Blake Middleton FAIA LEED AP is a Partner at Handel Architects LLP. His work includes a variety of large-scale projects that have broken new ground in approaches to sustainable design and urban living. Expanding on the firm’s experience at Cornell Tech, Blake is overseeing the design of two other precedent-setting Passive House projects: 115 Winthrop Square, a hybrid building featuring over 700,000 SF of high-performance office use in Boston’s Financial District; and in East Harlem, Sendero Verde, a 760,000 SF mixed-use complex including a high school, health center, community services partners, coupled with 650 100% affordable apartments. The diversity of Blake’s previous work includes a 2.4 million SF, four building complex that dramatically revitalized Boston’s Theater District; academic and performance buildings for The Boston Conservatory; the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Natatorium and Ice Rink in New York; and the renovation of the historic Santa Barbara Bowl Amphitheater in Santa Barbara, California.
Elaine Molinar is an architect and Managing Partner of Snøhetta’s US practice, a 100-person interdisciplinary design studio which takes an integrative approach to architecture, landscape, and interior design.
Elaine started her career as one of the designers of the Alexandria Library, the competition-winning project which launched Snøhetta’s practice over 30 years ago. Since then she’s lead many of the firm’s significant cultural projects and co-founded the New York office in 2005.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Elaine is a 2019 recipient of the Texas Medal of Arts and serves on the board of trustees of the Van Alen Institute as well as the Advisory boards of the University of Texas School of Architecture, The Penn State School of Architecture, and the online editorial platform, Madame Architect.
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as the E. Fay Jones Distinguished Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Work produced in his professional office, Marlon Blackwell Architects (MBA), has received national and international recognition with significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines and more than 160 design awards. Blackwell is the recipient of the 2020 AIA Gold Medal, the Institute’s highest honor, which recognizes those whose work has had an enduring impact on the theory and practice of architecture. e isHe He is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. MBA received the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and ranked #1 in Design as part of the 2016 Architect 50. Marlon was a 2019 William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, inducted into the National Academy of Design in 2018, and selected as a United States Artists Ford Fellow in 2014. He received the E. Fay Jones Gold Medal from the Arkansas AIA in 2017 and the 2012 Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A monograph of his early work, “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell”, was published in 2005 by Princeton Architectural Press, who will also publish a new monograph titled “Radical Practice” to be released in Fall 2022.
Stephen Dayton is a founding member of Thomas Phifer and Partners, having joined at its inception in 1997. He has been a partner since 2004. He has been responsible for the design and management of such diverse projects as the United States Courthouse, Salt Lake City, Utah, office tower designs in Washington, DC and Boston, a prototype modular office building for Steelcase Furniture, the renovation of courtrooms for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Phoenix, Arizona, and a 6,000-square-foot residence in the Hudson River Valley.
He is currently engaged in the design of two academic buildings at Indiana University Bloomington and the construction administration of the TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Poland. He also recently oversaw the design and construction of a 34-story office tower in San Francisco, California. As a partner, he is involved in all aspects of the practice, including conceptual design, detail development, project team management, consultant coordination, client communication, and construction administration. His professional focus is on creatively solving and managing complex projects, such as Salt Lake City Courthouse.
Prior to Thomas Phifer and Partners, Mr. Dayton was a Senior Associate at Richard Meier & Partners, serving as a project architect and designer on several projects, including the United States Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona, a master plan and office tower for Compaq Computer in Houston, and the United States Courthouse in Islip, New York. Previous to Richard Meier & Partners, Mr. Dayton was a designer at Maki and Associates in Tokyo, Japan.
As the leader of KPF’s institutional practice, Jill brings over 40 years of experience to the planning and design of large and complex projects in the US and around the world. Her local portfolio includes award-winning healthcare, research, and academic facilities, along with major infrastructure work.
Jill is extremely active in the design and development industry in New York City. As President of AIA New York in 2013, Jill created the Global Cities/Global Practice exhibition and spearheaded the Post-Sandy Initiative and the Blueprint for the Future of the City, establishing a framework for the profession to address challenges related to climate change. She is a Board Member of the Regional Plan Association and the New York Building Congress, and Planning Chair for the Municipal Art Society. Jill is also on the External Advisory Board of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. In 2019, Jill was appointed to the New York City Climate Advisory Board to advise city leaders on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 through Local Law 97, an unprecedented commitment to increase the sustainability of buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Lisa leads Eckersley O’Callaghan’s West Coast offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She joined EOC in 2013 to support the practice’s emerging facade engineering group in London and after playing a significant role in the group’s exceptional growth, Lisa has been responsible for the expansion of EOC’s West Coast presence.
Lisa directs EOC’s R&D efforts, focusing on innovative glass designs and technology.
She remains heavily involved in academia particularly with the Facade Research Group at TU Delft where she pursued her doctoral research and has built strong links between research and industry.
Kevin Lamyuktseung is Senior Associate at SO–IL. His work at the practice focuses on institutional work and culture spaces. His project experience ranges from large-scale work such as the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis and K11 Arts and Culture Center in Hong Kong, to private artist studios in Brooklyn New York. He was project leader of the recently completed Amant Foundation, a new 22,000 SF arts and artist residency campus in New York.
He received his Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2013 and continues to engage in academia, having taught at the Pratt Institute GAUD and Columbia GSAPP. Kevin is a frequent guest critic and has lectured at the University of Florida SOA, Parsons School of Design and School of Visual Arts NYC.
Joshua Ramus, founder and principal, leads REX’s think-tank of diverse professionals and all the firm’s projects. In 2016, Joshua was the first American recipient of the Marcus Prize, the $100,000 biennial, international architecture award conferred by the Marcus Corporation Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has also been credited as one of the “5 greatest architects under 50” by The Huffington Post, one of the world’s most influential young architects by Wallpaper*, one of the twenty most influential players in design by Fast Company, listed among “The 20 Essential Young Architects” by ICON magazine, and featured as one of the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire. In 2020, Joshua was honored by the experimental performance company STREB with their Action Maverick Award.
Joshua Ramus has been the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University and the Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice University, and a visiting professor at Columbia University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. An early member of the TED Brain Trust, Joshua shared REX’s design methodologies at the TED2006 and TEDxSMU conferences, and lectures frequently at universities, cultural institutions, and symposiums around the world. Joshua holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he earned the inaugural Araldo Cossutta Fellowship and the SOM Fellowship, and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, magna cum laude with distinction in the major, from Yale University.
Andrew Brown is a senior architect at Marvel with a special focus on adaptive reuse and urban redevelopment projects. Andrew served as project architect on the recently completed historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the Battery Maritime Building, working full-time from a site office to oversee all daily construction activities. He is currently spearheading the restoration of the Orchard Beach Pavilion, an historic 1930s-era bathhouse located in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Andrew leads Marvel’s high school education outreach and university student internship programs. He joined the firm in 2018 following several years of work on public spaces around the United States at James Corner Field Operations. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and a Masters of Architecture from McGill University.
Vishwadeep Deo is a Senior Associate and Façade Designer with Front Inc. Front is a cross-disciplinary collective of architects and engineers who bring specialized façade system design expertise to owners, designers, consultants, and contractors. With over eighteen years of construction industry experience, Vishwadeep has worked as lead façade consultant for prominent cultural, institutional, public, commercial, sports, transit and residential projects in North America, Europe and Asia. Vishwadeep is interested in deconstructing complex enclosure challenges using a convergence of research and practice. His expertise includes activating façade system design with optimization, analysis, fabrication processes, material behavior, advanced computation, and industry collaboration.
Prior to Front, Vishwadeep worked with the Digital Design Group at Skidmore Owings & Merrill in New York, Digital Fabrication Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and Ashok Dhawan Architects in New Delhi. Vishwadeep is a contributing studio façade consultant at University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University. Vishwadeep has presented at international symposiums like Facades+, Advanced Architectural Geometry and Façade Techtonics, and regularly participates in architecture studio reviews.
Vishwadeep is a Graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology with an M.S., with a concentration in Building Technology, and from School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi with a B.Arch.
Regan is a Engineer with Simpson Gumpertz Heger with experience in design, investigation, evaluation, rehabilitation, commissioning, and construction administration of historic and contemporary buildings. Focused in Building Energy Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Roofing, Waterproofing, Curtain Wall, Glass, Facades, Below-Grade Waterproofing.
Mark is a partner at COOKFOX and has spent his career focused on sustainable architecture. He believes that the best design helps connect people to nature, and that every project should be viewed through that lens.
Mark joined the COOKFOX studio in 2003 and leads the practice in managing the design of large-scale mixed-use urban projects. Among his work is One Bryant Park, the first LEED Platinum Skyscraper. He served as Project Director for City Point in Downtown Brooklyn, which received the Public Design Commission Annual Award for Excellence in Design and the Brooklyn Building Award for Retail (2013). He is currently the Partner-in-Charge for the St. John’s Terminal project spanning two city blocks on the west side of Manhattan.
Marguerite joined COOKFOX in 2015 and has worked on a wide range of projects including large commercial offices, multi-residential and high-end residential projects, as well as various competitions. For the last three years she has worked on St. John’s Terminal. The project team has re-imagined this historic infrastructure as part of the next generation of high-performance and biophilic workplaces. Her role has focused on developing both the massing and the facades of the building.
Sean specializes in building science and building enclosure performance, including analysis and simulation of heat/air/moisture migration and energy efficiency issues. He has a particular interest in iconic New York City cultural buildings, helping to make them more sustainable with high-performing enclosures. Sean has investigated and designed repairs for a wide variety of building types and has published papers on topics including mechanical system impacts on building enclosure performance and condensation resistance of windows and curtain walls. He is an active member of several professional organizations in New York and nationally. In addition to his extensive experience in building enclosure design, Sean brings to each project his genuine desires to improve the built environment, meet the client’s specific needs, and help to educate both clients and team members along the way.
Sara Gonzalez joined Gilsanz Murray Steficek’s Building Envelope Consulting Group in 2017. She has an architectural background and specializes in wall panels, curtain wall and window consulting, including involvement in all phases of design and construction. Sara has worked on a wide range of projects, both new construction and renovation with emphasis in the energy code compliance.
Her recent projects include the panelized precast facades for 130 William Street in the Financial District and 11 Hoyt Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the window wall at 355 Exterior Street in the Bronx and the curtain wall facade at Riu Hotel in Times Square. Sara’s recladding and restoration projects include 11 Penn Plaza, 550 Washington Street, 498 Seventh Avenue and 875 Fifth Avenue, each in Manhattan.
Marc McQuade is Associate Principal and co-heads the New York studio overseeing projects in North & South America and the Caribbean. Since joining the firm in 2010, he has been crucial to the growth of the US office having led numerous cultural, civic, and commercial projects.
Marc was responsible for the Sugar Hill Mixed-Use Development in Harlem, a LEED silver low-income housing project that challenges the traditional housing typology and accommodates the Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling and a preschool. He also led the design of the interior spaces of the Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture (2016), a LEED gold accredited building.
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.
Sophie Aliece Hollis is the Associate Market Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. She leads AN’s building product coverage, manages the “Best of” awards programs, and contributes to AN Interior. Before joining The Architect’s Newspaper, Sophie Aliece worked on the editorial team at Texas Architect Magazine in Austin, where she also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture with a minor in Journalism.
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.
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.
Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA
Director of Operations, Professional Speaker, Teacher, Author, Maker, Technologist
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.
Edward M Peck is an advocate for high-performance architecture, an educator of informed collaboration and a pioneer of innovative materials. With more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry, Edward has become a leader in innovative and performance driven architecture. His professional history is diverse; he has practiced as an architect, façade engineer and served as the design director for a leading specialty ETFE contractor. From these positions he has gained valuable knowledge from design and engineering to product development, manufacturing and construction. This diverse experience with complex and progressive projects enables him to be an impactful design leader and collaborator.
Stephen Katz is a Senior Associate and Technical Director at Gensler. Stephen has worked and lectured in the United States, Asia and Europe and has authored papers about façade design, intelligent building technology and sustainability. Stephen is the founder of Gensler Enclosures; a group dedicated to innovation and research for building enclosure design. Stephen has played strategic positions on award winning projects including the Johnson Controls Asia-Pacific Headquarters, the Willis Tower Repositioning Project and the Kohler Global Communications Headquarters to name a few. He favors an inclusive design process which recognizes the importance of teamwork, listening and the power of imagination. Stephen is a licensed Architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA National Building Performance Advisory Group and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Yugene joined KSP in 2003 and became one of five new partners in 2020 to lead the practice forward. He stands at the forefront of redefining the live/work-place paradigm, with a practice ranging from large-scale commercial developments to complex cultural projects. He serves as the leader of KSP’s empowerment initiative, a role that focuses on creating a studio environment that inspires, equips, and empowers the firm’s next generation of design leaders to contribute at the highest level.
Luke Haas was exposed to the real estate and design industry at a young age, Luke studied architecture to answer challenging problems through innovation and invention. He believes design is improved with input from multi-disciplinary teams. Experienced in the design-build processes and teaming with experts in other fields, Luke’s collaboration skills are visible daily — in the office and on the jobsite. Since receiving a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ball State University and a Master of Architecture from the Parsons School of Design, Luke has gained experience with Commercial, Higher Education, and Residential projects.
Facade Design Director, Studio NYL, has designed and realized award-winning structural and skin projects that merge high performance, high design, and constructability. He is the current national Vice Chair for the Building Enclosure Council and AIA National’s representative on the ASHRAE 90.1 Envelope Subcommittee. Will is also on the ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and is a developer and trainer for ASTM’s and NIBS’ new Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) certificate program. Will has presented at various AIA state and local events, CSI’s National CONSTRUCT Convention, BEST5, BEC-Colorado and BEC Minnesota events, and at multiple AIA National Conventions.
Erik Verboon is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Walter P Moore’s New York office. Trained in both architecture and engineering, Erik brings deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high-performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types. Erik’s role as Practice Area Leader of the firm’s national Enclosure Engineering team is supported by his experience working with a wide variety of façade applications including high-performance, double-skin façades, geometrically complex composite façades, and custom unitized enclosures for both new buildings and existing building retrofits and additions.
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.
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.
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.
Craig Copeland is an Architect, Sculptor and Industrial designer who is a Partner in the New York City studio of Pelli Clarke & Partners Architects, and founder of Situcraft in Long Island City, New York. Copeland received a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida (1982); a Master of Architecture from Yale University (1989), was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome (1997-99). Copeland has been the design team leader for several nationally awarded projects, including the New Entry Pavilion and Reconfigurations at Brookfield Place, the Visionaire, in Lower Manhattan, and 1214 Fifth Avenue, New York City. More recently, Copeland has been the Design Principal for Cabin | Stack | Prefab, a prefab home and furniture collection, and 2100 Penn Ave, a mixed-use headquarters and retail project in Washington DC. In 2016, while still practicing architecture full-time, Copeland opened his stone carving and design studio in New York City, and launched a furniture company, Situcraft. The following year, Copeland was invited to represent the United States in the Italian Design Theater at the Marmo+Mac, International Stone Fair in Verona, Italy. Copeland’s first furniture collection through Situcraft, “eCCo”, was produced by AKDO and launched at ICFF during NYCxDesign in 2019.
Holger Schulze-Ehring has over twenty years of structural and architectural design experience, with a focus on long-span, lightweight and specialty structures. He founded Büro Ehring in 2016, after a long tenure at architecture and engineering firm Santiago Calatrava, and has continuously worked on landmark projects world-wide, including in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Schulze-Ehring’s expertise is in advanced engineering with a collaborative approach to design. He leverages his cross-disciplinary capabilities to deliver innovative and specialized solutions to complex architectural challenges for his award-winning projects. A strong technical and creative background forms his considerable proficiency in engineering and designing unique and inventive structures.
Pat Arnett joined Silman in 1999 and has been a Principal of the firm since 2017. As a studio leader, he has actively designed and managed a diverse range of adaptive reuse, renovation, and new construction projects. He frequently works with cultural institutions, universities, public agencies, developers, non profits, and he collaborates with artists on designs for temporary and permanent installations.
Since 2011, Pat has been a studio consultant for the Rice School of Architecture, and he has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 2013. He is currently a professional mentor for the Engineers without Borders Manhattan College chapter and was formerly the mentor for Princeton University. As a mentor for the organization, he has worked with students on projects located in Ghana, Morocco, Cameroon, and Puerto Rico.
Louis has been with AGNORA since its’ early days and has played an instrumental role in the development and success of the company. As Senior Technical Specialist, he brings a unique mix of international experiences in float manufacturing, high performance vacuum coatings, large building glazing, and high-end glass fabrication. Louis consider architecture as the purest form of art and he loves glass. He likes to explore the limits of materials and process to come with innovative solutions that can be build easily. Most ambitious projects include More London Plot 1 and Plot 6; Mid City Place, London UK; Tour Granite, Paris FR; Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York USA, QMA and Onassis Center staircases.
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.
Alborz Razavi is the Chief Design Officer of Cladify/Mitrex. He is proud to be part of an organization where the vision is to drive automation and efficiencies and meet the needs of architects, property developers, and building owners with top-quality design, innovative product development, and world-class manufacturing of sustainable construction materials.
Alborz’s passion is to design and innovate building solutions, systems, and materials that aim for better buildings and a brighter future.
Having earned his B.Sc. of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in Toronto, he considers himself a true believer of the ideology that defines architecture as the ideal mix of two passions: protecting the environment and effecting positive change.
Manuel Schnüpke is responsible for Pohl sales activities in North America with strong focus on New York City. Manuel joined Pohl in 2016 and he consults with architects, developers, and contractors throughout the design development stages regarding suitable façade systems, materials and surface finishes. Pohl is an international specialist for standard and custom metal facades and has realized a number of landmark projects worldwide over the last 150 years.
Ted Baab received his M. Arch with Distinction of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. While at the GSD, he received the AIA Henry Adams Certificate for academic achievement, and a Penny White Award for independent research. His thesis research with P. Scott Cohen, developed a theory of strangeness in architecture through geometric misuse of vernacular form. In additional to teaching, he is a Senior Associate at SO – IL in Brooklyn where he has worked since 2011
Sam is a real estate and construction specialist with 12+ years of experience. Prior to founding Tankhouse, Sam was a construction manager at Sciame where he specialized in large-scale building projects in downtown Manhattan.
Sam earned his master of science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning (GSAAP) (2013) and his bachelor of arts in Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley (2005). Previously, Sam was an Adjunct Scholar and an Adjunct Professor at CURE, an urban think tank at Columbia University, and currently serves as a mentor for MsRED candidates.
Sebastian is a licensed architect with 16+ years of experience. Prior to founding Tankhouse, Sebastian was an Associate Partner at Foster + Partners New York where he lead the design and project management for a range of North and South American projects spanning luxury residential, cultural and commercial design.
Sebastian earned his master of science in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires (2002) and has completed coursework at New York University’s Schack Institute for Real Estate Development. Sebastian previously held teaching positions at the University of Buenos Aires and the Boston Architectural College.