Enrique Norten was born in Mexico City where he studied architecture in Iberoamericana University and holds a Master in Architecture from Cornell University. In 1986, he founded TEN Arquitectos and in 2003 opened a second office in New York. The firm has grown to more than 70 members, working on a diverse array of award-winning and acclaimed architectural projects. He is the recipient of many awards including the Mies van der Rohe Prize of Latin American Architecture, the “Legacy Award” from the Smithsonian Institution for his contributions to U.S. arts and culture, and is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects.
Principal and Lead Designer,
Eric Owen Moss Architects
Eric Owen Moss Architects, founded in 1973, has garnered over 100 local, national, and international design awards. Moss was honored with the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1999, the AIA/LA Gold Medal in 2001, and the Jencks Award by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2011. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely and featured regularly at the Venice Biennale and is featured in 17 published monographs. In 2010, Moss became the first foreign architect invited to curate a national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Moss has held teaching positions at major universities around the world including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. Moss has been a longtime professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and served as its director from 2002-2015.
Upon graduating from The Cooper Union, Kevin has specialized in the design and construction of building envelopes. His professional experience includes numerous project types, including healthcare, residential, commercial, and institutional. As a facade consultant, Kevin has worked on a variety of envelopes, including new construction, landmark restoration, reclad/overclad, and various specialty structures. He is currently involved in a variety of projects at CO Architects, where he is a leader of their facade design team.
Since graduating from the Glasgow School of Art, Alex’s architectural experience encompasses the design and technical coordination of commercial, healthcare, civic, and academic projects varying in size and complexity across Europe and the US. He holds special interest in developing innovative exterior envelope systems and making environmental, economic, social, and functional sustainable design a fundamental part of projects. Alex is currently project architects on a student services building and involved in a hospital project at CO Architects, where he is a leader of their Facades group.
Bestor’s work is dedicated to the idea that ‘everyone should experience strange beauty everyday.’ She has developed a varied, creative and aesthetically progressive body of work over the last ten years propagating the concept that architecture can and should be a part of all aspects of our creative community. The studio recently designed the new headquarters for Los Angeles companies Beats By Dre and Nasty Gal, Blackbirds, an innovative small lot housing complex, and the first west coast Intelligentsia flagship. Bestor is also the founding chair of the Graduate program at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture and is now the executive director of the University’s Julius Shulman Institute.
Cohen brings over 20 years of experience in planning, development and construction to the company’s Southern California practice providing an array of program and construction management services to owners and project teams. She has worked in all aspects of the construction industry including general contractor, construction manager, consultant and an owner. Wendy is a California native with a strong background in healthcare, senior living and K-12 education. She is committed to creating and leading high-performance teams that deliver exceptional outcomes.
Director of Business Development,
Culver has over 25 years of experience in the architectural mesh, metalworking, and fabrication industries. At GKD-USA, he specializes in Mediamesh, which is a transparent media façade. The architectural nature of Mediamesh allows it to integrate easily into façade designs that require digital signage, yet need to maintain transparency or air flow. Culver is trained as a Digital Signage Certified Expert, graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Marketing, and is committed to developing relationships with customers and helping them solve their problems.
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Diana is CEO and co-founder of The Architect’s Newspaper, celebrating its 11th year. The A|N media company consists of four print publications covering architecture and design news. As A|N’s publisher, Diana won the AIA National Collaboration Award, Grassroots Preservation Award, and ASLA NY’s President’s Award. Diana began her publishing career as Director of print production for The Gap’s European markets. She holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin.
COO and Executive Vice President,
The Ratkovich Company
De Briere joined the Company as an intern in 1991 after graduating from UCLA and worked her way through property management, leasing, construction, financing, and development management while earning her graduate degree at USC’s prestigious Lusk Center for Real Estate. At Ratkovich, she has overseen the acquisition, entitlement, planning development, and/or disposition of millions of square feet of development. She has been named on the LA Business Journal’s Women Making a Difference list and has been on the Real Estate – Southern California’s Women of Influence list every year since 2003.
Professor of Architecture and Vice Chair ,
UCLA Department of Architecture & Urban Design
Denari is principal of NMDA, Neil M. Denari Architects Inc. Among his many awards is the LA AIA Gold Medal, received in 2011. His work has been included in many exhibitions, including the solo show “The Artless Drawing” in 2010 at Ace Gallery LA and the 2013 group show New Sculpturalism at MOCA Los Angeles. His work is permanently held by eight major museums around the world. With NMDA, Denari works on building projects in North America, Europe and Asia. Denari lectures worldwide and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and UC Berkeley among other schools and was the Director of SCI-Arc from 1997-2002. He is the author of several books includng the forthcoming, Mass X, in 2016.
Cal Poly Pomona
Fox is a founding partner of the architectural office of FoxLin and is the current President of ACADIA (Association of Computer Aided Design in Architecture). His practice, teaching, and research are centered on interactive architecture. Fox is the past founder and director of the Kinetic Design Group at MIT as a sponsored research group to investigate intelligent kinetic architecture. He is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona and has taught on the subject matter of interactive, behavioral and kinetic architecture at MIT, The Hong Polytechnic University, the Art Center College of Design, and SCI_ARC. He is the author of “Interactive Architecture” by Princeton Architectural Press and the upcoming book, “IA Adaptive World” due out this spring.
Senior Product Marketing Manager,
Gubiotti graduated BS/MS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. He worked in the semiconductor industry for over fifteen years in thin film deposition processes engineering, thin film metrology, reticle inspection applications, and marketing for semiconductor capital equipment. Since 2015, he has worked for View Inc. as Senior Product Marketing Manager for View’s dynamic glass products.
An inventive, problem solving professional with over 15 years of extensive experience in structural engineering, Hershberg is passionate about advancing the state of the art in structural engineering design and improving the process of construction on major and complicated projects. Improved processes are a passion for Hershberg, from structural bracing calculations to OSHPD submittals; he has achieved efficiencies by recognizing patterns in problems and working tirelessly to solve them. As a Principal in the Los Angeles office, he has experience in healthcare facilities, research labs, central utility plants, higher education, multi-family residential, and commercial office projects.
Over the past decade, Ingraffea has has been responsible for engineering many of the complex, fast-paced projects that integrate within Portland’s new district developments and rehabilitations. He enjoys the challenges presented by a variety of projects, ranging from high-rise office towers to high-design museum and institutional structures–including some of the most notable building projects in the Pacific Northwest. Calling upon his expertise to help accomplish their goals and mitigate their concerns, Ingraffea provides thoughtful solutions for his clients on large and complex projects.
Director, Global Project Delivery,
Kashyap is responsible for a globally distributed team of architects, engineers, builders, and computer scientists. His team defines, implements, and optimizes project delivery processes and tools across design, fabrication, and construction stages of Gehry Partners’ projects as well other clients’ projects. This type of project delivery enables creative architecture, integrated engineering, high precision fabrication and assembly, and improved risk management for the client which include owners, architects, engineers, fabricators, and builders.
School of Architecture at the University of Southern California
Ma’s experience and involvement at an international level make him a leader who has a strong foothold in the design community plus a great understanding of the contemporary issues surrounding urbanization. Through Ma’s academic and professional experience, he has developed a keen business sense which, coupled with his deep understanding of architecture and critical design, led him to establish MADA s.p.a.m in 1996. He has served as a visiting professor and critic at various institutions and taught full time at the University of Pennsylvania. As Dean at USC, he has enhanced the program by developing the school’s ties with China and launching a number of global initiatives, including study abroad programs and the USC American Academy in China, a base for visiting scholars to facilitate their research and foster academic exchange.
Meinrath, Associate in Atelier Ten’s San Francisco office, is a leader in environmental design and benchmarking. Combining his knowledge of the architectural design process with sustainable design principles, Meinrath has analyzed comprehensive water management systems and optimized complex facades on a wide range of projects including academic buildings, laboratories, residential developments, and cultural institutions.
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Founder and Editor In Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. He has curated and written catalogues for exhibitions including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, Superstudio Life Without Object’s, and The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century. In 2008 he was U.S. Commissioner of Into the Open: Positioning Practice at The Venice Biennale. He co-authored Four Conversations on the Architecture Of Discourse and Architecture on Display and His essay Mr. Mumford’s Neighborhood appears in the book Forty Ways To Think About Architecture (Routledge) . His writings have appeared in The Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Monocle, Perspecta etc. He was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (2011) and Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Navarro has been a Senior Architect/Project Manager with OSHPD for nine years. In her role with the Facilities Development Division, she has managed the plan review for several new Kaiser Hospitals utilizing Collaborative Review and Construction (CRC), a new and more efficient plan review process that she herself helped design and implement. Prior to starting at OSHPD, Diana worked in the private sector for 12 years, most recently with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca where she managed a variety of complex project types from design development to construction administration.
Manager, Curtain Wall Division ,
Nelson joined the LA office of Smith Emery Company, a full service independent testing laboratory, in 1980. Since then, he has worked in every department and virtually performed every test the company provides both in the laboratory and field. Nelson has personally constructed/tested/consulted on over 4,000 curtain wall mock-up tests in the company’s laboratories along with overseeing the field performance testing all over the continental US as well as the Bahamas to Hawaii.Under Nelson’s management, the Curtain Wall Division has set the industry standard for design, development, implementation, customer service in the shop and field, and customer satisfaction.
Project Director, NFS/Capital Projects Group,
Stasney has spent the past 40 years in health care facilities design and construction management, the past 22 with Kaiser Permanente. He manages the development of the KP San Diego Central Hospital. Stasney has recently lead teams responsible for the implementation of two of KP’s Template Hospitals in Irvine and Anaheim California. The essence of his work has been focused on creating innovative opportunities for design and construction throughout the project delivery process. Stasney began his career in healthcare facilities design and construction management in Houston, TX and has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston and is a licensed architect in CA.
Founder and Managing Principal,
The Capital Projects Group
Sterparn leads the Higher Education, Healthcare, and Science and Technology market sectors for CPG, a comprehensive capital projects consulting practice that provides client-oriented solutions across a broad spectrum of strategic, management, and technical capabilities. He has extensive experience providing strategic facilities consulting solutions to institutional, public sector, and commercial clients. Sterparn has provided strategic capital projects consulting solutions through the entire building life cycle, with an emphasis on capital projects strategy, evidence-based decision-making; capital planning; budget development; cost modeling; value management; bid evaluation and analysis, LCCA and TCO evaluations, on projects ranging in size from under $1 million to over $1 billion.
￼With over 30 years of experience, including both the supplier and contract side of the industry, Taylor has held positions in estimating, customerservice, and field sales management. He currently leads service operations in Dallas and Houston, TX along with YKK AP’s most recent service expansion to the Southwest which includes the State of California.
Professor and Associate Dean,
School of Architecture at Woodbury University
Wahlroos-Ritter is an architect, educator, and design consultant specializing in the building envelope and the experimental architectural use of glass. She is also Director of WUHO, the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost, a venue for experimental installations, public lectures and events, and fieldwork workshops and has taught Yale, Cornell, the Bartlett, and SCI-Arc. The work of her collaborative office, WROAD, navigates trans-disciplinary territory in the diverse type and scale of projects. She has collaborated on multiple award-winning projects including as facade consultant on Bloom with DoSu Architects, and as project architect for the Corning Museum of Glass with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson.
Director of Government and Public Affairs,
American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles Chapter (AIA|LA)
As LA’s chief advocate for better architecture and urban design, Wright helps bring together design thinkers and civic leaders to solve problems and set priorities. With more than a dozen years of experience lobbying for a healthier, more beautiful and better functioning city, Wright is responsible for a variety of roles including connecting architects and designers with civic leaders to help shape public policy and provide critical input on project delivery methods, procurement best-practices, infrastructure investments and environmental performance. By weighing environmental performance, cultural equity, social impact and economic sustainability in equal measures, he helps deliver a stronger return on investment by highlighting a set of performance-based metrics for design excellence, livability, and delight.
Zajfen has practiced architecture for over 40 years in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. His work raises expectations for architecture to create spaces that are uplifting and inspiring to the human spirit, and to improve the way people live, work and learn. A talented architectural designer with a primary focus on institutional work, Zajfen offers a portfolio consisting of a diverse range of academic, institutional and civic projects, as well as master planning, urban design and redevelopment. Paul’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and has won numerous design awards.
West Coast Editor,
The Architect's Newspaper
Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and critic. She is the West Coast Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper and has covered art, architecture, urbanism and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Dezeen, and Architect. Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses and Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature. Zeiger is editor and publisher of loud paper, a zine and blog dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse. She teaches in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center College of Design and is co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
Architectural Services Manager,
In his role, Zuniga is responsible for the sales and marketing of YKK Architectural Products in North America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Virginia Tech and is also a Professional Engineer. Zuniga is an active member of the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and the Glass Association of North America, and has served on several Committees and Task Groups to promote Energy Efficiency and Code Development. A native of Venezuela, Zuniga resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta, GA.