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Jack BoarmanView Bio
Chief Executive Officer
Jack has over 40 years of experience in the design of government, higher-education, residential, and mixed use buildings. Since founding the firm in 1978, Jack has led the firm’s team-oriented design approach in the development of quality architecture across the country. He has expanded the design practice for planning, programming and design of urban redevelopment projects and historic renovations.
Michael KrychView Bio
Michael has over 20 years of national, award-winning residential urban design experience. His career has focused on urban design and development for housing and mixed-use developments. He has guided our in-house design process to involve communities, creating excellence and consensus for the developer and the neighborhood. As the design partner on major projects such as Flux, Mill District City Apartments, and Schmidt Artist Lofts, he has introduced unique building concepts and dwelling unit design to provide innovative residential environments. Together with the partners at BKV Group, he has been at the forefront of redesigning and constructing our urban communities and enhancing the quality of residential lifestyle living, especially in the Twin Cities.
Kelly NaylorView Bio
Director of Interior Design
As a partner and leader in our Interiors Group, Kelly has a broad range of project experience including residential, government, corporate, and higher education. Kelly’s expertise extends from design reviews and team staffing to sustainability education and constructability reviews. Kelly’s passion for ecological and environmentally smart processes and her focus on project vision help provide unique solutions and compelling, sustainable designs for each client.
Lois NicholasView Bio
Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director
Lois has over 25 years of experience managing the company’s finances and administration. She understands the process and coordination required to be successful in this industry. Lois is a leader who has been instrumental in BKV Group’s employee growth to 170+ with multiple offices. She is an integral part of BKV Group’s success and commitment to full-service design.
Thomas DaszkiewiczView Bio
Director of Quality Assurance and Construction Administration
Tom is the leader of our Construction Administration and Quality Assurance departments and closely monitors BKV Group projects during the construction phase. He and the CA team ensure that our clients’ vision and our design intent is completely and accurately realized in the field. His expertise spans multiple project types including government, mixed-use, multi-family and hospitality.
Bruce SchwartzmanView Bio
Bruce Schwartzman has over 35 years of governmental, correctional and judicial project experience. Bruce understands the importance of proper planning, scheduling, cost control and client & team communication throughout the entire planning and design process. Over the years, Bruce has fine-tuned a detailed project design approach that has resulted in award-winning justice and government facilities that are within budget and on schedule.
Jack BarbacciaView Bio
With over 20 years of experience in multi-family and hospitality building typologies, Jack manages high-rise and mid-rise projects in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.
Mathew NugentView Bio
Director of Project Management
Mathew is a leader in our multi-family housing practice group and brings a great depth of experience and insight to these projects. His expertise in synthesizing existing conditions, client needs, and complexities of construction ensures successful results.
John MaistoView Bio
As a Partner in BKV’s Washington, DC office, John Maisto brings over 20 years of experience in multifamily, affordable and senior housing projects throughout the region. John has been involved in all aspects of architectural practice on both small and large scale projects, and ensures that the conception and execution of a building flows smoothly throughout all phases of the design and construction process.
Mark HarrisView Bio
Mark’s award-winning national design expertise includes casinos, hotels, government, corporate, K-12, and higher educational projects. His design strategies target customer experiences, learning styles and the integration of community/cultural interpretations within corporate, education and government environments. Mark’s approach, working in close collaboration with his clients, is an integrated process weaving together the disciplines of planning, architecture and complex project requirements. His goal is to maximize design opportunities to create humane and innovative spaces. He is a natural leader and client advocate. Mark is committed to realizing project goals through design excellence and remains involved in every phase of the design process.
Chad KurdiView Bio
Director of Electrical Engineering
Chad is our lead electrical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry. He brings in-depth understanding of electrical systems to each project. Over the years, he has worked as an electrical engineer, electrician, electrical trainer, and manager. His electrical engineering experience includes drafting, designing, and specifying and analyzing electrical engineering projects for law enforcement facilities, hospitals, data centers, sport arenas, and commercial buildings. He is currently serving on the Minnesota Board of Electricity, a position appointed by the Governor of Minnesota.
Willy BermudezView Bio
Willy is a dedicated and highly motivated senior designer with over 20 years of experience in single and multi-family residential design as well as retail interiors. His diverse experience encompasses new construction, renovation, expansion, and planning of complex large-scale residential, student housing, hotel, and mixed-use projects. Willy is a valued leader at BKV Group and is known for his contemporary design aesthetic, attention to detail, and collaborative approach to leadership.
Matthew BrookeView Bio
Matthew offers extensive design and documentation experience in institutional, commercial, and residential building types with an expertise in building technology and sustainable design. With experience in project sizes ranging from small to mid-size, he is proficient at coordinating efforts with clients and consultants throughout all phases of a project.
Joe BrownView Bio
Joe has many years of architectural experience with a specialization in adaptive reuse. His renovation projects include the award-winning Schmidt Artist Lofts and A-Mill Artist Lofts. Joe has worked extensively with teams on historic buildings across the country, converting them into modern, urban environments.
Craig CarterView Bio
Craig has more than a decade of nationwide experience in architectural programming, design, documentation, and construction administration with a focus on public facilities and government projects. He is a national leader in fire station design and construction, utilizing an innovative research-based approach. His projects have won awards for design as well as for demonstrating an exceptional level of cooperation between government and the private sector. Craig is an expert in the detailed requirements that enable public facilities to be effective tools for their users. With a family background in public service, Craig understands the culture of local government and strives to create an excellent working relationship with his clients by focusing on timeliness, follow-through, and clear communications, while keeping the best interests of the citizens at heart.
Charlie CharltonView Bio
Charlie represents both BKV Group and the project owners throughout the construction process. He utilizes his expertise as a Construction Administrator to ensure that design performance is achieved and verified during construction. Charlie enforces BKV Group’s tactical approach to quality control by focusing on clear communication, project controls, monitoring, and detecting potential schedule delays & cost overruns before they occur in the field. His strong client relations have fostered innovative ways to resolve complex project issues in a timely and effective manner.
Joseph DalyView Bio
Joseph brings a wealth of electrical engineering experience to projects, including lighting and lighting controls, power distribution, UPS systems, generators and fire alarm systems. He believes the key to project success is abundant and timely communication throughout the design process.
Lionel DaytonView Bio
Lionel has completed major design projects utilizing post-tensioned concrete, precast concrete, cold-formed steel, composite beam and joists, heavy timber, and conventional wood framing materials. Lionel has been a structural project manager and engineer of record on projects of variable size, from single-family home renovations to $50 million mixed-use building complexes. He has an extensive background in fastener production, testing, and design for all connection applications.
Jonathan DelcambreView Bio
Jonathan has wide-ranging experience in the field of architecture and design from various sectors around the globe. Over the course of his career, he has helped create and produce a wide range of design concepts and documentation including, educational facilities, single family homes, international airports, hospitality, master planning, and large mixed-use towers.
Mike DuganView Bio
Mike has over 30 years of experience in the design and specification of plumbing, ventilation, air conditioning, process piping, high purity water systems, chemical and gas piping systems, fire protection, and building automation systems. His project design and management experience includes work in a wide variety of markets, including commercial and industrial buildings, housing, education, healthcare, hospitality, retail, laboratories, and correctional facilities. Mike also has experience with forensic and code research.
DuWayne JonesView Bio
DuWayne Jones has over 20 years of experience, primarily with county and state government facilities. As a primary client liaison, his responsibilities include organizing, directing and executing work assignments, monitoring budget, scope and schedule for multiple projects at a time. DuWayne’s experience includes working closely with clients, often involving multiple stakeholders to understand their mission and unique project requirements and develop architectural solutions that enhance their operational goals.
Larry FarrisView Bio
As dedicated part of our Construction Administration team, Larry brings the expertise of a Certified Building Official and a Certified Building Inspector. Larry has a solid background in commercial and residential construction methods. As a Certified Code Specialist, Larry closely monitors BKV Group’s projects with his extensive knowledge in both national and statewide building codes and enforcement practices. Larry is also a Certified Plumbing Inspector & Certified Mechanical Inspector. Quality assurance control in design and construction is critical in Larry’s role on BKV Projects.
Renato GilbertiView Bio
Renato has over 20 years of experience in residential, mixed-use, senior living, and hospitality practice areas. His desire to be challenged and develop high-quality architecture drives him to create innovative and progressive designs. Renato’s experience includes design leadership, master planning, diagrammatic studies, and rendering development on local, state, national and international projects. He is a LEED-Accredited Professional with experience on multiple LEED projects.
Director of Business Development
Heather is experienced in leading business development for companies across many different verticals and has focused on commercial/multifamily real estate for the past several years. She is a results-driven expert who strategically leverages our internal multifamily housing resources to exceed our client’s goals through innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and team collaboration. Heather is an active member of CREW Chicago, ULI, LeadingAge IL, and the City Club of Chicago. For fun, she is a dedicated globetrotter and passionate yogini.
Brady HalversonView Bio
Director of Landscape Architecture
Brady’s work includes a broad range of project types including site design, master planning, corridor and transit-oriented development studies, comprehensive and redevelopment planning and process facilitation, and new town planning for both public and private clients. A common thread in all of Brady’s work is an emphasis on sustainability and creation of meaningful places that offer unique design solutions specific to each client’s needs.
Jim HansingView Bio
Jim Hansing has over 25 years of experience in architecture, construction administration and project management on base building and interior construction projects. His project experience is primarily in housing, office, education and government building types. He has a demonstrated knowledge of all aspects of project design and documentation from schematic design to project closeout.
Edward HeinenView Bio
Director of Specifications
Ed’s work includes maintaining a core practice in specifications writing and management of project manuals and managing BKV Group’s specialized specification writers, while pursuing expertise in high-performing, sustainable buildings and landscapes.
Liza KapisakView Bio
Liza delivers design solutions that focus on aesthetic appearance while delivering functionality and efficiency. She has extensive experience in communicating with clients to develop programming and comprehensive concepts while exploring creative space planning solutions as well as finish and furnishing selections. She partners closely with architects, engineers, consultants and other professionals on all projects to ensure success.
Director of Business Development
Ashley LaRocca has 20 years of experience in the residential architecture, real estate, and development industry. In her role as Director of Pre-development Services, Ashley provides a strategic value proposition within the real estate development and architecture industry. BKV Group’s pre-development services address the critical first phase of a real estate development, which includes identification, evaluation, and owner acquisition of potential development sites.
Director of Business Development
Julie has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, focusing on the multi-family market. She is an active member of CCIM, MNCREW, MHA and is board president of the East Bethel Economic Development Authority. Julie joined BKV Group in 2017 to head up the newly created Pre-Development Services group where she is leveraging her real estate experience to assist BKV Group’s clients source and acquire development sites.
Mark ManettiView Bio
Mark has extensive experience in programming, planning and designing government and education projects. He is a loyal, conscientious and hardworking professional with a proven track record of managing and successfully implementing all phases of design and construction related services. Mark has a service-oriented approach to design, with a history of effectively managing design team resources to achieve project profitability.
Director of Business Development
Lauren has more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing, and strategic planning in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Lauren specializes in business development in the areas of housing, government and corporate clients. She is an active member of SMPS, DCBIA, CREW and DC Real Estate Group. Lauren joined BKV Group in 2012 and was instrumental in transforming a new practice site into a 30-person, multi-disciplined studio.
Kyle OlsonView Bio
Kyle is responsible for performing and directing others in the design, evaluation, and retrofit of metal, concrete, masonry, and wood structures. He’s experienced in the preparation of engineering studies, design documents, building and support structure layouts, engineering and construction cost estimates, and construction documents. He is also responsible for supervision of design personnel, final project checking, and communication with clients pertaining to design and construction issues.
Chris PalkowitschView Bio
Chris’ architectural experience is focused on senior, affordable, and market rate housing. Chris is passionate about creating high quality and innovative architecture. He believes in a client-focused approach that emphasizes collaboration to create exceptional and highly functional projects. As a design lead for BKV Group, Chris combines his senior housing project experience with ingenuity and client input to develop designs that enhance the lives of residents.
Henry PittnerView Bio
Henry is an award-winning licensed architect, author and presenter who has gained national recognition for his leadership managing, programming, planning and designing governmental projects. With more than 35 years of experience, he has led more than seventy projects in twelve states for city, county, and state clients including courts facilities, detention and correctional facilities, government centers, system and site master planning, and civic design.
Combining his advertising and marketing background with a Masters degree in Interior Design and previous leadership roles in the A/E/C community, Kyler creatively builds the bridge between clients and BKV Group’s projects, people, and ideas. Kyler oversees all internal and external marketing efforts firmwide, leveraging the firm’s talent and comprehensive set of design services and processes to win new business, and develop successful outreach strategies aimed at growing the BKV brand nationally and globally.
Emily RappeView Bio
Director of Professional Services
Emily’s education and experience in the architectural profession provides expertise in orchestrating the coordination of project scheduling and assignment of project teams, including professional staff recruitment and the hiring process for all practice sites. She coordinates the professional service operational functions that enable teams to complete project work, including development and refinement of tools and standards to enhance BKV Group’s project delivery process and design efforts.
Charlie RobinsonView Bio
Director of Structural Engineering – Minnesota
Charlie has many years of experience in structural engineering, including structural design and analysis of steel framed structures, timber, cold-formed metal framing, reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete, retaining structures, deep and shallow foundations, and the analysis, assessment, and renovation of existing structures. His expertise extends to many different project types, including multi-housing, municipal buildings, business centers, and many others. He is an excellent problem solver with an outstanding ability to learn new technologies and processes quickly.
Alex SawkaView Bio
Alex is skilled in offering innovative mechanical design solutions to projects. He is a highly motivated and resourceful individual who interacts productively with people from diverse backgrounds. Alex is a conscientious team player with excellent problem solving and troubleshooting skills, able to design innovative solutions that promote maximum efficiency while requiring minimal maintenance. He has experience with projects in many different housing markets, including multi-family housing, student housing, and hospitality.
Jeremiah SmithView Bio
Jeremiah’s experience spans mixed-use and residential, institutional, federal and municipal government, and higher education design for both public and private clients. He brings leadership in sustainability and project management to the team with an emphasis on fostering design quality and environmental stewardship. Jeremiah also co-chairs the Sustainability committee within BKV Group, helping to foster opportunities within projects and processes to include sustainable initiatives.
John StarkView Bio
As Project Manager, John brings over 30 years of experience on a myriad of project types with a specialty in sustainable and historic projects. He orchestrates timely communication between owners, architects, engineers and specialists to make projects successful. His consensus-building management style and mentorship provides everyone an opportunity to contribute.
Brad SullivanView Bio
Brad has extensive experience in all phases of architecture from conceptual design to construction administration. His varied experience has ranged from very large complex projects such as high-rise, mixed-use residential housing, and master planning, to small- and medium-sized projects such as adaptive reuse historic renovations and interior tenant improvements. With an emphasis on organization and clarity, he coordinates the efforts of the project team, maintains document compliance with project criteria and facilitates communication with all members of the team.
John TreiberView Bio
John has experience in design and project management of multiple project types including mixed-use and build-to-suit commercial, residential and retail renovations and new construction. John’s role involves working closely with clients, often involving multiple stakeholders to understand their mission and unique project requirements, and developing architectural solutions that enhance their operational goals.
Megan Van BeckView Bio
Megan Van Beck
Megan has extensive experience in the residential, corporate, and hospitality design sectors. She is involved in all phases of a project, from planning and programming to construction administration, and her dynamic approach to the design process helps her to deliver unique and purposeful interior spaces. Megan brings energy and passion to each project as she strives to create exceptional design for every client.
Marisa ZambutoView Bio
Marisa’s work experience has focused on public, municipal, and government building projects. She is highly detail-oriented and has extensive practice creating basis-of-design documents, documenting existing conditions, and coordinating demolition and construction phasing. Marisa’s commitment to sustainability includes a drive to retain the embodied energy in our existing structures, and her ease with BIM technology to manage phasing and communicate design intent make her the ideal architect to participate in any remodeling efforts. She is also experienced in sustainable design practices including the USGBC LEED certification process and has completed LEED documentation for numerous projects.