PRESENTERS | Day 1

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Mike Alvidrez is the Chief Executive Officer of Skid Row Housing Trust, a nonprofit that has been preserving, developing, and managing permanent supportive and affordable housing to prevent and end homelessness for more than 25 years. Mike is an advocate of Housing First, an innovative strategy that prioritizes the security of a permanent home as the first step to ending homelessness. Driven by hands-on experience working in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row neighborhood, he pioneered the development of permanent and supportive housing to help those facing the toughest challenges to stability and wellness.

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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.

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Evans is a Senior Designer for the firm, with a focus on architectural competitions and the design and programming of sport and entertainment venues. Notable award-winning designs include NetZero GSA (World Architecture News, AIA Washington Award), and AT&T Stadium (Sports Business Daily, AIA Dallas). Evans’ experience includes NFL stadiums, major league ballparks, collegiate venues and international arenas. He is currently working on the Minneapolis Multipurpose Stadium, the future home of the Minnesota Vikings, and the City of Champions stadium,the proposed NFL venue in Inglewood

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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 current role as director of construction, Glenn directs the strategy development and implementation for the commercial construction segment, managing new product development, business positioning, marketing communications and channel access programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering from Grove City (Pennsylvania) College.

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Stanley Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Masters in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at numerous schools, including the Elliot Noyes Professor, Harvard University GSD (1991-2), the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Norman, Oklahoma (1993), UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and University of Texas at Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. His first house was built in 1975, and together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes and promenades. Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House. Three books have been published on the work, and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His paintings, drawings and models have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

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A Firmwide Sports Practice Area Leader, Ron is one of the industry’s most recognized sports facility designers. His portfolio includes three retractable-roof ballparks, 12 NBA and NHL multipurpose arenas, the award-winning NFL Paul Brown Stadium, STAPLES Center, and Banc of California Stadium. Ron also consults professional leagues on topics including facility evaluation, design guidelines, and broadcast and security requirements. He is a member of the Stadium Managers Association, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Urban Land Institute, and the International Association of Venue Managers. Ron serves on the Board of Dignity Health’s California Hospital Medical Center, the Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, and the Downtown LA Ketchum YMCA Board. He received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design.

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Bishop focuses on conceptual design and entitlement phases requiring synthesis of client, city, and community stakeholder objectives to optimize design and development potential. Combining experience with a broad range of high-profile projects, he draws on exceptional visualization and communication skills to quickly extract the unrecognized potential of complex urban contexts. He also leads the firm’s effort in digital fabrication and new technologies. Nathan teaches and lectures in design, architectural history and theory, and cultural studies in universities across America.

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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.

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Alvin Huang, AIA is the Founder and Design Principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture and an Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture. He is an award-winning architect, designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice.

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Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, is the founder and principal of Lorcan O’ Herlihy Architects [LOHA]. Since LOHA’s 1994 inception, O’Herlihy has sought opportunities to engage the ever changing complexities of the urban landscape, embracing the role of architecture as a catalyst of change. His social concerns and fascination with the structure of cities has inspired an exploration of the creative interaction between public and private spaces and an emphasis on social and civic connectivity. His firm has established an international reputation for design excellence based on a commitment to research, innovative design and collaboration, and has built over 85 projects on three continents. LOHA has earned over 100 national and international design awards, including the American Institute of Architects| Los Angeles Firm of the Year, as well as nominations for the United States Artists Fellows, and the 2016 Beazley Designs of the Year at the Design Museum in London. The Architectural League of New York selected O’Herlihy as one of the eight “emerging voices” in the United States and he was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He received an M.A. in History and Critical Thinking from London’s Architectural Association.

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Satoru Sugihara is a principal and founder at the computational design studio ATLV and a faculty at Southern California Institute of Architecture. Prior to start his firm he worked as a computational designer at Morphosis Architects. He publishes computational design software iGeo and taught seminars at SCI-Arc and workshops in LA, Paris, Tokyo, Vancouver, Bilbao, Taipei and The Hague. He received the M.S. in CS from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2001 and the M.Arch. from the UCLA in 2006.

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Turner heads YKK AP America’s technical services and marketing teams. He has held roles including drafting, design engineering, and project management, developing unique software to improve efficiencies. He is a member of the International Code Council and on the Board of Directors for the American Architectural Manufacturers Assoc. Michael chaired the development of industry performance standards, and is involved in codes and regulatory affairs affecting the fenestration industry. He is a recipient of the USGlass “Top 50″ most influential people in the glass and glazing industry.

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Boswell oversees design and construction documentation for all West Coast projects, including high-rise office buildings, government facilities, residential, mixed-use, and international and domestic airport passenger terminals. Project examples include; 350 Mission Street, the Moscone Center Expansion, the Cathedral of Christ the Light and the San Francisco International Airport, the New United States Courthouse in LA and the Poly International Plaza in Beijing, China.

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Danna is Design Director of the Los Angeles office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. Paul’s buildings have earned national and local awards from distinguished institutions including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Urban Land Institute (ULI), and his work has appeared in publications worldwide.

Paul is at the forefront of sustainable design garnering awards from the USGBC, the EPA, the Urban Land Institute and others, involving numerous LEED® Platinum, Gold and Silver certified buildings, including the first LEED® Gold office building in Southern California, the first Pre-Certified building in California and the first net-zero large office building in the United States.

Paul’s current work includes the design of the LEED® Platinum certified New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles and the Long Beach Civic Center, which is targeting LEED® Gold. He has also designed the repositioning of several developer-owned properties to creative workplace environments including The Desmond / AEG in Downtown Los Angeles, 777 Aviation Renovation in El Segundo and the adaptive reuse of the Pen Factory in Santa Monica.

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Alice Kimm is co-founder of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) in Los Angeles. JFAK’s portfolio spans university, commercial, residential, and public spaces that encourage social interaction, sustain the environment, and catalyze positive change. Alice and John were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of NY in 2004, and Alice was elected to Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. An active educator, Alice directed Undergraduate Architecture at USC from 2010 to 2014.

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José Luis Palacios is Design Director of the Los Angeles office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. With over twenty years of professional experience his focus has been in the “making” of buildings, offering simple and artful solutions to complex problems that entail immense technical knowledge and a profound attention to detail. His design approach is methodical and pragmatic yet inventive and innovative.

Jose received national recognition for designing one of the first large-scale sustainable projects in the nation – the Washington State Department of Ecology building, which became a national prototype for energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive design, long before sustainability became an industry-wide concern.

Jose’s outstanding body of work extends over a broad range of building types including corporate offices, build-to-suit campus environments, transportation related projects, as well as an array of civic and government office and public safety complexes. His current work includes the design of the LEED® Platinum certified New United States Courthouse – Los Angeles and the Long Beach Civic Center, which is targeting LEED® Gold, as wells as the Bio-Esfera office complex and mixed-use master plan for Distrito La Perla in Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Doris Sung is bringing responsive systems to architecture beyond the simple “greening” of buildings. Through grant-funded research, she uses smart materials to make buildings skins respond to the environment using zero energy and no controls. Her work is a seamless blend of digital computation, complex geometries, innovative structuring, and useful application. Educated at Princeton and Columbia universities, Doris currently teaches full-time at USC and is principal of DOSU Studio Architecture. Her TEDx talk has now surpassed 1.1 million views.

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Deborah is the Chief Deputy City Engineer for the Bureau of Engineering, and the highest-ranking architect in the City. She provides leadership for an integrated architecture and engineering organization of approximately 800 people, with approximately 486 active projects totaling $3.6 billion. The projects she oversees include fire facilities, police facilities, cultural facilities, transportation facilities, recreational buildings, parks, general office facilities, and bridges. Deborah also has been integral to the Los Angeles River Revitalization effort and the new Sixth Street Viaduct project. Currently she is leading the site design for the 41 acre River-adjacent Taylor Yard open space project, and for the new 12 acre park that will be built as part of the Sixth Street Viaduct.

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The work of Angela Brooks lies at the confluence of beauty and better societies. She is a powerful advocate for the rich, multivalent impact of good design. With each project, she envisions opportunities to change what is possible for the individual, the community and the planet. Her successful execution of these ideas, that often require new construction methods, has placed her at the forefront of the implementation of environment technologies in building and made her a recognized leader in the field of sustainable design. Ms. Brooks sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish. She has pursued this philosophy through two tracks since her master’s thesis almost twenty-five years ago: executing and enhancing individual structures while formulating and advancing ideas that promote larger societal wellbeing through policy organizations. This combination of the ideal and the practical has led to a multiplicity of awards within the field and mainstream recognition such as the USA Network 2010 Character Approved award. Over the last 10 years, Ms. Brooks’ firm Brooks + Scarpa has received more than 50 major design awards including nineteen National AIA awards and five ‘Top Ten Green Building’ awards. In 2014 the firm won the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture. Her firm was also awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award in 2010.

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Julie brings design vision, leadership, and expertise in working with cities, non-profit agencies, institutions and private developers to generate inventive master plans and public places. She is an astute observer leading investigations that reshape the way we think about conventional building typologies. Her focus on the user experience, whether it is an individual, underserved community or the public at large brings an empathetic perspective that translates seemingly mundane programs into places of ease and generosity. Julie teaches and lectures around the world, and is on the board of Public Architecture. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has earned over 130 design and sustainability awards and been widely published. In 2009, the practice was honored as AIA California’s Firm of the Year and in 2012, she and partner Hank Koning were awarded the 2012 AIA Los Angeles Gold Medal in recognition of a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

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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.

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Garth Ramsey is a Senior Technical Designer in Los Angeles office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. With over two decades of design and technical experience, his developed skills in conjunction with his strong communication and leadership abilities, allow him to excel in a wide spectrum of project roles and responsibilities. Garth’s recent work includes the LEED® Platinum certified New United States Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, where he acted as Project Architect. Prior to joining SOM, he assumed a leadership role for a large-scale mixed-use development in Houston, Texas, the new British Columbia headquarters for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Vancouver, Canada and the Long Beach Courthouse, a 600,000-square-foot P3 project, where he functioned as the project team co-lead and principal consultant coordinator.

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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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In his role, Zuniga is responsible for the sales and marketing of YKK Architectural Products in North America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Virginia Tech and is also a professional engineer. Zuniga is an active member of the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and the Glass Association of North America, and has served on several committees and task groups to promote energy efficiency and code development. A native of Venezuela, Zuniga resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta, GA.