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Thursday, May 12

10:30am PDT

To Transform Inertia, Design Behavior
Track: Place + Locus

The client just cares about cost. The principal isn’t really interested in integration. Half the project team has bought into sustainability and health goals… and half hasn’t. We hear the same complaints from even the most progressive designers year after year. Ugh… inertia. In this session we’ll identify and then design the behaviors and processes that we actually want, applying novel tools from Stanford University’s labs. Not just another session about integrated design (“won’t work here”) or trickery (“what’s this broccoli doing in my chocolate?”), you’ll go home with specific, easy, fun, collaborative, momentum-building wins for your practice.

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avatar for Andrea Love

Andrea Love

Director of Building Science, Payette
Andrea is the Director of Building Science at Payette working across all projects to improve building performance and leads research projects. She was the Principal Investigator on the AIA Upjohn Grant focused on thermal bridging. She is a Lecturer at MIT in Architecture. Andrea is... Read More →
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Jennifer Preston

Sustainable Design Director, BKSK Architects
Jennifer Preston leads the development of sustainable architectural solutions fostering wellness. As sustainable design director at BKSK Architects her priority is cooperative process. She integrates research with practice, attending to everything from specification and rating systems... Read More →
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Tristan Roberts

Executive Editor & Publisher, BuildingGreen, Inc.
In addition to his role at BuildingGreen, Inc. as Executive Editor and Publisher, Tristan Roberts is a guest researcher at Stanford University. He’s a little obsessive about connecting practitioners with tools so that their work can thrive environmentally, socially, and economically. Tristan is... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Westin: Puget Sound

1:30pm PDT

Pillars of Sustainable Education: Harnessing the Power of Student-Led Design
TRACK: Place + Locus

Learn how universities are teaming with local non-profits to execute community-based projects, expand learning opportunities for students through professional engagement activities, and create a pathway for the next generation of architects to learn about and thrive in the industry. Seven university programs from five countries received a grant from Pillars of Sustainable Education, a $1.5 million program created by Alcoa Foundation.  Administered originally by Architecture for Humanity and more recently by the International Living Future Institute, the goal of the program is to support graduate education in sustainability and to explore the use of sustainable materials in architecture and community design. Professors and students from three universities, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, and Purdue will present their projects and outcomes.

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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with... Read More →

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Artur Vasconcelos Cordeiro

PhD Student, University of São Paulo
Artur is architect and works at São Paulo City Hall as technical advisor of the public network of digital fabrication laboratories Fab Lab Livre SP. He is involved in the democratization of access to digital fabrication. Artur has a master degree and currently is a doctoral student... Read More →
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Lucas Kanyó Dutra

PhD Student, University of Toulouse, France
As architect since 1999, Lucas Kanyó has participated as owner of an architecture office on many temporary constructions in Brazil. Since 2014 he collaborates with the NOAH Research Group in the Apis Project – Emergency bathrooms for use following rain-related disasters. In this... Read More →
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Michael Gamble

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael is a registered architect, director of graduate studies at Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture, and creative director at Gamble + Gamble Architects in Atlanta.   His design-driven research operates at a variety of scales, from house to city, with emphases on innovation... Read More →
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Iason Konstantzos

Civil Engineering PhD Student, Purdue University
Iason Konstantzos is a senior PhD student and Research Assistant in the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. His research interests include daylighting, glare and other aspects of visual comfort and energy in buildings. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees... Read More →
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Marina Lima Medeiros

Architect MSc. in Urban Design, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Marina Lima Medeiros (MSc in Urban Design at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian architect and teacher at Ibirapuera University. Since August 2015, she takes part as a voluntary researcher at NOAH Research Group in University of São Paulo - lead by Professor... Read More →
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Alice Truscott

Program Manager, Alcoa Foundation
Alice is a program manager at Alcoa Foundation where she manages the signature environmental programs portfolio. In addition, she works with Alcoa regional leads in Australia, Europe, Guinea, Iceland and Russia to design meaningful local grantmaking investment plans. Alcoa Foundation... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Westin: Puget Sound

3:15pm PDT

The Importance of Truth + Transparency for Living Communities
Track: Place + Locus

Living communities projects are often quilted within existing communities, challenging the design team to create innovative built systems as well as resilient community systems. Truth and transparency are key to activating these communities and allowing them to take ownership of living community visions. This session profiles successful communities and gives tools for project teams to help leverage building projects into longer term community capacity. Our session will focus on how a commitment to transparency can help develop community strength in decision-making, knowledge development, legal structure and financial resources. This presentation will include case studies and a toolkit of innovative engagement methods that build capacity for living community planning.

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Fred Brown

President & CEO, Homewood Children's Village
Fred Brown is the President & CEO of Homewood Children’s Village, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the lives of Homewood’s children and to reweave the fabric of the community in which they live. In his previous position with the Kingsley Association, Mr. Brown’s projects... Read More →
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Christine Mondor

Principal, evolveEA
Christine Mondor is an eternal optimist who believes design is essential to shape a sustainable environment. She has been active in shaping places, processes and organizations through her work as an architect, educator, and activist. As Strategic Principal of evolveEA, she has led... Read More →
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Anna Rosenblum

Community Engagement Designer, evolveEA
Anna thrives in the space where creativity in design, stakeholder engagement, and technical precision converge. At evolveEA, her contributions to design and consulting projects have drawn from her diverse skill set and thorough knowledge, developed through a remarkable mix of project... Read More →

Thursday May 12, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Westin: Puget Sound
Friday, May 13

10:30am PDT

Me, You and the Community We Know: Four Cities Transitioning to a Clean Energy Future
TRACK: Place + Locus

The future belongs to cities, but only to cities that can plan for, implement, and adapt to our changing world. Come hear how four very different cities – Vancouver and Toronto, Canada, and Ann Arbor and Flint, Michigan - are moving towards high performance buildings, better transportation options, and transitioning to cleaner energy. Learn how cities are actively engaging with citizens, politicians, and professionals to initiate and enable the municipality to lead the community towards a more prosperous, resilient and sustainable future. Also, find out what challenges cities have to overcome and how to help the community you live in move forward.

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Bonnie Bona

Project Manager, Clean Energy Coalition
Bonnie Bona has been a Project Manager with Clean Energy Coalition in Ann Arbor since 2010 working with municipalities and building owners to deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. She is a licensed Architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and a member and... Read More →
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Chris Higgins

Green Building Planner, City of Vancouver (BC)
Chris works with the City of Vancouver as a Green Building Planner. Chris’s work is focused on greenhouse gas reductions through improving existing buildings and making policy to require the most energy efficient new homes. Prior to working with the city, Chris worked with the... Read More →

Rachel Moscovich

Senior Planner, Integral Group
Rachel is a Senior Planner at Integral Group, working with public and private sector clients to develop and implement sustainability targets and plans, at the community and district scale. This includes sustainable master planning, and policy development for local governments. Rachel... Read More →
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Kevin Schronce

Lead Planner / Planner III, City of Flint, Department of Planning and Development
Kevin Schronce has been a planner with the City of Flint since 2012, and is currently the Lead Planner. He has a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning. He previously worked for the Blight Elimination Team with the Genesee... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Westin: Puget Sound

1:30pm PDT

Human Scaled Mobility
TRACK: Place + Locus

Mobility systems have a profound effect on the form of cities and regions. Most mobility systems are based on non-human-scaled tools which have resulted in a deeply polluting network that is out of scale with the human experience. Who wins and who loses in the current right of way paradigm? This session will investigate the substantial opportunity to incorporate human-scaled mobility in order to use space more effectively, empower people of all ages, abilities and income levels to access basic services and employment, as well as drastically reduce the energy footprint of cities.

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Brad Liljequist

Director, Net Zero Energy Buildings and Living Community Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As director of the Institute's Net Zero Energy and Living Community programs, Brad is at the forefront of a global transformation toward a carbon-free future. He directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community... Read More →
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Lisa Quinn

Executive Director, Feet First
Since 2008, Lisa has been the Executive Director of Feet First. Prior to Lisa’s work at Feet First, she was the Rideshare Program Manager for San Luis Obispo Council of Governments. She worked in Vancouver, Canada as the Program Manager for Better Environmentally Sound Transportation... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Westin: Puget Sound

3:15pm PDT

Feeding a Hungry World: The Quest for High‐density, Sustainable Urban Agriculture
Track: Place + Locus

Urban agriculture (UA) can help feed the world’s growing urban population using high‐density food production (HDFP) systems such as vertical farms and plant factories, which use electric lighting, and complex HVAC systems for environmental control. HDFP facilities use less arable land and water to produce food rich in nutrients and flavor, consistently and year round, regardless of location. Additional benefits of high‐density UA include food security, decreased energy use for transportation and storage, agricultural education, and jobs training. Challenges include: current vendor‐driven design approaches; building codes; capital costs; and the need for new integrated design approaches to maximize resource efficiency.

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Steve Guttmann

Principal, Director of Quality Assurance, Guttmann & Blaevoet
Steven Guttmann has more than three decades of leadership in integrated building design, energy conservation and sustainable design. Since 1991, he has developed his mid‐sized consulting engineering firm into one of the most awarded California consulting firms, receiving national... Read More →
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Dr. Nadia Sabeh

Associate, Guttmann & Blaevoet
Dr. Nadia Sabeh, a licensed Mechanical Engineer at Guttmann & Blaevoet, leads the firm’s Agriculture in Controlled Environments Team, which specializes in infrastructure for indoor agriculture production systems. She has nearly 20 years of experience researching and designing climate... Read More →

Friday May 13, 2016 3:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Westin: Puget Sound