An architect and engineer by training, Professor Carlo Ratti teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he directs the Senseable City Lab, and is a founding part- ner of the international design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati. He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.
A leading voice in the debate on new technologies’ impact on urban life and design, Car- lo has co-authored over 500 publications, including “The City of Tomorrow” (Yale University Press, with Matthew Claudel), and holds several technical patents. His articles and interviews have appeared on international media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Financial Times, Scientific American, BBC, Project Syn- dicate, Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24 Ore, Domus. His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, MAXXI in Rome, and MoMA in New York City.
Carlo has been featured in Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best & Brightest’ list and in Thames & Hud- son’s selection of ‘60 innovators’ shaping our creative future. Blueprint Magazine included him as one of the ‘25 People Who Will Change the World of Design’, Forbes listed him as one of the ‘Names You Need To Know’ and Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influen-tial Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List: 50 people who will change the world’. Three of his projects – the Digital Water Pavilion, the Copenhagen Wheel and Scribit – have been included by TIME Magazine in the list of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
Carlo has been a presenter at TED (in 2011 and 2015), program director at the Strelka Insti- tute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow, curator of the BMW Guggenheim Pavilion in Berlin, and was named Inaugural Innovator in Residence by the Queensland Government. He was the curator of the Future Food District pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan and chief curator of the “”Eyes of the City”” section at the 2019 UABB Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism of Shenzhen. He is currently serving as co- chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization.
Michael Schroder, CCM
Michael Schroder, CCM
When Fast Company selected SGA as one of the Most Innovative Companies in 2018, the publication identified the firm’s capabilities in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) as a key differentiator in scheduling and cost certainty. Michael played an instrumental role in attaining this honor: He has led the growth and development of the practice since 2014.
VDC is an ideal fit for Michael, who loves to discover and invent new technologies that enhance project outcomes. BIM underpins the programs he oversees, but he supplements the virtual world with face-to-face interactions to promote collaboration. At the beginning of every commission, he onboards the project team and hosts an Execution Success Planning session, during which participants determine the most effective methods of delivery. Other pillars of his methodology include co-location of the development, design, and construction partners; bespoke project dashboards; and a variety of teambuilding initiatives.
Before joining SGA, Michael served as president, CEO, and principal implementer at BIM Jet INC. in Boston for seven years. In this capacity, he led strategic consulting engagements for C-level BIM technology. Previously Michael held the role of director of design technology at Moshe Safdie and Associates in Somerville, MA, where he established the firm’s vision and future direction of BIM and other technology platforms.
Michael received a Master of Design Studies with distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University. He often lectures about BIM and integrated design at prominent industry organizations and institutions. In his spare time, Michael enjoys traveling with his wife and their four children.
Ilkay C. Standard
Ilkay C. Standard
Ilkay Can-Standard is an architectural technologist and founder of GENx Design and
Technology, a modern innovation hub committed to lead the 4th Industrial Revolution at a
global scale. With 15 years of experience in the AEC industry, Ilkay has managed projects
that required the most advanced use of technologies in 7 different countries.
GENx teams focus on diminishing the gaps in the AEC industry and helping stakeholders
achieve intended budgets, timelines and sustainability objectives through the integration of
advanced technologies to project management. In addition to advancing Building Information
Modeling (BIM) experience in high-rise and large-scale projects, her team is leading
Generative Design and Automation through CATIA and 3DS Platforms.
İlkay is an NJIT Graduate alumnus of Architecture and is currently teaching at NYU while
simultaneously collaborating with multiple universities across the globe. Prior to founding
GENx, İlkay was an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in NYC where she
led multiple award-winning projects both locally and globally. As previous Chair of CTBUH
Future Leaders Global Committee and current Board of Trustee CTBUH NY Chapter, she is
fostering open dialogue between architects, engineers, developers and the academia to
develop responsible buildings and cities for the future.
Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA
Director - Studio NYL
Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA
An exceptional leader, Bradford J. Prestbo, FAIA, is advancing the profession through his practice, advocacy, and educational efforts in the use of cutting-edge design technologies, high-performance design, and the incorporation of maker culture into the design process.
At Studio NYL, he is the Director of the Boston office, and leads many amazingly innovative groups of technical specialists developing revolutionary products and services. These range from developing generative design scripts, increasing building performance with high-performance design, and building highly sustainable structures.
Bradford also finds time to share his knowledge of advanced design technologies, high-performance design, and how maker culture is transforming our practice with the industry. He has practiced internationally, is a sought-after speaker, is frequently interviewed by publishers, and is an educator via his detailing workshops, higher-education classes, design juries, and mentorship of emerging professionals.
Bradford is actively involved in the AIA, and has been elevated to the College of Fellows for his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. He is part of the leadership group in the AIA’s Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community, and founded the Boston Society of Architect’s MakeTANK Knowledge Community, where he currently serves as the National Director.
Beyond his role as co-founder of Out of Architecture, Jake Rudin is a member of the Innovation and Advanced Creation teams at Adidas where he leads digital technologies, pattern engineering, and computational design. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Master in Design Studies (with a concentration in Technology) from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and an MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Jake has created a number of award-winning projects throughout his design career, including footwear designs that were featured in Fast Company, built projects that received Architizer A+ Awards, photography named Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year and Nikon’s Best of College Photography, and a Historic Preservation Award for his work restoring a Richard Meier-designed home. Prior to pivoting out of the architectural field, Jake worked around the world for firms including Massimiliano Fuksas Architects, ZGF, and the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research. Additionally, Jake has extensive professorial experience, teaching and coaching in architecture and design fields at universities including Harvard, Cornell, Northeastern, and Portland State University. He is currently actively involved in the startup community mentoring and advising early stage startups across EdTech, InsurTech, AECTech, and others.
In addition to her work as co-founder of Out of Architecture, Erin Pellegrino is the founder and principal of Matter, a design/build studio that explores design problems through graphic design, furniture, and smallscale architectural work. Matter has completed award-winning projects in architecture, product and brand design, and has been recognized globally. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Master of Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology. Erin has been recognized with an Autodesk BuildSpace Fellowship, First Prize in the 2021 Rethinking the Future Design Awards, an AIA New England Design Honor Award, a Core77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A+ Awards, a Paul M. Heffernan International Fellowship, and a nomination for the EU Mies Van der Rohe Award. Her work on Alpine Shelter Skuta was featured on the cover of Phaidon Press’s publication Environmental Living. Early in her career, she trained in the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Studio Gang. Erin is also a Visiting Lecturer at Cornell University and leads design/ build studio and fabrication courses at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2018, NCARB named Erin their inaugural Scholar of Professional Practice, recognizing her commitment to incorporating issues of ethics and equity into architectural training. Cornell then recruited her to redesign and teach the department’s Professional Practice course, where she merges the course’s traditional curriculum with a consideration of issues like fair pay, self-efficacy, and gender and racial disparities in the profession.
Lola Ben-Alon is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, where she also serves as Director of the Building Technology sequence. She is focused on research in building materials and energy performance. She brings expertise in natural and bio-based materials, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and exhibitions.
Nick Cameron, AIA, LEED AP
Nick Cameron, AIA, LEED AP
As Perkins&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.
Efrie Escott investigates materials, ecosystems, and digital technologies as a Principal in the KieranTimberlake Research Group, translating data-driven research into building design. She was a core member of the development team for Tally, the founder of Philadelphia’s Dynamo User Group, and a member of the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group. She lectures internationally about environmental research and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ken is a principal and serves as director of Sasaki Strategies—a team of analysts, statisticians, software developers, and planners seeking to bolster planning and design through creative technical solutions. Ken brings a designer’s eye to data visualization and strives to enhance comprehension of data and elevate communication of complex information. Ken uses technology to enhance workflow and support the decision-making process—providing stakeholders with immediate feedback and metrics on the impact of strategic decisions.
At the nexus of data, tools, and decision-making, Ken addresses the ever-present challenges of melding tension and opportunity. Ken has dedicated his career to finding the most pertinent applications of technology to planning and design, and he remains actively involved in inventing, prototyping, and building new tools and approaches. His collaborative spirit helps bridge the gap between designers, clients, and the Strategies group, while offering a unique perspective to the industry.
Ken holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Focusing on the crossover between architecture and technology, Patrick Chopson leads cove.tool, a web-based design software for buildings using machine learning and automation to drive decision making. As Co-Founder, he oversees product development and research. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a Master’s in High Performance Buildings, he is a licensed architect with over 17 years of experience in architecture, research, and mechanical engineering firms. Prior to cove.tool, he co-founded a successful building performance consulting firm Pattern r+d. He is featured in multiple publications include Architect Magazine, Tech Crunch, Site Selection, ArchDaily, and more.
Director, Digital Building Lifecycle & Innovation
Salla identifies as a passionate and inspiring innovation leader and a change agent for the global construction and real estate industry. She is recognized as an industry game changer, and one of the most innovative and forward-thinking people in the sector. Her focus is on successful business transformation of the AECO industry with four key components: engaging stakeholders in full digital building lifecycle, communicating shared objectives in smart buildings, driving digital transformation in smart cities, and determining coherent ways to maximize productivity and innovation with intelligent cloud & intelligent edge.
Dr. Badri Hiriyur
Dr. Badri Hiriyur
Dr. Badri Hiriyur is the founder and CEO of T2D2. Prior to this role, he was the Director of AI at Thornton Tomasetti – a global leader in structural engineering and forensics. At Thornton Tomasetti, Dr. Hiriyur focused on developing applications leveraging AI and ML to transform workflows and processes in the AEC sector. Dr. Hiriyur has an extensive background in deep learning, computer vision and robotics. Dr. Hiriyur has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Ryan Scavnicky is the founder of Extra Office, a design studio investigating architecture culture through memes and media production to seek new agencies for critical practice. This has led to a recent interest in the overlaps between architecture theory and the cultural spaces of video games — the discussions of which can be found on TikTok, Twitch, and YouTube. Ryan teaches architecture studio and media theory at Kent State University. His work is published in Architect’s Newspaper, PLAT, ArchDaily, SURFACE Mag, Bartlebooth, Kotaku, UCLA Pool, and Hyperallergic. In addition, he spent 6 years in practice with international offices including GBBN architects in Beijing, Coop-Himmelblau in Vienna, and studioTECHNE in Cleveland. He studied at L’Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and DAAP in Cincinnati for his Masters of Architecture, and received his Masters in Design Theory and Pedagogy with distinction from SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. Recently, Ryan served as the Visiting Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture founded by Frank Lloyd Wright as the Taliesin Fellowship in 1932. He has previously held appointments at the University of Cincinnati and SCI-Arc. Ryan lives in Akron with his partner Kristen Mimms Scavnicky and their two cats, Mr. Smee and Tink.
Aurimas Sabulis is CEO of Dextall and a pioneer behind the revolutionary software solution that shortens the existing design process of mid and high-rise building exteriors by more than twenty times. In addition to improving design process inefficiencies, the software also drives sustainability and net-zero energy goals throughout the design process. Under his leadership, Dextall has since qualified as an approved prefab panel Component Manufacturer for all affordable housing retrofit projects in the state of New York by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Mr. Sabulis’ more than 20+ year career in construction has been dedicated to utilizing technologies to advance the fields of design and construction through countless award-winning and groundbreaking projects within the United States. Mr. Sabulis believes the power of technology combined with smart business solutions creates sustainability and long-term value in mid to high-rise building construction
Tamar Warburg AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal Director of Sustainability and Resilience
Tamar Warburg AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tamar works with Sasaki teams to develop sustainability and resilience goals appropriate for each project and access critical resources to reach those goals. She enjoys collaborating to integrate sustainability considerations throughout the design process, from preliminary programming through construction management practices.
In this era of climate change, she believes that every project is an opportunity to make a healthy and resilient contribution to our clients, our communities, and our planet.
Tamar works across all Sasaki disciplines, on projects as varied as net-zero campus buildings, resilience and sustainability strategies for cities and corporate clients, and minimizing carbon emissions from buildings and landscape projects. She directs Sasaki’s Sustainable Leaders, training the individuals embedded in each project team responsible for project sustainability metrics and goals.
Tamar came to Sasaki with 25 years of experience designing educational and community buildings, both in the U.S. and with the Green Architecture Studio that she founded in Israel. She completed her M.Arch and BA at Harvard.
Penman is a multi-disciplinary designer and researcher interested in architecture, emerging technology, and computational models of human creativity. After training as an architect in Mississippi and working on nationally-recognized projects in Arkansas, Scott attended MIT to research artificial intelligence, drawing machines, and the playful attitudes exhibited during design. In his role as a Design Technologist with Sasaki Strategies, Scott works with data analysts, statisticians, and software developers to create computational tools that are tightly integrated into the firm’s creative workflows. Scott works with all of the firm’s disciplines to develop specific software solutions to design questions, leverage the potential of computational design, and empower designers to ask better questions.
Bret Mantyk LEED AP BD+C
Bret Mantyk LEED AP BD+C
As associate of Atelier Ten, Bret is an experienced sustainable design consultant and LEED knowledge and administration expert. He has managed various projects that range from institutional buildings, cultural and performance centers, government facilities and school academies. He is one of the founding members of the Urban Green Council’s Programs Committee and has presented at various events including Greenbuild.
With his comprehensive understanding of the nuances and details of LEED, Bret has successfully managed many different types of projects through the LEED process. These projects include the LEED Platinum Kohler Environmental Center at Choate Rosemary Hall, the LEED Platinum Kroon Hall for Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and the LEED Gold Weill Cornell Medical Center Belfer Research Building. Other certified projects include the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headquarters, The Abraham Joshua Heschel School, and Harvard Business School Tata Hall.
With a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Detroit Mercy, Bret worked as a mechanical engineer before joining Atelier Ten’s team. He is one of the founding members of the Urban Green Council’s Programs Committee and achieved a 2015 Service Award. Bret is a LEED Accredited Professional and has served as a GBCI LEED Reviewer for two years.
Director, Strategic Lead of Digital Transformation
Jack Rusk is a Climate Strategist for EHDD, an architecture firm with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. In addition to my involvement in the firm’s design and planning projects, I’m the lead technical developer of EHDD’s EPIC tool. In the last few years, I’ve presented research at the International Mass Timber Conference, applied machine learning and remote sensing techniques to model how urbanization is changing people’s exposure to natural hazards in mountainous areas, and written articles for a number of architecture publications and peer-reviewed research journals.
Alex Ianchenko works as a researcher and designer with the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle. Her passion for data management and visualization informs her ongoing work in whole-building life cycle assessment, building performance forecasting, and mapping. Today, Alex is dedicated to applying her background to climate advocacy as the regional lead of Carbon Leadership Forum – Seattle.
Anna Liza Montenego
Director of Marketing
Anna Liza Montenego
Anna Liza Montenegro develops design technology conferences and training for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals as a forum to exchange innovative strategies, best practices, and facilitate discussions into the technology trends driving significant change in building design and construction. As Director of Marketing, these events are offered to AEC professionals by Microsol Resources, a value-added reseller of Autodesk, Bluebeam, CADLearning, Enscape, Rhino, V-Ray, and their various technology partnerships. When not marketing, she loves spending time with her kids, traveling, and summers in Maine.
Carolina Corrales is an Account Manager at ClientPay. She specializes in making the billing process simple for building and design professionals nationwide, allowing them to get paid quickly and easily for their services.
Chief Operating Officer
Jonathan Ehrlich is the COO of T2D2, an artificial intelligence-powered asset inspection software platform.
He was previously the Co-Founder of Lightning Capital, a vertically-integrated technology-focused real estate company. Before that, he served as the Director of Strategy, Corporate Development and Partnerships at ButterflyMX, a leader in real estate technology. Prior, Jonathan specialized in the financing and development of mega infrastructure and real estate projects, serving as the Director of Budget and Risk Management for the $3.9 billion New NY Bridge to replace the Tappan Zee. Prior to that he served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority.
He is a Member-at-Large of the Young Leaders Executive Committee at the UJA Federation of NY and graduated with a BA from Tufts University and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Digital Practice Manager
Mario Romero is a computational designer and digital practice manager at Perkins and Will. His work primarily deals in the melding of technology and architecture including:
robotics, Digital\physical interface design, Digital fabrication (in specific, 3D printing), Modular building automation & intelligence. Mario previously worked at AS+GG in Chicago and holds a BArch from University of Illinois Chicago
Digital Practice Manager
As Digital Practice Manager for Computational Design, Luc brings a programmer’s rigor and designer’s creativity to every area of Perkins+Will’s diverse practice, giving designers new tools to create more sophisticated designs. Trained as an architect, his portfolio now encompasses a wide range of scales and disciplines, from robotic fabrication to environmental simulation and responsive parametric design. Luc’s work pushes at the boundaries of technology and creativity.
Steven Burns, FAIA
Chief Creative Officer
Steven Burns, FAIA
Steven Burns, FAIA, is the Chief Creative Officer of BQE Software. Steven received his Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, spent 7 years at SOM, and founded his own architecture firm, before pursuing his passion for business management software. In 2009, he created ArchiOffice, which he later sold to BQE Software. Steve is now focused on the product development of BQE CORE and is a global speaker on topics related to firm management and emerging technologies.
Joe Ghaida is a technology director and design researcher at Animate Lot. Merging both design of systems and design of forms, his work is focused on the folding of both architecture and dynamic information into malleable and data driven solutions.
Part of the AEC industry since 2012, Katherine joined Walter P Moore in 2018 as a technical designer in the Enclosure Engineering practice in our New York office. Katherine actually stumbled upon façade engineering during an internship that combined her structural engineering degree and her pursuit of her graduate degree in architecture. She has since focused on the design of building enclosures and specialty structures, which she says allow her to combine her interests in structures, architecture, and engineering as a whole. She is passionate about the built environment and how design affects how we experience the world around us.
Katherine earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structures from Columbia University
Gustav Fagerström, ARB
Gustav Fagerström, ARB
Fagerström leads computational modeling for structural and facade engineering at Walter P Moore. He has global experience in all stages of projects in over 10 different countries, having practiced with Urban Future Organization, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, UNStudio, and BuroHappold Engineering. His work has been exhibited and published in Europe, the Americas, and Asia and presented at Autodesk University, the Venice Architecture Biennale, CAADRIA, ACADIA, FABRICATE, and the SmartGeometry conference. Currently, he is a faculty member at Pratt Institute and a consultant at PennDesign. Fagerström has also served on various design juries and lectured at Yale, the Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, the Royal Institute of Technology, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm.
Jared is a licensed architect and design technologist who currently works as a Senior Technical Designer in the New York City office at Walter P Moore. Jared has taught coursework related to BIM and Computational Design at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and has lectured at numerous conferences and universities on the subjects. His work has increasingly focused on how the AEC industry can leverage the massive amounts of data at our disposal to reimagine how projects are designed and delivered.
Aaron Seward is Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. Seward is an award-winning editor whose career has centered on interpreting architecture for the profession and the general public. He was editor of Texas Architect magazine for six years and prior to that held several positions at AN, including executive editor. In addition to those publications, Seward’s writing on architecture, culture, and the built environment has appeared in Architect, Curbed, Domus, Metropolis, and other publications. He has a BA in Literature, Writing and the Arts from The New School for Social Research.
Jack Murphy is Managing Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. Previously, he was Editor of Cite: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston and Adjunct Professor at the Gerald D. Hines University of Houston College of Architecture and Design. He earned an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a graduate degree in architecture from Rice University. He has worked for award-winning architects in New York City, Houston, Austin, and Boston. His writing has appeared in Places Journal, Dwell, Architectural Record, The Architect’s Newspaper, Texas Architect, Cite, PLAT, Paprika!, New York Review of Architecture, The Houston Chronicle, and SF Gate, among other publications. He was Co-Editor-in-Chief for PLAT 7.5 Oversharing and PLAT 8.0 Simplicity and Assistant Editor of Totalization, edited by Troy Schaum and published by Park Books. He lives in Brooklyn.
Sophie Aliece Hollis
Sophie Aliece Hollis
Sophie Aliece Hollis is the Market Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. She leads AN’s building product coverage, manages the “Best of” awards programs, and runs the company’s interior-focused brand, AN Interior. Before joining The Architect’s Newspaper, Sophie Aliece worked on the editorial team at Texas Architect Magazine in Austin, where she also graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture with a minor in Journalism.
Marty Wood is the Program Director for The Architect’s Newspaper’s Facades+ Conferences and other AN events and initiatives that bring together AEC professionals to share their stories, expertise, and projects. As a writer, he’s contributed to The Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis, and other design publications. He is also a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute. Wood has a BA in Communications from San Francisco State University and a M.S. from Columbia University GSAPP.