royal Academy for the Arts in The Hague, HKU and Harvard GSD. Some of her notable realizations are Spijkenisse Book Mountain, the Amsterdam Lloyd Hotel, and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen’s public Art Depot, currently under construction.
Principal & Founding Partner
Bruce Nichol, ARB RIBA, brings over 30 years of diverse architectural experience to Front. He is a licensed architect in the UK where he received his BA (Honours) from Huddersfield Polytechnic, and his Graduate Diploma in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University. Formerly with Foster+Partners and the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, his professional architectural and facade design experience ranges from international airport and transportation projects to high-rise, cultural and educational institutions.
As an architect and inquisitive collaborator, David brings a comprehensive skill set of design advocacy, management oversight and technical expertise to his projects. He plays a major role in setting the conceptual and design direction for the Arts & Culture practice area. David joined Gensler in 2011 to lead the construction of the Broad Museum and his experience with world-class cultural facilities and complex building systems was essential to realizing the complex geometries of the design. David has been a key proponent for Gensler’s Arts & Culture practice area and is currently one of its founding firmwide leaders. He aligns realistic problemsolving with thoughtful responsive design to discover site and culture specific solutions. Prior to joining Gensler, David was a Senior Associate at Gehry Partners.
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.
Through his work on the many historic buildings of downtown Los Angeles, Peter Rindelaub is able to combine his design interests with his construction expertise. His background as an architect designing for harsh midwestern climates informs his understanding of construction detailing, materials and assemblies. Peter’s historic Omgivning projects include the conversion of Broadway Trade Center, Dearden’s, and reuse studies for buildings at the Santa Monica Airport.
Michelle Sandoval is a Senior Associate and architect with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, specializing in the design, specification, and testing of building enclosure components, including roofing, waterproofing, and window systems, for both new construction and repair of existing buildings. She has worked on enclosure components for many historic buildings including the Los Angeles County Hall of Justice, the Los Angeles Times building, the Eames House, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Architectural Sales Representative
Almost 20 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry. I enjoy the sales side of the industry with a background in sales of architectural glass, curtain wall, storefront systems and doors. Maintaining and growing a strong customer base, working to create a profitable partnership between manufacturer/fabricator and glazing contractors.
With over thirty years of construction management experience Bart’s diverse portfolio includes museums, religious buildings, data centers, office buildings, clean rooms, hospitals, academic buildings, hotels, retail stores, parking structures and restaurants. In addition, these projects have included seismic renovations, infrastructure replacement and central plant upgrades in operating client facilities. Many of these projects incorporated extensive sitework and landscaping as well as unique building elements such as green roofs, photovoltaic systems and geothermal wells.
His leadership and varied engineering and construction experience on complex, high-value, phased, and fast tract projects enables him to provide designers with constructability solutions to achieve their project vision while establishing budget and schedule stability for clients.
Senior Project Manager
Colin’s experience is varied and covers all components of the building enclosure, including above- and below-grade walls, glazing systems, balconies, and roofs—and ranges geographically across Canada and the United States. In addition to new construction design consulting, he has performed investigations of premature building enclosure failures and has managed numerous targeted and comprehensive building enclosure rehabilitation projects. Colin regularly speaks about topics related to building enclosures at events across the United States. Prior to joining RDH, Colin worked for consulting engineering firms in Ontario and California, where he gained experience in building enclosure and structural design. Colin is a principal of RDH and is committed to the success of RDH projects.
Russell Shubin, AIA is a founding partner of ShubinDonaldson Architects, established in 1991. Shubin’s focus on strong and relevant narratives throughout typology-specific studios has led ShubinDonaldson to be widely published, including a 2010 monograph entitled Live + Work, and receive over 40 AIA design awards for their innovative work throughout Southern California. Shubin is active in the AIA, local development organizations, and regularly speaks on architecture and design panels throughout Los Angeles.
Olivier approaches architecture through a rigorous design process, bringing his design and technical expertise to every project. He uses research, technology, and building science to drive progressive, contextually appropriate, holistic solutions for a diverse range of projects worldwide. As a knowledge leader, Olivier has played a significant role in driving Gensler’s research and development in building science and emerging market sector trends. He has led the design efforts for many of Gensler’s creative office, residential, and mixed use projects.
With over 18 years’ experience, Manan Raval is an associate principal who has led numerous global facades projects across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Manan’s technical facade expertise includes the design, engineering and detailing of a wide range of facade systems and materials that incorporate key performance attributes such as structural, environmental, fire, acoustics and security. He has managed complex scopes of work while coordinating sub-consultants, clients and other stakeholders throughout the design and construction administration processes. Manan has a particular interest in the broader application of an integrated engineering approach to tall building façade design addressing the complex demands of the built environment. Through his experience, Manan has developed a comprehensive knowledge of local and international building design codes and standards, various types of building envelope/facade systems designs, and speciality glass structure design. Manan is skilled in combining a range of highly specialized engineering disciplines to unlock design opportunities and deliver seamless solutions to specific engineering challenges within the building environment.
National Sales Director
Sebastian Salvadó’s strength as a designer stems from his ability to identify and execute solidly articulated concepts. As a Creative Director, he is involved every aspect of design, from practice to education. Since joining RCHS in 2014, his contributions have expanded the Studios’ multidisciplinary expression, with work that spans scales from large, urban mixed-use, to institutional, to residential, to furniture that solve complex problems with bold, integrative designs. He was a teaching assistant at Columbia University and an instructor at Tulane University.
Roger Sherman’s transdisciplinary, research-based approach brought him to Gensler where he is Director of Urban Projects. Formerly, he was principal and founder of Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design and Co-director of cityLAB, an urban design think tank at UCLA. His work has been featured in Newsweek, Fast Company, CNN and The History Channel, and exhibited at the Rotterdam and Venice Biennales.
Marketing and Communications
Head of Real Estate
Jonah Sonnenborn is responsible for making new acquisitions to assemble a diversified portfolio, as well as managing the existing real estate investments across Europe, South America and the United States. Sonnenborn received a JD/MBA from Columbia University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a dual degree in English and Government.
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.
Sanjeev leads Walter P Moore’s Enclosure Engineering practice. His expertise lies in developing elegant façade design solutions that balance structure, sustainability, and comfort for the users. Sanjeev’s experience is on a wide variety of projects including aviation, sports, civic, commercial, transportation, and hospitality. He has instructed at SciARC, a center of innovation and education, on integrated facades and at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture on designing with glass. He is a registered architect in California as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. His Master of Building Sciences is from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture is from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
Michael is an internationally practicing architect and educator with more than 27 years of experience, leading teams in the delivery of innovative, award-winning architecture and urbanism projects. With a unique understanding of global design culture, Michael has built a broad network of clients and specialist collaborators, assembling and managing numerous international project teams in a variety of cultures all over the world.