WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

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Al-Rawi works at the intersection of architecture and engineering. An associate at the LA office of Walter P Moore, he has worked on the facades and structures of complex projects. He is a specialist in generative and computational design methods and has directed and lectured at the AA Summer Visiting School in Jordan. Al-Rawi also engages in design-research projects, where his most recent co-designed installation at the A+D Museum received an AIA Merit Design Award.

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Jon Bailey is a designer and researcher at HKS LINE . He is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he studied advanced modeling techniques, robotic fabrication, parametric and algorithmic modeling, architectural theory, and data driven performance modeling in architectural design. He founded Archimorph in 2007, an online architectural research project about technological & biological integration in design.

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Robert Barbone has worked at Kawneer for 5 years, most recently as Architectural Sales Rep for NY and NJ and prior as Architectural Consultant for NYC and Boston. He received a B.S degree in Organizational Management from Saint Joseph’s College in Patchogue NY. He has been active in the building material and fenestration industry for over 30 years working hands on in construction at an early age and working in retail, wholesale and manufacturing sales and architectural promotion. He received his CSI Construction Documents Technologist Certification in 2005.
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Birchler leads Zahner’s design-engineering team. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the patented systems now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. He shares responsibility for developing two out of five patents held by Zahner, best known for the ongoing work that he put into developing the ZEPPS® Technology, the firm’s dual-curvature building system. Birchler works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.
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Scott Bondi has extensive experience in building enclosure design and specializes in building science and numerical analysis. Dr. Bondi consults on both new construction and historic renovation projects, from conceptual design through construction administration, applying his specific expertise in curtain wall and custom glazing systems. In addition, he is experienced in providing forensic engineering services and expert witness support for both building enclosure and mechanical systems. Dr. Bondi uses a variety of advanced tools, including computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, to support his design and investigative work. Scott is an adjunct professor at The Cooper Union, where he has lectured and developed courses in finite element techniques, computational fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics since 2007.

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Benson has experience in all phases of project delivery, from evaluating sketches during schematic design to assisting in the bid process and ultimately monitoring shop fabrication and on‐site installation. His focus has been on the design, fabrication, and use of parametric software in the development of custom exterior wall systems and specialty structures.

Having worked as both a technical façade designer and subsequently a façade consultant over the past decade, Benson has a unique perspective that benefits the relationship between the Designer, Architect and Client.

Benson is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a LEED Accredited Professional, and has been an invited architectural critic at Rice University, University of Houston and The Cooper Union.

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Pam Campbell is a Partner at COOKFOX and joined the studio in 2003. Pam was on the design team for One Bryant Park, the first LEED Platinum skyscraper, and she led the adjoining Stephen Sondheim Theatre project. Her work includes Live Work Home, a prototype LEED Platinum home; 150 Charles Street, known for its groundbreaking integration of garden spaces; and Neeson Cripps Academy, a school in Phnom Penh that serves the city’s most poverty stricken children. Currently, Pam is working on new academic building for the Marymount School.

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Daly pursues an architecture that delves into the paradoxes of the urban condition and the consequences of intervention. Projects range from public schools, custom residences, and university buildings to affordable housing. A member of the faculty at UCLA, he has juried or lectured at institutions internationally, including Stanford University, Cornell University, Rice University, SCI arc, the Architectural League of New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and RISD.

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Ekta Desai is a Senior Architect at TEN Arquitectos, an international design firm with extensive experience across varying building typologies. Based in Mexico City for the last 30 years, TEN Arquitectos has been developing its North American portfolio over the last 8 years, including NYC-based built projects such as Mercedes House, Americano Hotel, and the most recent New York Public Library on 53rd Street. On one of TEN’s recent projects in development, the firm has worked closely with SGH over the last 3 years to design/develop a custom curtain wall system for a NYC public agency. Ekta is a graduate of the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis (M.Arch, class of 2010; University of Florida, B.Des class of 2008), where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Gold Medal in Design.
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Hale Everets is a Real Estate Developer and Registered Architect with Two Trees Management in
Brooklyn, NY. He has successfully led the design and construction of over $1 billion in new development.
Notable works include projects at the Domino Sugar Factory, Mercedes House, 300 Ashland/Apple,
Hotel Americano, Wythe Hotel and Jane’s Carousel. He currently oversees design and construction for
more than 1 million square feet in downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn waterfront. Prior to joining
Two Trees, Everets worked with the award-winning architecture firm, Taller Enrique Norten as a Senior
Associate.
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Joe has 35 years of diverse experience in architecture, engineering and construction throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions. A licensed Architect since 1995, he has worked for a diverse list of firms on buildings of all types. For the last 12 years he has specialized in technical support within the building envelope industry.
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Doug has 37 years’ experience in the precast concrete industry. He has worked for Gate since 1999 serving in the following roles: overseeing estimating, proposal submission, contract negotiations and project management coordination. In his current role, he has worked with contractors, architects and owners on a wide variety of Design Build/Design Assist projects such as university, military, office, hotels, and museum projects. Prior to working at Gate Precast, Doug was a VP for a regional precaster. From 1989-1992, he served as Chair of NPCA Committee of Transportation Products.EDUCATION: BS Degree in Economics, Virginia Tech (1980)

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Molly began her career at Gehry Partners, where she spent seven years creating and realizing challenging architectural designs and building systems. As an AutoCAD Director, she oversaw drawing set production and the coordination and interface between 2D documents and 3D BIM data.

At SURFACE DESIGN, Molly continues her focus on developing elegant design solutions and detailing for technically‐demanding projects. She manages several high‐rise projects in New York City and also directs daily operations of the firm. Molly started SURFACE Design Architects’ Site Monitoring division and currently leads the Energy division.

The common thread to Molly’s work across various disciplines is the desire to find design‐sensitive solutions to complex technical challenges. At Gehry Partners she advanced acoustical isolation solutions and developed energy‐use models for New World Symphony, and researched novel material and manufacturing techniques for the Eisenhower Memorial. At SURFACE DESIGN she has developed tools for analyzing the thermal performance of exterior walls and researched application of innovative and green technologies to the building sector.

Molly is a Registered Architect licensed in Massachusetts and New York, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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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.
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Jeffery Glick has been championing daylighting solutions for nearly two decades. He regularly speaks on why technologies that maximize daylight in homes and workspaces matter. Before joining Kinestral Technologies to build and lead the Halio sales team in North America, Jeffery was an associate vice president at MechoSystems, where he worked on over 60 automated window management projects.
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Max Haney is a member of the Digital Design Group at SOM and has a background in computational design, visualization and VR. He has worked on the design of a wide range of project while at SOM including Master Plans, Office Towers, Residential Towers, Institutional Buildings and Interior spaces. Inherent to working on digital models with high levels of detail he has explored interoperability between software platforms and is experienced in various methods of distilling geometry to its fundamental drivers. Max has a passion for scripting and programming to build custom tools for solving complex design problems.

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Harrington has 30 years of experience in the commercial glazing industry in sales, training, product management, and field technical service. Harrington has a BBA in Marketing and Economics from Georgia State University. While attending college, Harrington worked as a fabricator for a large commercial glazing contractor in Atlanta.

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Henriksson is a building facade engineer and computational designer for Thornton Tomasetti in New York. With a double master’s degree in architecture and structural engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, she has developed a specialization in optimization and modelling of complex building geometries. Henriksson has gained professional and academic experiences in Germany, China, Australia and Sweden.

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Diana Hun is the Subprogram Manager for Building Envelopes at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research includes investigating the integration of the latest developments in materials and manufacturing techniques into building envelopes. For instance, she leads several interdisciplinary teams that are developing the next generation of precast insulated panels, primer-less self-healing sealants, and polymeric vacuum insulation spheres. Other research areas include improving the airtightness of buildings while minimizing risks due to potential building material deterioration and indoor air quality problems. Hun received a PhD in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin with a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Daniel is a Senior Designer and member of the Digital Design Group at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York. His work revolves around developing design methodologies which leverage computational techniques for performance driven design, enclosure systems, discrete geometrical optimization and interdisciplinary research objectives. His cumulative professional experience includes working for Gehry Partners, NASA, Gehry Technologies and is now charged with leading computational design efforts at SOM. He is currently focused on large scale projects in Asia, the UAE and research work with the European Space Agency.
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Jafari has been an integral team member for almost 13 years. His engineering background plays an important part in the success of the ETFE projects in the US, enabling him to successfully collaborate with architects and designers. He was part of the team that helped design and complete the largest ETFE project in the US, U.S. Bank Stadium – the first completed professional US sports stadium to include ETFE. Jafari has successfully honed in on US ETFE market growth and helped a variety of successful projects from the schematic design phase through on-time completion. His project portfolio ranges from small retail skylights to building envelopes for large federal and stadium projects.

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Neil Katz is an architect with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He uses a “computational design”​ approach to design, and has used this methodology in developing geometry (simple and “complex”​ geometry) and as a way of analyzing and designing in response to many project goals, including environmental and sustainability goals. “Computational design”, including algorithmic and parametric design as well as building information modeling (BIM), is a way of thinking about design and using and developing design tools. Neil has taught and lectured at various schools and conferences.
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Eric Lacroix in consistently recognized throughout the design community and construction industry for his firestop expertise, especially in terms curtain wall perimeter fire barrier systems where he is considered the “Industry Specialist”. Eric has over 20 years of real world experience serving as an invaluable resource on many of largest, most complex high profile projects around the world. He works closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted advisor during the design, fabrication, construction and installation of a wide range of curtain wall projects.Eric’s wealth of knowledge and experience ensures the project stays on budget and gets done right the first time. He continuously adds value throughout the process, from conception to construction, to close out. Prior to his role as Director of Strategic Accounts, Eric was the STI Firestop Regional Manager, covering the Southeastern United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
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Heath May has 15 years of experience leading commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare projects. May leads a design team responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution that earned the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award, and he worked as senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. In 2013, he was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. His interest in passive solar design encourages research in optimizing complex facades for daylighting and solar performance.
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Sean O’Brien is a senior principal and head of the Building Technology group in the NYC office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. Mr. O’Brien specializes in building science and building envelope performance, including computer simulation of heat, air, moisture migration, and energy efficiency issues. Mr. O’Brien has investigated and designed repairs for a wide variety of building types and has published papers on topics including moisture migration in masonry wall systems and condensation resistance of windows and curtain walls. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University and is a licensed professional engineer in seventeen states. He is a member of ASHRAE, the New York Chapter of the AIA, and co-chair of the New York City Building Enclosure Council.

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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.
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Silvia recently joined Walter P Moore as Enclosure Technical Director for the Los Angeles office.She specializes in complex geometry skins and the research of alternative materials for enhanced performances. Her project experience ranges from residential, high rise, commercial developments to cultural, civic and public use projects in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle-East and Far East.. She holds a Master Degree in Building Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano.

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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.

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As a project architect with experience all over the world, Niel interfaces directly with the owner, consultants and design team to produce the most ideal design solution for each client. Prior to joining HKS, Niel has worked for multiple internationally recognized design firms including EYRC Architects, Randall Stout Architects, Michael Maltzan Architects and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Niel brings a strong design sensitivity from his previous experience from award-winning museums, high-rise towers and civic and cultural buildings to inform his technical guidance for complex and multi-faceted projects. Most recently, Niel was the senior project architect for the exterior of the Los Angeles Stadium.

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Morgan joined Thornton Tomasetti in 2017 and has more than five years of experience in façade design, engineering, consulting and project management. He has served as a designer and project manager for several projects in the U.S. and Asia in a variety of diverse sectors including residential, cultural, institutional, mixed-use and commercial construction. Morgan’s broad range of experience includes design consultation, detail development, mock-up testing and shop drawing review as well as site and factory inspections. Morgan has also worked extensively in other aspects of facade engineering including geometric rationalization, parametric design, thermal modeling and digital fabrication. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects registered in the state of New York.
James Richardson

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James joined Thornton Tomasetti’s façade practice in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He brings expertise in computational methods, parametric design, cost optimization, finite element analysis and statistical analysis. He has written extensively about shell structures and topology optimization. Mr. Richardson’s experience includes structural design, analysis and materials research and development. He is responsible for building skin consulting and engineering, material selection, detail development and façade structural system design.
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Kevin Schorn joined the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa, Italy in 2008, as part of the team for the expansion of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in Boston, Massachusetts. Kevin subsequently joined the Whitney Museum of American Art project in 2011, to manage and coordinate the architectural teams in Genoa and New York. He remained in the New York office to supervise the final stages of the design and construction with specific responsibility for the exterior envelope and other technical aspects of the project. Since the Whitney’s opening, in May 2015, he has been working on the Krause Gateway Centre, a corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.Before becoming an architect, Kevin worked as a structural engineer in Ontario, Canada. He completed a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering in 2002, as well as a Master of Engineering degree with a specialization in structures in 2005, both from the University of Waterloo, Canada. In 2010, Kevin completed a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto. Kevin has been a guest critic at the Princeton University School of Architecture, lectured at the Yale School of Architecture, and sits on the 2018 jury for the AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards.

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Stan Su is the Director of Enclosure Design at Morphosis, serving as office-wide lead on façade technology and fabrication. He brings experience to the firm having worked in both architectural design teams and facades-specific consultant teams. His guidance ensures that quality is upheld throughout the virtual design and construction process.

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Sanjeev leads Walter P Moore’s Enclosure Engineering practice. His expertise lies in developing elegant façade design solutions that balance structure, sustainability, and comfort for the users. Sanjeev’s experience is on a wide variety of projects including aviation, sports, civic, commercial, transportation, and hospitality. He has instructed at SciARC, a center of innovation and education, on integrated facades and at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture on designing with glass. He is a registered architect in California as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. His Master of Building Sciences is from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture is from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.
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Jeff Thompson works in the field of structural engineering and specialty structures design in North America and world wide, focusing on the design of projects involving innovative material use and complex geometry in close coordination with architects and clients. He lives in Jersey City and works in New York City.
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Throughout his career in architecture, James has maintained an interest in cutting-edge manufacturing processes and developed specialized concentration in high-resolution additive processes. He is currently focused on highly articulated metal structures and direct-to-fabrication methodologies. At HKS his responsibilities encompass a broad range of activities that span from preliminary analysis and conceptual design through design development and documentation of complex architectural systems. His role demonstrates proactive engagement with practice leading to implementation of additively manufactured building-scale assemblies. These efforts represent a cumulative contribution to professional and academic discourse surrounding computational design and digital fabrication, as well as serve to further application and advancement in real-world construction scenarios while expanding the field’s awareness of emerging technologies. James received a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Associations’ Design Research Laboratory (DRL). He is currently enrolled as a PhD student in SMU’s Mechanical Engineering Department, where he holds a research assistantship through the Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).
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Mo has worked in the precast industry for 18 years in a wide variety of positions including precast sales and marketing, estimating and project management. As marketing director, he runs an outreach program dedicated to the advancement of architectural precast as well as education activities for architects, owners and contractors on the unlimited options of architectural and structural precast. He has also been involved in several design assist collaborations on large public and private projects such as university, stadium, museum, commercial office, & arena projects.EDUCATION: BS Degree in Human Environmental Sciences, University of Alabama (1992)Volunteering: Assistant Coach Auburn High School Mountain Bike Team, Gate River Run

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Cong Ye is a Professional Architectural Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He holds B.Arch and B.Eng degrees from China, and earned his M.Arch degree from University of Pennsylvania where he studied scripting, algorithmic design and kinematics. As a member of SOM’s Digital Design Group, he explores aesthetics with algorithmic expressions, solves planning and programming problems through computational techniques and optimization of complex geometries for building enclosures. He is currently working on various projects including skyscrapers, airports and urban development.

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As a senior structural engineer at SOM, Changjiang develops the structural design for individual projects in coordination with the architectural and building service teams and incorporates the structural engineering design concepts within project requirements. He has experience in a range of typologies from transportation infrastructure to high rise commercial buildings. The projects he has been involved with include Hangzhou Jindi, 35 Hudson Yards, Miami Train Station and Overbuilt Tower One.
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Marc Zimmer is President for Frener & Reifer America, Inc. He is directly responsible for business development and operations in America. Through his educational background in structural & earthquake engineering combined with business, he has been overseeing the execution of many landmark façade projects across the US and Canada with focus on structural glass applications, unitized facades, filigree steel-glass constructions for over 16 years. In addition to Marc’s professional experience, he also lectured previously at Harvard University School of Design, Conferences and other leading universities.