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Thomas is partner and managing director of Transsolar, an engineering firm with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York. He collaborated with world known architecture firms on numerous international design projects. He is a specialist in energy efficiency and environmental quality. Thomas has developed concepts for buildings and districts around the world noted for their innovative strategies. Thomas taught at various universities around the world. Since 2014 he is full Professor for Building Technology and Climate Responsive Design at the TU of Munich with a focus in bridging academia and environmental design. His research focuses on form and materiality and their influence on performance and environmental quality at different scales.
P.Eng, CEM, Building Energy Consultant
Neel is a Building Energy Consultant responsible for conducting whole building energy modelling to evaluate the performance of new and existing building designs. His experience includes the development of energy models for green building certification programs and carbon-neutral retrofit studies. He has contributed to the development of net zero energy and emissions policies through parametric modelling studies for municipal, provincial and federal government bodies, spanning a wide variety of asset classes which include recreational facilities, commercial high-rise towers, data centers, and transit facilities.
Matthew Bye has been working for Maffeis Engineering since 2017 as the Regional Technical Director, and is a Professional Engineer in Canada and the USA. Matthew grew up in rural Alberta and began his career in Edmonton, contributing during both the design and construction of several high profile institutional projects in the Capital Region. With a keen interest in architectural expression through structure, Matthew moved to the UK to pursue a Masters Degree in Advanced Structural Engineering from Imperial College London. Upon completion of his Masters, he came to Toronto with the intent of working on architecturally significant structures in the heart of the Canadian design scene, and as a member of several design consulting firms, Matthew has served as project lead to a variety of residential, commercial, institutional, and façade projects and specializes in unique solutions to architectural challenges and advanced computational modeling and analysis techniques.
Notable project Matt has lead as an engineer are Toronto Sidewalk Raincoat – Toronto Canada; the TJX Forever Home Façade – Watford, UK; Centennial College Aerospace Building – Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Rosalie Sharp Pavilion – Toronto, Canada; Ottawa LRT Confederation Line Stations – Ottawa, Canada; Imagine Condominium – Scarborough, Canada; Branksome Hall Athletics Centre – Toronto, Canada; Edmonton Federal Building Revitalization – Edmonton, Canada.
David Constable joined KPMB Architects in 2006 after working in the United States and Ireland. His projects include a series of complex architectural interiors for clients in New York and Toronto, including work on the new office interiors for The Globe and Mail. For these projects, he coordinated the implementation and verification of programmatic requirements, consultants’ work, the architectural team’s production efforts, and Construction Administration. He was a member of LEED Platinum certified Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario head office, and is the associate-in-charge of all phases of the expansion and renovation of The Brearley School, an independent school for girls in New York.
Leland is a Senior Architect and MJMA’s in-house Mass Timber and Passive House Design Specialist. With over 15 years of experience over a broad range of campus and community project typologies, his passion for sustainable design and carbon sequestering building materials has spurred a specialization within the firm, allowing him to provide an advisory role throughout the development of each project. Leland has an expertise in the design and specifications of mass wood products in alignment with current code and standards of practice, and is involved in developing Alternative Solutions for work beyond current building code limits. Currently working as Project Architect and Tall Wood Specialist on the University of Toronto’s Academic Wood Tower, Leland will deliver a 14-story tower that, once built, will be the tallest mass wood structure in North America.
Tony Currie is the Program Director for the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades. A Red Seal Carpenter with over 30 years of construction and supervisory experience, Tony has concentrated the last 4 years on 6 story wood and mass timber construction, with the focus on training. Tony is a is a graduate of York University, builds and restores wooden structures and barns in his spare time, and operates a working farm with his wife Diana.
Mark Van Dalen
Business Development Manager
Mark Van Dalen
Mark is Business Development Manager for UL Building Envelope services. Mark knows that there are tremendous challenges in constructing and maintaining envelope systems that meet increasing performance targets. He also knows the damage and disruption that occurs when envelope systems don’t perform. Applying more than thirty years of experience in consulting and testing in Eastern North America, Mark works with building owners and managers to avoid or eliminate problems over the service life of their built environment assets. Mark has completed hundreds of investigations of envelope failures and has commissioned new envelope construction on such landmark, unique buildings in Canada as the National Gallery of Canada and the Bank of Canada Headquarters. Mark holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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.
Katherine Faulkner, AIA, is a founding principal of NADAAA, overseeing firm operations, fabrication, and design on select projects. Since 2011, she has directed efforts to expand the firm’s prototyping facilities and portfolio, extending NADAAA’s geographic reach and capacity to deliver large projects. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Faulkner received her MArch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and an MBA from Boston University. She has been working for over 20 years in residential, academic, institutional, and health-care projects. Recently completed projects include the Daniels Building at The University of Toronto and the Beaver Country Day School Research and Design Center. She is currently working on the MIT Site 4 Gateway project; a housing tower in Cleveland; the Adams Street Branch Public Library in Boston; as well as a new residence hall for the Rhode Island School of Design. As the principal of NADAAA, Faulkner has been recognized with notable awards, including the 2019 AIA COTE Top 10 Award for the Daniels Building, the 2017 Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence, a 2014 Holcim Award, three Green Good Design Awards; seven Progressive Architecture Awards; as well as numerous AIA and BSA Awards. Katie lectures internationally, most recently for the National AIA Conference in New York and the OAA Conference in Toronto. Over the past six years, NADAAA has consistently ranked as a top design firm in Architect Magazine's Top 50 U.S. Firms List.
Anik Teasdale-St. Hilaire
Ph.D, P.Eng, Façade Specialist / Building Science Engineer
Anik Teasdale-St. Hilaire
Anik is a Façade Specialist and Project Manager in Morrison Hershfield’s Façade Engineering group, focused on the design of cladding and glazing systems for projects throughout North America. Anik has worked on a variety of projects, including new construction, condition assessments, building envelope rehabilitation projects, and hygrothermal simulations of building envelope assemblies. She has also conducted quality assurance reviews for project-specific glazing system production at manufacturing facilities and testing at laboratory facilities. Anik has researched on numerous Building Science topics, including glass breakage, as well as the performance of wood-frame wall assemblies under wind-driven rain conditions to verify simulated infiltration values against experimental results, for which she received her Ph.D.
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.
Bruce Kuwabara is an influential practitioner and advocate of architectural excellence with expertise creating and communicating compelling design visions that catalyze stakeholders and the wider community. His unwavering belief in the power of architecture to implement social and civic change and maximize cultural, environmental and economic potential has earned him an Officer of the Order of Canada, the RAIC Gold Medal and the Ontario Association of Architects Lifetime Achievement Award.
Exemplary projects include the LEED Platinum Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, the Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and Louis A. Simpson International Building at Princeton University, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa. Recent completed works include the Remai Modern Art Gallery of Saskatchewan and the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Bruce serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, is a member of the Design Review Committee for the University of Toronto, and is the former chair of Waterfront Toronto’s Design Review Panel. In fall 2016, Bruce was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws (honoris causa) degree from McMaster University.
Alex Lukachko has extensive knowledge of both architecture and building science. As Regional Manager for Ontario operations he is involved in a wide variety of projects from design charrettes for high profile new construction projects, investigation of building failures, research projects and the preparation of guideline documents.
Passionate about understanding the power of design, Marco does not shy away from embracing the architect’s role in complete community building. From low- to high-rise, he is an invaluable resource for multi-unit residential and mixed-use commercial building design. Growing up in the Netherlands provided Marco with exposure to city living and an appreciation of urban culture from an early age. This also gave him an acute understanding of urban density and the effect that it has on a community.
Marco’s personal approach to design has always been a practical one—focus on primary concerns like performance, comfort, and beauty, rather than any other orthodoxies. In approaching the challenges of ever changing building code regulations he returns to previous experiences in yacht design and healthy off-the-grid home construction. In that process, the appropriate materials and systems were carefully chosen, and manufacturing and construction of the product meant combining custom design with industrial design. Marco pursues his passion to utilize the recent changes to Ontario Building Code in favour of six storey mid-rise wood-frame construction within Urban Growth Centres while advocating for taller wood structures, mass timber, design for manufacturing, hybrid off-site construction and new typologies.
David is the founder of Moses Structural Engineers, a Toronto-based firm whose core purpose is to have a “Lasting Impact” on our cities and communities. David was born in Ottawa, went to Queen’s University for undergraduate and Master degrees then left to Vancouver to pursue a PhD in timber engineering. After 10 years of studying, working and skiing in BC, David returned to Ontario and in 2010 opened the doors to his own company. David is a recognized leader, designer, teacher, researcher, writer and invited lecturer. He has over 25 years of experience in timber engineering and has been involved in hundreds of structural engineering projects across Canada and the United States, including many firsts: the first Canadian and Ontario Cross-laminated timber (CLT) buildings, the first passive house in Canada and early CNC machining of heavy timber for construction.
Carol Phillips is a Partner at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, a firm that has been designing many of Canada’s most recognized and innovative public buildings over its enduring 60 year history. Since 2007, Carol has brought her passionate drive for powerful and graceful architectural solutions to some of the firm’s most valued recent civic, cultural and educational buildings. Carol developed her inspired design leadership over 20 years of working in Canada and abroad. Social inclusivity, sense of place and a holistic approach to sustainability are principles that drive her architecture which is grounded in assertive material presence.
A graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture with professional memberships in Ontario, Alberta, B.C. And Nova Scotia, Carol was named Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2014. Carol’s recently completed work includes Ottawa’s Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre the first newly constructed building on Parliament Hill in almost 100 years, The Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation a state of the art lab building that incorporates the adaptive reuse of a heritage building, and the UBC Okanagan “Commons” a significant social and informal study hub for the students. Carol is currently Partner in Charge of two significant mass-timber buildings including the George Brown College’s ‘The Arbour’ Tall Wood Building (in collaboration with Acton Ostry Architects) which was commissioned through an international design competition. The project has already won three design awards and is poised to lead the way to change the approach to our collective low carbon future for public buildings.
As the GTA Regional Director for the CaGBC, Jeff leads green building market transformation in southern Ontario through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, Jeff served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. As lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program he delivered sustainable design workshops for over 100 major developments across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private and public sector organizations in Canada and internationally with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.
Passive House Specialist
Being part of Canada’s highly experienced Passive House professionals circle, Marine Sanchez leads RDH’s Passive House consulting services in Ontario, focusing on large-scale, mixed-use projects. She is one of nine PHI-accredited Building Certifiers in Canada. Marine also supports the City of Toronto in the implementation of their Zero Emissions Buildings Framework, moving the industry towards the delivery of high-performance buildings.
Ya’el Santopinto OAA MRAIC is the Director of Research and Partnerships at the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), a non-profit organization advocating for supportive policy frameworks around the preservation of Canada’s affordable apartment housing supply. In this role, she leads research related to Tower Renewal, an initiative to catalyze reinvestment and community building in apartment tower neighborhoods. This work includes policy advocacy to support best practices in housing and neighborhood renewal, ranging from retrofit standards to planning policy and green financing. Recent initiatives have included consulting with the federal government on retrofit performance targets for the National Housing Strategy, and developing retrofit best practices and performance standards using PassiveHouse techniques.
Ya’el is also a registered Architect and Associate at ERA Architects, where she specializes in affordable, healthy, and climate-resilient housing rehabilitation and retrofit. She is Project Architect on the landmark Passive House retrofit and renewal of a Hamilton apartment tower, as well as several building- and site-rehabilitation projects on postwar apartment towers across the region.
Bryan Schopf has been working for Maffeis Engineering since 2017 as the Regional Project Director based in Toronto. Bryan developed an interest in the applications of fabrics as a building enveloped during his undergrad and eventually moved to Vancouver to work in the field of structural fabric and their application as architectural features. Bryan then moved the UK to work on several high-profile fabric structure projects including some for the 2012 London Olympic games and to complete a Masters in Membrane Structural Engineering. Bryan has worked as a project management and design lead for many complex steel, wood, structural fabric and film projects in Canada, USA, UK and Bahrain. With a background in Architecture, Engineering and Manufacturing Bryan has participated in the initial conceptual design, complex modelling and form finding processes, fabrication and construction documentation for many challenging and unique projects.
Notable project Bryan has acted as the design lead for are: Toronto Sidewalk Raincoat – Toronto Canada; GTAA Terminal 1 LED flower sculpture – Toronto Canada; Lafayette Strong Pavilion – Louisiana USA; Fort George Agora – Niagara Falls, Canada; Hawrelak Park Amphitheater – Edmonton, Canada; London 2012 Olympic Shooting Ranges – London, UK; 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena – London, UK; Sainsbury Mesh Façade – Crayford, UK; Langley Outdoor Amphitheater – Langley, Canada.
Kyle Silliker consults on building enclosures for new construction, performs condition assessments and investigations of existing buildings and assisting with rehabilitation projects. He provides energy code compliance and energy retrofit services and has presented on the topic of energy efficiency in mid- and high-rise buildings.
Graeme Stewart OAA MRAIC CIP RPP CAHP is a Toronto based architect and urban planner. Graeme is a principal with ERA Architects, where he has contributed to many of the Toronto region’s leading urban design, cultural planning, and revitalization projects.
Graeme is also a founding director of the Centre for Urban Growth and Renewal (CUG+R), an interdisciplinary urban research organization founded in 2009. Working with NGOs, academic, government and community partners, CUG+R supports policy and action toward more equitable and resilient urban regions. The key focus of this work is Tower Renewal, a multisectoral initiative focused on the low-carbon future of the many thousand mid-century tower blocks found throughout urban Canada. Graeme is a member of the Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel and is a regular lecturer in Universities in Ontario and abroad.
Graeme is the co-editor of Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies, and in 2014 was recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize for his ongoing research and design work related to Tower Renewal.
Haya Soghrati is an engineering leader for UL Building Envelope testing services. Having graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Architectural Science – Building Science, she brings 11 years of experience in low-rise and high-rise building envelope design evaluation and testing. Haya is an NFRC certified simulator with in-depth knowledge of small and large scale testing programs in accordance with various NRC/CCMC, ASTM, CSA, NFRC, ULC, CGSB and AAMA standards; with a focus on fenestration products, curtain wall systems, walls, airflow analysis, air barriers, insulation materials. She is currently a member of AAMA, ASTM, CGSB, CSA A440, and ULC technical committees.
Director of Innovation
Geoffrey leverages a broad background in design, business, film and computation to advocate for an evidenced-based, holistic approach to design and sustainability. Collaborating across teams in the office to lead KPMB’s efforts with respect to innovation and sustainability, Geoffrey brings extensive research in sustainable design and technology to each project.
As a project architect, Geoffrey has worked on projects through all phases of design and construction, including his work on the LEED Platinum certified Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario head office in Toronto and the recently completed Wilson School of Design for Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
President/Head of the Carpenters Local 27 Union
Mike Yorke joined the Carpenters’ Union as an apprentice in 1982. He completed his Carpentry apprenticeship in 1986 and obtained his Certificate of Qualification (C of Q). He worked on several major construction projects including condominiums, airports, hospitals, power plants, refineries, office towers, institutions, and bridges. Mike is one of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario’s (CDC) Area Coordinator and President. The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario has over 22,000 members across Ontario; 8,000 of these members reside in the GTA. Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades which oversees training and skills development. Recent focus has been to develop a training program for mass timber/CLT as this sector experiences real growth. Former co-chair on the City of Toronto Youth Employment Action Plan (YEAP) Advisory Committee. Sits as a citizen advisory board member of Civic Action Toronto and an Editorial Advisory Board member of the Daily Commercial News, and an Advisory Board Member of the Urban Land Institute, Toronto. Also plays an Industry Advisor role as a Board member of the Ontario Construction Secretariat and the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO), as well, the Ontario Cast in Place Concrete Development Council (OCCDC). Mike Yorke is also the recipient of the Wood Works Ontario Wood Champion Award in 2016.