William Holt, AIA, LEED AP

President

William Holt, AIA, LEED AP

President

Bill Holt is the President of our firm.

He has devoted his career to planning laboratory and office environments for a variety of life sciences and corporate institutions. Bill is particularly committed to planning and designing spaces that are efficient and functional, yet that lift the human spirit and stand the test of time. In laboratory and workplace design, Bill incorporates a multifaceted qualitative and quantitative approach that includes cultural assessments, work process review, brand analysis, and change management to ensure full participation of all those who will use the space.

Bill has perfected the ability to facilitate multiple groups to align business plans with strategic utilization. He does so with an enthusiastic spirit of camaraderie, collaboration, and inclusivity.

Bill’s most recent clients include EMD Serono and Shire.

holt@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7606

Michael Lauber, FAIA

Principal

Michael Lauber, FAIA

Principal

Michael Lauber is one of our most senior laboratory planners, focusing on teaching facilities for the STEM disciplines and the health sciences.

In this role, he brings the knowledge of the latest trends in learning and technology to the planning and design of contemporary teaching facilities. He is particularly interested in the relationship of pedagogy to lab design, and incorporates the latest thinking about how students learn into the design of teaching labs, classrooms, and student interaction spaces.

Michael is a frequent presenter at national conferences such as SCUP and Tradeline, where he speaks on issues relating to science and health sciences teaching facilities.

From 2004 through 2016, Michael served as President of the firm. His most recent clients include Brown University, Framingham State University, Michigan State University, Rice University, Rutgers University, Ursinus College, University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire, University of Rhode Island, and University of Vermont.

lauber@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7658

Janet Ross, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Janet Ross, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Janet Ross is a senior laboratory planner, focusing on research facilities for academic institutions and life sciences companies.

She has completed many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects, as well as smaller, highly specialized projects. Janet guides clients through the programming and design process to achieve a facility that accommodates a range of research types with the flexibility to meet future needs.

Janet is a founding member of the Women Principals Group of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), and has served as a member of the BSA Board of Directors. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences such as Tradeline, where she speaks on the latest trends in research facilities.

Janet’s most recent clients include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Michigan State University, Van Andel Research Institute, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, Smith College, and EMD Serono.

ross@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7668

Neil Cahalane, AIA, MRIAI

Principal

Neil Cahalane, AIA, MRIAI

Principal

Neil Cahalane is a senior project manager who has completed some of our most complex building projects.

With an expertise in laboratory planning and design, he focuses on science research and teaching facilities for colleges and universities; his projects include new construction and renovations. Neil provides clients with a highly experienced and trustworthy voice throughout the entire course of a project, maintaining the primary point of contact between the client and the design team.

Neil is a representative at, and former chair of, The Architects’ Group (TAG), an association of architecture firms in the Boston area that meets regularly to discuss issues of interest across the profession.

Neil’s clients include Harvard University, Simmons College, the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, University of New Hampshire, and University of Rhode Island.

cahalane@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7686

Steve Mahler, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Steve Mahler, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Steve Mahler is one of our most experienced senior project managers.

His work encompasses large projects with complex programs, highly accelerated schedules, and a variety of delivery methods. He takes special pride in collaborating strategically with his clients to identify and overcome project challenges along the way to successful completion.

Steve contributes to the firm’s continuing education and mentoring programs, and has spoken frequently at national conferences including SCUP, Tradeline, and IS2L on topics relating to laboratory design, sustainability, and cost management. As a dedicated bicycle commuter, Steve’s commitment to sustainability is unparalleled.

Steve’s most recent clients include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Rice University, Yale University, Brown University and Iowa State University.

mahler@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7660

Dominick Roveto, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Dominick Roveto, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Dominick Roveto is a design principal who focuses on teaching and research buildings.

Dominick has led the design of several of our largest science and infrastructure projects. He stresses the social aspect of architecture, believing that successful buildings are environments that fundamentally bring people together. He is passionate about contemporary architecture that grows out of its context while elegantly expressing the excitement and energy of its mission.

Dominick has presented topics relating to campus design and the advancement of academic science and engineering facilities at several national forums, including Tradeline and the Society of College and University Planning. He has also taught design studios and served as Thesis Advisor at the Boston Architectural College.

Dominick’s most recent clients include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of New Hampshire, Ursinus College, Rowan University, and EMD Serono.

roveto@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7639

Shirine Boulos Anderson, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Shirine Boulos Anderson, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Shirine Boulos Anderson is a design principal with expertise in STEM and health sciences education, and the sustainability leader of our practice.

Her experience in the programming, planning, and design of projects for colleges and universities is focused not only on the complexities of the buildings, but on designing these energy consumptive facilities with a greatly reduced carbon footprint. Shirine is highly committed to advancing design technologies that significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector toward a goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.

With her extensive knowledge of evolving higher education pedagogies, Shirine is a sought-after participant in national platforms that explore
questions on how students learn, how space affects learning outcomes, the significance of technology in education, and cross-disciplinary and problem-based learning.

Her clients include Yale University, Michigan State University, Cuyahoga Community College, and the University of Mississippi.

boulos@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7655

James Blount, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

James Blount, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Jim Blount is a senior laboratory programmer and planner specializing in research facilities for academic institutions and life sciences companies.

Jim has dedicated his career to architecture for the sciences. A particular area of his interest and expertise is the exploration and development of innovative sustainable design solutions for research and engineering laboratories. Jim is a member of our Research Practice and Sustainability committees. He is the President of the New England Chapter of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL). Jim regularly participates as a juror in the R&D Lab of the Year competition, and is a frequent speaker at many national forums addressing laboratory and sustainable design topics.

Jim’s recent clients include SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, University of Kentucky, Northeast Ohio Medical University, University of Minnesota, Rowan University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of New Hampshire, Shire, and EMD Serono.

blount@ellenzweig.com
617.575.7653

Charles Cook

Principal

Charles Cook

Principal

Chuck Cook is our Chief Information Officer.

He is responsible for the strategic planning, management, and direct implementation of digital and communication resources.

Chuck chairs our Practice Technology Committee, in which he enables technology endeavors spearheaded by multi-disciplinary staff. He drives Ellenzweig’s contemporary, forward-thinking, integrated, and robust technology enterprise, optimizing the firm’s service to its clients, affiliates, and staff.

Chuck inaugurated his practice technology career by winning the Harvard GSD Computer Graphics Prize and the Arris International Design Contest. He is a founder of the Think Tank for Contemporary Digital Application, which examines interdisciplinary computerization issues to evolve best practices. He is active in the National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance, the AIA TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) Knowledge Community, ACADIA (Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture), the Boston Society of Architects, AEC\IT Leaders, and the CIO’s Forum.

cook@ellenzweig.com

617.575.7641

Kara Dunne

Principal

Kara Dunne

Principal

Kara Dunne is our Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources.

She is responsible for financial operations, human resources, and the administrative management of the firm.

Kara applies her extensive experience in building and real estate finance and management to Ellenzweig’s financial enterprise and to its physical office operations. In addition, she insightfully melds the firm’s administrative and human resources endeavors, and she thrives on the interaction with project teams in developing work/life balance for our employees.

Kara is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management. She serves on our Board of Directors and represents us at The Advisory Group (TAG), a roundtable of senior leaders from Boston architecture firms that evaluates issues of policy and interest across the profession in order to elevate AEC practice.

dunne@ellenzweig.com

617.575.7635

Gregory Berndt, AIA

Associate Principal

Gregory Berndt, AIA

Associate Principal

Greg Berndt is a senior project manager with expertise in laboratory planning and programming.

His experience includes teaching and research projects for academic, health sciences, and life sciences clients. He is particularly skilled in managing construction cost estimating and cost control during design and construction. Greg is committed to ensuring that the owner’s project mission is achieved on time and on budget.

Greg is an active member of I2SL, and has presented at national forums that include Tradeline, SCUP, and SRAPPA. His recent clients include New York Medical College, EMD Serono, Shire, Ursinus College, and the University of Vermont.

Peter Herman, AIA

Associate Principal

Peter Herman, AIA

Associate Principal

Peter Herman is a senior designer who focuses on science teaching and research facilities.

He strives to conceive buildings, spaces, and places that stand in harmony with their surroundings while supporting both the basic and transcendent needs of the people who use them. For every design project, Peter explores environmentally sustainable water and energy management strategies; always in conjunction with innovative and compositionally memorable building design. Peter serves as co-chair of our Design Committee.

Peter’s most recent clients include Simmons College, University of Vermont, EMD Serono, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Brown University, and Framingham State University.

Catherine Hunt

Associate Principal

Catherine Hunt

Associate Principal

Catherine Hunt is our Director of Marketing.

Catherine works closely with the principals in developing strategies for all aspects of the firm’s outreach. In that role, she is responsible for the implementation of the firm’s business development, marketing, and public relations initiatives. She ensures rigor and attention-to- detail across these endeavors.

Catherine is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning, and participates in the organization’s regional and international conferences; she is also a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and the Boston Society of Architects. Catherine is a Commissioner on the City of Boston’s South End Landmark District Commission.

hunt@ellenzweig.com

617.575.7640

Paul Norris, RA, LEED AP

Associate Principal

Paul Norris, RA, LEED AP

Associate Principal

Paul Norris is a senior project architect who brings a collaborative approach to every project.

As a member of the design team, his role entails overseeing the development of the design through all phases including the production of the construction documents.

A mentor to younger staff members, Paul is also a guest design critic at the Boston Architectural College’s Master of Architecture program.

Paul has planned, designed, and supervised the construction of science teaching and research projects for Harvard University, Boston College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse University, and the University of Florida.

Peter Pogorski, AIA, LEED AP

Associate Principal

Peter Pogorski, AIA, LEED AP

Associate Principal

Peter Pogorski is a senior project manager with the firm.

He has completed several of our largest, most complex projects with service scopes ranging from feasibility studies to programming, design, and construction administration.

Peter chairs our Production Quality Committee, which develops the firm’s technical standards and conducts third-party reviews of construction documents prior to their issuance. He has served as an instructor for the Boston Architectural College, and is a founding director of Boston’s Groundwater Emergency Taskforce.

Peter’s recent clients include SUNY College at Oneonta, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Community College of Baltimore County, Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, and University of Rhode Island.

Oguz Baykal

Senior Associate

Oguz Baykal

Senior Associate

Oguz Baykal is our Architectural Visualist.

Oguz creates study images, renderings, animations, and virtual simulations in order to convey the design of a building. In documenting completed projects as our architectural photographer, Oguz has brought the role of Architectural Visualist full circle. The products he creates are used throughout the life of a project, facilitating the transitions from the initial phases of conceptual design through construction completion.

As a core member of the Practice Technology Committee, Oguz contributes not only his technological expertise but his passion for implementing advances into our practice.

Gesse Faber

Senior Associate

Gesse Faber

Senior Associate

Gesse Faber is our Accounting Manager.

She handles client billing, consultant budgets, and payments. She prepares and submits compliance reports for state projects, administers the AIA contract software, and assists the CFO with all financial processes. Our clients and consultants appreciate Gesse’s collaborative spirit.

Thomas Kahmann, RA

Senior Associate

Thomas Kahmann, RA

Senior Associate

Tom Kahmann is a senior project architect.

He is responsible for the development of construction drawings, technical detailing, production quality, and construction administration. Tom has completed some of our largest, most complex projects for science and the health sciences. He serves as a member of our Production Quality Committee, which improves and ensures the consistency of the documents used for
construction.

Tom’s most recent clients include Harvard University, Ursinus College, EMD Serono, Framingham State University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, New York Medical College, and Yale University.

Samantha Lukacs, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate

Samantha Lukacs, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate

Samantha Lukacs is a project manager specializing in projects for higher education.

She is especially skilled in the management of large, diverse teams of staff, clients, consultants, and contractors. Samantha drives forward project outcomes that not only achieve budget and schedule requirements, but that also reduce energy requirements and maintain a strong expression of the project vision.

Samantha recently presented a STEM case study at SCUP’s International Conference. She is a member of CREW Boston, and serves as co-chair of the Meds and Eds Group. Within the office, she spearheads our social media communications.

Samantha’s current and recent clients include University of Mississippi, Simmons College, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Eric Mitchell

Senior Associate

Eric Mitchell

Senior Associate

Eric Mitchell is a senior designer with the firm.

He is involved in all aspects of project development, from conceptual design through documentation and construction. Eric’s ability to deliver imaginative design, supported by his technical knowledge, generates creative solutions to complex problems.

Eric serves on our Design Committee, participates in design charrettes, and curates in-house, project-based galleries. He has taught architectural design studios and served as thesis advisor to students at the Boston Architectural College.

His recent clients include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Framingham State University, University of Maryland Baltimore, and Syracuse University.

Kevin Moriarty, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate

Kevin Moriarty, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate

Kevin Moriarty is a senior lab planner specializing in academic and life sciences facilities.

His interest focuses on working with researchers to understand how their physical space influences their work. He draws on past experience and emerging technologies to create dynamic new space that fosters collaboration and incorporates the adaptability required for the changing needs of research.

Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of I2SL, a national organization promoting sustainable design and operation of laboratories, and is a member of our Sustainability and Research Practice committees.

Kevin’s most recent clients include Michigan State University, University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont, EMD Serono, Shire, Ursinus College, and Harvard University.

Michael Nipoti, RA

Senior Associate

Michael Nipoti, RA

Senior Associate

Michael Nipoti is a project architect with special expertise in construction administration.

He is one of our senior construction administration managers, having served in that role on many of the firm’s largest and most complex projects. Michael provides technical detailing and construction supervision, and serves as a member of our Production Quality Committee, which improves and ensures the consistency of documents used for construction.

Michael’s clients include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Syracuse University, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rowan University, University of Pennsylvania, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Bryan Roi

Senior Associate

Bryan Roi

Senior Associate

Bryan Roi is a senior designer focusing on science research and teaching projects.

Bryan is involved throughout the entire course of a project, from development of concept diagrams and massing strategies through complete exterior and interior designs to review of construction submittals and mock-ups. In this process, he balances the multiple considerations of cost, program accommodation, sustainability, contextual design, site and landscape, organizational clarity, interior spatial quality, and overall aesthetics.

Bryan serves on our Design Committee, which explores new design software technologies that can help advance the practice and assist the design process. His clients include the Community College of Baltimore County, Rutgers University, and Central Michigan University.