Traditional Building Conference

Speaker Bios: Traditional Building Conference Series NEW YORK

Biographies are listed in alphabetical order by speaker's last name:


Cast and Carved: The Crafts of Architectural Ornament
Robert Baird
AIA, ICA&CA, President, Historical Arts, Salt Lake City, UT

Robert A. Baird is one of the original founder’s of Historical Arts and Casting, Inc. and is currently acting as the Senior Vice President of Operations. Historical Arts & Casting is one of the premier ornamental metal manufacturers in the United States and provides the highest quality metalwork for clients worldwide. For most of his professional life, Robert has been involved in metal work. He spent several years in Washington D.C. working with the National Trust for Historic Preservation before returning to the private sector. At present he resides in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife and 4 children. When he is not designing and creating custom metal light fixtures or surveying and inspecting cast iron buildings he enjoys sailing in Maine and is in the process of restoring a classic wooden boat.


The Environmental Responsibility of Traditional Design
Gary L. Brewer, AIA

Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY
460 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212 967 5100
Fax: 212 967 5588

Gary L. Brewer joined Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 1989 and has been a Partner in the firm since 2008. His responsibilities have involved the design and administration of various institutional, hospitality, and residential projects.

Mr. Brewer's university work includes the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; the Spangler Campus Center at the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts; the Simons Center for the Arts at the College of Charleston, South Carolina; the Ernest F. Hollings National Advocacy Center and West Campus Residence Quadrangle at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; and the Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Mr. Brewer was the architect-in-charge for the Perkins Visitor Center at Wave Hill, Bronx, New York; the International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, Tennessee; and the Ocean Course Golf Clubhouse in Kiawah, South Carolina. He contributed to the design of hotels at Paris Disneyland and The Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

His residential work includes the 1994 Life magazine Dream House, which has sold over 3,000 house plans and was built near Atlanta as a model house for Habitat for Humanity. He was also Project Architect for This Old House magazine's 1998 Dream House, which was featured for one year for its design and construction process. Custom-designed houses include residences in Seaside, Florida; Westport, Connecticut; Houston, Texas; East Hampton, New York; and the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York.

Prior to his association with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Mr. Brewer was a senior designer for Buttrick White and Burtis in New York where he was responsible for the new Dana Center on the Harlem Meer; a proposed tennis pavilion in Central Park; and the restoration of an award-winning townhouse in New York City. He also worked at RTKL Associates in Baltimore as a designer on large-scale retail and mixed-use projects.

Mr. Brewer's work has been published in Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Life Magazine, This Old House, and The Classicist. He has lectured extensively on traditional house design, the history of pattern book houses, and New York City clubs. He is a Fellow Emeritus and Board Member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America and has led the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America's traditional house design seminars for the American Institute of Building Designers in Florida, Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Mr. Brewer served on juries for the 2009 Residential Architects Design Awards program, the 2011 Philip Trammell Shutze Awards, and the 2011 John Staub Awards.

Mr. Brewer received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and other jurisdictions and a member of the American Institute of Architects.


In the Footsteps of Vitruvius: Design and Construction Durability Lessons Learned from Hands-on Study in Rome
Matthew B. Bronski

Senior Staff I - Building Technology
781.907.9000 main
781.907.9264 direct
781.907.9009 fax

Matthew Bronski, 2009-10 recipient of the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation and Conservation, and co-chair of the BSA Historic Resources Committee since 1999, will present summary findings from his Rome Prize research project. His Rome research project comprised hands-on study of approximately two dozen historic buildings in Italy, ranging from the 1st c. B.C. to early 20th c. modernism, including buildings by Bernini, Borromini, Moretti, and others. His research (often on the scaffolds of buildings under restoration) diagnosed successes and failures in the durability of construction detailing, to derive lessons and principles for designing enclosures more durably (and hence more sustainably) today. These lessons and principles are applicable both to new construction, and to the rehabilitation of existing buildings.


Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, FAAP

University of California,
School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences
650 Charles E. Young Dr. 56-070 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772
Phone: 310.206.8522

Richard J. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. A pediatrician and public health leader, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest, State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. While in California he helped establish the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws to reduce risks from dangerous pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. While at CDC he established the national asthma epidemiology and control program, oversaw the childhood lead poisoning prevention program, and instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to built environment and health. He co-authored Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004; Making Healthy Places, published earlier this year, and Designing Healthy Places, which will be published this October. He will host a PBS special on Designing Healthy Communities which will link to a separate book by Wiley Press. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects.

This New Old Green House
Barry Katz, CGP, LEED AP

Barry Katz Group
Barry Katz Homebuilding/Greenworks Consulting
8 Canterbury Close Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 454-2941;
Fax: (203) 227-9629;

Barry Katz, LEED AP is one of New England’s leading proponents of green building. After more than twenty years building and remodeling homes, his design-build firm is now devoted exclusively to sustainable design and construction. In 2007, he was the first recipient of the HOBI award for Best Green House, presented by the Connecticut Association of Home Builders. The Barry Katz Group also offers consulting services for both residential and commercial clients. His book, Practical Green Remodeling: Down-to-Earth Solutions for Everyday Homes, was published in 2010 by Taunton Press.

Sensitivity and Sensibility: Additions and Adaptations in New York City
John Kirk, AIA

Partner, Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Architecture, Urban Design
311 West 43 Street
New York NY 10036
Direct: 917 542 0086
Main: 212 247 1717
Fax: 212 245 0361

Since 1989, John has served as lead designer for specialty buildings, private residences, and garden follies, including Stone Mill and the Garden Cafe at the New York Botanical Garden; the Inn at Perry Cabin; Club Houses in Ohio and Florida; and private homes in Southampton, Charlottesville, Santo Domingo, and Jamaica. John led the design of Show Houses for Southern Accents Magazine in both WaterSound Beach and WindMark Beach, Florida which have received awards for Excellence in Design from the Southeast Builders Conference and Builder’s Magazine. Prior to joining the firm, John practiced for several years in Atlanta and later became an Associate Professor of Design at the University of Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia, and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, France. Currently he is directing projects in New York, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.


A Sustainable Tradition: Storm Windows
David Martin
President Allied Window, Inc.
11111 Canal Road
Cincinnati, OH 45241
Phone: 800-445-5411

David Martin has been President of Allied Window, Inc. since 1971. Prior to that he was a Manufacturing Consultant for Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Manager of Materials at Lodge & Shipley, Plant Manager at Cintas, and progressed at GE for (8) years. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, he received his MBA degree at Xavier University. He has served his industry, becoming national VP of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. He was active in small business issues, and was a congressional appointee delegate to the first White House Conference on Small Business in 1980.




Sensitivity and Sensibility: Additions and Adaptations in New York City
Manuel Mergal, AIA, LEED-AP

Cooper, Robertson & Partners
Architecture, Urban Design
311 West 43 Street
New York NY 10036
Direct: 917 542 0086
Main: 212 247 1717
Fax: 212 245 0361

With over 25 years of experience designing buildings for cultural institutions, corporations, and private individuals, Manuel’s focus is traditional buildings and sustainable urbanism. He has managed the design and construction of several private houses on the East End of Long Island, Florida, and the Dominican Republic and stewarded the addition to St. Luke’s Parish House in East Hampton, a medical office building, and a new building at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the firm, Manuel worked on residential and commercial projects such as the Morgan Stanley headquarters, Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College, Smith Union at Bowdoin, the Cleveland Public Library, and the Whitaker Center for the Arts and Sciences in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. An active member of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Clasical America and the Congress for New Urbanism, Manuel received both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

Cast and Carved: The Crafts of Architectural Ornament
Deborah Mills Woodcarving
43-32 22nd St., #204-1
Long Island City, NY 11101

A professional woodcarver since 1991, Deborah Mills works with architects, designers, restoration experts, cabinet makers and art collectors on architectural restoration projects as well as new construction, designing and carving one-of-a-kind artwork and ornamental elements - from decorative relief panels to furniture to architectural elements like doors, doorways and mantels.

Deborah trained with a master woodcarver at the Viking Ships Museum in Norway; subsequently she assisted him in carving a full scale replica of the twelve-foot-tall Ål Portal, an 800 year old stave church doorway in the collection of the Historical Museum in Oslo. She carves each commission by hand, employing chisels and mallet in the European carving tradition. Her specialty is designing original patterns and themes to meet clients' needs, including replicating the styles of many historical periods.

Deborah is a member of the Preservation Trades Network; the Furniture Society; the Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter; Historic New England; and Furniture New York.

Mining History for the Practice of Architecture Today
Peter Pennoyer AIA
Founding Partner, Peter Pennoyer Architects
432 Park Avenue South, 11th Floor
New York, New York 10016
Phone: (212) 779-9765
Fax: (212) 779-3814

Peter Pennoyer, principal of Peter Pennoyer Architects, the Manhattan-based design firm he founded in 1991, is recognized as a leading force in traditional and classical styles. His work for residential, commercial, and institutional commissions – often involving significant historic buildings across the country – has won numerous awards and has been widely published in newspapers, books, and periodicals; he is acclaimed for balancing history and context with modern tastes and needs and for reinterpreting the classical language into timeless designs. The New York Times recently called him "one of New York's premier classical architects."

A leader in advocating the relevance of history and the classical idiom to current practice, Pennoyer is the chairman of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and serves on the boards of The Morgan Library & Museum and the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. He has served on the Landmark Preservation Commission Advisory Committee, the board of the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, and the Preservation Committee of the Municipal Art Society. In addition, he has been on the board of Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, and in 2007 was named an Ambassador to the Upper East Side. In 2009, Pennoyer participated in the AIANY’s inaugural forum for the exhibition Context/Contrast: New Architecture in Historic Districts, and served as a panelist with architects Hugh Hardy, Richard Meier, and Annabelle Selldorf to debate the role and realization of new architecture in New York's historic districts.

Pennoyer is a lifetime member of the Society of Architectural Historians and has co-authored three monographs with Anne Walker: The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore, and The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury. In October 2010, the Vendome Press published the first monograph on the firm, Peter Pennoyer Architects: Apartments, Townhouses, Country Houses, which illustrates twenty of the firm’s residential projects from over the years. Pennoyer has lectured widely on architecture, urban design, and architectural history, and has taught a class at New York University on the evolution of New York’s architecture. Pennoyer recently designed an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York, The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis (June 14-November 6), and is beginning research on a new book on the twentieth century firm Cross & Cross.

Pennoyer received his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Architecture from Columbia University and is a registered architect in the State of New York and other jurisdictions.


The Environmental Responsibility of Traditional Design
Paul Stoller

LEED AP and Director
Atelier Ten
Environmental Design Consultants + Lighting Designers
45 East 20th Street, 4th Floor
New York NY 10003
Phone: +1 (212) 254 4500 x220
Fax: +1 (212) 254 1259

A director of Atelier Ten and leader of its global Benchmarking practice, Paul is recognized for environmental planning and design consulting work on large-scale campus, community and urban projects.

Paul's recent work includes two LEED Platinum rated academic buildings, the tallest LEED project in the United States, the sustainability framework for a major urban medical campus, and a carbon-neutral airport terminal. Currently teaching core courses on environmental design and building services at the Yale School of Architecture, Paul also serves as a visiting lecturer at the Rural Studio at Auburn University and frequently speaks on environmental design and building performance modeling at architecture schools and conferences.

Paul is a LEED Accredited Design Professional, and holds a B.S. and an M.A. in architectural history from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.Arch from Yale University.

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