Laboratory Design Conference: Meet the Speakers
MaryBeth DiDonna, Editor
As the 2017 Laboratory Design Confer- ence approaches, we invite you to get o know the professionals who will be
delivering the event’s feature presentations.
Laboratory Design interviewed some of the
experts who will be leading sessions at this
year’s conference. Full interviews can be found
The complete 2017 Laboratory Design
Conference agenda is available to view at
Adrian Walters, AIA, LEED BD+C, is
an Associate Principal with ARC/Archi-tectural Resources Cambridge in Boston.
Adrian will be speaking on the topic of
“Integrating Environmental Health and
Safety Issues into Lab Design.”
Laboratory Design (LD): How did you
decide on your career?
Adrian Walters (AW): Drawing from
my childhood passion for engineering,
history and art, I saw architecture as
a profession that incorporated those
interests into a single pursuit. Architecture became my professional avenue to
participate in work that genuinely excited
me every day. I also came to see Science
and Technology-focused architecture as
a particularly rewarding blend of design,
engineering, technology and community.
LD: What are you looking forward to
doing in Raleigh during your time at the
Laboratory Design Conference?
AW: Since I spent several years living in
Raleigh perusing my undergraduate and
professional degrees from the School of
Design at NC State, I can’t wait to revisit
the city and possibly the university to see
what has changed over the decades since I
Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is
Director of Sustainable Design/Associate at
Wilson Architects in Boston. He and colleagues
Matt Ellsworth and Martin Lu will be
delivering a workshop entitled, “Getting What
You Pay For: The Value of Lab Mock-ups.”
LD: What advice do you have for
people just starting their career, or for
students who are thinking of majoring in
Jacob Werner (JW): Find the why behind each design. There are many reasons
for any given project, whether it be a
home renovation or a new research laboratory. The immediately obvious needs
are only the beginning of the client’s
hopes for a project. If you don’t explore
the project goals in a deep way, you will
never understand their expectations, and
you won’t be able to design for them.
LD: Who is your mentor/inspiration
JW: R. Buckminster Fuller. He was an
architect, engineer, designer and futurist. He
believed in the capacity of design to improve
the lives of people. His work explored how
to make new and beautiful spaces, ethically
and with a low environmental impact. He
was way ahead of his time.
Noah A. Rollins, AIA, NCARB, LEED
AP BD+C, is an Associate with Gensler in
Tampa, where he serves as a Sciences leader.
Noah will be speaking on the subject of
“Everything Old is New Again.”
LD: What is a typical day at work like
Noah Rollins (NR): There is no typical
day, and that’s my delight with being an
architect. Some of the hats I wear include
Design Leader, project architect, business
development and Sciences practice area
leader. So any week (or even day) can be a
mix of sketching and concept design, client presentations, technical lab planning,
writing, design oversight and site visits.
LD: If you had to do something else for a
living, what would it be?
NR: I like to think there’s a parallel realm
where I went into cinema. I had the opportunity to take some film studies courses
while at Harvard, and became particularly
enamored with directing and production
design. I admire the diverse technical and
creative talents that converge to make a
great film (and the similarity to architecture
is not lost on me).
Matt Ellsworth, AIA, LEED AP, is an
Associate Principal at Wilson Architects.
He will be joining Jacob Werner and Martin Lu on the “Getting What You Pay For:
The Value of Lab Mock-ups” workshop.
LD: What do you consider the highlight of your career?
Matt Ellsworth (ME): I consider the
highlight being my work associated with the
UNC Chapel Hill Science Complex. In the
first phase, we designed and constructed two
simultaneous $60M science buildings on
adjacent sites. This was a very challenging
and satisfying achievement.
Adrian Walters, AIA, LEED BD+C
Noah A. Rollins, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Matt Ellsworth, AIA, LEED AP
Jacob Werner, AIA, LEED AP BD+C