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Thursday, May 2

10:30am PDT

Net Positive Ecology: Our Work Outside
The term “ecology” has been through the wash in recent years. As designers and architects increasingly look to meet their client’s interests in green design, we’ve seen considerable drift in what it means to protect, support, or restore ecological systems around built forms. In this session, we return to the theoretical foundation of the discipline of ecology and explain how its key principles can and should influence design.

Our approach blends the formal sharing of expertise and experience with a workshop feel. Each of our four presenters will speak for 15 minutes, followed by a small group question and discussion section, each moderated by a panelist, in a world café format that allows participants to interact freely and personally with each presenter.

• Foundation: If we take a restorative approach to a site, we examine a series of questions. What are ecological attributes, how do we assess them? How do we comprehensively examine the drivers of degradation? Once we have a framework in place, what does recovery mean? – Juan Rovalo, InSite

• Implementation: A case study of formal evaluation of the larger scale physiography and function based on ecological systems to inform building and park design. – Tenna Florian, Lake Flato Architects

• The ecological perspective not only casts our built systems in a different light, but it enables us to identify the most beneficial design opportunities for the site, community, and region. If we consciously align with and learn from the remarkable ecosystems that we are a part of, we can begin to create healthy, prosperous, and regenerative built systems. To put concrete metrics on this approach, we can use conceptual guides to quantify existing, historic, and desired ecological functions. In this section we provide several examples of rigorous approaches to defining site carrying capacity along several axis of ecological function. - Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

• Clients & Community: Challenges and Successes in educating clients and design teams on a more rigorous integration of ecology. This section examines where we go from here, and what our field needs to move forward and improve. We’ll discuss using ecosystem services, precedents, biomimicry, watersheds, and reference systems not as buzzwords but to build awareness and support for factoring in site ecology. - Pete Munoz, Biohabitats

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Bill Browning

Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning, is one of the green building and real estate industry's foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green an environmental strategies... Read More →
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Tenna Florian

Associate Partner, Lake Flato Architects
Tenna Florian has over two decades of experience designing highly sustainable projects that successfully merge with their natural environment. She has been active in developing green initiatives for many communities and for the firm. As an AIA Board Member, she initiated the first... Read More →
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Pete Munoz

Senior Engineer, Biohabitats
Pete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes... Read More →
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Juan Rovalo

Senior Ecologist/Integrated Design Specialist, Biohabitats
Juan Rovalo is experienced in environmental planning, integrated ecological assessment, strategic integration of environmental science, and built environment projects. His 20 years of experience in strategic leadership for mission-driven organizations and projects has produced over... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B

2:00pm PDT

The Biophilic Design Process: Vignette Workshop
This session has a 15-minute break from 3:15 - 3:30. 

There is much attention and growing interest in Biophilia and Biophilic Design regarding theory, science, benefits and practice. However, limited workshops are currently offered across disciplines that teach the Biophilic Design Process step by step.

This proposed workshop will address how Biophilic Principles can be utilized to create healthy and healing habits for both people and the planet and how best to incorporate Biophilic Principles into various biophilic frameworks and throughout all phases of the design process.

The Principles of Biophilic Design:

• Fosters a repeated and sustained engagement with nature.
• Focuses on human adaptations to the natural world that over evolutionary time have advanced people’s health, fitness and wellbeing.
• Encourages an emotional attachment to particular settings and places.
• Promotes positive interactions between people and nature that encourage an expanded sense of responsibility and stewardship for the human and natural communities.
• Encourages ecologically connected, mutually reinforced and integrated design solutions.

The session will explore utilizing an eco-system or ecomimetic approach to integrating nature, and natural systems & processes holistically, symbiotically and synergistically with human-created systems within the built environment.

The presenters will explain the design process as planting a seed of intent and allowing biophilia and ecology to sprout from that seed. The design solutions coalesce as a natural ecosystem would and the intent is human health, wellbeing and planetary healing. The Biophilic Principles are the touchstones along the way.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 3 LFA credits
  • 3 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Lindsay James

Principal, Chrysalis Strategies
Lindsay James is a well-known expert in the field of sustainability, specializing in biomimicry. In addition to serving on the faculty for Arizona State University’s Biomimicry Center, she leads Chrysalis Strategies, a consultancy focusing on the commercialization of biomimetic... Read More →
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Sonja Bochart

IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Sonja Bochart has over twenty years of experience as a health and wellness focused project designer and biophilic design consultant. Her portfolio includes higher-education, healthcare, cultural, and corporate design, including projects meeting LEED, LBC and WELL Building Standard... Read More →
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Elizabeth Freeman

Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP, WELL Faculty, Calabrese Architects, Inc.
Elizabeth Freeman Calabrese, AIA is a leading educator of Biophilic Design. She is a licensed architect, LEED AP, WELL Faculty and has been in the design industry over for 30 years with national and international projects to her credit. Elizabeth believes that ecology and biophilia... Read More →

Thursday May 2, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B
Friday, May 3

10:30am PDT

Exploring the Value Proposition of Biophilic Design
Biophilic Design can be a valuable addition to any project, yet the value biophilic design brings depends on the projects goals. In this session we will explore different perspectives and goals of biophilic design. Where panelists will share unique insights into how biophilic design can create value, and regenerative outcomes.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Gain insight into the diversity of desired outcomes achieved through biophilic design
  2. Understand how projects have worked to integrate biophilic design elements
  3. Hear first hand experience of biophilic design process
  4. Build understanding of strategies that achieve biophilic design outcomes.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.5 LFA credits
  • 1.5 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Kevin Burke, AIA

Co-Founder, Parabola Architecture
Kevin co-founded Parabola Architecture with Carrie Meinberg Burke in 2010.Parabola’s holistic design approach is embodied in 1212 Bordeaux, Google’s first completed ground-up construction. 1212 Bordeaux recently received Architectural Record’s “Good Design is Good Business... Read More →
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Tim McGee

Manager, Biophilic Design, ILFI
Tim McGee is the Biophilic Design Manager at the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), where he brings his career exploring the interface between biology and design to optimize the possibility for a thriving, regenerative, future.Previously, Tim founded LIKOLAB a small cr... Read More →
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Myer Harrell

Principal, Weber Thompson
Myer is a Principal for Weber Thompson, a mid-size multidisciplinary architecture and design firm in Seattle. As the firm’s Director of Sustainability, he believes in the power of design to promote a sustainable future. His current project focus is boutique urban commercial office... Read More →
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Maggie Stone

Director of Operations, The Nature Conservancy
Maggie Stone is the Director of Operations for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, responsible for providing direction and leadership for all activities related to administration, human resources, facilities, office management, team culture, and safety for the Maine Chapter. In this... Read More →
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Heather Walters

Senior Project Director, Thornton Tomasetti
Heather Walters is a Senior Project Director in the Sustainability Practice at Thornton Tomasetti’s Portland Maine office.  She has over 15 years of experience in sustainable design, including Living Building Challenge, LEED, WELL, and Sites projects.  Heather leverages a unique... Read More →
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Carrie Meinberg Burke, AIA

Co-founder, Parabola Architecture
Carrie co-founded Parabola Architecture with Kevin Burke in 2010.Carrie’s work evolves form from forces, drawing upon her expertise in calibrating light and human perception. She finds inspiration in designing the nuances of sensorial experience, applying technical rigor at a range... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B

3:30pm PDT

Beyond Green Walls: How Environments Utilizing Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimulation Can Create Better Habitats for Humans
Humans have evolved over thousands of years in environments that constantly change. Be it audio, visual, thermal or olfactory, our natural habitats changed throughout the year and certainly throughout the day. Our seminar will train attendees’ focus on many of our modern day-built environments, which are static and actually have the ability to harm us physically and mentally. Our speakers will illustrate how, through a better understanding of our innate human needs, we can create environments that better supports our innate, hard-wired inclinations to be restored by subtly changing environments. Also, our speakers will provide a scientific basis for the Attention Restoration Theory and provide examples of how this theory can be incorporated into the modern built environment.

This seminar fits perfectly in the topic area of Biomimicry + Biophilia. The presentation is shared equally between the two presenters. It is lecture style with time at the end for attendees to ask questions.

This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 1.25 LFA credits
  • 1.25 AIA LU|HSW credits

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Bill Browning

Co-Founder, Terrapin Bright Green
Bill Browning, is one of the green building and real estate industry's foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. In 2006, he cofounded Terrapin Bright Green an environmental strategies... Read More →
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David Gerson

Vice President, Marketing, Inscape
David Gerson has held numerous executive and global roles for major brands within the commercial interior design industry for over 15 years, including Interface and Inscape. His current professional obsession is the science and theory surrounding Biophilic Design and the impacts it... Read More →

Friday May 3, 2019 3:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Room: Elwha B