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2020 Building Connections Congress speakers announced

By Maggie Brown posted 12-09-2019 05:36 PM


Building Connections 2020 speakers


Nicholas Cameron, AIA
associate principal, Perkins and Will

As Perkins and Will's director of digital practice, Nick takes a big-picture approach to his work, and employs a thorough understanding of how the digital practice enhances and completes the design process. Having spent the first part of his career as a designer, he now views his work as an opportunity to work alongside design teams to put the finishing touches on projects. He loves the fact that while so much of a firm’s process relies on technology, the output is analog. The product is ultimately a space that betters a child’s education, improves the wellness of patients, or enhances the functionality of an office. Nick’s passion lies in perfecting the digital process to maximize these outcomes.


Matthew Goldsberry, AIA
digital design principal, HDR

Matt is a digital design principal with HDR Architecture where he oversees the applied research and implementation of advanced computational design workflows. He is responsible for developing new computational tools and workflows to facilitate design exploration, automated analysis, and advanced data management. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaching courses on BIM and computational design. Matt holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has also studied at Beijing Architecture Studio Enterprise in Beijing, a global studio for architecture, engineering, and theory. Matt’s work has been published and featured in Architect magazine, Interior Design magazine, and Healthcare Design magazine.


Emily Griffith
research associate professor, North Carolina State University

Emily H. Griffith is a research associate professor and the director of the Statistical Consulting Core in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University. She is also currently the deputy director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. Her interests include statistical consulting and collaboration, communication, teaching, and mentoring. Emily provides statistical support to researchers across campus, and enjoys using statistical techniques to answer pressing questions from a wide variety of fields. In addition to teaching graduate courses to non-statisticians, she teaches statistical consulting to graduate students in the Department of Statistics. Emily earned a PhD in Statistics from North Carolina State University in 2008 and worked for the federal government before returning to North Carolina State University in 2013.


Alyssa Haas
computational designer, Stantec

Alyssa's diverse design background has provided fertile ground for the development of unique computational solutions to enhance design processes among varying disciplines within Stantec. A key component of her role is to research and prototype workflows that make use of emerging technologies within the architecture and engineering spaces. Her role as computational designer allows her myriad opportunities to engage in a data-driven approach. She passionately advocates for the use of emerging tools and technologies among her colleagues and relishes any opportunity apply new techniques to design practice.


Brian Krause
vice president, Clark Construction Group | Coda, LLC

As Vice President for the Clark Construction Group and Coda, LLC, Brian leads the business, operations, technology, and data strategy for Coda and for Clark’s Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) team. Brian leads Coda’s construction data teams including the computational construction, underground risk assessment, existing conditions data collection and analysis, and facilities management data integration teams. He leads the implementation and project execution of Clark’s VDC strategy nationally and the Kickstart program, a digital project constructability review and staff development program.

Brian has nineteen years of industry experience with successful leadership roles in project management, business management, and construction technology implementation in the Washington, DC area, nationally, and internationally. He has led and supported Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation through preconstruction, construction, and facilities management since 2007. Brian holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech. He was a member of the first graduating class of the Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Certificate Program at Stanford CIFE (Center for Integrated Facility Engineering).


Andrea Love, AIA
principal | director of building science, Payette

Andrea is a Principal and the Director of Building Science at Payette, the 2019 AIA Firm Award recipient for their work fusing design and building performance and has worked on four recent COTE Top Ten Award winning projects. At Payette, she integrates building performance into all of their work and leads their internal research efforts. She was the Principal Investigator on the AIA Upjohn Grant research grant focused on thermal bridging and lead the development of Payette’s Glazing and Winter Comfort tool. She is a Lecturer at MIT and Harvard on building performance, and has her BArch from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters in Building Technology from MIT where she was the recipient of the Tucker-Voss Award. She was recently on AIA COTE Advisory Group, is a past chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group, and currently serves as on the board of the Boston Society of Architects. She was a 2017 recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award and is a LEED Fellow.


Robert Otani, PE
chief technology officer, Thornton Tomasetti

Robert K. Otani, PE LEED AP is chief technology officer at Thornton-Tomasetti, Inc., a 1500 person multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm, and founded the CORE studio, an applications development, advanced computational modeling, and R&D group at his firm. Robert leads Thornton Tomasetti’s firm-wide Research and Development, Software Development, and Advanced Modeling initiative called CORE and the firm liaison with TTWiiN Inc., an independent entity created by Thornton Tomasetti focused on driving innovation to commercialization of products. He has extensive structural design and project management experience involving commercial, infrastructure, institutional, cultural and residential structures on projects totaling over $2 billion USD of construction. His professional and academic interests focus on informed architecture relating to optimized structural typologies, high performance structures, and structural sustainability. He has served as president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York in 2007 and has been an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Z Smith, FAIA
principal | director of sustainability & building performance, EskewDumezRipple

Z Smith is director of sustainability & building performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, winner of the 2014 AIA Firm Award. His built work includes academic, laboratory and residential buildings, including winners of the RAIC Green Building Award and the AIA COTE Top Ten. He brings training and experience in physics (MIT) and engineering (Princeton) to the field of architecture (UC Berkeley), and is named as inventor on 10 patents and author on over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He serves as North American Representative to the International Union of Architects (UIA) Sustainable Development Commission. He has taught building science at the Tulane School of Architecture, and served on the national Advisory Group of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. He served as chair of the 2017 SCUP Southern Regional Conference, and is former chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter. He is a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).


Dane Stokes
design technology specialist, ZGF

Dane Stokes is a design technology specialist at ZGF Architects in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining ZGF, Dane spent seven years in the automotive industry specializing in the fabrication, testing, and development of high performance racing vehicles. Seeking to expand his knowledge of fabrication and construction, Dane moved into the architectural field and completed a master’s degree in architecture from UPenn, specializing in computational design, fabrication, kinematics, and robotics. At ZGF, Dane is a firmwide resource for the development and implementation of computational design tools. He is passionate about utilizing emerging technology to improve the quality, precision, and speed of design, documentation, and fabrication within the design realm.


Violet Whitney
product manager, Sidewalk Labs | adjunct assistant professor, Columbia University

Violet is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she teaches urban data analytics and tangible computing courses. She leads the Generative Design product at Sidewalk Labs as a product manager.Her research focuses on how technology shapes the design process and urban experience. Her recent work analyzes the ways by which recommendation systems are algorithmically segregating cities, generating spatialized filter bubbles and the potential for data-driven techniques like location awareness and natural language processing to reveal unseen patterns in everyday social media, video, and images.