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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.

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Vinicius is the Chair of the Campus Studio at Sasaki and plays a leading design role in the firm’s institutional practice. Collaborating with interior designers, landscape architects, planners, and urban designers, Vinicius focuses on the synthesis of all disciplines through the design process. Vinicius works closely with his clients to create projects that address pragmatic concerns while contributing simplicity and elegance to the built environment. His work—which includes concert halls, student residences, commercial centers, art galleries, chapels, urban housing, and sports facilities—embodies design excellence and grace. Vinicius has over 25 years of experience creating award-winning work. He is a registered architect and holds a master of architecture in urban design from Harvard University and a bachelors of arts in architecture from the University of Sao Paulo.

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Kyle Martin is a Virtual Design and Coordination Specialist at Tocci Building Companies where he focuses on digital model coordination and visualization. As a strong proponent of visual programming, he consistently develops tools for improved design intent translation, cost engineering, and process optimization. Martin is also an adjunct instructor of advanced AEC technology at the Boston Architectural College and founder of the Dynamo-litia Boston user group.

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As a Principal with twenty two years of experience in the field and over seventeen years at Machado Silvetti, Stephanie has a diverse portfolio of cultural, educational and housing projects. She is currently working on the Denver Art Museum’s North Building Project which includes the extensive renovation of the 1971 Gio Ponti-designed North Towers and the design and construction of a new welcome center at the heart of the campus. Stephanie has a wealth of experience managing complex projects throughout all phases of design and construction. Her most recent efforts have had a focus on master planning and programming for arts and cultural facilities as demonstrated through her work on projects such as the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy Andover, the MassArt Bakalar and Paine Galleries, the Kennedy Theatre and Studio Arts Building at Hamilton College and The McNay Museum of Art.

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Verboon is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Walter P Moore’s New York office. Trained in both architecture and engineering, he brings a deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types. Verboon has experience working with a wide variety of facade applications including high-performance double skin facades, geometrically complex composite facades, and custom unitized enclosures for both new buildings and existing building retrofits and extensions. His portfolio expresses both national and international work with extensive experience in the New York market, bringing expertise in buildings old and new, across academic, commercial and cultural sectors. In addition to Erik’s professional accolades, he also teaches enclosure design at a number of leading universities.

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Brad Barnett is Co-Director of Sasaki Strategies, where he works at the intersection of urban design, data visualization, and technology. Brad leads the Strategies team’s work integrating digital strategy and data into Sasaki’s multidisciplinary design practice. Prior to Sasaki, Brad worked at Calthorpe Associates and PlaceMatters, where he led a portfolio of projects for HUD’s groundbreaking Sustainable Communities Initiative.

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During his career, DeSimone has specialized in computer modeling of complex formed structures. In this pursuit, he has developed several techniques that enable complex surface information to be migrated from one computer application to another. Other areas of expertise include wind engineering, the use of composite systems, and the design of high-rise concrete structures. Throughout his tenure, DeSimone has focused on the design of residential and high-rise projects and has been responsible for an extensive list of award-winning projects such as HL23, IAC Headquarters, and The Standard. He is an active member of the engineering community and was a founding member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York.

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Kassabian is a structural engineer and Associate Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger working on a wide range of structural systems such as buildings, bridges, and sculptures. Paul develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house materials lab, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. He taught graduate structural engineering students at MIT for ten years and currently teaches the Structures I course at Harvard GSD. Paul is currently working on projects throughout the USA typically for Boston-area clients.

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Colin McCrone (@colinmccrone) is the Director of Design Technology at Safdie Architects in Boston where he guides the firm’s technology initiatives, leads internal training, and implements design computation for projects. Previously, McCrone was the Computational Design Evangelist for the Dynamo product team at Autodesk. McCrone has taught computational design and BIM at the California College of the Arts, and he was a researcher in energy performance modeling for early-stage architectural design at the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell University.

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Amin Tadjsoleiman received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, at the University of Tehran. He established his own studio, VAV studio in 2003 through which he has designed and executed several institutional, commercial, and residential projects during the last 14 years. His projects brought to him several national and international awards and recognitions. He joined NADAAA in 2013 and has served as project manager and designer for several projects among which are Saint-Gobain North America Innovation Center, Marble Block Redevelopment Study and The Beacon Residential tower in Cleveland.

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With work marked by historical, cultural and educational content, Ann Beha is Design Principal for the United States Embassy, Athens, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, both modernist cultural landmarks. She has led preservation and adaptive use projects at the University of Chicago, Princeton, Cornell Law School, MIT, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library. A graduate of Wellesley College, and March from MIT, Ann was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the City College of New York, and currently serves on the Industry Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

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Fixler is a Principal at David Fixler Architects. Formerly, he was a principal at EYP specializing in the rehabilitation of modern structures including works such as Aalto’s Baker House and Saarinen’s Kresge Auditorium and Chapel at MIT, Louis Kahn’s Richards Laboratories at the University of Pennsylvania and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. David has taught and lectured and published internationally. He holds leadership roles in a variety of global preservation organizations, including APT, where he is co-founder and former Chair of the Technical Committee on Modern Heritage, the Society of Architectural Historians as a member and past Chair of their Heritage Conservation Committee, and president of Docomomo-US/New England. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

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As Director of Building Science at Payette, Love works across all projects to improve building performance. She was the Principal Investigator for the AIA Upjohn Grant on thermal bridging, and is a Lecturer at MIT Architecture. Love is a licensed architect with a BArch from Carnegie Mellon, and Masters in Building Technology from MIT and received the Tucker-Voss Award. She is a member of the COTE Advisory Group, and chairs the 2030 Working Group.

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Dan O’Brien is assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative. His work focuses on the ways that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work together to leverage modern digital data (i.e., “Big Data”) and technology to better understand and serve cities. His own research focuses on the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods, including how communities maintain the urban commons.

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Cathy Wissink is Director of Technology & Civic Engagement at Microsoft New England. Her job focuses on partnering with civic leaders in greater Boston to use technology to solve large challenges and capitalize on impactful and inclusive opportunities. Cathy works directly with local tech leaders and policy influencers on issues critical to both Microsoft and the tech sector. She represents Microsoft with major tech associations, and develops programs on key issues in the tech policy space. She also plays a key role in overseeing the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center – New England, which was formally announced in October 2013. Cathy joined Microsoft in 2000 and spent her first 9 years working on Windows, focusing on software globalization and helping ensure diverse countries were on the right side of the digital divide. She moved to the Corporate, External and Legal Affairs team at Microsoft in 2009, working on global government affairs, then took her current role in Cambridge in October 2013. Cathy is a Seattle native and is enjoying exploring her adopted city.

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Platt practiced as an architect for 15 years prior to leaving a partnership three years ago to found Branch Technology. His fascination with natural beauty and amazing structures led to the initiation of a new technology using 3D printing combined with conventional materials to robotically prefabricate architectural assemblies with resource stewardship and unprecedented design freedom.

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Franklin-Hodge leads the City’s efforts to enhance online service delivery, empower City employees with effective digital tools, and improve access to technology and the Internet for all Boston neighborhoods.
Prior to his work with the City, Franklin-Hodge co-founded Blue State Digital (BSD) in 2004 and ran BSD’s Boston technology office. He oversaw the development of BSD Tools, an online fundraising, email, and CRM platform that powered the digital presence of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He previouly worked for Howard Dean’s groundbreaking 2004 presidential campaign, where he led the technology team. Since 2009, Franklin-Hodge has served as an advisor to Code for America, a nonprofit which connects technologists with cities to solve civic challenges and encourage innovation in government technology. Franklin-Hodge studied computer science at MIT and lives in South Boston.

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David Manfredi is nationally recognized for his planning, design, and placemaking work. As a founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects, David has been privileged to work with a variety of institutional, higher education, and corporate industry leaders from across the country on all types of planning and building projects. He has pioneered the prototype design of urban, high-rise research buildings to support the collaborative imperatives of today’s science. His work is driven by interaction and collaboration with the full range of stakeholders, and he excels at community presentation and consensus building with diverse groups.David is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with Bachelor degrees in both English and Architecture, and the University of Chicago, where he received a Master of Arts degree. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Boston Society of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

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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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Melissa Wong is a Senior Associate at Thornton Tomasetti. Her work focuses on the design and construction of façade and enclosure systems for different types of projects, including mixed-use commercial, residential and industrial facilities. She has more than ten years of experience providing design consultation, detail development, specifications, shop drawing review and on-site façade inspections for a variety of envelope systems including glazed curtain walls, point supported glazing, rainscreen cladding, precast, brick masonry, prefabricated panels, roofing and waterproofing for both new and existing buildings. Her knowledge and skills allow her to successfully coordinate and manage projects from design to construction. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York City. She is fluent in Cantonese.