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 2020, and we’re grateful for their commitment to the difficult job of determining the winners from a wide field of incredible submissions.

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.

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 an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California and 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.

David Sokol

David Sokol is a New York–based writer who specializes in architecture, interiors, and product design. David is a contributing editor at Architectural Record and Cultured magazines, and his stories appear regularly in Architectural Digest, Azure, Dwell, and other publications. In addition to his most recent book Hudson Modern (Monacelli 2018), David is the author or editor of The New Alliance (Wiley), The Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book (Rizzoli), and several volumes of Nordic Architects (Arvinius + Orfeus). He also helps emerging and mid-career architects, real estate developers, and other design-led organizations to clarify their missions, and to coordinate storytelling campaigns around their guiding principles.

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 the Associate Director of GREAT Smart Cities Institute, Director of BIM Lab, and an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include BIM, IoT, artificial intelligence, laser scanning, smart and green buildings, and construction informatics. He is currently the Chair of Hong Kong Construction Industry Council BIM Standards Task Force, President of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Greater China Section, Chairman of Autodesk Industry Advisory Board (AIAB), and Honorary Treasurer of Hong Kong Institute of Building Information Modeling (HKIBIM). He has authored over 200 publications in international journals and conferences.

Jeong Woo

Dr. Jeong Woo is currently a Professor and the Department Head of Construction Management at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Jeong is an active researcher and educator in Design-Build, Building Information Modeling (BIM), building energy efficiency, and construction information technologies. His teaching area includes BIM/VDC, design-build studio, construction estimating, construction scheduling, project management, and construction methods. He received ASC (Associated Schools of Construction) National Teaching Excellence Award in 2013 and ASC National Outstanding Researcher Award in 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Architecture and M.S. in Construction Management at Texas A&M University.

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.

Koshy Varghese

Koshy Varghese is a Professor of in the Department of Civil Engineering, and currently the Dean Administration at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He earned his Doctoral Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, in the area of Construction Engineering and Management. Prof. Varghese is internationally recognized for his research in automation and computer integrated project delivery and is a past-president of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction. He is one of the pioneers of construction engineering and management education and research in India and has made significant contributions to the growth of this discipline in the country.

Lachmi Khemlani

Lachmi Khemlani is the founder and editor of AECbytes (www.aecbytes.com), a publication that has been researching, analyzing, and reviewing technology products and services for the building industry since 2003. She also consults on the development and implementation of AEC technology, authors research reports and white papers, and serves on juries for technology awards. She has a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, where she specialized in the application of computing technology to the building industry.

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, Infraworks, ReCap and Dynamo as well as being an industry professional in the CAD-GIS integration. With a focus on the DE/BIM integration application systems, setting standards and content creation, Max continues to lead innovation in Australian Utilities and Civil Engineering arena. 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.

Nobuyoshi Yabuki

Prof. Nobuyoshi Yabuki is a full professor in the Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. He is an internationally renowned professor in BIM and ICT applications in civil and building engineering. He received B.E. at the University of Tokyo, M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering at Stanford University. He is Chair of the Committee on BIM/CIM Promotion, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan, Vice President of ISCCBE, Founder/President of AGCEI, Vice Chairman of buildingSMART Japan, a member of Infrastructure Room Steering Committee of buildingSMART International, etc.

Noha Saleeb

Dr. Noha Saleeb is an Associate Professor in Construction & Creative Technologies, Middlesex University UK. She is Programme Leader for International MSc Building Information Modelling Management focusing on innovative digital technologies, enhancement processes of design, information, project and construction management. Also Programme Leader for BSc Architectural Technology programme. Her research interests are in architecture and IT, specialising in 3D digitisation and BIM, currently investigating implementation of Industry-4.0 technologies in design/construction, e.g. AI and Big Data analytics. Dr Saleeb is a practicing architect providing consultancy in BIM design, construction and onsite project coordination, and has achieved many awards and publications in Journals, Conferences & Books.

Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi

Dr. Pishdad-Bozorgi is an Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. She holds a PhD degree in Environmental Design and Planning (Virginia Tech), three Master’s degrees in the fields of Civil Engineering (Virginia Tech), Project Management (Harvard), Architecture (University of Tehran), and a Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering (Azad University of Shiraz). She has been teaching Building Information Modeling since 2011. Her research and teaching efforts target two intertwined tracks, namely: (1) integrating project delivery and trust-building, and (2) integrating technologies for creating and operating a smart built-environment. Dr. Pishdad has been frequently acknowledged with numerous national and international awards.

Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson is a British construction technology analyst, writer, freelance journalist and blogger (editing Extranet Evolution). He is deputy chair of the digital transformation panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers, and chair of the UK BIM Alliance's Technology Group. He is also involved with Construction Operation and Maintenance through Innovative Technology (COMIT), ThinkBIM, and Constructing Excellence, and is secretary of the construction and property group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Rajiv R. Mishra

Rajiv R. Mishra is an Architect & Urban Planner. A graduate of Architecture, he undertook post-graduate studies in Town & Country Planning. He further received the Netherlands Government Fellowship to study Urban Management at the Institute of Housing Studies at Rotterdam.
He has taught Architecture Design, City Planning, Theory of Architecture and Development of Urban Management for 27 years at Sir JJ college of Architecture.
Since 2008, He has been appointed as Principal of Sir J. J. College of Architecture. Additionally, since 2015 he has been appointed as Director at Directorate of Art – Government of Maharashtra.

R. Raymond Issa

R. Raymond Issa, Ph.D., J.D., P.E., F.ASCE, API is an engineer, lawyer and computer scientist and UF Distinguished Professor and Director of the Rinker School of Construction Management, University of Florida. Raymond specializes and teaches in the areas of construction management, construction law, information technology and structures and foundations. Raymond is also the Director of the Center for Advanced Construction Information Management (CACIM), and an advocate for technology integration in the AECO industry. Raymond is in demand as a keynote speaker on BIM, AR/VR, technology integration, manufactured construction, resiliency and creativity and innovation. Raymond has completed over $8 million in grants; his authorship includes over 350 publications and he has served on over 350 Masters and over 60 Ph.D. committees. Raymond was elected an ASCE Fellow in 2009; received the ASCE Computing in Civil Engineering Award in 2012; was elected to Pan American Academy of Engineering (API) in 2014 and received the 2015 Best Paper Award from the ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM). Raymond currently serves as the Chief Editor of the ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering; on the Editorial Board of Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management; as VP for the North American Region of the Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies (UPADI); as Chair of the International Society of Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE) Board of Directors and as Member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).

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.

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 Yi

Wang was the vice president and chief engineer to China IPPR International Engineering Company. Under her leadership in IPPR, she promoted and advocated BIM technology to be applied and practiced among company and prosperously expanded to the whole AEC industry.
As the well-known industry opinion leader, Wang is now in charging of informationalization technology and the China “Innovation Cup” BIM Awards program in CECA by conjunction with Autodesk. She is also the authorized expert to a couple of industry association and industry media.

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.