The Accelerate AEC Speakers

Nicholas W. Cameron

AIA, LEED AP, Director Digital Practice, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

Nick Cameron's central charge is to develop and execute Perkins+Will's Digital Practice strategies, advancing tools, workflows, and emerging technologies to enable design teams to deliver outstanding solutions for clients. Cameron's early career focused on design, leading him to Shanghai, China. He managed design teams dispersed around the globe, creating challenges to the collaborative nature of architectural design. This led to new communication and process strategies which developed into new applications. This work continues by leveraging the incredible amount of innovation generated by the 2,500+ staff at Perkins+Will.

Carlos J. Cardoso

AIA, Partner, Beyer Blinder Belle

Carlos Cardoso is a technical specialist in the world of architecture, with more than 20 years of experience in the management and execution of construction projects. Cardoso's focus on construction administration stems from a lifelong passion for understanding how things are built, which he first developed as a child through exposure to his family's construction and real estate business in Brazil, Portugal, and the U.S. Before the era of "green" design, Cardoso witnessed building practices in South America and Europe that represent sustainability at its simplest: creating buildings that are durable, maintainable, and can stand the test of time. Carlos takes responsibility for the entire process from design through construction, and is committed to design excellence and meeting the client's core needs. He places the utmost value on collaboration among the entire project team and his gregarious, inclusive style enables him to communicate effectively with owners, consultants and contractors alike.Carlos oversees new construction, renovation and adaptive reuse for commercial, residential and institutional projects for such diverse clients as the JBG Companies, Columbia University, Manhattan School of Music, General Growth Properties, The Witkoff Group, Ian Schraeger Company, Naftali Group, The Brodsky Organization, and Metro North Railroad. He is also the co-creator of "LiveBBBarch," a web-based software BBB developed to facilitate project management, including real-time synchronization of project information amongst all team members. LiveBBBarch is used by 1,900 contacts, representing nearly every active client.Carlos is a graduate of the City College of New York (B.S. Architecture). He is a licensed architect in the state of New York and New Jersey, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Carlos has been at BBB since 1995.

Jit Kee Chin

Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer, Suffolk Construction

Jit Kee Chin is the Chief Data Officer at Suffolk Construction, where she leads Suffolk's journey to leverage big data and advanced analytics to improve construction outcomes. Prior to Suffolk, Chin spent 10 years with McKinsey and Company advising Fortune 100 companies on strategic, commercial, and advanced analytics topics. She has a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelor degrees in Physics and English Literature from Caltech.

Thom Chuparkoff

AIA, LEED AP, Director of OSPORTS, Osborn Engineering

Thom Chuparkoff has been a practicing architect for nearly two decades, with a focus on sports and entertainment venues. He has vast experience as a project manager, project architect, and BIM specialist, with a focus in the professional and amateur soccer market. Through his work, he has become an industry leader in the era of parametric design and process-oriented project execution.

Randy Deutsch

AIA, LEED AP

Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP, served as the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, teaching and conducting research in design, professional practice, building technology, and digital technology. He is an international keynote speaker, workshop leader, and design technology authority. An architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects, Deutsch has been an Exec Ed program leader at Harvard GSD and has written for several industry publications. He is also the author of three books: Convergence: The Redesign of Design (2017); Data Driven Design and Construction: Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data (2015); and BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (2011).

Magued Eldaief

CEO, Prescient

Magued Eldaief has been CEO of Prescient since May of 2017. A long time GE executive, he previously led the global commercial operations of the $4B Industrial Solutions business of GE which includes Low Voltage, Medium Voltage, Control & Automation Products & Services. Prior to that role, he was the CEO of GE IS for the EMEA region. Eldaief started his GE career in 1989. In 1994 he moved to New Delhi to lead GE's Power generation and service activities in India. In 1998, he was named GE Power Systems Region Executive & General Manager for the Africa/India/Middle East region, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2001 he moved to London as General Manager-GE Energy Services Europe and in early 2004, he was named as President and Region Executive Asia Pacific for GE Energy based in Singapore. In 2007, Eldaief took commercial responsibility for all of GE Energy's global accounts and partner EPCs and was the Managing Director for GE Energy in the UK until 2012. Eldaief received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo in 1987 and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1992.

Herbert Els

RCDD, CCNA, Senior Vice President, Building Technology Systems, WSP USA

Herbert Els offers nearly 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of a wide range of IT systems, including research of emerging trends and introduction of new concepts to clients. Over the course of his career, Els has developed particular skills in helping his clients obtain information technology systems which meet present needs while anticipating future requirements. In recent work with the San Francisco Transbay Transit Center project, he led a highly skilled design team in the programming and designing of converged intelligent building systems, meeting federal safety requirements whilst still aligning with the goals of a sustainable, energy efficient, technology enabled smart facility. Els is spearheading the ThinkBOLDR Innovation Center, focusing on the impact of the built environment on the humanistic experience. The goal of the innovation center is to develop a more philosophical approach to the way we design, construct, and maintain buildings, recognizing that the focal point of the built environment should not be technology, but people. Creating a sustainable and humane built environment depends not just on technology itself, but on how we use and appropriately apply technology. A sustainable built environment, in other words, depends on more than just physical structures and systems; it relies on how well buildings connect with infrastructure, nature, and people.

Lisa Ann Feeley

CSSMBB, SPHR, Vice President, Project & Construction Management, Transwestern

With a career that spans 30+ years in many industries from the healthcare & Life Sciences and from Construction to Engineering to Development, Lisa has held a variety of roles with Fortune 500 firms and small private companies in Human Resources, Business Development, Project Management, and Operations. In addition to her current position as Vice President, Project & Construction Management for Transwestern, she is a 5-time entrepreneur, 3-time book author, writer, trainer, and teaches Lean Six Sigma as a Master Blackbelt at Purdue University. Earlier in her career, Lisa earned her lifetime certification as a senior professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has enjoyed speaking at a variety of conferences and has for 20 years consulted at over 300 companies and organizations on the topics of lean six sigma, culture transformation, leadership, and operational efficiencies.

Susan Heinking

AIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow, Vice President, High-Performance and Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction

A licensed architect and LEED Fellow, Susan has over a decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives in the building industry. She leads Pepper's High Performance and Sustainable Construction Group. She is a national expert in sustainable building design and construction. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, the AIA2030 Chicago Working Group, co-chairing Chicago's AIA COTE knowledge group, participating in RETROFIT Chicago and working with the Chicago Biomimicry Group. In addition, Susan serves on the Illinois Green Alliance Board of Directors. Susan has been named to both ENR and BD+C's 20 under 40 list. Susan's current vision for Pepper includes expanding the company's sustainability efforts to fully embrace the high-performance aspects of both building performance and human performance. This includes enhancing existing efforts with energy modeling, ROI analysis and local utility incentives, as well as building on Pepper's "Nothing Hits the Floor" program and promoting the use of healthy materials. Susan holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and is an active presenter at industry conventions.

Andrew Heumann

Senior Scientist, WeWork

Andrew Heumann is a senior scientist at WeWork, where he develops new software tools and workflows for design and architecture teams. Formerly a design technology specialist at Woods Bagot and at NBBJ, he has written more than 20 plug-ins for 3D modeling software (“Human,” the most popular, has had more than 300,000 downloads) and created many bespoke tools for design teams and practices, aiding in the management of project metrics, environmental and urban analysis, and façade design. Outside of his professional work, Andrew is a generative artist, working with data, algorithms, geometry, and pixels to create rich visual abstractions that engage and challenge the limits and affordances of digital media. Andrew has studied both architecture and computer science, and has lectured and taught seminars at Cornell University, Yale University, Columbia GSAPP, and the California College of the Arts. His work has been published in Wallpaper* magazine, the International Journal of Architectural Computing, CLOG journal, and presented at conferences including ACADIA, SIMAUD, Autodesk University, and the AEC Technology Symposium.

Lance Hosey

FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

Lance Hosey is a Design Director with Gensler. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), has been Amazon's #1 bestseller for sustainable design. As of 2015, he was one of only 30 people in the world named a Fellow with both the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council.

Mac Little

VDC Manager, VIATechnik

Mac Little is a VDC Manager for VIATechnik where he focuses on day to day coordination and operations of multiple projects that cover anything from industrial prototyping to large multifamily mixed use developments. As well as the typical BIM coordination, he invests a lot of his time in tool and application development that is directly focused on generating efficiencies in the AEC industry, while pushing the boundaries of current practices and dated workflows. Mac's projects have spanned across the board, whether its developing data extraction tools for large industrial building owners, creating workflows for prefab modular construction capabilities with multiple GC's, or developing a new process to help the Houston Public Library System define their strategic and facility master planning goals, he has probably done it. Figuring out the architectural process evolution through technology exploration and innovation was a heavy focus of his education at the University of Houston, where he received his degrees in Architecture and Economics.

Wolf Mangelsdorf

Group Director, Partner, BuroHappold

Wolf Mangelsdorf is a partner and structural engineer based in BuroHappold's New York office. He has led large multidisciplinary teams on some of the world's most structurally complex buildings since first joining the firm in 2002, including Zaha Hadid's City of Dreams development in Macau and the Battersea Power Station Master Plan in London. His varied background informs his ingenuity as an engineer, enabling such signature buildings and landmarks as the Museum of Transport in Glasgow, Scotland, and the roof to the Médiacité retail center in Liege, Belgium. Charged with ensuring the highest level of design and technology methodologies for BuroHappold, Mangelsdorf is also is the Global Discipline Director for structural engineering, responsible for cultivating the next generation of engineers, and currently leads the firm's modular technology solutions. He has written, lectured and presented extensively on the topic of structuring strategies for complex geometries.

James McNeill

Senior Computational Analysis Engineer
Leader, Custom Development Group, Affiliated Engineers - AEI

James McNeill is a Senior Computational Analysis Engineer and leads the Custom Development group at AEI. He brings a broad range of experience involving design, research, and analysis to AEI, and has over a decade of experience with MEP design, whole building energy analysis and computational fluid dynamics. James uses his combined expertise in engineering analysis and computer programming to define new ways to deliver data-driven design through deep engineering knowledge.

Nathan Miller

Founder, CEO, Proving Ground

Nate Miller is the Founder of Proving Ground, a digital design agency that enables digital transformation through data-driven solutions for architects, engineers, builders, and owners. Nate has worked with some of the most reputable organizations in the building industry to create strategies and software that connect builders with data to realize value and performance. His work in data and computation has contributed to the design and delivery of numerous built environments including stadiums, skyscrapers, hospitals, and museums. Nate has personally authored numerous free and open source tools that are widely used by professionals and researchers with the aim of improving designer productivity. Among these tools are the popular Grasshopper and Dynamo plug-ins LunchBox, Rhynamo, and Slingshot. As a respected leader in the field of computation in architecture, Nate and has lectured at venues including ACADIA, AEC Tech, AIA Building Connections Congress, USC BIM Symposium, and Now Next Future. Nate is also an avid writer and has authored numerous articles focused on emerging technology, industry trends, and business strategy. You can read his work in publications including Architect Magazine, Building Design+Construction, and the Proving Ground blog.

EJ Olbright

CEO, CFC Construction

EJ Olbright brings 40 years of comprehensive experience to every CFC project. From his start in the industry in 1972, to his 40th year as Chief Executive Officer, Olbright has significant experience as a construction manager, general contractor, and developer. After witnessing firsthand how construction projects could be improved with better planning, organization, scheduling, communication, and realistic budget considerations, he founded Colorado First Construction (CFC) to deliver a more comprehensive and professional array of construction services in the Colorado marketplace. Today, CFC has an extensive portfolio of approximately $1 billion worth of public buildings and schools, commercial buildings, luxury homes, condominiums, townhomes and luxury and affordable multifamily apartment projects to its credit. Olbright provides executive oversight and is directly involved with every CFC project. Under his leadership, it is CFC's philosophy to always be easily accessible and responsive to the project owner to ensure satisfaction, and to be committed to the overall success of all CFC projects. This combination of teamwork, cooperation, communication, and creative and innovative solutions to the toughest challenges has earned CFC a high percentage of repeat business.

Terry Olynyk

Director of Business Development, PCL Construction

With focus on strategic growth, Terry is responsible for managing PCL Toronto's business development practices and strategies, including market research, and relationship management. Skilled at creating solutions for PCL's clients, Terry is an accomplished builder, leader, and strategist committed to creating long-term success for PCL, as well as its clients and partners. In this role, he is focused on influencing a culture of innovation that will help PCL shape current industry practices, while harnessing the power of digital technology. He has more than 25 years of construction experience, and a combined project value in excess of $1 billion. Most recently, Terry was given the challenge of reinventing PCL's offsite construction operations, now known as PCL Agile, which is experiencing strong growth and has strategically positioned PCL, the only general contractor in Canada with its own in-house offsite construction division, to leverage this nontraditional business unit for success.

Tara Roscoe

Associate Principal, Woods Bagot

Tara has developed a strong reputation as a design leader and innovator in New York's design industry. With over 20 years of experience, Tara has built a robust portfolio of award-winning interior project work. Her holistic design approach and ability to think strategically about real estate, interior design and architecture has put her in a unique position to navigate and leverage new emerging technologies into daily practice. Tara has developed an interest in the relationship between data driven design, A.I., predictive software, machine learning and current design practice and processes. At Woods Bagot, she works closely with the internal software development and strategy team, Superspace, to develop and employ incredibly effective spatial analytic tools. As clients strive to manage complex occupancy scenarios and migrate ever deeper into agile business models, Tara has been focusing on partnering with them to use these tools to help them achieve these goals, elevate their business and prepare for unknown futures. Tara leads the North American Workplace team for Woods Bagot and is based in the New York Studio.

Dane Stokes

Design Technology Specialist, ZGF Architects

Dane Stokes is a Design Technology Specialist at ZGF Architects in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining ZGF, Dane spent seven years in the automotive industry specializing in the fabrication, testing, and development of high-performance racing vehicles. Seeking to expand his knowledge of fabrication and construction, Dane moved into the architectural field and completed a master's degree in architecture from UPenn, specializing in computational design, fabrication, kinematics, and robotics. At ZGF, Dane is a firmwide resource for the development and implementation of computational design tools. He is passionate about utilizing emerging technology to improve the quality, precision, and speed of design, documentation, and fabrication within the design realm.

Evan Troxel

Director of Digital Practice, HMC Architects

An industry-leading design and technology expert, Evan Troxel is HMC's Director of Digital Practice. With 25 years of architecture experience, he leads HMC's vision, application, and integration of digital design technologies. Evan is the author of A.R.E. Hacks and also hosts a widely recognized architecture and design podcast: Archispeak.

Partner Speakers


Steve Cohen

National Architectural Manager, Vitro Architectural Glass

Steve Cohen, National Architectural Manager, Northeast Region, at Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Industries), offers product support to architects and glazing contractors from New Jersey north to the Canadian border. Prior to joining Vitro in 2015, he spent 20 years in sales and product management at Schott North America.

Jacinda L. Collins

PE, LEED Green Associate, AISC

Jacinda Collins the American Institute of Steel Construction's Senior Structural Steel Specialist. In addition to her primary role of education and outreach with the design and construction community of New York, she is the AISC Champion for architecturally exposed steel, and office building design. She serves as chairwoman of the Structural Engineers Association of New York Website Committee and is part of the leadership group for The Knitting Club, an organization for NYC female professionals in the built environment disciplines. Before joining the Institute, Jacinda worked as a structural forensic consultant. She earned her BS in Architectural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, and is a licensed structural engineer in the state of Texas.

Brian Gerello

Director of Field Technical Sales, Huber Engineered Woods

Brian Gerello is the Director of Field Technical Sales for Huber Engineered Woods, the makers of AdvanTech® flooring and ZIP System® roof and wall sheathing, innovative products that provide customers with outstanding performance and greater strength in single family, multifamily and light commercial products. Gerello, who joined Huber in 2000, has nearly 20 years of experience in sales, Innovation, R&D, manufacturing, customer satisfaction, warranty and field technical experience in the single family, multifamily and light commercial markets. Gerello earned his bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Physics at Slippery Rock University and his MBA in business administration and leadership from Piedmont College.

Chris Kann

Associate Product Manager, Carlisle Construction Materials

Chris Kann has been employed at Carlisle Construction Materials since 2010.  He graduated from The Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2008, where he earned a bachelor's degree in the Science of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology.  During his time in college, Chris worked as an intern with Carlisle Construction Materials in the R&D and analytical lab where he performed many tasks related to the testing and quality assurance of building envelope materials. Chris's full-time employment at Carlisle came as the Roof Garden Specialist and then Building Envelope Designer, both of which focused on assisting architects, specifiers, and representatives on the design and implementation of energy conscious building designs. Currently, Chris manages multiple product lines including Roof Gardens, Paver Systems, and CCM's single-source building envelope program called NVELOP. Additionally, Chris is responsible for managing Carlisle's Architectural Services, which focuses on outreach and continuing education of the architectural community.

Kevin Miskewicz

Director, Commercial Product Planning, Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US

As director of commercial product planning, Kevin leads the development and execution of commercial product strategies for Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US. Most recently, Kevin served as director of commercial marketing, leading the marketing strategies, programs and initiatives for the division's commercial product line. He is a certified LEED® Green Associate. Before joining Mitsubishi Electric in 2014, he was the product manager for condensing units and controls at Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and previously held global marketing and product management roles in the Consumables division at NCR Corporation, Atlanta. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Dayton.

Tim Nass

VP of National Sales, SAFTI FIRST

Tim Nass has over 25 years of experience in the architectural glazing industry.  As the Vice President of National Sales at SAFTI FIRST, he brings his extensive knowledge and expertise when working closely with architects and contract glaziers.  Tim also oversees SAFTI FIRST's national network of architectural sales representatives and has been delivering our AIA-registered presentation for over 5 years to various architecture firms, AIA local chapters, CSI local chapters, at the CSI National Convention and other glazing industry events throughout US and Canada.

Janice Uszenski

Assistant Sales Manager, Northeast Region, McNICHOLS

Janice Uszenski is the Assistant Sales Manager for the Northeast Region with over 5 years' experience selling industrial and architectural hole products. She is responsible for providing customers of McNICHOLS with specialty metal products that are used to transform skylines, buildings, and infrastructure across cities in the NE region. Serving from the branch in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Janice and the team at McNICHOLS are ready and Inspired to Serve® you. Much of Janice's career has been spent in healthcare technology, and international freight. Janice lives in Central NJ, and in her spare time, enjoys the beach, salt water fishing, and the Big Apple!