Bob Berkebile and Kathy Achelpohl to teach "Beyond Sustainability" at USC School of Architecture

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June 8, 2012
Friday, 9am-5pm
CES/AIA LU (HSW/SD) 7 units

In the built environment, the term sustainability is being replaced by terms such as Regenerative Design or Resilient Design. These new terms reflect the need and opportunity to create transformative designs that go beyond the act of using fewer resources to genuinely contribute to the vitality and well being of communities, utilizing ecology, biophilia and biomimicry to solve urban problems. This session will include an overview of the current state of sustainable design, how the practice of design is evolving to support transformative design, and how to make the case(s) for Regenerative Design from a triple bottom line perspective that considers social, economic, and environmental factors. We will also examine a diverse group of benchmark projects at various scales, while encouraging an open dialogue that allows participants to discover how these concepts may be applied to their own projects and practices.

Bob Berkebile, FAIA, Founder and Principal, BNIM, Kansas City, MO

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 and has contributed over 40 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. In 2011, His firm was selected for the AIA National Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor.

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.

Kathy Achelpohl AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, BNIM
Kathy Achelpohl is a principal at BNIM and leads the firm’s Higher Education sector. With more than 25 years experience, she has led complex projects and multi-disciplinary teams on award-winning, high-profile projects. Kathy has managed multiple higher education projects including the master plan for Chatham University’s new Eden Hall campus, designed to be a model sustainable living and learning community for the region and beyond.

Kathy also recently managed planning studies for the University of Missouri - Kansas City Hospital Hill Campus for the Health Sciences Education & Research Buildings and for the new Medical Education and Biomedical Library Building at UCLA. Additionally, Kathy served as a key team member on projects for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Montana State University.

Chris Sterparn, LEED AP, Sr. Associate, Davis Langdon
Chris Sterparn leads Davis Langdon’s Education Market Sector and brings extensive experience providing strategic facilities consulting solutions to institutional clients. He specializes in the higher education, science and technology, and healthcare sectors and has experience with many building types including research laboratories, academic classroom buildings, professional schools, medical facilities and libraries.

Chris has managed projects through the entire design process, with an emphasis on capital planning; budget development; programmatic, parametric, and elemental cost modeling; value engineering; bid analysis and evaluation, and life cycle cost analysis (NPV and IRR analysis); He has managed projects ranging in size from $5 million to over $1 Billion.