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About the Speakers:
Megan Stringer is an Associate Principal with Holmes in their San Francisco office. Motivated by our impact on the built environment, Megan is at the forefront of reducing structural embodied carbon. She champions Holmes' commitment to SE 2050 and gets sustainable structures built at impressive scales. Megan has overseen mass timber construction at Microsoft, low-carbon concrete pours at Intuit, and many life cycle assessments. Megan also serves as Vice President of SEAONC and has chaired numerous committees.
Michael HoehnMichael Hoehn is an architect and computational designer within Buro Happold where he helps a variety of teams solve complex problems through planning and executing computational workflows. Michael translates his transdisciplinary skillset to code by leading development efforts within Buro’s open-sourced coding platform called the Buildings and Habitats object Model (BHoM). He has recently led industry-wide initiatives across in developing digital tools for evaluating embodied carbon, which won the 2020 AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Innovation award. Additionally, Michael helps to encourage and facilitate a company-wide computational design adoption culture with regular internal instruction sessions as well as external client-focused collaborations.
Sara Neff is the Head of ESG, Lendlease Americas, where she provides leadership and management oversight in developing, implementing and driving Lendlease's corporate sustainability framework in the Americas region, with the goal of achieving absolute zero carbon across all scopes by 2040. Prior to that role, she served as Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation. Ms. Neff was instrumental in the architecture, initiation and execution of Kilroy’s sustainability program. Under her leadership, Kilroy has been recognized as a leader among publicly traded real estate companies on sustainability in the Americas by GRESB for seven of the last eight years and achieved carbon neutral operations at the end of 2020. She is a LEED Fellow and holds a BS from Stanford and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Natasha Balwit is a planner, writer, and researcher with a focus on climate change mitigation and decarbonization at the scale of cities and landscapes. She is the author of Buildingshed, a newsletter on buildings, materials, land use, and climate change.
Most recently, she led research and communications on building sector policy, energy, and emissions trends at Architecture 2030, where she performed city building stock assessments for Architecture 2030’s Zero Cities Initiative, led Architecture 2030’s work on equity in building decarbonization initiatives, and supported municipal governments in creating equitable and impactful building sector decarbonization policies. She lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her writing has been published online in CityLab, The Atlantic, CoLab Radio, ARCHITECT, and elsewhere.
Mike Romanowski, SE
Mike received his B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1979 and was involved in the practice of structural engineering for a number of San Diego based firms over a span of 37 years. His experience includes design, construction administration, contract plan checking, peer review and forensic investigations for various types of projects utilizing all types of building materials. Mike has had articles published in Structural Engineer and San Diego Constructor magazines, has served as an SEAOSD Director, was a member of the SEAOC Code Streamlining Committee and is now Co-Chair of the SEAOSD Sustainable Design Committee. Mike is a licensed Structural Engineer in the State of California and is currently the Regional Director covering Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico for WoodWorks.
Brandon Wray is the Director of Building Innovations for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association in California. In this role, Brandon promotes concrete and concrete technologies throughout the design community with a special focus on sustainability. Prior to joining the NRMCA, Brandon worked for US Concrete where he assisted in developing, evaluating, and launching various concrete technologies throughout North America. Most recently, he was a Design Manager on the project management team at Clark Pacific, a world renowned precast concrete designer and manufacturer.
Andrea Chiu, SE
Andrea Chiu is a licensed structural engineer in California with over a decade of design consulting experience. She has collaborated with developers, architects, and contractors to shape the built environment in various sectors, including medical offices, civic centers, schools, and office buildings. As the Los Angeles/Orange County Building Solutions Specialist with Nucor’s Construction Solutions division, Andrea is excited to partner with members in the AEC industry and share Nucor’s portfolio of innovative construction solutions and sustainability commitments.
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