• Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop



Sara Lopergolo, AIA
Partner, Selldorf Architects

Sara Lopergolo is a Partner at Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice founded by Annabelle Selldorf in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Ms. Lopergolo is a licensed architect with nearly three decades of experience and has been with the firm for almost 30 years. She has worked on many of the firm’s major projects including large-scale new construction and cultural facilities. Ms. Lopergolo is currently Partner-in-Charge for the 75,000 sf expansion and renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection. She has significant experience with ground-up construction having served as Partner-in-Charge on large-scale projects such as the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and 200 Eleventh Avenue, a 19-story residential condominium. Ms. Lopergolo has completed galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth and Barbara Gladstone among others. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, and has studied and worked in England, Italy, and Japan. She is currently Treasurer of the Board of Open House New York and sits on the Advisory Board of Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, KieranTimberlake

Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect, educator, and Partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. Billie has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for a trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate, and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s ‘posture’ towards trans-disciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time.

William M. Carty, Ph.D., Alfred University

Dr. William Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from UMR (Missouri), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Washington, and joined Alfred University in 1993. He teaches extensively (engineering classes during the school year and “Ceramic Science for the Artist” workshops in the summer) and has researched all aspects of traditional ceramics production. He is a frequent contributor to NCECA, has learned to speak the proper language (i.e., the language of the artist), and has an unbridled passion for understanding the why of ceramics.

Jason Vollen, Vice President, High Performance Buildings Practice Leader, FABS LLC

Sameer Kumar, AIA, Director of Enclosure Design, SHoP Architects

Sameer Kumar is a registered architect and the Director of Enclosure Design at SHoP where he provides guidance in design, development, and execution of the building enclosure for every project at the firm. He has led facade direction on many of SHoP’s most high-profile projects including Uber Headquarters, 111 West 57th Street and South Street Seaport. Sameer’s experience designing building enclosures is founded upon a diverse and extensive career working with firms like FTL, Heingtes and KPF, where he has successfully participated in numerous prominent projects across the world.


Christopher Sharples, AIA
Principal, SHoP Architects

Christopher Sharples is a Principal of SHoP Architects with a focus on cultural projects and master planning. He has earned a reputation as a thoughtful leader of his generation of innovative architects and a powerful advocate for design quality and community values in contemporary city-building.

At the final presentation of the ACAWorkshop, Chris Sharples showcased a selection of the firm’s extensive list of projects, illustrating the use of the model as an iterative, organic tool in the design process. Sharples discussed technology and software’s capacity to further the innovation of the manufacturing and construction industries.

Craig Copeland, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Partner, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects

In Craig Copeland’s lecture, he spoke about his personal work as an artist working with ceramics and stone and how it balances and influences his work as an architect. Additionally, he detailed some of his Rome Fulbright studies, learning about Etruscan funerary hut urns and various medium that are Italian by nature, and the cyclical process he takes between sketching, modeling, and sculpting.

Matthew Krissel, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, KieranTimberlake

Matthew Krissel spoke about the collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach to design taken at KieranTimberlake. Their firm stresses the importance of research in the initial stages of design and the value of collective intelligence in the design process.

Gerd Hoenicke, Director of Pre-Construction Services, Schüco

Gerd Hoenicke gave a lecture on, “The Design Principals of Unitized Façades,” where he outlined the differences between American and European unitized façade systems, detailing his reasons behind his preference for the latter over the former.

Christine Jetten, Glaze Artist, Owner, Studio Christine Jetten

The ceramic glaze artist, who participated alongside Team University at Buffalo to create the iridescent glazes for their prototype, discussed her international work creating custom glazes for architectural facades. Jetten has worked with Boston Valley Terra Cotta in the past to formulate different unique glazes for various projects.

William M. Carty, Ph.D., Alfred University

Dr. Carty’s lecture was entitled, “Limitation Considerations for Clay & Glaze.” He informed the attendees about the relationship between ceramic clay bodies and the surface coating of glaze, going into technical detail about the strength and failure of these materials.

Anne Currier, Studio Artist

Anne Currier is a renowned ceramic artist and professor emerita of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Anne’s relationship and work with Boston Valley Terra Cotta has lead to the creation of various custom ceramic tile walls, such as the Miller Theatre at Alfred University, the Boston Valley conference room, and at One Great Jones Alley in New York City. Anne talked about her past and present projects with Boston Valley, specifically the design and manufacturing of terra cotta tiles for her upcoming solo exhibition at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, entitled Display


Mic Patterson
Director of Strategic Development, Schüco USA

Mic Patterson has made a career study and practice of building facades. He is Director of Strategic Development for Schüco USA, the Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration for the Façade Tectonics Institute, and PhD candidate at the University of Southern California. He has taught, written and lectured on varied aspects of advanced façade technology, and the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures: Wiley.

Keynote Address: Material Matters: Durability, obsolescence, adaptability and the embodied impacts of the building shell

How long should a building last? How about the façade system? What are the impacts of longevity in buildings? What occurs faster in buildings, deterioration or obsolescence? What roles do innovation and complexity play in providing sustainable outcomes? This interactive discussion addresses these questions and more to provocative affect, providing something of a reality check on the current state of sustainability in contemporary architecture, and pointing to future trajectories of relevant exploration.

John Krouse, CEO, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

John B. Krouse, President of Boston Valley Terra Cotta, holds his B.S. in Ceramic Engineering and minor in Ceramic Sculpture from Alfred University.  His engineering, artistic expertise, and 32 years of experience guide the manufacture of terra cotta products for several markets while consistently expanding the state of the art facility and equipment.

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Gerd Hoenicke, Director of Pre-Construction Services, Schüco

Craig Mutter, AIA, LEED AP BDC, Principal, CannonDesign

A Design Principal at CannonDesign, Craig brings over 28 years of experience practicing architecture in New England, the US, and Internationally. With an emphasis on Cultural and Higher Educational Institutions, Craig’s project experience spans a variety of project typologies, including Museums, Visual and Performing Arts, Academic, Campus Design, Historic Sites, and Residential. His main interest is in transforming historic structures, contexts and cultural landscapes. His projects have earned numerous design awards, and each is characterized by a skilled approach to materiality and a thoughtful approach to place making — believing buildings should not only make a bold architectural statement, but also deliver genuine civic value. Prior to joining CannonDesign, Craig led the design of the Wall-Apelt Center for Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art as a Principal at Machado Silvetti. Craig is a licensed architect and a LEED-accredited professional.

William M. Carty, Ph.D., Alfred University

Dr. William Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University.  He received a B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from UMR (Missouri), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Washington, and joined Alfred University in 1993.  He teaches extensively (engineering classes during the school year and “Ceramic Science for the Artist” workshops in the summer) and has researched all aspects of traditional ceramics production.  He is a frequent contributor to NCECA, has learned to speak the proper language (i.e., the language of the artist), and has an unbridled passion for understanding the why of ceramics.

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Krishna Rajan, ScD, Erich Bloch Chair & Empire Innovation Professor, University at Buffalo

Exploring Design at the Nexus of Architecture and the Science of Materials – The concept of “design” is core to both the fields of architecture and to the study of the science of materials. In this presentation, Dr. Rajan takes a materials scientist’s perspective of where there may be opportunities for innovation that lie at the nexus between these two disciplines by harnessing the principles of design.

Anne Currier, Studio Artist

Anne Currier received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and her MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle. Ms. Currier has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. She was honored with the American Crafts Council College of Fellows career achievement award. Her sculptures are in numerous private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institutions, Washington, D.C; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Musee des Arts Decoratifs de Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Commissions include Arrow International, Reading, PA and Miller Theater, Alfred, NY. Ms. Currier is professor emerita of the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She lives in Scio, NY with her husband, George Hrycun, an artist and avid fly fisherman.

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Jason Vollen AIA, High-Performance Buildings Leader, AECOM

Jason Oliver Vollen AIA, is Principal, High-Performance Buildings, and the State & Local Market Leader for the NY Metro District at AECOM. His practice is focused on leveraging the intersection of energy, finance, and policy to deliver high performance and sustainable design solutions that reduce both capital and operating costs to deliver solutions that are Net Zero Energy capable. In addition to this role, Jason is the Chief Operating Officer of Fresh Air Building Systems LLC, which has commercialized the Active Modular Phytoremediation System, a bio mechanical air filtration system, and is a co-founder of EcoCeramics LLC which is developing a ceramic-based energy transfer building envelope. 

Prior to joining AECOM, Vollen was the Associate Director at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology, an academic-industrial research alliance between Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he was a tenured professor.  His research focuses primarily on next-generation building envelope development and emerging material technologies where he takes an integrated approach utilizing the first principles of building physics in order to provide lower energy intensities while improving occupant comfort. Vollen’s research has been funded by the NSF, DOE, NREL, NYSERDA and the AIA and he has won numerous awards for next-generation building systems design and has multiple building system patents under review.

William M. Carty, Ph.D., Alfred University

Neil Forrest, Ceramics Faculty Member, NSCAD University

Neil Forrest is an internationally exhibiting ceramic artist and professor at NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) and a research relationship with The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO) in Norway. Forrest’s earlier ceramic works developed an idea of synthetic landscape fragments that would colonize built spaces. These micro – and macro – structures offer architectonic strategies of aggregation and connective systems to extend the reach of ceramics as long chains or complex matrixes as part of post-modern space. His recent ideas discuss place, architecture and specific historical events around modernity and national identity. Forrest is involved in a multi-year research grant called ‘Porøs,’ in conjunction with The Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The project originates in the nature of clay itself – how porosity works as an expressive instrument.

Forrest received his Masters from Alfred University in New York, his BFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and diploma from Sheridan College of Craft.

Lecture Documents

Glazes for Architecture, Andy Brayman
2019 Lectures February 18, 2020 PDF
Energy in Terra Cotta, William M. Carty
2019 Lectures February 3, 2020 PDF
Sara Lopergolo, Selldorf Architects Keynote
2019 Lectures October 4, 2019 PDF
Sameer Kumar, SHoP Architects
2019 Lectures October 4, 2019 PDF
Anne Currier,
Ceramic Artist
2017 Lectures April 19, 2019 PDF
Ceramics for Exterior Applications,
William M. Carty & Hyojin Lee
2017 Lectures April 19, 2019 PDF
Facade Systems,
Gerd Hoenicke
2017 Lectures April 19, 2019 PDF
Color Development,
John Krouse
2017 Lectures April 19, 2019 PDF

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