Bryan Rouse is an Illinois licensed architect and an Associate Principal with the Chicago office of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Since joining WJE in 1995, Mr. Rouse has performed hundreds of evaluations and investigations of distressed and deteriorated conditions in existing buildings and other structures. His projects include high-rise and low-rise buildings; historical buildings; structural steel buildings; conventionally reinforced concrete structures; timber-framed structures; stone, brick, and terra cotta exterior facades; stucco and plaster finishes; EIFS; gypsum wallboard; glass and metal curtain walls; fire- and water-damaged structures; and architectural and structural design coordination. His responsibilities have included designing repairs, developing construction documents, and providing field observation services for repair work during the construction phase. He draws on his experience with existing construction to provide enclosure consulting during design and construction of new construction projects, helping stakeholders avoid problems before the project is occupied. Mr. Rouse has also assisted several project teams in providing litigation assistance in construction-related lawsuits and mediation.
Jessica Saravia, AIA, CSI, CDT, NCARB, LEED AP is Senior Architect with DMAC. With over 20 years of experience in everything from design through construction, Jessica leads DMAC’s construction documentation and administration for a wide range of building typologies and sizes. Since joining DMAC Architecture in 2017, Jessica’s fingerprints are on nearly every project because her technical expertise, design detailing, specification writing, and construction administration are critical to the process. Jessica is known for taking the time to understand what the client is looking for, how that fits into the design solution, and delivering a high level of client service. Jessica is passionate about building science and performance and was recently named to the Leadership Group for the National AIA Building Performance Knowledge Community. She lives in Evanston with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and 100 year old house.
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.
Alexis Brackney, AIA, SE, is a Senior Project Manager in the Diagnostics Group of Walter P Moore with over 13 years of experience in the field of forensic architecture and engineering. Alexis’ expertise includes assessment and repair of building distress related to facades and exterior walls, below-grade waterproofing, fenestration, and roofing systems. She specializes in field investigations, research and analysis of building systems and components, building envelope evaluations, and litigation support. Alexis is a licensed Architect and Structural Engineer in Illinois and holds BECxP (Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider) and CxA+BE (Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure) certifications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gloria Moy is a Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Since joining WJE in 2017, she has been involved with numerous building enclosure evaluations and investigations of distressed and deteriorated conditions in existing buildings, for which she also designed repairs and performed construction observations. Gloria's experience encompasses a wide range of materials and systems, including glass, masonry, stucco, and concrete facades, as well as single-ply, built-up, and liquid-applied roofing systems. Her portfolio spans both contemporary and historic buildings.