Session Speakers


Get to know the speakers that will be presenting at the CSI January 2022 Master Specifiers Retreat.

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Susan W Bliss, FCSI, CCS®, CDT®, CCCA

Specifier, Principal, Spec Services, LLC

With over 35 years of experience in specifications writing, construction contract administration, interior design, and accessibility consulting, Susan Bliss now focuses on specifications writing as principal of Spec Services, LLC. Her experience includes healthcare, educational, commercial, hospitality, senior living, and multifamily. Because of her passion for sharing her knowledge and experience with others, Bliss developed a training program for specifiers. Additionally, in 2020 she launched Spec-LAB, an educational library with the mission of improving construction documents through knowledge. During Bliss’s 26-year membership in CSI, her activities have mainly focused on education and specification teaching for the CDT® certification.

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Elizabeth McLean 

Senior Associate, Ayers Saint Gross

Elizabeth McLean, AIA, is a registered architect equally committed to architectural practice and academia. As a senior associate at Ayers Saint Gross, she specializes in the design and delivery of large-scale academic facilities with complex programs that resolve campus connectivity at various scales. This is best illustrated by her work at Arizona State University (ASU) where she served as the project manager, project architect, and designer for the program and design of the Hayden Library Reinvention. She is also a faculty associate at ASU where she teaches architectural studios at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her passion for architecture is embodied through her volunteer work as a steering committee member for the AIA Phoenix Metro Women’s Leadership Group and active membership in NOMA’s Arizona Chapter.

Ed Soltero, PhD

Assistant Vice-President, FDM, and University Architect, Arizona State University

Ed Soltero is the Assistant Vice-President, FDM, and University Architect at Arizona State University. His varied career includes design leadership, management of multi-functional teams in both private sector firms and institutions, business development, project management, strategic leadership and customer service. Ed has developed an exceptional background in architecture and construction project management during the course of his 36 years of professional experience.

Ed has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Houston and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. He also earned a Masters of Architecture degree at Newschool of Architecture and Design in San Diego. He was awarded his doctoral degree at Arizona State University and is an aspiring scholar in critical regionalism. He is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Herberger Institute of Design.

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Igor Starkov

CEO and Co-Founder, EcoDomus, Inc.

Mr. Starkov is a computer scientist and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in software consulting and development. Mr. Starkov also has over 20 years of experience leveraging technology to improve construction project delivery and management of the built environment. His experience in the AEC, IT, and Facilities Management arenas and his in-depth knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM), Lean Construction methodology, and Energy Management issues provide him with the unique capability of providing versatile information-enabled solutions. He brings particular expertise in Digital Twins and BIM for FM workflow analysis and in creating applications that combine relational databases with analytical and visualization capabilities. Prior to co-founding EcoDomus, Mr. Starkov co-founded Latista Technologies (now Oracle), the leading provider of construction field administration software solutions.

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Allison Wilson

Sustainability Director, Ayers Saint Gross

Allison Wilson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP is an architect and the Sustainability Director of Ayers Saint Gross, a nationally recognized leader in high-performance design for colleges, universities, and cultural institutions. In this role she supports high-performance building and planning objectives across the firm, providing analytical support to the design process, integrating sustainability into campus master plans, developing sustainability master plans, and helping projects achieve third-party sustainability certifications. She was the lead author of both the 2018 Texas A&M Sustainability Master Plan and the 2013 Sustainable DC Plan. Allison participates in sustainability and carbon neutrality advocacy efforts across the country and was also a student leader of the U.S. Department of Energy’s winning Solar Decathlon 2011 project, WaterShed.