Kjell Anderson – LMN Architects
Kjell is an Author and an Architect practicing as Director of Sustainable Design 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.
Chris Savage – LMN Architects
Chris is a member of the Tech Studio research group within LMN Architects, where he works on building performance, software/tools/workflow development, internet-of-things (IoT) devices, and sustainable design, among other things. As the Building Performance Team lead, he is involved in a variety of project design studies, including climate analysis, energy modeling, daylighting & glare, and thermal comfort. He is a core member of the carbon analysis efforts at LMN, with a focus on operational carbon. Chris comes over to the AEC industry after spending over a decade as a physics researcher, bringing with his significant experience in modeling, simulations, and data analysis. He has a PhD in physics from the University of Michigan and an MArch from the University of Minnesota.
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 sustainability consultant at Thornton Tomasetti, 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 co-leads the firm’s early design analytics work, aimed at asking the right performance questions early enough into the design. Alejandra is a co-founder of StaSIO, an active member of ASHRAE, and served five years in the USGBC Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and has lectured at the Harvard GSD and MIT.
Kritika Kharbanda – Harvard Graduate School of Design
Kritika is a Master’s in Design Studies candidate (‘23) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, specializing in Energy and Environments, and an Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her current work as a Research Assistant at Harvard is funded by the Google Data Commons project and is focused on residential retrofitting for future grid scenarios. As a Cheng fellow, she aims to digitize the building industry to introduce sustainability as a key contributor to the design process. She is also the lead researcher at Pathways, (previously Cardinal LCA), a tool designed for Scope 3 emissions assessment for real estate developers. Before pursuing her graduate studies, she worked at Henning Larsen Architects in Denmark as a sustainability engineer across domains of environmental metrics, net-zero strategies, green certifications, and automated workflow or tool development.
Michael Sawford – A2 Efficiency
Michael is a senior consultant at A2 Efficiency with over 15 years’ experience as a building energy modeling software developer, consultant, and director. He is part of a team providing performance engineering, energy modeling, utility consulting, and strategic energy advisor services. Using a deep level of building simulation expertise to impact carbon reduction policies for buildings and engage with a diverse set of stakeholders and clients. Michael is a co-founder of StaSIO, an active member in ASHRAE committees for Standard 209 and Standard 229. Michael holds a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of York, and has guest lectured at the Georgia Tech HPBL and Columbia University GSAPP.
Nick Lassek – LEO A DALY
Nick is High Performance Building Engineer at LEO A DALY where he focuses on early-phase performance analysis and sustainability. As a Professional Mechanical Engineer and commissioning agent, Nick’s knowledge of MEP systems/controls and building envelope helps project teams successfully integrate. He is an active member in ASHRAE and a Sustainable Design Leader through BuildingGreen. Nick has a Masters degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Nebraska.
Guanzhou Ji – Carnegie Mellon University
Guanzhou is a PhD student in Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University, where he focuses on indoor photometry, computational photography, and physics-based rendering, and explores computational methods for light estimation and scene understanding. His research work has been published and presented at various professional venues, including Building Performance Analysis Conference and Velux Daylight Academic Forum. He won Honorable Mention for Innovation in the 2021 Summer Challenge organized by Project STASIO. Guanzhou received Master of Architecture (Lighting Design) from University of Washington and used to work at Framework (Seattle).
- Jacob Dunn – ZGF Architects (Co-Founder)
- Tarek Rakha – Georgia Institute of Technology
- Aman Singhvi – AECOM
- Amarpreet Sethi – DLR Group
- Rushyan Yen – Amazon