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june 6, 2014

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8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00

Keynote Address (1 AIA LU)

Scenes from the Practice: GAwork
Presenter: Douglas Gauthier, AIA, GAuthier Architects

10:00 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Session A-1 (1 AIA HSW LU)

Sound Building Design for Northern Climates: One Architect’s
Observations Based on Building Failures.
Presenter: Albert Russell, AIA, Owner, Albert R Russell LLC





Session A-2 (1 AIA LU)

Beyond Introverts & Extroverts: How to Transform Workplaces
to Suit All Personality Types
Matthew Bushey, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, TruexCullins
Cam Featherstonhaugh, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT, TruexCullins

11:45 – 1:15


1:15 – 2:45

Session B-1 (1.5 AIA LU)

Trends in Rapid Prototyping Tools & Fab Labs: What Do They
Mean for the Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industries?
This session complements the conference tour of the Vermont Fab Lab later in the day.
Presenter: Jenn Karson, Owner, Sesamedia New Media





Session B-2 (1.5 AIA HSW LUs)

Building Tour: Roger H. Perry Hall at Champlain College
Tour Leader: Jean Carroon, FAIA, Principal, Goody Clancy

2:45 – 3:30


3:30 – 5:00

Session C-1 (1.5 AIA LUs)

Panel Discussion: BIM Model Sharing: A Risk Management Challenge
William Alexander “Sandy” Fead, Esq., Owner, Fead Construction Law
Tom Mullard, Poole Professional
Matt Young, Vice President, Preconstruction, DEW
Tyler Scott, AIA, Principal, Scott & Partners





Session C-2 (1.5 AIA LUs)

Building Tour: Vermont Fab Lab at UVM
Tour Leader: Jenn Karson, Owner, Sesamedia New Media

5:00 – 6:30

“Archistream” Cocktail Party

Come join us for the unveiling of AIA Vermont’s new mobile architectural education and design center.



Albert Russell, AIA

Albert Russell is a Vermont architect who has enjoyed a 40-year career in architecture in the Pacific Northwest and New England. His experience in the New England region includes project management and management of architectural production on more than 15 public schools. Since 2006, he has investigated building design and construction problems on public school projects, condominium developments, single family residences, and other building types. Russell has served as an expert witness in both mediation and court proceedings involving construction disputes.


Cam Featherstonhaugh, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT

Cam Featherstonhaugh is a project manager at TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, where he works on the Workplace Studio, specializing in high performance assemblies and design. President of the Vermont Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute and the founder of AIA Vermont’s Emerging Professionals Network, Featherstonhaugh has been a guest presenter at Norwich University School of Architecture and Art since 2010. A native Vermonter, he received a degree in architecture from Norwich University.


Clark Agnew, E.I.

Clark has led Engineering Venture’s efforts in producing construction documents, integrated with structural design and structural analysis programs since his arrival nearly 3 years ago. He has worked on the modeling and design of structural systems for projects such as the Waterbury State Office Complex Historic Core, the Fletcher Allen Health Care Mother Baby Unit addition (both under construction), and the Kappa Delta Sorority at Dartmouth College (near completion).

Douglas Gauthier

Douglas Gauthier, AIA

Douglas Gauthier is an adjunct associate professor of architecture and real estate development at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and Design Director of GAuthier Architects. His honors include the RAIA Wilkinson Award, the Berlin Architekturpreis, the Architectural League’s Young Architect Award, Time magazine’s Innovator of the Year (in housing), and Architecture Magazine’s Visionary Architecture Award. He has received Graham Foundation, Fulbright, and other grants. He has been published in Material Evidence, Architectural Design, and Another Pamphlet and has presented at numerous venues including the University of Michigan “Power, Risk, Health, and Public” conference, the AIA Florida conference, the Slovak National Radio Building, The Berlage Institute, the MOMA’s Home Made: Five Perspectives on Prefabrication.


Jean Carroon, FAIA,

Jean Carroon, FAIA, leads Goody Clancy’s extensive preservation and renovation practice. She has received national recognition for her special expertise in applying sustainable design technology to historic buildings and has been appointed to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Green Building Task Force and the Advisory Board of the Green Roundtable’s Nexus Green Building Resource Center. Her book, Sustainable Preservation; Greening Existing Buildings, was published in 2010 by John Wiley & Sons. Carroon is also a recognized expert in the design of accessibility solutions for historic buildings. She has led Goody Clancy’s restoration of some of the most distinguished landmark buildings in the country, including H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church in Boston. She has also directed the renovation of a number of venerated buildings on historic university campuses throughout New England.


Jenn Karson

Jenn Karson, an artist and designer, is the founder of Vermont Makers, an artist collective working in the alchemy of art and science. She is an owner of Sesamedia New Media, a company that provides forward thinking support for new media design, strategy and arts. Karson earned a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her art is exhibited nationally and she is an instructor in the Vermont Fab Lab at the University of Vermont. This summer, as part of a Vermont Community Foundation Innovations and Collaborations grant, she and her partners will bring integrated art, science, and technology programs to public libraries across Vermont.


Matt Young

Matt Young, VP of Preconstruction at DEW, is constantly looking for new ways to enhance construction delivery to better serve customers. After studying Business and Accounting at John Brown University, Matt started in the construction industry in 1989 as an estimator and project manager in the Midwest and has worked on various large projects throughout the country from Maine to California. Matt is a strong advocate for the use of technology, such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), during design, construction and post construction.


Matthew Bushey, AIA, LEED AP

Matthew Bushey is an associate at TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design, where he is the lead project manager for the firm’s Workplace Interiors Studio. Specializing in the planning and design of workspaces that creatively and efficiently meet the needs of employees, he has long-standing relationships with clients including Hergenrother Industries, Champlain Investment Partners, Dartmouth College, and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. A native Vermonter, Bushey earned a degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Tom Hielmann

Mr. Heilmann is a partner in Heilmann, Ekman and Associates, Inc. of Burlington, Vermont. The firm has the highest rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating service and is listed as a top tier law firm by U.S. News and World Reports attorney rating system. Mr. Heilmann’s practice involves the representation and defense of architects and engineers in professional liability claims. He is legal counsel to AIA Vermont and he also represents many Vermont architectural and engineering firms in corporate matters including formation, ownership, succession transfers and advice on contracts and other matters between these professional firms and their clients.

Tyler Scott

Tyler Scott

Tyler Scott, Managing Partner at Scott and Partners, is a prolific generator of ideas. “Ideas aren’t sacred,” he muses. Ideas are a means to an end for Tyler, and fuel his unbiased and uncompromising pursuit for the ideal architectural solution. With a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from Kent State University and a Master of Architecture from Montana State University, Tyler is responsible for the overall direction and general management of the firm.


William Alexander “Sandy” Fead, Esq.

William Fead began practicing general commercial law in Vermont and New Jersey in 1973. Since 1987, his practice, Fead Construction Law, has focused on construction law and commercial real estate. He has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Lawyer” in the fields of construction law and construction litigation as well as in arbitration and mediation. In 2013, U.S. News and World Report honored Fead with Vermont’s first “Lawyer of the Year” award in construction law. Sandy serves as Legal Counsul for CSI Vermont.



Keynote Address: Scenes from the Practice: GAwork

Architecture must accommodate a world that is constantly shifting—the result of natural disasters, zoning changes, stock market turns, and social trends. Designers are increasingly able to determine these explicit and implicit movements using evolving, precise tools of measurement. In this session, find out about an “adaptable geometry” that is highly effective in negotiating a design system that is highly responsive to ever-shifting context, aesthetic desires, programmatic needs, construction costs, and structural logic, yet maintains the integrity of the initial design concept. Keeping these multiple, evaluative principles in play—in order to utilize the resulting friction—may be an entrepreneurial model for practice.

Design for Northern climates

Sound Building Design for Northern Climates: One Architect’s Observations Based on Building Failures

Buildings must be well designed and well built to withstand the rigors of a Northern climate. While building failures are extremely unfortunate, they provide opportunities for learning and improving. Such failures usually can be traced to one or more technical causes, but technical causes are often related to the design and construction process, project organization, project delivery, decision-making roles, assumptions about what other participants should and do know and, in rare instances, blind faith. When buildings fail, especially if they do so soon after occupancy, owners commonly ask, “Who dropped the ball?” Gain insights about observed building failures, including both technical and procedural causes. While some of it relates to building science, none of it’s rocket science.

Presenter: Albert Russell, AIA

beyond Extrovert and introvert

Beyond Introverts & Extroverts: How to Transform Workplaces to Suit All Personality Types

Who we are as individuals affects how we respond and adapt to the physical space we work in every day. In this seminar, we will look at various personality traits and explore how to translate these into real world design solutions. By considering the personality types of a company’s workforce, we can provide a more tailored environment where individuals can work more effectively, in collaboration with others or individually, free of distractions.

This workshop will include an overview of the Myers-Briggs personality types, a summary of market research in this area, and survey results from multiple Vermont companies. Attendees will gain an understanding of various personality traits and their implications on the physical workspace, along with workplace design strategies to improve worker comfort, satisfaction, and productivity.

Matthew Bushey, AIA,LEED AP,
Cam Featherstonhaugh, Assoc. AIA, CSI, CDT

Perry hall Building tour

Building Tour—Roger H. Perry Hall at Champlain College

The LEED Platinum Welcome and Admission Center at Roger H. Perry Hall is a renovation and expansion of a National Register-listed historic residence located in the heart of Champlain College’s campus. The project transformed the 1860-era-Italianate-style home and gardens into a state-of-the-art center for prospective and returning students. The addition was designed to provide delightful opportunities for occupants and the surrounding neighborhood as well as to showcase the College’s commitment to sustainability. In 2012, the project received an American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Certificate of Merit of Engineering Excellence. Some of the many environmental features to be showcased on this tour are a wetland garden, porous paving, a green roof, ground water heat pumps, geothermal wells, low-flow toilet fixtures, passive solar design, triple glazing, and automatic controls and light sensors.
Tour Leader:Jean Carroon, FAIA

BIM model sharing

Panel Discussion—BIM Model Sharing: A Risk Management Challenge

What happens when BIM models are shared freely between design and construction teams? Are design professionals to live in fear of change orders and disputes, or can Designers and Builders harness the information in BIM models to decrease costs, increase profits, and mitigate risk? Gain insight from this moderated panel discussion on what the future might hold as BIM model sharing becomes the norm.

William Alexander “Sandy” Fead, Esq., Tom Hielmann, Matt Young, Tyler Scott, Clark Agnew

fab lab tour

Building Tour: Vermont Fab Lab at UVM

Get an inside look at and see demonstrations at the University of Vermont’s Vermont Fab Lab. An incubator for ideas and a place to engage people’s imaginations, the Vermont Fab Lab’s rapid-prototyping tools provide an opportunity for testing innovative ideas and products. Get more familiar with equipment including 3D printers, 3D scanners, CAD/CAM software, laser cutters and engravers, and other state-of-the-art machinery.

Tour Leader: Jenn Karson


  • Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • Windows & Doors by Brownell
  • Engelberth Construction, Inc.
  • Flash Trac Systems, Inc.
  • Loewen Window Center of VT & NH
  • Milliken Design, Inc.
  • Rulon International
  • SunCommon
  • Vermont Verde Antique
  • Branch River Foam Plastics
  • Creative Office Pavilion
  • Faxon Sales
  • Ideal Concrete Block/Pavers by Ideal
  • Trowel Trades Supply, Inc.
  • Tree Ridge Enterprise, Inc.