Alsharif is a certified designer and fabricator and has a passion for coding in design. She recently joined the McNeel team and plans to develop Rhino and Grasshopper plugins and has has been teaching both of these programs for over a year. Alsharif is currently a Masters in design computing student at University of Washington, Seattle where she is working on high performance facade panelization for her thesis.
As leader of the Facade Engineering practice for the mid-Atlantic South region, Balestrazzi is responsible for project oversight, quality control, and business development. He has more than 15 years of experience in facade and structural design, project management and coordination, and restoration and repair. He specializes in the design and construction of complex building enclosures and facades, particularly high-rise curtain wall systems, and provides innovative approaches that are both practical and cost-effective. He is adept working across all building types and with a wide range of materials. Balestrazzi has considerable experience with facade restoration projects, from evaluation to remediation.
Director of Operations, South Florida,
Physical Security Hurricane Wall
Barrett has 32 years experience as a curtain wall professional. His focus is hurricane impact compliant glazing systems for the South Florida market that meet specified structural standards while providing high-performance durability, aesthetic quality, and protection from the elements. Barrett assists architects, designers, and contractors achieve performance, budget, and concept requirements. He has experience with wall laboratory mock-up validation tests, forensic investigations, and the retrofitting of existing facades.
Senior Principal, UK Director & Facade Engineering Practice Leader,
De Gaetano is the global leader of the Facade Engineering practice with 16 years of international experience and extensive working knowledge of complex facades and roof systems. His most recent facade design credits include SKY SOHO in Shanghai, an iconic mixed-use development with Zaha Hadid Architects; KOC Art Gallery in Istanbul with Grimshaw; and Land Securities’ Nova, a £760M transformative development of Victoria Circle in London with PLP Architecture. His project experience at previous firms includes the new extension to the Tate Modern in London with Herzog & de Meuron and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi – the largest indoor theme park in the world.
Worldwide Director ,
Since the 1980’s, Gonzalez-Posada has been a software trainer and developer. He has developed applications for diverse design markets as well as training materials for different CAD and design software including the community of training materials www.rhino3d.tv. He is also the official Grasshopper (Generative Modeling) trainer on McNeel’s online, on-demand classes (http://www.rhino3d.com/training/United_States/
#tabs-2). Gonzalez-Posada has been worked with the Rhino Team since the very early stages and is now the head of the McNeel Southeast US & Latin American Division. He is the worldwide director of the digital fabrication community called RhinoFabStudio as well as the Generative Jewelry and Fashion Design community, GJD3D (www.gjd3d.com) and Generative Furniture Design community, GFD3D (www.gfd3d.com).
Lee has specialized in facades for over twenty years in Asia and North America; his depth and breadth of experience is unmatched in the industry. He started early in his career in Hong Kong as a facade designer, later moved to New York City as a design consultant, and most recently represented one of the leading curtain wall manufacturers in the world. He provides invaluable insight across the building development process assisting building owners, architects and engineers in concept, prototype and detailing of facades for new construction. His past achievements and imprint on more than 60 new skyscrapers and repositioning projects were a result of his work at Arup, Heintges, Heitmann, and Enclos. He has left his mark on many famous structures, such as the Clinton Presidential Library and Beekman Tower.
Miske is president of Building Blocks, a general contracting firm that specializes in the design, fabrication, and installation of facade systems. Building Blocks primarily works with glass fiber reinforced concrete in an integrative design and manufacturing process in order to deliver high-performance facade systems. With over 16 years of experience, Miske has been involved with numerous facade projects including Milwaukee City Hall, Chicago City Hall, Legacy at Millennium Park, and locally Versailles, Faena House, and 601 Washington.
Facade + Envelope
Morales is a registered professional engineer with over twelve years of building envelope experience including inspections, consulting, testing, and structural design of facade, cladding, roofing, and waterproofing systems. Morales’ specialties include building code compliance, building forensics, moisture resistance design, and hurricane resistance design. As a specialty glazing engineer, he’s been involved in the structural design of innovative and challenging systems ranging from custom curtainwalls to free-spanning glass walls, glass mullions, and point supported systems, all complying with the engineering and impact testing requirements of South Florida’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone. He founded Facade+Envelope in January 2013.
GM&P Consulting and Glazing Contractors
Monti is responsible for the window and glazing designs, manufacturing, and installations for many internationally acclaimed construction projects in both Europe and the US. A native of Italy, with a Doctorate and Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Bologna, he is now based in Miami and has led window installations in many of the towers that form the ever-changing dramatic skylines of Miami and Las Vegas. His skills and experience in all areas of construction place him in a unique position to contribute across disciplines in the conception, production, and realization of the most ambitious projects.
Mr. Nolan has over 14 years’ of experience collectively in both the tensile membrane and ETFE industry. His education in roofing technology, coupled with is extensive background working on projects throughout the world has been valuable to the success of Vector Foiltec’s ETFE projects in the US.
NA Protective Glazing Marketing Manager,
Kuraray America, Inc. PVB Division
Senior Project Designer + Senior Associate,
Suarez, who joined the firm in 2007, has lead all aspects of the design process from concept design through construction for multiple projects over the past several years. With over 16 years of experience in architecture, he hasworked on a variety of building types and envelope design conditions. His professional career has been focused on medium- to large-scale projects where his high-performance research and technological skill can develop. Following his three-year tenure as facade consultant with Heintges Associates in New York, he continued developing his expertise as an in-house consultant to seveal Perkins+Will offices with a special focus on the idiosyncrasies of facade design in South Florida. His projects include the American Express Sunrise Corporate Center, Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University for Women, and The Miami-Dade College Student Center.