Sandeep Ahuja, co-founder of cost and energy optimization software cove.tool, Inc., brings her experience of building a successfull sustainability consulting firm Pattern r+d. Working with high profile clients at university facilities, labs, healthcare, corporate and hospitality, Sandeep informs design decision to impact the building performance and occupant wellness and productivity. She recently won the Atlanta 30 under 30 award for developing cove.tool. With her desire to bring AI into the AEC world, she is pioneering the integration of building performance into the design and construction process by developing and using intelligent technology and software.
Yale School of Architecture
Phil Bernstein is an architect, technologist and educator. He is currently Associate Dean and Lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, where he has taught since 1988. He is a former vice president and now Fellow at Autodesk where his focus is on AEC technology strategy, and a former associate principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
Douglas Bors is a change agent helping the Northwest’s design and construction industry adapt to changing global competition. Douglas founded his previous company (Sophometrics) to focus attention on AEC collaboration; and recently founded L:AC to create a framework for better collaboration. He is a speaker for: AIA, NAIOP, IFMA, NEEC, and IEEE. Douglas graduated from MIT in with BSEE and BSAD (architectural design) degrees.
Design Computation Director
Christopher Connock is a design researcher at KieranTimberlake. He explores topics related to construction systems, digital fabrication processes, hardware-software interfaces, and informatics. He has applied this knowledge to the design for modular housing in India and to the invention of Pointelist, a low-cost, high-density sensor network. He has taught and lectured at numerous universities.
Conference Director, Publisher
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.
Jesse is a co-founder of Borealis Ventures and leads the firm’s Built Environment Investment Team. He leverages his hands-on operating experience and industry contacts to nurture innovative companies applying technology to design, build and improve our world.
Prior to co-founding Borealis Ventures, Jesse served as an executive in two public software companies – Softdesk EVP/President and as the first VP of the Autodesk AEC Market Group.
The Borealis Built Environment Investment Team has made investments in industry leading companies including SketchUp, Newforma, Vico Software, SpaceClaim, Envista, OmniEarth, SketchFab, TinkerCad, Flux, Builtr Labs, FieldLens, SmartVid, Measurabl, Blokable, Dandelion Energy, Assemble Systems, Honest Buildings and Courbanize.
Jesse serves as a Mentor for MIT’s DesignX Accelerator for the Built Environment, the Urban-X Accelerator Engineering the City as a Service and is a member of the newly formed Technology and Real Estate Council for the Urban Land Institute.
Toru Hasegawa has focused on teaching, research and architecture in New York City and Tokyo since 2006. He is a Co-director of Columbia GSAPP’s Cloud Lab and a Co-founder of Morpholio, a software company created by architects that puts design first. Morpholio’s apps fuse the fluidity and speed of hand drawing with the intelligence and precision of mobile and CAD technology. Called “Digital Magic” by Wired magazine, their Trace app is the unique mobile software to lead architecture and engineering throughout the entire design process.
NYC Media Lab
Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. He connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab’s interests range across disciplines from design to engineering, and its programs include prototyping projects with member companies as well as The Combine, which encourages digital media startup formation on the City’s campuses. Previously Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & Innovation. Hendrix holds a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Alexander Loyer Hughes
Alexander Loyer Hughes
Principal and Founding Partner
Alex Hughes is a Co-Founder of Kurv Architecture. He is licensed and registered in the states of New York, Connecticut, Florida and Washington D.C. and is an NCARB Certified Professional.
His role includes leading client/investor relationships while overseeing overall project development and execution. As a consulting owner’s rep, he has broad experience guiding projects successfully through complex municipal approval processes; including NYC Zoning, DOB, Landmarks and Preservation Department, Community Boards and the Board of Standards and Appeals.
Dodge Data & Analytics
Stephen Jones is Senior Director, Industry Insights Research for Dodge Data & Analytics. He studies emerging economic, technology and project delivery trends that are transforming the global construction industry.
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH)
Paul Kassabian is an Associate Principal at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). He is experienced in structural design and investigation on a wide range of structural systems from buildings for architects to projects on the cutting edge of both structural systems and materials. He focuses on developing innovative methods of design and construction using SGH’s in-house materials lab, computational design approaches, and digital fabrication techniques. Paul was a lecturer at MIT in the fall semester to graduate structural engineering students and currently lectures at Harvard GSD in the spring semester to the graduate architecture students.
President & Founder
With all the innovative design technologies radicalizing the architecture, engineering and construction industry, Emilio makes sure Microsol Resources’ clients get the most out of their technology investments. Having founded Microsol Resources, an Autodesk Platinum Partner over 30 years ago, he oversees the company’s CAD & BIM software sales, training and consulting services. His passion for customer support is integral in delivering integrated solutions that help customers design, simulate and analyze their ideas, increase operational efficiencies, and gain a competitive advantage to stay updated with the most recent technologies.
Chris Mackey has worked as a Building Scientist at Payette Associates since 2015, after graduating from MIT’s Building Technology program. He is a lead developer of the Ladybug Tools plugins for environmental design, which he regularly applies at Payette and teaches to thousands of professionals and students across the globe.
Practice Application Development Leader
With over 20 years of experience in digital design technology, Iffat has always been a pioneer in integrating new technology into architectural practice. Most recently, she has been focusing on virtual reality and augmented reality for architecture. Her expertise is in developing custom solutions that streamline workflow processes and improve project productivity and efficiency. Iffat holds a B.S. in Architecture from M.I.T. and is an MIT Media Lab alumna.
Chief Innovation Officer
Accomplished C-level Executive (CEO, CIO, Operations) with demonstrated success of results-driven leadership primarily in corporate, but also in consulting, environments. Proven ability to combine strategic vision, operational experience, process-oriented management approach, and a strong background in information technology leadership with P&L responsibilities to deliver excellent business results in fast-changing environments.
Proven track record of using technology to transform business/operations by developing and communicating growth strategies, delivering solutions to complex business problems that span business units, inspiring and aligning resources across the company through both business and technology leadership, bringing a start-up approach to managing a business in transition, and ensuring execution.
Anna Liza Montenegroz
Anna Liza Montenegro
Director of Marketing
Anna Liza is an innovative, metrics-driven marketing executive who has developed and launched brands, events and videos. At Microsol Resources, she develops and produces TechPerspectives, an annual conference held annually in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia and geared towards architecture, engineering and construction professionals as they discuss dominant technology trends. She also works on business development and Microsol Resources’ strategic partnerships with Autodesk, Chaos Group, Bluebeam and other partners for demand generation campaigns.
Jeremy Munn is a Program Director for Facilities, Design and Construction at Northeastern University. Jeremy is part of the management team that oversees renovations to 100+ buildings as well as ground up construction. His primary focus is on managing the delivery of new science and engineering teaching and research space for the institution’s growth in research areas of Health, Security and Sustainability. In addition to his role as a Program Director, Jeremy is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture within the College of Arts Media and Design and Northeastern. He teaches a series of graduate level case studies classes where he focuses on business strategy, brand, marketing as well as business innovation, disruptive technology and entrepreneurship.
Director of Design Technology
Alexandra plays a role on multiple projects, looking for ways to integrate and implement new technologies across the firm’s projects. Her portfolio ranges in scale from small renovations to large institutions and high-rise towers, both locally and internationally. She has been instrumental in development methodologies ranging from generative design using computation and analysis, to overall project collaboration and delivery using Building Information Modeling. Alexandra has a particular interest in the intersection and overlap of disciplines and how they inform each other, and feels that technology plays an important role in these relationships and has the ability to create a more informed and integrated design process.
Director of Technical Services
Dareen Salama is a project controls specialist with a background in construction and civil engineering, and Lehrer, LLC’s Director of Technical Services. She has lectured extensively throughout North America on BIM, Autodesk, construction management and project controls, and has contributed to several publications for the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America. She has been a team member on many significant infrastructure projects across the country including LaGuardia Airport, and will support one of New York City’s major infrastructure upgrade projects at the Jacob K. Javits Center expansion. Dareen holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering with a minor in Architecture from American University in Cairo, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering & Construction Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, she was recognized by Consulting Specifying Engineers as a Top 40 Under 40 engineer, and by Engineering News Record as a Top 20 Under 40 Engineer in NYC. Dareen is also a visiting Assistant Professor in Project Controls at the Pratt Institute College of Architecture.
Tony works with Autodesk’s customers to help them realize their sustainability goals. He has a background in Architectural Engineering specializing in high performance building design, sustainability, and innovation in design and construction. Tony works directly with customers to help them discover the intersections between sustainability and business success with technology. He currently serves on the USGBC Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group.
Senior Computational Designer
Nidhi Sekhar is a Senior Computational Designer at LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (LERA). Nidhi develops and optimizes software for AEC design workflow. She earned a Master of Science in Computational Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Architecture from L.S. Raheja School of Design in Mumbai, India.
Director of Design Technology Innovation
Greg Schleusner AIA, is a principal and Director of Design Technology Innovation at HOK. In this role he guides the firm in researching and adoption of new technologies ranging from data management to computational design.
Greg is an advocate of open standards in AECO. Greg leads technical efforts within buildingSMART International as chair of the Technical Room. He is guiding the development of open source efforts around BSI standards and the development of a larger technical road-map for buildingSMART. Greg has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Technology Management from Columbia.
Shane Scranton is the CEO and co-founder of IrisVR, a tech company that is using virtual reality and augmented reality to improve design review and communication in AEC. They’ve helped over 45,000 users deploy VR in the office and on the job site.
Denis R. Shelden
Digital Building Lab
Dennis Shelden is an associate professor and Director of the Digital Building Laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was previously Associate Professor of Practice in Design Computation at Massachusetts Institute of Technologies School of Architecture and Planning, and has taught at University of California, Los Angeles, and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is a licensed Architect in the State of California.Dennis is an expert in applications of digital technology to building design, construction and operations, with experience spanning across research, technology development and professional practice including multiple architecture, building engineering and computing disciplines. He led the development of architect Frank Gehry’s digital practice as Director of R&D and Director of Computing from 1997-2002. In 2002, he co-founded Gehry Technologies where he served as Chief Technology Officer, launched the development of several commercial software products, and was project executive on several of the world’s most recognizable and advanced building projects. He previously worked for a diverse set of technology and engineering companies including Arup, Cyra Systems and Consultant’s Computation Bureau.Dennis has lectured and written widely on topics of computational applications to architecture and building industry transformation. He has served on numerous industry leadership and standards bodies, including the National Institute of Building Sciences and BuildingSmart, and served as chair of the BIM Standard Legal and Contracting Committee for the National BIM Standard.
Joe is a Regional Sales Director in the Northeast for PlanGrid covering NY, NJ, PA and DE. Joe’s team supports top owners, general contractors, specialty contractors, and subcontractors running their companies on PlanGrid. Prior to PlanGrid, Joe has spent close to 20 years in software sales at such companies as DocuSign, Oracle and Taleo. Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Operations Management from CUNY Baruch College.