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Lennart Andersson is the director of BIM at the LiRo Group and visiting professor at Pratt Institute. He is a Registered Architect and has been using BIM tools for design & construction since the late-90’s. Some of the current projects include Baruch College renovation, 7-line extension, East Side Access, City Point & the Main New York Public Library Renovation.

JESS AUSTIN, Grimshaw Architects
Jess Austin is a design partner in BIOS Design Collective, Substance A*D and works as an Architectural Designer at Grimshaw Architects. He is keenly interested in the intersection of Culture, Built Environments and technology. Installations that have explored this relationship have include: The re-use Canopy ( an upcycled beer cup canopy commissioned for the AIASF Architecture in the City Festival) and ColoniaTecne ( an interactive pavilion in San Jose as part of the city’s Public Art Program). Jess received his MArch from CCA in San Francisco in 2009. Since then he has used Art/Architectural installations to explore themes of interaction and special relationship.

CORY BRUGGER, Morphosis Architects
Since joining Morphosis in 2010, Cory Brugger has managed the development and implementation of advanced design technology in the office. He provides day-to-day oversight of BIM integration and CAD production for Morphosis and its multidisciplinary project teams. For over ten years Cory has successfully managed the integration of CAD and BIM technologies on projects ranging from residential design-build to hi-rise office towers. At Morphosis, his primary focus has been on the integration of virtual building models into design and delivery processes. Cory is responsible for Morphosis’ computational and parametric design initiatives and the integration of analysis models for environmental and structural design. He also provides oversight of the firm-wide IT infrastructure. Cory holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Philadelphia University and a Master of Engineering degree from the Product Architecture and Engineering Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology. He has taught and lectured on the topics of parametric design, and digital fabrication in architecture at universities including Columbia’s GSAPP, the University of Pennsylvania, and Dalhousie University and at professional conferences such as SmartGeometry, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the AIA.

Shane is an internationally recognized leader in the advanced use of technology in design and the built environment with a strong focus on arts and cultural institutions. At Woods Bagot, he directs the vision and team dedicated to a progressive digital design agenda. As a director of the design computation and education non-profit Smartgeometry, he is actively engaged in the intersection of art and technology.

John David Cerone is the Director of Virtual Design & Construction and a member of the Advanced Technology Group at SHoP Construction. Since he joined the firm in 2008, he has been instrumental in its development of technology and process, specializing in Building Information Modeling (BIM). John has contributed to a range of projects including the Barclays Center where he played an integral role in the direct-to-fabrication process for the weathering steel skin system and led the design development and implementation of the entry Canopy facade system including coordination with the primary structure and ‘oculus’ video board.

ROBERT CERVELLIONE, Cerver Design Studio
Robert Cervellione is principal of CERVER Design Studio, a multi-disciplinary forward thinking design practice. His work focuses on the use of artificial intelligence, parametric design and advanced fabrication techniques. He has collaborated with many architects and designer creating work that is of the highest quality and with international recognition. In addition to his professional work he is a professor at Pratt Institute Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Department and New York City College of Technology where he teaches courses in digital media and fabrication. Additionally he has taught at many distinguished university’s and is involved in many workshops and conferences.

SAMUEL COCHRAN, Stevens Institute of Technology
Samuel Cochran is a design entrepreneur. Sam co-founded Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology to develop sustainable architectural products systems: GROW, Solar Ivy and Tensile Solar. Sam is also a managing member of the American Design Club “AmDC” which supports emerging American designers domestically and internationally. To view more of his work visit MoMA’s “Applied Design” and the AmDC exhibit “Trophy”. Sam is currently enrolled in the Product Architecture Engineering program at Stevens Institute of Technology.

Sebastian works for SOM specializing in project information workflow, strategic design and design computation. His research concentrates on the use of numerical optimization and real-time web systems for building energy efficiency decision making. Sebastian received his Dipl.-Ing. from the Architecture Department at RWTH-Aachen University, and was an interdisciplinary postgraduate student in the College of Architecture, the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Scott Crawford leads LMNts, the R&D group within LMN Architects. His work focuses on the use of parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and simulation analysis. He believes these tools can strengthen a designer’s intuition while also increasing the designer’s flexibility to respond to change. Scott holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Design Computing from the University of Washington.

SETH EDWARDS, Grimshaw Architects
Seth is an architectural designer at Grimshaw Architects and works within the office’s Design Technology Group deploying advanced geometric systems, analysis, and custom scripting for a range of current projects. He holds a degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. Having previously worked at SHoP Architects and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, his professional interests lie in the ability to effectively use advanced technology to both further the design process as well as create interactive environments to learn within.

Kyla Farrell works at the LiRo Group where her primary focus is on virtual construction workflow development and implementation and on the integration of virtual building models into the construction process. Previously she worked with Gehry Technologies, Zaha Hadid Architects and SHoP Construction where she developed and managed parametric models for design, fabrication and project coordination. She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a Masters of Architecture degree from SCI-Arc.

Corey is an architectural designer and computational advocate in Gensler’s Chicago office. Since joining in 2010, he has worked on a wide variety of architecture and interior design projects, most recently completing the new exhibit space for the Adler Planetarium as well as façade analysis for a corporate headquarters in St. Louis. He is particularly interested in architecture as the manifestation of its process, as well as the integration of computation and parametric workflows in design. Corey received his Master of Architecture from Tulane University.

Chien Si Harriman has 10 years of experience focused on developing customized computational methods to improve the quality and accuracy of energy and environmental simulations for the built environment. He has managed the energy simulations of several high profile green buildings, both in New York and in California, worked as a software manager at IES, and consults for architects and engineers as an energy simulation guru. He recently completed phase 1 of a 3 phase research project for the US Department of Energy to improve data interoperability standards for green building design. He has recently founded Terabuild, to establish new techniques for sustainability integration

TORU HASEGAWA, Proxy Architecture
Toru Hasegawa has focused on teaching, research and architecture in New York City and Tokyo since 2006. Toru is currently a Co-director of Columbia GSAPP’s Cloud Lab and a Co-creator of The Morpholio Project, researching the ways in which the proliferation of device culture, the development of the cloud, and the ubiquity of social networking, are collectively shaping the creative process. Toru is also an adjunct assistant faculty member at the Columbia University GSAPP where he teaches advanced design studios and seminars on building construction technology and spatial computing. In addition, along with Mark Collins, Toru is a Co-founder of Proxy which explores potentials within the computational paradigm for a range of clients and institutions, providing expertise in both design and realization. Morpholio seeks to create a new platform for presentation, dialogue, and collaboration relevant to all designers, artists and members of any image driven culture advancing the ways that we discuss, debate, and critique our work with a global community.

BEN HOWES, Thornton Tomasetti
Ben Howes is currently developing custom design and analysis tools within the Advanced Computational Modeling Group of Thornton Tomasetti, with a focus on generative structural design, embedded design analysis, design optimization, and interoperability. At the Pratt Institute Ben teaches an advanced level Parametrics seminar in the Interior Design Department, and an Introduction to BIM in the Undergraduate School of Architecture. At Stevens Institute of Technology Ben teaches a graduate seminar at the Product Architecture Lab focused on Object Oriented Programming for design applications.

Zak Kostura is an Associate in the Arup New York office with particular expertise in high performance structures. He is currently participating in the design of the Fulton Center, and is involved in the rehabilitation of the existing outdated structure, as well as with the structural design of new underground pedestrian connections to rapid transit terminals at the New York World Trade Center. Zak is also an assistant adjunct professor of architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where he provides a focus on structurally expressive architecture.

A licensed architect, Michael McCune is a Senior Design Technology Specialist at CASE where he focuses on BIM implementation and project consulting in the latter stages of the building design, fabrication and construction processes for AECO clients. Along with an interest in Virtual Design and Construction methods, he is particularly interested in the creation and rationalization of complex geometry and digital fabrication methods. Michael earned a Master of Architecture from Louisiana Tech University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at City University of New York. Significant projects include the design of the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame during his tenure at Trahan Architects and he is currently involved in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with Snøhetta and Chiswick Park with Stanhope in London.

SCOTT MARBLE, Marble Fairbanks
Scott Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks and a faculty member at the Co¬lumbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). He is the Director of Integrated Design at the GSAPP and is currently Director of the Integrated Design Studios for The Columbia Building Intelligence Project (CBIP). The work of Marble Fairbanks is widely published internationally, has received numerous design awards and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In 2008, the MoMA commissioned their project, Flatform for the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling. Scott just completed editing a new book, Digital Workflows in Architecture: Design / Assembly / Industry being published by Birkhäuser in November, 2012.

TIM MEADOR, Perkins + Will
Tim Meador serves as the Regional Digital Practice Manager for Perkins+Will. Tim’s responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of digital design that involve computational design, software development, BIM implementation and data visualization. He has expertise on leveraging parametric design software to explore complex relation­ships between form and the environment. In addition to his experience in the field of architecture, he has also worked in the computer software development industry. His work in the area of computational design has been featured in several publications and Tim speaks regularly on his research and expertise in design software applications.

NEIL MEREDITH, Gehry Technologies
Neil Meredith is currently a consultant at the New York office of Gehry Technologies. Recent projects include the Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) lobby ceiling design and fabrication with SOM and the YAS Island Hotel Gridshell with Asymptote architects. Prior to GT Neil worked for the facade consulting office Front. He is a founding partner of the design and fabrication studio Sheet. In the Spring 2010 term Neil was part of the C-BIP studio teaching team at Columbia University GSAPP. He is also a former lecturer in Architecture of the University of Michigan where he operated the schools Digital Fabrication Lab and taught in the areas of design, construction and fabrication. Research in to ceramic building materials undertaken at the European Ceramic Workcentre (.ekwc) has been published in Loose Fit: Experimental Ceramic Building Materials, as well as Transmaterial 3 and is part of the materials database at Material ConneXion. The project won in the furniture category for the 2009 ID Magazine Annual Design Review and is currently being developed as a product.

Oleg Moshkovich is a Process Architect at the LiRo Group. He is responsible for the design and implementation of virtual construction processes on projects of increased complexity. His multidisciplinary and multicultural experience allows him to envision and to communicate technology driven, integrated project solutions. His experience includes engineering, architecture and project control. He holds a Master of Engineering Degree in Product Architecture from Stevens Institute of Technology.

JUSTIN NARDONE, Thornton Tomasetti
Justin Nardone is a design engineer at Thornton Tomasetti in New York. He has diverse expertise in computation, fabrication, interoperability, and analysis. Prior to his work at TT, he was part of the SOM Black Box Group specializing in building skin systems as well as automating data exchange. He has collaborated on installations for The Art Institute Chicagoand MoMA. He also teaches courses in architecture and technology at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

JOHN NASTASI, Nastasi Architects
John Nastasi is both the principal of his design studio and a long standing design professor. An alumnus of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, a recipient of Harvard’s Rice Prize for Advancement in Architecture and Engineering and a 1996 recipient of the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York, John has consistently and progressively set the highest standards for his work. In 2004, John founded the multi-disciplinary Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology where he continues to serve as the Graduate Program’s Director.

MATTHEW NAUGLE, Thornton Tomasetti
Matthew Naugle is member of the Advanced Computational Modeling Group at Thornton Tomasetti, with an emphasis on establishing digital workflows catered to the multifaceted modeling processes within the company. He is responsible for teaching and developing methods that utilize parametric modeling, interoperability, integrated analysis, BIM management, and geometry rationalization. Matthew has taught and lectured on the topics of parametric design, digital fabrication, and building systems at Philadelphia University, Stevens Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania.

NACIEM NOWROUZI, Stevens Institute of Technology
Naciem Nowrouzi is a graduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology Master of Engineering in Product-Architecture & Engineering program with concentration in building performance, computational modeling, design optimization, and interoperability. She is the architectural team leader for the Stevens Institute of Technology’s 2013 Solar Decathlon House. Prior to her graduate studies, as a fabrication engineer at Milgo Bufkin Industries, she worked closely with artist Tomas Saraceno on the completion of 2012 Metropolitan Museum rooftop installation “Cloud City”. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute.

MATT O’BRIEN, University of New South Wales
Matt O‘Brien’s research supports the Situation Engine research cluster led by Russell Lowe and Sidney Newton at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His background in Computer Science, Fine Art and Architecture provides the interdisciplinary range necessary to engage with the intersection of Architecture and Computer Gaming technology. Matt’s aesthetic vision is further shaped by his experience in Film and Television working for some time in both Sydney and London. Initially Matt developed software solutions that linked various software with the computer game engine CryENGINE3. These include custom implementations in Grasshopper, Excel and network protocols such as TCP and UDP. More recently this work has expanded to include links between computer hardware such as the Xbox Kinect, Aduino and CryENGINE3. His work is funded by major grants from the Australian Research Council and Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

ROBERT OTANI, Thornton Toamsetti
Robert K. Otani has more than 17 years of structural design experience involving commercial, sports, institutional, aviation and cultural projects. Rob has worked on many complex structures and as Special Structures Leader at Thornton Tomasetti, is specifically interested in collaborating with designers in the detailing and design of architecturally-sensitive structures. Rob is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute and Columbia University GSAPP. His teaching focuses on the infusion of engineering technology into performative architectural design. His project work includes John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal One, Random House World Headquarters-The Park Imperial, American Airlines Arena, Columbia University’s Northwest Science Building, and “The Rising,” 9/11 Westchester Memorial. Rob is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Alberta. Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University.

Alexandra Pollock is a member of the Technical Architecture group and Digital Design group at SOM with a focus on performative design and analysis . She is a graduate of the Product Architecture and Engineering Lab at the Stevens Institute of Technology where she received a Master of Engineering, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her teaching experience includes an adjunct professorship as a Technical Consultant for the Columbia Building Intelligence Project at Columbia University, as well as a recurring adjunct professorship at Stevens Institute of Technology where she developed and teaches a class in Numerical Design Optimization.

Charlie Portelli is a designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox where he plays a leading role in the firm’s computational efforts. His work involves developing design solutions, tool sets, and workflows that integrate fabrication, planning, and environmental information to create a holistic design process by utilizing computational methodologies such as scripting, interoperability, and parametric modeling. Charlie earned his Master’s from the Product Architecture Lab at Steven’s Institute of Technology and his Bachelor or Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

JONATAN SCHUMACHER, Thornton Tomasetti
As director of the firm’s Advanced Computational Modeling team, Jonatan Schumacher oversees and implements strategic development related to integrated structural design, façade design and building information modeling. He works closely with the building structure, building skin and sustainability practices, assisting project teams firm wide. His experience encompasses architecture, engineering, product design, robotics and computer science. His areas of expertise include digital fabrication, automatic and generative geometry, computational analysis and building information modeling. He is fluent in several programming languages and has expertise in various parametric modeling platforms, as well as data mining, problem modeling and knowledge exchange through APIs of Revit, Tekla, CATIA/Digital Project, Rhino and Grasshopper. Jonatan has lectured at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and, since 2010 lectures classes related to BIM workflow automation, Grasshopper and software interoperability at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J. He holds a master’s degree in architectural engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Product Design and Engineering from Middlesex University, London.

Daniel is a specialist in advanced modeling and computational design strategies, with expertise spanning a wide spectrum from architectural systems optimization to urban energy modeling. His interest lies in the development of man-made things with the efficiency, intelligence and beauty found only in natural systems. Since earning his Master of Architecture from the Architectural Association of London, Daniel has worked as computational design researcher and/or consultant for Gensler (where he works currently), Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, OMA (Rotterdam office), ARUP (London office), Ross Lovegrove Studio(London), and X-Architects (Dubai). His work and writing has been published in Detail, AD, Architectural Record, Dwell, and many others.

Ben’s professional and academic experience has focused on geometry rationalization and performance analysis of high end building facades for both façade and environmental engineers. Utilizing parametric, 3D modeling and analysis programs, he is responsible for providing design and technical services associated with the performance, engineering, fabrication and installation of custom curtain wall systems as a Designer at the Enclos Advanced Technology Studio.

Stephen Van Dyck is a Principal at LMN Architects in Seattle where he serves as project designer for large cultural and institutional projects. The 90-person firm, established in 1979, has designed and delivered a wide range of project types throughout the United States and beyond. Stephen leads the project implementation of LMN’s Tech Studio group, an integrated design technology lab at LMN Architects. He has served as a lecturer and studio critic at Yale University. Prior to joining LMN Architects in 2009 Stephen was a project leader at SHoP Architects in New York. He earned his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Registered Architect in NY.

Dr. Vilkner serves Skanska’s Mission Critical team as Integrated Applications Director. His versatile expertise includes work-flow integration through automation and custom interoperability, advanced collaboration techniques, and complex data structures. He has in-depth technical knowledge, including data mining, problem modeling and knowledge exchange through the APIs of the Pi System, Revit, NavisWorks, etc. Dr. Vilkner holds a Dipl.-Ing. diploma from University of Rostock, Germany, and M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University, New York.

Christopher Zoog, AIA, is a licensed architect and Associate with the New York office of HOK, where he is a member of the firm-wide building SMART team. In addition to managing several BIM quality and delivery initiatives within HOK, he also manages the BIM effort on several key projects around the firm, including a 450,00 SF ambulatory care center in New York City, currently under development. With over a decade of BIM project experience, he has used BIM tools to design and document everything from large hospital and laboratory projects to high rise speculative office buildings to two of the world’s tallest super-towers. Chris is also well versed in pedestrian simulation software and is a pioneer in the utilization of BIM for simulation models. He is also on the forefront of advanced model based coordination efforts, leveraging BIM in automated code compliance checking for life safety and accessibility. As a champion of open BIM standards, he is an active member of the building SMART Alliance, a council of the National Institute of Building Science. Chris received a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he focused his studies on the use of computers in building and landscape design.