MOBIUS LA 2010 Presenter Bios: Thursday June 24th

MOBIUS LA 2010 Presenter Bios: Thursday June 24th

4th annual MOBIUS LA @ Dwell on Design
June 24-26, 2010 | LA Convention Center
One Place. One Event. All of your Continuing Education Units.



[listed in alphabetical order by last name]

Ronald A. Altoon, FAIA, LEED AP - Altoon + Porter Architects
(Building A Global Practice: An Entrepreneur's Survival Guide)

  • An award winning architect who has designed projects in over 40 countries, Ronald A. Altoon, FAIA, has lectured at over 20 universities and for the real estate industry and the AIA in conferences worldwide. He has also served as 1998 National President of The American Institute of Architects.

Jeffrey Boynton, LEED AP - Buro Happold Engineers
(Seeking Balance: Cooperative Strategies for Daylighting and Electric Lighting and Energy Efficient Design)

  • Jeffrey Boynton is a lighting designer with 16 years experience in the design of architectural, theatrical, and live event lighting. He has completed projects in many sectors including landscape, transportation, hospitality, residential, museum, retail, restaurant, temporary architecture, and university facilities. In 2010, he joined the LA office of Buro Happold as a Senior Lighting Designer. Mr. Boynton is a founding member and current chairman of the Sustainable Lighting Committee for the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA).

Cliff Brewis, Hon. AIACC - McGraw-Hill Construction
(Forecast of Construction Activity)

  • Cliff Brewis is responsible for the newsgathering operation of McGraw-Hill Construction/Dodge, and is a frequent speaker on the construction forecast. Cliff Brewis has over 30 years experience in construction, including 25 years with McGraw-Hill in sales and operations. He has worked in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. In addition to his current duties with McGraw-Hill, Cliff is an active member of the Integrated Project Delivery Committee administered by the AIA California Council and AGC California. The diverse group is involved in advancing collaborative construction processes. Cliff is a graduate in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has an MBA from American University in Washington D.C.

Julie Eizenberg, AIA - Koning Eizenberg Architects
(Architects in the Community: Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District's Measure BB Facilities Program)

  • Julie Eizenberg is a founding Principal of Koning Eizenberg Architecture, established in 1981. She is recognized for her expertise in working with cities, non-profit agencies, educational institutions and private developers to generate inventive master plans, public places and architecture rooted in social and environmental sustainability. For this work Koning Eizenberg has earned over 65 design, historic preservation and sustainability awards and in 2009 was selected as AIACC firm of the year. While the firm's influential work has been widely published, Eizenberg's latest book Architecture isn't just for special occasions offers a more personal take on design philosophy.

Alper Erten - Buro Happold Engineers
(Water Crisis: How Simple Analytical Techniques can Inform Smarter Design Solutions)

  • After getting his Masters degree in thermal & fluid sciences from USC department of mechanical engineering, Alper joined Buro Happold and has been working as a mechanical consultant for more than two years. With his key focus in energy modeling and CFD, Alper analyzes the integration of passive design techniques to manage the thermal comfort of buildings and to improve the performance of HVAC system designs. He's been mainly involved in low energy building projects including Transbay Transit Center, CA; Honolulu Airport; SRP Sustainability Center, AZ; Kohinoor Tower, Mumbai. During the Fall semester 2009, he co-lectured two classes at SCI-Arc.

Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP - organicARCHITECT
(Detroit, Dallas & Despotism)

  • Eric Corey Freed is Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building. Eric is the author of four books, including Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons), a best seller with 100,000 copies in print. His latest books, Sustainable School Architecture and Green$ense for your Home were released in 2010. Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005 and "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008.

Craig A. Hamilton, AIA, LEED - Cannon Design
(Architects in the Community: Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District's Measure BB Facilities Program)

  • A skilled communicator committed to a collaborative approach to design, Mr. Hamilton demonstrates an ability to develop design solutions that are creative, functional and fiscally responsible. He has over 25 years experience as project principal and design leader for a wide-range of building types that constitute the campus environment. A frequent speaker at national and regional conferences, he is recognized as an authority on fusion or mixed-use student life buildings. Mr. Hamilton recently presented at the Association of College Unions International, and the Society for College and University Planners conferences. His work has been honored with design excellence awards, including recognition by the American Institute of Architects, and American School and University magazine.

Julia Hawkinson, AIA, LEED AP – Parsons
(Architects in the Community: Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District's Measure BB Facilities Program)

  • Julia Hawkinson is a senior project manager with Parsons, an engineering, construction and program management firm. A licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional, Julia has managed institutional and commercial projects from programming and design through construction. Her experience includes an emphasis in educational and institutional projects and extensive experience in green building, primarily with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). Currently, Julia is Deputy Program Manager for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s facilities program. Julia received her Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale University and attended graduate school in architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Daniele Aquino Horton, LEED AP - Thomas Properties Group
(Transforming Aging Commercial Buildings into Green Machines)

  • Daniele Aquino Horton is the Sustainability Manager for Thomas Properties Group, where she administers the LEED-EB Certification for the firm's nationwide portfolio of 34 office buildings. Her responsibilities span entitlement, design, construction and operations. A LEED AP with a Professional Certification in Construction Management and a California Real Estate License, she sits on the USGBC-LA Board of Directors and Chairs its LEED-EB Committee. Previously, Ms. Horton worked as an architect and planner in Brazil and the US. She earned her Master's in Sustainable Development from Harvard University and her Bachelor's in Architecture & Urban Planning from Catholic University of Goias (Brazil).

Michael Hricak, FAIA - Michael Hricak Architects
(Change the Way We Build: Change the World)

  • Professor Hricak, USC Lecturer in Professional Practice, has been in private practice since 1980. Since that time his firm has been honored with numerous awards and has been published in GA Houses, Metropolis, LArca, Interior Design, Interiors, Trends, Sunset and Deseno Interior, among others, and in numerous books. Mr. Hricak is also a Senior Design Instructor at UCLA Extension. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the current Student Edition of the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. His work includes houses, interiors, adaptive re-use, restaurants, and commercial buildings. He has seen it all and is eager to share his observations and advice.

David Kaplan - Kaplan Chen Kaplan Architects & Planners
(Architects in the Community: Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District's Measure BB Facilities Program)

  • Along with new buildings and additions, David Kaplan has been involved in a number of award-winning projects that adapt and reuse existing facilities. He has designed projects for the historic CalTech campus, USC and UCLA. Long interested in cultural heritage, he works with numerous teams for seismic improvements and adaptive reuse of historic properties. In previous association with other firms, he has led design for laboratories, housing, high rise offices, theaters and mixed use projects. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Janis Kent, AIA, CASp - Stepping Thru Accessibility
(Stepping Thru Vertical Heights)

  • Janis Kent is a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), one out of about 200 in the State, and a California licensed Architect. She has been the accessibility specialist for a nationally recognized architectural firm and has been involved in the world of Accessibility since the 1980’s. In addition to managing a variety of architectural projects and providing professional training seminars for architects in Accessibility, she has surveyed existing buildings for accessibility compliance, provided quality control for numerous surveys of existing facilities throughout the country, and has been responsible for compiling standard architectural details nationwide. In addition, she is the founding president of the Certified Access Specialist Institute (CASI), which has been developed to provide support to CASI members and set higher standards for accessibility reviews. She is also on the Cerritos College Architectural Advisory committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the Long Beach/South Bay Chapter of AIA.

Greg Otto - Buro Happold Engineers
(Transforming Aging Commercial Buildings into Green Machines)

  • Having been educated as an architect and engineer and engaged in the practice of both, Greg Otto has been focused on collaborative working between the architect and engineer and the potential for innovation that such working brings. Mr. Otto's current research is directed toward computer modeling and analysis, and manufacturing methods that bring the architect, engineer and fabricator into a more collaborative and innovative environment. With a focus on integrated design and the use of appropriate technology, Mr. Otto has played a significant role in ensuring a high level of quality and innovation in Buro Happold's projects over the last seven years. In 2006, Mr. Otto founded the Los Angeles office of Buro Happold and was made partner in 2008.

Julian Parsley - Buro Happold Engineers
(Water Crisis: How Simple Analytical Techniques can Inform Smarter Design Solutions)

  • Julian Parsley is a Senior Engineer within Buro Happold's Los Angeles office. Julian has worked on the design and construction of low energy buildings with a background in mechanical systems design. He has a wealth of experience delivering LEED projects including the Herman Miller EU HQ (LEED Gold) and CSOB Bank HQ (LEED Gold). He has experience of post occupancy evaluation of energy and water consumption within buildings post construction. He has guest lectured at Cooper Union, Cal Poly and Maryland University.

Mic Patterson, LEED AP - Enclos Corp.
(Transforming Aging Commercial Buildings into Green Machines)

  • Mic Patterson has made a career study of structural glass facades, including the structural systems, glass and glass systems that comprise the technology. In the process, he has participated in the design, fabrication and installation of a remarkably diverse body of innovative façades and building enclosures, with many landmarks among them. Mr. Patterson is presently a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, with a focus on advanced building façade technology. His current research interests include structural glass facades, the energy performance of highly glazed building skins, lifecycle and eco-footprint metrics for glass cladding systems, reuse and recycling of float glass, and re-cladding strategies for existing buildings. He is a director at the Advanced Technology Studio, a building façade think-tank funded by Enclos Corp.

Moana Reynau, LEED AP - Buro Happold Engineers
(Seeking Balance: Cooperative Strategies for Daylighting and Electric Lighting and Energy Efficient Design)

  • As part of the mechanical and environmental design team at Buro Happold Los Angeles, Moana Reynau has been working with different tools of energy modeling, mechanical equipment sizing, CFD analysis, 3D BIM modeling and daylight analysis. He applies those techniques together to create integrated and holistic designs for projects that include museums, transportation hubs, academic buildings, residential and office buildings.

Thomas Schneider, AIA - Barton Myers Associates, Inc.
(Transforming Aging Commercial Buildings into Green Machines)

  • Thomas Schneider is Associate-in-Charge of BMA's commercial, residential and retrofit projects. Within this capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of project development, from conceptual design through building commissioning. Thomas leads BMA's research into sustainability, an interest BMA has championed for many years. His residential practice work can be seen as a laboratory to test materials and approaches to be subsequently used in larger projects. Thomas brings international design and construction experience from his prior work in Germany and in his native Brazil. His work has received numerous awards including a recent AIA Los Angeles honor award. Thomas holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Thomas Simmons - ARCHVISTA Building Technologies
(Green to Codes: Integrating Building Analysis into BIM)

  • Mr. Simmons was the Director of Technology at EHDD Architects and managed technology implementation on several large projects including the National Aquarium of Taiwan and the DOE Moffitt Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Simmons began his current business, ARCHVISTA, Inc., in 1996 with a focus on Building Information Technologies offering products, services and training to architecture professionals. He has spoken at major industry events including EcoBuild, AEC Systems, AIA Desert Practice Conference and the AIA Monterey Design Conference. He has authored several books and articles on Building Information Modeling and architectural technology.

Elaine René-Weissman, RA - ERW Design
(Architects in the Community: Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District's Measure BB Facilities Program)

  • Elaine René-Weissman is principal of ERW Design, a multi-disciplinary architecture firm whose work is based on the intersection of the built form and the landscape. ERW Design has completed over forty institutional, residential, and landscape projects throughout the Los Angeles area. Ms. René-Weissman's education and work experience reflects her background in the arts. She studied painting and art history, and worked in the applied arts in New York City, prior to studying architecture. The transition to architecture established a course of work that is utilitarian, full-scale, and collective in spirit. She received a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture in 1988, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York City.



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