Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange

Gulf coast green 2019

Speakers

 
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Jim Blackburn

From working at the prestigious Lee, Wooden & Ziegler LLP to opening her own practice in 2001, Angeline has represented Arts & Entertainment clients Jim Blackburn is an environmental lawyer and planner as well as Professor in the Practice of Environmental Law in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department where he teaches environmental law and sustainable design. He is co-director of the Severe Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster (SSPEED) Center at Rice and a faculty scholar at the Baker Institute and Director of the undergraduate minor in energy and water sustainability.  Blackburn set aside active environmental litigation to concentrate on research and teaching and expand his planning practice through his firm,  Sustainable Planning and Design.

 

Presentation Title

Equity in Expenditure: Equity Considerations in Spending Harris County Flood Control Bond Monies

Presentation Abstract

The presentation focuses on equity in expenditure of flood control bond monies. Specific low-income neighborhoods in regularly flooded areas are at risk of not receiving equal benefit from public infrastructure improvements. There are a multitude of geopolitical influences, socioeconomic considerations, and topographical flood risk that create this potential inequity. This presentation focuses on theses issues, how the distribution of flood control bond monies can be affected by these issues, and how that distribution affects infrastructure improvements performance in flooding events.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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David Copeland

David Copeland Loredo is a Designer and Planner at Huitt-Zollars. In 2016, he graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Energy and Sustainability. His planning work includes projects with the City of Dallas Department of Public Works, City of Denison, Lamar University, and most recently with the Galveston Roundtable of Foundations developing a community-led vision for the future of the Galveston Island. David is also an avid cyclist and member of Bike Houston.

Presentation Title

Analyzing and Designing Connectivity for Green Cities

Presentation Abstract

Connectivity and access, among people’s homes, jobs, schools, and other destinations, are cornerstones of high quality urbanism. Offering a variety of connections using a range of modes of travel leads to greater sustainability, improved health, economic growth, and overall higher quality of life. This presentation will show how to analyze existing connectivity and access in a city or region, and then how to improve access and maximize connectivity, through a series of urban planning projects such as transit network design, hike-bike network design, street design, thoroughfare planning, and destination access.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Katie Coyne

As the Leader of Asakura Robinson's Urban Ecology Studio, Katie works on planning and design projects focused on balancing scientific rigor with meaningful incorporation of community and equity considerations. Katie holds a B.S. in Ecology from the University of Florida and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas in Community and Regional Planning and Sustainable Design. Katie serves on the City of Austin Environmental Commission and Joint Sustainability Committee, The Trail Foundation Ecological Restoration Committee, and on the Board for Equality Texas, the state’s largest LGBTQ lobbying and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring equality for ALL Texans (#yallmeansall).

Presentation Title

Plays well with others: Cultivating understanding and collaboration among scientists, planners, and designers as agents of change

Presentation Abstract

Cities are the busiest intersection of a constantly changing socio-ecological world. An ideal synergy among allied disciplines such as planning, design, science, and engineering ultimately results in equitable policies and projects insured by the rigor of science and engineering, and bolstered by nuanced collaboration. As our practices become increasingly interconnected, it is vital to understand how our underlying individual, community, and disciplinary values drive the research, planning, design, and policy-making in our city. When we are allies for each other’s values and effectively collaborate with one another, we can collectively further multifunctional goals and the creation of more resilient cities.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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David Crossley

David Crossley is Senior Fellow and founder of Houston Tomorrow, a future-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all the people of the Houston region. Crossley has led the Livable Houston/Complete Communities Initiative since the organization’s founding in 1998. He was co-founder of Blueprint Houston, and initiative to create a general plan for Houston’s future. He was a board member of Smart Growth America, on the steering committee of America 2050, and chair of the Growth Management Leadership Alliance. Recently he has presented about mobility disruption, complete communities, and climate change.

 

Presentation Title

Natural Solutions to Climate Change

Presentation Abstract

The Green New Deal is a set of techno-economic tactics to reduce carbon emissions to zero. On the other side of the equation is the need to pull carbon out of the sky and store it in the ground. Nature’s carbon cycle uses energy from the sun, carbon dioxide from the air, and photosynthesis to do the work. To rely on natural solutions, we need design paradigms that protect land where existing plants grow, especially trees and grass, and provide for the expansion of human habitat on already developed land. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Pliny Fisk

With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Pliny has made pivotal contributions to the sustainability movement for more than four decades by developing replicable prototypes, protocols and policy initiatives. Pliny’s seminal life cycle-based protocols helped shape the first green building program, and influenced many more. He has collaborated on federal demonstration greening efforts, including the Greening of the White House and Greening of the Grand Canyon, and on scores of other pivotal projects such as the EpiCenter building in Montana, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and the Seattle Justice Center, and on Solar Decathlon entries with the University of Texas (2002) and Texas A&M University (2007).

Presentation Title

What is To Be Done?: Answers From 45 Years of Serious Commotion

Presentation Abstract

Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk have been doing groundbreaking work together for decades at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.  They will discuss how the green building movement has evolved in the context of their own work, including what makes their process unique and effective in making change.  They will each discuss projects they have completed that best represent their philosophy and pedagogy: Vittori will describe how she has used compelling human stories to create a mindset shift, and how this has worked in her efforts to integrate health into building practice; Fisk will discuss his efforts to create materials and prototypes that can address climate change and its impacts, such as refugee migration, poverty, and homelessness.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Colley Hodges

Colley Hodges is an architect, LEED AP, and one of the nation’s first WELL Accredited Professionals. As a sustainability consultant at Kirksey, Colley has been responsible for the certification of millions of square feet under several LEED rating systems, including multiple higher education projects. He currently serves on the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of the U.S. Green Building Council. Before entering the field of architecture, Colley worked for five years as a program director at the University of Houston, where he also earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Presentation Title

Cultivating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons from University Communities

Presentation Abstract

In this presentation, two dedicated sustainability staff members from local universities and a green building specialist will discuss lessons learned from implementing sustainable practices at multiple scales and in differing environments on university campuses. Using the metaphor of a diverse ecosystem, the presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities in cultivating sustainability on campuses, which represent fertile testing grounds for their surrounding communities. From the physical environment to university processes and educational offerings, integrated sustainability requires planting a variety of seeds and engaging local sustainability champions to tend to them.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Joy Horak-Brown

As NHH’s founding president and CEO, Joy is responsible for real estate development, property management, social service programming, fundraising, marketing, public relations and administration for NHH, a 26-year nonprofit developer of life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent Housing + Services for people coping to survive on extremely low incomes. Under Joy’s leadership, NHH has grown from an organization that operated 40 units of apartment housing to one with nearly 1,200 units at eight properties around Houston, in addition to more than $56MM under development. NHH just recently opened its first affordable housing property for homeless and at-risk families and also its first mixed-use development located on the light rail line. 

Presentation Title

New Hope Housing: How Sustainable Construction Supports Affordable Housing

Presentation Abstract

New Hope Housing, Inc. (NHH) provides life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. NHH is recognized as having established the model for single room occupancy (SRO) housing in the State of Texas, and is the preeminent model for permanent supportive housing for families. We implement the highest management standards of the private sector multifamily industry at all our properties. Meticulous standards of property design, landscape, maintenance and repair are imperative to protect the investment of donors and the fiscal integrity of each property. This presentation will include the LEED program for Sustainable Construction that guides the design, construction and management of affordable housing. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a Design Director and Global Co-Director of Design Resilience with Gensler. He has authored two books, contributed to several others, and published hundreds of essays on design for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and many other media outlets. A popular public speaker, he has spoken at TED and keynoted SXSW Eco, the Idea Festival, and many other events, addressing a cumulative audience of over 25,000 people. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), has won a New York Book Show Award, has been Amazon’s #1 bestseller for sustainable design, and was listed among the three dozen books “all designers should read” (Environmental Building News). As of 2015, he was one of only 30 people in the world to be named a Fellow with both the American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council. “Lance Hosey is on a crusade to revolutionize what it means to be sustainable.” —Builder magazine 

Presentation Title

The Design of Belonging

Presentation Abstract

In the age of economic and cultural globalization, an urgent role for architects and designers is to improve a sense of belonging among people, organizations, communities, and cultures. From the scale  of individuals to the scales of cities, regions, and the entire planet, the design and development of places—and the dissemination of media imagery—can have a significant impact on the ecology of interaction.  
 
The talk will be organized around four scales of belonging and framed as a call to action. Each topic will include key action items for the design industry to embrace. Spatial, organizational, community, and planetary belonging will be addressed with references to writings by the speaker.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Kristof Irwin, P.E., M Eng.

Kristof Irwin, P.E., M Eng., is the Lead Engineer and Principal of Positive Energy, a company in Austin, Texas. Kristof’s background includes 12 years of experience as a custom builder & 11 years as a building science consultant. He worked for 14 years as an engineer, research scientist, and physicist for government and university research labs. He is active in the local and national high-performance building community, several ASHRAE committees - ASHRAE TC-2.1 (Physiology & Human Environment), ASHRAE SSPC-55 (Thermal comfort), ASHRAE SSPC-62.2 (Ventilation/IAQ), and the RESNET ANSI Standards Development Committee (SDC). Kristof hosts The Building Science Podcast to promote education and understanding in the public and on project teams. 

Presentation Title

Five Principles to Delivering Healthy Buildings in Humid Climates

Presentation Abstract

"Health is the new Green" for our homes and buildings. Our clients will spend most of their lives immersed in the indoor air we create for them, with obvious impacts to their health. Design and construction teams need a concrete approach to delivering indoor health, comfort and well-being. This seminar will break this complex and daunting topic down into 5 clear, actionable “Healthy Building” rules that will guide design and decision-making through a project’s lifecycle. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Adelle Main

Adelle Main is Assistant Director at the Community Design Resource Center in the College of Architecture (University of Houston) where she also teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer in community and urban design. She has a Masters of International Urban and Environmental Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Western Australia. Ms. Main has helped design community plans for Houston's Complete Communities Initiative, Northline and Third Ward neighborhoods and is working on two studies on resiliency in the Houston area. Since arriving in Houston she has collaborated with Project Row Houses, Sankofa Research Institute, Mayor Turners Housing Transition Committee, the Emancipation Economic Development Council of Third Ward, Open Architecture Houston, and Architecture in Development. She is currently sitting on the board of the Houston Community Land Trust. 

Presentation Title

Resilience Begins with Community

Presentation Abstract

The capacity to prepare for, react to, and recover or adapt from a disaster varies greatly across the Gulf Coast region, and is impacted by the social, economic, health, and environmental conditions in specific communities. The Collaborative Community Design engages community leaders as equal partners in a program to design strategies that lead to greater resiliency and assist them and their organizations in envisioning change and making their visions a reality. Our collective goal is to leverage the unique physical, social and cultural assets in each community to address the attributes and systems that generate risks and impede resiliency in service of a healthy and thriving community.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Ernesto Luis Maldonado

Ernesto Luis Maldonado is the owner of GSMA. He has been responsible for both residential and institutional projects, with a specialty in the coordination and integration of buildings and gardens. After receiving his Masters in Architecture from Rice University, Ernesto worked for firms in Houston and Boston on projects ranging from corporate and multi-family residential to institutional architecture and planning. In addition to his work with GSMA Ernesto is actively involved in the Houston community, working with Houston-area professional and community groups to solve housing, commercial, and master planning challenges.  

Presentation Title

New Hope Housing: How Sustainable Construction Supports Affordable Housing

Presentation Abstract

New Hope Housing, Inc. (NHH) provides life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on very limited incomes. NHH is recognized as having established the model for single room occupancy (SRO) housing in the State of Texas, and is the preeminent model for permanent supportive housing for families. We implement the highest management standards of the private sector multifamily industry at all our properties. Meticulous standards of property design, landscape, maintenance and repair are imperative to protect the investment of donors and the fiscal integrity of each property. This presentation will include the LEED program for Sustainable Construction that guides the design, construction and management of affordable housing. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Roshani Malla

Roshani Malla is the Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Houston-Downtown's Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability (CUAS). She joined UHD in January 2018 and oversees students' projects, UHD garden activities, and other sustainability initiatives. Roshani is also responsible for developing and implementing sustainability initiatives, organizing events, outreach and communication. She has a master's degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Iowa State University and a master's degree in Sociology from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

Presentation Title

Cultivating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons from University Communities

Presentation Abstract

In this presentation, two dedicated sustainability staff members from local universities and a green building specialist will discuss lessons learned from implementing sustainable practices at multiple scales and in differing environments on university campuses. Using the metaphor of a diverse ecosystem, the presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities in cultivating sustainability on campuses, which represent fertile testing grounds for their surrounding communities. From the physical environment to university processes and educational offerings, integrated sustainability requires planting a variety of seeds and engaging local sustainability champions to tend to them.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Allison Marshall, AIA, RID

Allison Marshall, AIA, RID is an Associate at Gensler and serves as a regional practice area leader for Gensler's Education, Civic and Culture practice as well as Gensler's global Religious practice area expert. She has specialized in community-based projects for ten years, including education, cultural, non-profit and faith-based projects. Allison has been part of a research initiative at Gensler that explores this topic and recently spoke at the American Library Association  conference. 

Presentation Title

Community Resilience and the Role of the Public Library

Presentation Abstract

The public library plays a vital role in the social infrastructure of a city, and its role is evolving from a resource of knowledge to a shared community hub and safe space. This presentation will look at current research and panel events about the library through the lens of sustainability and resilience. How do we design future libraries as sustainable institutions, especially in environmentally vulnerable cities like Houston?   

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Michael Mendoza

Michael Mendoza joined the Office of Sustainability in November 2017. He has a master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree in history from the University of North Florida. He worked for over ten years in the restaurant industry before pursuing a career in higher education. The Office of Sustainability serves as a hub for UH's sustainability efforts. As Sustainability Manager, Michael has created a sustainability strategic plan for the campus. Initiatives include: climate resiliency planning, a green labs program, sustainability course development, and student driven projects that achieve sustainability learning outcomes.

Presentation Title

Cultivating Sustainability on Campus: Lessons from University Communities

Presentation Abstract

In this presentation, two dedicated sustainability staff members from local universities and a green building specialist will discuss lessons learned from implementing sustainable practices at multiple scales and in differing environments on university campuses. Using the metaphor of a diverse ecosystem, the presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities in cultivating sustainability on campuses, which represent fertile testing grounds for their surrounding communities. From the physical environment to university processes and educational offerings, integrated sustainability requires planting a variety of seeds and engaging local sustainability champions to tend to them.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Luke Metzger

As the executive director of Environment Texas, Luke is a leading voice in the state for clean air, clean water, clean energy and open space. Luke has led successful campaigns to win permanent protection for the Christmas Mountains of Big Bend; to compel Exxon, Shell and Chevron Phillips to cut air pollution at three Texas refineries and chemical plants; and to boost funding for water conservation and state parks. The San Antonio Current has called Luke "long one of the most energetic and dedicated defenders of environmental issues in the state." He has been named one of the "Top Lobbyists for Causes" by Capitol Inside, received the President's Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society for his work to protect Texas parks, and was chosen for the inaugural class of "Next Generation Fellows" by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at UT Austin. Luke, his wife, son and daughters are working to visit every state park in Texas.

Presentation Title

Making the Texas Case for Green Infrastructure 

Presentation Abstract

Promoting Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Low Impact Development must rely on different rationales in Texas than in the rest of the U.S., since the regulatory concerns that have led to its use elsewhere aren’t present here. As one of the state’s leading advocates for GSI/LID, Environment Texas is well-positioned to explain the challenges in using GSI/LID in this state, having produced multiple reports on the subject. This presentation will focus on the most compelling reasons to use GSI/LID in the Gulf Coast region, and make recommendations on how to increase its use.

 
 

 
 
 
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Anna Mod

Anna Mod is the Director of the MacRostie Historic Advisors Houston and New Orleans offices. She has over 20 years of experience as a historic preservation professional specializing in historic tax credit rehabilitations. Her publications include Houston Uncommon Modern, Building Modern Houston, and a chapter of Buildings of Texas, vol. 1, as well as articles for Cite, Texas Architect magazines and the Houston Chronicle. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.

Presentation Title

Historic Buildings and Sustainability 

Presentation Abstract

We have all heard the phrase, "the greenest building is the one that is already built," coined by Carl Elefante, AIA. Yet, rehabilitating older and historic buildings is a challenge. This presentation will describe the ways that the renovation of historic buildings helps to further our carbon and climate goals, and some of the financial incentives available.  In 2015, the Texas Historic Preservation Tax Credit program began and is now touted as the best in the nation. This session will include the state program and how it can be combined with other tax credit programs to support the sustainability and reuse of historic buildings. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Elaine Morales

Elaine Morales is a Design Manager at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She leads the Rapid Disaster Recovery Housing Program (RAPIDO) and [bc]'s disaster recovery planning work while supporting other making, community capacity building and policy initiatives within the organization.  Prior to joining [bc], Elaine centered her studies in architecture and urbanism on community development and international cooperation.

Elaine obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and a Master of International Cooperation from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona, Spain. She also has a Post-bachelor Certificate in Urban Studies from the UPR.

Presentation Title

How design can create equity in housing, disaster recovery and community planning

Presentation Abstract

Increasing challenges such as climate change, development trends, discrimination and low educational attainment can leave vulnerable residents and communities in our cities disconnected from needed services and infrastructure, and without civic and participatory power. These challenges have a direct impact on our built environment and the development of solutions that might or not address comprehensively their rapid effects. Central to [bc]’s work is the practice of equity, and the design of systems and models flexible for different geographies and scales. This presentation will focus in the power of design in building equity through housing, disaster recovery and community planning.

 
 
 

 
 
 

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Corey Phelps

Corey Phelps is an Architectural Intern and Urban Planner at Huitt-Zoliars. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and a Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He has resided in Houston, Texas for the past three and a half years. He has worked at a variety of design scales, ranging from a planning initiative for local greenways across Houston with Houston Parks Board to designing resorts in the mountains of Uzbekistan. 

Presentation Title

Analyzing and Designing Connectivity for Green Cities

Presentation Abstract

Connectivity and access, among people’s homes, jobs, schools, and other destinations, are cornerstones of high quality urbanism. Offering a variety of connections using a range of modes of travel leads to greater sustainability, improved health, economic growth, and overall higher quality of life. This presentation will show how to analyze existing connectivity and access in a city or region, and then how to improve access and maximize connectivity, through a series of urban planning projects such as transit network design, hike-bike network design, street design, thoroughfare planning, and destination access.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Charles “Chip” Place

Charles “Chip” Place has over 30 years of experience directing large-scale land development projects. For the last 15 years, his career has focused on urban parks, including directing the planning and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park. For the last 5 years, Chip has served as the Managing Director of Capital Programs for the Houston Parks Board, leading Bayou Greenways 2020 and the planning of Beyond the Bayous: A Vision for Expanding Greater Houston’s Public Realm. Chip graduated from Rice University School of Architecture and University of Houston Law Center.

Presentation Title

Bayou Greenways and Beyond: The Vision to Expand Greater Houston's Public Realm

Presentation Abstract

Since 2012, the Houston Parks Board has been implementing Bayou Greenways 2020. In total, BG2020 provides 150 miles of linear parks along Houston's major waterways. The program provides public access to over 3,000 acres of flood control land while expanding that landscape to preserve open space and enhance flood protection. BG2020 in transforming Houston, not only in its direct programmatic elements but also as a de facto land use organizing principal and as a new way of how the city views itself. It also represents one of the most visionary urban land use initiatives in the country. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Alex Ramirez

Alex Ramirez is a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer practicing in the Houston office of Design Workshop. Alex has project experience in both the private and public sectors and brings expertise in streetscapes, parks and improvements in the public realm. In addition to this, Alex has also worked on several residential gardens, retail developments and projects that require a high level of technical coordination and understanding. Alex has worked on several projects that have been recognized by Greenroads®, LEED, and the Sustainable SITES Initiative®. Alex is a member of ASLA and is active in Central Houston and CHIME. 

Presentation Title

Midtown Park: Managing Stormwater in an Urban Park

Presentation Abstract

Midtown Park fulfills a 20-year vision established by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) to create a premier park destination in the Midtown District of Houston, Texas. After extensive planning and land acquisition, the MRA and a developer partnered to transform this underutilized land into a vibrant, urban park and multi-family development. Midtown Park improves access to green space while creating park programming and recreational opportunities within a park that is defined by innovative stormwater management. Slated to be the first SITES certified project in Houston, Midtown Park is a marker of sustainability that provides vital park space to the neighborhood and its surrounding communities.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Kim Schaefer

Kim Schaefer has over 35 years in the field of architecture focusing on sustainability, resource conservation & environmental design. She founded TerraLogos: eco architecture, a “green” architecture & consulting firm (2002) & TL Green Home Services, a home energy audit & improvement firm in Baltimore, MD. Prior to leaving Baltimore, Ms Schaefer was awarded 2 honorary citations from the City of Baltimore and Maryland for her work in promoting green building practices. In 2015 Kim returned to Houston her hometown, recently joining Houston Habitat for Humanity as the Planning and Design Manager. Previously she served with Project Row Houses (historic Third Ward) working on community engagement/affordable housing initiatives.

Presentation Title

Houston Habitat for Humanity leading the way in affordable, energy efficient and sustainable, housing and community development in the Gulf Coast region.  

Presentation Abstract

Presentation on Houston Habitat's for Humanity’s design & implementation strategies for consistently producing high-performance, energy efficient and sustainable single family homes while engaging the community, businesses, future homeowners and an extensive volunteer network.  Using Houston Habitat’s unique production model of sponsorships, family sweat equity and volunteer builders, Schaefer will detail the design & construction of modest-size homes for low and moderate income families in one of the most challenging climate zones in the nation.  In addition, I will preview Houston Habitat’s expansion into creating sustainable neighborhoods with new home designs incorporating best practices for our climate while maintaining affordability. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Mark Schatz

Mark Schatz, one of two principals of m + a architecture studio,  AIA Houston's Firm of the Year 2014, was TSA young architect of the year 2013, and AIA Houston Ben Brewer young architect 2011, being cited for innovation in practice and excellence in design.  m + a's work has been happenstance published in a wide range of outlets from Cite to Houston Chronicle to Dwell over 15 years of practice, and has appeared on several HGTV shows and most recently HOUZZ TV.  m + a has been recipient of a small range of design awards, ranging from professional to trade organizations. Mark has previously taught second and third year design studios at UH and often guest lecturers for various classes on various topics at UH.  

Presentation Title

Two Roads Converge: The Small House and Architect Led Design / Build

Presentation Abstract

Why do we live the way we live?  Why do we work the way we work?  This session will look at the convergence of these two questions through the observational lens of m + a architecture studio, who in 15 years of practice has had an obsession with the Small House as a positive reach into the lives of more people of varying socio-economic status, and run that obsession alongside an evolving alternative practice and project delivery approach of architect lead design / build.  Taken together, these two things have allowed for a greater number of projects to be realized, and offered the ability to directly inform each project to be more in tune with broader social imperatives of the impact what it means to build, and what it means to dwell. 

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Tanvi Sharma, AIA

Tanvi Sharma, AIA, is an Architect and Urban Planner at Huitt-Zollars. Since graduating from Rice University with her Bachelor of Architecture in 2015, her work at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects and Huitt-Zollars has ranged in scales from mid-rise senior living, to high-rise mixed-use towers, to city-wide planning documents. Her most recent work has focused on interdisciplinary resilience research and planning in the Houston Region and transit network planning the Twin Cities. She also recently presented at an H-GAC conference on "Instant Impact Projects." Tanvi volunteers as the Mentor Program Coordinator at Chinquapin Preparatory, a low-income boarding school.

Presentation Title

Analyzing and Designing Connectivity for Green Cities

Presentation Abstract

Connectivity and access, among people’s homes, jobs, schools, and other destinations, are cornerstones of high quality urbanism. Offering a variety of connections using a range of modes of travel leads to greater sustainability, improved health, economic growth, and overall higher quality of life. This presentation will show how to analyze existing connectivity and access in a city or region, and then how to improve access and maximize connectivity, through a series of urban planning projects such as transit network design, hike-bike network design, street design, thoroughfare planning, and destination access.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Kari Smith

Kari Smith, is a Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design. Her education culminated in a Master of Architecture from Rice University. As a designer and an educator, Smith seeks to maintain a critical engagement to design that modifies behaviors to improve social and environmental conditions, especially relating to water issues. Smith is Co-Director of the Coastal Community Resilience Studio, which addresses the dynamic interconnected human ecological system in the Louisiana Gulf Coast. 

Presentation Title

Restoring Purpose in Contested Milieus 

Presentation Abstract

Beyond comprehensive architectural design this graduate studio has, for three years, engaged in university-community partnerships. The studio assists community not-for-profit partners with capital campaigns contributing thousands of service hours that represent tens of thousands of dollars in economic impact in the community. Partnerships presented complexities exceeding generation of clever design solutions for the adaptive reuse of the existing structures. Complexities such as – what is the role of the architect as mediator to social, political, environmental, and economic strife? In highly contested milieus the students’ creative acts initiated dialogues in the community and gave a voice to underserved community stakeholders.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP

Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP is Vice President and Director of Planning at Huitt-Zollars, working on land use, transportation, and open space. His recent work includes plans for Houston Parks Board and Buffalo Bayou Partnership and project management of a consortium of researchers addressing flooding in Houston. He teaches at Rice University, served on the board of Houston METRO from 2010 to 2018, and has contributed to APTA and NACTO standards. Christof holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Rice. His book “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit” was published in October by Island Press.

Presentation Title

Analyzing and Designing Connectivity for Green Cities

Presentation Abstract

Connectivity and access, among people’s homes, jobs, schools, and other destinations, are cornerstones of high quality urbanism. Offering a variety of connections using a range of modes of travel leads to greater sustainability, improved health, economic growth, and overall higher quality of life. This presentation will show how to analyze existing connectivity and access in a city or region, and then how to improve access and maximize connectivity, through a series of urban planning projects such as transit network design, hike-bike network design, street design, thoroughfare planning, and destination access.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Heather Venhaus

Using her background in landscape architecture and ecological restoration, Heather Venhaus works with teams of natural scientists, designers, and educators on projects emphasizing sustainable development, land restoration, and environmental education. Ms. Venhaus is the principal of Regenerative Environmental Design, a sustainable design-consulting firm in Austin, that strives to connect natural and built systems in mutually beneficial ways. Heather is currently assisting projects collectively worth over $45 million with ecological restoration, sustainable design, and SITES certification. She has held several leadership roles in the ASLA and the U. S. Green Building Council at both local and national levels.

Presentation Title

Midtown Park: Managing Stormwater in an Urban Park

Presentation Abstract

Midtown Park fulfills a 20-year vision established by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) to create a premier park destination in the Midtown District of Houston, Texas. After extensive planning and land acquisition, the MRA and a developer partnered to transform this underutilized land into a vibrant, urban park and multi-family development. Midtown Park improves access to green space while creating park programming and recreational opportunities within a park that is defined by innovative stormwater management. Slated to be the first SITES certified project in Houston, Midtown Park is a marker of sustainability that provides vital park space to the neighborhood and its surrounding communities.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Speaker

Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow

Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, Co-director of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, works at the intersection of sustainable design, green building, and human health. She is the 2019 Board Chair of Green Business Certification Inc., (GBCI) and served on the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors from 2002-2010, including in 2009 as Board Chair. She is co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, and convened and co-coordinated Green Guide for Health Care, the first health-based rating system customized for the healthcare sector.Her work as Sustainable Design/LEED Consultant has spanned private and public sector projects nationally and internationally, including, in Austin, for the Mueller Redevelopment, Block 21, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas—the first LEED Platinum-certified hospital in the world, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, and the new LEED Platinum-certified Austin Public Library. 

Presentation Title

What is To Be Done?: Answers From 45 Years of Serious Commotion

Presentation Abstract

Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk have been doing groundbreaking work together for decades at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.  They will discuss how the green building movement has evolved in the context of their own work, including what makes their process unique and effective in making change.  They will each discuss projects they have completed that best represent their philosophy and pedagogy: Vittori will describe how she has used compelling human stories to create a mindset shift, and how this has worked in her efforts to integrate health into building practice; Fisk will discuss his efforts to create materials and prototypes that can address climate change and its impacts, such as refugee migration, poverty, and homelessness.