Speaker Bios

Bruce Fowle, co-founded FXFOWLE in 1978 on the philosophical basis that architecture must be conscious and respectful of context and utility while enriching the human experience. Since that time, he has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design and environmental responsibility. His current commissions include a new dormitory for the Berkshire School, the expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (in association with the Richard Rogers Partnership and A. Epstein & Sons, International), and a new LEED Platinum headquarters building for SAP Americas in Pennsylvania.

Carlie Bullock-Jones is a Sustainable Design Consultant with TVS in Atlanta, Georgia, guiding multiple clients, consultants and design teams through green building initiatives and sustainable strategies specific to their projects. She recently lead the effort for the first LEED CI Platinum rated facility in the country, the Interface Showroom and offices. Carlie has written, prepared and presented multiple and various green building topics, including the facilitation of sustainable design (LEED) eco-charettes, and remains current with the industry through her participation at many green building conferences.

Ralph Walker is an Associate with Gensler. He has worked as an architect for the past 10 years on Corporate and Education projects in New York, New Jersey, and California. He has worked closely with private, corporate and institutional clients to determine their vision, address their needs, and create new facilities. For the past three years Ralph has been on the forefront of the sustainability efforts in the Gensler Morristown office as the project architect for St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, and as a member of the PNC Branch Bank roll out. St. Philip’s Academy is the first LEED project in Newark, NJ and PNC is the first LEED roll out in the country. Ralph is also active with the NJ Chapter of the USGBC as a member of their speakers bureau. His work has had a lasting impact on both his clients and the community at large. The St. Philip’s Academy team was recently honored with a NJ Smart Growth Award.

Robin Reigi of Robin Reigi, Inc New York; provides material consultation to corporations seeking insight into material trends and breakthroughs. Her perspective on the design culture makes her an invaluable asset to large scale automotive, aviation and furniture manufacturers seeking advanced materials libraries or project focused research and prototype development.

Scott Charon LEED AP is the New Product Development Program Manager, at Herman Miller. He plays a key role in Herman Miller’s environmental leadership and drive toward sustainability. Since 2001, Scott has helped facilitate supply chain communications for the Design for the Environment (DfE) program. His efforts have influenced the implementation of DfE within Herman Miller and throughout the supply chain. He’s worked closely with MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry) to implement their Cradle-to-Cradle DesignSM Protocol at Herman Miller. Scott serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollution Prevention and Toxics Advisory Committee (NPPTAC).

Susan Lyons is Creative Consultant for Color & Materials for Herman Miller Inc. Her work focuses on developing material and color strategies for the Herman Miller portfolio of products. In addition to her work for Herman Miller, Lyons is the founding principal of her own collaborative studio focusing on product design, color development and product marketing strategy. Much of the studio’s work is dedicated to developing compelling and environmentally intelligent products for industrial and consumer use. The studio’s work is informed and inspired by the principles of Cradle to Cradle design.

Jaime Salm, Creative Director of Mio Culture, a Philadelphia design laboratory dedicated to exploring opportunities in the field of sustainable design. Founded by Jaime in 2003 products from the MIO Collection have been showcased by Material ConneXion, Felissimo Design House, The Ontario Science Center, The National Building Museum in Washington and The Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh among others. Jaime has consulted for a variety of companies on projects ranging from furniture and environments to branding and interactions.

Erika Hanson is a designer and consultant specializing in sustainable materials and production. With a background in industrial design and environmental science, Erika works with companies drawing from a decade of experience in fabrication and project management. Based in New York City, Erika also creates sculptural pieces and teaches at Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design.

Fred Williamson joined Atlanta based StartNet Carpets as Director of Special Projects just 1 year ago. He has established the StarNet Environmental Issues Committee educating their membership on environmental flooring solutions. His 36 years experience in the commercial flooring business combines thirteen years in sales and sales management, sixteen years as a commercial flooring contractor, selling, installing and maintaining commercial flooring products and six years as Franchise Manager. Fred’s ultimate goal is to provide all StarNet Members in North America with a viable local and economical method to divert post consumer carpet from landfill.

Dawn Danby is the founder of Toronto based Industrial Design Studio Aylanto. Her designs explore the intersection of design, sustainability and business searching to develop environmentally sustainable systems and products that change the way we experience the things around us. Co-author of WorldChanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, Dawn has spoken about designing for sustainability at TEDGlobal 2005: Ideas big enough to change the world (Oxford UK), Subtle Technologies (Toronto), and Unilever (Sao Paulo). In a collaboration with her fellow MBA students Dawn’s project Beeline is a 2007 Next Generation® Design Competition Runner-Up.

Michael Silver, architect, directs a multidisciplinary design laboratory in New York exploring technologies such as UDAR, CFD (computational fluid dynamics) simulation, computer programming (Automason Ver 1.0) and a variety of new robotic fabrication tools including numerically controlled wire-EDM and digital foam shaping. Michael is a two time Next Generation ® Design Competition Runner Up once in 2005 for Automason and again in 2007 for Fibershop Pro.

Elizabeth Redmond, designer and inventor, has designed projects ranging from energy generating flooring systems to socially interactive furniture. With her keen eye on contemporary issues, she strives to combine radical concepts on energy and sustainability with function and practicality. She is calling on individuals to be responsible self-generators for the communal electric grid. Elizabeth’s Power Leap was a 2007 Next Generation ® Design Competition Runner Up.

Alberto Villarreal is a member of the industrial design team at Lunar Design in San Francisco. Over the past 4 years he has helped to create innovative products for brands like: Nike, Hewlett-Packard, Accuray, SanDisk and Johnson Controls. Alberto’s project Bright Walk is a 2007 Next Generation ® Design Competition Runner Up.

Civil Twilight—Anton Willis. Kate Lydon, and Christine Seely—is the winner of 2007 Next Generation ® Design Competition for their project Lunar-Resonant Streetlights is the winner.

Anton Willis, architect, explores the physical processes of making and presenting, the phenomenology of the senses, and the overlap between natural and cultural patterns. The idea and research behind the lunar-resonant streetlight proposal grew out of his Masters Thesis, an investigation of potential lunar and tidal effects on the built environment.

Christina Seely is a photographer. Christina’s work explores the ever-changing tension between our way of life and the natural environment. Her work current project photographically documenting light pollution around the world lead her to collaborate with Anton and Kate to form Civil Twilight. She is currently on the faculty of California College of Art in Oakland, CA.

Kate Lydon is both an architect and a graphic designer. Her interests range from bottle tops to sulphur fern prints to Chinese courtyard housing. Her current work is inspired by both subcultures and subspecies and aims to articulate a graceful relationship between social, built and natural environments. Kate also runs a small studio, Saturate, known for its hand-silk-screened designs.

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