Weiss is the cofounder of WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism, a multidisciplinary design practice based in New York City. Her firm expands the definition of architecture by connecting the territories of art, architecture, infrastructure, and ecology to create new public realms. Competition-winning projects include the Olympic Sculpture Park, University of Pennsylvania’s Nanotechnology Center, and the Women’s Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. Current projects include a mixed-use building for MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative that will house the new MIT Museum and the US Embassy in New Delhi, India. Weiss is the Graham Chair Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and has been honored with the Academy Award for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices Award, Harvard’s International VR Green Urban Design Award, the New York AIA Gold Medal of Honor, and exhibitions at the MoMA, the Venice Biennale, the Louvre, and the Guggenheim.
Herdeg’s designs foster meaningful and lasting relationships between building users and the natural environment, demonstrating a confluence of the art of building, the science of sustainability, and love for the natural landscape. He has developed a body of work that reinforces essential human experiences at the intersection of architecture and landscape. Herdeg’s thoughtful designs reflect a commitment to the study of place: climate, natural resources, cultural precedents, and historic building traditions. He employs strategies such as extroverting circulation and program spaces, maximizing daylight to shape unique experiences, framing views that capture specific features of a site and blending architecture and the land to create meaningful, lasting impressions upon those who utilize and experience his buildings.
O’Grady is an award-winning designer and Vice President in CallisonRTKL’s Dallas office. In his experience designing mixed-use, office, hospitality, resort, entertainment, retail and sports-related developments, he consistently pushes the limits of design and fabrication while encouraging people to think about the interrelationship between architecture and the environment in a different way. O’Grady’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, LA Architect, Texas Architect, Surface, Bauwelt and The New York Times.
The Architect's Newspaper
Founder and Editor In Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. He has curated and written catalogues for exhibitions including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-1974, Superstudio Life Without Object’s, and The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century. In 2008 he was U.S. Commissioner of Into the Open: Positioning Practice at The Venice Biennale. He co-authored Four Conversations on the Architecture Of Discourse and Architecture on Display and His essay Mr. Mumford’s Neighborhood appears in the book Forty Ways To Think About Architecture (Routledge) . His writings have appeared in The Society of Architectural Historians, Journal of Architectural Education, Monocle, Perspecta etc. He was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (2011) and Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Building Exterior Solutions
Abendroth joined Building Exterior Solutions in September 2008. His experience includes the new design and forensic evaluation of building envelope systems. He’s performed design peer reviews of building envelopes and commissioning for commercial, medical, and industrial projects. Abendroth has also performed evaluations of building envelope system failures on projects throughout the US and provided associated repair recommendations and designs as well as utilized his extensive knowledge in a litigation support role. With his previous construction experience, Abendroth provides insight into the cost, constructability, and sequencing of building envelope systems.
Architexas is a collaborative architecture and planning firm whose mission is to serve clients and community by creating and conserving meaningful, lasting, and well-crafted built environments. From historic courthouses to luxury hotels to city park pavilions, the results are contextually sensitive design responses and faithful restorations of the cities’ historic fabric. Allender focuses on sustainability and design innovation guided by a commitment to the preservation of architectural heritage. Allender is an active member of the design and preservation community, including AIA Dallas’ Historic Preservation Task Force and the Mayor’s Preservation Solutions Committee. His projects include the restoration and additions to the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, and the College Park Pavilion, completed in collaboration with Snøhetta. His work has been recognized by local and state design and preservation communities.
Project Architect/ Designer,
Armstrong has developed a diverse portfolio and is well-versed in large-scale projects for sports facilities and corporate campuses. His most notable project to date is the new home of the Dallas Cowboys at the Star. Armstrong is passionate about the transformative power of design to shape organizations and empower people’s lives. He invests his time in various programs with the AIA and ULI, and is a member of several committees with the Real Estate Council of Dallas. His passion for youth education and engagement drives his involvement with the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas, through which he helps promote architectural education amongst youth.
Architectural Consultant for Building Exteriors,
Conrad has worked in the architectural community for over 10 years, with a special focus on ventilated facade products and systems. He worked as a designer for Cornerstone Architecture where he gained significant experience and knowledge in rainscreen building science and project tendering. As a Business Development Rep. at Ontario Panelization, he worked with an array of rainscreen products and systems from metal panels, to exotic stones, to building integrated photovoltaics and sintered surfaces for a considerable amount of projects located throughout North America. His passion for Sintered Compact Surfaces led him to TheSize Surfaces in 2015, where he assists and educates the architectural community to use Neolith products for a wide range of applications.
Co-Founder/Publisher | Conference Director,
The Architect's Newspaper
Darling is CEO and co-founder of The Architect’s Newspaper, celebrating its 12th year. The A|N media company consists of print and digital publications covering architecture and design news, and the Facades+ conferences. As A|N’s publisher, Darling won the AIA National Collaboration Award, Grassroots Preservation Award, and ASLA NY’s President’s Award. She began her publishing career as director of print production for The Gap’s European markets. She holds a BS from The University of Texas at Austin.
Principal + Dallas/Fort Worth Development Construction Group Services Leader,
Trammell Crow Company
The Construction Group is capable of managing the entire development process including assisting with property assessments, conceptual planning, initial scope and budget establishment, programming, scheduling, design, construction, and comprehensive reporting of same for projects spanning a wide variety of product types. Currently, his chief responsibilities include project execution, operational support and oversight, business development and staffing assignments. He is a 29-year industry veteran with a background in development and general contracting. In his 19 years with TCC, he has managed in excess of 5 million square feet and $1 billion in development to include office, healthcare, industrial, call centers and student housing.
The Cass Gilbert Centennial Teaching Fellow in Architecture,
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture
Professor Garrison is active in the design and construction of sustainable buildings. He’s served as the faculty sponsor of the 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2015 Solar Decathlon competitions administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. His research has received numerous grants and awards from organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Renewable Energy Lab, U.S. Department of Energy, National Park Foundation, Texas Energy Advisory Council, and Austin Energy’s Green Building Program. He is a member of the scientific board to the annual Advanced Building Skins conference and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators, and is the author of a number of publications, most recently, Building Envelopes.
Principal + Studio Director,
After opening her own firm in Colombia in 1994, Gomez relocated to Texas and joined GFF. She has diverse experience on projects ranging from corporate offices to institutional facilities as well as a passion for sustainable design which has led to her achievment as a LEED-accredited professional. As a valuable member of the GFF team, Gomez was the first recipient of the prestigious Trammell Crow Recognition Award for Outstanding Service. She currently serves as Executive Board member for AIA Dallas, specifically as VP of Programming. In 2009, she was appointed by the City Plan Commission Chair to the Zoning Ordinance Committee, a position she still holds today.
Senior Product Marketing Manager,
Gubiotti graduated BS/MS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. He worked in the semiconductor industry for over fifteen years in thin film deposition processes engineering, thin film metrology, reticle inspection applications, and marketing for semiconductor capital equipment. Since 2015, he has worked as Senior Product Marketing Manager for View’s dynamic glass products.
Managing Principal, Senior Building Science Specialist,
RDH Building Science
Hubbs has over 25 years’ experience as a consultant practicing exclusively in the field of facade engineering and building science. He has a unique blend of theoretical and hands-on knowledge gained from completing hundreds of building enclosure investigations and rehabilitation projects as well as from facade engineering and construction review of building enclosures for new buildings. Hubbs’ experience includes work on a variety of building types in virtually all climatic regions across Canada and the US. He has extensive experience designing, testing and constructing unique high-rise building facades with unitized curtain wall, skylights, and window-wall systems manufactured offshore in Asia and Europe.
Principal + Design Director,
With over 25 years in architecture, Kuper oversees design work firm-wide and has made it his goal to involve all team members in the design process at GFF. He manages Design Awards submissions to both Dallas AIA and TSA, as well as designing and coordinating GFF’s entries to the Dallas AIA. Kuper has earned many honors, both at GFF and other firms. His awards while with GFF include City of Richardson Community Revitalization Award (2005), D/AIA Citation Award (1998), and TSA Design Competition Merit Award (1993). Prior to joining GFF, he won a TSA Merit Award for the Irving High School expansion. His creative outlets include the design and construction of custom furniture pieces and playing drums with Dallas area music groups.
Manhattan Construction Company
Link develops and implements plans to deliver the required project and services in the most effective and efficient manner possible, with the support of the project teams and input from external stakeholders. He is responsible for managing all company contact with new and existing clients and oversees a single ‘mega’ project or multiple smaller projects. His projects include The Star in Frisco, DFW’s International Airport Terminal Renewal & Improvement Plan, and The Tower Residence at the Ritz Carlton.
Lowry is passionate about advocacy, and strategic in connecting people, creating opportunities, and developing relationships and alliances. She enjoys creating teams of trust, shared vision and strategic alignment to identify cost-effective solutions and support clients or organizational goals in performance and return on investment. She highly values the 15+ years working within the AEC community in business development and client relations and participates in professional organizations as; Chair, Dallas Building Envelope Council, through 2017, Urban Land Institute, Dallas Regional Chamber, Tomorrow Fund, CREW and TEXO. Belva provides supports to diagnostic engineers at Walter P Moore. As a community enthusiast, she believes we have all the resources to identify, develop and train for the critical workforce shortages. We will continue to address workforce shortages in construction and building stationary engineers. When we create collaborations among the many organizations, we (EEE) enlighten, enrich, and effectively support workforce needs, rapid development and technological growth in Dallas.
May is Director of HKS Laboratory for Intensive Exploration and has over 10 years of professional experience including commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare, and is currently focused on r+d and application of this research to the built environment. An avid interest in passive solar design encourages a current LINE research initiative into the potential for using software for dynamic solar design for optimization of complex facades for daylighting and solar performance. In addition to r+d, May leads a design team responsible for award-winning projects. In April of 2013, May was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40.
With over 27 years experience, McFarquhar has worked as a building enclosure specialist and is highly skilled in the analysis and investigation of various building cladding systems. Notable projects include Nations Bank HQ, Charlotte NC and New Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He’s taught in the Civil Engineering Department of Texas Tech University and has extensive experience in engineering consulting and design, forensic investigation, building repair/restoration of building enclosures, and related litigation support. He conducted extensive research in window glass strength behavior and investigated both tornado and hurricane damage on exterior wall systems as part of an ASCE task group and an independent consultant. McFarquhar is the Chair of the National Building Enclosure Council.
Chief Resilience Officer,
City of Dallas
O’Donnell leads the development and implementation of a robust Resilience Strategy for the City of Dallas within the policy framework of the 100 Resilient Cities Program and Global Network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Her long tenure and broad knowledge of land use planning, zoning, development, housing, transportation, and city operations provide her the skills necessary to lead this initiative. She has more than 25 years of experience as a professional planner and has served the City of Dallas since 2003 in a number of roles, most recently as Chief Planning Officer overseeing the Departments of Planning and Urban Design; she also served as the Director of Sustainable Development and Construction for more than 10 years.
Director of Sustainability, Senior Associate,
Merriman Anderson/Architects, Inc.
Sanborn, Coordinator of the LEED efforts at maa, is involved in project development from schematic design through construction administration. She has special interest in multi-residential/mixed-used high-rise developments and the application of sustainable design in a variety of project types and is currently engaged in project management and LEED consulting for two downtown Dallas historic preservation projects—a 50-story mixed use Mid-Century high-rise and a City of Dallas Landmark high school. Previously completed projects include 21 Rio in Austin, TX and Royal Court in Charlotte, NC. Sanborn led the sustainability initiatives for the historical renovation of the Continental Building in Dallas; which was completed in 2013 and is the first Certified LEED Gold residential building in downtown. Mrs. Sanborn’s sustainable design and historical restoration experience has provided a greater understanding of how to incorporate energy efficient strategies into historic projects.
Smith is an award-winning designer and hands-on leader who specializes in the design of programmatically complex facilities for private and public-sector organizations. Recognized for his ability to establish guiding design principles and carry them through to construction, Smith creates strong, memorable architecture that succeeds both functionally and aesthetically. His portfolio is comprised of intricate and large-scale projects world-wide, including extensive work in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
An award-winning, multi-faceted designer, Stelmarski is recognized for his collaborative, hands-on style that combines interdisciplinary team structure with a research-based design platform. His experience spans all disciplines including architecture, interiors, brand experience, and urban design. Embracing all project sizes, his innovative work includes book design, museum experiences, complex mixed-use projects and large-scale university master plans. Leadership of large, multidisciplinary design teams has solidified his role as integrator and interpreter of concepts with an ability to achieve consensus and deliver creative, relevant and sustainable design solutions.
With over 30 years of experience, including both the supplier and contract side of the industry, Taylor has held positions in estimating, customer service, and field sales management. He currently leads service operations in Dallas and Houston, TX along with YKK AP’s most recent service expansion to the Southwest which includes the State of California.
Tax Credit Program Specialist,
Texas Historical Commission
Wright spent her youth in the family minivan visiting museums and historical sites across the state of Texas, which engendered a life-long love of historic buildings. She has significant experience in coordination of numerous state and federal preservation programs; production of historic structures reports, physical conditions assessments, and project masterplans; archival research and historic documentation; project management; and preservation advocacy. Wright has 10 years experience with federal and state historic preservation tax credit programs, which are the most important programs in the US to promote preservation of historic resources. She has worked with hundreds of projects of varying size and design to complete successful rehabilitation projects in communities across Georgia and Texas.
Architectural Services Manager,
In his role, Zuniga is responsible for the sales and marketing of YKK Architectural Products in North America. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Virginia Tech and is also a Professional Engineer. Zuniga is an active member of the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, and the Glass Association of North America, and has served on several committees and task groups to promote energy efficiency and code development. A native of Venezuela, Zuniga resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta, GA.