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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Design Director and Regional Sustainability Leader
Hosey is a nationally acclaimed architect, designer, and sustainability expert who has spent his 25+ year career focusing on ways way to improve the impact of design. Highlights include the LEED Platinum and net-positive-energy “Sustainability Base” at NASA Ames Research Center and Oberlin College’s Lewis Center, the world’s first certified net-zero-energy building. He has authored books and countless articles advocating for sustainable design, published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
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
As director of sustainable design, Dirk Kestner provides overall guidance and resourcing to the entire firm, ensuring that all designs incorporate industry-leading expertise in sustainable strategies. His project work, teaching, and coaching throughout the firm and broad-reaching influence in the industry help maintain Walter P Moore’s status as a national leader in sustainable approaches and outcomes.
Trained and experienced as a structural engineer, Dirk 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. Dirk guides each team through a client inquiry process that produces bespoke sustainability goals for each project, and then leads the team to achieve those goals.
He was founding chair of the Sustainability Committee of the ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and is widely acknowledged as a national thought leader in the advancement of sustainable structural solutions. Dirk publishes and lectures frequently on topics that range from durability and deconstructability to salvaged structural steel and life cycle analysis. As a member of the LEED Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the US Green Building Council, he helps guide the important technical criteria of the LEED rating system.
Dirk is a professional engineer in Texas and Georgia and is a 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.
His experience in digital design, geometric rationalization, and environmental analysis allows him to bring the highest level of value to his clients while also helping designers deliver projects to the highest level of design sophistication while maximizing performance and minimizing cost. Erik’s portfolio expresses both national and international work with extensive experience in the New York market, bringing expertise in buildings old and new, across academic, commercial, and cultural sectors. In addition to Erik’s professional accolades, he teaches enclosure design at a number of leading universities.
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.
Christina Lee serves as a Vice President with Trammell Crow Company. She is focused on deal shaping and the execution of new developments through all phases of the development process. Christina has particular experience with mixed use, multifamily, and office projects. During her TCC tenure, 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 historic El Pueblo District in Los Angeles. She also serves as the point person on the 42-acre Taylor Yard development opportunity along the Los Angeles River. She manages consultants, provides direct interface with city and government officials, and develops project budgets and pro formas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sebastian’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. His wide range of experience enables him to excel in many disciplines, to find solutions as conceptual as the initial design idea and as specific as the furniture that completes the project.
Since joining RCHS in 2014, Sebastian’s 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.
Sebastian’s wide range of design experience is complemented by his background living in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York, which informed his cultural understanding. He was a teaching assistant at Columbia University from 2000-01 and an instructor at Tulane University from 2001-02.
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.
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.