Scott J. Compton, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Managing Principal | Klein and Hoffman

Scott J. Compton serves as Managing Principal of Chicago-based Klein and Hoffman‘s Philadelphia Office, where his responsibilities include general financial oversight, serving as Principal Architect, and representing the firm within the professional community while expanding business development opportunities in the region.

Mr. Compton most recently served as Principal and Senior Project Manager for Entech Engineering’s Facility Condition Assessment/Planning group. As a Registered Architect with broad experience in land development, planning, and zoning policies, Mr. Compton managed the implementation of Strategic Facilities Planning, Capital and Energy Planning, ADA Barrier Assessment, and Facility Assessment Services for governmental and higher education clients.

Mr. Compton holds a 5-Year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) Degree from Temple University’s School of Architecture.  He is an NCARB Certificate Holder, a LEED Accredited Professional, and is registered in Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Compton has presented on Facilities Management topics for Higher Education and Governmental market sectors at ERAPPA, DVAPPA, AICUP, CAI and SCUP conferences, and has addressed legislative issues related to procurement practices at the July 2016 AIA States Government Network (SGN) conference in Washington, DC.



President & Educational Planner | McKissick Associates Architects 

Vern L. McKissick, III is a registered architect, certified educational facilities planner (CEFP) through the Council for Facility Planners International. The son of a superintendent and an art teacher, his career has been influenced by the business of education his entire life. His passion for both architecture and education is reflected in his continuing education studies and includes active involvement with the American Institute of Architects Committee on Educational Design.

For the past 30 years, Vern has been involved in over $1.5 Billion in educational project design and construction. Every day, over 70,000 students attend a building he designed. Many of his current client relationships have spanned more than a decade (and some more than two decades). A LEED™ accredited professional, his early career was rooted in the energy audits and retrofits of the late 70s and early 80s. His extensive experience with sustainable design as well as the deeper knowledge of his clients’ business models enables him to bring a realistic perspective of exactly when and how much “green” is appropriate for each architectural solution. Mr. McKissick is actively involved in advocacy for improvements in educational planning and funding at the state level. He has worked with the AIA to develop better legislation to support public school systems. Vern is a licensed, instrument-rated private pilot – a passion he uses to extend his architectural practice and services. Learn more about Vern here.


Jay Clough, AIA

Managing Principal | KCBA Architects

 Jay Clough is the Managing Principal of KCBA Architects, a 32-person firm that specializes in public school design. Since joining KCBA in 1974, Jay’s primary focus has been the programming, planning, and design of public schools. His resume features over 200 school projects ranging from modest maintenance upgrades to major multi-building campuses. Through this work he has gained expertise in every aspect of developing schools in PA, has a strong understanding of the latest school design strategies and trends, and for over 30 years administered the Pennsylvania Department of Education PlanCon process for KCBA projects. In addition to his project portfolio, Jay has been involved with a number of professional groups and associations throughout his career and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the AIA Pennsylvania Subcommittee for Education.


Christopher Brooks, LEED AP

Senior Associate, Acoustic Consultant | Acoustic Distinctions

In his 25 year consulting career, Chris has worked on acoustics for educational facilities, auditoriums, performing arts centers and civic facilities. He offers extensive experience in programming and design for both public and privately-funded projects—helping to find a balance among program, budget and schedule. A musician and performer, Chris offers strong insights into the end-user experience. Chris writes extensively, with publications including Architectural Acoustics (McFarland 2002) and contributor to the Integrative Design Guide to Green Building (Wiley Publishing, 2009). Read more about Chris here.




Phillip Foreman, NCARB, AIA, LEED BD + C, EOYI , CDT, A/E Fellow

President and CEO | The Foreman Group

As President and CEO, Mr. Foreman provides the overall management and leadership of all the Foreman Group Companies. These companies include Foreman Architects Engineers, Inc., Foreman Program and Construction Managers, Inc., Foreman Building Commissioning, Inc., Foreman Design Build, PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists, RAPOSAP® and The Foreman Foundation 501(c)3 charitable organization. He has been responsible for the design and project management on all types of projects ranging in costs up to $250 million. Read more about Phillip here.



Andrew Ellsworth, LEED AP

Vice President of Health & Learning | Green Building Alliance

Andrew directs GBA’s health and learning efforts through both the Green & Healthy Schools Academy and GBA-delivered education programming. He promotes safer school environments and other pertinent issues for the health and well-being of both children and adults. Through the coordination of resources and education programs for schools and school districts, Andrew helps them and their regional stakeholders understand and implement policies and practices designed to improve environmental health. Before his involvement at GBA, Andrew ran his own sustainability consulting practice through which he advised on local food system infrastructure, new social enterprise development, stormwater and green infrastructure policy, and waste reduction mechanisms. He also previously served as a green building and LEED consultant, working on over 35 projects and delivered more than 20 LEED certifications in a six-year span. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, with a minor in Business Administration.


Steve Krug AIA, PE, LEED AP

Principal | Krug Architects

Steve Krug is recognized for his award winning educational facilities experience, large commercial and institutional facilities. He has over 35 years of experience in master planning, energy efficient design, and feasibility studies for a multitude of facilities. He provides advise and planning for sustainable design, funding, the local approval process, and the PlanCON process. He regularly writes and speaks at PSBA conferences, and is a former chairman of the PSBA Service Associate Members (SAM) Committee. Mr. Krug also serves as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Advisory Committee, appointed by the Governor.