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Expert in Forensic Architecture & ADA Expert Witness

Expert ID: 735701 California, USA

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Expert is licensed in 50 states with 25 years of experience as an architect and 20 years as a forensic architecture. He is also a Certified Access Specialist (CASp), and Registered Access Specialist, and one of the 50 APEC Architect's.

Forensic duties include detailed investigation research, serving as an expert witness, and participating in depositions. Expert is available to assist plaintiff attorneys in cases involving, but not limited to:
forensic architecture, building codes, ADA compliance, and industry standards.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1983 Degree: MA Subject: Architecture Institution: University of Michigan
Year: 1981 Degree: BS Subject: Architecture Institution: University of Michigan

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2005 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President & CEO Department: Responsibilities: President of an architectural corporation that specializes in new commercial projects and tenant improvements located throughout the United States. Firm specializes in architectural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, due diligence, construction defect investigations, and expert witness services. Forensic duties include detailed inspections/investigations, research, and writing reports. Also includes coordination with experts in other fields; meetings with opposing experts to discuss defects, standards of care and appropriate repair methodologies; and deposition and/or trial testimony. Focus is on effective communication and simplification of complex code and general theory issues.
Years: 1999 to 2005 Employer: Construction Management Associates, Inc., Las Vegas, NV Title: Architect Department: Responsibilities: Architect-in-charge of Nevada office for CMA. Forensic and design architect, case manager and inspector for numerous condominium, townhouse and single-family home projects. Forensic duties included detailed inspections/investigations, research, and writing reports. Also included coordination with experts in other fields; meetings with opposing experts to discuss defects, standards of care and appropriate repair methodologies; and deposition testimony. Architectural and construction management duties including developing and overseeing the repair process, both for projects investigated by AAC and for projects investigated by others.
Years: 1997 to 1999 Employer: Battaglia, Inc., Newport Beach, CA Title: Project Architect Department: Responsibilities: Project Architect, developing predesign and schematic design phase documents for a billion-dollar theme park, “Southern City”, located in Malaysia. Project Architect developing the construction documents for a 9-story luxury hotel for a theme park located in Taiwan. Manager of projects with the help of 11 to 14 in-house architecturally-related individuals with specialties in AutoCAD, design, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, and general production.
Years: 1992 to 1997 Employer: Modern Technology Industrial College Title: Manager/Instructor Department: Technical Responsibilities: Department manager of 14 instructors and primarily performed as an architectural instructor. Department contained instruction in architecture, piping and mechanical engineering. Instructor of building codes, and architectural ACAD drafting standards with reference to NCARB, ICBO, CAB, Title 24, Manual of Steel Construction, CEQA, California Coastal Act, CSLB License Law and Reference Book, UBC, NFPA, UFC, UMC, UPC, NEC, and the SHBC.
Years: 1989 to 1992 Employer: Architectural Team Three Title: Project Manager Department: Responsibilities: Project manager of mid-size commercial and industrial projects, including car washes, laundromats, and fast food restaurants, from design to construction administration. Coordinated between clients, engineers, consultants, and planning/zoning departments, building and safety departments, public works, CEQA, Coastal Commission, and the Orange County Health Department.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Associate Member of California Building Officials (CALBO)
- International Code Council (ICC) Certified Member
- National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) Certified Member
- Professional Associate of American Plywood Association (APA)
- Subject Matter Expert for the California Architects Board (CAB)
- Member of the Nevada State Board of Architecture, Interior Design and Residential Design Board’s Active Enforcement Advisory Committee (EAC)
- Active California Building Officials and International Code Council Exam Development Committee Member
Licenses / Certifications
Licensed architect in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, and the Canadian provinces Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Depositions: 12
Cases Settled With The Use of Matrixes, Reports and Expert Conferences – Without Depositions Needed Expert: 16
Training / Seminars
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled “Energy-Conscious Architecture”
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled “Fire Safety in Buildings”
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled “Indoor Environment”
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled “Professional Conduct”
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Sustainable Design II"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Surface Conditions"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Seismic Mitigation"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Why Buildings Fail"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Cracking the Codes I"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Cracking the Codes II"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Design Within A Community Context"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Improving Building Performance"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Building Envelope"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Ethics and Professional Rules of Conduct"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "The Hidden Risks of Green Buildings"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Senior Living"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Heating and Cooling Design for Buildings"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Architectural Acoustics"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Mold and Moisture Prevention"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Improving Building Performance"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Why Buildings Fail"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Low Slope Roofing I"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Who Needs a Specification Writer?"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Building Evaluation for Preservation"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled "Barrier-Free Design and the 2010 ADA Standards"
- NCARB Professional Development Program passed test entitled “Energy-Conscious Architecture Ethics and Professional Rules of Conduct"
- Florida State University successful completion of Building Code Administrative Core Online sponsored by the Florida Building Commission

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