2019-01-23&24&25 LDF Presenters


2019 Lean Design Forum

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Marianne O’Brien, FAIA

is a Principal with SmithGroup recognized for her focus on collaborative project delivery through alternative methodologies and the application of Lean Principles. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally at LCI, P2SL, Tradeline, SCUP, and AIA conferences and was a panelist at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) national conference opening general session in 2011. She is a DBIA WPR Board Member, AFSF Board Member, and former Board Member and President of AIA SF. She brings a balance of inspiration, insight, theory, and practical application to every presentation.

Michael Bade

is a California registered architect with an MArch and a BSc from UC Berkeley and is Associate Vice Chancellor – Capital Programs at the University of California San Francisco. Mr. Bade is a key participant in UCSF’s physical and capital planning processes, and oversees design standards and design outcomes for a program commitment of over $2.5 billion over 10 years, including over $400 million for seismic remediation projects. Prior to joining UC, Mr. Bade spent nearly 12 years in Tokyo, Japan engaged in architectural design, project management, and program delivery for a wide range of international companies in the high-technology, international banking, software, pharmaceuticals, and photographic imaging industries. In Japan, he was exposed to cutting-edge practices in building technology, design-build project delivery, and construction quality. These made a lasting impression, and motivated him to explore lean design and construction methods upon my return to California.

He is past Chair of the Board of the Lean Construction Institute, and also past President of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (2011), and a past member of the California Council of the AIA (2012-13). He has worked in the University of California Office of the President, providing coordination and oversight services for projects system-wide. In his spare time (assuming he has any) he enjoys photography, travel, hiking in wild nature, music, and long dinners with friends.

Baris Lostuvali

is a Project Executive with Charles Pankow Builders, a 20-year veteran in the field of construction, and an executive leader well-known for his expertise in lean and collaborative project delivery. Mr. Lostuvali has worked on a wide variety of construction projects including pre-construction, new construction, and building renovations for healthcare, commercial office buildings, and industrial facilities. His contributions can be seen in a number of significant healthcare projects including the CPMC Van Ness Geary Campus, contracted under an Integrated Form of Agreement that allowed the team to work collaboratively to the fullest extent in the interest of the owner and project, $1B+. Upon receiving his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University (Istanbul, Turkey), he obtained his MSc in Project Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). Throughout his career, Mr. Lostuvali has actively supported the advancement of construction industry education through his involvement with the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), UC Berkeley, P2SL, and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Zofia Rybkowski

is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, and Holder of the Harold Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship for Construction Science. Dr. Rybkowski’s research experience includes Integrated Project Delivery, productivity analysis and lean construction, serious game and simulation development and testing, Target Value Design, life cycle cost analysis, sustainable design and evidence-based design. She has extensive experience as a construction, architectural, and engineering researcher and consultant.  She has consulted for firms in Boston, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, and has offered Lean and Target Value Design workshops to such varied organizations as the Penrose/St. Francis Healthcare and Walt Disney Imagineering. Dr. Rybkowski earned her BS in biology from Stanford University, MS in biology from Brown University, MArch degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, MPhil in civil engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from UC Berkeley. Dr. Rybkowski teaches Lean-IPD to advanced construction science students at Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow at the Center for Health Systems and Design and at the Institute for Applied Creativity, and is the recipient of the J.Thomas Regan Interdisciplinary Faculty Prize. She is a LEED AP.

Fatemeh Solhjou Khah (Ellie)

graduated with a BS in architectural engineering from Guilan University in Rasht, Iran, and is a recent MSCM graduate from Texas A&M’s department of construction science. At TAMU, she was awarded various scholarships and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, selected by the department’s faculty. For her master’s thesis, she developed and tested a new lean simulation.

Paz Arroyo

is a Quality Leader at DPR Construction in San Francisco, California. She has expertise on both teaching and implementing the Choosing By Advantages (CBA) decision-making system internationally for design and construction decisions involving diverse AEC stakeholders. She has published papers at several International conferences, and at peer reviewed journals on CBA. Dr. Arroyo is also co-founder of CollabDecisions a platform to share knowledge on how to make collaborative decisions. She holds a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from UC Berkeley.

David Long

is currently the Regional Lean Manager for Turner Construction NorCal, and is responsible for lean training and facilitating the company wide adoption of a Lean culture. David was an early adopter of Lean Construction principles and is uniquely qualified to share experience from the owners, international lean consulting and constructors’ perspective.

Glenn Ballard

is the Research Director of the Project Production Systems Laboratory at UC Berkeley, where he has taught and done research since 1989. He is co-founder of the International Group for Lean Construction in 1993, the Lean Construction Institute in 1997. His Last Planner System is in wide use throughout the world and he was instrumental in adapting product development’s target costing for use in built environment projects.

Rob Williamson

is the Regional Leader of Science and Technology for HOK’s San Francisco office, with eighteen years of experience in the design and construction of scientific and academic facilities.  Mr.Williamson’s Lean journey began in 2007 when he entered business school with a keen interest in improving design firm management through process improvement.  Shortly after graduating in 2010 with an MBA, he joined a group of his colleagues in a Lean Training Program developed by Paulo Napolitano at Herrero Contractors, where he learned how to apply lean principles to the design and construction industry.  He continued on with Herrero as a member of a Lean Leadership committee exploring the role of lean leaders in bringing transformational change to organizations. He is active in the LCI Nor Cal Community of Practice, and will be joining the Core Team in 2019 to help develop programs and promote lean awareness among the design community. Rob works hard to balance his work with his home life in Lafayette, where he and his wife are busy raising three young children. When he’s not coaching youth soccer or cheering from the Little League baseball, swim meet, or basketball stands, you may find him in Lake Tahoe on a bicycle or a snowboard.

Danielle McGuire

as a Project Manager at SOM, Danielle serves as the client liaison and daily point of contact for the architecture and engineering project team, as well as the coordinator for the various disciplines. In total, Danielle has 25 years of experience on new construction and renovation projects for education, healthcare, financial institutions, and corporate clients. She specializes in managing complicated projects with multiple user groups and technological complexity. With a Master of Business Administration, Danielle brings to projects a heightened sensitivity to the budget and schedule implications for her clients. Additionally, Danielle has extensive experience working with research, translational and medical buildings. Danielle serves as a firm-wide adviser on the particular guidelines, best practices and requirements for science buildings.

Jay Love – Degenkolb

Jay Love

Jay Love has more than 39 years of experience, including master planning, structural design, seismic evaluation, and retrofit design. He has considerable expertise in designing specialized buildings, particularly large and complex healthcare facilities. Jay’s notable projects include the new design of the new CPMC Hospital at Van Ness and Geary and the Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Replacement Hospital. Jay has overseen and served as project mentor on numerous healthcare projects for Stanford Health Care Medical Center, Stanford Hospital, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West), and Sutter Health. Jay started working with Catholic Healthcare West, now known as Dignity Health, in 1997 as the Principal-in Charge of the SB 1953 Seismic Evaluation project for all its acute care hospitals that resulted in reports submitted to OSHPD 2000. He continued with advanced analysis evaluations at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Saint Francis Medical Center in San Francisco to determine if various buildings could reasonably be strengthened to meet SPC 4D standards.

Jessica Kelley

is Operational Excellence Manager for Southland Industries. She uses her past experience to grow and refine the organization’s Operational Excellence strategy to support lean thinking at all organizational levels to achieve business objectives in Safety, Customer Experience, Employee Engagement, and Financial Results.

Ms. Kelley started her career with Southland designing and managing lifecycle solutions for large high tech, mission critical, healthcare, and biopharmaceutical clients; she was responsible for successfully delivering projects ranging upwards of $200 million dollars while maintaining budget, schedule, client relationships, and design requirements with a focus on value delivery and waste elimination.  For a majority of her project management career, she focused on Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects.  Ms. Kelley moved on from project management to an internal role supporting and managing Southland’s ERP selection and implementation initiative by applying lean thinking and tools to internal organizational operations.  Ms. Kelley then transitioned into the Director of Learning and Development role to scale the department as the company grew to more geographies and business lines for both increased impact to the individual and alignment with the company’s strategic objectives.  In her current role, she builds on her experiences to support and develop lean thinking and process use both internally and as a partner to Southland’s external IPD project team members.

Ms. Kelley has been involved with the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), nationally and locally in Northern California, since its inception.  She served on the NorCal Community of Practice (2007-13), was Core Group Leader (2008-12), served as the 15th Annual LCI Congress Chair, was the LCI Education Advisory Board Chair (2016-18) and is now supporting the LCI National Practice Core Group.  Ms. Kelley contributed to the LCI Transforming Design and Construction manual and Target Value Delivery book and has been engaged by clients for providing thought leadership on lean thinking in general and how trade/specialty contractor partners can contribute to the goals of a project.  Ms. Kelley has also served on the AGC Training and Education Committee and CIRTN board. She continues to remain active in the LCI and lean construction communities and is an advocate for lean thinking. Ms. Kelley received her BS in architectural engineering (focus in mechanical) from The Pennsylvania State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

Paul Martin

is preconstruction Executive XL Construction
UC Davis- Teacher and Head of Estimating Advanced Studies
UC Davis- Chairman of the Program Advisory Board


Andreas Phelps

is principal and founder of The Collective Potential, a San Francisco-based catalyst for change in the construction industry. The Collective Potential drives change by enabling: (1) project-based learning, (2) training of master integrators, and (3) strategic transformation of organizations focused on lean delivery and continuous improvement. Through a long-term strategic partnership with XL Construction, Andreas also serves as XL’s Lean Best Practices Leader.


Romano Nickerson, AIA

is healthcare architect and principal with Boulder Associates Architects, and a passionate advocate for Lean design and project management. He created and leads BA OpEx, a lean consulting group within Boulder Associates with a focus on continuous improvement for healthcare organizations and design integration for capital project delivery. He has worked with numerous healthcare clients around the country, as well as select Fortune 500 companies including Walt Disney Imagineering and Google. Romano enjoys being an evangelist for lean thinking so has presented at the Lean Construction Institute’s annual Congress, the Lean Design Forum, the Associated General Contractors of America Lean Forum, the Design Build Institute of America, the Construction Owner’s Association of America, the American Institute of Architects, the Planetree National Convention, and at local Community of Practice (CoP) meetings of LCI across the country. He has also presented internationally in Estonia, China, and Greece. Romano loves swimming and playing LEGOS with his son, working on his Atomic Ranch home with his wife, and recently completed work on a pirate ship play structure in his back yard.

Todd Henderson

is a principal at Boulder Associates, leads their San Francisco office, and has over 20 years of healthcare design experience. An advocate and innovator of lean design within his company’s culture and beyond, Todd is also currently fascinated by Agile, Knowledge Management, programming micro-controllers, pickling, and homemade cocktail bitters. Most recently, he became a Certified ScrumMaster and runs his teams using the Scrum framework.

Alireza Borhani

is a designer and researcher whose scholarly interests focus at the intersection of emerging building technologies with current and next generation design strategies. By bringing together digital and analog fabrication work-flows across scales, his interdisciplinary research practice broadly investigates the potency of transformable design principles, helping to create adaptive designs, building components and architecture. Mr. Borhani’s research projects cast light on how an exploratory concept of motion can be oriented toward shaping a better environment. He is a co-founder of [trans]LAB, a design-build practice, which conducts design research ranging from the scale of the object to that of the building to the scale of the city itself. Prior to California College of the Arts (CCA), he held a teaching position at Texas A&M University. His second MArch is from Virginia Tech where he is pursuing a doctoral degree in design research.

Negar Kalantar

conducts research and practices at the intersection of architecture, science, and engineering. By bringing together digital and analog fabrication work-flows across scales, her interdisciplinary research practice investigates the potency of transformable design principles, helping to create adaptive designs, building components and interior spaces that are adaptable and demonstrate real-time morphological changes into users and environment. Dr. Kalantar has expertise in additive manufacturing (3D printing) and robot technologies. Before joining California College of the Arts (CCA), she was an assistant professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University where she headed up the Advanced Infrastructure Materials and Manufacturing (AIMM) Lab at the Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR). She is the recipient of several awards and grants, including Autodesk Technology Center Grant 2018, the Dornfeld Manufacturing Vision Award 2018 (a National Science Foundation-sponsored accolade recognizing visionary concepts with the potential to influence the future of manufacturing investigation and education),  2017 Montague Teaching Excellence Scholar Award,  the National Science Foundation EAGER Award 2015 for Initiative Research on “Interaction of Smart Materials for Transparent, Self-regulating Building Skins”, and X-Grant 2018 from the Texas A&M President’s Excellence Fund on developing sustainable material for 3-D printed buildings.

Eric Peabody

is an architect with Taylor Design and has been involved in integrated project delivery since 2007 when he was awarded the AIASF Honor Award for Integrated Project Delivery for a ground breaking laboratory project at University of San Francisco. His involvement in the Lean Community began shortly thereafter and blossomed into a passion for better project delivery. He led in-house lean training in two different design firms and has infused dozens of projects with lean thinking.  Mr. Peabody has presented on improving project delivery at multiple conferences including P2SL/Lean Design Forum, LCI Congress (x2), Herrero Lean Community (x3); Architecture Boston Expo; AIA New Technologies, Alliances and Practices (NTAP); California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (x2); Labs 21; and IFMA.