Daniel Chung, RA

Associate

New York

Daniel brings over 15 years of experience in the façade industry to DeSimone’s clients and projects. Over the course of his career, he has specialized in design, new construction, field inspections, and the investigation and remediation of existing systems.

As a registered architect in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Chung has played a key role in the design and construction of a variety of enclosure systems across project types. He enjoys the complex technical challenges of new construction projects, the design of custom systems, and problem solving for the unique requirements of façade renovation and forensic work.

Mr. Chung earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University.

Associate Director

London

Darren Kent is an Associate Director leading DeSimone’s façade practice in the United Kingdom. A chartered engineer with 27 years of experience in the façade industry, Darren has a broad range of knowledge and expertise relevant to the many disciplines involved with the design, sourcing, fabrication, testing, construction, and operation of façade systems.

Mr. Kent has been responsible for custom-designed façades at all stages of the project cycle. He has particular proficiency with respect to aluminum curtain walling technology, bespoke steel and glass structures, high-rise buildings, blast engineered resilience, and façade systems used for solving geometrically complex building envelopes. Prior to his experience in façade consulting, he spent 15 years working directly for façade contractors and fabricators based in central Europe.

Darren has represented the Society of Façade Engineering on external committees relating to the fire safety of façades. He has co-authored technical papers and has contributed to the development of new standards and façade industry guidance.

Associate

New York

Whitney Boykin is an Associate in DeSimone’s Facades Practice. Mr. Boykin has over 12 years of experience in the architectural and facade industry.

His experience consists of many notable projects in New York City including 520 Fifth Avenue, a 1,000-ft mixed-use supertall tower; 540 West 21st Street, a 20-story luxury residential and gallery; Broome Street Development, a campus of mixed-use, market-rate, and senior housing buildings; 160 Leroy Street, a 190,000 sf, 14-story residential building; 220 Central Park South, a 950-ft-tall, 430,000-sf luxury residential condominium tower; 1841 Broadway, a 181,000-sf mixed-use rental, residential, and retail development; and the Turkevi Center, a 32-story building consisting of the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey and associated departments and lodging units.

Mr. Boykin earned a Master of Architecture degree from the Columbia School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Senior Associate

New York

Benjamin Reich has over ten years of experience in the architectural design of high-rise buildings and project management for complex building envelopes.

Throughout his career, Mr. Reich has worked on numerous high-rise commercial, residential, and hospitality developments. In New York, some of his project experience includes the Baccarat Hotel & Residences, a 50-story tower that contains a luxury hotel, condominiums, and a major public library component; the forthcoming 35 Hudson Yards, a 72-story mixed-use development comprised of 1.1 million square feet; and 50 Hudson Yards, a rising 58-story commercial office tower comprised of 2.9 million square feet.

Mr. Reich is a registered architect in the State of New York and earned his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Art and Design from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Principal

New York

Rok Lee has over 25 years’ experience in various segments of the facade industry and provides invaluable insight to DeSimone’s Structural Engineering and our Forensic Consulting teams.

Throughout his career, Mr. Lee has specialized in new construction, facade design, re-cladding and over-cladding, existing facade assessment, building physics, thermal and condensation assessment, and custom curtain wall system design and engineering throughout the United States and Asia.

Mr. Lee is a registered architect in the states of Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania. He achieved his Master of Architecture degree in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with the highest departmental honors from Binghamton University in 1988. Mr. Lee is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).