Speaker Bios

 

keith blaineKeith Blaine, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Co-Founder, BLAINE architects

Keith Blaine is the AIA Silicon Valley, Vice President/2020 President-Elect. Keith co-founded BLAINE architects with his wife Megan Blaine. Their practice is driven to create structures that are honest, timeless, and permanent. Prior to BLAINE architects, Keith was an Associate Partner with Foster + Partners in London and Cupertino, working on various aspects of the new Apple Headquarters. Keith oversaw the glass cladding and exterior enclosure, including the dynamic waterproofing of the base-isolated building. Keith’s early career was with HMC architects in Los Angeles, which also included complex waterproofing for the Emergency Department expansion in the base-isolated Critical Care Tower at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. Keith earned his degree in architecture from the University of Southern California, where he received Honorable Mention from the Department of Homeland Security for his cladding and security design for the future vision of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
 

justin dewolfeJustin deWolfe, P.E. 
Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Justin deWolfe specializes in building enclosure design, investigation, and rehabilitation. He works collaboratively with architects, owners, and contractors to help solve building enclosure constructability issues and deliver high-performing projects, including new design, high-rise construction, and historic structures. He is highly experienced in building science analysis, building enclosure peer review and commissioning, waterproofing and roofing system design, and interior flooring and waterproofing design.
 

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Pavel Getov
Principal, Studio Antares

Pavel Getov founded Studio Antares to face the challenges of the dynamically developing field of architecture. Practicing for more than thirty years, he has worked with some of the most recognized and celebrated design firms in the world, including Richard Meier and Partners, NBBJ, and Morphosis, where he specialized in developing large-scale complex projects from concept to completion while managing a tight schedule and budget. Educated in both Europe and the United States, Pavel received his Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He has taught and lectured extensively on design, urban planning, sustainability, and advanced methods of project delivery.
 

shelby joubertShelby Joubert 
Project Manager, Swinerton

Shelby Joubert is a Project Manager at Swinerton, a 131-year-old construction company with Bay Area roots since 1900. She has more than 15 years of industry experience starting her career in Southern California with a structural concrete company prior to making the transition to the general contractor side of construction for the past 11 years. In her role as a project manager at Swinerton, Shelby manages new construction projects from the design and development phase through end of construction. Shelby’s most recent projects in the Bay Area include LEED Platinum office 333 Brannan and award-winning residential projects 399 Fremont and 288 Pacific. Her experience in exterior facade construction consists of a wide range of systems, including unitized curtain wall, window wall, precast panels, rainscreen, and masonry facades. On her most recent project, 288 Pacific, Shelby’s guidance and continued leadership led to successfully coordinating and constructing multiple exterior facade systems, resulting in zero performance and quality issues after construction. During this process, her thorough understanding of multiple subcontractor trade-specific scopes helped resolve critical installation and performance issues that commonly are overlooked. Bringing these items to the forefront during the exterior facade preconstruction and testing phase helped alleviate financial, quality, and schedule impacts that commonly occur in the aggressive construction market in San Francisco. 
 

shruti kasarekarShruti Kasarekar, LEED AP BD+C, ASHRAE BEMP, BEAP
Associate, Atelier Ten 

Shruti Kasarekar is an Associate and a leader of the Environmental Design Practice of Atelier Ten. Her background as an architect and a building science specialist has been fundamental to her approach in problem solving and enabling innovation in the built environment. She combines technical competency and creativity across multiple disciplines – architecture, engineering, and master planning – and has deep expertise in passive systems, daylight, visual comfort and energy optimization, water reuse systems, and carbon management.
 

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Andrij Kyfor, RA
Project Manager, New Hudson Facades

Andrij Kyfor is a Project Manager at New Hudson Facades who recently relocated to the Bay Area. His current focus revolves around the delivery and execution of high-quality enclosure assemblies. Andrij draws from his experience as a facade consultant, allowing him to take a hyper-technical approach to his work. His routine involvement in design assist, performance mock-up testing, manufacturing and production, and material management has been fundamental in his efforts as a glazing contractor. Andrij's expertise in unitized curtain wall has allowed him to work on New York City developments such as Hudson Yards and the World Trade Center, among other notable panel wall, masonry, and precast projects. In addition to being a Registered Architect in the state of New York, Andrij maintains Special Inspection Certifications in steel, masonry, welding, and concrete.
 

xiu liXiu Li, P.E.
Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Xiu Li is a civil engineer and experienced member of SGH’s Building Technology group in San Francisco. She helps a range of clients in new design, investigation, repair, and restoration of commercial, health care, residential, and historic facilities. Xiu has a broad depth of experience in exterior enclosures, including below-grade waterproofing, exterior walls, exterior glazed assemblies, roofs, and the integration and transitions between different materials. Xiu excels in creating solutions with little to no compromise to finishes and aesthetics.
 

mike maMike Ma
Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Mike Ma joined SGH’s Building Technology group to continue his practice of detailing facade assemblies and further develop integration techniques with abutting enclosure systems. He uses his formal training as an architect and professional experience to study facades through a broad lens as design consultant, field advisor, and post-occupancy investigator. Mike’s current projects in the Bay Area represent an assortment of new construction facade types, including unitized curtain wall, site-assembled glazing, structural glass, and ready-made cladding systems. Mike brings expertise from his inspection and consulting experiences in New York City, where he worked on key projects on the West flank of Manhattan – specifically, educational institutions in Harlem Manhattanville, West 57th Street high-rise developments, and residences in Tribeca. Besides drawing inspiration from an engineering role at SGH, Mike’s technical knowledge base is also informed by his design collective projects, where he focuses on colloquial research and commentative assertions of the built environment through a combined media of illustrations, space, text, and apparatus designs.
 

james parkerJames Parker, S.E. 
Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

James Parker has extensive experience in both structural engineering and building enclosure structures. His work ranges from new structural design to investigation and retrofit of existing buildings and design of high-performance building facade structures. His exposure both to new construction design and to existing building investigation and evaluation enables him to bring creative solutions to the design process that reflect a realistic understanding of the performance of building and enclosure structures. James has worked extensively performing seismic assessments of structures in areas of significant seismic risk worldwide. He has worked to establish programs and priorities for seismic rehabilitation and risk mitigation, including development of building inventory and loss and vulnerability studies. He has inspected facilities, performed seismic analysis, and developed designs of seismic retrofit for existing buildings. He has worked extensively as a voting member of the Seismic Rehabilitation Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE 41, which is the state-of-the-art standard for seismic evaluation and rehabilitation. He is currently on the steering committee for the ASCE 41 – 17 Update. In addition, James is the author of the AISC Design Guide 22, Facade Attachments to Steel-Framed Buildings and has presented extensively on the subject.
 

eric schroterEric Schroter, P.E. 
Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Eric Schroter investigates and designs commercial and residential buildings for integrity of exterior walls, windows, curtain walls, roofing, and below-slab waterproofing. He routinely works with architects, contractors and building owners to diagnose and resolve existing exterior wall problems as well as designing to avoid problems in new construction.
 

travis st. louisTravis St. Louis, P.E. 
Senior Staff Member, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Travis St. Louis designs, investigates, and rehabilitates building enclosures on residential, commercial, and institutional facilities. He specializes in contemporary facade and window systems as well as roofing, green and amenity roofs, and below-grade waterproofing. Travis works with architects and design-build facade contractors during early project stages to facilitate unitized and modular building construction. He combines his field and design experience with excellent communication skills to work with diverse project teams to execute projects from design development through substantial completion.
 

george tolosaGeorge Tolosa, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal, Handel Architects

George Tolosa is a licensed architect with more than twenty years of experience, specializing in the design of commercial office and residential high-rise buildings within urban settings and of a highly technical nature. As Associate Principal at Handel Architects in San Francisco, he brings particular experience in the feasibility study, concept design, and entitlement of high-density sites, and extensive experience in the design and detailing of complex, performance-driven facade systems. His current work includes 950 Market Street, a new 12-story mixed-use hotel and residential building occupying the majority of a triangular block where San Francisco’s Union Square, Tenderloin, and South of Market districts meet. Previous projects include serving as Senior Designer for the 340 Fremont Street Tower in San Francisco, as well as Design Director for the Austin Proper Hotel & Residences. Prior to joining Handel Architects, Mr. Tolosa worked for a large international architecture firm, where he designed various mixed-use buildings, including 100 Bishopsgate and the Ham Yard Hotel in London, and 405 Bourke Street in Melbourne. Additional past experience includes the design of projects internationally, with towers in China, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Russia, and Australia. Mr. Tolosa earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo and his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
 

lucas trederLucas Treder 
Building Physics Leader, Permasteelisa North America Corp

Lucas Treder is the Building Physics Leader of Permasteelisa North America (PNA), overseeing the thermal and acoustic design and analysis across the offices of PNA. Since joining PNA in 2011, he has directly worked on many projects throughout the United States and abroad, including 150 North Riverside and River Point in Chicago, and 160 Folsom, Workday Development Center, and Oceanwide Center in the San Francisco Bay Area. An NFRC Certified Simulator, Lucas has extensive experience in curtain wall thermal analysis and has helped PNA deliver custom curtain wall solutions with the performance required in today's industry.
 

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Tyler Westerling, P.E.
Senior Project Engineer, Intertek

Tyler Westerling joined Intertek in 2003 after graduating from the engineering program at San Francisco State. His focus in school was on thermodynamics and fluids, so he began work in the testing of fenestration products for the National Fenestration Rating Council certification program, primarily focused on U-factor testing. Intertek designed and developed the industry’s first accredited solar calorimeter (NFRC 201) and Tyler became involved with the development and improvements of this test equipment. Soon, he developed the first accredited test apparatus for Visible Light Transmittance of translucent sheet material (NFRC 202) and then Tubular Daylighting Devices (NFRC 203). From there, Tyler’s focus became air, water, structural, thermal, and seismic testing of full-size mock-ups at Intertek Fresno’s newly built mock-up facility (2008), which included a 280-foot-long mock-up facility with the capacity for eight or more mock-ups at a time. Soon, 120 more feet of capacity was added for testing shorter products such as doors for Dade County hurricane impact certification. Some of his notable mock-up projects include the New Stanford Hospital, Apple Campus Theater, Amazon Spheres, Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, and the new Golden State Warriors Stadium (Chase Center). Tyler has his Professional Engineering license in the states of California and Florida and is an AAMA Accredited Fenestration Master. 
 

nate wittasekNate Wittasek, P.E., LEED AP, CASp
Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Nate Wittasek has extensive experience working in the fire protection and regulatory arenas. He brings a practical approach to the fire protection engineering field that reflects his diverse training and experiences in academia, codes consulting for both new and existing facilities, performance-based fire protection engineering, sustainable design, and the fire service. His experience includes failure analysis, fire engineering, systems design, and building codes consulting for commercial and infrastructure projects in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Nate has specialized in fire life safety systems and approaches that are used in assembly venues, tall buildings, cultural heritage facilities, and historic structures. He is a registered fire protection engineer in California and Nevada. He sits on the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, the fire safety committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and is a regular instructor for the American Institute of Architects, where he focuses on regulatory issues, building, fire and zoning codes as well as accessibility.