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OWA Panel Discussion: Women in Green

The Organization of Women Architects and Design Professionals will host a panel discussion on Tuesday, August 18, which will focus on women leading in sustainable design and development. The discussion will be moderated by Kira Gould, co-author (with Lance Hosey) of the book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing, 2007), and will start by addressing the question: "Why women and green?" with a look at the sensibilities that are leading innovation in the green development world.

Kira will engage the perspectives of a panel of five such leaders. We"ll hear from architect Marsha Maytum and designer Anni Tilt, who, with their respective firms, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and Arkin Tilt Architects, have won national design awards and recognition for sustainability leadership; Gail Brager, PhD, is a Professor (Building Science) and Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and is the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center focused on improving the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings.; Lisa Michelle Galley, cofounder an managing principal of Galley Eco Capital, advises investors and developers on maximizing returns and environmental value from green investment programs; and sustainability and green building consultant Laura Rodormer.

Please join us for a lively discussion about the sensibilities and ways of working that will be required - and are being tested today by these leaders - to promote needed evolution in the real estate and AEC industries. We have come a long way, and women are better represented in all these fields today than a generation ago, but these fields are still slow to change. Together, we can discuss how to increase the pace of change and make these fields more effective on all fronts - ecological, social/cultural, and economic.

Time:Tuesday August 18th, 2009
6:00 refreshments and appetizers
6:30 discussion begins
Location: Hafele Showroom
151 Vermont St.
San Francisco, CA 94709 map
Contribution: $3 fee for OWA members
$5 fee for non-members


Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP is a founding partner of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. She has focused her career on the rehabilitation of historic buildings, the adaptive reuse of existing structures and the creation of contemporary buildings within historic settings. Her education in the 1970s at the University of Oregon and Royal Academy in Denmark was founded upon responsible environmental design and historic preservation. By promoting sustainable design with innovative transformation of historic resources, she has demonstrated the link between saving buildings and natural resources. Frequently an invited juror and critic, Ms. Maytum also lectures nationally on the topic of sustainable design and adaptive reuse. Her work has received national and regional design awards from the American Institute of Architects, the National Building Museum, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the California Preservation Foundation.

Anni Tilt, AIA, is a principal with Arkin Tilt Architects, an award-winning firm founded in sustainable design from its inception. Winner of the Acterra Business Award for the Sustainable Built Environment in 2002, 2 COTE/AIA Top Ten Green Project Awards, and numerous design awards, their work has been published nationally and internationally for excellence in design and sustainability. Anni is currently on the board of the Ecological Building Network, and was one of the founding members of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA). Anni has worked as a designer and project manager with Fernau and Hartman Architects in Berkeley and DEGW, an innovative London-based firm specializing in workplace design, as well as a construction coordinator for a major building contractor in Seattle. With a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, she explored ecological use of wood in construction, taught structures and design, and was awarded the prestigious Branner Traveling Fellowship while pursuing an M. Arch. at UC Berkeley.

Gail Brager, PhD, is a Professor (Building Science) and Interim Chair of the Dept. of Architecture, at UC Berkeley, and is the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center focused on improving the design, operation, and environmental quality of buildings. She is also the past Chair of the USGBC Research Committee. As a mechanical engineer teaching in a school of architecture, she has over 24 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability. She teaches in the areas of energy and environmental management, sustainable design, natural cooling, mechanical systems and architectural space-making, and architectural research methods. Her research activities focus on the healthy workplace, with a particular interest in promoting operable windows and natural ventilation in office buildings, and post-occupancy evaluation methods combining both physical measurements of the indoor environment with surveys of occupant response.

Laura Rodormer is an independent sustainability consultant who focuses on the built environment in the Bay Area. She previously managed the Green Consulting Services Division of Swinerton Management & Consulting, in San Francisco, where she offered sustainability and LEED consulting and facilitating project team efforts to deliver green building objectives. Prior to joining Swinerton, Laura served as the Commercial Green Building Coordinator for the City and County of San Francisco where she developed and implemented the LEED Gold Priority Permitting program and served on the Mayor"s Green Building Task Force - an organization that set the foundation for the development of the 2008 San Francisco Green Building Ordinance. Currently Laura is the Co-Chair of the 2009 Mayor"s Existing Buildings Task Force to determine the opportunities for improving the performance of San Francisco"s commercial building sector. With a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Environmental Science from St. Lawrence University. Laura has 19 years of experience encompassing Sustainable Development, Business Development, Client Relations and Program Management. She is highly regarded for her strong intuitive and analytical abilities, complemented by effective communication with wide audiences; the ability to present complex information in a variety of formats; the vision to develop creative solutions; and the capability to lead, teach and enthusiastically motivate diverse groups. Laura is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Lisa Michelle Galley is cofounder of Galley Eco Capital and its Managing Principal. Recognized as one of the "First Ladies of Sustainability" by Sustainable Industries Magazine, she advises investors and developers on maximizing returns and environmental value from green investment programs via financial structuring, incentive and grant funding strategies. Her engagements include advising on green fund investment strategies, zero-energy neighborhood developments, triple bottom line investments, renewable energy finance, hotels, R&D campuses, and retail energy efficiency. She has also advised community owners on federal, state and local funding opportunities for their sustainable real estate, energy efficiency and transportation initiatives. Lisa is the treasurer of the US Green Building Council's Northern California Chapter and an advisor on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's Task Force on Existing Building Efficiency. She is the co-author of a new paper on Responsible Property Investing metrics, slated for distribution later this year.


Writer Kira Gould is Director of Communications for William McDonough + Partners; she works from the firm's San Francisco studio. She was the 2007 chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment and co-author of Ecology and Design, that group's report on ecological literacy and architecture education. She is co-author, with Lance Hosey, of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone Publishing, 2007). She has written about design and sustainability for Metropolis magazine, Architectural Record, Architecture Boston, The Boston Globe, and other publications. Kira is a LEED Accredited Professional and an Associate member of the AIA.

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