2023 BUILD CHALLENGE JURIES
Jaime Van Mourik
Jaime Van Mourik is an ORISE Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow in the Building Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy, supporting the Residential Buildings Integration program working toward a zero carbon emissions future for all homes. Jaime is passionate about educating people of all ages about the impacts of the built environment on their lives. She believes that providing knowledge and opportunities for action will result in true transformation. Prior to her current role at DOE, she served as the vice-president for education solutions at the U.S. Green Building Council where she led a team to create and deploy education solutions for every learner of all ages, from young students to professionals looking to advance in their career path. She collaborated with higher education institutions and advocates across the country to develop and deliver innovative learning platforms that integrate sustainability and green building concepts into curriculum and create pathways to professional credentials. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia.
Joseph Wheeler is a professor of architecture at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Florida A&M University and a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech. He pursues professional research in environmental and sustainable design and assumes leadership positions in the implementation of design theory and ideas. He believes there is a distinct advantage to the exposure of students to the direct making of architecture and is therefore involved in many multidisciplinary full-scale research projects.
As co-director of School of Architecture + Design's Center for Design Research, he has led multiple interdisciplinary projects, including 2005, 2009, and 2010 Solar Decathlon house projects; the latter won first place overall in international competition in Madrid, Spain. His additional work includes research on industrialized processes, modular construction, and energy efficiency. He has been awarded a national design honor from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the NCARB Prize for creative collaboration between the academy and the profession, the Virginia Society AIA Research Prize, and the Xcaliber University Prize for Excellence in Outreach, and has testified before Congress on national energy issues.
Griffin Hagle is the CEO of the Taġiuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority, a tribally designated entity serving six villages across Alaska's remote North Slope. Having been introduced to building science as a weatherization installer in his hometown of Medford, Oregon, in 2006, and later working as an energy auditor, program administrator, and civil servant, he is professionally committed to buildings and energy systems that deliver the security and prosperity people everywhere deserve. He serves on the board of directors of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and is currently renovating his 1950s home in Anchorage for comfort, resilience, and the decarbonized world to come.
Joe Cafferata is the director of the Mechanical Engineering Division at the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing mechanical, plumbing, and controls design; engineering; standards; and technical support, as well as energy management for the worldwide diplomatic real estate portfolio, including stewardship of existing assets and a robust capital improvement plan. He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Oregon State University and a Master of Engineering in water resource engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Joining federal service in 2007, Mr. Cafferata has served in a variety of roles, including lead mechanical engineer for new embassy projects in Mexico City, Tegucigalpa, and Brasilia; post-earthquake response in Haiti and Nepal; and as the State Department's subject matter expert for water treatment. He was the senior mechanical engineer for the Smithsonian Institution before returning to OBO to lead the mechanical division. Mr. Cafferata is a registered civil and mechanical engineer in California and was the Department of State design professional of the year in 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer and deployed to Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006.
Nina Hormazabal is an associate professor and dean in the Architecture Department of Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso, Chile. She specializes in housing energy efficiency and bioclimatic and sustainable architecture. Her passion is to teach architecture through experiential learning. Nina is a member of technical committees for the Ministries of Housing and Energy in Chile and has been honored with scholarships and awards, including the award for outstanding academic and teaching contributions from the Architecture Association of Valparaiso.
Nina holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the department of architecture and built environment at the University of Nottingham. Nina was a decathlete at Solar Decathlon Europe (SDE) in 2010 in Madrid, as well as the Faculty Advisor in the 2014 SDE for the highly awarded Casa FENIX, which has been granted several endowments. She was also the Faculty Advisor for Team Chile for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2020 Build Challenge, which was awarded first place in Resilience and third place in Innovation, as well as the People's Choice Award. Recently the 2020 Team Chile was awarded the Recyclapolis National Foundation Prize 2021.
Ray Tonjes is the president and founder of Ray Tonjes Builder, Inc., a home building company based in Austin, Texas, that specializes in mainstream, sustainable, and high-performance custom homes and renovations. In 1985, Ray became one of the first “Austin Energy Star” builders as part of an aggressive energy conservation program. This program evolved into the nation's first Green Building Rating System, established in 1991. Ray was a founding member of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Sustainability and Green Building Subcommittee in 1999. During his tenure as chairman (2001–2008 and 2017–2018), the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines were developed. First published in 2005, these guidelines were the basis for the development of the National Green Building Standard. Ray was the founding director/chairman of the board (2004–2014) of the Green Building Initiative, a national nonprofit. Based on its Green Globes Environmental Design and Assessment Rating System for New Construction, the Green Building Initiative created the ANSI/GBI 01-2010 Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings.