Shigematsu is the Director of the New York office and has been a driving force behind many of OMA’s projects, leading the firm’s diverse portfolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Shigematsu provides design leadership and direction across the company for projects from their conceptual onset to completed construction. In addition to the Faena Forum, his designs for cultural venues include a new museum for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and an event space for the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in LA. He has collaborated with multiple renowned artists and designed exhibitions for Prada, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Park Avenue Armory. Shigematsu has designed innovative workspaces including Milstein Hall – an extension to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University (2011), the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Headquarters (2013), and is currently designing OMA’s first high rise tower in Tokyo for Mori Building (2022). Three of his designs for residential towers in New York, San Francisco, and Miami are currently in construction.
A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Alvarez is a talented designer and Project Architect with the design responsibility for many of the studio’s largest projects. His creative work has led to dozens of design awards for projects such as the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, and the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum and has contributed towards the last 17 years of the firm’s growth. In addition to his architectural design expertise, Alvarez develops licensure programs within the firm and advocates for diversity and inclusion within the design profession. He was was the recipient of the 2015 AIA Young Architect Award for showing exceptional leadership and making significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of this architectural career.
Principal + Director of Sustainability & Building Performance,
Smith has been involved in nationally published sustainability research and design for the past ten years. With training and experience in the fields of architecture, physics, information technology, and renewable energy, he integrates his broad range of skills in service of lowering the environmental footprint of each of our buildings, while continuing to help us deliver projects on time and on budget. As a LEED Fellow, Smith brings an approach of scientific rigor to green design in the studio’s wide array of community, educational, and institutional projects as well as tremendous added value to Clients through the reduction of energy consumption, and subsequently energy bills. Smith’s built work includes academic, laboratory and residential projects earning LEED Gold and Platinum certification, and winning national awards such as the AIA COTE Top Ten. Smith is named as inventor on 10 patents and author on more than 50 peer-reviewed publications.
Design Director + Principal,
With the Miami office since its opening in 1996, Bosch sits on the firm’s Design Board which regulates design quality across the firm worldwide. She is known for her collaborative skills and routinely brings diverse constituencies together to generate ideas and find common ground, where solutions emerge out of the strong partnership she creates with her clients. Research and process driven, with a humanistic approach, she continuously explores ideas that are deeply based on program, context, region and culture, allowing for environmentally responsible ideas as well as innovative building technologies to inform her designs and strategies. Her projects— including American Express Sunrise Corporate Center, Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University for Women; The Greater Accra Regional Hospital at Ridge in Accra, Ghana; L’Oreal Research and Innovation Center in Rio de Janeiro, The Miami Dade College Student Center—have been honored with multiple design awards.
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.
The Architect's Newspaper
Founder and editor-in-chief of The Architect’s Newspaper, Menking has curated and written catalogues for exhibitions including; Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961–1974, Superstudio Life Without Objects, 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. 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, and Perspecta. He was Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley (2011) and is Professor of Architecture at Pratt Institute.
Peter Arbour, Assoc.AIA is a Senior Consultant with Vidaris, Inc., a leading façade and sustainability consultancy firm specializing in high-performance buildings. He was trained as an architect at Yale University and has over fifteen years of experience in façade design and construction. Prior to joining Vidaris in 2014, Peter was Sales Manager for seele, Inc. in North America.
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.
Vice President Engineering/Sales,
A. Zahner Company
Birchler leads Zahner’s design-engineering team. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the patented systems now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. He shares responsibility for developing two out of five patents held by Zahner, best known for the ongoing work that he put into developing the ZEPPS® Technology, the firm’s dual-curvature building system. Birchler works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.
Architectural Marketing Consultant,
Block works with architects and specifiers, structural engineers, facade consultants and glass fabricators on the specification, design, and use of laminated glass in buildings. Before joining Kuraray three years ago, she was a senior marketing specialist with DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions. Block is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as a Construction Documents Technologist with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). She participates on numerous industry and standards committees, including ASTM International, ISO, and the Canadian Standards Association.
Associate Vice President, Facilities Management,
Florida International University
Beginning his service at the University in November 2007, Cal has focused the organization on meeting the demands of an aggressive capital construction program while maintaining and upgrading the existing physical plant to meet the requirements of a growing research institution. He is responsible for real estate master planning, facilities operations, and construction. Operations include the management of more than 120 permanent buildings totaling more than 8 million square feet. Operationally, FIU has led the State University System (SUS) in energy performance for four consecutive years, achieving the remarkable metric of 60.9 kBTU/sf/yr, saving over $1 million per year in utilities costs.
One Thousand Museum
Gregg Covin has earned an exceptional reputation as the award-winning developer of some of the region’s most exclusive residences and hotels. Covin’s AIA award-winning Neville Condominium and Peter Page-designed Hotel St. Augustine were regarded as catalysts in the redevelopment of the area, followed by the Montclair Lofts and The Angler’s Boutique Resort. In 2007, Covin completed Ten Museum Park, a 50-story crystalline tower in Downtown Miami. Currently, Covin is co-developing One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, a skyscraper by the late Zaha Hadid.
President + Design Principal,
ODP Architecture & Design
Dannwolf leads a team of architects and designers with his innovative approach that pushes design to its limits. He remains involved in all aspects of ODP projects—“Our creative process is extremely thorough- from concept to final execution- so we can deliver our desired depth of concept and richness into built forms.” Dannwolf has 20 years experience with high-rise and mixed-use buildings, including The Four Seasons Hotel and Tower, the Dacom Headquarters in Korea, and the Telecom Headquarters in Buenos Aires. Dannwolf was recently awarded Zaha Hadid’s prestigious 1000 Museum Luxury tower in Miami. His intense approach to details will allow him to achieve the highest level of finish required of a project that will re-define Miami’s skyline.
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.
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.
University of Miami School of Architecture
el-Khoury is Dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. Before coming to UMSoA in July, 2014, he was Canada Research Chair and Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto, Head of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. el-Khoury’s current research in architecture focuses on applications for information technology, aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and smart cities. As a partner in Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), his award-winning projects include Beirut Martyr’s Square, Stratford Market Square, and the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art.
Design Principal and Founder,
GELPI Projects is dedicated to examining the relationships between material representations and building concepts. The practice has won numerous design awards including first place in the international design competition for the new Wynwood Greenhouse Park in 2014, which is currently nearing construction in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. In 2014, Gelpi received Curbed’s Young Guns Award naming him one of the top 10 Young Designers in America, and his practice recently won two AIA Miami Design awards for built projects. Gelpi is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Florida International University.
Chief Resilience Officer,
City of Miami
For the last 20 years, Gilbert has created and led initiatives focused on strengthening Greater Miami through public–private partnerships. As a consultant to The Miami Foundation, Gilbert was the primary convener and writer of the successful, unified application by Greater Miami and the Beaches to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. She also managed The Miami Foundation’s civic leadership agenda on sea level rise. Previously, Gilbert was responsible for Wells Fargo’s philanthropic investments and community engagement in South Florida. As founding Executive Director of Arts for Learning/Miami, she built an idea into an organization serving over 15,000 children annually. Gilbert also launched Dream in Green, which now provides environmental education outreach to schools and homeowners throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Malmsten has more than 15 years of experience in the design and delivery of concrete and steel structural systems, and he leads the firm’s Structural Engineering practice in Florida. His background includes domestic and international tall and supertall mixed-use towers, transformative renovations, long-span structures, hospitals, educational, and municipal facilities. Malmsten’s expertise is based on the innovative application of familiar structural materials for special and complex, modern tall buildings. He has in-depth technical knowledge of building behaviors, construction methods, various forms of structural analysis and the delivery of structural designs to builders.
Martin leads some of South Florida’s most impactful real estate developments with an emphasis on neighborhoods like Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, Doral, and Weston. Always looking to push the envelope and set his firm apart, Martin is enlisting some of the world’s top architects to design his projects. Examples include the Bjarke Ingels-designed Grove at Grand Bay and the Rem Koolhaas-designed Park Grove. Eighty Seven Park, Terra’s newest project in North Beach, will be a 70-unit beachfront condo designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano. Terra is also developing the Modern and Neovita communities in Doral, as well as Botaniko in Weston, a master-planned community designed by Chad Oppenheim and Roney Mateu.
Architectural Manager - Southeast,
Vitro Architectural Glass
McKenna is the national architectural manager for the Southeast region for Vitro Architectural Glass, covering Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and the majority of Florida. Before joining Vitro Glass in 2015, McKenna served as glass division manager for Columbia Commercial Building Products, Dallas, a Vitro Certified Network member.
VP of National Sales,
Nass has over 20 years of experience in the architectural glazing industry. As the Vice President of National Sales at SAFTI FIRST, he brings his extensive knowledge and expertise when working closely with architects and contract glaziers. Nass also oversees SAFTI FIRST’s national network of architectural sales representatives. Nass has been delivering the comapny’s AIA-registered presentation for over four years to various architecture firms, AIA local chapters, CSI local chapters, at the CSI National Convention and other glazing industry events.
Manager, Regional Operations,
Nolan is the Manager of the West Palm Beach Regional Office for the Building and Construction division of Intertek. She has over 10 years of experience in the fenestration field specifically in performance testing of residential and commercial glazing, entry, cladding, and roofing systems. With her expertise, Nolan provides guidance to clients in regards to the intricacies inherent with pursuing Miami Dade County Notice of Acceptances (NOAs) and Florida Product Approvals. She’s been a member of ASTM for eight years and was appointed as Secretary of the International Hurricane Protection Agency (IHPA) in 2016.
Vice Provost, Facilities Management,
Miami Dade College/Facilities Management
Ms. Otero is an architect with over 25 years of experience in architecture, facilities management, planning, and construction for commercial, institutional, educational and residential facilities projects. Miami Dade College, the largest institution of higher education in Florida and the second-largest in the US, is a state-supported college with eight campuses and twenty-one outreach centers throughout Miami Dade. She provides vision, leadership, strategic planning, policies, goals, and oversight in the management of facilities planning as well as project management for all major and minor capital improvement projects, and maintenance operations.
Principal + Lead Designer,
Reyes is a partner at the Coral Gables architecture and planning firm, Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates. A South Florida native and resident, Reyes began working for the firm in 1999, brought on board as a project manager. Throughout his time at the firm, Reyes has worked to further develop the firm’s design culture and the marketing of its historic contribution to local construction. He has been involved with many of the award winning designs at the firm including 1450 Brickell and International Finance Bank as well as other innovative designs such as VUE Sarasota Bay, Marriott Marquis Miami Worldcenter Hotel, and Met 2 at Metropolitan Miami.
School of Architecture, Florida International University
In addition to teaching courses in architectural history, Rifkind is Associate Dean of Students in the College of Communication, Architecture + the Arts at Florida International University. His current research deals with urbanism and architecture in Ethiopia from the late nineteenth century to the present, and is the first component in a long-term study of modern architecture and urban planning throughout Africa. He is the author of The Battle for Modernism: Quadrante and the Politicization of Architectural Discourse in Fascist Italy (2012) and has written articles on architecture and urbanism in Italy and Ethiopia. Rifkind curated the Frost Art Museum’s 2012 exhibition, “Metropole/Colony: Africa and Italy,” using materials from the Wolfsonian-FIU and funded by the Mellon Foundation.
Riley is a founding partner of K/R, an architectural studio well-known for its designs for art museums, galleries, artists, and collectors. Currently, K/R has projects under way in the Miami Design District, Surfside FL, Bentonville AK, Qatar and Russia. Riley served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (1991-2006), where he curated critical exhibitions on both historical figures as well as contemporary architects. From 2006 until 2010, Riley was director and design consultant for the Miami Art Museum (MAM), leading the institution through a transformative process of planning and designing a new waterfront facility.
Director of Marketing,
Walcott oversees marketing, communications, brand management, and product management, focusing on YKK AP America’s commercial aluminum facades business. She brings nearly 15 years of B2B marketing experience with manufacturing companies over a variety of industries. Walcott holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Syracuse University and earned her M.B.A. at Wichita State University; she also served in the armed forces as a U.S. Air Force officer.
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.