ReBranding Masonry

Distinguished Judges

for Designing Masonry for ALL Its Worth - ReBranding Masonry Awards

Meet the Distinguished Judges for the 2017 inaugural DESIGNING MASONRY for ALL ITS WORTH


For this first-of-its-kind competition, we have gathered some of the most outstanding masonry-friendly architects and structural engineers to be among the savvy judges to determine winners of presenting masonry as fresh for the 21st century. They share passions about this industry and know its opportunities for incredible development. May we introduce to you…

Bob Belden

Bob Belden, president and CEO, The Belden Brick Company, Canton OH, represents the fourth generation of Belden family leadership since 1885 and a life time of leadership in the Brick Industry Association and the Brick Institute of America, ASTM, civic and philanthropic organizations. With annual capacity of 540 million brick equivalent, Belden Brick / Redland Brick consists of 12 manufacturing facilities in OH, PA, MD, CT and VA, with shale and fireclay mines and distributors in both NY City and Michigan. Belden consistently sets the standard for quality and safety as well as investing significantly in environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and equipment including air scrubbers and forward thinking initiatives such as efficiencies using BIM-M, robotic technology in the plant, as well as in Construction Robotics semi-automated mason (SAM), continuously pushing the industry forward. Belden earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Notre Dame and a MBA from University of Michigan.

Belden's Passion:

Masonry is in my blood. Once I became involved in my family's business, it became obvious how positive an impact masonry has on our environment and how gratifying it is to be part of an industry that creates lasting beauty, resilience and functionality that affects the daily lives of millions of people.

David Biggs

David Biggs PE, SE, principal, Biggs Consulting Engineering, Saratoga Springs NY, project coordinator for the BIM-Masonry initiative; distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineering, Honorary Member of The Masonry Society, Fellow of American Concrete Institute and Structural Engineering Institute, lecturer for University of Pennsylvania on Historic Preservation, Czech Technical University in Prague on Historic Construction, Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil Iraq, consultant for restoration and preservation of Gordion Turkey, ancient city of King Midas and Alexander the Great, forensic evaluation for the World Trade Towers and Christchurch New Zealand earthquake. Biggs earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Biggs' Passion:

My first-ever forensic project in grad school was masonry and I liked it. When I moved back to New York, buildings were designed with structural steel, but masonry was a component to almost all the projects we were doing. There was not a lot of engineering information on masonry because for so long, masonry was empirically designed. I feel blessed to be in an area with a lot of historical masonry buildings. Over the years, I have worked with a lot of creative people in the industry. They have great ideas, but just need a little engineering help. I love the collaboration and innovation that has taken place over the last few decades.

Preston Gumberich

Preston Gumberich, AIA, has been with Robert A M Stern Architects since 1987 and has been a Partner in the firm since 2008. He is respected for his literate and well-detailed buildings for academic institutions in a range of traditional vocabularies, including the Jeffersonian red-brick Bavaro Hall for the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; and the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; three student residences at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut; Weill Hall for the Ford School of Public Policy and the North Quad Residential and Academic Complex at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; the Seidman Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the buff-brick Gothic Stayer Center for Executive Education for the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. His current projects include the Hoover Dining Hall and the Hubbard Student Engagement Center at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Gumberich received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from Columbia University. He is a registered architect in the State of New York and other jurisdictions, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a member of the Society for College and University Planning.

Gumberich's Passion:

My affair with masonry began when, as a teenager, I strolled through the lanes of Forest Hills Gardens in New York, marveling at the rich and varied colors and textures of the turn-of-the-century brick and stone facades. I knew then that I would be an architect who would embrace traditional design principles and build with the materials that speak so eloquently to me to this day.

William Ketcham

William Ketcham, AIA, LEED AP, principal, Stantec Architecture, has practiced architecture in Chicago for more than forty years, following graduation from the University of Kentucky. He has successfully completed a broad range of architecture, interior design, planning, adaptive re-use and preservation projects. Since joining Stantec in 1999, he has been a firm leader in serving clients with award-winning design in the higher education, multifamily residential, entertainment and cultural markets. As a senior designer, he embraces the challenges of all projects. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Ketcham brings a strong commitment to sustainability in his collaborations with clients. Ketcham is a Registered Architect in Illinois and Wisconsin, LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of American Institute of Architects, Congress for the New Urbanism, Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Ketcham's Passion:

Masonry is a material of choice due to its intrinsic beauty and timeless versatility. It is both historically contextual and able to be reinterpreted through evolving technologies. Masonry is the singular architectural material functioning as structure or envelope; aesthetically malleable and enriched with ornament and detail.

Sara O'Neil-Manion

Sara O'Neil-Manion, AIA, is a principal of O’Neil & Manion Architects in Bethesda MD. The firm has project experience that includes research laboratories, historic properties, museums, country clubs, recreation, distribution centers, hazardous waste holding facilities, embassy and custom residences. Licensed in three states and the District of Columbia, O’Neil-Manion has received more than 40 national and regional design awards for commercial and residential projects.

She has been a long-time member of American Institute of Architects where she has served as president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, director-at-large and member of educational and membership committee of the DC Chapter. Throughout her career, she has been active as a guest lecturer, presenter, course-developer, juror and critic at high school, collegiate and professional-level programs and has been published in industry journals and consumer magazines. O’Neil- Manion received her Professional Architectural Degree from The Catholic University of America School of Architecture in Washington DC.

O'Neil-Manion's Passion:

O’Neil & Manion Architects prefers to use masonry cavity walls for exterior skins and interior masonry demising partitions for facilities requiring high durability and life safety provisions for occupants. There are many benefits to designing with masonry. Our preference for masonry is dedicated to high performance: Durability • Fire and Life Safety • Longevity • Water resistance (which assumes a properly construction cavity wall) • Energy performance • Aesthetically pleasing natural material.

Jerry Painter

Jerry Painter, FASTM, president, Painter Masonry, Gainesville FL, certified state of Florida Structural Mason Contractor and general contractor; president, The Masonry Society; Mason Contractors Association of America Hall of Fame; Florida state president and technical committee co-chair; American Society for Testing and Materials Fellow – Award of Merit and chair of numerous committees and task groups; Masonry Association of Florida president, board and lifetime achievement award; Alachua County Codes Enforcement Board; Santa Fe Community College Building Technology Department Adjunct Professor and Building Construction Advisory Committee; Florida Masonry Apprenticeship and education foundation president and instructor, structural masonry certification; Masonry Society joint committee.

Painter's Passion:

With over 50 years of hands-on experience in masonry, 48 years have been as a mason contractor. The WHY and HOW of the art form of masonry is limited only by our minds. My goal each day is to add value through knowledge provided by education and training.

Michael R Patrick

Michael R Patrick, Senior Architect, California Department of Parks and Recreation Northern Service Center, Sacramento CA; former adjunct professor in the design department at Sacramento State University; began exploring shaped CMU on California Highway Patrol Facility in Grass Valley continuing to experiment to develop masonry textile in character to improve building thermal efficiency, and be capable of supporting biological habitats; project architect on a variety of masonry project types including colleges, law enforcement facilities, courthouses, healthcare facilities, high schools, and a giraffe barn for the Sacramento Zoo.

Patrick's Passion:

The emotional content of masonry intrigues me. Scaling of content deserves more exploration. Masonry units have a yet unrealized potential to serve as a textile for the building, become self-shading and even be a host/habitat for flora and fauna.

Jennifer Pindyck

Jennifer Pindyck, AIA, RA, design architect, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta GA, who designed with David Biggs, SE, the Yale University Health Services Center and other buildings where she pushes the limits of what masonry can do including Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center at Wellesley College, Graduate School of Engineering at Clemson University, and a corporate headquarters master plan. She is currently working on three under-construction buildings for a large public park in Tulsa. She is Lecturer, Teacher of Advanced Design Studio and Visiting Critic at Georgia Tech College of Architecture; transitioned to landscape architect for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates design team with a desire to shape evolving designs within existing environments and to create public spaces engaged in a meaningful way. She was guest critic at Auburn University, Clemson University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Kentucky and Yale University. Pindyck coauthored a paper for the North American Masonry Conference 2011 entitled ‘Brick Beyond Boundaries’, for which she received an Outstanding Paper Award. Daughters Isabella and Vivienne provide a valuable window into how children interact with design. Pindyck earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesey College and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Pindyck's Passion:

Geometries we play with can become complex. Variability of forms requires a material to absorb changes. Traditionally-built brick gives the greatest freedom of expression and enables the built form to be read as a unified building. This natural material, completely recycles itself, affords great variety in its texture and color and is able to take on a variety of forms. Masonry structures date to centuries ago. It's exciting to look back at how it used to be used in order to look forward to fresh possibilities.

Christine Subasic

Christine Subasic, PE, LEED AP, consulting architectural engineer C Callista Subasic, Raleigh NC, specializes in masonry and sustainable design, provides technical support services including standards development, educational seminars and inspection services, presentations on inherent capabilities and added value of redundant structural design of load-bearing masonry for Southeast Concrete Masonry Association; author of numerous articles and books, editor of The Masonry Society’s Sustainability E-Newsletter, recipient of TMS President’s Award and Service Award, active in ASTM Committees E60, C12, C15. Subasic earned her degree in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Subasic's Passion:

Masonry provides a robust system with myriad uses and applications featuring products that are both aesthetically pleasing and durable, and can provide designs that are energy-efficient, structurally sound, acoustically superior and sustainable.

Dan Zechmeister

Dan Zechmeister, PE, FASTM, AIA-Detroit Honorary Affiliate Member, AIA-Michigan Honorary Affliate Member, executive director of the Masonry Institute of Michigan, is member of ASTM committees C12 Mortar and Grout and C15 Masonry Units, and the TMS Masonry Standards Joint Committee. He sits on the executive committee for the national BIM-M (Building Information Modeling for Masonry) initiative currently underway. He initiated industry educational magazines and is a GREAT MIND of the editorial advisory board for international magazine SMART|dynamics of masonry where industry leaders gather and speak. He served on Greater Detroit Building Enclosure Council board, partnered in the Michigan Masonry Coalition with the International Masonry Institute and Walkowicz Consulting to promote Masonry Alternative Design as a structural system to architects, structural engineers, general contractors and construction managers. Zechmeister is an adjunct professor and lecturer at Lawrence Technological University, Central Michigan University and University of Detroit-Mercy. A graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in civil engineering, he is registered in the state of Michigan as a professional engineer.

Zechmeister's Passion:

Bridging the knowledge gap created when architectural, engineering and construction management students graduate without taking a masonry design course. Since the 1950s masonry is being designed as an engineered system. The pendulum has swung from the short thicker unreinforced empirically designed masonry walls of the past to the taller thinner reinforced engineer-designed masonry walls of today.


David Stubbs

David Stubbs,B Eng, P Eng, is director of the Canada Masonry Design Centre in Mississauga ON, which provides technical support and services to mason contractors and designers. He is an author, presenter and is involved with masonry research and education programs. Stubbs is a member of several engineering organizations and Construction Specifications Canada. He also serves on Canadian Standards Association Technical Committees of Masonry Construction for Buildings, Fired Masonry Brick Made from Clay or Shale, Connectors for Masonry and as vice chair of CSA Standards on Concrete Masonry Units and Design of Masonry Structures. Stubbs received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from McMaster University.

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