SYMPOSIUM PRESENTERS

Peter Arbour
Peter Arbour

Associate Principal

Vidaris

Bio
Mr. Arbour has over 15 years of experience working on new construction projects, specializing as a façade system designer and consultant to architects. His professional work has been focused on the conception, detailing and construction of custom-designed building facades. He has a wide-ranging knowledge of building materials and the procedures of fabrication, assembly and construction of diverse building enclosure systems. His experience comprises the elaboration and development of architectural concepts in the design process and their materialization and transformation through the fabrication and construction processes. Mr. Arbour is a seasoned manager of project teams composed of a wide range of professionals including building developers and owners, architects, consulting engineers, construction managers and specialty contractors.
Yan Chu
Yan Chu

Enclosure Specialist

Adamson

Bio
Yan Chu, AIA, is the enclosure specialist at Adamson Associates International’s NYC office. She provides technical leadership and establishes the office’s standards on system design, detailing, and specification of enclosures across all projects. Yan has focused her entire career on the practice of Architecture both from a theoretical and physical point of view and believes that a strong architectural concept goes hand-in-hand with sound detailing and execution.
Her experience in facades includes high-end retail, museums, and institutional buildings. At Adamson, Yan is currently involved in several large to mid-scale commercial and residential projects located in NYC. She is also an active participant at ASTM International.
Yan Chu
Stephen Chu

Associate Partner

Ennead

Bio
Stephen Chu is a Design Principal at Ennead Architects. His approach to design is a holistic process starting from a deep understanding of the client goals, mission and aspirations. His award-winning design work covers a broad range of typologies including educational, cultural and civic institutions. Mr. Chu received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of California at Berkeley College of Environmental Design and spent a year at the Urban Design program at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia. Architectural Education plays an important role in his commitment to the profession. Mr. Chu is an Associate Professor at Pratt’s Graduate School of Architecture and has served as a studio critic, juror and lecturer at numerous colleges of architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Travis Conrad
Travis Conrad

Architectural Consultant

Neolith

Bio
Travis is an accredited presenter for the OAA on Rainscreen Education – has been working in the architectural community for over 10 years, with a special focus on Ventilated Façade products and systems. From 2006-2010 he worked as a designer for Cornerstone Architecture where he gained significant experience and knowledge in rainscreen building science and project tendering and had the opportunity to do many unique assignments in design development and building modeling. From 2010 – 2015, as a Business Development Representative at Ontario Panelization, he worked with an array of rainscreen products and systems from Metal Panels, to Exotic Stones, to Building Integrated Photovoltaics and later on Sintered Surfaces for a considerable amount of projects located throughout North America. During this later phase, he developed a passion for Sintered Compact Surfaces that lead him to start a new adventure from early 2015 at TheSize Surfaces as the North American Architectural Consultant Representative where he assists and educates the architectural community to use Neolith products for a wide range of applications.
Grason Cook

National Sales Manger

Alucoil North America

Bio
Grason Cook is the Commercial Director for Alucoil North America; a manufacturer of high quality metal products. He has been active in the Construction Industry for the past 17 years with an emphasis on Façade products; including High Pressure Laminates, Fiber Cements, Aluminum Composite Panels, and Aluminum Honeycomb Panels.
Kate Daly

Executive Director

Closed Loop Partners

Bio
Kate Daly is Executive Director of the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners. The Center, which launches in 2018, incubates innovative startups and links entrepreneurs to academia, industry, and government in order to advance the transition from a linear take, make, waste economy to a restorative one in which materials are shared, re-used, and continuously cycled.

Prior to joining Closed Loop Partners, Kate served in New York City government for more than a decade, most recently as Senior Vice President at the NYC Economic Development Corporation. At NYCEDC Kate led a team launching innovative business development programs to foster the growth of entrepreneurship, strengthen New York City’s anchor and emerging industries, and create new jobs. She managed a portfolio across sectors including smart cities, cleantech, fashion, tech, media, and advanced manufacturing.

Kate previously served as the Executive Director of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, where she managed the agency’s strategy, policy, communications, operations, budget, research and stakeholder engagement, and oversaw the landmark designation of more than 7,000 historic buildings.

Kate earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Diana Darling
Diana Darling

Publisher

The Architect’s Newspaper

Bio
Darling is CEO and co-founder 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, and 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.
David Dennis
David Dennis

Associate Principal

Grimshaw

Bio
David joined the Melbourne office in 2006, and has played an instrumental role in the expansion of the practice in the visitor attraction, cultural and hospitality sectors. As an Associate Principal of the New York studio David has led the design for complex award-winning projects around the world. Most recently David led the team for Tomorrowland in Shanghai Disneyland. Because of David’s involvement with the project from the outset, he lead both design and management aspects of the project. Prior to joining Grimshaw, David worked for a number of innovative and design-oriented firms in both Melbourne and Tokyo. David is a registered architect in Australia, having completed a Masters Degree of Architecture at The University of Melbourne. His design work has been published in various magazines and received prestigious accolades including The Melbourne University.
Matt Ducharme

Design Director
POPULOUS

Bio
Matt Ducharme serves as Design Director for Populous’ New York practice. Holding degrees in structural engineering and architecture, his multidisciplinary approach has produced a diverse range and scale of projects; from the master planning of innovation districts and mixed-use complexes to the design of stadiums, civic buildings, and towers. As a project director, Matt recently oversaw the global team responsible for creating Australia’s first mixed-use tower at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne. Prior to his directorship in Australia, Matt served as senior designer for 111 West 57th Street in New York. Matt currently leads the design of several of Populous’ confidential projects breaking ground in 2018.
Christian Hoenigschmid

Associate Principal
Grimshaw

Bio
Christian Hoenigschmid-Grossich is an Associate Principal at Grimshaw. With the practice since 2010, he has taken lead roles on some of its most notable projects in Europe and North America, including Zurich Airport’s Airside Centre, Museo del Acero in Monterrey and the recently-completed Frost Museum of Science in Miami.
Greg Galloway
Greg Galloway

YKK AP America Inc.

Bio
Experienced building products professional, skilled in all aspects of product development, marketing management, quality engineering / assurance and manufacturing excellence. Proven ability to take projects from concept assessment to timely product launch, providing full marketing collateral support. Consistently exhibit a strong commitment to understanding and supporting customers.
Alloy Kemp
Alloy Kemp

Senior Project Engineer

Thornton Tomasetti

Bio
Alloy Kemp is a Project Engineer in the Facade Engineering Practice at Thornton Tomasetti. As a licensed architect and trained engineer, Kemp has had extensive experience in the design and engineering of ETFE and other facade systems. At Thornton Tomasetti, she has been integral to several large and small scale ETFE projects and has developed best practice guidelines ETFE systems.
Nico Kienzl
Nico Kienzl

Director

Atelier Ten

Bio
Nico Kienzl has over 20 years of experience in sustainability consulting with expertise on the application of advanced building analysis for façade optimization, daylight and shading analysis, and optimization of building systems.

As Director of Atelier Ten’s New York office, Mr. Kienzl has played a significant role on a variety of residential, commercial, institutional, cultural, and masterplan projects throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East where he has not only shaped the environmental performance, but also influenced the building industry in moving into a more sustainable future. As Director, he has consulted on over 120 high-performance building projects, many of which have sought Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

Matthew Krissel
Matthew Krissel

Partner

KieranTimberlake

Bio
Matthew Krissel is an architect and partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and pioneering design. He has more than seventeen years of experience working with cultural, educational, and government clients including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Dartmouth College, and the United States Department of State. He is currently working on projects at New York University and Yale University. Matthew leads KieranTimberlake’s Digital Design Visioning Group, an initiative dedicated to digital innovation, visualization, and knowledge sharing within the firm. He has lectured nationally at AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP), AIA Committee on Design, Facades+, Harvard University, National Institute of Building Sciences, ACADIA, BIMsmart, and elsewhere. He has served as jury chair for the AIANYS 2016 Design Awards. His contributions to the books Convergence: The Redesign of Design by Randy Deutsch and Workflows: Expanding Territory in the Design and Delivery of Buildings by Richard Garber were published in 2017.
Ken Kunkel
Ken Kunkel

Research Scientist
NC STATE

Bio
Dr. Kenneth Kunkel is Research Professor of North Carolina State University and Lead Scientist for Assessments with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites. He holds a Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a lead author on the recently released Climate Science Special Report and has published over 150 scientific journal articles and book chapters.
Frank Mahan
Frank Mahan

Associate Director
SOM

Bio
As an Associate Director at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM), Frank Mahan has worked on a variety of commerical, historic landmark, adaptive reuse, and renovation projects across the United States. On Manhattan’s West Side, Frank has led the design team for 35 Hudson Yards, a 1000-foot tall mixed-use skyscraper that will become a landmark within New York City’s largest new development.
William Menking
William Menking

Editor In Chief

The Architect’s Newspaper

Bio
Founder and editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, Menking has curated and written catalogues for exhibitions including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, Superstudio Life Without Objects, and The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century. In 2008 he was U.S. Commissioner of Into the Open: Positioning Practice at The Venice Biennale. He co-authored Four Conversations on the Architecture Of Discourse and Architecture on Display. His essay Mr. Mumford’s Neighborhood appears in the book Forty Ways To Think About Architecture (Routledge). His writings have appeared in The Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Monocle, and Perspecta. He was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (2011) and is Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Glenn Miner
Glenn Miner

Director Construction

Vitro

Bio
Miner has more than 37 years of experience with PPG Industries, Inc., in automotive, aircraft and architectural glass. He has held positions in engineering, quality assurance, and marketing. In his role as director of construction, Miner directs the strategy development and implementation for the commercial construction segment, managing new product development, business positioning, marketing communications and channel access programs.
Matt Shaw

Senior Editor

The Architect’s Newspaper

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Shaw is the Senior Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. He has worked for the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab), Storefront for Art and Architecture, Architizer, and has been published in The Architectural Review, Beyond, Domus, and Icon. He wrote and researched two editions of Domus’ guidebook Europe’s Top 100 Architecture and Design Schools. Shaw leads the experimental research group the Critical Method Unit (CMU) at Syracuse University NYC Architecture Program and has been an invited critic at numerous schools including Yale University, Columbia University, and UCLA. He is also the founder and co-editor of Mockitecture, a half-manifesto/half-satire collection of architectural debauchery.
Oliver Stepe
Oliver Stepe

President

YKK AP America Inc.

Bio
Stepe oversees YKK AP America, the North American arm of the global architectural products producer, YKK AP Inc. Now celebrating its 25th year in the US, YKK AP America has grown from a regional to a national company and has become a fully integrated fenestration systems producer in both commercial facade systems and residential windows for new and replacement, single, and multi-family homes. Since 1992, Stepe has held roles of increasing responsibility including business development and management, VP of sales and operations, and as senior VP, where he led company strategic growth initiatives. Stepe is a two-time recipient of the most influential people in the glass and metal industry award by USGlass Magazine.
Neil Thelen

Principal

Neil Thelen Architect PLLC

Bio
Neil Thelen Architect PLLC was founded in 2015 to provide technology-led solutions around design, fabrication, and construction. Neil has more than 15 years of professional experience in the design and execution of complex building projects globally, and the strategic utilization of advanced digital tools for project delivery. He was formerly an Associate at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, a Facade Consultant at Front, Inc, and a Senior Project Consultant at Gehry Technologies. Neil has taught graduate-level courswork on design, fabrication, BIM, parametric modeling, and drawing at Columbia University, the University of Michigan and University of Virginia. He has been a critic and lecturer at Princeton, MIT, Columbia, UVA, Pratt, University of Ohio, and the University of Minnesota.
Elizabeth Tomlinson
Elizabeth Tomlinson

Senior Engineer

TKDA

Bio
Elizabeth Tomlinson’s career in mechanical engineering focuses on high performance in commercial, educational, governmental and healthcare facilities. On regional and national levels, Tomlinson works on research and public policy changes to address climate change adaptation (Resiliency). Tomlinson was recently elected to ASHRAE’s Climate Change Position Document Committee and chairs the society’s new handbook chapter, Climate Change.
Erik Verboon
Erik Verboon

Managing Director

Walter P Moore

Bio
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 a deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high-performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types. Erik also has 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.

His experience in digital design, geometric rationalization, and environmental analysis allows him to bring the highest level of value to his clients while also helping designers deliver projects to the highest level of design sophistication while maximizing performance and minimizing cost. Erik’s portfolio expresses both national and international work with extensive experience in the New York market, bringing expertise in buildings old and new, across academic, commercial, and cultural sectors. In addition to Erik’s professional accolades, he teaches enclosure design at a number of leading universities.

Thilo Wilhelmsen

GARTNER

Bio
Thilo has been responsible for sales and tendering at Josef Gartner USA, a division of Permasteelisa North America, for the past 5 years. He provides technical assistance to architecture and engineering firms in the US and Canada, focusing on innovative building envelope solutions, including custom steel and glass structures, and high performance unitized wall systems. Before joining Gartner, Thilo has enjoyed a 15+ years career in the construction industry, during which he ran his own construction firm and also worked for misc. companies in the façade and glazing sectors.