AIA+2030 Professional Series (40 HSW Over 10 Sessions)

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Session 1: Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design

Heather Holdridge, LEED® AP BD+C, EIT, Assoc. AIA is the Sustainability Manager at Lake|Flato Architects, a firm that has gained national recognition for architecture that successfully responds to its particular place while seamlessly integrating with the natural environment. Leveraging her background in mechanical engineering, Heather directs all Lake|Flato project teams in establishing achievable sustainability goals. She devises strategies and establishes methods and systems to realize those goals under programs such as LEED, the 2030 Challenge, and the Living Building Challenge. Heather works closely with design teams to evaluate appropriate passive systems and performs energy modeling throughout the design process. Heather’s projects have included the Engineered BioSystems Building at Georgia Tech University; the Austin Central Library; Vanderbilt University’s Engineering and Medicine Building, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation facility. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

Nishant Kanapilly, LEED® BD+C, holds his Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is currently the Director of Building Analytics for Cleary Zimmermann Engineers. Nishant has more than 9 years of in-depth experience analyzing, optimizing and improving buildings from the outside-in for projects across the United States and internationally. His roles have included project management, quality control, mechanical system design, energy audits, energy modeling, thermal analyses, computational fluid dynamic analyses, façade analyses, renewable energy studies, economic and cost benefit analyses, as well as LEED®, Green Globes, and other international rating system compliance on a wide range of building types. Nishant is a passionate advocate of integrated design, believing that great building designs are accomplished through deliberate analysis of climate, natural resources, building physics and energy.

Douglas D. Pierce, AIA, LEED® FELLOW, SMaRT® AP is a Senior Associate and LEED Fellow with Perkins+Will in Minneapolis. He has over 25 years of experience in sustainable design + planning beginning with the Meadow Creek Project in 1984. His work includes Minnesota's first LEED Platinum Certified project, Great River Energy Headquarters. Great River Energy is also an American Institute of Architects National Top 10 green project for 2009 and one of the very first 2030 Challenge projects in the U.S. Doug is a national and international speaker on the topic of energy + integrative design. His unique approach to design includes cross-discipline integration using whole systems thinking and pattern recognition. Doug has co-directed the Perkins+Will Minneapolis Green Team since 2001 with planning responsibilities for over 3 Million square feet of Energy Efficient and LEED Silver, Gold, Platinum + Living Building projects nationally and worldwide including The Embassy Hospital in Colombo Sri Lanka, Green Spaces in New Delhi India, Microsoft Fargo, Best Buy’s High-Performance Retail Store Prototypes and Target Corporation’s LEED retail store program. He annually co-teaches the Minnesota 2030 program for professional architects, engineers + building owners along with graduate level sustainable design theory and practice courses at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art + Design. 

Session 2: Setting + Achieving Energy Goals with Integrated Design

Karen P. Butler, LEED GA, is the National Manager for Commercial Building Design initiative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR voluntary labeling program. She provides strategic outreach to the architectural commercial buildings community and its affiliates to elevate their awareness on incorporating energy performance targets during the project design phase. Ms Butler conceived and manages enhancements to the EPA Target Finder on-line tool; created in 1999. She helped orchestrate Target Finder’s acceptance to establish energy goals for Architecture 2030, American Institute of Architects’ Sustainable Practice, as well as state and federal requirements such as the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. She also works with 3rd party software developers maintaining the Target Finder interface with Building Information Modeling tools. Ms. Butler manages “Designed to Earn ENERGY STAR” certification initiative to provide recognition for projects and A/E firms that meet EPA criteria for energy efficiency. She’s developed guidance to help owners and architects transition design projects to operating buildings that earn the ENERGY STAR qualified building label.

She has written articles and been featured in numerous industry publications. Ms Butler has been a speaker at AIA national conventions, Architecture 2030 Series, USGBC’s GreenBuild conferences and many local and regional chapter events. Ms Butler started federal service with EPA in 1992 and managed the Implementation Team for its flagship energy efficiency program – Green Lights. In 1998 she was awarded the Hammer Award from the National Partnership for Reinventing Government sponsored by past Vice President Al Gore. 

Joe Keal, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate at BNIM Architects in Kansas City, Missouri. Joe has been involved in a variety of project and client types in the institutional, civic and private sectors. His more significant projects include the Fayez S. Sarofim Research Building at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston;  Applebee's Restaurant Support Center, in Lenexa, Kansas; and the LEED Platinum Kiowa County K-12 School in Greensburg, Kansas. Recently, Joe served as a senior member of BNIM’s Boy Scouts National Headquarters project studio, which is a collaborative culmination of design teams brought together to create a fresh identity as well as experiential facilities for the West Virginia-based headquarters site. Currently, Joe is serving as Project Architect in the design of the new Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University (in collaboration with Steven Holl Architects). Since 2008, Joe has served as a part-time faculty member for the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning, where his instruction largely is focused upon the use of digital design tools and sustainable design practices. He earned a Master and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Kim Shinn, LEED Fellow, is a recovering physicist, unemployed voice-over artist, registered professional mechanical engineer and a Principal and Senior Sustainability Consultant with TLC Engineering for Architecture, a 300-person national consulting engineering firm. Kim was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2011 in the inaugural class of 34 Fellows (he is so glad they didn't stop at 33). Mr Shinn has been actively involved in the design or commissioning of over 200 LEED certified (that's right, plaques on the wall, not hoping for, or in the pipeline) projects, including higher education, justice, healthcare, laboratory and pilot projects for LEED Commercial Interiors, LEED Core and Shell, LEED for Homes, and LEED for Neighborhood Developments. Kim was a member of the national USGBC Board of Directors, from 2006 through 2009. He currently serves on the Board of the USGBC Middle Tennessee Chapter, chairs the Chapter's Advocacy and Public Policy committee and co-chairs the national "Leadership with LEED" advocacy campaign. 

Kim is a cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University and wrote his Master's thesis on "Simulation of Asymmetric Radiant Heating" for the Crosbyton Solar Power Project in 1978 (yes, Virginia, there was solar power way back then).  He is such a nerd that he has been accused of being the illegitimate father of Sheldon Cooper - Kim was living in the Houston area in the early 80’s, and does have a few black-out episodes he can’t fully account for.

Session 3: Accentuate the Positive: Climate Responsive Design

Julie Hendricks, AIA, LEED AP is the Director of EcoServices and a Senior Associate at Kirksey Architecture. She has consulted on and managed the LEED process for over 50 projects and many building types, adding up to more than 5 million square feet of space. She has been a part of Kirksey’s EcoServices team for nine years and has been a licensed architect for twelve years. She frequently speaks on the topic of green building, and has written a number of articles and short books on the topic. In 2012, she was chosen as the Ben Brewer Young Architect of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the AIA. Julie is very active in volunteering and advocating for green building throughout Texas; she holds leadership positions in several non-profit environmental organizations. She is also the 2014 Chair of the Gulf Coast Green conference. Julie has also taught architecture at the Boston Architectural Center and at Prairie View A&M University.

Colley Hodges is a member of the Kirksey Architecture EcoServices team and serves as sustainability consultant and LEED project administrator for multiple Kirksey projects. He regularly delivers presentations within the professional and academic design and construction communities on topics such as climate-responsive design, green building rating systems, and the LEED credentialing exams. He has lectured for the AIA+2030 Professional Series and for multiple architecture and engineering courses at the University of Houston and Texas A&M University. Colley has published conference papers on the topic of technical communications and is a frequent contributor to local architecture and design publications on topics such as building reuse, urban redevelopment, and ecological restoration. He has also served as Student Competition Chair for the Gulf Coast Green conference and has participated in statewide advocacy for the U.S. Green Building Council.

Kapil Upadhyaya is a Building Energy Analyst for the Kirksey Architecture EcoServices team, and has been practicing architecture for 10 years. He has facilitated an integrated design process on more than 60 LEED projects doing energy, envelope, lighting, daylighting and air-flow analysis. He has a Masters of Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Architecture Honors degree from Indian Institute of Technology. His Masters thesis on optical light pipes was published at the 25th Conference on Passive Low Energy Architecture. Kapil founded the Houston Chapter of International Building Performance Simulation Association. He is a regular speaker at local, state and national conferences on topics related to sustainable building design. Presently his focus is benchmarking through Measurement & Verification and Post-Occupancy evaluation of buildings.

Ravi Maniktala, PE, LEED AP, CXA, HBDP is Founder and President of M.E. GROUP. His work designing mechanical and electrical systems began in 1970 and has been the designer-of-record for more than 1,200 projects across 40 U.S. states and 4 countries. Growing up in an environment, where power black-outs were the norm, he embraced an appreciation for the significance of global conservation. In the 1970’s he was a leader in the energy movement, as a professor of building systems integration at the University of Nebraska College of Architecture, and a designer of high-performance buildings. His progressive approach to the built environment continues and has been recognized by organizations and publications across the nation and remains hands-on with project related tasks and was responsible for over 35M SF of total building and retro-commissioning work in the last three years. Ravi and his team were integral in creating the first net-zero building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building in Grand Junction, Colorado is certified LEED Platinum and on target to achieve Net-Zero energy.

Pete Jefferson, PE, LEED AP BD+C, HBDP is the Managing Principal of M.E. GROUP’s Denver office and is responsible for leading the firm’s practice in the design of low energy, high-performance buildings. For several years, Pete has been especially focused on Net-Zero Energy projects, including six Net-Zero projects either built or in construction. He is certified by ASHRAE as a High Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and uses his expertise to provide engineering leadership and consultation to project teams nationally.  He has made contributions to the engineering profession by speaking at conferences across the country, sharing case studies and lessons learned from his projects that have implemented low energy building systems. This includes thermally active building surfaces, geo-exchange and chilled beam systems. He has also participated in M.E. GROUP'S collaborative work with the University of California-Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment. 

Session 4: Skins - The Importance of the Thermal Envelope

Jeff LaRue serves as director of construction services quality management. He directs HKS’s project delivery methodology, in-house technical education, specification development and construction detail development analysis. Jeff is responsible for monitoring industry trends relating to new construction products and methods. He has been involved in design, research, code analysis, environmental study, production and architectural detailing for more than 35 years. This broad range of experience enables him to approach architectural problems of any scale with knowledge of the interaction of all aspects of the profession.

Richard Ellison is a professional engineer and LEED accredited professional in building design and construction through the US Green Building Council. Through ASHRAE, he is certified in distributed generation, building energy modeling, and high-performance building design.  His accreditations from the AEE include being a certified energy manager, building energy simulation analyst, business energy professional, demand side manager, and energy auditor, as well as measurement and verification professional in conjunction with the Efficiency Valuation Organization. Richard has presented on energy modeling for both the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference in Atlanta and the AEE World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, DC.  In 2002, he was awarded the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for his work on the Fort Detrick project which also won the 2002 Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the Federal Energy Management Program.  Currently, Richard helps lead energy efforts at Southland Industries for new construction project development teams in a variety of building types, such as hospitals, offices, data centers, aircraft hangars, educational faculties, and data centers.  He serves as a companywide resource for energy designs and projects from coast to coast. 

Chris Skoug, PE, CEM is a professional engineer with expertise in HVAC system, central heating and cooling plant, and building automation system design. As an associate principal engineer at Southland Industries, Chris is responsible for planning and designing mechanical systems for facilities in a variety of markets and industries, including commercial, healthcare, federal, biopharmaceutical, and industrial. His vast knowledge of efficient design encompasses capabilities such as energy modeling and evaluating energy conservation measures, building heating and cooling load analyses, and proper equipment selection, automatic temperature control system design and preparation of complete drawings and specifications for all mechanical work. Each of the mechanical system designs Chris creates results in a balance between energy efficiency and cost. Specializing in design-build delivery, he has worked on noteworthy projects such as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas.  Through the Association of Energy Engineers, Chris is a certified energy manager and remains an active member of the organization. As an industry expert, he has also helped author articles related to his work and is involved in ASHRAE.

Mickey Parker joined Pie Consulting and Engineering in 2012 as the Texas Regional Manager, Senior Structural Engineer, and Building Science Consultant.  Mickey provides consulting services related to building enclosure systems for a variety of clients in both the private and government sectors.  He is responsible for design development assistance, plan/specification peer review, and quality assurance field observations related to water management systems, as well as air and vapor barriers.  Mickey is also involved in field performance testing and diagnostic evaluations of fenestrations, curtain walls, claddings and whole building air barrier testing.  Mickey regularly provides educational seminars to improve the understanding of building enclosure commissioning within the design and construction industry.

Session 5: Passively-Aggressive: Employing Passive Systems for Load Reduction

Peter Pfeiffer, FAIA is a LEED accredited professional architect and building scientist who has spent the past 35 years developing high performance building design strategies. In 2004 he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his life-long commitment to "mainstreaming green building in North America”. He is a founding principal of Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, a firm recognized nationally for its pioneering use of environmentally responsive building design and construction techniques. Their work has been published both in the United States and abroad in such diverse venues as the Washington PostThe New York Times, Fine Homebuilding, and Better Homes & Gardens magazine. In 2006 Residential Architect cited him as one of the 10 most influential residential architects of past decade. Recently, Peter was nominated for the prestigious Hanley Award for his meaningful efforts to advance green building in America. 

Corey Squire, LEED AP O+M is the sustainability coordinator at Lake|Flato Architects. Corey works with all Lake|Flato teams to establish sustainability goals, analysis designs with simulation software, and collect post-occupancy performance data. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. In 2012, Squire was awarded the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Research Fellowship to study building post-occupancy energy performance and sustainable design processes. 

April Woods, PE, LEED AP BD+C is an associate at ccrd, an MEP firm that specializes in sustainable healthcare design. April’s passion for sustainability began a decade ago and she has had the privilege to be involved in over twenty LEED projects, touching all the different LEED credentialing systems and certification levels. In 2012, April received one of Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine’s “40 Under 40” Awards.     

Session 6: Illuminating Savings - Daylighting and Integrated Lighting Strategies

Leland Curtis is a member of the lighting studio in SmithGroupJJR’s Detroit office, where he divides his time between architectural lighting design and daylighting analysis. He studied Architectural Design and Architectural Engineering at Penn State, earning both his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Master of Architectural Engineering in 2011. His electric lighting project related responsibilities include conceptual design, design development and design implementation. As a daylighting consultant, he is involved in the development of a new workflow that leverages parametric tools to inform design with rapid environmental analysis.

Sarah Fisher, IALD, LC, LEED AP BD+C is an associate and a senior member of Atelier Ten’s lighting design team, Sarah has extended her expertise to Atelier Ten’s growing Lighting Design practice. Her work focuses on creating unique and inviting visual environments that maximize energy savings and are sensitive to the human experience. Her recent high efficiency projects include Boston University Law School, MIT Building E52 renovations, and the Far Rockaway Community Library. Sarah is a Professional Member of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) where she serves on the RP‐28 Lighting for the Aged and Partially Sited Committee. She has lectured at Columbia University and Parson’s New School for Design in New York where she also obtained her M.A. in Architectural Lighting Design.

Rives Taylor, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C has more than 25 years experience in institutional and commercial architecture with 18 years spent focusing on strategic planning, programming, and sustainable design. Rives casts a wide net in elevating both the why and how of sustainable design, including students, faculty, professionals, public officials and the general public. In 17 years as adjunct professor at the University of Houston and visiting professor at Rice University, Rives has influenced more than 5,000 students in his technical and high-performance design studios and seminars. The approaches Rives developed for Gensler not only affect the firm’s extensive practice but also influence clients’ building decisions worldwide. He developed a firm-wide green practice primer called “The Four Tiers of Sustainability,” led the inclusion of sustainable design in the firm’s in-house education program, and in partnership with Architecture 2030 and the Design Futures Council, developed an “eco-charrette” process and developed a building performance metric that is now used in all of Gensler’s projects. Design and construction standards Rives developed for clients such as BP and Toyota are now embedded in those clients’ protocols and are followed worldwide.

Session 7: Right-Sized - Equipment and Controls for Super-Efficient Building

Rick Eicher, PE LEED AP, is a Vice President and the Director of Operations in Henderson’s Dallas office.  With over 19 years of experience, a BS in Architectural Engineering, Rick demonstrates a wide range of knowledge and expertise in mechanical systems design for a multitude of project types. His portfolio includes extensive corporate, retail, educational, sports, recreational, government, healthcare and sustainable facilities where he has served as Principal-in-Charge and/or Project Manager. Rick was the Principal-in-Charge for the sustainable project, Shangri La, which required complex design elements for the 12 buildings on 250 acres of preserve including wetlands, prairie and other natural conditions.  This project later received national recognition for its LEED Platinum Status. The success of this project and many others has been due to his experience and expertise with identifying solutions for challenging environments.  Some other notable projects he has managed include a 20-story office building/residential complex on the West coast of Africa, a complete 3600-ton central plant remodel for energy conservation and capital improvements, numerous needs assessment and feasibility studies, as well as hi-performance LEED® projects.

Ryan Evans, PE, LEED AP, has extensive experience in designing and consulting for high performance buildings. His portfolio includes a myriad of projects ranging from institutional facilities for public sector clients to commercial office buildings of more than one million square feet. He has been trained to perform consulting services using the LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Ryan’s design emphasis focuses on a building’s mechanical systems and how they interact with other building components and the building occupants, leading to designs increasing energy performance, while enhancing occupant comfort and indoor air quality. With his business background, Ryan also helps clients evaluate retrofit upgrades to their buildings that result in increased performance and quicker paybacks. He is a charter member of the local USGBC chapter and recently served as the Kansas City chapter’s Outreach & Advocacy Committee Chair for three years, working to provide support services for the Kansas City area local municipalities. He is also the current Chair of the Buildings and Infrastructure Committee of the Kansas City Mayor’s Climate Protection Planning Initiative. Ryan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Business from Kansas State University. He has lectured on sustainability and green design at multiple conferences, schools and other institutions.

Linda Morrison is the Building Performance Engineering Team Leader of Ambient Energy, a sustainable design, commissioning and energy consulting firm celebrating 10 years.  Her work includes 20 years of consulting for sustainable design and analysis of energy, renewables, and carbon. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and is a registered Professional Engineer and an ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional.  She is a recent speaker at the AIA National Convention, Greenbuild, and the AIA+2030 Speaker Series for topics related to using performance informed design to lead architecture.  Linda’s philosophy is that “Living in the West, she wants to keep the wild in the wilderness by enticing the people into vibrant communities that are sustainable for the long term.”

Rick Vance, CEM, CxA, LEED AP BD+C is the Energy Services/Senior Project Manager at Viridian. Through his previous professional experience, Rick has gained expertise in sustainable business development and LEED certification for a range of large scale, international projects including hotels, high-rise residential and commercial buildings, and community developments. In addition, Rick has worked with global companies to develop organizational energy and carbon management policies, including low carbon product development and connected real estate services. Rick has participated in various types of LEED projects including: LEED-Neighborhood Development, LEED-Commercial Interiors, LEED-New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings. In 2009, Rick was a Team Advisor for the Greenland Quest, an unsupported vertical crossing of the Greenland icecap to raise awareness of global warming is-sues and the need for sustainability. Through his participation, Rick advised team members and supporters on sustainable development practices.