Sylvia Smith, FAIA
Sylvia Smith formed and leads FXFOWLE’s 30-person
Interiors/Cultural/Educational Studio, which has won numerous awards
for design excellence. Since joining the firm in 1982, she has been re-
sponsible for program-intensive projects of varying scope and size.
Sylvia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in studio art and art history
from Dickinson College, where she was named a Metzger Fellow. She re-
ceived her Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia School
of Architecture in 1978 and is LEED Accredited by the U.S. Green Build-
ing Council.
Collaborating with Frederic Schwartz Architects, she recently led the
team which won the design competition for the Al Jamea in Nairobi
Campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The project, one of the most ambitious of its
kind in an emerging nation, is currently under development.
Michael Speaks, AIA
Michael Speaks is Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse Uni-
versity. Speaks was Dean of the College of Design at the University of
Kentucky from 2008-2013; Director of the Graduate Program and
founding Director of the Metropolitan Research and Design Post Gradu-
ate Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los
Angeles, from 1998-2005. Speaks has also taught in the graphic design
department at the Yale School of Art, and in the architecture programs
at Harvard University, Columbia University, The University of Michigan,
UCLA, the Art Center College of Design, the Berlage Institute and the TU
Delft, in the Netherlands. Speaks is founding editor of the cultural jour-
nal Polygraph and former editor at Any in New York, and a former con-
tributing editor for Architectural Record. Michael has served on a
number of competition juries, most recently in Taiwan and Lexington, KY
Susan Szenasy, Editor
Susan S. Szenasy is editor in chief of METROPOLIS, the award-winning
New York City-based magazine of architecture and design. Since 1986,
she has lead the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving do-
mestic and international recognition. She is internationally recognized
as an authority on sustainability and design. Susan sits on the boards of
the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, FIT Interior Design, the
Center for Architecture Advisory Board, and the Landscape Architecture
Foundation. She has been honored with two IIDA Presidential Commen-
dations, is an honorary member of the ASLA and AIA NYC, and the 2008
recipient of the ASID Patron’s Prize and Presidential Commendation.
She holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University,
and honorary doctorates from Kendall College of Art and Design, the
Art Center College of Design, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Carol Drucker, SE, PE, P.Eng
Carol Drucker is a Principal of the firm Drucker Zajdel Structural Engi-
neers in Naperville, IL. She has worked extensively on the structural de-
sign of many connection projects throughout the country and is
recognized as an industry leader. She received her Bachelors Degree in
Civil Engineering from Purdue University and her Masters Degree in
Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She
has authored articles on connection design and currently serves on
AISC’s TC-6 Connection Committee. She is an invited speaker for AISC
and SEAOI, licensed as a structural engineer in the State of Illinois and
as a professional engineer in Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania,
Colorado, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee,
P.Eng Alberta, and P.Eng Ontario.
Leigh Breslau, AIA
Leigh Breslau is one of the nation’s premier designers of performing
arts centers and theatres. In 2010, he partnered with Trey Trahan, FAIA,
to open Trahan Architects / Chicago Studio, after nearly three decades
of experience in SOM’s Chicago Office, where he focused on arts, public
assembly and healthcare projects. In addition to his architectural ex-
pertise, Breslau’s experience ranges from the Dallas City Performance
Hall, which is part of one of the most ambitious cultural projects in
America, to projects like the DePaul Theatre School, which explored
unique partnerships within the atmosphere of a university program.
Breslau has also designed innovative state-of-the-art convention cen-
ters, including the Virginia Beach Convention Center and Zhongshan
Convention Center in Southern China. He holds a B.S. in Biology from
Trinity College and a Master of Architecture in 1981 from the University
of Pennsylvania.
Mark L’Italien, FAIA
Mark L’Italien is a principal with EHDD in San Francisco. Aside from
leading the design of the recently completed Exploratorium at Pier 15
in San Francisco, some other noteworthy accomplishments include the
David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a net-zero energy use and LEED
Platinum-certified building in Los Altos, CA; Valparaiso University’s new
Arts and Sciences Building, adjacent to his award-winning 2004
Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources in Indiana;
and F10 House, a small, affordable, sustainable case-study house com-
pleted for the City of Chicago’s Departments of Housing and the Envi-
ronment in 2003. His current work includes collaborating with ZGF
Architects on the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center; the new
Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, CA; and a study for a
new Predator Pavilion at l’Aquarium du Québec. He holds a B.S. from
the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from Yale.
Kevin Fennell, AIA
Kevin Fennell is a Project Manager/Project Architect at GBBN Architects,
Louiville, Kentucky. Previous to moving to Louisville in 2012, he was a
project architect at SHoP Architects in New York City from 2005, where
he directed a number of projects, the most recent being the compettion
-winning design for the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone,
Botswana, Africa.
Since arriving at GBBN, he has been working on the firm's Healing Gar-
den project at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as well as
Block 6 in Bowling Green. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Biology from Wake Forest University, and both a Masters in Architecture
and Masters in Landscape Architecture degrees from the University of
Pennsylvania.
Brian Court, AIA
Brian attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia for his un-
dergraduate degree and the University of Washington for his masters in
architecture in 2002. Brian began working at Miller Hull as an intern
while still enrolled at the UW. He continued on full time after gradua-
tion and has served as the project architect for numerous single and
multi-family residential projects, urban infill projects, large institutional
and higher education projects as well as waterfront projects. In 2005,
he was named an Associate.
Brian is currently leading the performance-based design effort on the
Bullitt Center. This six story, 50,000-square-foot building will produce
100% of annual energy budget with an on-site photovoltaic array. The
building is projected to be one of the most energy efficient commercial
buildings in the world and will meet the highest benchmark in sustain-
able design, the Living Building Challenge.