Conference Planning Team
JUDSON TAYLOR, AIA, LEED AP | CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR
Judson Taylor is an architect registered by the State of California, and is a principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). Mr. Taylor currently serves as the head of SGH’s Los Angeles Building Technology division. Mr. Taylor is a specialist in the design and construction of building envelope materials and systems, in all aspects of construction including wood framed structures, high rise structures, masonry, with all forms of exterior cladding including stucco, exterior insulation and finish, prefabricated panels, windows, window walls, curtain walls, plaza/terrace decks over occupied and unoccupied spaces, balconies, decks, roofs and above and below grade waterproofing and has extensive experience in the specification, selection, installation and testing of these building components.
PABLO LA ROCHE, PhD, LEED BD + C, Assoc AIA | CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR | SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE CO-DIRECTOR
Dr. Pablo La Roche is Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona University and Director of Sustainable Design at HMC Architects, where he heads HMC ArchLab, an in-house building science studio dedicated to the research and development of advancing high-performance architecture. He has published extensively in the field of low energy architecture including two books, “Keeping Cool: Principles to Avoid Overheating in Buildings”, (coauthored, PLEA 2001) and “Carbon Neutral Architectural Design” (CRC Press-Taylor Francis 2011). His projects have been published and received awards in several countries and in 2008 he led an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students that won the NCARB Grand Prize for the Department of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona. He has chaired numerous sessions in international conferences and is a member of the advisory board of the journal “Informes de la Construccion” in Spain. Dr. La Roche is also member of several international organizations and president elect of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).
WILL SHEPPHIRD, PE, AIA, LEED AP, BSCP | SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE CO-DIRECTOR
Will Shepphird is both a practicing architect and engineer working with commercial, institutional, and private clients nationwide. He has over 20 years professional experience working for various architecture, engineering, and construction firms including Advanced Structures, Inc. where he was responsible for a number of nationally recognized projects utilizing high transparency glass systems. He founded Shepphird Associates in 2002 with the aim to provide broad based sustainable design services to building design and technical systems across a wide variety of projects and client types. He has taught structures to architectural students at both USC and CSU Pomona and has won a number of national and international architectural competitions.
JUINTOW LIN, RA, LEED AP BD+C | CONFERENCE LOGISTICS MANAGER
Juintow Lin is an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona, a practicing architect, and founding partner of FoxLin. She has worked in the offices of Marmol Radziner and Associates, Foster and Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed and Partners. Lin also co-edited and co-authored Sustainable Urban Housing in China (Springer, 2006). She maintains the website toolsforsustainability.com, an online community for students to learn about computational tools for sustainable design. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT.
BRENT TINTER, CONFERENCE PLANNER
Brent Tinter has been an event professional for over fifteen years with extensive event management experience in producing, planning and managing national conferences, corporate events, award shows and seminars in the hospitality, entertainment, real estate and sustainable energy industries. Most recently, over the last two years, Brent has been an integral part of the company The Conference Bureau where he overseas logistics for many major events including The Lodging Conference, an international business-to-business conference of 1,400 senior-level executives in the hospitality industry now in it’s 19th year. As part of his responsibilities at The Conference Bureau, Brent was also involved with securing exhibitors and sponsors.
ALEXIS NEWMAN, MBA | CONFERENCE MARKETING MANAGER
Alexis Newman is the Regional Marketing Specialist for the Los Angeles and Newport Beach offices of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). Alexis joined SGH in 2005. She earned her Master of Business Administration in Marketing in 2009 from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and graduated with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma). Alexis is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), the Central City Association (CCA), and the American Marketing Association (AMA), and served on the Board of MBA Women International (formerly NAWMBA). She received two undergraduate degrees with honors from U.C. Berkeley.
ERIC CARBONNIER, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | SPEAKER LIASON
Eric Carbonnier is an architect and Senior Environmental Analyst at HMC ArchLab – an in-house building science studio dedicated to the research and development to advancing high-performance architecture. Eric has a B.Arch. from Woodbury University and a MS in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic University. He is currently at the University of Oregon working toward his Ph.D., which focuses on environmentally responsive building enclosures and is a research fellow with the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL). Eric’s sustainable design initiatives resonate throughout his career and has collaborated on numerous high performance designs and award winning projects. Eric co-lectured at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies and has published research papers on green roofs, fluidized building envelopes, and autonomous enclosures.
JUDITH SHEINE, RA | PAST CONFERENCE CO-CHAIR/CURRENT STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER
Judith Sheine is Chair and Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. She has won several prizes in design competitions and an Architectural Record House Award (1995) for the Sarli house. She has published a number of books on the architect R.M. Schindler; she co-edited, with Lionel March, R.M. Schindler: Composition and Construction (Academy Editions, 1993) and authored “R.M. Schindler: Works and Projects” (Editorial Gustavo Gili, 1998) and R.M. Schindler (Phaidon Press, 2001).
DEMETRIA NELSON, AIAS, EVENT COORDINATOR | STUDENT COMMITTEE DIRECTOR
Demetria Nelson is a recent graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Department of Architecture. She was actively involved on campus as Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society’s Secretary and the former American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Event Coordinator. The position entailed communication and organization with student leadership officers to coordinate workshops, key note speakers, lectures, exhibits, fundraisers, and end of the year ceremony event. Currently, she is interning in Newport Beach, CA at Jeffrey Rome and Associates. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Graduate School in Florence, Italy to purse a Masters in Interior Design. This is Demetria’s second year serving on the BESS Student Committee.
HECTOR PUGA, AIAS, PRESIDENT | STUDENT COMMITTEE WEBMASTER & STUDENT COMMITTEE ASSISTANT
Hector Puga is Student Committee Webmaster and recent graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Department of Architecture. He served as President of the student non-profit organization, the American Institute of Architecture Students at Cal Poly Pomona during the 2012-2013 school year, and as Publicist during the 2011-2012 term. He was able to increase membership and reconnect AIAS Cal Poly Pomona with the local chapters in the Los Angeles and Southern California region. In addition, Hector will be working for the Getty Research Institute this summer in the Research and Program Planning Department. He plans on obtaining a masters degree in Urban Design. Hector also previous worked for Jeffrey Rome and Associates in Newport Beach, CA.