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2019 CRAN Conference - Scottsdale: Speakers

By Johanna Roche posted 07-12-2019 12:37 PM


CRAN 19 Conference Scottsdale - Menu: 



Thamarit Suchart, AIA

Thamarit Suchart completed his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture 1997) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture in Urban Design 1999). Thamarit was born and raised in Arizona. Having left Arizona for 13 years of education on the east coast of the United States, he chose to return to Arizona to raise his family and to start a design practice with Patricia in 2002.

After working for numerous award winning architecture firms in both Boston and Phoenix, he officially established his own architecture firm in 2010 (Chen + Suchart Studio). Since 2015, the firm has been the recipient of a total of nine AIA design awards, from both the AIA Arizona Chapter as well as from the AIA Western Mountain Region Chapter. 2015 also included an award from Residential Architect Magazine, where The Staab Residence was awarded the Design Award for a Custom Home over 3,000 SF. In 2012, the firm was identified as “15 Young Firms to Watch: Chen +Suchart Studio” by Residential Architect Magazine. Thamarit is a registered architect in the State of Arizona, Georgia, and New Jersey.



Wellington Duke Reiter, FAIA

Wellington "Duke" Reiter, FAIA, is the Senior Advisor to the President of Arizona State University and the Executive Director of the University City Exchange (UCX) at ASU. His UCX portfolio features complex, multi-stakeholder projects involving university/city collaboration, sustainable urbanism, healthcare, and university design. Much of this work is unique to ASU but the examples are quickly becoming models for other institutions with which Mr. Reiter is working.

Reiter is the past President of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the former Dean of the College of Design at Arizona State University, and a long-time faculty member at MIT in the Department of Architecture. He is the recipient of the Arizona Architect’s medal and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Chair of the University Development and Innovation Council. His projects and visualizations have been featured in numerous museums and Princeton Architectural Press previously published a monograph on Reiter’s work, Vessels and Fields.


AnnSchiffers.jpg Ann Schiffers

Ann Schiffers began her career in lighting at Fisher Marantz Stone where she worked during the day as an Architectural Lighting Designer while pursuing her Masters degree at Parsons School of Design. Her Masters Thesis topic was “Advancement of Downlighting” with Edison Price, the light fixture inventor and scientist and world-reknown Architect Philip Johnson serving as her mentors.  Fast forward nearly thirty years and her involvement in the lighting industry encompasses architectural lighting design,  teaching, lecturing and most recently working with the industry leading lighting LED fixture manufacturer USAI Lighting (2010) to advance both artful and scientific applications of LED downlighting. USAI has been in the forefront of tunable lighting since its first introduction of “Warm Glow Dimming” in 2012 to simulate the incandescent light source and “Color Select” in 2014 to offer unique colors and spectrums of light.

Ms. Schiffers participated in a panel discussion at LEDUCATION (2015) Lightfair with Dr. Lockley (2016) and LightShow West (2017), Savant Integrators Conference, Azione Conference and CE PRO Summit (2018) along with many Lunch and Learn presentations to further the discussion and engagement in the art and science of tunable lighting.



Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson is J. B. Jackson Chair of Cultural Landscape Studies, Emeritus in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, where he founded the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation and Regionalism. He is author of Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem (2001) and The Myth of Santa Fe: Creating a Modern Regional Tradition (1997), as well as co-editor of The Plazas of New Mexico  (2011) and Drawn to Landscape: The Pioneering Work of J. B. Jackson (2015). He is currently at work on a monograph on the work of architects and urbanists, Moule and Polyzoides, and A Field Guide to Cool Neighborhoods, a a handbook of mixed use and multi-family building types in North America before and after the automobile.




Jesús Robles, Assoc. AIA

Originally from the Southwestern United States, Jesús spent much of his youth traveling the landscapes between Southern California and Texas.  Jesús studied architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, earning his Masters of Architecture in 2003.  Upon departure, he cut a unique path to expand and hone his craft gaining over 15 years of architectural design, project management, construction, and construction management experience.

This experience covers a spectrum of scales from architect led design build, to honing his skills a finish carpenter/builder.  Jesus has worked on the completion of Desert Nomad House (casa jax, 2005), and Adobe Canyon House (2005) for Rick Joy Architects, and collaborated on a multi-family development, SIX, for Sebastian Mariscal Studio (2008).

Established in 2007, Jesús is one of the founding/managing principals of D U S T ®. Each of the works shows an investigation into sustainable material development, articulation of craft throughout the design and build processes, and contributes to the discourse of phenomenology and place in architecture.  Although a modest body of work, each of the completed works has been exhibited and published extensively, winning numerous architectural design awards and recognition.  

In addition to practice, Jesus has been an instructor at the University of Arizona teaching design studios and Material Fabrication.

Cade Hayes, AIA

Originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, it was the experiences of the Chihuahuan Desert that nourished his dreams and memories of place.  In 1997 he moved to Lubbock, Texas to study architecture at Texas Tech University.  Upon earning his Masters of Architecture in 2002, He began a 5-year appointment on the design team of Rick Joy Architects, becoming a prominent designer and project manager for many notable works from that era.

Some of those experiences include the Amangiri Resort, Francis Ford Coppola Residence, Desert Nomad House, Ventana Canyon House, St Edward’s University Chapel, among others. 

Established in 2007, Cade is one of the founding/managing principals of D U S T ®. Each of the works has shown a heightened sensitivity to place and the environment, expanding the discourse on lifestyle in harmony with the environment.  Although a modest body of work, each of the completed works has been exhibited and published extensively, winning numerous architectural design awards and recognition.  

In addition to practice, Cade has been a visiting instructor at Texas Tech University and the University of Arizona teaching Land Ethics design studio and Material Fabrication.


Bill Aylor, AIA

Bill Aylor has worked in and around the edges of architecture for almost 40 years. Bill is an Associate Partner at Lake|Flato Architects who began his architectural career in San Antonio working with renowned architect O’Neil Ford.  After spending five years in Guanajuato, Mexico, painting, printmaking and producing furniture, he moved to Dallas to manage the construction of the Hamon Building for the Dallas Museum of Art while serving as the exhibit designer for the Museum of the Americas. Bill continued a private practice in Dallas until returning to San Antonio in 1997 to rejoin Lake|Flato, where his projects have ranged from residential to institutional.

Bill first explored the potential for using repeatable elements to create infinite variety in the 1990s. This began as a graphic design exercise but evolved into the study of fabrication for the design and construction process. He has spent the last 10 years focused on the exploration of new technologies, materials, team members and facilities in the search for a more efficient project delivery process. This effort became the Porch House in 2010 and continues to evolve today. Bill sees this work as a continuation of Lake|Flato’s focus on sustainability with the advantages of more advanced building science and technology. He is embracing the future without forgetting the past.

Bill is currently working on projects via a more advanced delivery process from New York to Texas. 


Mark_Bio_Photo.jpg Mark LaLiberte

Mark LaLiberte is the co-founder and president of Construction Instruction. He has dedicated over
30 years to the building industry. Through his lectures, site assistance, Building Better Homes video
series and his mobile App, he provides builders, architects and manufactures with an in-depth look
at the current and future state of housing. His work has earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), where he developed the highly
acclaimed Houses that Work lecture series. The HTW Series has been delivered for over 16 years
by the Ci team in 100’s of N. American cities.

He works with various manufacturers to assist in developing products and services for the next
phase of efficient homes. Mark is the co-creator of the Ci App and animation studio, which
developed the number one mobile App in the construction industry and builds realistic state of the art
contextual animations on building science concepts and technical installation practices.
He is also President of Sales Instruction Inc., helping to bridge sales and marketing efforts to our
industry. Working with leading industry suppliers and manufacturers, his sales training company
creates a common language to drive sales and increase productivity for sales teams.
His passion for educating lies in knowing how vital the building industry is. Building healthy, safe,
durable and efficient homes has an effect on the buyer, the builder, the economy and the planet.



Matt Risinger

Matt Risinger is a Custom Builder & Remodeler based in Austin TX who has made a name for himself via his popular YouTube channel “The Build Show”.  His 300k+ followers watch him weekly as he BUILDs to a higher standard focusing on Durable, Efficient, and Healthy construction techniques / products.  He is a Contributing Editor at the Journal of Light Construction, and publishes 2 videos a week to and daily to Instagram @RisingerBuild


Warren Lloyd, AIA

Warren Lloyd has been a licensed practicing architect for over 25 years. He received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington in 1991.  After serving a church service mission to Tokyo, he returned to Japan during his graduate studies as a Monbusho scholar at Kobe University where he researched spatial representation in traditional Japanese architecture.  Warren's personal interest in Japanese architecture has led to a continued search of sustainable uses of traditional wood construction in his projects located throughout the Intermountain West, the Pacific Northwest, and Japan.  He worked in Seattle and Japan for noted firms including NBBJ, The Miller-Hull Partnership, Thomas L. Bosworth FAIA and The Shelter Company, Japan as the first American architect to design with the KES System in Japan and the United States.

As principal of Lloyd Architects since 2000, Warren has designed commercial and residential projects throughout Utah and the Western US. He is a recognized  community leader and has been awarded with design awards from AIA Utah, Preservation Utah, Urban Land Institute, Utah Construction & Design and has been published in national publications including Dwell, Dezeen, Architectural Digest and Sunset Magazine.

Warren is a member of the American Institute of Architects and has served as the Director of the AIA Utah Executive Board as well as National Advisory Group for AIA Custom Residential Architects Network.  He has chaired the Salt Lake City Historic Landmarks Commission and was a founding Director of the Utah Center for Architecture. Warren is a Pechakucha presenter, lecturer and design juror at the University of Utah School of Architecture.


Headshot-BLeroy.jpg Brandon Leroy

Brandon LeRoy is partner at Jackson & LeRoy, a custom home building and remodeling firm based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has two decades of experience in the construction industry and is in his fifteenth year at Jackson & LeRoy where he is primarily responsible for business development.

Brandon studied Construction Management at Brigham Young University.  In 2013 he served as president of the Salt Lake Home Builders Association. He continues to be an active member of the Home Builders Association, the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, and Remodelers Advantage.

Jackson & LeRoy has received over 30 awards for the many projects they have completed. They have been recognized as a top home builder in national home building and remodeling magazines. 


andyportrait-1.jpg Andy Byrnes, AIA



Joe Paquet

Joseph Paquet was born in New Jersey and received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. It was there that he had the opportunity to study with some of the Nation’s finest Designers, Illustrators, Photographers and Fine Artists.

After graduating and while working in Advertising Paquet stumbled across the studio of John Phillip Osborne and found what he had been looking for all-along: a great mentor and the tools to paint directly from nature outdoors.

“The physicality and sensory joy of working from life outdoors is an all-encompassing process “, says Paquet “And one which allows a direct connection to my subject”. This connection to subject, he believes is key to going deeper and giving one the opportunity to find the universal in the particular.

For Paquet, it is imperative to paint ones own time. “It is in the collision of man and nature, that great beauty and a less obvious beauty can be found’, he says. It is toward that end that he has a deep interest in the Industrial Landscape and the inherent beauty to be found in functional design.

Paquet is a nationally renowned artist and has received numerous awards nationally, has in museum exhibitions and has been widely requested as public speaker.

He is an Emeritus member of the Plein Air Painters of America, Signature Artist member of the California Art Club and the Salmagundi Club of New York.



David Feasby

David Feasby is Founder and CEO of IMPACT Management Systems, Inc. an international management consulting company specializing in training programs and services to enhance the effectiveness of companies and their individuals. IMPACT Management Systems helps individuals create improved results for their companies. IMPACT has been operating successfully for more than 30 years and has a broad set of clients including many in the architectural and construction related sectors.

David has extensive experience in executive coaching, strategic and business planning, and management training. He has served as a mentor to, and confidant for, business owners and top executives. As such, he has assisted many managers regarding identifying their business objectives and enhancing their management and leadership skills. Additionally, he has conducted management trainings designed to help individuals better understand and define goals in their business and personal life.

In addition to his Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Michigan, David received a Certificate in Management from the University of California. He has worked for two Fortune 500 companies, General Dynamics and Fluor-Daniels, and managed a small manufacturing company, the Denver office of a national consulting firm, and his own businesses on two occasions.



Brian Gaudio

Brian is co-founder and CEO of Module, a Pittsburgh-based design and technology company. Trained as an architect, Brian worked in Blue Sky at Walt Disney Imagineering developing new ride concepts for the Disney Parks. At the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio, he worked on affordable housing and community planning in post-Katrina Biloxi, Mississippi. Later, Brian served as a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic where he conducted research on green infrastructure and disaster resiliency at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago. In 2016 Brian co-directed “Within Formal Cities” a feature length documentary about the global housing crisis, which has since screened in over 20 cities worldwide.                                                                                                                                                                 



Wendell Burnette, FAIA

Wendell Burnette is a self-taught architect with an internationally recognized body of work. Based in Phoenix for over twenty years, his eponymous studio Wendell Burnette Architects is concerned with space, light, context, and community.  He is a native of Nashville who discovered the southwest desert as an apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. His eleven-year association with the studio of Will Bruder culminated in six-year design collaboration on the Phoenix Central Library. He was a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University for 15+ years and continues to teach and lecture widely in the United States and abroad. His projects include residences located locally and nationally, the Palo Verde Library / Maryvale Community Center and the much acclaimed Amangiri Resort in southern Utah, as well as current work in China, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In 2009, Burnette received the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City recognizing an American Architect whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction, which was accompanied by an exhibition at the Academy in the same year. Most recently, his first full-length monograph Dialogues in Space by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers was released worldwide. His design philosophy is grounded in listening and distilling the essence of a project to create highly specific architecture that is at once functional and poetic.