Principal and Vice President, Design, John Portman & Associates, Inc.
Pierluca Maffey (Luca) is a Principal and Vice President, Design for John Portman & Associates (Portman), an internationally renowned architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta and Shanghai. Established in 1953, Portman has more than 60 years of experience in the design of higher education facilities, mixed-use urban developments, hotels, office buildings, multiunit residential complexes and exhibition centers. Portman projects can be seen in more than 60 cities worldwide. Luca approaches architectural design by focusing on the people who will actually use the space. He strives to create multiple perspectives and a slow reveal that invoke a process of discovery, resulting in unexpected visual and spatial experiences. Prior to rejoining John Portman & Associates, Luca worked for tvsdesign and Cooper Carry in Atlanta, Georgia; Design 2000 in Bahrain; and Studiodwg in Rome, Italy. While his native language is Italian, Luca is fluent in English and also speaks French.
President, Atlanta Metropolitan State College
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Vice President, Construction, Portman Holdings
Bill is Vice President for Portman Holdings, a real estate development firm with projects across the US, Europe, and Asia. During Bill’s 29-year career he has worked in many sectors of real estate and construction, including 5 years in Facilities and Capital Program Management for Emory University, and 14 years in higher education program management and management of university PPP and creative delivery projects. Bill’s university experience includes development management for the University of South Florida Research Park, and delivery of academic buildings, libraries, laboratories, student centers, athletic facilities, and student housing for 25 different universities across the country. In addition to Bill’s higher education experience, he has managed development of several large, mixed-use projects in the Southeast and Midwest and numerous acute-care projects for healthcare systems in the Southeast. Bill has an undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Emory University.
Managing Principal, Integral Group
Stanton Stafford is the Managing Principal of Integral Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Integral Group is a collection of building systems engineers and consultants committed to accelerating critical change in the built environment. Across its 15 offices, the firm focuses on the integrated design and delivery of simple, elegant, cost-effective solutions for high-performance buildings which include 60+ Net Zero Energy, 15+ Living Building Challenge, and 35+ LEED Platinum Certified projects since 2006. Stanton received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Virginia and has spent his career designing, modeling and commissioning building across the country. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, an entrepreneurial non-profit focused on building material salvage and reuse, is Chair-elect of ASHRAE TC 2.8 – Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability and recently became a Charter Member of the University of Georgia's Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board.
Steven G. Swant
Executive Vice President, Administration and Finance, Georgia Institute of Technology
In April, 2008, Mr. Steven G. Swant (Steve) was appointed the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Reporting to the President, Steve is responsible for administration and coordination of business and financial functions. Steve serves as the Chief Business and Financial Officer of Georgia Institute of Technology and oversees all administrative, business, financial, facility and budget activities.
A member of the Office of the President with the President, Provost and Executive Vice President for Research, and a member of the Presidents' Cabinet, Steve participates on numerous Institute and Chancellor/Board of Regents committees and councils. He is a board member of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, Georgia Tech Facilities, Inc., Georgia Tech Ireland and the Georgia Advanced Technology Ventures Corporation.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Riverside and Masters of Arts in Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles, he obtained positions at prominent national facilities management and planning firms. In 1984, Steve accepted a position in the Chancellor's Office at UCLA. His career at UCLA included a variety of progressive assignments related to institutional planning and budgeting and the long-range capital improvement program. In June 1993, Steve relocated to Seattle, Washington to assume the role of Director of Capital and Space Planning at the University of Washington. At UW, he directed planning and administrative activities and processes related to the development of the University's capital program.
In September 1996, Steve accepted the position of Associate Vice President, Budget and Planning, at Georgia Institute of Technology. In this capacity, he had responsibilities related to the Institute's operating and capital budget development and administration, institutional data analysis and strategic planning, as well as coordinating various staff support functions to the Office of the President. Steve assumed the position of Vice President for Administration and Finance in April 2006.
Howard S. Wertheimer
Institute Architect, Georgia Institute of Technology
After leading the Capital Planning & Space Management department for many years, Howard was promoted to Institute Architect where he has strategic oversight of the Campus Master Plan, Landscape Master Plan, Historic Preservation Plan, campus-wide sustainability initiatives, curation of public art, and most things that are visually exposed. He is responsible for the aesthetics and visual vocabulary of the campus, which currently includes over 16M square feet of space in 200 buildings on 400 acres. Understanding institutional priorities, he focuses on the holistic integration of architecture, landscape, engineering, technology, ecology, sustainability and fiscal stewardship. He is a frequent presenter and juror, and is an active participant in numerous community and professional organizations, including AIA, SCUP, AASHE, AUA, NACUBO and Leadership Atlanta.
Tony J. Zivalich
Executive Director, Real Estate Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
As the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Executive Director of Real Estate Development, Tony Zivilich leads the acquisition, sale, leasing, development, and planning of the Institute’s real property assets. Tony also leads the management, construction, and financing of non-academic real estate. He plays a leading role in executing real estate transactions, establishing operating standards for Tech Square and Technology Enterprise Park, and supporting redevelopment in neighborhoods around Tech’s campus. Zivalich has more than 30 years of experience in both for-profit and nonprofit institutions. He has worked with Georgia Tech since 1998, when he participated in the feasibility and development of Tech Square.