PRESENTERS | DAY 2

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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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Pablo La Roche has a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an Associate Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader at CallisonRTKL and a tenured professor of architecture at Cal Poly Pomona University. His expansive portfolio includes sustainable buildings all over the world designed with state-of-the-art tools. Pablo is also an accomplished author; he has written more than 130 technical papers for journals and conferences and the second edition of his book Carbon Neutral Architectural Design was published in 2017. Pablo was president of the Society of Building Science Educators, chair of the solar buildings division of the American Solar Energy Society, and recently chaired the Passive Low Energy Architecture PLEA 2016 conference in Los Angeles.

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Margaret Montgomery is NBBJ’s global sustainable practice leader. She leads initiatives and projects with the goal of creating healthy places that reunite people with nature. Employing strategies that range from biophilia and indoor air quality to zero net carbon design, she encourages teams to improve building performance, ecosystem vitality and human experience on each project. She currently chairs AIA’s Energy Leadership Group, leads NBBJ’s 2030 Commitment initiative and her work includes the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus and the recently-opened Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System campus in New Orleans.

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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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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.

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An engineer and journalist, Russell Fortmeyer’s work engages the technical and performative complexities of architecture and systems with the needs of cities and people. He joined the global engineering firm, Arup, in 1999 and currently leads sustainable design for its Los Angeles office. His most recent book, Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes, published by Images Press in 2014, explored the integration of environment and technology toward greater energy and comfort performance in buildings. For the last two years, Fortmeyer acted as the technical advisor to the Building Resilience Primer for Los Angeles, published in 2016. He previously served as the technology editor for Architectural Record, where he remains a contributor. Since 2011, Fortmeyer has been a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where his classes focus on environmental systems and facades. He currently serves on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LA Chapter, where he advocates for sustainability in the build environment. His professional work includes the Seattle Public Library, TreePeople Center for Community Forestry (LEED Platinum), 8 Chifley Square (6 Star Greenstar), Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center (LEED Platinum), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Beirut Embassy, as well as strategic planning work focused on ZNE buildings, green infrastructure, materials, comfort, and microclimates. In 2016, Fortmeyer was awarded a Bellagio Residency by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of a collaborative project on urban microclimates and air quality with the architect Doris Sung. Fortmeyer holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and MA in Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

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Gijs Libourel has nearly 20 years of experience in façade 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 such market sectors as cultural and institutional, mixed-use, sports, residential and commercial. Since joining Thornton Tomasetti in 2015, Gijs has focused primarily on façade engineering projects.

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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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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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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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For 13 years, May has led commercial, hospitality, sports, and healthcare projects. May’s team is responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution, earning the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award. He was senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, which won the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. In 2013, he was 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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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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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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Lacroix is recognized throughout the design community and construction industry for his firestop expertise, especially in terms of curtain wall perimeter fire barrier systems, where he is considered the “Industry Specialist.” He has over 20 years of experience serving as an invaluable resource on many of the 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. Lacroix’s knowledge and experience ensures the project stays on budget and gets done right the first time. He adds value throughout the process, from conception to construction, to close out.

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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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Andy is a Principal with Integral Group’s Los Angeles Office, and has more than 17 years of sustainable consulting engineering experience. His expertise in sustainable architecture and green buildings includes building designs for passive, low energy systems such as natural and mixed-mode ventilation, displacement ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, and building integrated renewable energy systems. He has worked on over ten projects targeting Zero Net Energy operation. Some of Andy’s notable high performance projects include the UCLA Pauley Pavilion (LEED Gold), UC Berkeley Student Community Center (LEED Gold), Long Beach Airport Terminals (LEED Certified Level), Soka University Performing Arts Center (LEED Gold), LAX Bradley International Terminal (LEED Silver) and Jefferson Creative Offices Re-Use (LEED CS).

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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 at HKS. His role demonstrates proactive engagement with practice leading to implementation of additively manufactured building-scale assemblies.James received an MArch from the Architectural Associations’ Design Research Laboratory (DRL). He is currently enrolled as a PhD student in SMU’s Mechanical Engineering Department.