Metropolis Forums

JUNE 9TH, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

In recent years, the need for sustainable manufacturing as well as the broader wellness movement have encouraged designers to pay closer attention to the materials and products that they design with, and the systems and spaces that they create. Now, thanks to the global pandemic, 2020 is a watershed moment for wellness and sustainability. How can designers navigate this challenge and create healthier, more sustainable spaces?

Healthy People, Healthy Planet

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Host

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Avi Rajagopal

Editor in Chief
Metropolis

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine. He is an expert on product and interior design in the digital age, as a historian of contemporary design as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013). and has contributed to numerous volumes on architecture and design, including Adhocracy (Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012), Making Africa (Vitra Design Museum, 2015) and Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, forthcoming). He has lectured on design history and writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Institute of Design, India.

Panelists

Rand Ekman

Rand Ekman

Chief Sustainability Officer
HKS

Rand Ekman is Chief Sustainability Officer at HKS. Rand has a passion both for projects and for driving broad-based, measurable change in practice. He leads HKS’ ESG team bringing together firmwide leadership advancing sustainability, public interest design and justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. He has a bachelors in philosophy and a masters in architecture. (Yes they are related.) Rand is on the Board of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, served as a Board member of the Illinois Green Alliance and on many national USGBC committees. He was the 2012 President of AIA Chicago, the 2015 Chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment.

Lona Rerick

Lona Rerick

Associate Principal
ZGF

Lona Rerick is a sustainable designer and specifier at ZGF Architects focusing on materials selection and transparency. Lona guides clients, design teams and contractors through the intricacies of system materials selection, product research for locations and writing specifications to assure that project goals are met during construction. Lona Rerick leads ZGF Architects Project Performance Team’s efforts to select and specify low-impact, healthy materials. Lona educates clients, staff, and manufacturers on the important transformation to building materials selection using transparency tools like Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product Declarations (HPDs), Declare Labels, and Living Product Challenge certifications.

Currently, Lona serves on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Board; as 2018 chair and current member of AIA National’s Materials Knowledge Working Group which created the Materials Pledge; as a member of the LEED MR TAG; on the mindful MATERIALS Steering Group; and as a founding co-Chair of the Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative.

Jonsara Ruth

Jonsara Ruth

Design Director, Healthy Materials Lab and Associate Professor, Interior Design
PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN

Jonsara Ruth is Design Director at Healthy Materials Lab, Founding Director of the MFA Interior Design Program, and Associate Professor at Parsons School of Design. Here she led AFTERTASTE, a symposium that brings new definition to the field of interiors. Central to her work is listening to and learning from diverse perspectives, and studying human experience, behavior, and health as principal motivations for design. Material curiosities drive her research.
Jonsara is a designer and artist and founded Salty Labs, a collaborative design studio, to improve environmental health while creating viscerally designed spaces, events, and furniture. Previous experience includes leading design of furniture for mass production with materials and manufacturing processes that eliminate risks to human health and the environment. With Q Collection Junior she designed the worlds first Greenguard Certified crib for children.A director at SOM, Julia Murphy is integral to the firm’s engagement with the built environment of New York City. In her decade of experience at SOM, she has worked on some of the most complex projects in Manhattan. Much of her work involves mitigating risk for clients who must build their projects within the exigencies of New York’s physical and regulatory environments. A key project in Murphy’s portfolio is Manhattan West, one of the largest ongoing mixed-use projects in Manhattan. She is also the project manager for the repositioning of a global financial headquarters in New York. Her residential projects include a 34-story tower in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and 91 Leonard Street, a 20-story tower. Another of her important projects is John Jay College of Criminal Justice Expansion, which occupies an entire city block.