Building Innovation 2017 Conference & Expo Speakers


Building Innovation 2017 Conference Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - Opening Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by The American Institute of Architects

Judson J. McIntire, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA
Program Executive for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution


Judson McIntireSmithsonian’s Program Executive for the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Mr. McIntire managed the scope, schedule and $540 million budget for the 400,000 sq. ft. museum, from planning and design through construction. He was instrumental in forging a construction manager at-risk delivery method for the NMAAHC project, an innovation for the Smithsonian. During his presentation at the Opening Keynote Breakfast, McIntire will share his experiences on the collaborative efforts involved with designing, constructing and opening this new national treasure. He will highlight how the NMAAHC’s team of architects, contractors, consultants, federal agencies and Smithsonian representatives effectively worked together to deliver the most sustainable national museum ever constructed. McIntire will share insights, best practices, lessons learned and challenges, as well as discuss the long-term planning, whole building design, life-cycle considerations and how the team met the complex engineering challenges of the project.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Plenary Keynote Speaker


Jonathan F. P. Rose
President, Jonathan Rose Companies LLC


Johnathan F. P. RoseThe author and man who “repairs the fabric of cities,” Jonathan F. P. Rose, will serve as the Plenary Keynote Speaker. Mr. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989, he founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning and investment firm, which creates real estate and planning models to address the challenges of the 21st century. Building Innovation 2017, with its theme of “Collaborating for a High-Performing Future,” correlates well with Rose’s recently published book, The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach Us about the Future of Urban Life. The book covers many of the topics the Institute’s councils and committees have been addressing to achieve resilient, high-performance buildings and communities. Following his keynote, Rose will be signing copies of his book, which will be available for purchase on site.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shawn Norton
Branch Chief for Sustainable Operations and Climate Change
U.S. National Park Service


Shawn NortonThe Institute will host its annual FEDCon® keynote breakfast, which provides an open forum for federal agency representatives to speak about their respective programs, challenges and opportunities. This year the event will highlight the U.S. National Park Service in celebration of its centennial anniversary. As the keynote speaker, Shawn Norton, the Branch Chief for Sustainable Operations and Climate Change at the Park Service, will provide attendees with an inside look and any construction projects for the coming year. He will share his insights into the work currently underway at the federal agency. Tying into the conference theme of Collaborating for a High-Performance Future, Mr. Norton also will discuss how the National Park Service’s team of architects, planners, park rangers, contractors and consultants effectively work together with federal, state and local agency representatives to preserve America's treasures for future generations. Get an inside look at the National Park Service as it heads into its next hundred years of providing stewardship to America’s national parks.


Session Speakers

Robert AndersonRobert Anderson serves as Vice President of Integrated Practice for Vectorworks, Incorporated, where he oversees the direction and scope of new product development, acts as an industry liaison with standards agencies, competitors and customers and is a software architect, having designed features for various Vectorworks products. He is the chair of the buildingSMART alliance® Information Standards Subcommittee, where he is leading the effort to harmonize the National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) standards efforts with a more complete life-cycle map of building construction and operations. Anderson is a professional architect, and practiced in Texas for more than 20 years. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts, and later a Bachelor of Architecture degree, from Rice University.

Bryan BagleyBryan Bagley, PE, is a Project Manager for Utility Plants at Affiliated Engineers, Inc. He brings experience in the design of research buildings, as well as the design and commissioning of central utility plants for a wide range of project types, including higher education, research and medical buildings, aviation and corporate facilities. He also is a skilled peer reviewer who takes a collaborative approach that results in project cost savings and improved system efficiencies. Before receiving his engineering degree, Bagley was a steam plant operator in the U.S. Navy.

Paul BertramPaul R. Bertram, Jr., FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, leads PRB Connect, where he helps organizations refabricate architecture by rethinking sustainable design processes and the building materials, systems and assemblies utilized in construction. He is a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and a Past CSI president. Bertram served on the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Sustainable Energy and was part of their delegation at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change representing Kingspan. In January 2016, he was named to the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences. He also was recently appointed to the General Service Administration’s Green Building Advisory Committee.

Dr. Jeri BrittinDr. Jeri Brittin is Director of Research at HDR and a public health research scientist. Her work addresses human and health outcomes related to school, healthcare and workplace environments. She is compelled to bring science and design together, believing that each has much to offer the other.


George CaraghiaurGeorge Caraghiaur has a 30-year track record of leadership and innovation in energy and sustainability. He currently is the managing member of Energy & Sustainability Services LLC and serves on the Board of Directors of PACENation. He is the author of “A Guide to Energy Service Companies," published by The Fairmont Press. Caraghiaur holds a Master of Science from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. He is fluent in English, French, Romanian and Spanish.

Michael ChipleyDr. Michael Chipley has over 33 years of consulting experience in program and project management in the areas of cybersecurity, energy, environmental and sustainable design (LEED, Energy Star® and carbon footprint); critical infrastructure protection and analysis; building information modeling (BIM) technology; and emergency management/disaster recovery. He is trained as a SANS Global Industrial Control Systems Professional, a Project Management Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional. Chipley is the creator and instructor of both the National Institute of Building Sciences and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecuring Building Control Systems and Cybersecuring DoD Control Systems Workshops, and author of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide® Cybersecurity Resource page.

Tim ChipmanTim Chipman is President of Constructivity, a company specializing in digital delivery of building information. He has been directly involved in the expansion and maintenance of worldwide software standards used in the building industry, including Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and derivative initiatives in Asia, Europe and North America that include energy analysis, bridge construction, structural steel fabrication, interior framing, plumbing, electrical and building automation.



Ernest ConradErnest A. Conrad, PE, LEED AP, CEM, BEAP, is the past president and founder of Landmark Facilities Group, Inc., established in 1988 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Today, as principal of Conrad Engineers, Conrad’s primary business model specializes in commercial buildings design, construction and life-cycle operation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a voting member of the ASHRAE standards SSPC90.1 national energy efficiency standards and SSPC189.1, the “green” building high-performance building standard. Conrad has been an active member of BOMA New York and represents BOMA International on numerous code development committees. He is a BOMA Fellow and past BOMA professional member of the year.

Perry DaneshgariDr. Perry Daneshgari is the President/CEO of MCA Inc. MCA Inc. is a research and implementation company that focuses on implementing process and product development, waste reduction and productivity improvement of labor, project management, estimation, accounting and customer care. MCA, Inc. has worked with various national and international companies all over the globe. Daneshgari has taught several classes and conducted several presentations for MCAA, MCAA of Canada, the Electrical Contracting industry, NWCCC and was keynote speaker at the 2009 annual IEC National Convention. Daneshgari has completed over 12 research projects for construction and distribution industries, as well as published several papers and articles. He also has published four books and an ASTM standard for job productivity measurement. MCA, Inc.'s experience is available and applicable to companies of all sizes and industries.

Cindy L. DavisCindy L. Davis, CBO, is the Deputy Director of the Division of Building and Fire Regulations at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Her Division is responsible for the promulgation of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and related regulations and the VA Building Code Academy for the training and certification of code officials and technical assistants. The Division also administers the Industrialized Buildings Program, the Manufactured Housing Program and the State Technical Review Board. Davis serves on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, where she is the Board liaison to the National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards. In Virginia, Davis serves on the Board of Directors for Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and EarthCraft Virginia (Viridiant). She chairs the Professional Development Council of the International Code Council (ICC) and has been appointed to the Tall Wood Adhoc Committee to study the building science of tall wood buildings. Davis has served on the Boards of both ICC and BOCA International.

Kristine K. Fallon, FAIAKristine K. Fallon, FAIA, is President of Kristine Fallon Associates, Inc., which provides IT consulting and services to the capital facilities industry. She is an active member of the buildingSMART alliance® and a contributing author to the National BIM Standard-United States®. In addition to her consulting practice, she developed the curriculum and, for a decade, taught Computer-Integrated Project Delivery in the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering's Master of Project Management program.

Randy FisherRandy W. Fiser leads the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as chief executive officer, overseeing the strategic planning, financial management and national operations for the Society's more than 25,000 members who work across all sectors of residential and commercial interior design. He leads the network of 48 ASID chapters throughout the United States and Canada to advance the profession and to communicate the impact of interior design to enhance the human experience and to transform lives. Dedicated to advancing community and economic development, Fiser brings to his role a unique point of view about the capacity of design to make a positive impact on human health, well-being and productivity.

Johnny FortuneJohnny Fortune is BIM Director at Bullock Tice Associates in Pensacola, Florida, where he has led the complete transition from CAD to BIM production; directs the company's overall BIM strategies, standards, training and technology operations; and oversees BIM integration with external stakeholders. Fortune serves as chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance® and is actively involved in standards development for the United States National CAD Standard® and the National BIM Standard-United States®, as well as several other national committees, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Industry BIM/CIM Consortium. He has presented CAD/BIM workflow integration at several venues including; Autodesk University, National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conferences, Construction Specifications Institute chapter meetings and various Society of American Military Engineer events.

Brian GilliganBrian Gilligan, PE, LEED AP, is the National Sustainability Program Manager in the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of High Performance Green Buildings. He is currently responsible for implementation of professional development standards for buildings personnel across the federal government. Gilligan came to GSA in 2009, serving as a Workplace Strategist helping Federal agencies reduce costs and environmental impact and enhance the health and welfare of their workers through improved space planning. Before GSA, he served as a U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, having served nearly a decade in roles in Facility, Energy and Construction Management at bases in the United States and overseas. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He is a lecturer at the Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning.


Maureen GuttmanMaureen Guttman, AIA, is a licensed architect with over 25 years of experience in energy-efficient and green building design. As the President of the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), Guttman oversees a nationwide campaign to support the adoption and implementation of today's model energy codes. In addition, she is an active participant in a number of model code development activities, including ICC committees involved in the creation and updating of both the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Green Construction Code. She is currently the Chairman of the ICC's Sustainability Membership Council Governing Committee and a resource member of the AIA Codes and Standards Committee.


Shephen HaganStephen R. Hagan, FAIA, is recognized as an industry expert on technology, innovation, real estate and the construction marketplace. In August 2012, Hagan retired from the federal government after 37 years and is now consulting about BIM, innovation and online technologies as President | CEO of Hagan Technologies in Reston, Virginia. He is currently a member of the AIA Documents Committee. In 2014, Hagan Technologies continued to support Onuma, Inc. with an initiative for the DoD Defense Health Agency (DHA) that will broadly support the entire FM community in the public sector and can broaden to the entire design, construction, facilities management/operations communities. In 2015, Hagan Technologies branched out to include strategy and support for online, social media and collaborative technologies for the global travel industry. Through engagement with Geo-Buiz, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Smart Cities program, Hagan Technologies now is focused on emerging and innovative technologies supporting Smart | Connected | Sustainable | Resilient Cities and Urban Eco-Districts.


George HuffGeorge B. Huff, Jr., Esquire, is the Director of Consulting at The Continuity Project, LLC. He is an ANSI-approved Delegate to the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) Technical Committee 292, Security and Resilience, and works on project teams directly responsible for developing business continuity management systems standards and technical specifications. In 2011, Huff was elected to the Board of Directors of ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. After his distinguished career in military and government service, he founded The Continuity Project, LLC. In 2015, Huff was selected as the Business Continuity Fellow for NIST's Community Resilience Program.


Calvin KamDr. Calvin Kam is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University's Center for Integrated Facility Engineering (CIFE), where he specializes in strategic innovation such as management scorecards, building information modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction (VDC), sustainable developments and Smart Cities evaluation. Kam is the founder of Strategic Building Innovation | bimSCORE—the "GPS Navigator" for any enterprise or project team charting a course for construction innovation. He is the Senior Program Expert of the National 3D-4D-BIM Program with GSA Public Buildings Service and an appointed international BIM expert for the Singapore government's Building Construction Authority and the only international honorary director of the China National BIM Union. Kam is a research advisor and serves on the International Practice Committee of The American Institute of Architects, where he is the former national co-chair of AIA Center for Integrated Practice and former national chair of AIA-TAP Knowledge Community. He was a recipient of various AIA, ASCE, SOM and Stanford University Fellowships, as well as ENR's “20 under 40" awards.


David KarpookDavid Karpook is Vice Chairman of OSCRE International, an active contributing member of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and a strategic business consultant for Planon. A 20-year industry veteran, he has been a customer, vendor and system implementer, trainer and strategist, managing workplace technology projects around the world. He is the marketing committee chair for IFMA's Corporate Real Estate Council.  A graduate architect with degrees from Harvard University and the University of Florida, his additional experience includes seven years as a facility manager and construction project manager at the University of Florida.


Sylvia Kendra has been a leader in strategic and technology initiatives for facilities at the Smithsonian Institution since 2004. Her accomplishments include the establishment of a facilities Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program and the Facilities Digital Archives Program. She is currently leading the implementation of the Smithsonian Facilities Building Information Modeling (BIM) Program, establishing guidelines for 3D design and construction project deliverables and inculcating new work processes to support and sustain a new BIM information system. Previously, Kendra was chief of the Geographic Information Services Division at the City of Richardson, Texas. She led the formation of a robust GIS Program, growing the city's GIS to support emergency 9-1-1 dispatch, public works operations, building inspection and tax appraisals operations. She has a Master's degree, Public Affairs and GIS Certificate from the University of Texas at Dallas and is a certified GIS Professional.


Earle KennettEarle Kennett currently serves as a consultant to the National Institute of Building Sciences, including managing the development of the National BIM Guide for Owners. Prior to his retirement in 2015, he was the chief operating officer/senior vice president at the Institute, where he was responsible for all technical programs, projects and councils. Prior to joining the Institute in 1989, Kennett was the administrator for research at the American Institute of Architects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. He presently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.


M. Dennis Knight, PEM. Dennis Knight, PE, has worked in the building planning, design, construction and operations industry for the past 42 years as a building engineer, contractor, owner, operator and consultant. He is the founder of Whole Building Systems, LLC, located in Charleston, South Carolina, where he leads and directs the firm's engineering and commissioning services business. For six years, from 2005 through 2011, he was a principal at Liollio Architecture, a 35-person architectural firm, and led their conversion from a 2-dimensional CAD-based project documentation practice to a multi-dimensional project documentation and analysis BIM practice, including managing training and encouraging their consultants to adopt BIM tools in order to provide fully coordinated building designs in a BIM environment. For the past 13 years, he has championed the adoption of BIM and integrated design practices as applied to the built environment as a distinguished lecturer for ASHRAE and former chair of the ASHRAE BIM Multi-Disciplinary Task Group. He currently serves on the ASHRAE Society Board of Directors and is chair of the annual ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Specialty Conference.


Bruce KomiskeBruce Komiske is Vice President of New Hospital Design and Construction at Erlanger Medical Center. He is a hospital administrator who is considered a "world expert" on designing and building innovative hospitals, all from the owner's perspective. He has presented and consulted in over 30 countries and is the author of seven books on healthcare design, including Editions I, II and III of "Designing the World's Best Children's Hospitals," which have influenced healthcare design around the world. He is currently in charge of the team building a new children's hospital for Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Bruce KomiskeHenry Kosarzycki, AIA, is the Director of the Office of Plan Review and Inspection, preceded by the role of State Fire Authority and Life Safety Code Consultant, with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Prior to joining the team at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, he served as a program manager for the Division of Safety and Buildings, Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Serving with the Division of Safety and Buildings, Kosarzycki provided code training throughout the State of Wisconsin. For over 12 years, the code training audiences covered all stakeholders, from architects to owners to builders to building and fire officials. The core of the training focused on regulatory models, process, code training and certification of building and fire officials. Before joining the State, he worked for a major construction company in the design-build industry, practiced in a traditional architectural firm and served as a plan reviewer for the City of Milwaukee.


Sandeep LangarSandeep Langar, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, Assoc. AIA, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Construction at The University of Southern Mississippi. He received his PhD in Environmental Design and Planning from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & Statue University. During his tenure at The University of Southern Mississippi, Langar has authored multiple research publications. His research interests are focused towards holistically evaluating and understanding the adoption patterns of green technologies, building information modeling (BIM) and strategies towards enhancing resiliency of built facilities.


Kevin MickeyKevin Mickey is the Director of Professional Development and Geospatial Technologies Education at The Polis Center, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and chairs the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council. He has over two decades of experience in research, development and implementation of geospatial technology solutions with a focus on hazard mitigation and community resilience. Mickey is a recognized expert in FEMA's Hazus-MH technology and supporting methodology. His experience includes multiple hazard modeling projects, as well as design and management of over two dozen courses in flood, earthquake and hurricane risk assessment, disaster operations and data management. He serves on the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association Board of Directors, chairs the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) Education Committee and previously sat on the IGIC Board.


Kimon OnumaKimon Onuma, FAIA, builds architecturally informed environments for the digital and physical world. He is the chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART Alliance's Thought Leaders Subcommittee and served as the 2013 American Institute of Architects Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) chair. In 1994, years before it was mainstream, Onuma demonstrated BIM benefits on numerous large scale U.S. government projects. He leads a unique team of architects and computer scientists at the 1988 company he founded, Onuma, Inc. His award-winning ONUMA System, a web-based tool that allows both tech and non-tech savvy users to cloud collaborate in real-time, creates data output that generates BIM. Thirty-five BIMStorms, such as the 24-hour BIMStorm LAX, have brought together 133 design professionals and industry specialists from 11 countries to plan, design and collaborate 420 buildings totaling over 55 million square feet. Onuma authored the 2006 AIA Report on Integrated Practice titled "The 21st Century Practitioner." Recent work includes projects with the U.S. Department of Defense Military Health System and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for their healthcare strategic planning, programming and facility management.


Bob PaynBob Payn is the Director of Information Technology at the National Institute of Building Sciences, where he works with the Institute's councils, as well as government agencies, in developing and implementing data management strategies. He has more than 20 years of experience with information systems and website production, particularly with design and construction data. He specializes in open-source technologies and is a designer and programmer. Payn currently is the website developer and manager of the WBDG Building Design Guide® and the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Ronald PiesterRonald Piester, AIA, is Vice President of Membership and Personnel Certification at the International Code Council. He works as an integral part of ICC’s management team, providing overall direction and administration of their Membership, Chapter Relations and Certification and Testing programs. Piester is responsible for building and strengthening strategic relationships, organizing new programs and initiatives, and developing innovative approaches to maximize member value. Previously the director of the Division of Building Standards and Codes at the New York State Department of State, Piester served as chair of the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council and member of the State Board for Historic Preservation and State Disaster Preparedness Commission. He served on the ICC Board of Directors from 2005 to 2014, serving as Board President in 2013. Piester received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University and is a licensed architect in New York State.


Keith PorterDr. Keith Porter, PE, serves as Research Professor in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics at the University of Colorado Boulder and Principal of the international risk consultancy SPA Risk LLC. He specializes in societal risk from natural disasters, seismic vulnerability of buildings and second generation performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE-2). His notable works include the 4:1 natural-hazard benefit-cost study for the U.S. Congress, the San Francisco Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) and the infrastructure risk analyses of the USGS' ShakeOut, ARkStorm, Tsunami Scenario and HayWired Scenario. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and author of 170 scholarly and professional works.


Ray PradinukRay Pradinuk is the Leader, Healthcare Research and Innovation, for Stantec and a principal in the Vancouver Healthcare studio. He utilizes evidence-based and sustainable design research, careful analysis and innovation in striving for the best design solution on complex healthcare projects. Working closely with clients and integrated design teams for over 25 years, his focus in acute care architecture has been on the impacts of spatial arrangement on care process efficiency and staff communications, and on building systems integration strategies to achieve exceptional indoor environmental quality and energy conservation. Pradinuk has a Master’s of Science in Architecture from University College London and was on the Steering Committee of the Green Guide for Healthcare. He monitors developments in acute healthcare design and elder care design worldwide, visits the most outstanding new hospitals and elder care facilities and has completed or is engaged with clinicians, Stantec colleagues and academic collaborators on various research projects. He is a frequent presenter at national and international healthcare design conferences..


Darren PrumDarren Prum is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. He has a wide range of experience in corporate, financial, legal and general business matters, including many facets of finance and related legal areas. Prum held financial management positions in all levels of the construction industry (from trade contractor to general contractor to owner's representative to architect/engineer). In addition, he served as a business manager for a major defense contractor's $100M division with numerous sites around the world. As a faculty member, his primary research interests include green/high performance buildings/sustainable construction, sustainable transportation and gaming law. His articles appear in numerous general law reviews and specialty law journals in environmental, business, real estate, gaming and international law. Prum has presented his research range at international, national, regional and local conferences. He earned his juris doctor degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; a graduate certificate in Accounting from the University of Southern California; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of California at Riverside.


Judy QuasneyJudy Quasney is a registered architect and has held positions in both the private sector and the federal service. For more than 20 years, she has worked at the National Institutes of Health helping scientific executives strategically plan and implement biomedical laboratory workplaces within complex research and operational work settings. Quasney has devised and led large-scale requirements formulation, execution and operational efforts for capital improvements in the areas of biomedical laboratories, clinical areas, computational science facilities and changing office work settings as a result of computational science. Recognized for her innovation and willingness to tackle challenges, she developed a novel approach to address federal space reduction while also formulating new approaches to collaborative work settings. Quasney held a position as the chair of the Research Subcommittee of the Federal Facilities Council, a part of the National Academy of Sciences. She holds two patents for acoustical mitigation, for which she received the National Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for technology transfer in 2013.


Michele RussoMichele Russo is Senior Director, Research, at The American Institute of Architects (AIA), where she is responsible for the AIA's market and economic research, practice research initiatives and archives. Prior to joining the AIA, Russo served as the director of Green Content & Research Communications at McGraw Hill Construction (now Dodge Data & Analytics). At Dodge, she directed and managed the SmartMarket Report series, resulting in over 35 reports (2005-2014), which provided insight on trends transforming the design and construction industry. Previously, Russo served as executive director of the Clean Beaches Council and deputy director of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. She earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


Tim RyanJames "Tim" Ryan, CBO, is Code Administrator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas, and the Immediate Past Chair of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors. He has more than 30 years of experience in administration, enforcement and development of construction safety codes, construction management and methods. He helped guide Overland Park, ranked sixth in Money magazine’s 2006 “Top 10 Best Places to Live in America,” through periods of substantial growth. Ryan holds certifications in 15 technical categories, including a Certified Building Official certification. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management and technology from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. Ryan is chief executive officer of the International Association of Building Officials. He served on the International Code Council Board of Directors and participated in the development of the International Codes. He served on the Overland Park Residential Construction Task Force, the State of Kansas Steering Committee on Codes and the State of Kansas Task Force on Residential Construction. He chaired the committee to create a Kansas program to oversee the energy code provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Zofia K. Rybkowski, PhDZofia K. Rybkowski, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science within the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Rybkowski's research and instruction experience includes integrated project delivery; productivity analysis and lean construction; simulation development and testing; target value design; life-cycle cost analysis; sustainable design; and evidence-based design. She has practiced architectural design in Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Rybkowski earned her Master of Architecture from Harvard and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the Engineering and Project Management program at University of California, Berkeley. Rybkowski teaches lean construction to graduate construction science students at Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow of the Center for Health Systems and Design and of the Institute for Applied Creativity. She is a LEED AP.


Mark SandsMark Sands, PE, holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Business Administration and is a licensed Professional Engineer. From 1976 to 2003, he held positions with regional and national construction companies: superintendent, project manager, operations manager, vice president and president. During this time, Sands studied the work of W. E. Deming with the vision of bringing his systems approach to the construction industry. In 2003, he semi-retired to develop this vision, starting with a comprehensive facility modeling, prototyping and analysis system. The purpose is to more effectively predict and control outcomes and to foster process improvement. In 2010, Sands was engaged by the National Institute of Building Sciences to apply his modeling system to the Owner Performance Requirements (OPR) Tool, a system to model and analyze facilities according to performance-based standards described in the Energy Independence and Security Act. He has also led the development of Building Catalyst and Building Life-cycle Modeler—BIM solutions intended to help fulfill the buildingSMART alliance® and the National BIM Standard-United States® vision.


Neil ShahNeil Shah has served as the Managing Director of Americas since 2012. He is responsible for managing RICS' presence in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. Shah has held senior leadership roles and led entrepreneurial initiatives at Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures in a broad range of industries, such as IPT (now FM Maintenance), Cirqit, Partsearch Technologies and NorthMarq Real Estate Services. He started his career at Pratt & Whitney, a provider of aircraft engines and services, where he held positions in sales, customer services and program management. Over the course of his career, Shah has been a speaker at many industry events focusing on real estate services and facilities management. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Emory University, a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Boston University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Deb SheehanDeb Sheehan, Executive Director of CannonDesign's Client Strategies Team, has overseen more than $4 billion in design solutions for healthcare systems worldwide. Regarded for her ability to activate organizational change, Sheehan has advanced value and performance as the drivers of design in the firm's re-engineered project delivery process. From repositioning service lines for an academic medical center to introducing care innovations at a community emergency department, she helps assure that every capital investment is aligned with an optimized business model. Sheehan is a sought-after industry expert, frequently contributing to outlets such as the American College of Healthcare Executives, Modern Healthcare and Becker's Hospital Review.


Dennis Shelden is the Director of the Georgia Institute of Technology Digital Building Lab (DBL) and associate professor in the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. He is an expert in applications of digital technology to building design, construction and operations. His experience spans across professorial practice, technology development and research, in multiple architecture, building engineering and computing disciplines. Sheldon co-founded the AEC technology firm Gehry Technologies in 2002 and served as CTO until 2014. Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was an associate professor of practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Michael TardifMichael Tardif is Managing Principal of Building Informatics, a company that helps building owners leverage building information to lower the total lifecycle cost of buildings. He has served as director of Technology Services for a Fortune 500 construction company and as director of the Center for Technology and Practice Management of the American Institute of Architects. Tardif is the co-author of Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide, and currently chairs the Construction-to-Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) Task Group of the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance®.


Ellen TaylorEllen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC is the Vice President for Research at The Center for Health Design, where she leads multiple research and grant-funded initiatives such as programs with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Kresge Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF. While on the owner’s side, she led large-scale programs with extensive cross-departmental coordination. She has a degree in architecture from Cornell University, MBA degrees from Columbia University and London Business School and she completed her PhD in human factors and designing for patient safety at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. She serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the FGI Health Guidelines Revisions Committee in the United States and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) Journal.


Paul TottenPaul E. Totten, PE, LEED AP, is a Vice President in the Washington, D.C. office of WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff and leads their Building Enclosures specialty practice nationally. He has over 19 years of experience in the fields of structural engineering, building technology and building science. He has concentrated his expertise on the evaluation and analysis of heat, air and moisture transfer, and the cumulative effect these elements have on building components and building operation. Totten is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), ASHRAE and the U.S. Green Building Council; past co-chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)/NIBS Washington, D.C. Building Enclosure Council Chapter; and a committee member of NIBS Guideline 3: Exterior Enclosure Technical Requirements for the Commissioning Process. He is a committee member of the NIBS Consultative Council Topical Committee for defining high-performance building metrics, as well as the past-chair of the NIBS Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) Education Committee. Totten is a coordinator and lecturer for the AIA DC 2030 Challenge/ High Performance Building series.


Lisa Tucker, PhD, is a practicing interior designer and architect with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architectural History and a Certificate of Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate degree in Architectural Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her work focuses on the relationship between historic preservation and sustainability.

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