Meet The Team

EvolveLAB is a collection of licensed architects, former BIM managers, as well as construction technologists all trying to help move the industry forward.  Whether you a looking for a custom add-in, a BIM implementation strategy or help to coordinate your project, we are here to help.

Bill Allen

Founder & President

Bill Allen is CEO, and President of EvolveLAB, Disrupt Repeat, and On Point Scans. These firms synergistically help Architects, Engineers, and Contractors optimize the built environment. He has over 15 years of experience managing technology for buildings in the AEC industry for cutting edge firms. Bill Allen has been a keynote speaker as well as featured speaker at multiple events, and has the most watched Autodesk University talk ever "The Future of BIM is NOT BIM, And It's Coming Faster Than You Think". Bill has also co-founded the non-profit - The Bare Roots Foundation, an organization that believes each human being deserves the rights to basic human needs including shelter, food, and clean drinking water.

Outside of work Bill enjoys anything outdoors including long motorcycle rides, fishing with his family, or going for drive in the mountains.

Ben Guler

Chief Technology Officer

As a design technology fanatic, Ben has been a vital driver for computational design, process management, and standardization. With a gamut of technological avenues at his disposal, he has successfully identified and executed appropriate solutions for a robust set of project deliveries. His architectural background, knowledge of BIM platforms and software engineering allows for a technological bridge that is critical to being effective in the computational design paradigm. As a husband and father, Ben enjoys going on hikes with his wife and daughter and occasional archery range sessions.  With Ben's experience in C# and Python, he has experience writing custom Revit Add-ins and stand-alone software to help tie the AEC market together.  If you have custom add-in or tool you are itching to have built, please reach out to Ben as he is excited to start helping flex his coding muscles and come up with a solution for you.  Ben also has extensive experience using Dynamo to automate task and create solutions to complex design challenges.  He also leverages Dynamo often to storyboard out his custom Revit add-ins.  

Ames Hardt

Design Application Specialist

Ames has long held a deep fascination with technology, beginning to code as early as 12 to design personalized Xanga layouts with HTML and CSS. After graduating, with a specialization in Digital Design, Ames began training as an architect. While learning the ropes, it became clear how many ways software like Revit was lacking. Leaving life as an architect behind, Ames is begins a new role as Design Technology Specialist, tasked with optimizing clients' and firms’ workflows by implementing the use of software like Dynamo to automate the “boring” tasks, leaving more time for staff to focus on design! In order to further expand the capabilities of Revit and Dynamo, Ames delved deeper into the world of programming, using C# and Python to develop custom add-ins and nodes tailored to the needs of a firms’ production staff.

Outside of work, Ames enjoys cooking with their partner, spoiling their cat, and designing anything from silly t-shirts to promotional material for their friends. They can often be found playing video games, lifting weights, or working in their garden in the summer. 

Clara Fonte Boa

Design Technologist, UXUI Designer

Clara is a design technologist coming from an architectural background and a drive to use the available technology tools to its fullest enabling a more efficient process that leaves more room for the creativity and the fun part of design to flourish. Clara also has a long history of fascination for topology, origami, complex structures and geometries which inevitably brought her to the computational design world. Since her days at school, back in Ouro Preto Brazil, and while studying abroad in Dessau, Germany, she has strived to implement technologies such as Grasshopper, Processing, Arduino and 3d Printing in her academic and side gig projects. While in the professional architecture industry she has often been the voice in the office advocating for the use of Dynamo and strategizing on ways to use the computer and Revit to cut the time spent in repetitive and tedious tasks.

 

Meanwhile, in her free time, Clara can be found attached to some crag around Boulder rock climbing, covered in clay while doing pottery at home, watering her ever-growing collection of plants or trying to figure out her next hobby.

 

Chris Woodward

Design Technologist

As a design technologist, Chris combines a true fascination with both design and technology to streamline design processes and construct computational design solutions. His interest in coding can be traced back to video games mods. A more rigorous exploration started as an M.Arch Student at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where he dug deep into Rhino and Grasshopper. Then, while working as an architectural designer, Chris brought this technology interest into world BIM with Revit and Dynamo. Along the way, Chris has learned a myriad of programming languages such as Python, JavaScript and C# allowing him further access to custom solutions.

 

Not one to get too caught up in just one thing, Chris supplements has supplemented his passion in design technology with a number of hobbies and interests including mechanical keyboards, urban design, web design, and a budding interest in fountain pens. Chris can also often also be found outdoors on long-distance run or hitting the tennis or basketball courts.

 

Daniel Kaye

Design Technologist, R.A., Director of Memes

Daniel Kaye is an architect, computer nerd, and avid rock climber hailing from snowy Buffalo, New York. He holds a B. Arch degree from the Syracuse University School of Architecture, as well as a minor in computer science. As a licensed architect he has had the opportunity to work at a variety of firms ranging from a 2-man operation with his former professor to the third largest AEC corporation in the world. During Daniel’s six years walking the line between architect and BIM Manager on residential, commercial, rail, and aviation projects across the country he became attuned to the inefficiencies inherent within the AEC industry. Combining his knowledge of our digital design tools with his recreational programming pursuits, Daniel joined EvolveLAB to help improve the software used to create the built environment in which we live.

Having been raised entirely on the East coast of the United States, Daniel cycled from Boston to Los Angeles before falling in love with the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where he now resides. When not writing code or rock climbing, he can often be found outside sketching or jamming with friends on his drum kit.

 

Hollie Engdahl

Design Techinologist, R.A.

Hollie comes to EvolveLAB as a licensed Architect with 8 years of experience, a Bachelor of Arts in printmaking and interior design from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has spent her profession in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska making a portfolio of work that covers the gamut of building types including water treatment, multi-family housing, higher education, national and state park facilities, justice and performing arts centers with varying construction types including ground up, renovation, adaptive re-use and historic preservation. Hollie’s helping nature and applicable knowledge of Revit meant she often filled the role of BIM manager on her design projects. Her pivot to EvolveLAB is driven by her desire to assist other AEC professionals in the complex world of BIM. She is most happy when sharing her industry knowledge to help build efficiencies, boosting Revit user confidence and creating lasting network relationships.

 

With a background in art Hollie loves to indulge her creative side through cooking, baking, macrame and weaving. She seeks good vibes through live music and being outside as much as possible. Her favorite pastimes are bike riding, skiing, kite flying and reading the New Yorker in her favorite coffee shop.

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Patrick Conner

Full Stack Developer

Software Engineer, Maker, and HEMA Enthusiast from small-town Oregon, Patrick Conner is EvolveLAB’s resident software development specialist. Leveraging his Bachelor's in Computer Science, learnings from time as an Automation Engineer and Warehouse Systems Manager for KÜHL Clothing, and experience running a six-person game development startup for four years before college; Patrick hopes to bolster long-term team efficiency through scalable, maintainable architecture and automating frequent, mundane tasks.

 

While it is true that you’re most likely to find Patrick behind a computer screen with a pot of coffee trying to iron out ‘just one more bug’, he may also be found outside working on his swordsmanship, building yet another table at the local makerspace, hiking and/or quad riding in the middle-of-nowhere, or simply playing DnD and/or Smash Bros at a friend’s house.

 

Paul Bracchitta

Senior Construction Technologist

Paul joins us from the construction side of the industry as a Senior Construction Technologist and passionate BIM proponent. Having spent the last 5 years working for multiple general contractors’ BIM departments across the nation, Paul brings with him MEP coordination, Dynamo scripting, laser scanning and contracting experience. He received the Associated General Contractor’s Certificate of Management in BIM in 2017 and has leaned into implementing process changes ever since. Pursuing his life-long goal of becoming an architect, Paul spent half of his Carnegie Mellon University education as an Architecture student before switching to Civil & Environmental Engineering. The idea: be a better designer by knowing how to engineer and construct buildings. Once he saw the inefficiencies between design, construction, and ownership, Paul knew a better solution was out there and found his niche in BIM, combining data from all stakeholders into a virtual building environment.

A 7th generation Vermont native, Paul has enjoyed exploring our nation, having lived in Pittsburgh and Maryland before moving to Colorado (after a single weekend visit!) for its beautiful terrain and weather. He may be found doing a range of activities, from fishing for trout in the Rockies, enjoying concerts, to a rigorous evening of strategy games with friends.

Mark Mendez

Digital Analyst

Mark's a father, tech enthusiast, and deadhead. After earning a B. Physics from Colorado School of Mines, he moved into the Construction Technology space as the first EvolveLAB team member back in '16. He began by helping firms move from AutoCAD to Revit, and then quickly advanced into developing scripts with Dynamo and Python. From there, he started developing custom software, such as EvolveLAB's SketchUp to Revit tool "Helix", which made use of .NET, Ruby, and JavaScript. After being in the consulting space for a few years, he made a pivot to an electrical contracting firm who builds data centers for FAANG. While there, he gained extensive experience in software engineering, DevOps, and cloud strategy and development with both Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.

 

Outside of the office, there's nothing Mark loves more than just hanging out with his wife and kids. As a “Dead Head”, his music consumption over the past 4 years has been almost exclusively Grateful Dead shows. His top 2 favorite songs, “Morning Dew” and “Brown-Eyed Women”, have over 250 and 300 different versions recorded. Mark's also an avid reader. His favorites include Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace", Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”, and the entire “Sherlock Holmes” collection by Arthur Conan Doyle.

 

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