LD: What do you like to do in your spare time?
VD: International travel with family, and tennis.
LD: If you had to do something else for a living, what would it be?
VD: Painting restorations.
Victor Cardona, AIA, of SmithGroupJJR
in Detroit serves as the firm’s national
leader for laboratory programming and
planning. He has more than 30 years of
architectural experience, with specific expertise in bioscience research, translational
research, teaching laboratories and engineering and material sciences labs. Victor’s
session is entitled “MakerSpaces—Not Just
for Engineering Students.”
LD: What is a typical day like for you?
Victor Cardona (VC): Even though I participate in a number
of project pursues and interviews, I really enjoy and participate
in the entire process of programming, planning and documenting the projects that I am involved with. It involves a lot of
traveling to meet with clients but also mentoring and working
with the younger staff in our various offices.
LD: What do you consider to be the professional highlight of
VC: This is a very hard question since I emerge myself in
every job that I do. Usually, the most rewarding projects are the
ones that include satisfied clients that love their new or renovated work environment. But having your project recognized
by industry personnel and your peers is also rewarding. Having
planned a Lab of the Year-awarded project seals the deal! Also,
being chosen by SEFA to their Client Advisory Board was a
Erik Lustgarten, AIA, LEED AP, is a Life
Sciences Practice Area Leader for Gensler
Boston. Erik has contributed to the design
of over 3 million square feet of research
facilities in his career. Erik will be speaking
on the topic of “The Research Laboratory:
A Place to Learn.”
LD: What advice do you have for people
just starting their career, or for students
who are thinking of majoring in architec-ture/engineering/etc.?
Erik Lustgarten (EL): Be in a constant state of learning
and find new ways to apply and test that knowledge. This will
empower you to approach design with confidence and find the
opportunities to help your clients arrive at innovative solutions.
LD: What do you like to do in your spare time?
EL: When I am not renovating my house, I enjoy spending
time at the beach or on the ski slopes with my family (
sometimes sneaking away to listen to jazz on vinyl).
LD: Have you ever been to Houston? Do you plan to explore the
city in your spare time, and if so what would you like to do?
EL: This will be my first trip to Texas. My son is an avid
football fan, so I plan to buy him a J.J. Watt jersey and will also
check out the Space Center.
Mark Paskanik, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
BD+C, is a Senior Architect and Laboratory
Planner with CRB. He has nearly 20 years
of experience programming, planning and
designing research facilities worldwide.
As a LEED accredited professional Mark
completed one of the first LEED laboratory
projects in the nation, the Syngenta Regula-tory Sciences Laboratory in North Carolina. Mark will be delivering the Day Two
keynote session—“Dashboard Your Project
LD: How did you first get into your field?
Mark Paskanik (MP): Before I completed my master’s degree
in architecture at Michigan, I had a professor that suggested you
“find your niche.” Lab design was a natural fit for me, since my
dad worked in research. During my college years, I spent many
lunch breaks in my dad’s research laboratory when I worked as a
painter at the hospital where he was employed.
LD: What’s a common mistake made by those working on design-ing/constructing a laboratory?
MP: Following a trend—labs can be very unique. Something that
works well for one client may not be a good fit for another. Many
times I can relate a trend back to what Thomas Edison was doing
back in the 1920’s.
Simon Goodhead, PE, is a code con-sultant/fire protection engineer and the
director of Jensen Hughes’ Atlanta office.
His project management responsibilities
include reviewing architectural and engineering documentation for compliance
with codes and standards, preparing comprehensive fire protection and life safety
programs for new and existing buildings,
and interfacing with local, state, and federal officials. Simon will be speaking on
the topic, “Complexities with Fire—New,
LD: What was your favorite college class? Was it related to your
Simon Goodhead (SG): I really enjoyed Management Strategy as part of my Graduate Degree. Taking complex problems
and developing solutions is an integral part of my work, so
applying those skills to a business setting was great fun.
LD: Have you ever been to Houston? Do you plan to explore the city
in your spare time?
SG: I have. Oddly it was for a project that needed a balance
between U.K. codes and U.S. codes—as the former British guy
I got pulled in. Fortunately, I was rewarded with a tour of the
historic area of downtown, barbecue at Goode Company and
pecan pie. I had a terrific time and look forward to doing it
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Erik Lustgarten, AIA,
Simon Goodhead, PE
Mark Paskanik, AIA,