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Thomas Auer
Managing Director & Partner

Thomas AuerTrained as a Process Engineer at the Technical University in Stuttgart, Thomas is a partner and managing director of Transsolar GmbH, a German building energy design consultancy, with offices in Stuttgart, Munich and New York.

A specialist in the fields of integrated building systems and energy efficiency in buildings, Thomas has developed energy and building services concepts for projects around the world noted for their innovative design and energy performance – as integral part of signature architecture. Among his projects in Germany are the Hochtief Prisma naturally-ventilated office building in Frankfurt, the new spa in Bad Aibling, and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin.  The office tower for Manitoba Hydro in downtown Winnipeg, Canada - is considered one of the most energy efficient high rise buildings in North America. Thomas was also involved in urban developments such as the Toronto Lower Don development noted for their carbon neutral approach and several international competitions.

Outside of Transsolar, Thomas is currently teaching at the Yale University School of Architecture, at the UCLA and at the ESA in Paris. He speaks frequently at conferences and symposia.

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructE
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

William F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStructEWilliam F. Baker is the Structural Engineering Partner for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Throughout his distinguished career, Bill has dedicated himself to structural innovation-- most notably in the design of tall buildings.His most recent contribution has been to develop the “buttressed core” structuralsystem for the Burj Khalifa, a system which, in conjunction with sophisticatedwind engineering, makes it possible to construct skyscrapers of extreme elevation.The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest manmade structure. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), three of the five tallest buildings to top out in 2009 are credited to Baker: Burj Khalifa (Dubai), Nanjing Greenland Financial Center (Nanjing), and Trump International Hotel and Tower (Chicago).

In addition to working at SOM, Bill is actively involved with numerous institutions of higher learning, as well as various professional organizations.Bill is the 2008 recipient of the Fazlur Rahman Khan medal from CTBUH and is the 2009 recipient and first American to receive the Fritz Leonhardt Preis (Germany). On May 13, 2010, he will accept the Gold Medal from the Institutionof Structural Engineers (IStructE). It is the London-based organization's highesthonor. Bill is a Fellow of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the IStructE, and frequently lectures on a variety of structural engineering topics within the U.S. and abroad.

James P. Barrett
National Director, Virtual Design & Lean Building
Turner Construction Company

James P. BarrettMr. Barrett joined Turner Construction Company as a co-op student in their Boston office more than 17 years ago. Since then, Jim has explored and implemented innovative processes and technologies throughout his career including, beginning more than ten years ago, the early application of 3-Dimensional technologies for construction visualization. Jim has held various positions including the Manager of Turner's Houston, Texas office and the Manager of the Special Projects Division in Connecticut. In his most recent assignment, Jim managed the New York Region's Virtual Design and Construction Department while overseeing the development of Turner's national policies and protocols for the integration of model-based business practices.

Turner’s rapidly accelerating adoption of BIM across the US, totaling now over 180 projects representing more than $28 Billion in construction volume, is an acknowledgement that it has matured as a proven tool that can deliver tangible benefits. In conjunction, there is growing interest in the industry in the application of Lean / Six Sigma principles to the design and construction process.

As a result of this convergence of activity and interest, Jim has recently been promoted to National Director of Virtual Design and Lean building. In this newly created role Jim will drive the adoption of both BIM technology and Lean processes on Turner projects, to fundamentally improve safety and quality while reducing waste and maximizing value to our clients.

M. Rosa Cervera, Ph.D.
International Workshop on Bionic & Architecture

M. Rosa Cervera, Ph.D.M. Rosa Cervera is a co-principal of the International Workshop on Bionic & Architecture, City of Cuenca, and Principal Modern Housing Research Laboratory, Ministry of Housing, Spain. She holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from ETSAM at Madrid Polytechnic University, a Superior Degree of Piano at Madrid's Royal Conservatory of Music, and a diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg. Rosa was elected Dean of the School of Architecture at Alcalá University in 2004.

Dr. Cervera is also co-director of International Center on Sustainable Planning Design and Bionic Innovation in Spain, Founder-President of INNOV-ARS, the Architecture and Planning Innovation Association, and member of the EUROPEAN CLIMATE FORUM, and on the Research Team for Cities of Future in Germany.

Robert Forest, AIA, RIBA, OAA, LEED AP
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Robert Forest, AIA, RIBA, OAA, LEED APRobert Forest has extensive knowledge and experience with the execution of projects on an international scale. Bob?s expertise in both project management and technical architecture contribute to his comprehensive understanding of both the built environment and the practice of architecture. A recognized authority on the economics of sustainable design, Bob has combined his knowledge of local and international policies, funding sources and varied economic models to develop a system of best practices for the management of high-performance projects. He has lectured and published his work on a national scale.Bob is dedicated to the advancement of the management discipline within an architectural context. After over a decade spent practicing abroad Bob has developed a unique understanding of architectural practices across the globe and has utilized this knowledge in the management of numerous large-scale, complex projects. He works diligently alongside design teams from all disciplines throughout each project, ensuring that designs are executed with a careful understanding of each client?s goals and vision.

Prior to co-founding Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in 2006, Bob was an Associate Partner in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and had previously worked at design firms in Toronto, Hong Kong and Osaka, Japan. Prior to beginning his architectural career, Bob played professional football for the Ottawa Rough Riders and Montreal Machine. He utilizes the leadership skills and understanding of team dynamics gained from this experience today in a professional capacity.

Keith Fox
McGraw-Hill Construction

Keith FoxKeith Fox was named president of McGraw-Hill Construction in March 2010. Prior to assuming this role, he served as president of BusinessWeek from May 2007 until December 2009.

Keith brings broad management and operational experience to McGraw-Hill Construction, as well as expertise in marketing and product development. Through his work in several businesses within The McGraw-Hill Companies, he has a proven track record in driving both innovation and execution. Under Keith’s leadership, BusinessWeek expanded the global audience and accelerated its digital transformation through product launches and the enhancement of digital offerings. With the launch of Business Exchange, BusinessWeek successfully entered social networking media and was awarded Best Digital Launch by MIN. Keith also spearheaded the integration of the sales and editorial organizations to evolve from the print heritage to digital technologies. In 2009 Keith was named to B-to-B Magazine’s list of "Top Innovators in Publishing," and for two consecutive years he has been recognized in the magazine’s annual list of "Who’s Who in B-to-B."

Prior to leading BusinessWeek, Keith was president of McGraw-Hill Professional, the premier professional publisher of printed and digital products and services. He is credited with repositioning, re-energizing, and substantially improving the unit’s performance. With Keith’s oversight, McGraw-Hill Professional margins doubled and revenue grew in a declining market.

Keith joined The McGraw-Hill Companies in 2000 as senior vice president of marketing and business development for BusinessWeek. In this capacity, he was responsible for evolving BusinessWeek from a print publication to a preeminent business franchise and successfully launching new offerings and services, including BusinessWeek Investor Education products. During his tenure with the Corporation, he has been recognized for the key role he has played in its success and has received many accolades including a McGraw-Hill Leadership Award and seven Corporate Achievement Awards.

Prior to joining McGraw-Hill, Keith was vice president of new media at Reader's Digest Association, where he launched and managed and He has also held positions at Unilever and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Keith holds a bachelor's degree in American History from Brown University and an M.B.A. in marketing from Columbia Business School.

Roger E. Frechette II, PE, LEED AP
PositivEnergy Practice

Roger E. Frechette II, PE, LEED APRoger Frechette, Founding President of PositivEnergy Practice, is a licensed mechanical engineer and LEED-accredited professional with more than two decades of experience in the field of sustainable engineering and building design. He joins PositivEnergy after leaving his position as Director in charge of Sustainable Engineering at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Roger led SOM?s engineering teams for Burj Khalifa (formerly known as Burj Dubai), which opened in 2010 as the world?s tallest building, and Pearl River Tower, a high-performance office building now under construction in Guangzhou, China. Roger?s body of work also includes a wide range of projects from government buildings and museums to laboratories, airports, hospitals, academic buildings and corporate offices. Roger is a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council, a global network of design community professionals, and a frequent lecturer on high-performance design and green engineering. He is the co-author of Nantucket Principles (2002), which focused on trends and issues influencing green building and sustainable design. In 2004, Roger was recognized by the United States Congress for his work in sustainability.

Mo H. Haidar, LEED AP
BIM Manager, Senior Associate
Lee, Burkhart, Liu, Inc.

Mo H. Haidar, LEED APMo Haidar holds a Bachelor of Architecture and has nine years of professional experience on a variety of healthcare & institutional projects. He is passionate about BIM, IPD, & Lean Practice and is a strong believer in the benefits these tools will bring to the AEC industry. Mo leads the BIM, Lean, & IPD initiatives at LBL Architects and coordinates the implementation and use of BIM on the firm?s projects. He has extensive project delivery experience in the use of Virtual Design & Construction and plays a pivotal role in educating LBL?s clients about the potentials and benefits of this technology.

Stephen Hebeisen
Director of Engineering for
MechoShade Systems, Inc.

Stephen HebeisenStephen Hebeisen is the Director of Engineering for MechoShade Systems, Inc. headquartered in Long Island City, NY.  Stephen has been developing communication systems for commercial and residential markets for almost 10 years.  He started these efforts working in the Lighting Industry for Leviton Manufacturing where he was hired to expand their core competencies into communication technology and control systems.  He served Leviton for over 4 years during which time period he was a driving influence in founding, establishing and managing the Building Automation Department, Home Automation Department and Leviton Integrated Networks.  As part of these efforts he was also the corporate representative for many industry standards committees including Lonmark, CEBUS/HPnP Industry Council, UPnP Forum, IEEE1394 and the Bluetooth SIG.  Stephen has a BSEE from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and is a member of IEEE and HKN.

Stephen Jones
Senior Director
McGraw Hill Construction

Stephen JonesLeading McGraw-Hill Construction’s initiatives in Building Information Modeling, Interoperability, and Integrated Project Delivery is a high priority for Stephen A. Jones. As MHC’s senior director of business development, Steve also creates alliance relationships in technology and content with major corporations. Steve speaks widely on the implications of these new technologies and processes and in 2007 co-authored MHC’s SmartMarket Report on Interoperability, which has been distributed to over 200,000 industry professionals. He also co-authored the SmartMarket Report on BIM, titled Transforming Design and Construction to Achieve Greater Industry Productivity, which was released in December 2008.

Before joining McGraw-Hill, Steve was a vice president with Primavera Systems, a leading project management software provider to the construction industry. Earlier in his career, Steve spent 19 years in a variety of design and management roles with architecture firms. Most recently he was a principal and board of directors member with Burt Hill, one of the largest architectural/engineering firms in the U.S.

Steve is on the Board of Direction of the buildingSMART Alliance, represents MHC on the Process Transformation Committee of CURT (Construction Users Roundtable), and represents MHC on the AGC (Associated General Contractors) BIM Forum.

Bruce Kuwabara
Founding Partner
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Bruce KuwabaraBruce Kuwabara is a founding partner of the Toronto-based firm, Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB). Kuwabara’s work ranges from the intimate family house to large-scale, innovative sustainable designs for institutional, civic and corporate organizations. Each project demonstrates his commitment to architectural excellence, city building and the making of vibrant public space as well as his appreciation for Canadian qualities of openness and diversity. This work and his advocacy of contemporary Canadian architecture earned him the 2006 RAIC Gold Medal, Canada’s highest honour awarded to an individual architect.

He is also responsible for the majority of KPMB’s winning design competitions, including Kitchener City Hall, the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and Le Quartier Concordia in Montreal. For Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, described as the ‘most important building in Canada’ and a new model for energy efficient, bioclimatic design, Kuwabara was the design architect for the Integrated Design Team.

Kuwabara has taught at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is the Honorary Co-Chair for Fundraising responsible for establishing the Frank Gehry International Design Chair at the U of T, the first chair of the Waterfront Design Review Panel for Waterfront Toronto, and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Charles Linn, FAIA
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record

Charles Linn, FAIACharles Linn is Deputy Editor of Architectural Record. He has many roles at the magazine. He leads the editorial development of Architectural Record’s Innovation Conference, now in its eighth year. In 2006 he was a leader in the launch of GreenSource magazine and its Web site, as has been the editor of Architectural Record’s Schools of the 21st Century annual publication for the past several years. He is also editor of Record’s monthly Practice Matters column and website, helps manage Record’s news department and regularly writes about building design for Record and GreenSource.

Charles joined Architectural Record in 1990. He has written and edited hundreds of articles covering every aspect of building design, architectural technology, and firm management. He became Deputy Editor in 2005. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University in 1978, and practiced architecture until early 1986, when he became the founding editor of Architectural Lighting magazine. He was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2002.

Robert Matthew Noblett, AIA NCARB
Behnisch Architekten

Robert Matthew Noblett, born 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio, obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994 and his Master of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, in 1997. He worked in various American practices, including Rafael Viñoly Architects PC in New York where he was project manager for building projects in Boston, California, Las Vegas, and Chicago. In 2007 he joined Behnisch Architekten, Boston,  from 2009 on as partner. He has lectured at universities in Boston, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and Mexico.  Robert Matthew Noblett is an AIA member and NCARB-registered.

David Owen
The New Yorker

David OwenDavid Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991 and author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability. Before joining The New Yorker, he was a contributing editor at The Atlantic Monthly, and prior to that, a senior writer at Harper’s and a frequent contributor to Esquire. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest, and the author of a dozen books. He lives in northwest Connecticut with his wife, writer Ann Hodgman, and their two children.

Javier Pioz, Ph.D.
International Workshop on Bionic & Architecture

Javier Pioz, Ph.D.Javier G. Pioz is co-principal of the International Workshop on Bionic & Architecture, City of Cuenca, and Professor of Architecture at Madrid Polytechnic University from which he holds a Ph.D. He also holds an M.S. in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University in New York City. Javier was a Rome Award Laureate at the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, and holds a Diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria.

Dr. Pioz is also co-director of International Center on Sustainable Planning Design and Bionic Innovation in Spain, Founder-President of INNOV-ARS, the Architecture and Planning Innovation Association, and member of the EUROPEAN CLIMATE FORUM, and on the Research Team for Cities of Future in Germany.

Oliver Schaper, LEED AP BD+C & ND, CDT
Senior Associate, Senior Sustainability Strategist

Oliver SchaperOliver is a true generalist with a particular focus on the development of ?next generation? high-performance design and planning strategies and communication tools. He has a deep understanding of the necessity of timely integration of sustainability and the importance of effective communication and education across project teams. Oliver?s contributions to a wide array of projects in the fields of interior design, architecture, master planning, urban design, and consulting in both Europe and the U.S., have placed him at the forefront of the global sustainable design movement for almost two decades.

Trained as an architect, Oliver frequently crosses the traditional boundaries of the profession to turn every project into an opportunity to innovate and create lasting value. He most recently acted as an facilitator on high performance energy and water strategies for a confidential corporate headquarters project, and is serving as a planning advisor on a 50,000-hectare seawater irrigated bio-fuel agricultural project.

In February 2010 Oliver became one of the very first LEED-Accredited Professionals for Neighborhood Development. He leads the Sustainable Design Performance Group for Gensler?s Northeast region and, as member of Gensler?s sustainable design leadership team, is involved in numerous projects ranging from a small environmental not-for-profit to large scale master plans in the U.S. and the Middle East. His clients include The New York Times, Novartis, McGraw-Hill, Morgan Stanley, Qatar Airways, and The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

An outstanding academic and professional leader, Oliver regularly speaks about and teaches courses on sustainability topics at major New York Universities, such as the Cooper Union, Columbia University, Pratt Institute, and the New York School of Interior Design.

Laura Viscusi
Architectural Record

Laura ViscusiLaura Viscusi, Vice President of Integrated Media, MHC and Publisher, Architectural Record, SNAP, HQ has a keen insight of the communications dynamic among the many components of a given market. Her ability to create and develop products as effective media tools, to connect manufacturers with architects and specifiers has enabled MHC to successfully develop effective new platforms and brand extensions. Laura is responsible for overall strategic direction of the MHC media brands specific to the professional information needs of architects and designers, and the communication needs of building product manufacturers in print, online, and events. She began her career in design publishing 25 years ago at Interiors magazine and came to Architectural Record in advertising sales. Laura became apart of the senior management team of Architectural Record in 1996 when Architectural Record. Laura was also associate publisher of Engineering News-Record. She is a Regent on the Board of the American Architectural Foundation.  Laura has a broad understanding of the design and construction process.

Laura has led the creation of a series integrated media offerings and websites on active building markets most recently, Schools of the 21st Century. For the purpose of educating corporate executives on the value of design and therefore the architect Laura conceived of HQ, for the client.

In 2008 MHC launched the online Continuing Education Center, now with over 200 courses, over 15,000 architects earned credits here in 2008. In 2009,  in response to interest by architects and manufacturers for easy access to quick takes on products Laura launched SNAP, Sweets, News and Products a new product tabloid which as gained immediate acceptance in the market.

Laura has a Bachelors degree in communications and Marketing from SUNY ALBANY.

James von Klemperer, FAIA
Design Principal
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC

James von Klemperer, FAIAJames von Klemperer has more than 25 years of experience in the design of mixed-use, office, hotel, residential and civic/cultural facilities, as well as master planning for urban and waterfront developments.  A Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox since 1998, Mr. von Klemperer has been responsible for the design of major commissions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, attending to projects from conception to completion. Under his direction, many of the firm’s projects have been recognized with design awards, including several Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Since 1994, much of Mr. von Klemperer's work has been focused on Asia, beginning with the 600,000-square-foot Bank Niaga Headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia.  This work has encompassed a wide range of program types and scales.  In China, he has led four major projects for Hang Lung, including Shanghai’s Plaza 66, which contains nearly two million square feet of office space and 500,000 square feet of high-end retail space.  The Plaza 66 tower is the tallest building in old Shanghai.

In 2001, Mr. von Klemperer began design work on a plan for New Songdo City, a free trade zone in Korea.  Today the project is one third complete and includes a number of buildings which were designed under his direction.  These include the North Asia Trade Tower (the tallest building in Korea), a 145 meter span Convention Center, an international K-12 school, and the Block 125 residential complex.  The last received an award from the NY AIA in 2004.  Following this remarkable large scale effort, Mr. von Klemperer has continued in the field of new city planning, designing a city in India to the southwest of Gurgaon, New Delhi, that will house 15,000 residents and 65,000 office workers in a community intended to serve as a model of planned, sustainable growth for the region.

Currently, he is leading an Eco City project known as Meixi Lake in the Hunan Province. Meixi will feature innovative transport networks, a smart grid, urban agriculture, and waste energy recovery.

He has taught in graduate studios at Yale University for the past 4 years, and in 2011 will serve on the Yale faculty as a studio leader.  He speaks regularly at forums of architecture and urbanism, and has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cambridge University in England, ESA in Paris, Universidad Mayor in Santiago Chile, Seoul National and Yonsei Universities in Korea, and TsingHua and Tongji Universities in China.

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