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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.
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.
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.
Kasper Hoejmark Ravn
Building Performance Engineer
Kasper Hoejmark 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.