Baney has a passion for lighting architecture and enjoys the challenge of crafting sustainable lighting solutions that meet client requirements and fit the unique architectural character of each project. He is responsible for ensuring the high quality design standards that have become synonymous with Schuler Shook. His experience in daylighting design and analysis, and his knowledge of electric light sources enable him to integrate these sources to their maximum benefit. Baney’s award-winning lighting designs have encompassed a wide range of project types including museums, academic buildings, building facades, city streetscapes, retail, hospitality, houses of worship, transportation facilities and corporate offices.
Senior Acoustic Consultant,
Biziorek is an Associate Consultant in the Arup Acoustics team and has been involved in providing technical expertise and project management skills for various building types. He joined Arup Acoustics in February 2005, after receiving an MSc in Sound & Vibration Studies from the Institute of Sound & Vibration Research at University of Southampton (2004). Biziorek is an active proponent of performance based design and strives to implement integrated acoustic solutions into the design using innovative tools and techniques.
Architectural Testing Inc.
Cavataio has 8+ years of experience as a building enclosure consulting engineer and commissioning consultant. His work includes commercial, industrial, and residential building enclosure systems, including wall weather/air/vapor wall systems, claddings, roofing, fenestration, and waterproofing. He has extensive experience in investigations and condition surveys of existing buildings, commissioning, testing, review of design documents, design of new and restoration/repair systems, and construction phase project management for new and existing building enclosure projects. Architectural Testing Inc., is an Intertek company (Intertek-ATI), Building Sciences group located in Chicago, Illinois.
VP Technical Services,
Wausau Window and Wall Systems
Fronek leads Wausau Window and Wall Systems’ new product development, marketing, technical support, and general research. He was the recipient of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2014 Outstanding Member Award, and has served on 60 of AAMA’s committees and task groups, including guiding the evolution of thermal performance and accessibility testing standards. Fronek is a member of the Apogee Enterprises Technical Council and a LEED Green Associate. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, and is a registered engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
Gillan has design experience in architectural acoustics and noise control for performing arts, corporate, educational and civic projects. Her interests include understanding the interactions between the effects of noise ingress to buildings and the overall perceived benefits of natural ventilation as well as the design of naturally ventilated facades.
Gowda is the team leader for SOM Chicago’s elite Performative Design Group, charged with researching new technologies and recommending integrated environmental design solutions that are substantiated with computer simulation for SOM project teams worldwide. As an educator Gowda is committed to training the next generation of practitioners engaging with two Universities, first as the current elected Dean of Sustainable Initiatives at Foundation University and a visiting instructor for their Architecture program, the first Design Build program in the Philippines. She is also a Part Time Professor for the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she currently teaches Architecture Studio as part of the Urban Cloud series for 5th year and graduate students.
WELL Building Institute
Hwang’s team is responsible for the development of the WELL Building Standard, including WELL pilot standards in new building sectors, related certification and credentialing materials, and general educational content. Hwang focuses on the health and wellness impacts of light on human alertness, cognition, mood, and circadian rhythms. Previously a research associate at Delos, she holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary studying public health and biochemistry. Prior to Delos, Soyoung co-founded HealthKeep, a health tech startup based in New York.
Neil Katz is an architect with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He uses a “computational design” approach to design, and has used this methodology in developing geometry (simple and “complex” geometry) and as a way of analyzing and designing in response to many project goals, including environmental and sustainability goals.
“Computational design”, aspects of which include algorithmic and parametric design as well as building information modeling (BIM), is as much a way of thinking about design as using and developing tools for design.
Neil has taught at various schools, and is often invited to speak about his work at schools and conferences.
Juan Gabriel Moreno, is an award-winning, Columbian born architect and President/Founder of JGMA. He studied at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, and under Superstudio founders Christiano Toraldo di Francia and Gianni Pettena in Florence. JGMA has become one of the most highly acclaimed architecture studios in Chicago since its founding in 2010. Its portfolio includes the UNO Soccer Academy, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, The Cube at Old Orchard, and the Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus. Recent accolades include the 2014 Driehaus Award, and the 2013 Architizer Award.
Senior Energy Analyst,
Pekdemir’s experience on the firm’s Engineering’s Environmental and Computational Analytics team includes dynamic thermal and airflow modeling, daylight & glare analyses, computational fluid dynamics, and advanced HVAC simulations to provide design solutions to achieve better performance in buildings. His primary expertise is solving intricate building physics for projects with complex façades and their integration with passive & mechanical systems. He is an active member of AIA-Chicago, ASHRAE-IL, USGBC-IL and IBPSA-USA and currently serves on the Board of Directors at IBPSA-USA Chicago Chapter.
Putnam has been a member of SOM’s digital design group, Black Box Studio, since 2011, where he actively leads in their “… mission is to engage in all stages of the design process across all service disciplines, leveraging the power of advanced computational design tools and methods to expose and explore new frontiers of conceptual thought and innovative form/space/place-making…“ Having contributed to a wide range of architectural projects for over 10 years, he has gained valuable experience and insight into the areas of design, management, and execution across a highly diverse spectrum, from public art installations to large scale mixed use towers and urban infills. Putnam is also a member of the Architecture faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Rao works with the Building Science Group at USG Corporation, based at their Corporate Innovation Center, located in Libertyville, IL. His core expertise lies in the development and application of technologies and policies related to the environmental impact of buildings. He also has a strong interest in the application of simulation modeling to support research and development activities. Rao has a PhD in Architectural Sciences from Rensselaer, and at USG, he works at the intersection of architecture, engineering, computation and material science, on developing next generation building materials and systems.
Stephen Ray specializes in visualizing sustainability by working closely with designers to weave high performance systems into design, highlighting their sustainability. Before SOM, Steve commissioned and monitored a midsize office building in Tokyo as a postdoctoral researcher at MIT. His doctoral dissertation in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT generated new modeling approaches for natural ventilation after extensive work with existing models and full-scale building experiments.
VP Technical Business Development,
Sanders has 20 years’ experience in the glass industry and 16 years’ experience in dynamic glass technology and manufacturing. Currently, she is responsible for technical business development at SAGE Electrochromics, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. She generates product awareness through market education, develops strategic relationships, provides technical sales support and leads SAGE’s technical development, learning and training, and is active in codes and standards development. Since joining SAGE in 1999, she has held a number of diverse positions, including leading the company’s operations function including manufacturing, engineering and solution delivery.
Passive House Institute US