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2013 WMR Conference: Speakers
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PAUL GOLDBERGER - Paul Goldberger, who The Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism. In 2012 he received the Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in recognition of the influence his writing has had on the public’s understanding of architecture. He is the author of several books, most recently Why Architecture Matters, published by Yale University Press; Building Up and Tearing Down, a collection of his articles from The New Yorker; and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, published by Taschen. He is now at work on a full-length biography of the architect Mr. Frank Gehry to be published by Alfred A. Knopf. He lectures around the country on the subject of architecture, design, historic preservation and cities. He is a graduate of Yale University, and is a trustee of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. He resides in New York City.

BRAD CLOEPFIL, AIA - Brad Cloepfil studied architecture at the University of Oregon and went on to earn an advanced degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. After more than a decade of working and teaching in Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Switzerland, Cloepfil founded Allied Works in his native Portland, Oregon in 1994. The New York City office followed in 2003.

Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside the field of architecture. While studying at the University of Oregon, he drew inspiration from the vast landscape and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest. While studying in New York he was introduced to the simple yet profoundly resonant gestures of land and installation artists of that time.

His body of work is as informed by the land and the history of place as it is by formal training, and it is one that cuts a clear line through much of the rhetoric and formal novelty surrounding the practice today. His approach to design combines a research-intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of the profoundly affecting possibilities of building.

In addition to leading all aspects of creative work at Allied Works, Cloepfil has held guest professorships at leading American architecture and design schools across the country over the past 17 years. He is also a frequent lecturer, panelist and judge at universities, cultural institutions and creative organizations throughout the world.

TOM KUNDIG, FAIA – Tom Kundig is one of the most celebrated architects in North America. He has received some of the USA’s highest design awards—a National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which recognizes creative individuals whose work is characterized by a strong personal direction. In addition, he work has been recognized with six National AIA Honor Awards, seven National AIA Housing Awards, and dozens of other design awards. In 2011, Kundig was included in The Wallpaper* 150, Wallpaper’s list of the 150 people who have most influenced, inspired and improved the way we live, work and travel over the last 15 years. Kundig’s work has been the subject of two monographs published by Princeton Architectural Press, Tom Kundig Houses 2, (released in 2011), and, Tom Kundig Houses, (released in 2006). In 2012, Kundig was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

JULIE SNOW, FAIA - Julie Snow leads a studio-based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The diverse scale and type of work is joined by a common exploration of material and detail. The studio's interest in pragmatic and critical programmatic reflection results in innovative designs that expand our understanding of architectural performance. Design strategies engage issues of how architecture performs within each project's, social, cultural and economic context.

In addition to her studio, Julie has held several visiting professor positions including the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, and Washington University, St. Louis. After teaching at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, she received the Ralph Rapson Award for Distinguished Teaching. Julie also recently received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.


JULIUS NATTERER, PROF. HON. EPFL - Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and chair of Timber Construction at IBOIS from 1978 - 2004

European structural engineer Julius Natterer is one of the world’s foremost authorities on timber construction. A teacher, author, designer and timber structure. Natterer is a leading exponent of originality and innovation in timber design. He argues for a synthesis between optimized and rationalized construction and architectural expression.

As an engineer, Julius Natterer has worked with numerous architects to produce innovative and daring designs in wood ranging from giant two-way truss systems which need minimal vertical support to soaring skylit roofs supported by poetic umbrella-like posts. He has received many distinctions and awards for his design work. Lately he received the Schweighofer Prize 2005 for his “Lebenswerk als Wegbereiter des modernen Holzbaus”.

Natterer is Professor Emeritus at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology EPFL in Lausanne. He has written numerous technical and academic articles on timber construction. The authoritative book Timber Design and Construction Source Book has been translated into several languages.

Aside from the University task, he organized from 1992 till 2004 the master course on timber structures. He participated in many conferences, seminars and post courses as well as in the WTCE in Lausanne, Beaux Arts in Paris, CSU - Fort Collins, Vienna, Lumsa – Roma etc.

Julius Natterer studied civil engineering at the Technical University in Munich. He had an engineering office in Germany, still Bois Consult, a little office in Etoy – Switzerland and is contributing to different research and development programs as consultant.

HENRY BEER, IDSA, FSEGD - Henry Beer has been involved in the planning, design and branding of retail environments, downtowns, shopping centers and entertainment venues for over forty years.

He began his career at the Office of Charles and Ray Eames where he was involved in a variety of furniture, exhibition, film and graphics initiatives. It was at the Eames Office in the late sixties that he met Richard Foy. The two later combined to form Communication Arts in Boulder in 1973 and were instrumental in the development and design of the Pearl Street Mall. The exceptional success of that project brought their fledgling office to the attention of James Rouse, Chairman and founder of the eponymous Rouse Company who at the time was developing some of America’s most innovative and design intensive retail projects.

From that beginning, CommArts was engaged by virtually every large scale retail developer in the United States. The firm pioneered an all-inclusive approach to the design of elective places—a portfolio of two and three dimensional (and now digital) design services in what is now referred to as Environmental Branding, in which every aspect of a place is designed to ensure that in addition to the functional aspects, it also connects emotionally with the visitor, the resident and the shopper.

Henry and his colleagues have completed over eight hundred projects for clients nationwide and globally. CommArts is now Stantec ViBE (Visions, Brands, Experiences), a part of Stantec, a 12,000 person Canadian based engineering and architecture consultancy.

Henry has been published in numerous professional and public interest magazines and journals. He has been a keynote lecturer, frequent speaker and writer on design and business at universities, professional schools and national conferences including the Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects and the International Council of Shopping Centers. Henry has appeared on CBS, NBC and was heard on National Public Radio and Smart Cities discussing issues related to design and culture. He has won numerous national design awards and has served on frequent design juries including the AIA National Honor Awards and the NEA National Design Awards Committee.

MAX UNDERWOOD, AIA - Max Underwood is an architect and President’s Professor at Arizona State University. His scholarship and creative activities intertwine the art of teaching with the realities of exemplary design and architectural practice. Building upon his experience working with the visionary designers Charles and Ray Eames, and subsequent graduate work at Princeton University - he has continually researched and placed his students in many of the leading design, business, film and architectural practices around the world.

Given the success of many of these students, Max’s influential impact as a teacher has not gone unnoticed by his academic and professional peers. Internationally, he is held in the highest esteem as a lecturer, writer, Smithsonian study tour leader, and award winning Teacher’s Teacher. His numerous awards include the prestigious ACSA National Distinguished Professor Award, the Arizona AIA Educator Award and three National AIA Honor Awards for his teaching innovations. He is currently working on a book on Silence.

W. GEOFF GJERTSON, AIA - W. Geoff Gjertson, AIA is an architect and Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He currently teaches Professional Practice as well as third and graduate level Architectural Design. He is the co-director of the Building Institute, a “hands-on” design/build program which serves the community by having students in collaboration with contractors build market-rate, sustainably-designed homes in at-risk neighborhoods. Three houses so far have followed in the footsteps of the BeauSoleil Louisiana Solar Home, an award-winning 2009 Solar Decathlon house. He is currently working on book about the projects and the sociological effects of design/build on a community.

Professor Gjertson has practiced architecture since 1994 and is licensed in the state of Louisiana. His award winning work has been published in professional and academic Journals such as Architectural Record, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Interior Design, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture proceedings. As a furniture-maker and musician, Geoff finds inspiration in many diverse areas.

KATY HOLLBACHER, PE - Katy Hollbacher founded Beyond Efficiency in 2009 and has 15 years experience in the A/E/C and green building industries. Beyond Efficiency specializes in high-performance building envelope and HVAC systems consulting and helps clients literally "push the envelope" by applying technical expertise and analyses to optimize building performance.

Katy was the rater and energy consultant for the Carmel Passive House, a LEED Platinum home that won the 2013 Fine Homebuilding Best New Home award, as well as Merritt Crossing, a LEED Platinum multifamily affordable housing project that also earned California's first ENERGY STAR Highrise certification. Katy was a founding board member of the non-profit Passive House California and is a faculty of San Francisco Institute of Architecture. At home in the field as well as the office, Katy has pounded nails, hung drywall, and pulled wires on various construction projects.

HARRY FALCONER, AIA, NCARB - Harry Falconer joined NCARB in 2006. As Director, Internship + Education, he leads the directorate to provide professional support for the Intern Development Program (IDP) as well as NCARB’s education-related programs including the NCARB Education Standard, NCARB Award, Broadly Experienced Architect (BEA) and Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) programs, and continuing education initiatives. He is also responsible for administration of the Council’s outreach initiative to schools, professional conferences, and firms; and management of the IDP Coordinators program.

Falconer’s career in architecture includes 15 years of experience in architecture-engineering firms and seven years of experience in facilities planning and design. His direct involvement in all phases of design, construction, and project management has allowed him to become knowledgeable in the many aspects of the profession. Falconer’s practice of architecture, while varied, focused on the college and university market sector.

Falconer holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is licensed to practice architecture in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, has been certified as a construction documents technologist by the Construction Specifications Institute, and holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity. In 2010, Falconer was awarded NCARB’s highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service, for his leadership in the Intern Development Program (IDP).

GREG WALKER - Greg Walker as one of the founding partners of WOW Atelier has presented his work at Parsons--The New School for Design in New York City--and has been invited to lecture at the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning in both the Architecture and Urban Planning departments and is currently the Chair of the Young Architects Forum (YAF) of AIA Utah. Greg received the 2011 Associate "Architect of the Year" award from AIA Utah. The AIA Utah Young Architects Forum has been awarded the 2012 Grassroots leadership award in the service category in Washington DC.

As the Chair of the YAF of AIA Utah he and his team were responsible for planning and executing the "Fluid Adagio" international design competition. Over 13 Countries, and 24 states entered resulting in a public installation currently on exhibit in Downtown Salt Lake City. The YAF Utah was also responsible for bringing Pecha Kucha Nights to the Salt Lake, as well as brining EECTA (Educating Elementary Children Through Architecture) to over 200 children in 10 schools. The YAF has recently completed the international design competition SixtyNine Seventy that focused on two city blocks in the heart of the city's Cultural Core, over 200 teams from over 48 countries competed for $120,000 in prize money, along with a $30,000 promotional budget that promoted their ideas to the citizens of Salt Lake City.




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