CRAIG DYKERS, Principal/Founding Partner

Craig Dykers is a founding partner of Snøhetta architects. Formed in 1989 upon winning the competition to design the new Alexandria Library in Egypt, Snøhetta has since gone on to win notable cultural projects like the Norwegian National Opera and the September 11 Memorial Pavilion. Current projects include the expansion of the SFMOMA in California, the reconstruction of Times Square in New York City, the Guadalajara Museum of Natural Sciences in Mexico, and the Far Rockaway Library in Queens. Recently, the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green University was completed. Mr. Dykers’ work has received numerous awards including various categories of the World Architecture Awards and recently the Mies van der Rohe Prize.




Peter Arbour is an architect and building envelope designer. He currently works in the New York office of the German facade builder seele. Peter received his Master of Architecture from Yale University. From 2005-2011, Peter worked as Project Manager for RFR Consulting Engineers in Paris, France. His prior NYC experience includes façade consulting with Israel Berger and Associates, and the structural engineering practice of Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners. His façade design approach applies both architecture and engineering first principles from sketch design through project delivery. Peter is motivated to develop building systems of architectural ambition, which effectively respond to the complex and rapidly evolving demands of today’s building enclosure. Peter’s New York projects include 40 Bond Street, with Herzog de Meuron Architects, and the TKTS booth in Times Square, with Perkins Eastman and Partners. Recent façade projects include The Grand Museum of Egypt in Giza, with Heneghan Peng Architects, the Tour Phare at La Defense, Paris, with Morphosis Architects, Cité des Arts et de la Culture of Besançon with Kengo Kuma Architects, and the Broad Museum with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Peter is the designer and patent holder of the Liquid Wall curtain wall system.



As Technical Director of SOM San Francisco, Keith Boswell is actively engaged in projects from concept design through completion and orchestrates and oversees detailed design and construction documentation for all SOM SF projects. His experience includes high-rise office buildings, government projects, museums, retail spaces, and airport terminals. A specialist in designing and executing technically complex building systems, Keith creates highly sustainable, innovative techniques that integrate materials and technology in case-specific design solutions for custom building envelopes, elevator systems, and building systems. Keith is completing a book entitled Exterior Building Enclosures – Design Process to be published in 2012. Among his accomplishments overseas are the new U.S. Embassy in Beijing; the Beijing headquarters for Lenovo, China’s largest computer company; the New Beijing Poly Plaza; the Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou; and Ayala Tower One and Philippine Stock Exchange, both in Manila.



Mark Dannettel has more than 20 years of experience in architecture, engineering, façade design, and building technology, in Asia and the U.S. Mark’s façade consulting work includes numerous high-rise towers, civic and institutional structures, hospitals, airports, hotels, and residential towers. His projects include the College of Media in Doha, Qatar,  Stockton Courthouse and the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center in California, and a new GSA building in Florida. Mark has also worked as a specialist façade contractor, with projects including the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago, a cable-net and double façade for the Loyola Information Commons in Chicago, and a cable-supported glass wall for the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Mark has taught architecture at several universities, and teaches “Advanced Building Skins” at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in architecture from Arizona State University.



With more than 6 years experience in the commercial roofing industry, Curt has worked extensively with large national retailers, the federal government, large architectural firms and building envelope specifiers.  Curt also has more than 10 years experience in industrial sales and marketing.  Curt holds degrees in Business Marketing and Economics from Ball State University.




Lisa Iwamoto is partner of IwamotoScott, a practice formed in partnership with Craig Scott. Committed to pursuing architecture as a form of applied design research, IwamotoScott engages in projects at multiple scales and in a variety of contexts consisting of full-scale fabrications, museum installations and exhibitions, theoretical proposals, competitions, and commissioned design projects. Iwamoto’s work has been published widely nationally and internationally. She is author of Digital Fabrications: Architectural and Material Techniques published by Princeton Architectural Press as part of their series Architecture Briefs. Iwamoto is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at The University of California-Berkeley where her research focuses on digital and material techniques for architecture. Lisa received her master of architecture, professional degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and her bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, College of Engineering.



Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California. Future Cities Lab explores the intersections of architectural design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Mr. Johnson’s work has been published and exhibited worldwide. Most recently he was awarded the 2011 Architectural League of NY Young Architects Prize, and the 2008-09 Oberdick Fellowship at the University of Michigan TCAUP, and the 2009 New York Prize Fellowship at the Van Alen Institute in NYC. He currently teaches at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Jason will serve as Chair of the upcoming ACADIA 2012 Conference “Synthetic Digital Ecologies” to be held in San Francisco. His HYDRAMAX Port Machines project will be exhibited at SFMOMA from 3/31/12 to 7/29/12.



Hao brings a contextually-appropriate design sensitivity to all his projects, reflecting a unique vision for each design effort he undertakes. He leads his teams by example, ensuring solutions are functional, well-researched, and aesthetically effective. His portfolio includes diverse architecture and master planning work in the U.S. and Asia. In 2012, Hao was honored with the “Young Architects Award” from the AIA and named to Building Design + Construction’s “40 Under 40” list. The previous year, he was named to ENR California’s “Top 20 under 40” list, which recognized him as “One of the firm’s most creative and dependable design directors.” Prior to joining Gensler, Hao developed his design and management skills on projects in collaboration with renowned architects including Keating/Khang Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Rem Koolhaas/OMA Asia, and Eric Owen Moss.



Bill founded Kreysler & Associates in 1982.  K&A is a custom molder of fiber reinforced products located in Napa County. The firm has won numerous awards for excellence in the manufacture of FRP (Fiber Reinforced Polymer) architectural products, industrial products, and large scale sculpture.  Before founding K&A, Bill was Executive VP and production manager for Performance Sailcraft Corp, Northern California’s largest sailboat manufacturer at the time, managing the production and distribution of over 12,000 sailboats.  Mr. Kreysler has degrees in English and History from CSU San Diego.  He has served as board member and as President of the ACMA (American Composites Manufacturers Association) – the world’s largest trade association for the composites industry.  He is a past director of the Composites Institute and chair of the ACMA Committee on Architectural Composites and the Building Codes.  Bill is currently chair of the committee to write Guide Specifications and Recommended Practice for FRP Architectural Products and is a founding member of the newly formed Digital Fabrication Alliance.  He is a co-author of Composites, Surfaces, and Software High Performance Architecture with Greg Lynn.



Andrew Kudless investigates the emergent relationships among architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. His work strives to find organic integration in a material system’s form, growth, and behavior. This results in understanding how geometry, fabrication, and performance can work together to form a more effective architectural project. In 2004 he founded the interdisciplinary design and architecture studio MATSYS. The firm specializes in complex geometry, digital fabrication, and procedural techniques such as scripting. In 2009 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art commissioned P_Wall (2009) for the exhibition, Sensate: Bodies and Design, which was added to the museum’s permanent collection.

Andrew has taught at Ohio State, Yale, Rice, and the Architectural Association. He was the Howard E. LeFevre Fellow for Emerging Practitioners at OSU in 2005 and received a 2004 FEIDAD Design Merit Award and a 1998 Fulbright Fellowship in Japan.



Chris Lasch co-founded Aranda\Lasch in 2003. A New York-based architectural studio dedicated to experimental research and innovative building, Aranda\Lasch has designed buildings, installations and objects through a deep investigation of materials and structure. Winners of the United States Artists Award and Young Architects Award in 2007, their early architectural projects are the subject of the book, Pamphlet Architecture #27: Tooling. In 2008 they were commissioned by MoMA to produce a large-scale installation in the museum. In addition to commercial and residential projects in New York, the studio completed a 42,000 sq. foot temporary structure for Design Miami in 2009. Aranda\Lasch were featured in the 2008 and 2010 Venice Architecture Biennials. Aranda\Lasch also develops experimental furniture products that explore new concepts in fabrication and assembly. They were the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Associate Professors of Architecture at UC Berkeley in Fall 2012.



As a Senior Project Designer in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York offices of HOK, Arnold has created award-winning and inventive designs in transportation, hi-rise office, healthcare, and institutional buildings.  Arnold works closely with clients to create unique and innovative concepts for each project. He has developed an environmentally sustainable approach over twenty years of practice that is expressive of materials and structure, lightness and graphic transparency.  Recent projects include the ARTIC Intermodal Station, Moynihan Station, The New Harlem Hospital, and 15 Penn Plaza Tower.  Arnold holds degrees of Master in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has taught at both institutions.


Advanced Technology Studio

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.



Ra is a co-founding partner of Front. Prior to starting Front he worked as a façade design consultant at Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners, a NY and London based structural glass & façade group.  There, he, with a small team of engineers developed the cable shell and glass shingling system for the Mori Art Center Entry pavilion and the suspended atrium façade. Ra was also deeply involved with the development of the newest innovations in structural glass applied for the first Apple retail stores in NY, Chicago and LA. As a systems design principal at Front his experience includes high performance envelope systems for projects like the Walker Art Center, the Toledo Museum of Art, World Trade Center Pavilion, Broad Art Museum, St Louis Art Museum, Highline 23 Condominiums, CMA Tower and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Ra lectures widely on the subject of building skin systems, materiality and the exploration in ways to better the process of designing, making and building. Ra teaches a design studio at UCLA Graduate School of Architecture.



Geoff always had a keen interest in how things work. At age 5 he took the kitchen door off its hinges with a butter knife, and spent his childhood surreptitiously dismantling home appliances. With an Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame, Geoff practiced for 12 years at firms including NBBJ and IA, and ran his own design office. He worked the next 10 years in construction project management, managing the fit-out for Immunex Corporation’s $750MM biotech corporate headquarters, the curtainwall package for the $250MM WaMu/SAM tower, and multiple retail and commercial projects. Geoff met Andrey Kurylo, the founder of Element, through their shared passion for vintage Italian motorcycles and all things involving metal, design and innovation. At Element, Geoff leads partnerships with major curtainwall companies, managing design, production and delivery for sunshade and sunscreen projects. In his spare time, Geoff builds custom Ducatis, chases after his 5 children and occasionally mows the lawn.



Dennis Shelden is Associate Professor of the Practice of Architecture Design at MIT, and a Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gehry Technologies, a building industry technology company formed in 2001 by the research and development team of Frank Gehry Partners. He joined Gehry Partners in 1997 and became director of the firm’s computation efforts in 2000, where he was responsible for the management and strategic direction of the firm’s technology efforts. Prior to joining Gehry Partners, he performed structural engineering, energy systems and technology development work at firms including Ove Arup & Partners, Consultants’ Computation Bureau and Cyra Systems. Professor Shelden lectures and conducts research in building industry process advancement and in design computation and cognition. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a Ph. D. in Computation and Architectural Design from MIT.



Ann Smith is the leading expert in architectural mesh systems, having over 10 years of experience as Business Development Manager with Cambridge Architectural. Ann partners with every client during the initial design phase to develop a mesh solution that’s custom fit to the architect’s design intent, seamlessly integrating sustainable mesh systems into a project. Her collaboration with multidisciplinary teams of architects, contractors and installers has led to momentous projects such as the Hotel Americano in New York City and the Miami Intermodal Center. Ann instructs courses on the dynamic potential of mesh systems as well as AIA accredited courses on design and functionality of sustainable mesh systems.


Marcelo Spina is the design principal of P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, a design research architectural practice based in Los Angeles and operating globally. P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S work has gained international recognition for its subtle approach to architecture; one that seamlessly integrates digital technology with an extensive consideration of form, novel tectonics and innovative materials. P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S aims to generate innovative spatial forms that actively engage, enhance, and influence the body, constantly challenging its relationship to the built environment akin to the complexity of contemporary life. Marcelo Spina has been on the design faculty at The Southern California Institute of Architecture since 2001. Mr. Spina teaches design studios and seminars in technology in the Graduate Program. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard, Tulane, University of California Berkeley and the Technical University of Innsbruck, Austria.



Sanjeev holds a Masters of Building Science from the USC and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi. Prior to joining Buro Happold in 2011, Sanjeev Tankha was instrumental in developing innovative solutions to complex design challenges all over the world. He has also played a significant role in the research and development of High Performance Building Envelopes which focuses on design issues related to the performance of buildings. Projects that Sanjeev was actively involved in include the People Mover Station at the MGM CityCenter in Las Vegas; SEC Headquarters Building, the world’s first double curved cable net supported facade in Washington DC; and New Poly Plaza Building, the world’s largest cable net facade in Beijing, China.


BEN TRANEL Technical Design Director

Ben brings extensive design experience to a variety of project types, with specific expertise in curtain wall design and construction. As the technical design director for the PNC Tower in Pittsburgh, Ben is responsible for all aspects of building technologies, including the façade. His involvement in high profile, prestigious projects has resulted in numerous design awards and publication features. His portfolio includes projects all over the world, in diverse code jurisdictions and throughout all phases of design and construction. He has also served as a guest lecturer, professor and visiting critic at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, UC Berkeley and CCA. He engages with the local design community through organizations including ULI, SPUR, AIA, and has served on the 2007 jury for the Center for Built Environment’s design awards. Ben holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University.



Mr. Williams, a Professional Mechanical Engineer, serves as chair of the San Francisco Mayor’s Task Force on Green Buildings, which authors the nation’s most progressive and far-reaching Green Building ordinance for private buildings. He also serves as the Industry Chair for the University of California Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment, is co-chair of the Strategic Development Council BIM subcommittee under the ACI foundation and is a member of the California AIA IPD working group.

Sustainable (LEED Platinum) projects of note include the California Academy of Science, Park Mercer , San Francisco Public Utilities Commission headquarters, and over 40 other LEED projects exceeding 28 million square feet. Webcor, based in San Francisco, also has offices in Alameda, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego, is consistently recognized as one of California’s largest commercial builders/general contractors.



JULIE V. IOVINE Executive Editor

Julie V. Iovine is an architecture and design reporter, editor, and critic with an international reputation based on more than a decade as a features reporter and editor at The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine. She started her relationship with The Architect’s Newspaper in 2004 as architecture critic, becoming executive editor in 2007. She is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and the author of several books on architecture and design, including Guggenheim: New York/Bilbao (Princeton Architectural Press), Michael Graves (Chronicle), Modern Americana (Rizzoli) and Ingo Mauer (Cooper-Hewitt/Assouline).


SAM LUBELL West Coast Editor

Sam Lubell was news editor at Architectural Record, where he remains a contributor, and he recently completed books on architectural photography titled Julius Schulman Los Angeles and new Paris architecture, called Paris 2000+ (Monacelli Press, 2007). His writing has appeared in Architectural Record, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York, Travel + Leisure, and many other publications. He is working on a second book, London 2000+.