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. As the Vice President of Power Strategies at the Energy Foundation in San Francisco, 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.


Edward Dean, FAIA
Bernheim + Dean Inc.

Edward Dean, FAIA, is a practicing architect and sustainability consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been a champion of low-energy aspects of green building design for his entire career. After teaching design studio and environmental courses at UC Berkeley for 10 years, he turned to full time architectural practice working for Joseph Esherick in San Francisco as lead designer on a number of projects noted for their innovative aspects in green design, in particular design for daylight. He continued to work in the mainstream practice of architecture at major firms, including NBBJ, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF), SMWM (now part of Perkins & Will) and SOM.

Currently, he is one of the leaders of the architectural profession in the design of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings. He led the design team for the West Branch Library for the City of Berkeley that was certified ZNE in 2015 by the International Living Future Institute, achieved LEED-Platinum certification and was selected in 2016 as one of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Projects.

Ed is now engaged in full-time consulting practice with his own firm, Bernheim + Dean Inc., in sustainable and healthy building design, and ZNE design in particular. He is the author of two recently published books on the subject, commissioned by Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Zero Net Energy Case Study Buildings, Volumes 1 (2014) and 2 (2016).

In recognition of his career-long leadership on a national level in low-energy, high performance building design, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated him in 2012 to the College of Fellows of the AIA.


Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. He has also been a columnist for the Los Angeles Times Magazine. Before coming to the Times he was architecture critic for Slate, contributing editor at Metropolis magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Harvard Design Magazine, Architectural Record, Conde Nast Traveler and many other publications. With Alanna Stang, Hawthorne is author of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005) and was consulting curator of an exhibition of the same name at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. He has taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is now professor of practice at Occidental College, where he directs the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility and demographic change in Southern California. In 1998 he was awarded a year-long midcareer fellowship at Columbia's National Arts Journalism Program. In 2015 he was Critic in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Hawthorne has a bachelor's degree with honors and with distinction in the major of political science from Yale, where he also studied architectural history.


Paul Torcellini, PhD PE
Principal Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Paul Torcellini is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University and a Principal Engineer for Advanced Commercial Buildings at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a DOE national laboratory.

Paul has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers and articles related to energy efficiency and zero-energy commercial buildings. Among his many awards, Paul has received two ASHRAE Technology Awards for his energy-efficient buildings work and two Energy User News magazine's Efficient Building Awards. Paul was key in creating the performance based procurement process used to achieve zero energy building status for NREL’s Research Support Facility and has been key in the development of the Advanced Energy Design Guide series from ASHRAE.

Paul is a registered Professional Engineer holding a PhD from Purdue University.


Allison G. Williams, FAIA LEED AP

In a career of over 30 years in design, Williams’ impact on the profession includes the design of influential work with Skidmore Owings & Merrill (1980-1997) and Perkins+Will (1997-2012), and in her own right, recognition as an inspired practitioner, an inventive design thinker, and shrewd collaborator. Visit her website

Ms. Williams is currently a Vice President and the Design Studio Director for AECOM's San Francisco Bay Area Region architecture practice. Under her leadership since 2013, the San Francisco studio has designed two space mission driven laboratories for NASA, at Langley in Virginia and at Ames/Moffitt Field in California, both starting construction in 2016, and was a strategic design leader in the competition to capture the Sacramento Kings new NBA Arena, Golden 1 Center, opening Fall 2016.

Notably, her recent built work includes; Shy Wang Hall, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory’s new Computational Research Facility; The August Wilson Center, a performing arts 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); the New Calexico US Port of Entry (a GSA Design Excellence Commission) awarded a 2013 Progressive Architecture Award ; and The Princess Nora Abdulrahman University Health Sciences and Research Campus in Riyadh Saudi Arabia (for 40,000 Islamic Women), completed in 2012 and published in 2014.

Williams is currently a lecturer in Architecture at Stanford University, has served on the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee for two cycles and as Chair in 2016, and is a board member for Places, a leading journal of contemporary architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Recently, Williams was a juror for the World War One Design Competition in Washington DC, chaired the Vertical Cities Asia- International Design Competition in Singapore, and presented at The Aga Khan Design Awards Conference in Singapore focused on Emerging Models of Planning Practice. Williams lectures and serves frequently on design juries.

Williams holds a B.A. in the Practice of Art and Masters of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and in 2015 was honored as the Distinguished Alumni in Architecture by the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley. Williams was a recipient of The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design and was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1997.