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.
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.
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).
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.
Eric Overby, CSI, CDT is currently an Associate Principal at FitzGerald with a variety of experience leading teams on high-profile projects in multifamily, senior living, office, and retail sectors. In addition to being a BEC member, he is also a member of CSI (Chicago and Northern Illinois Chapters) and USGBC. Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in Structures from the University of Illinois Chicago and in his over 28 years in the field of architecture have worked for firms such as SOM (Chicago) and Lucien LaGrange. Eric also holds the current Secretary position on his townhome association Board of Directors.