Session Descriptions and Speaker Biographies

Mic Patterson, Nicole Harris and Diana Darling

Mic Patterson, Enclos

Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on the building skin. He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced facade technology and structural glass facades. Most recently, Patterson participated in the establishment of the Enclos Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) where he works as the Director of Strategic Development. Enclos is a leading national specialty facade contractor, and ATS is its dedicated facade think-tank with the mission of anticipating and realizing the future of the building skin. Patterson has taught, written extensively, and lectured internationally on diverse aspects of advanced façade technology. He is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures.

Nicole Harris, National Glass Association

Nicole Harris is vice president and publisher of the National Glass Association, the largest trade association representing the architectural glass and metal industry. Nicole is responsible for NGA’s print and electronic publications, including two print magazines, digital and tablet editions, web sites and e-newsletters. Glass Magazine is published 11 times a year for the architectural glass and metal market; Window & Door is published 8 times a year for the residential fenestration market. In addition to her 28 years working for trade associations in the Washington, DC, area, Nicole earned a masters degree in history.

Diana Darling, The Architect's Newspaper

Diana is CEO and co-founder of The Architect's Newspaper, celebrating its 10th year. The A|N media company, based in New York City, consists of regional print and web publications covering architecture and design news, e-newsletters, social media, conferences and event planning. As A|N's publisher, Diana has won the AIA National Collaboration Award, Grassroots Preservation Award from the Historic Districts Council, ASLA NY's President's Award, NYC AIA Oculus Award and LA AIA Collaboration Award. Diana began her publishing career in 1983.

Keynote Address
Neil Denari

Neil Denari was born in Fort Worth, Texas and studied at the University of Houston (B Arch 1980) and Harvard University (M Arch 1982). After graduate school, Denari worked as a technical intern in Paris (La Courneuve) for Aerospatiale Helicoptres (now Airbus). In 1983, Denari moved to New York where his work explored the technical and formal impact of technology on architecture. While there, he worked as a senior designer at James Stewart Polshek and Partners, exhibited his speculative work at numerous museums and galleries, and in1986, at 29, was the youngest member of 40 Architects under age 40. Also in 1986, the Cooper Hewitt Museum purchased a drawing by Neil Denari, the first of seven major museums to have his work in their collection. The others include the Museum of Modern Art New York, MOMA San Francisco, the Denver Art Museum, the Heinz-Carnegie Collection in Pittsburgh, the FRAC Center in Orleans, France, and the Museum of Modern Art in Sydney, Australia.

Neil Denari shifted his practice to Los Angeles in 1988 and began Cor-Tex Architecture, which later became Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), Inc. in 1998. In the late 1980’s Denari’s work began to achieve international recognition, most notably through his 3rd place finish in the Tokyo International Forum Competition. This launched his now 22 year association with Japan, a country where he has taught and lectured on a regular basis. While teaching at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in 1990, Denari lived for 8 months in Tokyo. His experiences there, like those of Paris, have been a constant reference on phenomena as diverse as urban morphology and fashion design. His first project built in Japan (1996), the Interrupted Projections exhibition space, has now been followed by a series of bank projects for the Mitsubishi Trust Financial Group and other experience economy projects. With NMDA, Denari has focused on a diverse range of design endeavors that look at manifold issues pertaining to architectural speculation.

Since 1986, Denari has had a distinguished career as a teacher. He is a tenured Professor in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA. He has also taught at Columbia University, the Bartlett, UC Berkeley, Princeton University, and the Harvard GSD.

Neil Denari is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections (TOTO 1996) and Gyroscopic Horizons (Princeton 1999). In 2002, he was given both the Richard Recchia Award and the Samuel F.B. Morse Medal for architecture from the National Academy of Design in New York for distinguished work in the field. In 2008, Denari received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2009, he received a Fellowship from the United States Artists organization.

In 2011, he received the Los Angeles AIA Gold Medal. It is the organization's highest honor for an individual architect. He is a registered architect in New York and California, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and has given more than 230 lectures around the world on his work.

Session 1
Architectural Glass Materials Panel

Chris Dolan, Guardian Industries Corp.

Chris Dolan serves as Director of Commercial Market Segment for Guardian Industries Corp. His responsibilities include sales and marketing, new product development and overall program management of Guardian’s commercial and interior glass product lines, including SunGuard advanced architectural glass products.

Before joining Guardian’s North America marketing group, Chris was Guardian’s Director of Planning and Development. Chris joined Guardian in 1991. Previously, he was with the Management Consulting Group of Deloitte & Touche in Detroit. He also worked as a sales representative for the Dow Chemical Company.

Chris received a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1986) and a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from Western
Michigan University (1981).

Claude A. "Tony" Thiret, Quanex Building Products

Tony is currently the Western Commercial Sales Specialist for Quanex Building Products, based out of Broomfield, Colorado. He has been involved in Architectural fenestration products for 17 years and notably is the 3rd generation in the window and door industry. Tony has been on the Board for Western AAMA for over 5 years and currently is the President of Western AAMA. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993.

Chris Lipp, Kawneer

Kawneer, North America is committed to providing a broad range of products, services and support for the commercial fenestration industry and architectural design community. The company works to stay ahead of architectural industry trends by continuously gathering feedback, attending key industry conferences and participating in organizations in order to remain receptive to architects’ needs.

Lipp’s career with Kawneer began in 2010 as a designer within Kawneer’s product development group located in Norcross, GA. Prior to joining Kawneer Lipp was employed with Wiss, Janney, Elstner & Associates, a leading consultant in building envelopes. He concentrated on investigation, testing and designing repairs for building envelope and structural deficiencies.

Lipp is active in the American Architectural Manufactures Association (AAMA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Atlanta Building Enclosure Council (BEC). He has written several articles on aluminum fenestration systems that focus on sustainability. Lipp holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. In 2010 he received his LEED GA accreditation and his Professional Engineering licenses in 2012.

Session 2
Functional Appeal and Aesthetic Challenges of Glass Design for Today's
Building Facades

Every building makes a statement. The continually changing performance parameters influence and impact our design challenges. The glass component plays a significant role - residential thru
high-rise architecture.

With an increased amount of glass in the facade the character of a building is often influenced by the limitations of glazing options. We will explore todays myriad of options that are available to the architect. We will look at and analyze existing projects and conceptual designs as well as technical performance data that demonstrate a multitude of glazing options with the performance and aesthetics combined. The panel discussion will include experts in the fields of design, performance engineering.

Philip Vourvoulis, Triview Glass Industries

Over the past 25 years, Philip Vourvoulis has established himself as one of the foremost experts in the country for architectural glass. With a broad background in design and manufacturing, he has developed a close working relationship with leading architects and designers, as demonstrated on a wide variety of projects, from museums, healthcare and hospitality, to high-end residential structures.

Philip’s reputation in the architectural and glass world is rooted in a strong emphasis on R&D of new techniques and designs, as well as his unique ability to envision and implement even the most unusual concepts. An art school graduate, Philip combines a technical understanding of complex glass treatments with the sensibility of the designer. Always the visionary, he loves to explore unknown territory and excels at working with new ideas and innovative concepts.

Gordon I. Smith, Heery International

Gordon Smith is a design principal with Heery International. He received his BArch from the University of Virginia in 1975, and an MArch from Princeton University in 1977. Following two years internship with Michael Graves, he joined Heery in 1979.

He has served as lead designer on many of Heery’s most visible and award-winning projects, including The Coca-Cola Company headquarters, the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory, the Atlanta History Museum, the Olympic Stadium/ Turner Field, and major stadium expansions at the University of Maryland, University of Texas, University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona. While practicing, he has taught several design studios at Georgia Tech, and has served on numerous juries at both Georgia Tech and Southern Polytechnic State University. He was also the designer of the SPSU School of Architecture building.

To his dismay, he is old enough to have endured the demolition of one of his signature projects, the entrance canopy at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York.

Gordon’s most recent experience has been in association with interesting partners: a new children’s hospital at University of Iowa with Foster + Partners, and a new press tower for the University of Cincinnati football stadium, with Architecture Research Office.

Jay Phillips, Guardian Industries, Corp.

Jay Philips has worked with architects around the country and understands the aesthetics and performance requirements that help architects build with light. As National Architectural Sales Director for Guardian Industries Corp., Jay oversees a 15-member team of Architectural Design Managers that support the architectural and design community in the education and specification of high performance glass products, including Guardian SunGard advanced architectural glass and Guardian InGlass, advanced glass products for interiors.

Before joining Guardian, Jay served as director of Business Development for Oldcastle Building Envelope and held several key positions at PPG Industries. Last year, Jay served as president of the Glass Association for North America and remains active in the organization.

Session 3
The Biggest Glass in Miami Dade County: Construction of the Miami Art
Museum Facades

Short presentations of the design, prototype testing and construction of the new Miami Art Museum facades by the key participants in this complex and ambitious process. Followed by a panel discussion among the presenters and audience Q&A.

Peter Arbour, seele, Inc.

Peter Arbour is a facade designer with a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He currently works in the New York office of the German facade builder seele. Peter has worked for Israel Berger and Associates, Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners and RFR Consulting Engineers in Paris. Peter’s project works include 40 Bond Street, with Herzog de Meuron; the Times Square TKTS booth in with Nick Leahy; the Tour Phare, Paris, with Morphosis; the Grand Museum of Egypt, with Heneghan Peng Architects; and the Broad Museum with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Peter is the designer and patent holder of the Liquid Wall curtain wall system.


Emil Hoogendoorn, John Moriarty & Associates, Inc.

As Senior Project Engineer, Emil Hoogendoorn manages the architectural and engineering coordination process with the design consulting team and subcontractors. His management responsibilities also include “just-in-time” delivery of all materials and equipment to the site, project communications and project accounting including indicated outcome reports, requisitions, subcontractor costs and change requests.

Session 4
Structural Glass: Ancient Material Modern Treatment

It has been understood for millennia that glass is not only a charismatic material but is unbreakable in compression. A theme of all glass structure exploiting these two ideas will be explored. Project examples will include the TKTS Booth at Times Square, the Canopies at the Lincoln Center, and the Sky Dive Dubai wind tunnels.

Michael Ludvik, PE, M.Ludvik Engineering

Michael is a structural engineer with an ongoing interest in special structures and structural glass in particular. The work is characterized by a first principles approach, with such project highlights as the TKTS Booth at Times Square, and the bridge across 65th at the Lincoln Center in NYC.

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