Brief biographies of all the presenters

Symposium Cancelled

The CRAN Symposium in Miami, Fla., has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. Our attendees’ safety and security remains our top priority as Florida recovers from the storm’s damage.

  • Your registration fees will be refunded to you by September 30, 2017.
  • Please check with your airline regarding cancelling your flight.
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Make your plans now for the 2018 CRAN Symposium on October 6-9 in Cincinnati, OH.

Alan Shulman, FAIA, LEED AP

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Steve Mouzon, AIA

Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog, Useful Stuff, and We Do This Because... He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.

Randolph Henning

Randolph C. Henning, a graduate of both the University of Florida’s College of Architecture (1976) and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1980), is a practicing architect living in Lewisville, North Carolina. He has written four books – The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami’s Maverick Modernist (2011), At Taliesin: Newspaper Columns by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship, 1934-1937 (1992), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin: Illustrated By Vintage Postcards (2011) and The Architecture of Aaron G. Green: Organic Architecture Beyond Frank Lloyd Wright (2017) – numerous articles for various journals and has lectured widely on Frank Lloyd Wright and Organic Architecture.

Kevin Harris, FAIA

Kevin Harris, FAIA, is a nationally-recognized expert and international speaker on single-family residential and renovation design. He has received numerous design awards and has been published in over 50 books and publications including The New York Times, Smart Money, Southern Living, and Business Week. He has been a guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered”, and his work featured on ABC’s “Nightline”, HGTV’s “Before and AFTER” and “Curb Appeal”. In his free time, Kevin serves on several industry boards and task forces, and is a frequent lecturer at industry and association events. Kevin holds degrees from the LSU School of Architecture, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He taught for 10 years before pursuing a full-time practice and currently serves on Harvard’s GSD Alumni Council. He holds an NCARB certificate, is licensed to practice architecture, and has designed Forever Homes in four states. In 2009, Kevin was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects for notable contribution to the advancement of the profession of architecture. He is the author of The Forever Home, how to work with an architect to design the home of your dreams.

Mark LaLiberte

Mark LaLiberte has dedicated over 30 years to the building industry. Through his lectures, site assistance, 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. Mark’s work has earned him a Lifetime Achievement Award from EEBA, where he developed the highly acclaimed Houses that Work lecture series. He was the 2013 Building Science co-chair for the Hanley Wood Vision 2020 project and provides technical assistance to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Marica McKeel, AIA

Marica McKeel is an architect, designer, foodie, and entrepreneur. She is the proud founder of Studio MM, which focuses on her passion for contemporary residential design. Marica finds inspiration by surrounding herself with creative people, collaborating with her clients, and forging strong working relationships with her contractors. She has presented nationally at CRAN 2016 in Sonoma, CA and at the South Atlantic Region AIA Conference in Savannah, GA. Born and raised in Florida, Marica now calls NYC her permanent home..

Rena Klein, FAIA

Rena M. Klein FAIA is a nationally recognized expert in small firm practice and author of The Architect’s Guide to Small Firm Management (Wiley, 2010). With 20 years of experience as the owner of a small architecture firm, and over 15 years as a consultant and educator, Rena brings a special understanding of design firms managed by entrepreneurial architects. Rena served as executive editor of AIA’s The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition (Wiley 2013) and is past-chair of the national Advisory Group for the AIA Practice Management Knowledge Community. As principal of RM Klein Consulting, a division of Charrette Venture Group, Rena offers assessment, strategic planning and management coaching. Specializing in financial management, operations, and organizational design, Rena helps small firms prosper.

Shawna Meyer, AIA

Shawna is a licensed architect living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Senior Associate at Kennedy & Violich Architects and a founding collaborator of aPC Workshop, a material research workshop founded on the study of people and the study of place. Shawna’s work focuses on the changing discourse related to human habitation and evolving ecological and technological conditions. Developing dialogue at all scales, her research investigates the physical singular habitat and the ideas of symbiotic augmented infrastructures. Shawna received her Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design and earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. Shawna is co-authoring Pamphlet Architecture 36 for Princeton Architectural press, with her collaborators Daniel Hemmendinger and Christopher Meyer. This research, titled Buoyant Clarity, emerges from the interrogation of human inhabitation of the edge condition and references the dialogue that exists between two distinct yet infinitely connected environments: land and sea, or terra firma and aqua firma. She has various research and publications that focus on re-framing mankind’s relationship to habitat at the edge condition.

Christopher Meyer, AIA

Christopher Meyer, AIA, is a licensed architect living and working in Boston Massachusetts and a founding collaborator of aPC Workshop. Current investigations within the discipline of architecture position built context in a dialogue engaging with and shaping of environment. Explorations in the field of architecture offer opportunities to question the celebration of resource, culture and ecology. When these forces unify, understanding of and connections to place intensify. Chris received his Bachelors of Architecture from the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design and earned his Master of Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Christopher is working to publish Pamphlet Architecture 36 for Princeton Architectural Press with his co-collaborators Daniel Hemmendinger and Shawna Meyer. The research, titled Buoyant Clarity, emerges from the interrogation of human inhabitation in the littoral edge and references the dialogue that exists between two distinct yet infinitely connected environments: land and sea, or terra firma and aqua firma.

Alan Berger

Alan M. Berger is Norman B. and Muriel Leventhal Professor of Advanced Urbanism at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is founding director of P-REX lab (prex.mit.edu), and founding codirector of MIT Norman B. Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. His books include Drosscape: Wasting Land in Urban America, and Reclaiming the American West, Designing the Reclaimed Landscape; Infrastructural Monument, and Scaling Infrastructure (ed. w/ Alexander D’Hooghe); Nansha Coastal City: Landscape and Urbanism in the Pearl River Delta (ed. w/ Margaret Crawford); Systemic Design © Can Change the World; and Landscape + Urbanism Around the Bay of Mumbai (ed. w/ Rahul Mehrotra), and Infinite Suburbia (ed. w/ Joel Kotkin, Celina Balderas Guzman, Oct, 2017), which examines the emerging global suburban condition. He is a Fellow of The American Academy in Rome. Most recently his work on urban wetlands was published in the President Obama’s White House Water Summit Report, and he serves as the only academic judge for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

Martin Pederson

Martin C. Pedersen is executive director of the Common Edge Collaborative, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting the architecture, design and planner professions with the public that they're supposed to serve. He is also a writer, editor, and critic, whose work has appeared in Common Edge, The New York Times, The Nation, Metropolis magazine, Architectural Record, Fast Company, among many others. Prior to founding Common Edge, with the architect and planner, Steven Bingler, Pedersen served as executive editor at Metropolis. The magazine was nominated for National Magazine Awards twice during his tenure at the magazine. He is also the co-author (with the renowned photographer Robert Polidori) of the book, Robert Polidori’s Metropolis.

Michael Imber

Michael is the principal architect of Michael G. Imber, Architects, PLLC, a modern classical design firm based in San Antonio, Texas, recognized for a body of work that is strong in historic sentiment yet modern in its execution. Michael has been honored with numerous local and national design awards, notably being honored with the lifetime Arthur Ross Award for his enduring commitment to the classical tradition in residential architecture, civic buildings and neighborhood design. He was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows for his contribution to American design as well as being honored with the Texas Society of Architects’ William W. Caudill, FAIA award for his achievements as a young architect and for his contributions to the American Institute of Architects. He has won four National Palladio Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Traditional Design as well as numerous Texas ICA&A Staub Awards and AIA Awards. He was named “Master of the House” by Southern Accents Magazine and was the designer of the 2009 “Idea House” in Galveston, Texas for Coastal Living Magazine, as well as the 2011 “Idea House” for Southern Living Magazine.

Nicole Lemieux

Founded in 1999 by Nicole J. Lemieux, PeopleGro, LLC partners with clients to increase profitability and support human satisfaction and joy in the workplace. PeopleGro is an organizational development consulting firm with the unique ability to draw upon real world experience combined with practical application of research and theory. We collaboratively engage with our clients to facilitate Culture Change, Values Exploration, Executive Coaching, Executive Team Commitment, Strategic Employee Development and Engagement, Process Improvement and organizational capacity building. The result? Decreased friction and increased profitability. Nicole and her team have creatively worked with public sector, private sector and higher education clients resulting in significant positive shifts in achieving their goals. Nicole is an Economics graduate of Wayne State University and holds an Organizational Engineer III certification through the Organizational Engineering Institute. She is a committed life long learner and loves to share that passion with others.

Jeff Echols, Assoc. AIA 

Jeff Echols is a creative and strategic Digital Communications and Marketing professional. He’s the Brand Story Consultant at echoEngagement. Most organizations don't deliver compelling messages. Jeff helps craft and tell brand stories that resonate so powerfully, your Ideal Customer feels compelled to share them, because a passionate tribe of engaged customers is your most valuable marketing resource. "People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it." - Simon Sinek

Everyone has a story. What's yours and who's telling it? The Marketing Director at a client architecture firm once said: "Jeff has an overall commitment to the cutting edge, customer-centric digital marketing practices he develops and writes about. As our firm ramps up a social media-based marketing effort, Jeff's guidance and support as a sounding board and critic have been incredibly valuable. I trust his direction and advice, and suggest that others in the digitally-lagging AEC industry pay close attention to him."

Max Strang, FAIA

Max Strang is the founding principal of [STRANG], a Miami-based architecture firm acclaimed for its site-specific and climate-driven designs. Through his work and discourse, Strang has consistently underscored the ongoing relevance and importance of regional modernism to an international audience. In 2016, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in 2013 he received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, the highest honor the organization can bestow. Strang has worked in the offices of Zaha Hadid and SHoP Architects. The architect of greatest influence, however, was Florida's Gene Leedy, an important member of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Strang was raised in a Leedydesigned home and later interned in Leedy's Winter Haven office. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Columbia University. The firm currently operates office in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota.

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