Judges

The AEC Excellence Awards relies on the expertise of an international, independent group of thought leaders and practitioners to honor the innovative people and projects submitted to the competition.

This year we welcome both new and returning judges for the AEC Excellence Awards 2019, and we’re grateful for their commitment to the difficult job of determining the winners from a wide field of incredible submissions.

The AEC Excellence Awards 2019 is open for submissions through June 6, 2019. After this time, the judges will deliberate and choose the finalists that will be announced in August. Meet the judges…

Aileen Cho

Aileen Cho has covered transportation for over 22 years, including 20 at Engineering News-Record where she is a senior editor. Her coverage of airports, ports, transit and rail, and roads and bridges have garnered various awards from business publication and engineering societies. A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, she has been published in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Monster.com, and Shipping & Trade News.

Alexandra Wynne

Alexandra Wynne is Deputy Editor of New Civil Engineer magazine, the official journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers. An experienced journalist with over 10 years at the title, her remit is to ensure the breadth of infrastructure is covered through technical, insightful, and useful news, features, and live events.

André Borrmann

André Borrmann is Full Professor for Computational Modeling and Simulation at the Technical University of Munich. His research interests cover the fields of BIM, geometric design and analysis, design automation, construction process simulation, and pedestrian dynamics. He is actively promoting the construction industry’s shift towards the adoption of advanced digital technology and acts as an advisor for the German government concerning the broad introduction of BIM in public construction projects. Related to this, he is pushing forward the international standardization activities of buildingSMART, in particular in the infrastructure domain. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and won several awards. Professor Borrmann acts as the Chair of the German Association of Computing in Civil Engineering (GACCE) and is speaker of the TUM Center of Digital Methods for the Built Environment.

Anil Sawhney

Anil Sawhney is the Director of the Infrastructure Sector for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He leads the emerging RICS initiative and strategy on placing and positioning the institution within the field of commercial management of infrastructure projects globally. Anil is involved in the production of infrastructure sector’s body of knowledge, standards, guidance, practice statements, education, and training. He’s also a Visiting Professor at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK. Anil has a rich mix of academic, research, industry, and consulting experience gathered from working in the U.S., India, Canada, the UK, and Australia.

Anthony Frausto-Robledo

Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect with over 30 years of experience in practice in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the founder and editor of Architosh (www.architosh.com), a publication empowering its readers with leading-edge information on CAD/BIM/3D technologies across AEC and other industries. An expert on Apple's platforms in AEC, he has delivered talks at industry events, user groups, and webinars. His analysis, "The role of query and convergence in next-generation tool sets," included in the title Codify: Parametric and Computational Design in Landscape Architecture, was published last year by Routledge.

Dr. Donna Laquidara-Carr

Dr. Donna Laquidara-Carr is Industry Insights Research Director at Dodge Data & Analytics, where she provides editorial direction to the SmartMarket Report Series, covering such diverse topics as World Green Building Trends, Business Value of BIM, Managing Risk in the Construction Industry, The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings, Building a Safety Culture, and Lean Construction. Her insights on these topics have been published in numerous industry publications, and she regularly conducts webinars and speaks about this research at events for diverse organizations, including the AIA National Conference, CMAA National Convention, AGC, the Lean Congress, Greenbuild, the inaugural WELL Conference, and BOMA.

Jack Cheng

Professor Jack Cheng is currently the Associate Director of GREAT Smart Cities Institute, Director of RFID Center, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He obtained his bachelor’s degree with First Class Honors and his MPhil degree from HKUST, and then obtained his PhD degree from Stanford University. His research interests include building information modeling (BIM); 3D GIS; Internet of Things; construction informatics and management; fabrication and 3D printing for construction; VR and AR; data mining; laser scanning; green buildings; and sustainable construction.
He is currently the Chairman of Hong Kong Construction Industry Council BIM Standards (Phase 2) Task Force, President-Elect of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Hong Kong Section, Chairman of Autodesk Industry Advisory Board (AIAB), Honorary Treasurer of Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modeling (HKIBIM), and Editorial Board Member of the journal Automation in Construction. He is a Professional Member of HKIBIM and a Certified Carbon Auditor Professional (CAP).

Jay Snyder

Jay Snyder, Technology Practice Leader at FMI, has been a trailblazer in AEC for 20 years as a contractor project executive; owner director of planning, design and construction; founder of a risk management tech startup company; and industry consultant. He has led nearly $1 billion of construction. In FMI’s Technology and Innovation Practice, Jay’s team helps clients develop technology strategies; create a culture of innovation; lead technology sourcing and implementation; and guide data integration and business intelligence needs across a client’s technology stack. To technology companies, the team leads a tech startup go-to-market accelerator and assists mature tech companies with growth and client success initiatives.

Keiichiro Taniguchi

Keiichiro Taniguchi is an architect and a sustainable designer. After graduating from the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, he joined the design department of the architecture firm Nikken Sekkei. He became an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo in 2016. His main research interest is establishing a design method of using environmental simulation (wind, daylight, and energy consumption) to realize sustainable designs in architecture. Collaborating with BIM to prepare a platform of this simulation is one of main topics of his current research.

Luke Faulkner

Luke Faulkner is the Director of Technology Integration for the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) where he focuses on BIM implementation and advancement as well as eCommerce for the structural steel industry. Prior to working for AISC, Faulkner was a project manager/estimator in the mechanical contracting industry where he served on the technology, management methods, and government affairs committees of the local contracting association. Faulkner received a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, In.

Max Labecki

Max Labecki has been in the AEC industry for 16 years. First as a Survey Technical Designer with a local NSW council, he moved to Sydney as a Senior Civil/Geo-spatial Application Engineer. He specialized in providing training and customization for the engineering design software, including AutoCAD, Revit, Civil 3D, and Map 3D as well as being an industry professional in the CAD-GIS integration. He now focuses on the DE/BIM integration application systems in one of Australia's largest electrical power companies. Max has also been the chairperson for Revit User Group Sydney since 2015.

Monica Schnitger

Monica Schnitger is an industry analyst focusing on the software tools to create the objects that surround us. She has developed industry forecasts, market models, and market statistics for the CAD/CAM,CAE, PLM, GIS, infrastructure, AEC, and plant design software markets since 1999. She writes and speaks on these topics for technology buyers, investors, and developers, drawing on over 30 years of experience in engineering, software, and market analysis. She holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT and an honors MBA from the F.W. Olin School of Management at Babson College.

Dr. Noha Saleeb

Dr. Noha Saleeb (PhD, MSc, BArch (hons), FHEA, MCIAT) is an Associate Professor in Construction & Creative Technologies, Middlesex University UK. She is Programme Leader for the International MSc Building Information Modelling Management programme focusing on innovative digital technologies, processes for enhancement of design, information, project and construction management. She is also Programme Leader for BSc Architectural Technology programme. Her research interests lie at the intersection of architecture, IT and e-learning disciplines specializing in 3D digital architecture and Building Information Modelling. She is currently investigating implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies in design and construction (e.g., Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics) as well as Principal Investigator for a UK International Institutional Links funded project in usage of these innovative technologies and processes for heritage assets. Initially an architect, Dr. Saleeb worked for many years in industry in design, construction, and onsite project coordination. She is currently providing consultancy on BIM implementation and management on live projects and acting as consultant on several industry boards and professional bodies (e.g., CIOB).

Richard Massey

Richard Massey is Director of Zweig Group publications. In his role, he edits and writes for The Zweig Letter, a weekly management newsletter, and monthly magazine C+S Engineer. He has been in the AEC space for four years. Prior to his current position, Mr. Massey worked as a journalist, and has nearly 20 years of experience covering a broad range of people and events. He lives in Northwest Arkansas.

Ryota Ieiri

Ryota Ieiri has been a journalist specialized in BIM, ITC, and AEC fields at Nikkei and his own company since 1989. He has experience working as a civil engineer, is a registered management consultant, and has taught a venture business class at Kansai University since 2011. He has a FAA private pilot license and enjoys flights around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sheng Liming

Sheng Liming is the president of China Railway BIM Alliance. She is a well-known railway and bridge expert and State Council Government Special Stipend Recipient with a long-standing career in railway design, scientific research, and project management.
Since 2013, she has been responsible for BIM technology development that is focused on railway engineering and construction. She has leveraged the railway BIM Alliance to facilitate the technological application and research of BIM technology. Her breakthroughs in key, applied railway technology of the railway engineering structural disintegration standard, information classification, and coding standard lay a solid foundation to systematically facilitate the application of BIM technology in the railway industry. She has brought in modern technologies such as the Internet, IoT, Big Data, cloud computation, and more. She has spearheaded R&D in engineering deployment, construction design, laboratories, mixing stations, tunnel monitoring, subsidence distortion monitoring, and the continuous beam linear monitoring information system. She has also reinforced the management and control of construction objectives such as railway construction project progression, quality, and safety, helping to boost the management of railway construction projects.

Sigrid Brell-Cokcan

Sigrid Brell-Cokcan is the founder and director of the new Chair for Individualized Production in Architecture at RWTH Aachen University and co-founded the Association for Robots in Architecture (RIA) in 2010. She is currently serving on the board of directors of EU-Robotics and coordinating the new topic group for construction robotics resulting in the new Center of Construction Robotics (CCR) on RWTH Aachen Campus founded in 2018 together with world leading industry partners.
The Chair of Individualized Production (IP) founded by Prof. Sigrid Brell-Cokcan in 2015 focusses on the use of innovative machinery in material and building production. In order to create an environment that allows the efficient, individualized production of lot size one, new and user friendly methods for man machine interaction are developed. IP employs researchers from different fields of robotics and building production to streamline the necessary digital workflow from the initial design to the production process; shaping the construction site of the future via intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces.

Steven K. Ayer

Steven K. Ayer is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, where he runs the Emerging Technologies Building Information Modeling Lab. His team has explored augmented reality, virtual reality and other emerging tools for: students gaining ‘‘cyberlearning’’ experiences related to construction management and engineering; architects aiming to improve the quality of their design concepts; construction managers interested in improving field communication of BIM content; and facility managers interested in better leveraging model information to deliver more maintainable built spaces. Up to date information about Dr. Ayer and his team can be found at www.ETBIMLab.com.

Todd Danielson

Todd Danielson is the editorial director of Informed Infrastructure and V1 Media, determining and managing the content and editorial direction of all the V1 Media brands, including Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping, and the video news portal GeoSpatial Stream. With degrees in journalism and geology from Miami University, he has more than 20 years of experience in all forms of media covering geospatial and infrastructure brands and technology.

Wang Ziniu

Mr. Wang Ziniu, the Vice President and Executive Secretary General to China Engineering and Consulting Association (CECA).
Wang was the vice director of Engineering and Design Department to Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHUR). Under his leadership in MOHUR, he promoted and advocated BIM technology to be applied in AEC industry.
Since 2009, he initiated China “Innovation Cup” BIM Awards program in CECA by conjunction with Autodesk, after 10 years, the innovation technology to AEC as well as BIM have been promoted and practiced prosperously among the industry.

Zulfikar Adamu

Zulfikar Adamu is an Associate Professor of Strategic IT in Construction at London South Bank University, with more than 17 years of experience in academia at various universities in the UK and Middle East. His work focuses on development and application of digital technologies in AEC through teaching, research, and consulting in specialist areas such as: Building Information Modeling (BIM); City Information Modeling; digital twinning; data science and Big Data; Internet of Things (IoT); virtual and augmented reality; Blockchain; and algorithmic/computational modeling and simulation of buildings. He was a speaker at AU London 2018 on integrating BIM 360 in university curriculum.