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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.
Will is Principal & Facade Design Director at Studio NYL. As both an architect and structural engineer, Will is constantly trying to balance these “multiple personalities“. This search for balance fits well into facade design, which is a constant quest of walking the line between aesthetics & performance, inside & outside, transparency & opacity, structure & thermal, and vision & realization.
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.
Design Department Manager
Francois Beaupre is a Technical Manager at Permasteelisa North America, a leading corporation in curtain wall. Francois has been working in the construction field for over a decade where he was part of the design team for several high rises in NYC. He has earned his B.S in Engineering with concentration in Robotics from l’École de Technologie Supérieure.
National Architectural Manager
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.
Senior Sales Representative
Tom Cross is a Senior Architectural Sales Representative for Kawneer Company. Tom is based in New England and has a territory of Boston proper, NH and Maine. In his role, Tom assists Architects with product application, design details and specification writing. He has been in the New England area all his life and selling Architectural Aluminum for the past 12 years in the New England area. He enjoys playing and coaching hockey, skiing, golfing and spending time with his family.
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.
Senior Technical Lead
Hannah is the senior technical lead at Island Exterior Fabricators in Boston after working as an exterior wall consultant for 6 years. She has a SM degree from MIT in building technology focusing on air infiltration. She has lectured at MIT and presented at conferences including NESEA and the Concrete Sustainability Hub.
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.
Montgomery Forman is the Director of the New England office of Island Exterior Fabricators, a custom curtainwall and megapanel fabricator. Day to day, Monty’s work straddles the intersection of architecture, construction, and bespoke product design. Monty has worked in the field of custom façade solutions for over a decade and has notably consulted on projects for with several Pritzker-winning architects both nationally and internationally. He holds a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University.
Kassabian is a structural engineer and Associate Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger working on a wide range of structural systems such as buildings, bridges, and sculptures. Paul develops innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house materials lab, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. He taught graduate structural engineering students at MIT for ten years and currently teaches the Structures I course at Harvard GSD. Paul is currently working on projects throughout the USA typically for Boston-area clients.
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.
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.
Jacob Knowles is an Associate Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A, leading the firm’s NET+ sustainability consulting team. His work focuses on the integration of strategies that reduce environmental-footprint, while supporting occupant wellbeing and maximizing return on investment. Over the past decade, he has championed the sustainability agenda for major healthcare, research and other commercial and institutional projects. Project highlights include achieving LEED Platinum, Zero Net Energy, and receiving a MA DOER High Performance Buildings Grant. Jacob has presented these success stories and other topics at events such as Labs21, NESEA, Healthcare Design, Build Boston (ABX), Tradeline, and Autodesk University. Jacob is currently leading BR+A’s Zero Net Energy Initiative.
Director of Strategic Accounts
Eric Lacroix in consistently recognized throughout the design community and construction industry for his firestop expertise, especially in terms curtain wall perimeter fire barrier systems where he is considered the “Industry Specialist”. Eric has over 20 years of real world experience serving as an invaluable resource on many of largest, most complex high profile projects around the world. He works closely with inspectors, glazing contractors, and curtain wall consultants as a trusted advisor during the design, fabrication, construction and installation of a wide range of curtain wall projects.Eric’s wealth of knowledge and experience ensures the project stays on budget and gets done right the first time. He continuously adds value throughout the process, from conception to construction, to close out. Prior to his role as Director of Strategic Accounts, Eric was the STI Firestop Regional Manager, covering the Southeastern United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
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.
Senior Project Architect / Associate
Alejandra is a Senior Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, where she leads the Sustainability Practice for the Boston office. She has a PhD from MIT on the topic of Natural Ventilation, subject that she has consulted on for more than ten years. She has lectured at MIT and the Harvard GSD.
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.
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.
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.
Joe Pryse AIA is a senior architect at Elkus Manfredi Architects with over 30 years of professional experience. His area of expertise and the focus of his career is the design of complex technical building projects for higher-education institutions and non-profit organizations.
Joe has worked on many of Elkus Manfredi’s higher education projects, including the design of a new academic building as well as two student housing buildings at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. His other projects include The Broad Institute at 75 Ames Street in Cambridge, the Van Ness mixed-use complex in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, the University of Southern California Master Plan, the North Residential District Plan at The Ohio State University, and a new residential and dining commons that is now under construction at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Pryse has been a guest lecturer, juror, and studio critic at many design forums and schools of architecture. He received his M.Arch from the University of Virginia and B.Arch with Distinction from the University of Kentucky.
Kasper Høejmark Ravn
Building Performance Engineer
Kasper Høejmark Ravn
Kasper is a Building Performance Engineer at WindowMaster, whose goal is to create excellent, comfortable and safe indoor environment to the benefit of people and the environment by utilizing ventilation mainly based on natural forces. He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) specializing in indoor climate, optimal HVAC design and energy-efficient constructions. As a Building Performance Engineer at WindowMaster International he works specifically on all the natural ventilation design projects throughout the US but has also worked on multiple projects in Europe.
Director of Innovation
As the Director of Innovation of Skanska CDUS, Daniel leads the development and implementation of disruptive and sustaining innovation programs. From building a better fish tank for the Miami Science Museum to the use of lasers for construction wayfinding, Daniel has successfully deployed disruptive construction solutions for several organizations including CW Keller and Katerra.
Mark has over twenty years of experience in design and construction coordination for corporate, K-12, university and community college projects as well as highly technical facilities including laboratories and hospitals. His experience includes all phases of project design and delivery, including establishing project goals and programmatic requirements, performing site analysis, schematic design through construction documents, and the coordination of field and construction services.
As Technical Director of the Chicago office, Mark is responsible for design documentation, coordination with consultants, compliance with authorities having jurisdiction, conformance with client design standards and construction contract administration. Due to his knowledge and experience, he leads the Chicago Technical Management Group, co-chairs the firmwide Technical Design Community and is an ongoing contributor to the updating and development of firmwide standards and the firm’s Project Delivery Manual.
Mark is also founding member of the Perkins+Will Innovation Incubator and continues to serve on the selection and review committee for that program.