|JULEE HERDT, AIA, University of Colorado |
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Julee Herdt is an award-winning architect and professor whose work focuses on biomass, petroleum-alternative building material research, commercialization and application, and renewable energy design and construction. Her environmental research and educational projects have been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, the University of Colorado, and the Department of Energy. Her recent work has been published by such sources as the International Solar Energy Society, the American Solar Energy Society, the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Colorado A.I.A. In 2002 and 2005, Julee Herdt was the Architecture Faculty Advisor leading the University of Colorado’s student teams in back-to-back, first-place award-winning international Solar Decathlon competition projects.
At CU, a unique and specific focus of Julee Herdt’s applied research has been invention of engineered molded fiber, (EMF) biobased building materials and application of these materials in full-scale renewable energy architecture projects. Herdt and students recently filed a patent for their new building material invention, BioSIPs™, a high strength-to-weight, petroleum-alternative structural building panel system fabricated from consumer waste and agricultural/recycled material source insulation. Herdt and students have continued to develop a new architectural typology from this system called “BioMOD™,” in which they integrate biobased resources, renewable energy systems, re-used, and recycled materials in high tech, high performance building design and construction. Feedstocks for the BioMOD typology read like leftovers from a health-food buffet and include such ingredients as: soy, sunflowers, wheat, rye, corn, canola, bamboo, hemp, jute, flax, coconut, kenaf, cotton, wastepaper, waste wood, and recycled plastic – to name a few. The first generation of BioMOD architecture was built and tested as the 2005 CU Solar Decathlon residence. The Serial Box™ residence, from newly-patented second-generation BioSIPs, is scheduled for construction in 2008.
As an architecture professor, Julee Herdt conducts her teaching in classrooms, laboratories, on construction sites, and in architectural and engineering competitions. Award-winning projects by Herdt and students include solar-powered design and residential constructions, a solar-powered addition to a CU recreation center, a solar tracking device for the college’s new architecture research center, and others. Herdt and students’ work at the University of Colorado has resulted in two entries into U.S. Congressional Records and presentation of CU projects to the President of the United States.
Julee Herdt has worked professionally in the U.S. and Europe with firms including Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles, and Coop Himmelblau, Vienna. She was an A.I.A. Latrobe Prize finalist in 2007.
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|KIEL MOE, Northeastern University |
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Kiel Moe received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati, his M.Arch from University of Virginia, and a M.DesS from Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Studies Program. He taught previously at Syracuse University and the University of Illinois, Chicago. At Northeastern, Moe teaches design studios and lectures on the topics of Architecture and Energy and Integrated Building Systems. Moe has worked for WW, Doug Garofalo, Hargreaves Associates, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and many other offices. He has a design/build practice for small, research-driven projects and contracts for other architects on the design of integrated material and energy systems for larger projects.
His book, Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture, will be published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2008. His funded research focuses on thermally active surfaces as the means to amend both construction and energy practices in the United States.
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|DAVID MORTENSON, Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis |
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David Mortenson is a Senior Vice President with M.A. Mortenson Company; a 53 year-old family owned international design-builder, general contractor, and construction manager. After graduating cum laude from Colgate University, David spent three years as a ship driver and the Combat Information Center Officer in the United States Navy. David joined the family business in 1991. He worked his way up through the project management ranks, undertook the company's first international design-build project, and was the Project Director during the preconstruction and initial construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Since his involvement on the Disney Concert Hall in the 1990's, David has been focused on driving Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) into his company and the industry. He has focused on integrated delivery, a commitment to total customer service, and the development of significant cost and time delivery improvements.
He oversees some of the company's fastest growing most innovative operating groups in the Northwest, on the west coast and in Asia. He is a recognized industry pioneer and leader in integrated delivery, 3D&4D technology, and lean construction. He is past President of the Northwest Chapter of the Design Build Institute of America, the leader of Mortenson's Center for Construction Innovation (CCI), and a regular participant in the Construction industry Institute's globalization round table.
|DAVID ORR, Ph.D., Oberlin College |
| ||David W. Orr is the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh, Professor at large at the University of Vermont. Born in Des Moines, Iowa and raised in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, he holds a B.A. from Westminster College (1965), a M.A. from Michigan State University (1966), and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania (1973). He and his wife have two sons and three grandchildren. |
He is the author of five books: Design on the Edge: The Making of a High Performance Building (MIT Press, 2006); The Last Refuge: Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment (Island Press, 2004); The Nature of Design (Oxford, 2002); Earth in Mind (Island, 1994/2004); Ecological Literacy (SUNY, 1992) and co-editor of The Global Predicament (North Carolina, 1979) and The Campus and Environmental Responsibility (Jossey-Bass, 1992); and the Sage Reader on Environment and Society (2007). He has published 170 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines.
He is best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He raised funds for and spearheaded the effort to design and build a $7.2 million Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin College, a building described by the New York Times as “the most remarkable” of a new generation of college buildings and by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of thirty “milestone buildings” of the 20th century.
He is the recipient of a Bioneers Award (2003), a National Conservation Achievement Award by the National Wildlife Federation, a Lyndhurst Prize awarded by the Lyndhurst Foundation “to recognize the educational, cultural, and charitable activities of particular individuals of exceptional talent, character, and moral vision.” He was named “an Environmental Hero for 2004” by Interiors & Sources Magazine. He holds three Honorary Doctorates and has been a distinguished scholar in residence at University of Washington, Ball State University and Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In a special citation, the Connecticut General Assembly noted Orr’s “vision, dedication, and personal passion” in promoting the principles of sustainability. The Cleveland Plain Dealer described him as “one of those who will shape our lives.”
Dr. Orr is a contributing editor of Conservation Biology. He has served as a Trustee of the Educational Foundation of America, the Compton Foundation, and the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. He serves on the Boards of the Rocky Mountain Institute (CO), the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Ecoliteracy (CA), and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment. He is also an advisor and consultant to the Trust for Public Land, the National Parks Advisory Committee, and other organizations. He has lectured at hundreds of colleges and universities in the U.S. and elsewhere
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|ELVA RUBIO, Gensler/UIC, Chicago |
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Elva Rubio is Executive Vice President, Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design and is a co-founder of his Chicago-based studio, Rubio Studios. Most recently, Rubio was design director for Gensler’s Chicago office. In that position, Rubio led the design of the Center on Halsted, which recently opened to widespread praise. Under her direction, the firm also won commissions for Chase Bank, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Hyatt Regency, the latter of which was featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s green architecture exhibition, “Sustainable Architecture in Chicago: Works In Progress.” Rubio’s work for Pond Studios won both Distinguished Building and Interior Architecture awards from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1997. She has also received 20+ AIA awards for work ranging in Urban Design, Architecture and Interiors.
Rubio serves on the board of the Chicago Architecture Club, is chairman of the Burnham Prize, and co-founder of the Chicago Prize and Emerging Visions competition.
Rubio’s work was featured in the Ten Visions exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and through the Mayor’s Institute on City Design. She was named “One to Watch” by Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin in 2004, and her work was showcased in the Women in Chicago Architecture exhibit at the Art Institute.
Rubio has complemented her professional practice with teaching engagements at the School of the Art Institute, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently is an associate professor at UIC’s School of Architecture, where she teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level studios.