Speakers

Steven Thorburn

Master Class - Acoustics, Lighting & Technology | Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

This seminar explores the ways an acoustical design can affect our built environment. After a brief review on the terms of acoustics, the session will begin to review case studies for building code requirements for environmental noise, HIPPA and other issues. LEED/CHPS impact on classroom design


Mike Barcik

Design Solutions for Optimizing Energy Performance | Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

 

Mike is a senior engineer responsible for energy efficiency training throughout the Southeast. He has taught and developed materials for numerous presentations and workshops covering residential and commercial high performance buildings, including IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 energy codes, Duct and Envelope Tightness Verification, LEED AP and Green Associate exam preparation, EarthCraft House for new and renovated homes, EarthCraft Light Commercial Professional, RESNET Home Energy Rating System, Building Performance Institute, Weatherization and ENERGY STAR v3.


Jaida Holbrook

Design Solutions for Optimizing Energy Performance | Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

 

Jaida has over 7 years of experience within the architecture and construction industry focused on environmental initiatives. As Program Manager of EarthCraft Light Commercial high performance building certification, Jaida oversees the program's management and quality assurance.  In addition she is responsible for business development, technical content, budget management and guiding the EarthCraft Light Commercial program's integration into Southface’s other programs.   Before joining Southface, Jaida was based in Stockholm, Sweden working with Skanska where she managed multiple LEED certifications, conducted HS&E inspections, oversaw environmental requirements for suppliers, created a carbon management plan, and developed verification tracking tools.


Jeff Lovejoy

Business Growth Maximized Through Focus | Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


 

Jeff joined ActionCOACH Atlanta out of a desire to help owners grow their businesses to achieve their dreams and to provide a positive contribution to their community.  All too often business owners find that instead of providing the means to achieving their dreams, their business actually hijacks those dreams.   Jeff works with business owners to refocus their attention on growing their business, building a superior team, and creating more free time for themselves. His goal in working with business owners is to take the seemingly complicated responsibility of running a successful business and making it simple and fun.


Anna Marich

Architectural Photography Best Practices | Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


 

Anna Marich is an expert in employing the power of photography to capture a story and connect architecture with the larger community. As Director of Visual Communications for The Freelon Group, Anna was a key contributor to the firm’s brand for over twelve years. In 2015, following the merger with global firm Perkins+Will, Anna joined their corporate marketing team. Her passion for architecture and design are reflected in this highly visual presentation about story telling and project photography.


Paul Weinburg

Architectural Contracts: What makes a good one for me?| Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm & Saturday 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Design Review: Navigating the Process | Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


 

Paul Weinberg is a real property attorney practicing in Irvine, California. Since 1979, his Orange County practice has specialized in real estate, title, leasing, and real property development matters.  Paul has also served on the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, where he has taught civil trial practices as well as teaching real property topics for the University’s Continuing Education of the Bar, where he has moderated panels on a wide variety of real property topics statewide since 1988.


Michael Folonis, FAIA

Architectural Contracts: What makes a good one for me?| Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm & Saturday 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Design Review: Navigating the Process | Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


 

FAIA Architect practicing in Santa Monica, CA.  Multiple award winner, health care and multi-family.  Professor at Psi-Arc School of Architecture in Los Angeles, CA.


Mark Worthge

Architectural Contracts: What makes a good one for me?| Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm & Saturday 9:30 am - 11:00 am


 

Mark’s legal practice includes complex construction litigation, with significant trial and arbitration experience representing developers, contractors, manufacturers, homeowner associations, architects, engineers, geologists, and other design professionals. He also has represented financial institutions in lender liability and real estate matters. Mark also has substantial experience representing insureds and self-insured clients in professional liability, products liability and personal injury defense, ADA claims, real estate and business disputes, and employment litigation including class actions and representative actions in wage and hour, discrimination, and harassment matters. Prior to attending law school, Mark worked as a Registered Professional Engineer for several major architectural and structural engineering firms in the Los Angeles area, with responsibility for the design of commercial buildings, aerospace facilities, hospitals, transportation projects, and energy facilities.


Bruce Lindsey

Embracing Urban Growth - Multifamily Design| Thursday 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm & Saturday 9:30 am - 11:00 am


 

Bruce is a 25 year veteran of the Wood Products Industry.  His multi-faceted career experience has included architectural design, structural design and various roles within the engineered wood products industry including, marketing, product management, distribution, consulting and sales.  He is a leading consultant in 4 and 5 story wood framed construction.  As the Southeast Regional Director for the Wood Products Council, Bruce serves as a Wood Products Industry spokesperson and educator, dedicated to growing the knowledge and use of structural wood products in commercial / multifamily construction through a variety of forums and seminars reaching over 1,000 design professionals annually.


Lauren Wallace

Building WELL: Design for the Occupant | Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm & Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


 

Lauren Wallace is the Certifications Department Manager at Epsten Group where she trains and manages a large group of leaders in sustainability, consulting on thousands of inspiring projects in over 50 different countries. Ms. Wallace is the LBC Facilitator for the Atlanta Living Building Challenge Collaborative, a LEED Project Reviewer, a WELL Accredited Professional, she has a background in Architecture, and she has been an active member of the sustainable design community for more than ten years. Ms. Wallace speaks regularly to large audiences with varying backgrounds about implementing change in the building industry, focusing on technical information and application.


Alicia Case

Building WELL: Design for the Occupant | Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm & Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


 

Beginning her professional career in civil engineering and landscape architecture focusing on stormwater management and erosion control, Ms. Case turned her sights to making interiors sustainable along with the exterior landscapes she had been working on. After earning her Masters of Science in Sustainability Management, Ms. Case began help projects earn LEED and Living Building Challenge certification while continuing to stay up to date in the stormwater field. She currently provided sustainability consulting expertise to her clients at Epsten Group, Inc. and has most recently become one of the first group of professionals to obtain the WELL Accredited Professional designation.


Michael Czap

Working Smarter by Thinking Lean | Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm & Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


 

Michael F. Czap, AIA has been active in the architectural profession with a focus on process improvement for over 34 years.  He is a recognized leader on the integration of Lean Thinking and architectural process management.  He currently serves as a Vice President with Morris Architects and is chair of the firm’s BIM Steering Committee, working across multiple offices in order to implement Lean practices.  An accomplished speaker, Mr. Czap has spoken on Lean Architecture, advanced project delivery processes, and Building Information Modeling (BIM) at over 40 venues across the United States since 2004.


Greg Buchanan

Working Smarter by Thinking Lean | Thursday 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm & Friday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


 

As the Design Realization Leader of the Atlanta office of Gensler, Greg provides leadership and technical oversight of the projects across the studios. Prior to joining Gensler, Greg was chairperson of SmithGroupJJR's architectural discipline committee and Director of Architecture for the Phoenix office. Working in the fragile Sonoran desert environment, he developed a wealth of knowledge of building materials and sustainable practices. Over his career, Mr. Buchanan has focused on innovative approaches to project delivery with an eye towards streamlining production; as a Revit Certified Professional, he continues to explore efficiencies with BIM using Lean Architecture strategies as a platform.


Ganesh Nayak, AIA

Thinking, Building for Disability Differently | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sustainability Rating Systems Outside LEED | Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


 

Ganesh Nayak, AIA, LEED AP is a principal at Metier Consulting Inc in Atlanta, consulting on sustainable design. He has led teams in master planning, design and documentation of projects over $300m in value, and coordinated LEED certification for projects over two million SF. Actively involved in writing on architecture and sustainability, he has taught courses in design, and presented in several venues. Ganesh has considerable on-site experience and expertise in quality control on federal projects. He received the Corps of Engineers' Charles Trainor team award for excellence in 2010. He has a Master's in Architecture from Kansas State University.


Dan Atkinson

Indemnity Agreements for Major Projects | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am


 

Dan is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  His practice focuses on defense of professionals, including architects and engineers, against liability claims.  His firm serves as panel counsel for CNA Insurance's Architects and Engineers Professional Liability Division, and it also represents several national design firms.  His practice also includes analysis of insurance coverage for insurers and insureds. Dan has tried cases before juries, in non-jury matters, and in arbitration.  He enjoys counseling professionals, and much of his practice involves complex commercial, multi-family, governmental and health care projects.  He frequently speaks to professional groups.


Karen McCabe

Indemnity Agreements for Major Projects | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am


 

Insurance broker specializing in the professional liability insurance needs and risk management strategies for Design Professionals, Environmental Service Firms, CPA's, Financial Advisors, Realtors and Law Firms.  Her specialties include: (1) Professional Liability Insurance; (2) Risk Management; (3) Contract Review; (4) Underwriting Procedures; and (5) Insurance Claim Processing.  She provides a competitive advantage for clients, as: (1) Exclusive aeProNet member of the Carolinas; (2) AE Choice broker with Victor O. Schinner; (3) Exclusive products, programs, and pricing; and (4) Member of Charlotte based Design Professional Service Group.


Carl Seville

Demystifying Residential Green Building Certification | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am


 

Carl Seville is a consultant, educator, and speaker on sustainability for the residential construction industry.  His firm, SK Collaborative consults on and provides green certification for single and multifamily buildings.  He has held numerous leadership positions in the building and remodeling industries including the board of the Atlanta branch of the USGBC. He blogs as the Green Curmudgeon at GreenBuildingAdvisor.com is the co-author of the Green Building, Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, the first college textbook on green building, and the LEED for Homes Version 4 Reference Guide. Carl is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.


Megan Bowles

Inter-Generational Office | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am


 

Moderator for the Inter-Generational Panel Discussion. Megan Bowles, AIA is a project manager and faith-based sector leader in LS3P’s Raleigh, NC office. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of NC State University’s College of Design, Bowles has developed a diverse portfolio of faith-based, commercial, and education projects. She works closely with clients on a variety of scales from large-scale master plans to detailed space plans, and has served as a reconstruction and design volunteer for international projects in Haiti and Kazakhstan. Bowles leads the AIA Triangle 2016-17’s Leadership Forum, which curates a lecture series focused on leadership and the practice of architecture.


Neil Dawson

Inter-Generational Office | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am



Panelist for Inter - Generational. Neil Dawson, AIA, LEED AP, is Principal and Savannah Office Leader for LS3P Dawson. With over twenty-five years of experience in planning, design, and historic preservation projects across coastal Georgia and the Southeast, Neil’s work focuses on historic preservation and complex urban renovations with significant technology and sustainability requirements. Neil has been honored with numerous awards at the city, state, and national levels; his work on the SCAD Museum earned an AIA National Design Award in 2014, and his work has been published in the New York Times. Neil is currently serving as 2017 President Elect of AIA’s Georgia Chapter.


Jane Frederick

Inter-Generational Office | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am



Panelist for Inter - Generational. Extraordinary residences and renovations with an eye towards history and the environment are hallmarks of Jane Frederick’s work. She is principal at Frederick + Frederick Architect, a custom residential firm in South Carolina, and her honors include Best Renovation of the Year, the Robert Mill Honor Awards, and inclusion in the CRAN, Houses for All Regions book. She serves on numerous community and historic review and planning boards. Jane is an at-large director on the National AIA Board. She has led the AIA Small Firm Round Table Executive Committee and was President of AIA South Carolina. Jane is part of visiting teams for the National Architectural Accrediting Board and was chair of the South Carolina Board of Architectural Examiners.


Tripp Riley

Inter-Generational Office | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am

 

Panelist for Inter - Generational. A native of Columbia, SC, Tripp Riley, AIA, earned his Bachelor of Science in Design from Clemson University and his Masters of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology.  In 2005, Tripp founded Studio 2LR | Architecture + Interiors with partners Wes Lyles, AIA, LEED AP and Gretchen Lambert, AIA. The firm is based in Columbia, SC, with a focus on commercial architecture and interior design projects throughout the southeast including: retail, restaurant, office, industrial, civic, and historic preservation/renovation. Tripp serves as the primary design principal at Studio 2LR where he oversees the firm’s architectural design and corporate identity. Outside of the office, Tripp has been actively involved in the AIA at the local, state, and national levels. Currently, he represents the South Atlantic region on the AIA Small Firm Roundtable and is the AIA South Carolina immediate Past President.


Carol Bacon

Inter-Generational Office | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am



Panelist for Inter - Generational. Carol Bacon, AIA has a B.S.Arch from Georgia Tech and a M.Arch from UNC Charlotte. She has worked at ADW Architects in Charlotte for 7 years and previously worked for a firm in Orlando for 3 years. Her current professional work is in the market sectors of retail and entertainment, restaurants, education, and recreation. Carol is also part-time faculty at UNC Charlotte. She has taught studio and seminars in architectural writing. Her interest in education began in grad school where her thesis research on architectural education and integrative learning led to publication in ACSA National Proceedings. Her continued interest in connecting the academic and professional realms has led to AIA programming to encourage juror participation at UNCC, work with mentor programs and various advisory committees, and most recently a position as AIA Representative for NAAB team visits for 2017-2020.


Kevin Diamond

Inter-Generational Office | Friday 10:00 am - 11:00 am



Panelist for Inter - Generational. Kevin Diamond is currently a project manager at Linton Architects, a small progressive architecture firm situated in Durham, North Carolina. Kevin is a graduate of Appalachian State University’s Construction Management program. After college, Kevin spent a year working with a mid-sized general contracting firm before returning to school to pursue a Master of Architecture. Through architecture school, Kevin worked as an assistant carpenter on several residential projects. After completing his graduate work at North Carolina State University, Kevin spent a year working as a project designer at BBH Design’s Raleigh office before realizing his passion to work at a smaller, local scale.
Today, Kevin serves as a project designer and manager for a wide variety of projects ranging from small residential renovations to ground-up light commercial projects. Kevin is eternally optimistic that meaningful design transcends beauty, empowering people and places with strong communities, active street life, and appropriate spaces.


Thomas Savory, AIA

Play With Your City | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm


 

Tom Savory, AIA, LEED AP, is a founding principal of Watson Tate Savory.  Before returning to South Carolina in 1996, Tom lived in New York City for 12 years, where he was an Associate with Richard Meier & Partners. In 2014 WTS received the prestigious AIASC Firm Award. Tom has taught at Clemson University, has participated in numerous academic design reviews, and has chaired six state and regional AIA awards juries. In 1997, he founded the Columbia Design League with his wife, Adrienne Montare, AIA, LEED AP.  Tom received his Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan in 1984.


Adrienne Montare, AIA

Play With Your City | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm


 

Adrienne Montare, AIA, LEED AP, is Executive Director of AIA South Carolina.  From 1997 to 2009, she was a Project Architect at Watson Tate Savory in Columbia.  After receiving a Master of Architecture from UT-Austin, she returned to her native New York to work for several award-winning firms including Gwathmey Seigel & Associates.  In 1997 after moving to South Carolina, she co-founded the Columbia Design League with her husband Tom Savory, AIA.  She has taught classes for the SC Chapter of USGBC, is a past president of AIA Columbia, and a former board member of Columbia's City Center Partnership.


Kathryn Bedette

Integrated Licensure Pilot Programs in the Southeast | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm


 

Associate Professor of Architecture, Kennesaw State University, Architect License Advisor for Georgia, and AIA Georgia Board member


Ivan Chow

Integrated Licensure Pilot Programs in the Southeast | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

 

Director, School of Building Arts, SCAD


Robin Abrams, FAIA

Integrated Licensure Pilot Programs in the Southeast | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

 

North Carolina State University


Chris Jarrett

Integrated Licensure Pilot Programs in the Southeast | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

 

UNC at Charlotte


Ray Huff

Integrated Licensure Pilot Programs in the Southeast | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

 

Clemson University


Andrew Mendelson, FAIA

Managing the Legal and Practice Issues of BIM | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 pm and 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


 

Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, joined Berkley Design Professional Underwriters as Chief Risk Management Officer in 2013 after 36 years of architectural practice including serving as contracting officer, CFO, and director of practice management in the large A/E firm environment.   He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 for leadership in professional services contracting primarily through his contributions to AIA Documents Committee since 2003.  Andy directs Berkley DP's efforts to provide leading-edge risk management and loss prevention resources, tools and training, focusing on key contracting, business, project management and project delivery issues affecting design professionals.


Michael Kahn

Urbanizing Suburbia - Creating a Core| Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


 

Michael Kahn is an architect, lecturer and journalist. A native Atlantan, Kahn returned to the city after receiving bachelors degrees in architecture and history and a Master of Architecture from Tulane in New Orleans. In practice at Rosser International, he has served as the Associate Editor of Curbed Atlanta since late 2014 and is a regular contributor on development and architecture to NPR. Academically, Kahn writes and lectures on issues at the confluence of urban planning and architectural history both locally and internationally. He has completed research throughout Western Europe and lectured in Australia and the United States.


Steven Jackson

Urbanizing Suburbia - Creating a Core| Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


 

Michael Kahn is an architect, lecturer and journalist. A native Atlantan, Kahn returned to the city after receiving bachelors degrees in architecture and history and a Master of Architecture from Tulane in New Orleans. In practice at Rosser International, he has served as the Associate Editor of Curbed Atlanta since late 2014 and is a regular contributor on development and architecture to NPR. Academically, Kahn writes and lectures on issues at the confluence of urban planning and architectural history both locally and internationally. He has completed research throughout Western Europe and lectured in Australia and the United States.


Donna Gaines

Your Business, Your Life:  Plan Today for Tomorrow | Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

 

Donna Gaines is Managing Partner of Riverview Consultants Inc (RCI). RCI educates small to medium size business owners on available business exit options. Exit strategies focus on the readiness of both the business and the owners. Strategies include working with the owners to develop a value acceleration plan to maximize the value of their business.


Charles Roberson

Your Business, Your Life:  Plan Today for Tomorrow | Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


Charles Roberson is Managing Partner of Riverview Consultants Inc (RCI). RCI educates small to medium size business owners on available business exit options. Exit strategies focus on the readiness of both the business and the owners. Strategies include working with the owners to develop a value acceleration plan to maximize the value of their business. Prior to his role at RCI, he was the founder & president of Product Animations, Inc. he developed the concept of using 3D CAD software tools to create training programs for process oriented equipment.


Kathleen Short

Your Business, Your Life:  Plan Today for Tomorrow | Friday 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm



Kathleen Short Cartus has over 25 years of human resources/ organization development experience. Most recently she held the position of HR/OD director/ Principal/ Board Member at Cannon Design. She possesses a MBA degree in HR/OD, over 300 hours of co-active coaching training, numberous leadership certifications and many successful executive coaching experiences.


Frank Harmon, FAIA

Urban Sketching: Learning the Art of Hand Drawing as a Way of Seeing | Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


 

Frank Harmon, FAIA is an architect, educator, and author of Native Places. He has designed sustainable modern buildings across the Southeast for 30 years. In 2013, he received the F. Carter Williams Gold Medal from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANC), the highest honor bestowed upon a North Carolina architect. As a noted writer and illustrator, Frank's most recent project, "Native Places," uses hand-drawn sketches and min-essays to examine the relationship between nature and built structures.


Scott Renk

Urban Sketching: Learning the Art of Hand Drawing as a Way of Seeing | Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


 

Scott Renk is an urban sketcher, award winning animator, and teacher of At-Risk students. After attending the 3rd International Urban Sketchers Symposium in the Dominican Republic in 2012, Scott has developed an urban sketchers community in Raleigh, North Carolina and beyond. He currently leads sketching sessions at CAM Raleigh, Artspace, and has lead recent drawing workshops for the North Carolina Museum of Art,the Urban Design Center, and the Activate 14 AIA North Carolina Summer series, as well as teaching urban sketching to 200 architects from around the world at the 2015 and 2016 AIA Convention.


William Carpenter, FAIA

 Architecture and the Arts as a path to Raising Awareness of Great Design | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 am

Principal at Lightroom Design, Decatur, Georgia and Full Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Kennesaw State University College of Architecture and Construction Management. William Carpenter is a nationally recognized architect, educator, and author, having received the National Young Architects Citation (1997) and the National ACSA/AIAS Educator of the Year Award (2000). William was elected by his peers as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2000 and received the Ivan Allen Senior Trophy from AIA Atlanta in 2010 for overall excellence in the profession.


Jonathon Quinn   Architecture and the Arts as a path to Raising Awareness of Great Design | Friday 11:15 am - 12:15 am
 

Jonathon Quinn is a nationally recognized furniture designer with a background in architecture and componentry.  Jonathon launched South of Urban in 2011, during the heart of the recession, with the focus of combining smart manufacturing and traditional making techniques within a revitalized urban core.  His studio located in Atlanta, GA is geared towards designing lines of sustainable modern furniture and exploring new ideas and techniques using reclaimed and recycled materials.