SYMPOSIUM + Methods+Materials Sponsor Gallery 4 AIA CEUS at The Westin Copley Place
Attend the morning of stimulating presentations and panels that examines the fast-paced evolution of facade technology.
Address new perspectives on building skins, and explores innovative, sustainable design practices.
Check-in & Breakfast | Methods+Materials Gallery
O’Hara is facade director for the Skins Group, a division of Studio NYL, established to provide full service facade design specializing in thermal modeling, moisture/condensation analysis, and in-depth detailing. Although Studio NYL is recognized for its skins work with cutting-edge glass and glazing, their team also specializes in digitally fabricated metal skins, GFRC, reinforced polymers, stone, ultra high performance concrete, terra cotta, and traditional precast. O’Hara is currently working on multiple projects in the Boston area from Studio NYL’s Satellite Office in Watertown, MA.
Perkins + Will
Rishi brings more than 15 years of experience working on complex projects including Museums, Academic Sciences & Engineering Buildings, Executive Dormitories, Research Laboratories and Bridges. These projects have often incorporated complex design elements including double skin curtain walls and atriums which have required creative solutions to help meet client goals while minimizing the potential environmental impact, particularly energy, through the creative use of systems. Rishi has spoken at numerous conferences including I2SL and ABX Boston and is active member of his community. His focus is on resilient communities and has participated as part of the AIA’s Design and Resilience Team (DART) focused on minimizing climate and social impacts for the city of Providence.
The Architect’s Newspaper
Darling is CEO and cofounder 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, as well as 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.
Executing the Complex: The Facades of the Harvard Art Museum
The symposium will detail the design and delivery of the glazing system at the Harvard Art Museums. The presentation will focus on the integrated design of the glazing system and how it meets the stringent interior environmental requirements of the conservation center; delivery process employing design assist; and construction execution.
Charles S. Klee
Charles S. Klee
As the child of two biochemists, Charlie grew up wandering the corridors of the National Institutes of Health. Interning in various labs through high school and college, he grew up in an environment that emphasized the value of exploration and rigorous thought. With this in mind, he opted for a liberal arts undergraduate education even though he planned to pursue a career in architecture.
Charlie has led teams on technically challenging projects such as the MIT PDSI Project, the Gary C. Comer Building at Columbia University and the Harvard Art Museums Expansion and Renovation. Charlie’s strength lies in assembling teams that work collaboratively to solve complex problems.
In addition to his project work, Charlie leads the firm’s Research Initiative with our Building Science group. In this capacity, he is charged with bringing new ideas and technology to the practice through independent research projects that address both the programmatic and technical performance of buildings.
Justin Lee Architecture + Design
Justin Lee found Justin Lee Architecture + Design in 2015 after his ten-year collaboration with Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He has extensive experience on working with clients, engineers and contractors to put together high profile high performance museums/cultural projects and public space design. Coupled with his interested in the junction of architecture, art and technology, he has led his architeccture and design studio in pursuing projects ranging from exhibition designs to digitally fabricated porcelain facades with morphing geometry. Apart from professional practice, Justin has also served as guest lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MIT School of Architecture, Boson Society of Architects and Universidad Francisco Marroquin Facultad de Arquitectura in Guatemala. He holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University.
Next Generation Performance Strategies: S & XL
The symposium will center on how to deliver high performance design at various scales. Small: The first half of the talk will be led by Sam Batchelor of DesignLab who will walk through Hitchcock Center; a Living Building Challenge project whose façade was an integral part of it’s successful delivery. Large: The second half will be presented by Lisa Adkins of Gensler who will present the integrated facade design for the PNC Bank Tower in Pittsburgh.
Sam Batchelor is a partner at designLAB architects, director of the MassArt Community/Build Studio, and former president of the Community Design Resource Center of Boston (CDRC). His work focuses on place-based design, most notably in the areas of environmental stewardship and community-building through the arts.
Studio Leader, Senior Associate
As Studio Leader in the Gensler Boston office, Lisa is focused on not only servicing local companies, but also assisting Gensler clients who are expanding to that metropolitan area. A Registered Architect, she has led teams as project architect/project manager on a broad range of project types and sizes for such clients as PNC, Walton Street Capital, Grant Thornton, Bank One/JP Morgan Chase, CVS/Caremark, and BP. Having joined Gensler in 2000, Lisa brings significant professional expertise to her role on the Gensler firmwide Technical Committee. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Digital Project Workflows: What Works & What Doesn’t?
This symposium focuses on the advances in BIM and Digital Technologies that have facilitated fabrication methods and project delivery. The panel will discuss what tools are being used and why, how designers interface with fabricators, the successful workflows that contribute to successful project delivery and the hang ups that currently have prevented proliferation of this delivery method beyond specialty work.
Founder & President
James Durham is the founder and President of Quarra Stone Company, LLC, an international fabricator of complex geometry facades and art pieces. Blending traditional carving with robotic and CNC technology, Quarra produces cutting edge works in stone that are shipped all over the world for top designers and artists. Quarra annually sponsors digital fabrication research in stone with MIT and University of Michigan graduate architecture students through the Quarra/ Matter Design Fellowship. Durham received an honorary Master Carving degree from the German State School for Stone carving in 2010.
Shawn has grown up in the fabrication industry, following the growth of his family’s business from its founding in 1974 to his current role of President. His leadership of the company draws upon his experiences as a fabricator on the shop floor, his time as an architectural project manager and his roles within CW Keller as project manager, engineer and head of business development. Shawn is driven to build a company that exists as the crucial link between concept and making. His strength is connecting designers and makers working in conflict to test and challenge using technology and craft to engineer and fabricate some of the most complex structures in the U.S.
Matthew Pierce is an Associate Principal and Senior Designer in the Boston studio of Perkins+Will whose work traverses all disciplines, discovering unique opportunities in the intersections of the way people work, study, live, research, and create. He led the design of the award-winning Living+Learning Commons at Keene State College, the P/A award winning “FloatYard” floating housing proposal, and most recently the design of the Exchange at 100 Federal Street in downtown Boston. The design of the Exchange included a design assist approach for both the structural steel and sloped glazing components in which Rhino and Revit were utilized to iterate, design, and document, as well as share 3D information with fabricators.
Matt is engaged in both the academic and design community as a teacher and guest critic at many Boston area institutions. At Perkins+Will Matt curates the studio’s weekly “Design Discussion” series and is part of a firmwide network of design experts with a special interest in computational design and digital fabrication.
National Architectural Manager
Vitro Architectural Glass
Steve Cohen, National Architectural Manager, Northeast Region, at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG), offers product support to architects and glazing contractors from New Jersey north to the Canadian border. Prior to joining Vitro in 2015, he spent 20 years in sales and product management at Schott North America.
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The Westin Copley Place
Friday, November 9
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
The Westin Copley Place, Boston
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
Single or Double rate: $339/night plus tax & incidentals.
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