Board of Directors

Chairperson

Fernando Araujo AIA, CSI, LEED AP is an Associate Principal and Studio Technical Director at Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). He brings over 22 years of architectural experience much of which has focused on design, documentation and implementation of high performance building enclosures. This experience has been broad and includes design of large scale health care, laboratory, aviation, corporate, higher education and multi-family residential projects.

Mr. Araujo is past Chair of Programs for CSI Chicago and has served on its Board of Directors for over 4 years. He has presented on Integrated Design and High Performance Enclosures at AIA and CSI professional development seminars and conferences.

He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, a registered architect in the state of Illinois, certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board certification and a registered City of Chicago Energy Professional.

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Chairperson-Elect

Rob Falconer. I have been involved in in both the design end and construction end of building for over 40 years. As an architect my experience has been primarily with technical support and detailing the building enclosure. As Quality Support Manager for Power Construction I have continued to focus on the building enclosure and have a new insights into detailing and constructability. Being involved with the construction process on a daily basis, I have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the sequence of work, tolerances, compatibility of materials and potential for workmanship related issues, than I did working in the design end of the industry. My role as Quality Support is to educate our team as builders on the Architects intent and respect that, and to work with the design team to understand our concerns as builders and work together to resolve any issues prior to construction. I have a passion for the building science involved with construction. My experience as a builder brings another perspective to the BEC group and offers an opportunity to develop successful relationships between the design and construction industries.

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Past Chairperson

Anthony Cinnamon is an Associate Principal with the firm of Wiss, Janney Elstner (WJE) in the Chicago, Illinois, USA office. Mr. Cinnamon’s expertise lies in the inspection and investigation of windows, curtain walls, and exterior wall systems and is a licensed Architect in the states of Illinois and Iowa.

Since joining WJE in 1995, his projects have included wood and aluminum window systems, curtain wall systems, glass failures and masonry and stone cladding systems. Mr. Cinnamon has written numerous articles on the inspection, repair/restoration, and replacement of window and facade systems. He has also presented seminars domestically and internationally on facade related topics including typical window problems and testing and repair of window and curtain wall systems. Mr. Cinnamon is also a member of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).

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Treasurer

Emily Whitbeck O’Keefe has more than 10 years’ experience with SGH as a building envelope consultant for new and existing building projects. She spent the beginning of her career in the Boston office and relocated to Chicago approximately two years ago to help open the office here. Her work includes investigation and restoration of facades, plazas, roofing, and historic structures as well as consulting on new design projects. Additionally, she has experience with materials investigation, flooring, and building science rehabilitation projects.

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Secretary

Rebecca Booth has over 5 years' experience with Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. (RRJ) and is a licensed Architect in the state of Illinois.  At RRJ, she performs facade investigations involving condition survey documentation, repair design, construction administration, and litigation support.  Her project experience has involved the evaluation of a range of materials and systems including windows, curtain walls, metal roofing, sealants, stucco, and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).  She is a Certified Document Technologist (CDT) through Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

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