Avideh Haghighi is an Associate Principal and Licensed Architect at ZGF where she dedicates herself to designing a regenerative built environment. As a firm-wide sustainability leader, she guides ZGF teams in discovering synergies between building, social, and ecological processes. Avideh has a diverse body of cutting-edge high performance projects spanning public and private sectors, such as schools, large mixed-use developments and institutional projects, including California’s largest Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum building currently under construction. With a career equally rooted in design and advocacy, Avideh’s long list of affiliations in the AEC community include former Living Future Los Angeles co-facilitator, former AIA|LA COTE co-chair, current AIA California Climate Change Action Committee member, and current USGBC-LA Board member.
Mariana Ibañez is an Argentinian architect involved in practice, academia, and research. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA and the cofounder of Ibañez Kim, a genre-defiant practice that works with sensate materials, atmospheres, and new media to generate architecture, objects, and cities. Their work focuses on the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery, with a focus on the relationship between technology, culture, and the environment. Before joining UCLA, Mariana taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design for over a decade and for the past four years at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. As an author, Mariana has published two edited volumes, Paradigms in Computing by Routledge and Organization or Design? by a+t. She has also written numerous articles and chapters for Wiley and Sons, Harvard Design Magazine, ACTAR, Routledge, and others. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the MAXII museum in Rome, and The National Art Museum in Beijing with projects including work for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Biennale in Seoul. Mariana received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires and her Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association in London.
Tom Wiscombe, born in 1970, is Principal and Founder of Tom Wiscombe Architecture (TWA) in Los Angeles. His work is known for its powerful massing, alluring graphic qualities, and tectonic inventiveness, all underwritten by contemporary ecological thinking. Tom combines his renowned design expertise with a deep knowledge of construction and project delivery– gleaned from a thirty year professional career– to create projects with the highest level of care and craft. His recently released monograph Objects Models Worlds, captures the breadth of his practice and ideas. Tom is also Chair of the Undergraduate Program at SCI-Arc, where he has taught for over 15 years.
Laura Karnath is a registered architect and Senior Enclosure Technical Designer at Walter P Moore’s Los Angeles office. She is a leader in computational design and holds broad global experience in the organizational models and technical challenges involved in the delivery of large international projects. Having overseen the delivery of highly complex building envelopes on four continents, Laura applies her knowledge and experience to the burning question of embodied carbon in the built environment. An impassioned advocate for computationally driven building data management and for high-performance facades, she believes both to be central in the ultimate decarbonization of the built environment.
Laura is co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of the Carbon Leadership Forum. She holds a Master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University at Buffalo.
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.
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structures from Columbia University.
Kais Al-Rawi, AIA works at the intersection of architecture and engineering. He is a Senior Associate at the Los Angeles office for Walter P Moore. Kais focuses primarily on the façades and specialty structures of projects at a multitude of scales, ranging from artwork and stadia to airports and museums. His expertise has been leveraged on several high-profile projects including SoFi Stadium and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. Kais is an established leader in the field of generative and computational design methods. He is the 2020 recipient of Walter P Moore’s Javier F. Horvilleur Outstanding Young Professional Award, Kais holds a Master’s Degree from the Architectural Association (AA) in London and is a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto. In addition to speaking at multiple international conferences including Advanced Building Skins, Facade Tectonics Institute, and the IASS Conference, Kais also directs and teaches the AA Visiting School in Jordan and Los Angeles.
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. He 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 U.S. 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.
Kevin Daly is the founder of Kevin Daly Architects. For over twenty years he has pursued an architecture that delves into the paradoxes of the urban condition and the consequences of intervention. Projects by Kevin Daly express his belief in an architecture that is performative on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically. Bolstered by abundant research, he has demonstrated the benefits of advanced, unconventional building technology in works that are consistently recognized in publications and awards, and range from public schools, custom residences, and university buildings to affordable housing.
He is on the design faculty at UCLA and has served on juries or lectured at institutions internationally, including Stanford University, Cornell University, Rice University, SCI arc, the Architectural League of New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and RISD.
Mark Hershberg started at KPFF in 2001 with experiences in bridge design on the east coast and airframe design for military aircraft in Los Angeles. He has since afforded experience in healthcare facilities, research labs, central utility plants, higher education, multi-family residential and commercial office projects. He has lead teams to provide award winning structural services for projects ranging from large hospitals and corporate campuses to small retail stores while delighting clients, maintaining architectural design vision, and reducing construction costs. He is passionate about advancing the state of the art in structural engineering design and improving the process of construction on major and complicated projects
CO Architects Associate Principal Phillip White has over 20 years of experience as an architect and designer for large-scale university, academic, research and healthcare facilities. Phillip has led projects for some of the nation’s most respected universities, including UCLA, UCSD, NYU, and the Universities of Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience with both new construction and renovation projects, and recently worked on the modernization of two iconic Paul Revere Williams’ buildings at UCLA. Phillip joined the CO Architects in 2016 and is a registered architect in California and New York. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of the Arts.
With a career in architecture spanning 30 years, James Woolum has significant experience designing corporate, healthcare, research, and institutional environments. His design approach leads to honest, authentic, and user-focused solutions deeply rooted in the unique culture, process, and community of each client. James has led design and workplace strategy efforts for a variety of media, technology, and financial services clients, such as Google, Publishers Clearing House, and California Air Resources Board. He has also been instrumental in the design of notable healthcare and institutional projects for clients including Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the University of California. James is a member of both the American Institute of Architects and the International Interior Design Association and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California.
MS student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability
Isabelle Hens is an MS student in Building Science, Technology and Sustainability at UC Berkeley. She previously obtained her BS in Architectural Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and her MS in Architectural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. With a background in both architectural design and structural engineering, Isabelle aims to use parametric design to improve multidisciplinary collaboration in early-stage building design by providing designers with simulation-based performance feedback, ultimately allowing them to reduce the operational and embodied energy and design more energy-efficient buildings. Her previous research has focused on the feasibility and embodied carbon of tall timber structural systems using parametric design space exploration.
Stan Su, AIA / LEED AP BD+C
Stan Su, AIA / LEED AP BD+C
Stan Su, AIA / LEED AP BD+C is an architect who specializes in the technical design and delivery of high-performance building enclosures and specialty structures. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has 27 years combined experience in architectural design, systems fabrication, and construction administration. Stan has led both architectural design teams and facades-specific consultant teams on projects in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. He has been instrumental in the technical resolution and creation of innovative enclosure solutions in Glass, Metals, GFRC, UHPC, FRP, Fabric Membranes, and Terracotta.
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.
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.
Manzer Mirkar is a Project Architect and Designer at HKS, Los Angeles. His portfolio includes work on a variety of project types ranging from Art Museums, Educational Facilities, Hospitality and Sports with a keen focus on geometrical and technical complexity. His diverse background and technological expertise allows him a unique perspective on architectural processes through the design phases to contract documentation and construction administration.
Manzer holds a Masters Degree in Architecture & Urban Design from the University of California, Los Angeles and has continued to make contributions in Academia as a visiting lecturer and mentor. He currently sits on the Talent Acquisition Committee and is a board member on the LA Design Fellowship Committee at HKS, with a focus on fostering the interrelationship between the profession, academia and the community.
Niel Prunier is a Vice President and Senior Project Architect in the Venues Practice at HKS. As a senior project architect with experience all over the world, Niel interfaces directly with the owner, consultants and design team to produce the best design solutions for each client. Niel received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where through the Rice Internship Program, he worked at Cesar Pelli and Associates on the Petronas Towers. Niel has worked for multiple internationally acclaimed design firms including The Jerde Partnership, Randall Stout Architects, EYRC, and Michael Maltzan Architects on award-winning museums, civic and cultural buildings. With HKS, Niel’s past work informs his technical guidance in leading large teams for complex and multifaceted projects like SoFi Stadium. His background in 3D digital modelling, documentation and construction delivery is balanced with an ability to promote fluid communication among many different engineering and construction disciplines. He enjoys reconciling the varying elements of design vision, client objectives and technical realities.Niel is a member of the AIA, has been a guest critic at Woodbury University, and has lectured at Facades Plus NY on the use of ETFE is Sports Venues and at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Museum Design. He is currently designing and building a home for himself, his partner, and their three-year old son.
Richard Green is Principal / Owner of Green Facades. He is a global expert in the area of facades and structural glass and his experience encompasses all stages of a building enclosure’s life-cycle. He received both Bachelor and Graduate Diploma in Structural Engineering from Monash University in Australia specializing in light-weight structures, and he has formal training in corrosion technology.
Richard’s specialty is the design and analysis of complex façade structures. He has been involved with a number of world leading and award-winning projects covering a wide range of building types. Curtainwall and high rise towers include Mahanakhon with OMA/ Ole Scherin, Shenzen Stock Exchange with OMA, and Brookfield Place in Calgary with AFK/Dialogue. He has worked on significant airport extensions in Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, Changi Airport in Singapore and was the lead designer for the façade of the Main Terminal Building of Helmut Jahn’s Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport in Thailand.
Richard has worked on cultural facilities on six continents and such iconic buildings as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano in Athens, Greece; the restoration of the Sydney Opera House; the Amazon Spheres with NBBJ; and, the refurbishment of the Seattle Space Needle with Olson Kundig.
Richard is the technical chair for the ASTM Structural Glass Committee and has an advisory role to Eurocode EC11. He is a member of the technical committee for the American glass standard ASTM E1300 and he was formally a member of the technical working group for Australian Standard AS1288, Glass in Buildings. Richard also represents the United States on International Organization for Standardization ISO (TC160) as an ‘Expert’ for matters regarding strength and use of architectural glass.
Richard is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of Washington, New York, Texas and Colorado USA and is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia, where he also is a Registered Building Practitioner in the State of Victoria. He has presented at many international conferences including giving keynote speeches for Glass Performance Days, Façade Techtonics and COST Structural Glass.
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.
A native Angeleno, Ben Stapleton is a recognized sustainability leader, who brings to this position extensive experience and connections across real estate, technology and innovation. He launched and managed the La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles, most recently serving as SVP, Operations & Finance for the LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI). The Campus has become an epicenter for sustainability in the region featuring events with prominent local, national and international leaders, while being home to a community of cutting-edge businesses and nonprofits. At LACI, Stapleton led major operational growth, program development, and partnerships to triple revenue for the non-profit. Simultaneously, he helped lead efforts that resulted in the La Kretz Innovation Campus becoming an iconic green building for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the City of Los Angeles, with multiple certifications, as well as pilot projects targeting waste, water, and energy efficiency. Stapleton has also held the positions of Managing Director of the LA Better Buildings Challenge and Vice President & Cleantech Practice Group Lead at JLL. He has served on the boards of LA Bioscience Hub and USGBC-LA. Representing competing schools in Los Angeles, Stapleton holds a MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Colin has created and communicated the value of new and important ideas, initiatives, and organizations for 30 years. He’s guided global brands (generating over $500 million in revenues) and startups (securing over $75 million in funding) through birth, growth, and even rebirth. A four-time Chief Marketing Officer, he concurrently serves in that role for Morpho Energy. Colin really got the green bug while Chief Marketing Officer of Biomimicry 3.8 (with partners including Interface and clients including HOK) and the Biomimicry Institute, where he helped grow the Global Design Challenge and network. His “Find Your Woods” TEDx and “Going Green” on CNN International helped further establish him as a leading advocate of innovation inspired by nature. He also speaks frequently on sustainability, design, conservation, and entrepreneurship, recently at the US Capitol, the Natural History Museum of LA County, and the Energy Branding Summit in Iceland, for which he serves as a CHARGE Awards judge. Colin is a LEED Green Associate, Living Future Ambassador, and Steering Committee member for ILFI’s LA Collaborative. With an MBA from the University of Liverpool, he is a guest lecturer at UCLA, LMU, and the ESB Business School at Reutlingen University (Germany). Colin has been an Angeleno since 1998 and is now rooted in the hills with his wife, kids, cats, and whatever neighboring species happen along.
Facade & Curtain Wall Specialist - Western US & Canada
Michael has over 20 years of real-world experience on many of largest, high profile projects throughout the Western United States. Through his knowledge and expertise, Michael developed a solid reputation working closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted resource on a wide range of curtain wall projects.
Michael is committed to ensure your project stays on budget and gets done right the first time from conception to close out. Prior to his role as Façade and Curtain Wall Specialist for the Western US and Canada, Michael was the Western United States and Hawaii Regional Manager.
Brian Rogers is a Technical Project Manager for Enclos, an Eagan, Minnesota based company that specializes in designing and manufacturing complex geometric facades. As a key member of their engineering department, Brian implements new 3D technology throughout Enclos’ manufacturing, quality control, and field layout processes. Notable projects include VIA (625 W 57th Street), Hudson Yards Tower A, Chase Center Arena, and the Las Vegas Stadium. His passion for architecture and design originated at the Savannah College of Art and Design where he earned his Master’s degree in architecture.
Sophie holds 14+ years of experience in the design of complex structures and facades. She joined Enclos in 2018, where she has steered various projects’ specialty facades scope sales and design assist efforts, engaged in prototyping, modular curtainwall systems, and various research topics such as ultra-thin glass, facades acoustical analysis and sustainability. Prior to joining Enclos in Los Angeles, Sophie worked as a Structural Engineer with Arup NY, SHoP Construction and RFR in Paris. In 2010 through the industry-academia partnership IAPP ARC she developed cold bent glass numerical analysis tools. Sophie authored several research papers on structural glass and has been involved in the development of US structural glass codes with ASTM, the Journal of Architectural Engineering as an Associate Editor
Mike is an Associate in Atelier Ten’s San Francisco office and member of the firm’s Daylight Practice. As an integrated design specialist, Mike has unique expertise in daylighting & façade optimization for energy performance, human experience, occupant health and thermal comfort. With over a decade in the industry, Mike has impacted the design of a wide range of buildings including commercial offices, academic buildings, museums, and k-12 schools. His projects have gone beyond LEED Platinum and have achieved high ambitions like Net Zero Energy certification. He is currently managing the renovation and transformation of the Horton Plaza mall into a mixed-use development. Mike was an adjunct professor at California College of the Arts and has a M.Arch from the UC erkeley, and a B.A in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.
Amy leads Atelier Ten’s carbon practice and has greatly advanced the firm’s approach and process to reduce our carbon impact. She manages some of Atelier Ten’s most ambitious projects: the UC Merced 2020 Project, the Candlestick Point Development, UCLA Geffen Hall, and the new San Mateo County Office Building. Beyond Atelier Ten, Amy is a member of the AIA National 2030 working group.