James D. MacConnell Jurors

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Renee Alexander
Renée Alexander, AIA
Architect | Principal
BBT Architects, Inc.

With over 25 years of experience, Renée joined BBT in 2012 with an emphasis in planning, programming and design. In addition to her expertise in these areas, she also oversees operations and interiors. She has served as Planner and Facilitator on several major projects in Oregon and Washington.

Her talents make her ideally suited for working with clients through the entire process of planning, design and construction. She takes every opportunity to challenge herself by assisting clients with their visions. Renée is an active listener, helping turn her client's dreams into reality.

Renée recently became the Pacific Northwest Regional President-Elect of CEFPI, and will take over Presidential responsibilities in the fall of 2013. She is also past president and past governor of the local chapter of CEFPI, and has been active in the organization for over 20 years.

University of Oregon
Bachelor of Architecture

Professional Registration
Architect, State of Oregon
Architect, State of Washington
NCARB Certification

Activities and Professional Associates
Council of Educational Facility Planners International – Member, Communications & Value Committee Member; President-Elect for Pacific Northwest Region
Oregon School Facilities Task Force
Serendipity West Foundation – Board Member

Peter Finsen
Peter I. Finsen
Executive Director & CEO
Georgia/Carolinas PCI
A Chapter of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)

Mr. Finsen serves as the chief executive officer of Georgia/Carolinas PCI, a Chapter of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. He is responsible for association management with key emphasis on educational, technical and marketing promotion of solutions to advance the design, manufacture and use of precast/prestressed concrete products.

Mr. Finsen has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a career that spans more than 30 years in the design and construction industry. With early stints as a design architect, and experience that includes PM/CM project development services on over $6 billion in construction value of educational, correctional, housing, infrastructure and governmental projects.

Mr. Finsen serves on numerous PCI committees, and is active in numerous associations including the American Institute of Architects, American Concrete Institute, Construction Specifications Institute, Design Build Institute of America, Society of College and University Planners and Georgia Society of Association Executives. And, he is a long time member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, and formerly served on the Board of Trustees for the CEFPI Foundation & Charitable Trust.

Mark French
Mark R. French, AIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C
Bay - IBI Group Architects, Inc.
Senior Principal

Mr. French is a Senior Principal of a 65+ person Architectural firm focused on the educational and institutional market. With over 27 years of experience, Mr. French offers extensive design and project management experience in educational, religious and public works facilities from small scope renovations to complex $100,000,000+ new facilities. He is involved in all aspects of a project including planning and site assessment, schematic design, design development, construction documents, construction administration and project management. Mr. French has been responsible for over 50 new facilities and 100's of renovations and additions. Mr. French has been Guest speaker for many seminars regarding educational facilities for various professional organizations including Local & Regional Chapters of Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Associated General Contractors, Illuminating Engineering Society, Texas Association of School Administrators and University of Houston Clear Lake.

Catherine Fritz
Catherine Fritz, AIA

Catherine moved to Juneau, Alaska in 1983 after completing her B Arch degree at Washington State University. She began working in school facility planning, design, and construction in 1989. It was through this work that she discovered CEFPI; she has been an active member in the Alaska chapter and the Pacific Northwest Region for over two decades. Catherine took a leave of absence from her position as Chief Architect of the City & Borough of Juneau in 2001 to attend the Multi-Disciplinary Design Institute at Washington State University in Spokane. She studied architectural research with a focus on school facility planning, and achieved the Master of Science in Architecture in 2003. While in Spokane, she worked as a research and teaching assistant. Catherine has been instrumental in establishing Montessori education in Juneau, Alaska that includes a robust public Montessori program in the Juneau School District for grades 1-8. She has worked as a substitute teacher, volunteered extensively at the school, and worked tirelessly on fundraising projects for over 25 years. Catherine is currently an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Southeast, teaching courses in project management and construction documentation.

Philip Poinelli
Philip J. Poinelli, FAIA, REFP, LEED AP BD+C
Architect and Educational Facilities Planner

Mr. Poinelli is a Principal at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, Cambridge, MA., where he leads the Educational Planning Group in the SMMA K-12 Studio. Mr. Poinelli has been involved in the programming, master planning, feasibility study, and / or design of over 60 educational projects.

He is currently Vice President of the CEFPI Northeast Region. He also serves as co-chair if the AIA / Committee on Architecture for Education K-12 sub-committee.

Amy Yurko
Amy Yurko, AIA

Ms. Yurko is the founder of BrainSpaces and the recipient of the 2011 CEFPI School Planner of the Year award. She is both a licensed architect and educator who believes in applying brain-based strategies to the design of learning environments. A recognized expert in her field, Ms. Yurko actively designs schools with some of the country's most renown educational architecture firms, collaborates as an educational facility planner with some of the country's most thoughtful clients, works as an educator in the Chicago Public School system as well as with high caliber institutions such as Harvard, Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Southern California, and volunteers to build schools in underprivileged communities in Central America. Throughout her nearly 25 year career, she is fortunate to continuously experience the joy of learning and the value of promoting that joy in others.