Gregg D. Ander, FAIA
Gregg D. Ander, LLC

Gregg D. Ander is the President and Managing Director of Gregg D. Ander, LLC which provides consultative services on a variety of power and energy sector issues. He recently stepped down as the Vice President of Power Strategies at the Energy Foundation in San Francisco, where he oversaw a portfolio of investments including utility generation, distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, and cross cutting (grid integration, finance, data, pricing, business models). Previously, he held numerous senior management positions during his 30-year career at Southern California Edison, worked at the California Energy Commission, and was in private practice in Wisconsin and Arizona. Mr. Ander was the Executive Producer of seven environmentally focused television programs for NBC, CBS, and PBS. One program, “Greener Buildings/Bluer Skies,” won an Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Ander serves on the Board of Directors of the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBIC) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI). He has authored over 70 energy- and environment-related articles and has won awards for various energy-related projects from the U.S. Department of Energy; American Institute of Architects; American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was elevated to “Fellow” by the American Institute of Architects for his body of work and accomplishments in energy and environmental issues. In addition, Mr. Ander has participated in sustainability charrettes for residential, retail, K-12 schools, offices, and the greening of the White House and Old Executive Office buildings. He is the author of the book, “Daylighting Performance and Design,” published by John Wiley & Sons (second edition). He was educated at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Oxford Polytechnic, and Arizona State University with degrees in Architecture and Environmental Planning.

Allison Arieff

Allison Arieff is Editorial Director off the urban planning and policy think tank, SPUR. She is also a contributing columnist to the New York Times and writes about design, cities and architecture for numerous publications including Wired, Dialogue, the MIT Technology Review, and City Lab. She is former Senior Content Lead for the global design and innovation firm IDEO and was editor at large for Sunset and GOOD magazines. From 2002 to 2006, she was Editor in Chief of Dwell (and was founding senior editor of the magazine, which launched in 2000). Dwell won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2005 under her tenure. While there, she created the Dwell Home Design Invitational, an international competition to design a modern, affordable prefab home that then led to the development of the Dwell Homes prefab house program.

Arieff is a frequent lecturer and media expert on issues around urbanism, design and architecture. She has lectured at the New York Times’ Cities for Tomorrow Conference, City Innovate, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, the Hearst Lectures at Cal Poly and the Architectural League of New York. She has appeared on KQED News, the Diane Rehm Show, KQED Forum, Sundance Channel’s Big Ideas for a Small Planet, CNN and Planet Money, among others. Arieff began her editorial career in book publishing with stints at Random House, Oxford University Press, and Chronicle Books, where she edited numerous titles on design and culture, including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: A History of the Great American Poster Shop. She is author of the books Prefab, Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America, and Spa. Allison Arieff lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco.

Bob Berkebile, FAIA
Principal, BNIM Architects

Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. Highly regarded by fellow professionals and the recipient of numerous awards, Bob has focused his career on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work.

He is a founding principal of BNIM Architects and has contributed 44 years to the architectural profession. Among his contributions to his industry, Bob is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system.

Bob’s work as an architect and thought leader in sustainable methodologies continue to increase the national and global momentum towards triple-bottom-line solutions in our built environments – solutions that seek to find a balance between people, planet and prosperity. In 2009, Bob received a Heinz Award from Theresa Heinz and the Heinz Family Foundation for his leadership and commitment to the environment and action towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning. In 2011, his firm was selected for the AIA National Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor.

Paul Torcellini
Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Paul Torcellini is a Principal Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). He has just completed an assignment at the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., working in the Building Technology Office. Prior to this assignment, he was the Group Manager for Commercial Buildings Research at NREL.

Torcellini was part of the owner team that procured NREL's 360,000-square-foot net-zero office building in Golden, Colo. This project is changing the commercial office building landscape by using 50 percent less energy than if it were built to current commercial code, while being built at a competitive cost for new construction. This project was honored by ASHRAE earlier this year with a first-place 2013 ASHRAE Technology Award.

Torcellini is a recognized expert in methods and technologies to achieve substantial whole building energy savings in both new construction and major renovations. He has been at NREL for nearly 20 years; is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a PhD from Purdue University.

Allison G. Williams, FAIA LEED AP

Ms. Williams is a Vice President and the Design Director for AECOM's Western Region and San Francisco’s Design Studio Lead. In a career spanning more than 30 years, her design leadership has influenced the work of both Skidmore Owings & Merrill (1980-1997) and Perkins+Will (1997-2012). Visit her website.

Williams is currently designing two research laboratories for NASA, at Langley in Virginia and at Ames/Moffitt Field in California. Her award winning work includes The August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh PA; CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise) a 690,000 GSF Greenmark Platinum research facility in Singapore (2013 R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year); and the New Calexico US Port of Entry (a GSA Design Excellence Commission) which received a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award. Her Princess Nora Abdulrahman University Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women), was completed in 2012 and published in 2014.

Ms. Williams chaired the International Design Competition, Vertical Cities-2013 in Singapore and presented at The Aga Khan Design Awards Conference in Singapore focused on Emerging Models of Planning Practice.

Honored as one of San Francisco’s Most Influential Woman in 2014, Williams is a lecturer in Architecture at Stanford University, a board member of SPUR (a research, education and advocacy organization for Bay Area planning) and chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee 2014-16. Williams was a recipient of The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and received both her Masters of Architecture and Bachelor of Art in the Practice of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Williams was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1997.