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National Architectural Manager
Twenty-nine years experience working in various sales and marketing positions. Have had the opportunity to develop new products, new markets and new business strategies resulting in sales growth. Have strong sales, marketing and leadership skills. Passionate about delivering value and opportunity to our customers. Support green building design and implementation.
Rich Brunn is General Superintendent for Josef Gartner, a division of Permasteelisa. Leading teams up and down the West Coast for the last 40 years, Brunn has spearheaded installation on pioneering projects like the California Academy of Sciences, the Brickell City Center Climate Ribbon, and the Apple AC2 Campus.
Kevin Conway is an Associate Director in SOM’s Los Angeles studio. With a focus on mixed-use commercial, office, hotel and residential projects, he works collaboratively with other designers, consultants and clients to deliver unique design solutions. Kevin seeks to establish a solid conceptual vision for each project that integrates client needs, municipal requirements, site context and contemporarycultural issues into a cohesive design solution.
Kevin’s recent work includes the design of The Jeremy Hotel, two 10-story hotel towers in West Hollywood, California, and two 10-story residential towers on an adjacent site. The hotel includes a large public art installation by Janet Echelman that was carefully integrated into the architecture.
Additionally, Kevin has led the early concept design and entitlement phase for 1111 Sunset Boulevard – a 995,000 sf mixed-use development on the edge of downtown Los Angeles, designed in collaboration with Kengo Kuma & Associates, Natoma Architects and James Corner Field Operations. Along with his work in Los Angeles, Kevin is currently leading the design of a residential complex of over 2,000 units in Moscow, Russia.
Dionne Darling has been with The A|N Media Group for over five years. As A|N’s Associate Publisher, she manages A|N’s Texas headquarters and handles accounts in the West, Southwest and Chicago territories.
Dionne has over 25 years of direct B2B sales and business development experience. Dionne holds an Associate Degree from El Centro Junior College at Dallas, Texas.
National Sales Manager
Tan Diep, National Architectural Manager, West Region, at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG), offers product support to architects and glazing contractors in a five-state territory. He joined Vitro in 2017, and previously worked as an architectural manager for PPG’s architectural coatings business. He also was a strategic account manager for Sloan Valve Co., and he held specification leadership positions at Legrand North America and Akzo Nobel.
Brian Falls has 20-years of development experience in the City of Los Angeles having worked on large mixed-use projects ranging from Playa Vista, The Bloc, NBC Universal and Campus El Segundo to small infill developments in Hollywood. Currently, Brian is the Vice President of Development with Palisades, a design-driven real estate development and investment firm based in L.A. Palisades has 8 projects under development including 1111 Sunset, a 5.5-acre residential, hotel, retail and office complex designed by SOM in collaboration with Kengo Kuma, Natoma Architects and Field Operations.
Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a minor in Architecture (Building Science) from the University of Southern California and a Master of Real Estate Development from USC’s Price School of Public Policy. He is active with the Central City Association, Urban Land Institute, and Downtown Streetcar as well as numerous civic groups.
Chief Sustainability Officer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Gary Gero to be the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer in November 2016. His duties include: building and launching the largest community choice energy program in California; creating a countywide sustainability plan that addresses regional environmental, economic, and equity issues; and serving as the key environmental advisor to the Board of Supervisors.
Gary previously served as the President of the Climate Action Reserve, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles and operating across North America. He now serves as the Vice-Chair on its Board of Directors. He has also served on the CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Committee, the board of California Invasive Plant Council, and the Glendale City Planning Commission.
Gary’s career includes many years in local government including having served as the Assistant General Manager for the City of Los Angeles Environmental Affairs Department. He also worked for several years at the LADWP where he oversaw energy efficiency, renewable energy, and distributed generation programs.
Gary earned his Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and his undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Daniel Hammerman has 15 years of professional experience on projects of many scales and typologies, including the last 10 years at Renzo Piano Building Workshop working on the design, development, and execution of the Kimbell Art Museum Expansion (2013) and currently the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures (coming soon, 2019). Daniel is a licensed architect in New York with a B.A. from Columbia and M.Arch from UPenn.
Helbig is co-founder of Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering. With offices in Stuttgart, Berlin and New York City, Knippers Helbig operates at the interface between the world’s top architectural practices and specialized contractors in the European building industry. Active in North American and international markets, the practice centers on innovation in facade and structural design, synthesizing precise fabrication and performance parameters with structurally and geometrically complex designs.
A Principal with AC Martin, Tammy Jow has worked on some of the firm’s most significant projects. Her diverse body of work includes the new Madera County Courthouse, the Campus Center at the University of Southern California, the Hollenbeck Replacement Police Station in Boyle Heights, and the Cal/EPA Headquarters in Sacramento. She is experienced in all aspects of design and construction, with a particular skill in using her communication skills coupled with her architectural background to help all stakeholders translate their project goals to the design team and vice versa, explaining the design language in a way that can be easily understood. She was the Senior Designer and Project Director on the Wilshire Grand Redevelopment Project. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating the efforts of the entire design team, including a vast array of consultants, liaising with the client – Korean Airlines, and working closely with Turner Construction. She is currently the Project Director for the State of California’s New Natural Resources Headquarters Building in Sacramento, California. Tammy received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a vital member of AC Martin since 1996.
Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, Alex’s architectural experience in both Europe and the United States encompasses the design and technical coordination of academic, healthcare, civic, and commercial projects varying in size and complexity. Alex holds special interest in developing innovative exterior envelope systems and making environmental, economic, social and functional sustainable design a fundamental part of projects in order to ensure their success over time.
Alex is currently project architect on the 140,000-sf new Student Services and Administration building on the California State University Pomona Campus, a project that brings together centralized student support functions with administrative and executive leadership components of the university.
He is also project architect on the 220,000-sf new Health Sciences Innovation Building for the University of Arizona and is leading CO Architects’ building Facades Group.
Design DirectorBio »
Thom MayneThom Mayne founded Morphosis in 1972 as a collective practice of architecture, urbanism and design, rooted in rigorous research and innovation. Working globally across a broad range of project types and scales, Morphosis is recognized for its innovative and sustainable designs for cultural, civic and academic institutions, including the Bloomberg Center at Cornell Tech, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and 41 Cooper Square, the academic building for The Cooper Union. As Design Director of Morphosis, Mayne provides overall vision and project leadership to the firm. Throughout his career, Mayne has remained active in the academic world. In 1972, he helped to establish the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Since then, he has held teaching positions at Columbia, Yale (the Eliel Saarinen Chair in 1991), the Harvard Graduate School of Design (Eliot Noyes Chair in 1998), the Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and many other institutions around the world. He has been a tenured Professor at the University of California Los Angeles Architecture and Urban Design (UCLA A.UD) since 1993. There has always been a symbiotic relationship between Mayne’s teaching and practice, evidenced in his concurrent position as Executive Director of the Now Institute, Morphosis’ research arm that collaborates with academic institutions, including UCLA, to create design-based solutions for the pressing issues of the day, from mobility, urban revitalization, and sustainability, to public policy, planning, and community outreach. Fueled by the power of design-based thinking at all levels of education, Mr. Mayne founded the Thom Mayne Young Architects program in 2015 to provide elementary school children at underperforming schools with an introduction to architecture that hones their problem-solving skills across all areas of their education. Mayne’s distinguished honors include the Pritzker Prize (2005) and the AIA Gold Medal (2013). He was appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009 and was honored with the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Gold Medal in 2000. With Morphosis, Thom Mayne has been the recipient of 27 Progressive Architecture Awards, over 120 American Institute of Architecture Awards and numerous other design recognitions. The firm has been the subject of various group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including a large solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2006. Morphosis buildings and projects have been published extensively; the firm has been the subject of 33 monographs.
Heather RobergeHeather Roberge, principal of the Los Angeles based design firm Murmur and chair of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design, will present research from her forthcoming book, Fabricating Plasticity. She will present contemporary applications of aluminum in the design of façade systems and product design. Seven metal forming technologies available to designers will structure presentations of work by Foster and Partners, REX, Herzog and de Meuron, Ron Arad, Heatherwick Studio and work under the direction of Ms. Roberge. The constraints and design opportunities associated with metal press forming, metal spinning, panel beating, casting, extruding, as well as press brake and superplastic forming will be presented.
A multi-disciplined design leader with over 18 years of experience of strategic design programs across a diverse range of industries. My background and interest occur at the blurry overlap of architecture and kinetic design merging aesthetic with functional. My strength lies with being an entrepreneur: a builder of ideas, relationships and solutions. I excel at system thinking, making strategy design, intent and process overlap. My goal for any project is attention, to create impact through needs, insight and responsiveness.
Architectural Sales Representative
Almost 20 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry. I enjoy the sales side of the industry with a background in sales of architectural glass, curtain wall, storefront systems and doors. Maintaining and growing a strong customer base, working to create a profitable partnership between manufacturer/fabricator and glazing contractors.
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.
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.
Richard Stoner is a Senior Associate with Gensler. He has over 35 years of experience in design and construction on a variety of institutional projects including previously working with Richard Meier, Franklin Israel, wHY and as executive with Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor. He is currently working as executive on the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures with Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Director of Enclosure DesignBio »
Stan SuStan Su is a Senior Associate at Morphosis with more than 20 years of professional architectural experience. As Director of Enclosure Design, his primary role is oversight with the detail design and technical resolution of complex enclosure systems. Mr. Su works in close collaboration with the project teams, specialty consultants, and contractors ensuring that design quality is upheld throughout the virtual design and construction (VDC) process. He brings extensive experience in both architectural design practices and facades-specific consultant teams for all phases of design and construction. Mr. Su’s recent focus includes the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa, California; the New U.S. Embassy Campus in Beirut, Lebanon; and the Kolon One and Only Tower in Seoul, Korea.
Sanjeev TankhaSanjeev 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.
Jeffrey Vaglio is an engineer, architect, and researcher who focuses on the design and performance of advanced building enclosure technologies. He leads the Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) of Enclos, a leading national specialty facade contractor – the Studio is its dedicated think-tank with the mission of investigating and realizing the future of façade engineering and project delivery strategies. Over the last 12 years, Vaglio has been integral in the design and engineering of numerous structural glass facades and skylights including double-skin facades, cable-net walls, point-supported glazing, and grid-shell systems. He completed a Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Southern California where he was an Oakley Fellow and also studied innovation theory and leadership extensively.
Vice President | Computational Designer
Throughout his career in architecture, James Warton 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. Within HKS | LINE his responsibilities encompass a broad range of activities that span from preliminary analysis and conceptual design through the 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.
Jenny Wu received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Currently, Jenny is a member of the design faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI_Arc) and Columbia GSAPP. She has previously taught at institutions such as Syracuse University and Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition to her architectural practice, she also founded LACE by Jenny Wu, a line of 3D printed jewelry, in 2014. The pieces have been widely featured in publications, such as Forbes, People, and Elle Magazine. Most recently, Jenny was named one of four design visionaries by Porsche and Dwell Magazine in their “Powered by Design” documentaries, showcasing her pioneering work in 3D printing.