The Team

Meet the Team

 

  Supriya Goel - PNNL   As a research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Ms. Goel’s current work is focused on development of a rating system for existing buildings, development of simulation tools for rating of buildings, and research in building energy codes and standards. She is leading the development of Building Energy Asset Score tool and the Performance Rating Method Reference Manual for ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2-16. She is a voting member of ASHRAE Standards Projects Committee 211, which is developing requirements for commercial building energy audits, and is also on the Board of Directors for the International Building Performance Simulation Association-USA (IBPSA-USA).
Supriya Goel – PNNL As a research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Ms. Goel’s current work is focused on development of a rating system for existing buildings, development of simulation tools for rating of buildings, and research in building energy codes and standards. She is leading the development of Building Energy Asset Score tool and the Performance Rating Method Reference Manual for ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2-16. She is a voting member of ASHRAE Standards Projects Committee 211, which is developing requirements for commercial building energy audits, and is also on the Board of Directors for the International Building Performance Simulation Association-USA (IBPSA-USA).
  Alejandra Menchaca - Thornton Tomasetti   Alejandra is a Senior Building Scientist at Payette, where she leverages her background in mechanical engineering and building science to provide project teams with advanced sustainable design knowledge as well as energy modeling and occupant comfort expertise. She leads the firm’s research efforts, which are aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the impact unique technologies and design strategies have on a building’s performance. Alejandra is a voting member of ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 62, a member of the USGBC Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, and a Technical Committee member of the IBPSA Boston Chapter. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT with focus on Building Technologies, and is a lecturer at the Harvard GSD.
Alejandra Menchaca – Thornton Tomasetti Alejandra is a Senior Building Scientist at Payette, where she leverages her background in mechanical engineering and building science to provide project teams with advanced sustainable design knowledge as well as energy modeling and occupant comfort expertise. She leads the firm’s research efforts, which are aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the impact unique technologies and design strategies have on a building’s performance. Alejandra is a voting member of ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 62, a member of the USGBC Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, and a Technical Committee member of the IBPSA Boston Chapter. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT with focus on Building Technologies, and is a lecturer at the Harvard GSD.
  Kjell Anderson - LMN Architects   Kjell Anderson, AIA, is an Author and an Architect practicing as Sustainability Coordinator at LMN Architects. Beyond working on projects at LMN, he is an inaugural member of the AIA National Energy Leadership Group, served as the AIA WA Political Director from 2011-2014, and was an AIA Seattle YAF co-chair. After starting an architect-based energy modeling program in 2010, he has keynoted the ASHRAE/IBPSA Simbuild Conference in 2016 and spoken at AIA Convention, Greenbuild, and other conferences. He wrote a book on energy simulation entitled ‘Design Energy Simulation for Architects’ (Routledge, 2014) that is used at several universities. In 2016 LMN Architects won the AIA National Firm Award while Kjell won the AIA Seattle Young Architect award.
Kjell Anderson – LMN Architects Kjell Anderson, AIA, is an Author and an Architect practicing as Sustainability Coordinator at LMN Architects. Beyond working on projects at LMN, he is an inaugural member of the AIA National Energy Leadership Group, served as the AIA WA Political Director from 2011-2014, and was an AIA Seattle YAF co-chair. After starting an architect-based energy modeling program in 2010, he has keynoted the ASHRAE/IBPSA Simbuild Conference in 2016 and spoken at AIA Convention, Greenbuild, and other conferences. He wrote a book on energy simulation entitled ‘Design Energy Simulation for Architects’ (Routledge, 2014) that is used at several universities. In 2016 LMN Architects won the AIA National Firm Award while Kjell won the AIA Seattle Young Architect award.

 

  Michael Sawford - EDSL USA, Inc.   Michael Sawford, a building simulation specialist with over 10 years of experience, is the Vice President at EDSL USA, Inc. He is passionate about advancing simulation tools for the building science community and promoting the integration of simulation into early design. Currently, he is focused on the development and research of building simulation tools for the US market, predominantly for the development of EDSL Tas Engineering software. In addition to building simulation research, he has completed numerous building energy models, developed new features for building simulation (phase change materials, wind turrets, light pipes), and has worked to validate simulation results against measured data and testing standards. Michael studied in the United Kingdom at the University of York, and received his degree in Mathematics and Physics in 2005.
Michael Sawford – EDSL USA, Inc. Michael Sawford, a building simulation specialist with over 10 years of experience, is the Vice President at EDSL USA, Inc. He is passionate about advancing simulation tools for the building science community and promoting the integration of simulation into early design. Currently, he is focused on the development and research of building simulation tools for the US market, predominantly for the development of EDSL Tas Engineering software. In addition to building simulation research, he has completed numerous building energy models, developed new features for building simulation (phase change materials, wind turrets, light pipes), and has worked to validate simulation results against measured data and testing standards. Michael studied in the United Kingdom at the University of York, and received his degree in Mathematics and Physics in 2005.

 

  Rushyang Yen - LMN   I am an architectural designer, artist and environmentalistwith a passion for sustainable, socially conscious and beautiful design. My goal is to create spaces and structures that reflect the needs, values and identity of its place, community and inhabitants.    I am currently pursuing this goal with a Master of Architecture as well as Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University. With an education not only in the technical aspects of construction but the broader social constructs and environmental systems that make up our built environment, I aim to help design a world in which architecture, people and the environment are integrated with and inspired by each other.
Rushyang Yen – LMN I am an architectural designer, artist and environmentalistwith a passion for sustainable, socially conscious and beautiful design. My goal is to create spaces and structures that reflect the needs, values and identity of its place, community and inhabitants. I am currently pursuing this goal with a Master of Architecture as well as Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University. With an education not only in the technical aspects of construction but the broader social constructs and environmental systems that make up our built environment, I aim to help design a world in which architecture, people and the environment are integrated with and inspired by each other.
  Jacob Dunn - ZGF   Jacob Dunn holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Idaho and his professional background has pivoted between research, sustainability consulting, education, and architecture. After spending a year in London with ARUP's Foresight Innovation and Incubation group, Jacob finished his degree and started working at the University of Idaho's Integrated Design Lab (IDL). At the IDL, he specialized in consulting through architectural simulation, conducted research on energy efficiency, and taught various graduate-level architecture courses. After four years of being a Research Scientist, he was recruited out of Idaho to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) and tasked with enabling evidenced-based design and simulation analysis to their award-winning design firm. Now at the Portland office at ZGF, Jacob splits his time between coordinating sustainability practices at the leadership level while providing technical assistance and training across ZGF’s multiple offices.
Jacob Dunn – ZGF Jacob Dunn holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Idaho and his professional background has pivoted between research, sustainability consulting, education, and architecture. After spending a year in London with ARUP’s Foresight Innovation and Incubation group, Jacob finished his degree and started working at the University of Idaho’s Integrated Design Lab (IDL). At the IDL, he specialized in consulting through architectural simulation, conducted research on energy efficiency, and taught various graduate-level architecture courses. After four years of being a Research Scientist, he was recruited out of Idaho to Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR) and tasked with enabling evidenced-based design and simulation analysis to their award-winning design firm. Now at the Portland office at ZGF, Jacob splits his time between coordinating sustainability practices at the leadership level while providing technical assistance and training across ZGF’s multiple offices.

 

  Amarpreet Sethi - Principal DLR Group   Amarpreet leads DLR Group’s High Performance Design Team. She uses her knowledge of climate-responsive design, daylighting, HVAC systems, and energy efficient techniques as part of integrated design teams to deliver high-performing buildings for clients and users.  “I believe high performance design is crucial to the design process, and when employed early on, it can help establish clear, realistic goals and a pathway to achieving these set objectives.”  She leads a team of designers and building performance analysts within the firm that strive to use science to design better buildings. Embedded in every DLR Group studio, high performance designers aim to deliver high performing buildings, net zero or near net zero buildings, deep green buildings, and carbon neutral regenerative design while shifting the minimum standard of design by providing metrics that highlight the value of high performance design.  Amarpreet has specialized experience designing solutions to enhance indoor environmental quality, energy performance, high performance envelope design, and HVAC and carbon emissions. Her interests in sustainable design began while she was obtaining her architecture degree in India, leading her to achieve a Master’s in Energy and Climate Studies. She is a Certified Energy Manager, an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, a High-Performance Building Design Professional, and is LEED and WELL accredited.
Amarpreet Sethi – Principal DLR Group Amarpreet leads DLR Group’s High Performance Design Team. She uses her knowledge of climate-responsive design, daylighting, HVAC systems, and energy efficient techniques as part of integrated design teams to deliver high-performing buildings for clients and users. “I believe high performance design is crucial to the design process, and when employed early on, it can help establish clear, realistic goals and a pathway to achieving these set objectives.” She leads a team of designers and building performance analysts within the firm that strive to use science to design better buildings. Embedded in every DLR Group studio, high performance designers aim to deliver high performing buildings, net zero or near net zero buildings, deep green buildings, and carbon neutral regenerative design while shifting the minimum standard of design by providing metrics that highlight the value of high performance design. Amarpreet has specialized experience designing solutions to enhance indoor environmental quality, energy performance, high performance envelope design, and HVAC and carbon emissions. Her interests in sustainable design began while she was obtaining her architecture degree in India, leading her to achieve a Master’s in Energy and Climate Studies. She is a Certified Energy Manager, an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, a High-Performance Building Design Professional, and is LEED and WELL accredited.
  Tarek Rakah - Georgia Institute of Technology   Dr. Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Georgia Tech, and Faculty at the High Performance Building (HPB) Lab. His research aims to influence architecture, urban design and planning practices through three areas of expertise: sustainable urban mobility and outdoor thermal comfort; daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings, and building envelope diagnostics using drones. Prior to joining Tech, Dr. Rakha taught at Syracuse University (SU), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and MIT. He completed his Ph.D. in building technology at MIT, where he was part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for  umi , the urban modeling and simulation platform.
Tarek Rakah – Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. Tarek Rakha is an architect, building scientist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Georgia Tech, and Faculty at the High Performance Building (HPB) Lab. His research aims to influence architecture, urban design and planning practices through three areas of expertise: sustainable urban mobility and outdoor thermal comfort; daylighting and energy efficiency in buildings, and building envelope diagnostics using drones. Prior to joining Tech, Dr. Rakha taught at Syracuse University (SU), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and MIT. He completed his Ph.D. in building technology at MIT, where he was part of the Sustainable Design Lab as a member of the developing team for umi , the urban modeling and simulation platform.

 

  Aman Singhvi - AECOM   Aman Singhvi is a New York based Architect / Energy Specialist. He is a registered Architect with the Council of Architecture (COA, India) as well as Assoc. Architect with the American Institute of Architects, USA (AIA).  Building sciences, high-performance design, efficient structural systems, cartography, graphic design and data visualization are some of his interests.  He is presently a High-performance design specialist with AECOM.
Aman Singhvi – AECOM Aman Singhvi is a New York based Architect / Energy Specialist. He is a registered Architect with the Council of Architecture (COA, India) as well as Assoc. Architect with the American Institute of Architects, USA (AIA). Building sciences, high-performance design, efficient structural systems, cartography, graphic design and data visualization are some of his interests. He is presently a High-performance design specialist with AECOM.