Prior to founding IMA in 1990, Ian was president and chairman of Mackinlay/Winnacker/McNeil Architects (now known as MWM), the Oakland, California–based firm he founded in 1959. He began his career in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1951, serving as chief engineer for the U.S. Army’s European Exchange System. From 1951 to 1957 his team of 50 architects and engineers was responsible for the planning, design, and construction of more than 300 buildings, including offices, retail stores, and manufacturing and food processing plants in Germany, France, Austria, and Italy.

In 1975, Ian was honored as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects for his design achievements. He is a multiple winner of the AIA National Honor Award and has won numerous other design awards, including the Progressive Architecture Design Award. His numerous publications include the book Snow Country Design and articles for such publications as AIA Journal and Progressive Architecture.

Ian is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the only architect serving on the ASCE 7’s Snow Loads Subcommittee.

Ian earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he lectured in architecture from 1957 to 1960. He is licensed in Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. He is NCARB certified.

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Ian Mackinlay, FAIA
Founder

Ian Mackinlay, founder of IMA, is an award-winning architect who has directed hundreds of projects, including single-family and multi-family housing; hotels; governmental, educational, scientific, and medical facilities; commercial developments; and office high-rises. Many of these projects have included extensive planning studies.

Ian is an internationally recognized expert on snow and cold country architecture. He has led many architectural design and master planning projects in snow and cold regions, ranging from private homes to ski resorts, and consults extensively on snow and cold–related design and construction issues (including moisture and condensation problems) and forensic investigations. He has extensive experience in designing and building for tropical regions as well. Ian’s work can be seen in Hawaii, Guam, Nauru, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Austria, and Italy as well as the United States.

Since 1980, Ian has worked on more than 400 design and construction defect cases, and he founded IMA in part to build a practice focusing on forensic architecture. He is frequently retained to provide expert testimony on planning, design, and construction in snow and cold regions; moisture in buildings; and project organization. Ian has worked on cases throughout California, the American West, and the Pacific Islands.

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Jeffrey K. Luney, AIA
Principal

Jeff Luney joined IMA in February 2004 as business manager. He has held several significant management positions during a career spanning more than 25 years in the fields of architecture, real estate, financial services and facilities management with organizations that include several Fortune 500 companies and a global real estate consultancy.

Most recently, Jeff served as studio director for Gensler Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide, where he was responsible for the management and operation of its San Jose studio. Before joining Gensler, Jeff served as the environmental risk manager, coordinated employee health and safety, and managed a $62 million ADA compliance program for a major financial institution.

In addition, Jeff worked on site planning and land use negotiation for the Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies' historic buildings in Queenstown, Maryland; the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas; and First Interstate Bank in Walnut Grove, California.

Following the catastrophic 1998 fire at the First Interstate Tower in Los Angeles, Jeff served as senior project manager for the repair, restoration and reoccupancy of this 62-story landmark structure. He managed a large team of architects, consulting engineers, construction managers and contractors. He gained extensive knowledge about high-rise design, fire and life-safety codes, and played an instrumental role in securing a $50 million insurance settlement.

Jeff has served as project manager for numerous design and construction projects that included office, laboratory, manufacturing and distribution facilities throughout the U.S., Asia and Middle East. Prior to this, he worked as a project architect with Thirtieth Street Architects in Newport Beach and Loebl Schlossman & Hackl in Chicago.

In 2003, Jeff shared his knowledge of architectural design as a co-lecturer for CEE 138, Campus Design in an Urban Context, at Stanford University's College of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His architectural drawings and a model have been exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Graham Foundation in Chicago.

Jeff's professional speaking experience includes lectures on topics that include ADA compliance, environmental due diligence from the lender's perspective and successfully managing design consultants.

Jeff holds a bachelor of science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and attended USC Law Center, where he received a certificate in environmental law. He became accredited as a Certified Facility Manager in 1993. He is licensed in California.

Richard S. Flood, AIA, CSI
Senior Project Architect

As IMA's technical expert, Rick Flood concentrates on quality assurance and constructability analysis of design projects, complex design and construction disputes, and remedial design of defective construction. He has more than 40 years of experience in architectural production and construction administration, coupled with a solid background in building systems and materials usage, technical detailing, specifications, and fire and water performance testing on subjects such as curtain walls and laboratory mock-ups.

Rick represents IMA as a professional member of the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and is deeply knowledgeable about a multitude of codes, life-safety issues, and building industry standards. He is an expert in the areas of water intrusion, waterproofing, and moisture buildup in structures (which leads to mold formation), as well as in snow and cold country design.

Rick is a founding member of IMA’s staff, and worked extensively with Ian Mackinlay at Mackinlay/Winnacker/McNeil Architects, where he was project architect or project manager for more than 30 projects. Rick and Ian have cowritten design and technical papers on aspects of snow and cold country design, and Rick was honored by the Construction Specifications Institute for his writing and technical contributions to the organization as well as for having a technical paper published by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Rick studied architecture at the University of Oklahoma. He is licensed in California, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming, and is NCARB certified.

Steve Norwood, AIA
Chief Architect, IMA-Colorado

Steve Norwood joined IMA in 2003 to help establish the firm’s Colorado office. He has a broad background in construction forensics, architectural design, development, and construction management on a full range of projects, including single-family and multi-family residential buildings; schools; offices; parking garages; and health-care, correctional, and manufacturing facilities.

Most recently, Steve was founder and president of Norwood Construction Consulting, a Boulder, Colorado, firm that specialized in program and construction management, owner representation, and the analysis of defect, cost, and construction contract claims.

Steve’s extensive forensic experience includes more than 100 construction disputes. He has served as an expert witness in Colorado and California and testified on issues of contract compliance, design errors and omissions, construction administration, project delays, and construction defects. Prior to founding Norwood Construction Consulting, Steve was a project manager for the San Francisco construction management firm O’Brien-Kreitzberg/URS, where he worked on construction claims assignments and as an owner's representative, managing the overall design and construction of several projects.

Before joining O'Brien-Kreitzberg, Steve was a project architect at the international construction consulting firm High-Point Rendel, where he provided analysis and testimony on design and construction defect claims. Steve also provided remedial repair recommendations, code consulting, analysis of cost and delay claims, and field review of earthquake-damaged structures. In addition, Steve has been a project architect for The Shorenstein Company in San Francisco and the architecture firm Krommenhoek McKeown in San Diego.

Steve holds a bachelor of arts degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California and Colorado and is a professional member of the International Council of Building Officials.

William Zemsky, AIA
Consulting Architect

Bill Zemsky was first employed in 1988 by Ian Mackinlay as a Project Manager and as an expert witness on a wide range of issues in construction litigation cases. As a consulting architect for IMA, Bill is working as an executive architect for a private Club in San Francisco in a project to install "Lares" systems, state-of-the-art acoustical enhancement systems, in their City Club Theater and dining room/ theater. He is also working as the Project Manager/Project Architect on the rehabilitation of a Category I historical building in San Francisco and involved in several residential projects and construction litigation cases.

Bill had the opportunity to work with the Bank of America, Corporate Real Estate Division. Bill was responsible for the design and construction of all new and remodeled retail banking facilities in the Northern California District including corporate headquarters. After a brief period of time where he returned to residential projects with Terry Lindahl, Bill returned to corporate construction architecture with A. Alfred Taubman, Inc. based in Detroit Michigan, working on much of the west coast Taubman Regional malls.

Employed by Heller-Manus, Architects as a Project Manager/Project Architect, Bill led a team on a large mixed-use, high-end condominium project in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 2001 Bill was hired by BAR Architects as Project manager to oversee a 45 acre, 17 square block new urban creation, mixed-use project in San Jose called Santana Row. Bill was then recruited by Federal Realty Investment Trust to join the owner's management team as an executive architect / development manager for Santana Row. He was in charge of design management and construction of five of the buildings including three retail/residential structures, the central plant/office building and a stand-alone movie theater. He also took responsibility for the design, authorization and construction of a seventeen-block utility distribution system and the extensive art program including 11 fountains.

Bill holds a Certificate Superieure from the Universite de Grenoble, France and a bachelor of art and masters degree from the University of California Berkeley. Bill is a California Registered Architect and has a California Contractor B license.

Paul Cianfichi, AIA
Consulting Architect

Paul Cianfichi has been a consulting architect with IMA since 1999. At that time, Paul, principal of Cianfichi Architecture and Planning, and Ian Mackinlay joined to form Ian Mackinlay Architecture + Cianfichi (IMA+C), a full-service architectural firm specializing in the design and planning of community colleges. Recent projects in this arena include the design of a new child-care center and two facilities maintenance centers for Bay Area community colleges, with Paul as design architect. His consulting projects with IMA have included Architects’ Standard of Care review of documents and acting as neutral architect on a high-rise senior housing and skilled nursing facility in San Francisco. He also assisted with the Americans with Disabilities Act review of the Clovis East High School in Clovis, California.

Paul has provided award-winning architectural services to community colleges for more than 30 years. He spent 25 years as principal and owner of Cometta and Cianfichi Architecture and Planning, serving hospitals, public institutions, and community colleges as well as the private sector. He continues to work with his own firm, Cianfichi Architecture and Planning, in addition to IMA. His California design projects include Las Positas College in Livermore, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, the Walnut Creek Civic Center, and the George R. Gordon Center in Martinez.

Paul’s honors for design work include AIA awards for Design Excellence in a Community College, an award for the Walnut Creek Civic Center, and an award from the Walnut Creek Historical Society for Shadelands Ranch.

Paul holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California.

Norman Cuccio, Assoc. AIA
Project Manager

Norman Cuccio joined IMA in 2005. Since becoming a member of IMA, Norman has worked on design development documents, including analysis of existing construction documents for a historic private club in San Francisco. He has assisted in the analysis and repair recommendations for a multi-unit project in San Francisco as well as research and analysis of documents for various design defect cases.

Norman has over 22 years of architectural experience covering all phases of design and construction document production. Prior to joining IMA, Norman worked at BAR Architects in San Francisco where he was responsible for the technical accuracy of construction documents and was in charge of developing details for several multi-unit projects in the Bay Area including parts of the Santana Row complex in San Jose. At Heller Manus Architects, he prepared design development and construction documents for several Type I office buildings and Type V multi-unit projects in the Bay Area. He was also part of the architectural team that worked on Thunder Springs, a high-end condominium complex in Ketchum Idaho.

While working for different architectural firms in Switzerland, Norman was a member of the design team for a secondary school, a trade school and a transportation interface and postal exchange center. He was also involved in schematic design through construction documents and administration for a church and two new educational complexes.

Norman earned a Master's degree in architecture from the Federal Polytechnic Institute of Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He is a registered architect in Switzerland (REG A), a member of the Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA) in Switzerland, and an associate member of the San Francisco Chapter of the AIA.

Tracy Myers, AIA, CSI
Architect

Tracy Myers joined IMA in 2000 and has over 14 years of professional experience in the field of architecture, project management for private architecture firms, as well as real estate project development and management. As staff architect for IMA, Tracy has managed a complex fee dispute project and performed construction defect investigation and testing, document review, surveying and analysis on a number of construction consulting and forensic litigation projects. Tracy has performed ADA surveys at educational facilities and retail establishments. She has also managed multiple leak investigations including repair development and implementation at various single family and multi-unit residential properties.

She has been involved in numerous architectural projects for a historically significant private club in San Francisco, CA, including custom wood window replacement and brick fašade remediation, installation of a state-of-the-art acoustic and sound system, electrical upgrade, and kitchen expansion and remodel.

Prior to jointing IMA, Tracy was a senior project manager for Chevy's where she managed prototype development including design and systems engineering, food service layout and design and franchisee support. She also coordinated closely with city agencies and planning commissions.

As senior project manager for MBH Architects, she developed prototype designs and standards for developers and large corporate clients and managed multiple concurrent projects of up to 120,000 square feet, taking them from feasibility studies, planning and design through construction.

Tracy earned a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a licensed architect in California, a certified Infrared Building Science Thermographer, a California Certified Residential Manager (CCRM) and a California licensed real estate agent.


Amy Sebring, AIA
Consulting Architect, IMA Colorado

Amy Sebring has been a consulting architect with IMA since 2004. She has extensive experience in architectural design, ranging from small residential projects to large scale commercial and municipal buildings.

Most recently, Amy was president of Sebring Lawler Architects, a Boulder, Denver, firm that specialized in full architectural services, and consulting, for single and multi family residential projects, including historic renovations.

Amy has over 18 years of architectural experience in New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Amy was a Senior Associate at Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture in Denver where she was Project Architect, managing large scale commercial projects from schematic design through construction administration. Prior to joining BRS she was a project manager and CAD manager at Downing Thorpe & James in Boulder. Amy pioneered computer animation processes at both firms. She also has extensive experience in owner's representative work for production housing.

Amy received a Master in Architecture degree from University of Colorado in 1992 and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Drexel University in 1986. She is licensed in Colorado.

Christopher Nutter, AIA
Design Director

Chris Nutter joined IMA in 1998 and has served as designer and project architect on many residential additions and remodeling projects. He has also been project leader and team member for forensic architecture/ construction litigation cases, which include a nationwide investigation of a failed building product and problems of moisture intrusion and mold in a high-rise university dormitory and in urban and suburban housing developments. In 2003, Chris expanded his production and management skills by consulting at two other Bay Area architectural firms. He returned to IMA in March 2004 in his new role as design director.

Chris has performed significant project management work in the Far East, where he supervised the construction of a 100-bed hospital in Cambodia designed by the Japanese modernist architect Kenzo Tange. He also supervised the design and construction of a World Bank-funded school of finance, a regional hospital, and the prototype for a provincial health center (ultimately, 12 sites were built). In addition, Chris is a certified Building Science Thermographer and has taught and administered CADD, networking and image management software.

Chris holds a master of architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and bachelor of arts degrees in architecture and psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is licensed in California and is NCARB certified.