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.
Senior Editor, Design, Architect Magazine
Katie Gerfen is the Executive Editor in charge of design coverage for ARCHITECT and Residential Architect magazines, and oversees ARCHITECT's building features and design content in print and online. Katie joined ARCHITECT in 2007, shortly after the magazine's launch. Prior to that she was an assistant editor at Architecture magazine, and she has also written about design for Interior Design, Contract, and other industry publications. She holds a degree in art history and English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, Architecture 2030
Edward Mazria is an internationally-recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator with a long and distinguished career. His award-winning architecture and planning projects span over a thirty-five year period, each employing a cutting-edge environmental approach to design. He is the author of numerous published works, including the ‘bible’ of solar design, The Passive Solar Energy Book, which is currently in use worldwide.
Most recently, Mr. Mazria has reshaped the national and international dialogue on energy and climate change to incorporate building design and the ‘Building Sector’. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, an innovative and flexible research organization focused on this issue. He developed and issued The 2030 Challenge, a measured and achievable strategy to dramatically reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.
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.