Peter MacKeith, dean and professor of architecture at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, is a nationally recognized design educator and administrator. During his leadership since 2014, the school has grown significantly in student enrollment, retention and graduation outcomes, faculty appointments and accomplishments, curricular programs, diversity initiatives, community engagements and outreach centers, external funded research, new facilities and financial resources.
A nationally recognized leader in advancing the cause of a forest-centered culture and economy, and the cause of a wood-product centered approach to architecture, engineering and construction, MacKeith lectures and presents frequently on these topics, most recently for The Architect’s Newspaper, the Sustainable Forests Initiative, The Nature Conservancy, and the International Living Future Initiative. He is currently working with the Arkansas World Trade Center to organize a state trade and industry delegation to Finland in June 2022, to advance the state’s interests in environmental and economic development, particularly in its forests, timberlands and wood products industries, and with the production team of the PBS series “America’s Forests” on an episode devoted to the Arkansas forests and forest communities.
A 2020 Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, MacKeith has been recognized twice by Design Intelligence as a “design educator of the year” (2017 and 2019) and twice by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture with national awards for “creative achievement in design education,” for his design studio teaching and curatorial work.
MacKeith serves as chair of the advisory committee for the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program, a regional initiative of the Walton Family Foundation, and is a member of the editorial board of Places Journal for architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. He is currently overseeing the completion of a $75 million capital campaign for the Fay Jones School, and guiding the design and construction of the Anthony Timberlands Center for Design and Materials Innovation, a regional center for research and development of new wood products and new approaches in sustainable construction materials.
Tom Chung, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tom Chung, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Tom S. Chung is a Principal and Design Leader at Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects in Boston, Massachusetts. He’s a national leader in the practice and education of mass timber design, having designed numerous award-winning projects featuring cross laminated timber. Tom holds architecture degrees from the University of Virginia and Harvard.
Vice President – Structures
Tanya Luthi is a Vice President at Entuitive with over 15 years of experience in the structural engineering industry.
Tanya co-authored the US and Canadian Nail-Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guides, and she began speaking widely on the topic of mass timber to both students and industry professionals.
In 2016 she became involved in the development of building codes, serving as an active member of the NYC structural code committee, and advocating for the wider adoption of mass timber. She also served on the structural work group of the ICC Ad-Hoc Committee on Tall Wood Buildings, which successfully introduced increased height limits on mass timber buildings to the 2021 International Building Code.
Tanya is a certified ICC Tall Mass Timber Special Inspector.
Kim Yao, FAIA
Kim Yao, FAIA
Kim Yao, FAIA, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO). She holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from Columbia College: Columbia University and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons the New School for Design, and Barnard College (2001-2011). She has lectured throughout the United States and abroad. Kim has been awarded the AIA New York (AIANY) Medal of Honor and the Beverly Willis Foundation Mentorship Award. She was President of AIANY in 2020 and serves on the Board of the Center for Architecture.
Adam Yarinsky, FAIA LEED AP
Adam Yarinsky, FAIA LEED AP
Adam Yarinsky, FAIA LEED AP, is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO). He holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. He has served as the Eliel Saarinen Professor at the University of Michigan, the Thomas Jefferson Professor at the University of Virginia, and the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University. He has also taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, Syracuse University, Parsons the New School for Design, and Washington University in St. Louis. Adam has lectured widely throughout the United States and abroad. His writing has appeared in A+U, The Architect’s Newspaper, 306090, Dimensions, Places Journal, and elsewhere. Adam served on the board of Places Journal from 2012-2018, and he is on the University of Virginia School of Architecture Advisory Board.
Dean and Professor
Professor Juan Du is Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. She joined the Daniels Faculty in July 2021 following extensive experience in teaching, research, and academic leadership in Asia and the United States. Du is a committed educator and has established curriculums and courses in architectural design, history and theory, urban research, community building, as well as supervision of graduate thesis and Ph.D. students.
Du is a recognized scholar on Asia’s rapid urbanization, and her works have been featured by international press and academic journals such as the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Wired Magazine, Foreign Affairs, and Nature. Her research and writings on architecture and urbanism have been published internationally, including in The Architectural Review, Volume, Domus, Journal of Architectural Education, e-flux, Architectural Journal, Time+Architecture, and Urban China. Her book “The Shenzhen Experiment: The Story of China’s Instant City” (Harvard University Press, 2020) has been featured and reviewed by a wide range of public and scholarly media across diverse disciplines, and received the 2020 Book of the Year Award for Interdisciplinary Research by the Institute for Humanities Research (ASU).
Du has practiced extensively in the U.S., Europe, and China, establishing her Hong Kong-based office IDU in 2006. Projects range from human-scale built forms such as bookshops and community centres to large-scale urban plans and the social and ecological processes of a city. Her works have been exhibited and published internationally with recognitions such as Best New Practices in Hong Kong (PLOT, Argentina) and The Luminary Award (INDE, Australia), and featured in “New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future” (Thames & Hudson, London). She also contributes to the field through curatorial works, including as the chief curator of “Quotidian Architectures,” Hong Kong’s participation in the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, “Housing an Affordable City Exhibition” at the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, and the “Rethinking Shenzhen” exhibit at the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning.
Senior Structural Engineer
Lauren Wingo is a licensed structural engineer in Arup’s Washington, DC office. She is a regional expert in structural sustainability and applies this knowledge to her projects, focusing on reinvigorating existing building assets and utilizing low carbon structural materials like mass timber. Lauren’s mass timber projects include the Washington Latin Public Charter School Gymnasium, the first cross-laminated timber project in Washington, DC, and 80 M Street, the first mass timber overbuild along the East Coast. Lauren serves on the leadership group for the Structural Engineering Institute’s SE 2050 Commitment Program.
Ricky McLain, PE, SE
Mass Timber Specialist
Ricky McLain, PE, SE
Licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer and Senior Technical Director for the WoodWorks program. Over 13 years experience in lead engineer roles with structural design, project management, and construction administration of new single family, multi-family, municipal, industrial, and mixed-used buildings. Has significant experience in assessments, renovations, rehabilitations, additions, field inspections, peer review, quality assurance, and failure investigations for all types of construction. Before joining WoodWorks, Ricky was a Senior Structural Engineer working on projects in the Northeast from Maine to Maryland. Ricky is the Executive Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Vermont, and is a member of the ASCE Structural Wind Engineering Committee, the SEI Blast Protection of Building’s Committee and the NIBS Offsite Construction Council.
Jason Korb, AIA
Jason Korb, AIA
As Principal Architect and owner of Korb + Associates, Jason is a licensed architect in 18 states. He has been involved with numerous award-winning education, commercial, mixed use, and housing facilities.
Jason is also regarded as an international thought leader on the adoption of mass timber construction, which he believes will become the benchmark for sustainable housing in the twenty first century. Most recently, he has led the design of Ascent MKE, which, when complete in 2022, will be the tallest mass timber hybrid tower in the world. Jason has spoken about the benefits and technical innovations of mass timber to worldwide audiences, including presentations in Dallas, Dubai, and countless virtual seminars. Jason currently sits on the Wisconsin DSPS Timber code steering committee, as well as CTBUH’s international steel-hybrid steering committee.
KA is currently designing MTF structures nationwide, with high-rise mixed-use structures in design in San Francisco, CA, St. Louis, MO, and under construction in Milwaukee, WI.
Chris O’ Hara
Chris O’ Hara
Chris is a Founding Principal of Studio NYL Structural Engineers and Façade Designers. He and his team have worked on projects around the world ranging from houses to high-rises. He and his team are active on over a dozen mass timber projects across the country and assisted in the development of a testing procedure for the use of Eastern Hemlock in CLT panels.
Ryan Zizzo is Founder & CEO at Mantle Developments, a climate change consultancy focused on climate-smart infrastructure and buildings, based in Toronto. Mantle helps projects go beyond energy efficiency, incorporating resilience and life cycle approaches to make projects future proof and net-zero carbon ready.
Ryan is a recognized leader in helping large organizations and governments transition to a low-carbon future. He has led several major projects on embodied carbon and life cycle assessment including with the Government of Canada, several provincial Ministries, and the City of Toronto working to reduce their carbon impacts. Ryan has also worked with leading organizations like Evergreen and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, and large real estate developers, property managers, and investment trusts to help quantify and minimize the carbon impacts associated with major construction projects.
Ryan holds a Masters degree in Applied Science in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, is a licenced Engineer in the Province of Ontario, and holds a LEED Accredited Professional designation in Neighbourhood Development.
Dr. Koven has spent more than forty years working in government and business, primarily in the areas of environmental and resource management. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design with an interest in forest policy. She teaches Master of Forest Conservation students. Dr. Koven is the founding Executive Director of the Mass Timber Institute.
Dr. Koven graduated with a Ph.D. in Forestry at the University of Toronto, complementing her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University. In 2012, Dr. Koven was awarded the honourary Registered Professional Forester designation by the Ontario Professional Foresters’ Association.
She chaired the landmark Class Environmental Assessment by the Ministry of Natural Resources for Timber Management on Crown Lands in Ontario from 1988-1994. Dr. Koven served on the Ontario Provincial Forest Policy Committee from 2008 to 2020. She was a trustee and secretary treasurer of the Trees Ontario Foundation and president of the Ontario Forestry Association (which amalgamated with the Trees Ontario Foundation under the Forests Ontario banner), and served as its executive director.
Dr. Scott Breneman, P.E.
Sr. Technical Director
Dr. Scott Breneman, P.E.
Dr. Breneman is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer in the State of California, a PE in the State of Washington, and Senior Technical Director – Mass Timber in the Project Resources & Solutions Division of WoodWorks. He received bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Florida and a doctorate from Stanford University. Scott has experience with structural design, seismic rehabilitation, and peer review of projects varying from single-family homes to high-rise hospitals. He is Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of Central California, an associate member of the seismic subcommittee of ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and a member of the PRG 320 CLT product standard committee. At WoodWorks, he provides project support and education to individuals designing wood buildings and oversees the development of technical educational content.
Editor in Chief
Aaron Seward is Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. Seward is an award-winning editor whose career has centered on interpreting architecture for the profession and the general public. He was editor of Texas Architect magazine for six years and prior to that held several positions at AN, including executive editor. In addition to those publications, Seward’s writing on architecture, culture, and the built environment has appeared in Architect, Curbed, Domus, Metropolis, and other publications. He has a BA in Literature, Writing and the Arts from The New School for Social Research.