Robert Aish, Autodesk
Robert Aish is Director of Software Development at Autodesk where he leads the DesignScript project. His main focus is the development of end-user computational design tools and their role in multi-disciplinary design integration and optimization.
Gil Akos, Mode Collective
Gil Akos is a founding partner of Mode Collective and adjunct faculty at the Pratt Institute. His professional work contains a number of published and award winning projects that range in scale from buildings to products and include significant contribution to the J&J Olympic Pavilion, the Water Planet exhibit in the San Francisco Academy of Arts, and the LARD Furniture Series.
Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Director Juan Betancur AIA, LEED AP, has extensive experience in the design of supertall, commercial and mixed-use sustainable building projects around the world. Before joining AS+GG in 2008, Juan was an associate and studio head at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he concentrated on large-scale projects in China. Juan’s approach to design emphasizes the geographic, environmental and cultural contexts of each project. Rather than imposing a preconceived style, he allows the project to grow organically out of the site and the design process itself, always striving to arrive at a result that wouldn’t fit anywhere else.
Valerie Block, DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions
Valerie Block is a Senior Marketing Specialist in DuPont’s Glass Laminating Solutions business. She currently leads a global architectural projects team focused on structural and security laminated glass applications. She is the chair of the Laminating Division of the Glass Association, as well as the Glazing Industry Code Committee.
Scott Bondi, Arup
Scott Bondi is an Associate with Arup in New York. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering and has extensive experience in building envelope design, building physics and numerical analysis. Scott specializes in buildings with stringent energy goals and environmental conditions and uses a variety of advanced tools (Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, Non-linear analyses with LS-DYNA, statistical weather analysis) to predict thermal, structural and condensation performance. Current projects include Columbia Business School with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FX Fowle as well as several confidential global blast projects. Scott is an Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union, where he has lectured and developed courses in Finite Element techniques, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics.
James Carpenter, JCDA
Since establishing James Carpenter Design Associates in 1978, Mr. Carpenter has been integrating a synthesis of light into building structures. JCDA is a collaborative environment encouraging an exchange of ideas between architects, engineers and fabricators. Mr. Carpenter is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.
Brandon Coates, Beck Group
Brandon Coates is a designer out of the Beck Dallas office who leads computational design efforts within the organization. Brandon’s roles include performing schematic design on architectural projects, as well as detailed design for complex elements of the building scope. His focus is to infuse conceptual design deliverables with data for downstream analysis and fabrication. Brandon received his BArch from the University of Oklahoma.
Stephen Dietz, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects
Stephen Dietz, AIA, a partner at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, has extensive experience with the planning and design of new buildings and complex renovations in New York City and New York State. He oversaw the completion of the new Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University, the interior renovation and façade replacement for the New York County Family Court, and the renovation and recladding of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU. Currently, he is working on the New Computer Science Center at Stony Brook University, and the Center III Building Renovation and Façade Replacement for LaGuardia Community College. Mr. Dietz earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brown University and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Gustav Fagerström, Buro Happold
Gustav Fagerström is a registered architect and Senior Technical Designer with Buro Happold New York. Specializing in design computation he operates at the intersection of architecture, engineering and computer science. He has practiced architecture with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox and UNStudio. Work of his has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas and Asia as well as presented at venues such as the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA and the SmartGeometry conference.He has been invited to give critiques, workshops, lectures, and seminars at the University of Pennsylvania, the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, University of Westminster, Chalmers University of Technology, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
Frank Fralick, Beck Group
Frank Fralick is the Beck Group’s leading force in direct fabrication methodology and non-traditional procurement. Having received his engineering degree from Vanderbilt, he works closely with designers to deliver complex building components ranging from structural and ornamental steel to unique millwork and other architectural elements. Frank strives to mesh the processes of design and construction into a single, fluid movement. Frank is based in Beck’s Atlanta office.
Reid Freeman, Architecture Operations D.P.C
Reid Freeman, AIA is founding partner of Architecture Operations D.P.C. an architectural firm that specializes in structural glass building design and construction with James Carpenter and has eight years work experience with James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) in New York City. Mr. Freeman teaches at The New School’s Parson School of Design.
Pavel Getov, Studio Antares A + E
Pavel Getov, AIA, is a founder and partner of the interdisciplinary
practice Studio Antares A + E, based in Los Angeles, with active
projects in the United States and abroad. Previously he worked for
Richard Meier & Partners, NBBJ and with Morphosis where he was
the project architect of the New Academic Building for The Cooper
Union in New York. He had been a Visiting Professor of Critical Practice at the University of Arizona. Currently he teaches advanced architecture classes at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).
Robert Golda, Heintges & Associates
Robert Golda is an Associate at Heintges & Associates, a building envelope and curtain wall consulting firm. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Robert worked at the firm of Wittfoht Architekten in Germany as well as at the firms of Edelman Sultan Knox Wood and Davis Brody Bond in New York. He holds a B. Arch degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Robert has published research related to the Integrated Design Process and has participated in academic design reviews at several architecture schools. Along with his colleagues from Davis Brody Bond, Robert received a Presidential Citation at the 2012 AIA National Convention for involvement in the rebuilding of the World Trade Center Site.
Robert Heintges, Heintges & Associates
Robert Heintges, FAIA, is the founding principal of Heintges & Associates, and, with over 30 years of experience, is an internationally recognized authority on the design and implementation of the curtain wall. Mr. Heintges is also an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP. He has contributed his extensive knowledge on curtain wall theory and practice as well as his expertise in environmentally responsible design to numerous publications and organizations. Mr. Heintges is personally involved in virtually every project the firm undertakes and has developed long-standing relationships with many of the world’s greatest architects. In particular, he was a critical member of the teams that executed the façade replacements at both the New York County Family Court and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and is currently consulting on the Center III Building façade replacement project for LaGuardia Community College. Mr. Heintges received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Rice University.
Dean Hill, Greenscreen
Dean Hill, ASLA, CGP is the Director of Sustainability at greenscreen®, the leader in green wall technology since 1993. As Director of Sustainability, Dean is formulating the corporate environmental agenda and forwarding sustainability initiatives relative to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) directives. He has over 18 years of experience in the design/build and landscape construction sector. Dean is very active at both the national and local levels of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). He currently sits on the Landscape Architecture Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee, ASLA PR and Communications Committee and is a past president of the Indiana Chapter. Dean holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.
Risa Honig, City University of New York’s (CUNY)
Risa Honig AIA, has held the position of Assistant Director with The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Department of Design, Construction & Management since 2004. Her portfolio of colleges includes: Brooklyn College, CUNY School of Law, Medgar Evers College, Macaulay Honors College, LaGuardia Community College and CUNY’s Central Offices. Ms. Honig is involved with the design and construction of a variety of projects including science buildings, a performing arts center, library renovations, new facilities for: the CUNY School of Law and CUNY’s Central Office headquarters, and currently the Center III Building façade replacement project for LaGuardia Community College. Ms. Honig received her BA and Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She has practiced architecture for 25 years. Prior to her tenure at CUNY, she worked in both the private and public sector, including 13 years as a Project Architect with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Leslie Jabs, Gensler
Leslie Jabs, AIA, is a Principal at global design and architecture firm, Gensler. Ms. Jabs has over 36 years of experience in the design and implementation of hospitality, office developments, and residential architecture. She is based in the firm’s New York office, where she oversees the Commercial Office Buildings and Hospitality practices. Her design work has included façade renovation projects such as 3 Columbus Circle, 636 11th Avenue, and 1095 Avenue of the Americas in New York, NY as well as various reclad feasibility studies. Ms. Jabs is the Co-Chair of the New York Building Congress Architects Leadership Council and an active member of the Greenprint Foundation, where she sits on the innovation committee.
Bill Kreysler, Kreysler & Associates
Bill founded Kreysler & Associates in 1982. K&A is a custom molder of fiber reinforced products located in Napa County. The firm has won numerous awards for excellence in the manufacture of FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer) architectural products, industrial products, and large scale sculpture. Before founding K&A, Bill was Executive VP and production manager for Performance Sailcraft Corp, Northern California’s largest sailboat manufacturer at the time, managing the production and distribution of over 12,000 sailboats. Mr. Kreysler has degrees in English and History from CSU San Diego. He has served as board member and as President of the ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association) – the world’s largest trade association for the composites industry. He is a past director of the Composites Institute and chair of the ACMA Committee on Architectural Composites and the Building Codes. Bill is currently chair of the committee to write Guide Specifications and Recommended Practice for FRP Architectural Products and is a founding member of the newly formed Digital Fabrication Alliance. He is a co-author of Composites, Surfaces, and Software High Performance Architecture with Greg Lynn.
Matt Kuba, Stutzki Engineering
Matt has been working in the structural glass engineering industry at Stutzki Engineering since 2008. He has participated in numerous engineering projects involving structural glass facades, cable walls, curtain walls, glass stairs, and lightweight steel structures. He currently holds professional engineering licenses in Wisconsin and New York and is an NFRC certified simulator for thermal performance analysis. Matt earned a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Carol Loewenson, Mitchell/Giurgola Architects
Carol Loewenson, partner at Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, LLP, has been involved in the design of complex renovations in New York City for over twenty-five years. She led the teams for both the renovation and recladding of the New York County Family Court and School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University. Currently, she is overseeing the Center III Building Renovation and Façade Replacement for LaGuardia Community College. Her expertise ranges from highly technical buildings to the complexities of renovations to the intricacies of work in both the private and public sector. Ms. Loewenson’s interests include the urban environment, historic preservation, and the development of new structures within both of these contexts. Ms. Loewenson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University.
Michael Ludvik, M.Ludvik Engineering
Michael is a structural engineer with an ongoing interest in special structures and structural glass in particular. The work is characterized by a first principles approach, with such project highlights as the TKTS Booth at Times Square, and the bridge across 65th Street at Lincoln Center in NYC.
Mark Mathey, Arup
Mark Mathey is a façade consultant with Arup in New York. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati and specializes in CAD and digital modeling with parametric and computational techniques. Mark combines his experience in digital modeling and design with his continued site / inspection work to pursue the integration of progressive technology and practical construction methodology in façade design.
Timothy (Tim) McGee, Structure Tone
Timothy (Tim) McGee, a 21-year veteran, is the vice president of higher education at Structure Tone. Our organization has successfully built over 15M sf of educational facilities on both urban and suburban campuses for higher education and K-12 institutions. With a specialization in higher education and cultural projects, Tim has been involved with several efforts for New York University, Hofstra University, Fordham University, Wagner College, Columbia University, Columbia University Medical Center and the Archdiocese of New York. These projects encompassed new construction, renovation and expansion, and technology/infrastructure upgrades – integrating cutting-edge trends and technology including sustainability (LEED) and BIM. Recently, Tim oversaw construction of a complex $45M gut-renovation, new façade construction and interior fit-out of 125,000 sf for the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. A graduate of Iona College, Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received a certification in estimating from New York University.
Tali Mejicovsky, Arup
Tali Mejicovsky is a senior façade consultant with Arup in New York. Since joining Arup in 1995, Tali has contributed to landmark buildings in the US, Australia, Asia and the Middle East. Early projects include Dragonair at Chep Lap Kok in Hong Kong, Ben Gurion Airport in Israel and Federation Square in Melbourne. Recent projects include the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and the Harvard Art Museum; all with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Tali has a background in structural engineering and has presented, taught and published on the discipline of façade engineering at International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technology (ICBEST), Glass Performance Days, Columbia University, Pratt Institute and the AIA National Convention.
Nathan Miller, CASE
Nathan Miller is the Director of Computational Design at Case Design Inc and is responsible for leading the efforts on computational design strategy, complex modeling, and geometric rationalization. Prior to joining Case, Nathan held the position of Associate Architectural Designer and Lead Computational Designer at NBBJ where he focused on the development and implementation of computational design systems for generative design concepts, production efficiency, and building performance. Nathan has lectured on the topic of design and computation at venues including the ACADIA conference, the ACSA conference, the annual USC BIM symposium, and the Los Angeles Design Technology Forum. Nathan has also instructed workshops at academic venues such as the University of Nebraska, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Bruce Milley, Guardian Industries
Mr. Milley, Architectural Design Manager, Northeast Region for Guardian, has a unique combination of glass fabrication and commercial sales management experience. He has worked in the glass industry for over 35 years and more specifically with Guardian Industries for the last 21 years. His commercial sales experience extends beyond North America to include the Middle East, Africa, India, and Asia/Pacific. Mr. Milley is a Canadian who now resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Robert Matthew Noblett, Behnisch Architekten
Matt Noblett is the Partner in Charge of the Behnisch Architekten, Boston office. Born in 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1994 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture in 1997 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked in a variety of architectural firms, including Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York, where he served as project manager for large-scale and significant projects in Boston and San Francisco. In 2006 he joined Behnisch Architekten, Boston, where he has been executive partner since 2009. Noblett has taught at Boston institutions of higher education and currently lectures extensively worldwide on sustainable architecture and design excellence.
Erik L. Olsen, Transsolar
Erik is a mechanical engineer and expert in integration of architectural and low-energy indoor comfort solutions. As a Director of Transsolar Climate Engineering’s New York office he works collaboratively with clients, architects, and other engineers worldwide to develop and validate low-energy, architecturally integrated indoor climate and energy concepts. His concepts range from the completely passive Raising Malawi Academy for Girls to the ground-breaking Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore. Erik has been lecturer and guest critic at universities including Harvard University, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. In addition to his specialist work at Transsolar, he has worked as a consulting mechanical engineer on a wide variety of building types and launched and directed the City of Chicago’s Green Permit Program. Erik is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University.
Mic Patterson, Enclos
Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on the building skin. He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced facade technology and structural glass facades. Most recently, Patterson participated in the establishment of the Enclos Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) where he works as the Director of Strategic Development. Enclos is a leading national specialty facade contractor, and ATS is its dedicated facade think-tank with the mission of anticipating and realizing the future of the building skin. Patterson has taught, written extensively, and lectured internationally on diverse aspects of advanced façade technology. He is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures.
Areta Pawlynsky, Heintges & Associates
Areta Pawlynsky, AIA, is a partner at Heintges & Associates, a building envelope and curtain wall consulting firm. Since joining the firm in 1991, she has overseen the technical design and construction of complex façades in the U.S., Asia, and the Middle East. Her work has included the assessment and renovation of historically sensitive façades, as well as the execution of new enclosure walls. Areta holds degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana and Columbia University. She has taught graduate courses in building technology at Columbia University and has participated in symposiums and reviews at other schools.
Andy Payne, LIFT Architects
Andrew is a registered architect who is currently pursuing his Doctoral degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He along with colleague Jason K. Johnson authored Firefly in 2010 as an add-on to the Grasshopper interface. Firefly is a comprehensive toolset dedicated to bridging the gap between the digital and physical worlds. It allows near real-time data flow between Grasshopper and the Arduino microcontroller and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors and more. His doctoral research at the GSD explores how recent advancements in technology can help architects create more intelligent spaces and systems that have a capacity to meet changing individual, social, and environmental demands.
William H. Paxson, Davis Brody Bond
William Paxson, AIA, Senior Partner and Lead Designer, leads the design of the firm’s major science and technology projects, focusing on engineering and biomedical research facilities for both academic and corporate clients. His work involves technological innovation in the design of laboratory buildings providing high quality workplaces to encourage and foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration. These buildings are designed to create research environments that are energy efficient and sustainable, and to optimize the performance of scientific instruments.
Mostapha Roudsari, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Mostapha Roudsari is a designer and environmental expert with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where he focuses on the integration of parametric design and analysis tools to influence the architectural design process. While studying at the University of Pennsylvania his research included performative architectural form finding utilizing evolutionary algorithms. Mostapha is the developer of Ladybug, an open-source environmental plugin for Grasshopper3D.
Jon Sargent, SOM
Jon is a designer at the New York office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he focuses on computation, high-rise design, and high-performance facade development. He holds an M.Arch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he, along with colleagues Christoph Reinhart, Alstan Jakubiec, Kera Lagios, and Jeff Niemasz, authored the DIVA-for-Rhino plug in. DIVA connects Rhino and Grasshopper to Radiance, DAYSIM, Evalglare, and EnergyPlus, allowing designers to conduct state-of-the-art environmental analysis from McNeel’s parametric, NURBS modeling platform.
Markus Schulte, Arup
Markus Schulte leads Arup’s Façade Group in New York City. He joined Arup in 1993 and pioneers the design and construction of sophisticated buildings in NYC and around the world. His goal is to arrive at high quality, and efficient designs, which meet vision, program, budget and schedule constraints of his clients. Over the years Markus’ work has been featured in multiple publications and has been recognized with numerous awards. Early projects include the Sony Roof in Berlin with Helmut Jahn, the Institute of Contemporary Art and Lincoln Center with Diller Scofidio + Renfro; current projects include the expansion of the SF-MoMA with Snohetta and Cornell’s First Academic Building on Roosevelt Island with Morphosis.”
Peter Simmonds, IBE Consulting Engineers
Peter Simmonds has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and another in Research and Development from Reading Technical College, and a Master’s degree from HTS, Den Bosch, The Netherlands and a Ph.D. from T.U. Delft. He has been a member of ASHRAE since 1989. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 technical papers, articles and books. He is a member of several ASHRAE Technical Committees and serves on the Handbook committee as well as Standard 55. Peter also teaches Graduate and Post Graduate Architectural students at the University of Southern California and Woodbury University.
Chris Stutzki, Stutzki Engineering
Chris Stutzki, Ph.D., PE, M.ASCE, and his company Stutzki Engineering, Inc. work for architects and building contractors, in the field of structural glass, lightweight structures and building facades. His strength is the conceptual and complete engineering of lightweight buildings of glass and steel, curtain walls, and art work with glass. Chris and his company are based in Milwaukee since 2004, and work for clients across the US, Canada, and overseas. Chris was educated in Germany, and is frequently involved as consultant for innovative façade projects, with emphasis on the integration of architectural, structural and environmental aspects.
Javier Torner, Onyx Solar
Javier Torner received his architectural training at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and at the Stuttgart University. Upon his Master of Architecture he was granted by the Center of Economical and Commercial Studies of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Spain, receiving the Master of International Business Administration. He has participated in energy building integration consultancy projects (BIPV) and in the energy efficiency sector. He has international experience in the American and European markets as business developer and market analyst for ONYX SOLAR and for the ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL OFFICE OF SPAIN in Germany. He also worked in the Real Estate, urban planning, architecture and construction sectors for BANCO SANTANDER and HIGH-TECH ARCHITECTS.
Jeffrey Vaglio, Enclos
Jeffrey offers a versatile skill set with experience in both structural engineering and architecture. He works as Associate Director of the Enclos Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) in Los Angeles, a collaborative think-tank that is devoted to investigating the future of façade engineering and project delivery strategies. He has participated in the design and engineering of numerous structural glass facades and skylights including cable net walls, point-supported glazing, grid shells and double-skin facades. Jeffrey is currently a PhD Candidate in Architecture at the University of Southern California where he has also studied innovation theory and leadership.
Eric Verboon, Buro Happold
Erik Verboon is an Associate with Buro Happold New York where he leads the Façade Engineering Team. With backgrounds in both Architecture and Engineering he has over ten years of experience developing solutions to complex building problems. His team’s work focuses on the design and engineering of building facades and special structures for new and existing buildings, incorporating an integrated design approach, leveraging the combined expertise of all the engineering disciplines surrounding him at Buro Happold. Mr. Verboon has presented at a number of academic institutions and professional conferences on the topics of advanced digital modeling and complex geometries, and analysis for facades, and his work has been published in journals and books relating to these topics. He has been an invited guest on multiple design juries and continues to teach at Stevens Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute in courses relating to Environmental Analysis and Façade Design.
Anthony Viola, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Anthony Viola is a senior designer with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where he has been working on high performance supertall projects for the past five years. He specializes in the design, development and use of parametric computational tools to push the boundaries of integrated performance based design. Previously he worked for the Chicago office of Valerio Dewalt Train working of several commercial and institutional projects.
Hamid Vossoughi, Halsall Associates
Hamid is a Technical Leader and Project Manager for Halsall Associates’ Building Restoration and Cladding Engineering Group in Toronto since 2007. Prior to joining Halsall, Hamid worked in the consulting and contracting with a focus on evaluation and rehabilitation of tall buildings and special structures in the US for over 19 years. Hamid has a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering from Cornell University.
Jonathan Wilson, Arup
Jonathan is a Façade Engineer working in Arup’s London office. Before joining Arup he worked as a façade designer for Schmidlin AG, a world renowned specialist façade contractor. Jonathan has been involved in many complex and challenging projects during his career. Recent projects include the 2012 Sterling Prize award winning Sainsbury’s Laboratory by Stanton Williams Architects and the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) with Zaha Hadid Architects.
Mayine L. Yu, Davis Brody Bond
At Davis Brody Bond, Mayine’s primary focus has been on the design, detailing, and construction of exterior systems, integrating this technical knowledge with the requirements of interior building systems. Ms. Yu is currently engaged in the Adult Emergency Department renovation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and was the Project Architect for the new Northwest Corner Building at Columbia University.
Jessica Zofchak, Atelier Ten
Jessica Sundberg Zofchak, an environmental designer at Atelier Ten, works on a number of highly ambitious local and international projects. Jessica works within the environmental design and daylight practices at Atelier Ten focusing on integrated and computational methods for building performance optimization. Her recent focus includes developing Atelier Ten’s in-house daylight and façade optimization tool set. She holds a bachelors of science degree in building technology, a degree in marketing science and masters of engineering in high performance structures from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and currently serves as the lecturer for Daylighting at the University of Pennsylvania