The Accelerate AEC Speakers

Jit Kee Chin

Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer, Suffolk Construction

Jit Kee Chin is the Chief Data Officer at Suffolk Construction, where she leads Suffolk's journey to leverage big data and advanced analytics to improve construction outcomes. Prior to Suffolk, Chin spent 10 years with McKinsey and Company advising Fortune 100 companies on strategic, commercial, and advanced analytics topics. She has a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bachelor degrees in Physics and English Literature from Caltech.

Thom Chuparkoff

AIA, LEED AP, Director of OSPORTS, Osborn Engineering

Thom Chuparkoff has been a practicing architect for nearly two decades, with a focus on sports and entertainment venues. He has vast experience as a project manager, project architect, and BIM specialist, with a focus in the professional and amateur soccer market. Through his work, he has become an industry leader in the era of parametric design and process-oriented project execution.

Randy Deutsch


Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP, served as the Associate Director for Graduate Studies and is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, teaching and conducting research in design, professional practice, building technology, and digital technology. He is an international keynote speaker, workshop leader, and design technology authority. An architect responsible for the design of over 100 large, complex sustainable projects, Deutsch has been an Exec Ed program leader at Harvard GSD and has written for several industry publications. He is also the author of three books: Convergence: The Redesign of Design (2017); Data Driven Design and Construction: Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing and Applying Building Data (2015); and BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice (2011).

Herbert Els

RCDD, CCNA, Senior Vice President, Building Technology Systems, WSP USA

Herbert Els offers nearly 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of a wide range of IT systems, including research of emerging trends and introduction of new concepts to clients. Over the course of his career, Els has developed particular skills in helping his clients obtain information technology systems which meet present needs while anticipating future requirements. In recent work with the San Francisco Transbay Transit Center project, he led a highly skilled design team in the programming and designing of converged intelligent building systems, meeting federal safety requirements whilst still aligning with the goals of a sustainable, energy efficient, technology enabled smart facility. Els is spearheading the ThinkBOLDR Innovation Center, focusing on the impact of the built environment on the humanistic experience. The goal of the innovation center is to develop a more philosophical approach to the way we design, construct, and maintain buildings, recognizing that the focal point of the built environment should not be technology, but people. Creating a sustainable and humane built environment depends not just on technology itself, but on how we use and appropriately apply technology. A sustainable built environment, in other words, depends on more than just physical structures and systems; it relies on how well buildings connect with infrastructure, nature, and people.

Lisa Ann Feeley

CSSMBB, SPHR, Vice President, Project & Construction Management, Transwestern

With a career that spans 30+ years in many industries from the healthcare & Life Sciences and from Construction to Engineering to Development, Lisa has held a variety of roles with Fortune 500 firms and small private companies in Human Resources, Business Development, Project Management, and Operations. In addition to her current position as Vice President, Project & Construction Management for Transwestern, she is a 5-time entrepreneur, 3-time book author, writer, trainer, and teaches Lean Six Sigma as a Master Blackbelt at Purdue University. Earlier in her career, Lisa earned her lifetime certification as a senior professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She has enjoyed speaking at a variety of conferences and has for 20 years consulted at over 300 companies and organizations on the topics of lean six sigma, culture transformation, leadership, and operational efficiencies.

Susan Heinking

AIA, NCARB, LEED Fellow, Vice President, High-Performance and Sustainable Construction, Pepper Construction

A licensed architect and LEED Fellow, Susan has over a decade of experience designing and managing sustainability programs and initiatives in the building industry. She leads Pepper's High Performance and Sustainable Construction Group. She is a national expert in sustainable building design and construction. Her many areas of involvement include Chicago's Energy Benchmarking Ordinance, the AIA2030 Chicago Working Group, co-chairing Chicago's AIA COTE knowledge group, participating in RETROFIT Chicago and working with the Chicago Biomimicry Group. In addition, Susan serves on the Illinois Green Alliance Board of Directors. Susan has been named to both ENR and BD+C's 20 under 40 list. Susan's current vision for Pepper includes expanding the company's sustainability efforts to fully embrace the high-performance aspects of both building performance and human performance. This includes enhancing existing efforts with energy modeling, ROI analysis and local utility incentives, as well as building on Pepper's "Nothing Hits the Floor" program and promoting the use of healthy materials. Susan holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and is an active presenter at industry conventions.

Andrew Heumann

Senior Scientist, WeWork

Andrew Heumann is a senior scientist at WeWork, where he develops new software tools and workflows for design and architecture teams. Formerly a design technology specialist at Woods Bagot and at NBBJ, he has written more than 20 plug-ins for 3D modeling software (“Human,” the most popular, has had more than 300,000 downloads) and created many bespoke tools for design teams and practices, aiding in the management of project metrics, environmental and urban analysis, and façade design. Outside of his professional work, Andrew is a generative artist, working with data, algorithms, geometry, and pixels to create rich visual abstractions that engage and challenge the limits and affordances of digital media. Andrew has studied both architecture and computer science, and has lectured and taught seminars at Cornell University, Yale University, Columbia GSAPP, and the California College of the Arts. His work has been published in Wallpaper* magazine, the International Journal of Architectural Computing, CLOG journal, and presented at conferences including ACADIA, SIMAUD, Autodesk University, and the AEC Technology Symposium.

Lance Hosey

FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

Lance Hosey is a Design Director with Gensler. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), has been Amazon's #1 bestseller for sustainable design. As of 2015, he was one of only 30 people in the world named a Fellow with both the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council.

Mac Little

VDC Manager, VIATechnik

Mac Little is a VDC Manager for VIATechnik where he focuses on day to day coordination and operations of multiple projects that cover anything from industrial prototyping to large multifamily mixed use developments. As well as the typical BIM coordination, he invests a lot of his time in tool and application development that is directly focused on generating efficiencies in the AEC industry, while pushing the boundaries of current practices and dated workflows. Mac's projects have spanned across the board, whether its developing data extraction tools for large industrial building owners, creating workflows for prefab modular construction capabilities with multiple GC's, or developing a new process to help the Houston Public Library System define their strategic and facility master planning goals, he has probably done it. Figuring out the architectural process evolution through technology exploration and innovation was a heavy focus of his education at the University of Houston, where he received his degrees in Architecture and Economics.

Wolf Mangelsdorf

Group Director, Partner, BuroHappold

Wolf Mangelsdorf is a partner and structural engineer based in BuroHappold's New York office. He has led large multidisciplinary teams on some of the world's most structurally complex buildings since first joining the firm in 2002, including Zaha Hadid's City of Dreams development in Macau and the Battersea Power Station Master Plan in London. His varied background informs his ingenuity as an engineer, enabling such signature buildings and landmarks as the Museum of Transport in Glasgow, Scotland, and the roof to the Médiacité retail center in Liege, Belgium. Charged with ensuring the highest level of design and technology methodologies for BuroHappold, Mangelsdorf is also is the Global Discipline Director for structural engineering, responsible for cultivating the next generation of engineers, and currently leads the firm's modular technology solutions. He has written, lectured and presented extensively on the topic of structuring strategies for complex geometries.

James McNeill

Senior Computational Analysis Engineer
Leader, Custom Development Group, Affiliated Engineers - AEI

James McNeill is a Senior Computational Analysis Engineer and leads the Custom Development group at AEI. He brings a broad range of experience involving design, research, and analysis to AEI, and has over a decade of experience with MEP design, whole building energy analysis and computational fluid dynamics. James uses his combined expertise in engineering analysis and computer programming to define new ways to deliver data-driven design through deep engineering knowledge.

Nathan Miller

Founder, CEO, Proving Ground

Nate Miller is the Founder of Proving Ground, a digital design agency that enables digital transformation through data-driven solutions for architects, engineers, builders, and owners. Nate has worked with some of the most reputable organizations in the building industry to create strategies and software that connect builders with data to realize value and performance. His work in data and computation has contributed to the design and delivery of numerous built environments including stadiums, skyscrapers, hospitals, and museums. Nate has personally authored numerous free and open source tools that are widely used by professionals and researchers with the aim of improving designer productivity. Among these tools are the popular Grasshopper and Dynamo plug-ins LunchBox, Rhynamo, and Slingshot. As a respected leader in the field of computation in architecture, Nate and has lectured at venues including ACADIA, AEC Tech, AIA Building Connections Congress, USC BIM Symposium, and Now Next Future. Nate is also an avid writer and has authored numerous articles focused on emerging technology, industry trends, and business strategy. You can read his work in publications including Architect Magazine, Building Design+Construction, and the Proving Ground blog.

Terry Olynyk

Director of Business Development, PCL Construction

With focus on strategic growth, Terry is responsible for managing PCL Toronto's business development practices and strategies, including market research, and relationship management. Skilled at creating solutions for PCL's clients, Terry is an accomplished builder, leader, and strategist committed to creating long-term success for PCL, as well as its clients and partners. In this role, he is focused on influencing a culture of innovation that will help PCL shape current industry practices, while harnessing the power of digital technology. He has more than 25 years of construction experience, and a combined project value in excess of $1 billion. Most recently, Terry was given the challenge of reinventing PCL's offsite construction operations, now known as PCL Agile, which is experiencing strong growth and has strategically positioned PCL, the only general contractor in Canada with its own in-house offsite construction division, to leverage this nontraditional business unit for success.

Dane Stokes

Design Technology Specialist, ZGF Architects

Dane Stokes is a Design Technology Specialist at ZGF Architects in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining ZGF, Dane spent seven years in the automotive industry specializing in the fabrication, testing, and development of high-performance racing vehicles. Seeking to expand his knowledge of fabrication and construction, Dane moved into the architectural field and completed a master's degree in architecture from UPenn, specializing in computational design, fabrication, kinematics, and robotics. At ZGF, Dane is a firmwide resource for the development and implementation of computational design tools. He is passionate about utilizing emerging technology to improve the quality, precision, and speed of design, documentation, and fabrication within the design realm.

Partner Speakers

Chris Kann

Associate Product Manager, Carlisle Construction Materials

Chris Kann has been employed at Carlisle Construction Materials since 2010.  He graduated from The Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2008, where he earned a bachelor's degree in the Science of Plastics and Polymer Engineering Technology.  During his time in college, Chris worked as an intern with Carlisle Construction Materials in the R&D and analytical lab where he performed many tasks related to the testing and quality assurance of building envelope materials. Chris's full-time employment at Carlisle came as the Roof Garden Specialist and then Building Envelope Designer, both of which focused on assisting architects, specifiers, and representatives on the design and implementation of energy conscious building designs. Currently, Chris manages multiple product lines including Roof Gardens, Paver Systems, and CCM's single-source building envelope program called NVELOP. Additionally, Chris is responsible for managing Carlisle's Architectural Services, which focuses on outreach and continuing education of the architectural community.