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Wed 12.09.2015

The Edge of Practice

AIA CES: 1.5 LU | 1.5 HSW

When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9

Where: At the Seaport Culture District, 181 Front Street   

Current environmental and social challenges are broad and complex, cutting across traditionally distinct fields of expertise. Effective responses will require equally broad and multifaceted responses. In this context, the role of the solo/siloed profession is obsolete. What is the role of the architect in this evolving landscape?

In support of the 2015 AIANY Presidential Theme, "Dialogues from the Edge of Practice," the AIANY Interiors Committee presents a moderated panel discussion with three celebrated architects that have chosen to practice in areas at the edge (or even outside) the arena of traditional architecture.

Please join us for an evening of recent work and open discussion that promises to be thought provoking. 

William D. Browning, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green LLC
Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE; Associate Professor of Practice, NYU
Amanda Lehman, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, COOKFOX Architects.
Pat Sapinsley, AIA, Managing Director, Cleantech Initiatives, Urban Future Lab/ NYC ACRE/ Powerbridge, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

William D. Browning is a Partner at Terrapin Bright Green LLC. He received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a MS in real estate development from MIT. In 1991, Browning founded Rocky Mountain Institute’s Green Development Services, which was awarded the 1999 President’s Council for Sustainable Development/Renew America Prize. In 2006, he became a partner at Terrapin Bright Green LLC, which crafts environmental strategies for corporations, government agencies, and large-scale developments. Browning’s clients include Walmart's Eco-mart, Starwood, Yellowstone National Park, Lucasfilm’s Letterman Digital Arts Center, New Songdo City, Bank of America’s One Bryant Park, the White House, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Village. He coauthored Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate, A Primer on Sustainable Building, Greening the Building and the Bottom Line, The Economics of Biophilia, Midcentury (un)Modern, and 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. Browning was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine and is an Honorary member of the AIA. He was a founding member of US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and is the Chair of the Greening America Board of Directors. He served on the DoD Defense Science Board Energy Task Force and the State Department’s Industry Advisory Panel.

Mitchell Joachim is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. Joachim has won many awards including: AIANY Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time magazine’s Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. He's featured as “The NOW 99” in Dwell magazine and “50 Under 50 Innovators of the 21st Century" by Images Publishers. He co-authored the books, Super Cells: Building with Biology and Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned. His design work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MAUD at Harvard University,and MArch at Columbia University.

Amanda Lehman is a Senior Associate at COOKFOX Architects. She joined in 2006 and has contributed her expertise in historic preservation and sustainable design to a wide range of projects. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Lehman led a recovery effort at Historic Front Street, upgrading the structures’ energy efficiency and resiliency to future extreme weather. The project won the AIA National Housing Award in 2008, among others. Recently, she played a key role in the development of 130 West 12th Street, a prewar condominium in the heart of Greenwich Village that was awarded LEED-NC Gold certification as well as the 2012 Sustainable Design Award by Global Green USA. She also played a part in creating the green guidelines for existing residential buildings in Lower Manhattan. Currently, she is the project architect for a new residential building on the Upper West Side.

Lehman earned her bachelor of art history from Boston University and her master of architecture from Tulane School of Architecture. Upon graduation, she worked at several firms in San Francisco and New York as well as in the Preservation and Communications Departments of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She has also worked on architectural restoration projects in Saint-Antoine, France and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Amanda currently sits on the board of the Fine Arts Federation of New York and is a former co-chair for the AIANY Historic Buildings Committee.

Pat Sapinsley is the Managing Director of Cleantech Initiatives at Urban Future Lab/ NYC ACRE/ Powerbridge at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. A LEED AP architect, Sapinsley holds a Master’s in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and has served on their Alumni Council. She is Co-Chair of the AIANY Committee on the Environment, a member of the Board of Building Energy Exchange, a frequent lecturer and industry panelist, and an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and Urban Green. Prior to joining UFL/NYCACRE, Sapinsley worked in venture capital at Good Energies and consulted with start ups in the building energy efficiency space. She was CEO of Watt Not a LED lighting consultancy. She brings 15+ years of experience in the industry, connecting start-ups to sources of funding, customers, and business mentors. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Wyss Institute.

Cathleen McGuigan is editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, as well as editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction’s GreenSource and SNAP. She is responsible for leading the award-winning editorial and design teams to deliver news and analysis of design trends, building science, and professional strategies to architects, design professionals, and building product manufacturers. Her broad experience as an editor, journalist and critic provides strong leadership for this integrated print and digital portfolio, as well as strikingly relevant professional and cultural content for readers across the globe. McGuigan joined McGraw-Hill Construction in 2011. Previously she was a Newsweek architecture critic and arts editor, and she possesses more than three decades of cultural journalism experience. McGuigan’s work has also been published in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Harper’s Bazaar, and Rolling Stone. A Michigan native, she serves on several design juries and is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Organized by: AIANY Interiors Committee

Price: $5 for AIA members; $10 for non-members



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