Session 3 Speakers

Bloomberg_JanetJanet Bloomberg, AIA, KUBE Principal | Janet Bloomberg is a partner and founder of KUBE architecture in Washington DC.  She has over 25 years of experience in both commercial and residential architecture. She is a native of the Washington area, and attended the University of Virginia for her Bachelor of Science degree and Columbia University for her Master of Architecture.  While a student at Columbia, she was awarded the SOM Traveling Fellowship, with which she traveled to India and Nepal for research on ritual space. She has taught architectural design at a number of universities around the country, including the University of Virginia and Catholic University.  Ms. Bloomberg has gained her architectural experience in a variety of cities, including New York, Vancouver, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Brighton, England.  She is licensed to practice architecture in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, and she is a member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012 Ms. Bloomberg founded the Design in Action program, which places DC high school students in architecture offices for their spring break – she now directs the program, which is in its fourth year.  In 2014 Ms. Bloomberg became the president of the Washington Architectural Foundation.

Gordon_Chris-BWChristopher Gordon, AIA, NCARB, Principal, KGD Architecture | Christopher Gordon has nearly 30 years of experience in all facets of architectural design for a variety of project types. His knowledge extends from urban redevelopment to office buildings, hospitality environments and academic facilities. A founding principal of KGD Architecture and principal-in charge of the firm’s interiors group, he has the ability to envision large, urban developments as well to detail small spaces and oversee construction administration.

Chris directs many of the firm’s design projects, particularly urban infill, corporate headquarters and master plans for mixed-use developments. Most recently, he was the principal-in-charge of the Arlington Mill residential complex in Arlington, Virginia, and renovation of 1730 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. Several of his designs have won awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP).

Actively involved in professional and civic organizations, Chris is a member of the International Code Council, Urban Land Institute, government relations subcommittee for Arlington County, and the 2012 class of Leadership Arlington. His commitment to education is reflected in his mentoring of DC public school students and participation on design juries at local university schools of architecture and interior design.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is a licensed and registered architect in Virginia and the District of Columbia, and earned certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Zaras_AlexAlexander Zaras, Principal, Zaras & Neudorfer Architects | Alexander Zaras & William Neudorfer began working together in the mid-1980’s at the firm of Hartman-Cox Architects (HCA).  After over 25 years of combined experience in commercial, institutional, and residential architecture with HCA, Alex Zaras and Bill Neudorfer established Zaras and Neudorfer Architects (ZNA) in 1999.

Alexander Zaras and William Neudorfer are uniquely experienced in crafting architecturally enduring solutions in the most demanding contexts, successfully integrating the complexities and contradictions of site, program and function, and cultural setting.  Zaras & Neudorfer Architects are committed to excellence in design and client service, which have distinguished their experience and practice of architecture to date.

Tardif_MichaelMichael Tardif, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP | Michael Tardif is the Managing Partner of the Building Life Cycle Information Group, a consulting firm that specializes in building informatics—the systematic capture of information created during design and construction for use throughout a building’s useful life. Building owners benefit from Michael’s 30 years of experience in building design, construction, and building technology research. He is the co-author, with Dana (Deke) Smith, FAIA, of Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide, published by John Wiley & Sons, the only book written exclusively for building industry executives to assist them in making strategic decisions regarding the implementation of BIM technology in their businesses.

Prior to founding BLCI, Michael served as Director of Technology Services for Grunley Construction Company, Inc., where he oversaw the strategic implementation of BIM and related technologies for this $300 million construction company. He served as the Director of the Center for Technology and Practice Management of the American Institute of Architects from 1998 to 2004, where he was responsible for developing educational publications and educational programs related to all areas of professional practice. His experience also includes over 12 years in architecture practice.

In addition to Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide, he is the co- author, with Steve L. Wintner, FAIA, of Financial Management for Design Professionals: The Path to Profitability. Steve and Michael are currently at work on the 2nd edition, to be published in early 2015.

Cannon_Herbert-BWHerbert Cannon, President, AEC Management Solutions, Inc. | With over 25 years of “hands on” experience in the A/E Industry, Herb has held top management positions in a number of high profile firms. Prior to founding AEC Management Solutions, Inc., Herb Cannon held senior executive positions at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects, Burns & Roe Engineering. Mr. Cannon has served these organizations in a variety of executive roles including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Project Management.

Throughout his 25-year career he recognized that design professionals create an extraordinary value for their clients. To a large extent the extraordinary value these design professionals create is not rewarded with a fair economic return. Herb founded AEC Management Solutions in 2000 with the simple goal helping A/E firms of all sizes earn and keep the money they deserve.

To achieve this goal, he conducts numerous seminars and workshops throughout North America on Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions, Incentive Compensation, Project Management, Ownership Transition, Financial Management and Firm Valuation. He helps firms to develop and implement strategic plans, incentive compensation programs and project management systems that dramatically improve profitability. He provides consulting services on valuation and ownership transition issues to facilitate a smooth transition to the next generation of owners. Through his extensive contacts in the A/E industry and professional organizations, he also assists firms in identifying potential merger and acquisition candidates.

Regulinski_MarkMark Regulinski, AIA, Managing Director, SOM | Mark Regulinski is a managing director in the New York and Washington, D.C., offices of SOM. He joined the firm in 1979 and his management capabilities have ensured the successful implementation of more than 40 projects in the public and private sectors. He was named a managing partner in the New York office in 2000, relocated to London in 2001 to head up the management team there, and returned to New York in 2005. In connection with this work, he has introduced new program and project management approaches and tools to facilitate better oversight and direction of the projects under his management.

During the past decade Regulinski has become increasingly focused on large-scale government, institutional and mixed-use development projects in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition to continuing to work on master planning architecture projects, he directs a diverse range of interior design projects and renovations. His recent and current projects include the UCONN Technology Park Master Plan & Innovation Partnership Development, Moynihan Station, the University Center at the New School, the International Monetary Fund Headquarter Renovation, and the National Museum of the U.S. Army. While in London, Mark lead the project management, planning, architecture, engineering and interior design teams responsible for the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.