Board of Directors

Chairperson

Rebecca Booth joined Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. (RRJ) in 2013 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, masonry, and exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS).  She is a Certified Document Technologist (CDT) through Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).

Chairperson-Elect

Matt Filippini, AIA, M.ASCE of Filippini Consulting Architects, PLLC specializes as a forensic architect and building envelope consultant. His practice focuses on the forensic investigation of building defects, including roof, wall, window, curtain wall, flooring, and foundation systems, for the purposes of litigation support and/or rehabilitation design.

Matt’s investigations take a building science approach. His evaluations may include peer review of construction documentation, field inspections, investigative openings, in situ testing, and hygrothermal and finite element computer modeling of building enclosure performance. He is experienced in identifying defects, causation, liability, and standards of care, quantifying damages, preparing cost estimates, assisting in dispute resolution, providing expert trial testimony, and developing successful remedial design solutions.

Prior to starting his own firm in 2019, Filippini Consulting Architects, PLLC, Matt was Director of Architecture + Building Science at CTLGroup. Previous to CTLGroup, Matt Filippini had 25 years of experience at architectural, structural engineering, design/build contractor, and forensic expert firms. He has designed governmental, military, religious, industrial, commercial, and residential buildings, in addition to performing forensic investigations and providing expert testimony.

Matt holds Master of Civil Engineering (Structures) and Master of Architecture degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia (Chemistry and Art History Double Major).

He is a Licensed Architect in Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and holds CxA+BE (Commissioning Authority with Building Enclosure endorsement) and BECxP (Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider) certifications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Past Chairperson

Fernando Araujo, AIA, CSI, LEED AP is an Associate Principal and Director of Technical Design Services at Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). He brings over 28 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. 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 served on the Enclosure and Materials Technical Working Group which provided detailed input on the Chicago Building Code Modernization.

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.

Secretary

Patrick Keeney, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP O+M is currently a Senior Architect at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture where he works with both Architecture and Urban Planning teams in the design of complex, ecologically-minded, mixed-use projects. He is responsible for the technical development, detailing, coordination, and delivery of projects, ensuring that both aesthetic and performance goals and requirements are achieved for each project.

Patrick’s passion for the design of high-performance buildings guides his approach to design. With extensive experience in building simulation and environmental analysis, he brings a performance-based decision-making process to each project and is generally regarded as a firm resource for all building performance topics.