Advisory Group

Advisory Group

E. Bradford "Brad" Gellert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C | 2018-2019 Chair
ThenDesign Architecture, Ltd.
Willoughby, Ohio

E. Bradford ‘Brad’ Gellert, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, has a long interest in the application of technical design for building performance first developed while studying with Professor Donald Watson, Chair of Yale’s Environmental Design Program at Yale University School of Architecture. Mr. Gellert continued his interest with sustainable projects with U.S. Save the Children in Colombo, Sri Lanka working on a Shanty Upgrading project following up on work developed there on a post-graduate fellowship from Columbia University School of Architecture and Planning. This project used locally sourced sun dried brick, coconut fiber reinforced cement roofing shingles and wood trusses to build new structures. Mr. Gellert has continued his interest in technical design excellence and integrated building design as a leader of those efforts at AECOM (URS) leading the LEED certification effort on multiple projects including the Cleveland Clinic’s first Gold Certified building and Tri-C Community College’s first Gold Certified Building. Mr. Gellert was the project manager for New Toledo Federal Courthouse (in collaboration with Yazdani Studio) which received a GSA Design Award Citation in 2014. The award committee commented on the integrated nature of the façade design – “…the design’s mounded roof and glass atrium reinvent the classic dome and portico, respectively, and an undulating curtain wall slatted in fiber-reinforced panels offers shade and blast protection while evoking fluting on a column.” He was also project manager for the Global Center for Health Innovation and led a multidisciplinary team including façade consultants and building commissioning. He is also active in the Cleveland BEC chapter. Mr. Gellert recently presented “Sustainable Planning, Development and Implementation at a Multi-Campus Community College” at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).



Daniel Lemieux, AIA
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE)
Fairfax, Virginia

Daniel J. “Dan” Lemieux is a Principal and registered architect responsible for the Washington, DC office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE). Since joining WJE in 1996, Mr. Lemieux has successfully completed hundreds of projects in the area of building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized both locally and nationally for design and restoration excellence. He has authored, coauthored, and peer reviewed a wide range of technical papers on Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) and is Chairman of ASTM Sub-Committee E06.55, Performance of Building Enclosures and founder of the Task Group responsible for the development and publication of ASTM E2813-12, Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning. Since 2005, Mr. Lemieux has served as author, co-author, and contributing editor during the development of the Exterior Wall chapters of the web-based Whole Building Design Guide on behalf of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), and was a member of the original committee responsible for the development of NIBS Guideline 3: Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process. As Chairman of ASTM E06.55, Mr. Lemieux helped facilitate the establishment of an agreement between ASTM and NIBS to develop a new consensus ASTM Standard Guide for Building Enclosure Commissioning and the establishment of an ASTM/NIBS Building Enclosure Commissioning Personnel Certification and Training Program. He also served on the committee responsible for the development of ASHRAE Standard 202, The Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems and is a member of the NIBS Commissioning Leaders Council and the International Code Council (ICC) Commissioning Consensus Committee. Mr. Lemieux is a licensed architect in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York, and Georgia and holds a BS in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.


Pamela Sams, AIA LEED AP

Pamela Sams is a Technical Director at the Washington DC office of Gensler. She has been a Senior Project Architect on design teams developing and building many innovative, large scale, and complex projects in the U.S., Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She was a project leader on the Western Expansion to Dulles Airport; Oqyana-World First, a multi-use development located on built islands off of the coast of Dubai; and she recently completed the design for a new Forensic Laboratory Campus for the Department of Justice and is heading the in-office Construction Administration team for Phase One. Before returning to the U.S. in 1998, she worked and taught in Paris and Ireland. She received her MArch from Princeton University and her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the Women In Architecture Committee, Northern Virginia. She is committed to creating a more open and rich dialogue regarding the importance of excellent technical design and high building performance in achieving sustainable goals and innovative designs.


Cheryl Smith, AIA, LEED AP
Cope Linder Architects

Cheryl Smith is the Technical Director and Senior Associate at Cope Linder Architects with over 25 years of experience in the design and construction of a variety of mixed-use and hospitality projects. She provides project leadership for national and Mid-Atlantic clients; directing all project phases including initial programming, design and documentation phases, building code review, budget analysis, consultant coordination, schedule, construction phase services, and post building occupancy. Her strong construction, technical, and management background has been valuable in assisting clients and their construction teams to successfully complete large and complex projects. In addition, her firm management duties include coordinating project staffing assignments, promoting firm wide sustainable design practices, and providing quality assurance and technical reviews. She is well versed in the art of designing today’s building enclosures, which includes a commitment to energy modeling. As chair and co-founder of the Advancement Council for the College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Philadelphia University, Ms. Smith works with the College’s Executive Dean to support the University’s mission in achieving and sustaining a nationally recognized program for creating young professional graduates skilled in innovative design, construction management, and sustainable design. She also co-chairs the Philadelphia Building Enclosure Council (BEC), an interdisciplinary forum for emerging building enclosure issues, jointly founded by the American Institute of Architects and the National Institute of Building Sciences. Currently, Ms. Smith serves as the AIA BETEC-BEC Liaison to inform both organizations of technical design and building performance opportunities.