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On enclosure design, research, manufacturing, and delivery
Anthony Birchler leads the design-engineering team at Zahner. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the Zahner patented systems which are now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. For many architects, Mr. Birchler is the face of Zahner. He works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.
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.
As a designer with HKS LINE, Paul is primarily focused on applying computational design methodologies to assist with the design, analysis and construction of a wide range of project types. Leveraging 11 years of professional experience – including aviation, healthcare, sports, and commercial developments – Paul focuses on narrowing the gap between simulation models and the built environment via the the development and implementation of automated performance-driven design and optimization work-flows.
Field Technical Services Manager
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.
Kasper Hoejmark Ravn
Building Performance Engineer
Kasper Hoejmark Ravn
Kasper is a Building Performance Engineer at WindowMaster, whose goal is to create excellent, comfortable and safe indoor environment to the benefit of people and the environment by utilizing ventilation mainly based on natural forces. He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) specializing in indoor climate, optimal HVAC design and energy-efficient constructions. As a Building Performance Engineer at WindowMaster International he works specifically on all the natural ventilation design projects throughout the US but has also worked on multiple projects in Europe.
Senior Project Engineer
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.
Head of Advanced Technology
Harris leads Morphosis’ advanced technology team, using diverse software including CATIA 3d Experience to model and rationalize the complex spaces, skins, and structures that the firm is known for. The application of these digital tools and strategies goes beyond the development of base geometry, however, to encompass the production of visualizations, models, and interactive environments that aid in testing and communicating concepts from early in design through construction administration. Models, mock-ups, and experimental studies have always played a central role in the firm’s design process. Today, the firm continues to develop and explore new platforms for understanding architecture, made possible by advances in 3d printing, VR, VA, and blended environments.
Director of Strategic Accounts
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.
Pablo La Roche
Associate Vice President
Pablo La Roche
Pablo La Roche is an associate vice president in CallisonRTKL’s Los Angeles office and a leader for the firm’s Performance-Driven DesignTM initiatives, focusing on sustainable design for the commercial practice group. His expansive portfolio includes sustainable buildings all over the world designed with state-of-the-art tools. A tenured professor of architecture at Cal Poly Pomona University, Pablo is also an accomplished author; he has written more than 130 technical papers for journals and conferences, and his book Carbon Neutral Architectural Design placed in the top ten in Amazon’s Energy and Buildings category. He is also past president of the Society of Building Science Educators and chair of the solar buildings division of the American Solar Energy Society.
Libourel has nearly 20 years of experience in facade engineering, structural engineering, multidisciplinary project management and fabrication modeling. Throughout his career, he has served as lead designer and project manager for several projects in the U.S. and globally in market sectors such as cultural and institutional, mixed-use, sports, residential and commercial. Since joining Thornton Tomasetti in 2015, Libourel has focused primarily on facade engineering projects.
Tim Logan, Application Developer and Computational Designer for HKS | LINE. His work with LINE concerns design, documentation and fabrication of complex architectural systems and custom application development from the micro scale of project specific needs to larger macro scale needs of the office at large. He also leads development and contributes to open source projects such as Elk, a mapping and topography plugin for Grasshopper and Dynamo, as well as a number of Revit plugins maintained from his time with LMN Architects.
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.
Senior Energy Analyst
Emir A. Pekdemir leads the Computational Analysis team at BuroHappold Engineering in New York, providing integrated design solutions for healthier and better performing buildings using analytics. Using advanced building performance simulation as a design tool, Emir has successfully completed projects with intricate façades and complex passive & mechanical systems. With a wide range of skills including dynamic energy and airflow modeling, hygrothermal modeling, daylight & glare simulations, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Emir is also an active speaker/presenter in the world of building simulation.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Computational Designer
Segraves is a CORE studio Senior Computational Designer and works closely on tool development and research projects. He is a specialist in advanced modeling and computational design strategies, with expertise spanning a wide spectrum from architectural systems optimization to urban energy modeling. His work is widely published and he lectures frequently throughout the AEC community. Before coming to Thornton Tomasetti he worked as a computational design specialist for OMA, SOM, AS+GG, Gensler, and others. He holds a BArch from the RISD, and an MArch from the Architectural Association of London.
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Stan SuStan Su is a licensed Architect with more than twenty years of professional architectural experience, with a focus in the design and technical resolution of projects of complex geometry. At Morphosis, Stan serves as office-wide lead on construction technology and fabrication, contributing to all aspects of project development through systems integration.
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.
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.
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.