David leads the technical direction and development of projects designed in HOK’s Los Angeles studio. This includes initiating, developing and monitoring methods of technical production, technical content, quality assurance and construction phase services. He also is a member of the firm’s technical board working to improve project delivery standards and protocols.
Over the past three decades, David has provided technical leadership and innovative project delivery methods on many significant projects in California and worldwide. He has special expertise in the design of high-performance building facades.
David enjoys serving as a mentor to other HOK professionals. In addition to his work as a technical leader, he has served as a guest critic and guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Mauricio Rocha is one of the leaders of the contemporary generation of architects who have been instrumental in re-making Mexico City. Rocha is known for a wide range of buildings, installations and architecture-based interventions, including the San Pablo Oztotepec Market, the Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the House for Abandoned Children. Through the work of his Taller de Arquitectura and his teaching at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and throughout Latin America and North America, Rocha’s concepts of form, composition and material have deeply influenced a generation of architects and urbanists. Rocha’s work establishes a deep commitment to sustainability — he explores local materials and traditional labor practices — and that his work has a profound connection to context.
Thomas Robinson is the Founder of LEVER Architecture, a design practice based in Portland, Oregon that is dedicated to the creation of buildings that elevate human experience. The firm works closely with missiondriven clients and has a body of built work that includes student housing for the Pacific Northwest College of Art, campus planning and design for leading entertainment companies, and the L’Angolo Estate Winery. LEVER is nationally recognized for material innovation and pioneering work with mass timber construction. The firm designed Albina Yard, the first building in the US made from domestically-fabricated Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT); and their research and testing for the Framework Project led to the first successful permitting of a wood high-rise in the US. Current mass timber projects include a major expansion of Adidas’ North American Headquarters. In 2017, LEVER was named to Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices. The firm’s work has been published in the Atlantic, New York Times, Surface, and Dwell among others; and was featured in Timber City, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Prior to founding LEVER, Robinson led cultural and institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Robinson has lectured throughout the US and Europe, and in 2018 served as the USDA Forest Service Wood Innovation Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.
With 37 years of diverse architectural experience and the last 26 years being collaborative in the design and execution of all Yazdani Studio projects. As an integral design leader, he establishes a clear design vision and is capable of project execution from conceptual design through project completion. His work combines experimental design with a mature resolution of pragmatic requirements, along with a high degree of technical expertise.
With 17 years of professional experience, Shara Castillo has spent her architectural career focused on areas of technical design and project management, with a passion for high-performance architecture that is reflected in her leadership on numerous LEED-certified projects. Shara’s leadership and collaborative approach working with clients and consultants has contributed to the success of every project she been part of, which spans a broad range of building types: healthcare facilities, laboratories, academic and judicial buildings, and workplaces. As an environmentalist who thrives on variety, Shara welcomes a final product that successfully integrates disparate pieces, while optimizing the local climate. This enables Shara to create high-impact sustainable design solutions that provide operational savings for her clients and help preserve the environment for years to come. Shara earned a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin and is a previous board member of USGBC-Los Angeles.
Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder of cove.tool, brings her experience of working on over 200 high performance projects. Most recently, Sandeep presented at the UN environment assembly, with 1500 global delegates, on the impact of buildings on climate change, showcased at the Tedx Atlanta and won the Forbes 30 under 30 for developing cove.tool, the automated sustainability consultant.
With her desire to bring automation into the AEC world, she is pioneering the integration of data driven thinking into the design and construction process by developing and intelligent software.
Katie Horak is a Los Angeles-area native and Principal in ARG’s Los Angeles office. She has nearly twenty years’ experience in the field of historic resource management in both the public and private sectors. Katie is a recognized leader in the industry, bringing creative and innovative solutions to complex issues related to historic site documentation, preservation policy and approvals processes, heritage management and interpretation, and adaptive re-use.
As Perkins&Will’s Director of Digital Practice, Nick takes a big-picture approach to his work, and employs a thorough understanding of how the digital practice enhances and completes the design process. Having spent the first part of his career as a designer, he now views his work as an opportunity to work alongside design teams to put the finishing touches on projects. He loves the fact that while so much of a firm’s process relies on technology, the output is analog. The product is ultimately a space that betters a child’s education, improves the wellness of patients, or enhances the functionality of an office. Nick’s passion lies in perfecting the digital process to maximize these outcomes.
Joseph possesses more than 37 years of architectural experience, he is a highly innovative, well-rounded architect with expertise in design development, construction documents, and exterior wall detailing. As a technical architect with design sensitivity, Joseph is a primarily focuses on exterior envelope design. He also serves as the Quality Leader responsible for quality control of our technical documents.
Bob is the Sales Director of Tianjin Northglass for North America, the leading fabricator of specialty and oversized architectural glass for the global construction industry.
Bob has many years of experience working with Quality Control department. Bob was the project manager for Apple Park project in Cupertino, supporting the design team on the glass selection for Apple’s new headquarters. In 2015, Bob came to the US to make more connections with architects and support their designs of future projects with the innovation and capabilities that Northglass has to offer.
Lindsey Miller is an architect with over 13 years of architectural experience, with a focus on the rehabilitation of historic buildings and sites. Her experience includes developing planning and management strategies for historic properties through feasibility studies and historic reports, design development for rehabilitation projects, and developing construction documents and providing construction administration for work on historic buildings.
Irene Pau Martin is an Associate at Arup with an Environmental and Mechanical Engineering background. She leads the Building Envelope Physics sub-discipline within the Americas Region and co-leads the Los Angeles Facades team. Having worked in London and Los Angeles, Irene has 16 years of experience on international projects ranging from historic buildings to new-build museums and office towers. Her passion for environmental considerations and occupant comfort has led her to advocate for thoughtful envelope designs that balance architectural delight with responsible resource consumption, particularly that of carbon and energy. Her design approach focuses on passive strategies—specific to each project site—to optimize the dynamic heat transfer between the indoor and outdoor environments. She also has a keen interest in healthy and sustainable materials. Irene has guest lectured at SCI-Arc and USC and has taught the highly popular AIA-accredited course, “Basics of Building Envelope Physics”.
As the design principal for HOK’s San Francisco studio and member of the firm’s global design board, Paul leads interdisciplinary teams of architects, engineers, interior designers and landscape architects. He has focused his entire career on rethinking the relationships between people and their environments.
Paul’s projects have won numerous regional, national and international awards. He has taught design at the University of California, Berkeley, Cornell University and the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Sarah Devan is an architect and conservator with over 15 years of combined experience in the conservation and restoration of architecture, sculpture, art objects, and paper documents. She has a broad level of experience with architectural materials, including assessment and testing of masonry, wood, metals, and architectural finishes. As a conservator, she has developed and performed hands-on conservation treatments on a variety of historic and contemporary artwork.
Adam Padua is a senior associate and project manager at Moore Ruble Yudell. Adam’s projects include Horace Mann School, San Jose and Steger Center at the University of Cincinnati which garnered two National AIA Design Awards and two National AIA Committee for Architecture in Education Design Awards, and projects at University of Virginia; Washington University in Saint Louis, UCLA and UCSD. Adam is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, SCUP and a LEED® Accredited professional.
Megan Cross-Wilkinson is an Associate, Building Science Engineer in San Francisco Bay Area with 9+ years of experience. She works on new construction, existing building rehabilitation, and forensics/litigation projects. Her experience ranges from façade design for high-rise unitized curtain wall to large re-cladding projects for existing wood-framed structures. She has worked on construction projects in a variety of geographic locations, including California, British Columbia and Ontario (Canada). She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Washington and is the Past President of the Northern California Chapter of the International Institute of Building Envelope Consultants (IIBEC). She holds at BASc in Honours Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
As a Façade Specialist, Felix has a deep knowledge in complex façade and glass design. He is a highly creative engineer and experienced team leader with over 15 years of experience in façade consulting and structural engineering. He enjoys designing structures and façades influenced by individual materials or products. He has worked with many cladding types and specializes in structural facades, structural glass, complex geometry structures, and uncommon building materials such as ETFE and fiber-reinforced polymers. Felix was involved, for example, in the Bombay Sapphire Greenhouses (Laverstoke, UK), a Large Confidential Campus Project (Cupertino, CA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA) and the Berkeley Hotel Entrance (London, UK).
With an education in architecture and business management, a background in project management, decades of experience in creative design, strategy for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500, and a passion for all things architecture and design, Joe serves as a consultant/advisor to architects, owners, and contractors all seeking expertise in achieving their architectural design visions through advanced manufacturers and cutting-edge solutions providers.
Joining Gensler in 2010, Brian Fraumeni’s expertise includes hospitality, mixed use and campuses & headquarters. He is a core project and technical designer for projects including Westin DIA Hotel and Transit Center, ITC One Colombo Hotel and Residences, and City of Hope Administrative Office Building. Brian has presented at conferences hosted by USC, Facade Tectonics, Autodesk, SCIArc, and Los Angeles Harbor.
Jack Rusk is a Climate Strategist for EHDD, an architecture firm with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. In addition to my involvement in the firm’s design and planning projects, I’m the lead technical developer of EHDD’s EPIC tool. In the last few years, I’ve presented research at the International Mass Timber Conference, applied machine learning and remote sensing techniques to model how urbanization is changing people’s exposure to natural hazards in mountainous areas, and written articles for a number of architecture publications and peer-reviewed research journals.
Efrie Escott investigates materials, ecosystems, and digital technologies as a Principal in the KieranTimberlake Research Group, translating data-driven research into building design. She was a core member of the development team for Tally, the founder of Philadelphia’s Dynamo User Group, and a member of the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group. She lectures internationally about environmental research and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alex Ianchenko works as a researcher and designer with the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle. Her passion for data management and visualization informs her ongoing work in whole-building life cycle assessment, building performance forecasting, and mapping. Today, Alex is dedicated to applying her background to climate advocacy as the regional lead of Carbon Leadership Forum – Seattle.
Som is a registered architect, with B.Arch, M.Arch degrees and over 16 years of experience working in the architectural field. She has been providing valuable project support on a wide-range of projects from pursuing the project to the final product delivery which has prepared her to work efficiently in a variety of roles.
Brian Wickersham, AIA, is the founding partner of AUX Architecture. With more than twenty years of experience, he creates meaningful spaces that promote creativity and community. Bringing both rigor and spontaneity to his designs, he cultivates research and collaboration in his Los Angeles studio to produce bespoke architecture that best serves client needs. He likens this robust process to jazz: improvisational and collective. AUX Architecture’s diverse body of work includes award-winning residential and multifamily homes, retail environments, art galleries, and education and cultural arts centers. Notable projects include the Saddle Peak Residence, which uses natural materials and sustainable approaches to connect the house to the surrounding landscape, and the luminous, community minded Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Brian strives to mitigate architecture’s impact on the environment. He integrates care and sustainability into all aspects of the studio. He is a licensed architect in California and Nevada, NCARB certified, and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Sean Quinn leads the Regenerative Design practice for HOK leveraging natural systems and building technology to enhance development as a steward of the environment. Based in San Francisco, he works across the firm’s broad portfolio of local, regional and international projects to establish positive performance strategies. He seeks common solutions to the complex problems of the day through design efforts that achieve significant environmental, health and resilient enhancements while striving beyond carbon neutrality. With 19 years of architectural experience focused on sustainable design, Sean has led and assisted the design of projects across all typologies through North America, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asia. Sean complements his design practice with research in building science and simulation, innovative building systems and fabrication, parametric design, and biomimicry.
Edwin has been practicing structural engineering for more than 20 years. He has led the design and analysis of several billion dollars in new building construction as well as seismic retrofit of existing buildings in sectors including but not limited to: healthcare, education, essential facilities, public and residential buildings. He also has extensive experience in alternate project delivery approaches such as Design-Build, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Public Private Partnership (P3), Design Assist, and Lean Delivery Approach. His leadership role allows him to actively participate in all stages of projects from project negotiation until the end of construction.
Edwin is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. He has presented and authored several structural engineering articles in various engineering magazines.
Sagar has experience as a designer and project manager. Since joining the firm, he has worked on numerous projects for the County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles, Kaiser Permanente, University of Southern California, UCLA, City of Hope, Disney, Northrop Grumman and Mattel. Sagar’s experience includes recreation projects, medical office buildings, laboratories, academic buildings, high-rise residential projects, large-scale tenant improvement work, campus planning, urban design and master planning.
With 26 years of experience working as an enclosure focused Architect, Building Scientist, and University of Oregon Professor, Sean Scott has made a habit of contributing to the building industry field of knowledge and educating the industry regarding enclosures. He is known as a “process-driven” high value member of the enclosure field in the Pacific North West. With his clear, concise communication style, Sean leads his firm of almost 300 staff for enclosures through consulting, research, and education. Sean’s has served on the Portland Building Enclosure Council, and was an enclosure professor at the University of Oregon.
Bob’s vast engineering experience includes designing, budgeting, overseeing production, and construction administration in a variety of markets including healthcare, university, government, justice, aerospace, and housing. Bob specializes in the design and construction of central plants including cogeneration; upgrading of various mechanical equipment and systems; and comprehensive master planning and infrastructure assessments. In addition to his LEED AP accreditation he is an Associate DBIA and a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Southern California.
For 35 years, Mark Hildebrand has worked on the design, engineering, fabrication and installation on scores of architectural precast, GFRC and thinshell panel systems for projects in California. Some of the notable recent projects are The Broad Museum in L.A., The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Geffen Theater, and the Loma Linda University Medical Center Tower. Mark is a registered civil engineer and has worked with Willis Construction since 1986. He currently serves as the President of Willis.
With over 30 years of experience in the precast construction industry, Scott started his career in General Contracting with Gate Precast as a project manager, and later, Director of Sales and Marketing and Head of Pre-Construction. In 2021, Scott joined Clark Pacific as the Senior Manager of Pre-Construction for Southern California. Personally, Scott is a licensed pilot and has kayaked over 100 miles. As an avid climber, Scott has climbed 14 mountains in the Rockies.
Tim Fuller is a Senior Engineer in the Arup’s Façade Engineering group where he specializes in façade structural engineering, building envelope physics, and materials. Tim has recently contributed to the design and delivery of several prominent projects in the Seattle metropolitan area, in addition to wide-ranging projects throughout Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, Brazil, and the United States.
Aaron Seward is Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. Seward is an award-winning editor whose career has centered on interpreting architecture for the profession and the general public. He was editor of Texas Architect magazine for six years and prior to that held several positions at AN, including executive editor. In addition to those publications, Seward’s writing on architecture, culture, and the built environment has appeared in Architect, Curbed, Domus, Metropolis, and other publications. He has a BA in Literature, Writing and the Arts from The New School for Social Research.
Mario Romero is a computational designer and digital practice manager at Perkins and Will. His work primarily deals in the melding of technology and architecture including:
robotics, Digital\physical interface design, Digital fabrication (in specific, 3D printing), Modular building automation & intelligence. Mario previously worked at AS+GG in Chicago and holds a BArch from University of Illinois Chicago
Nathan Barnes is the Computational Lead at Zahner. He has a background in architectural fabrication through programmatic mass customization. He is passionate about encapsulating solutions to problems through technological solutions. Additionally, he has a passion for fostering an inquisitive culture around him.
Nathan holds a master’s degree in architecture from UTA with an emphasis on digital fabrication. His current research is centered around developing software and hardware improvements to nudge forward fabrication capabilities.
As Digital Practice Manager for Computational Design, Luc brings a programmer’s rigor and designer’s creativity to every area of Perkins+Will’s diverse practice, giving designers new tools to create more sophisticated designs. Trained as an architect, his portfolio now encompasses a wide range of scales and disciplines, from robotic fabrication to environmental simulation and responsive parametric design. Luc’s work pushes at the boundaries of technology and creativity.
Birchler’s 38 years of professional experience in all aspects of facades is well
respected. He consults and collaborates with Owners, Architects, Engineers, and
Construction Managers to develop bespoke complex metal façade solutions
utilizing Zahner Assist methods. He is a key member of multiple Zahner teams.
Since 1997, he has been responsible for the design and implementation of many
of the patented systems used to complete bold architecture throughout the
world. Birchler earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The
University of Missouri-Rolla.