Drawing the top minds in living architecture together to educate, inform and inspire.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23 - CITIESALIVE OPENING PLENARY
4:45 PM TO 6:30 PM - URBAN RESILIENCY: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY LOOK AT THE NEW SAN FRANCISCO TRANSBAY TRANSIT CENTER DEVELOPMENT
MC: Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC
Jeffrey Bruce’s accomplishments, commitment and vision are well documented. He has received over 60 separate design and leadership awards. Award winning projects of his firm, Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, have been published 85 times. He is licensed to practice in 20 states and has served as an invited lecturer, visiting critic, and speaker at numerous conferences and trade shows. In 1996, Mr. Bruce was elected Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Adam Greenspan, Partner, PWP Landscape Architecture
Adam Greenspan is a senior design partner at PWP Landscape Architecture and has been the lead designer on a wide range of projects including public parks, campuses, mixed use developments, competitions and estates. Adam’s background in art and sociology, combined with years of horticultural practice support an integrated approach to design and allow him to develop projects from many angles. Adam has collaborated extensively with architects, artists, community groups and public and private owner groups, as well as sub-consultant experts, in the process of realizing exceptional built work. Adam’s recent projects include: the Newport Beach Civic Center Park in Newport Beach California, Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in Washington DC, The Transbay Transit Center Park, San Francisco, Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore, and Glenstone in Potomac, MD. Adam has served on public art selection panels for the City of San Jose and the City of Santa Monica and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
Adam received a Bachelor of Arts, with honors in Studio Art and Sociology from Wesleyan University and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
Brian Ballerini, PE, LEED AP, Senior Civil Engineer, Arup
Brian Ballerini is a senior civil engineer at Arup and the principal civil engineer for San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center’s civil infrastructure. He has extensive experience in the analysis and design of urban drainage facilities. Mr. Ballerini is aiding the Transbay Joint Powers Authority in achieving the LEED stormwater credits and meeting the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Stormwater Design Guidelines for the project’s 5.4-acre green roof. At Arup he applies a systemic approach to implementing low-impact designs and best management practices to reduce pollutants in the City’s stormwater runoff. At his San Francisco home, he is an urban gardener growing organic strawberries in his own rooftop oasis.
Randolph J. Volenec, RA, Architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Randy Volenec joined Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in 2003. He is currently the senior project manager for the Transbay Transit Center and Tower. In addition, he is a project architect for Sidra Medical and Research Center, a 1.3 million-square-foot hospital and research complex in Doha, Qatar.
Mr. Volenec was the on-site senior project manager for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, the second largest performing arts center in the United States.
Supervisor David Chiu, City and County of San Francisco
Supervisor David Chiu was elected in November 2008 to represent San Francisco's District 3. District 3 is home to many diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, including North Beach, Chinatown, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, Polk Street, Nob Hill, Union Square, Financial District, Barbary Coast and Fisherman's Wharf. In January 2009, David was elected President of the Board of Supervisors.
Before joining the Board, David was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of Grassroots Enterprise, an online communications technology company. Prior to Grassroots, he worked as a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and as a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. In the mid-1990s, David served as Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee and as Senator Paul Simon's aide to the Senate Budget Committee. The eldest child of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate degree, law degree, and master's degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Emilio Cruz, Assistant General Manager - Infrastructure, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Emilio Cruz is the Assistant General Manager, Infrastructure, overseeing all water, power and sewer capital programs and projects, including the Water System Improvement Program, Sewer System Improvement Program, and Hetchy System Improvement Program. He leads the Infrastructure Division, coordinating the work of the following Bureaus: Environmental Management, Construction Management, Engineering Management, Project Management, Project Controls, and Contract Administration. Emilio brings to the SFPUC all the attributes of a dynamic career encompassing twenty-five years serving the City and County of San Francisco, and private and non-profit sectors. He was Program Manager of the Waterfront Capital Improvement Program under the Chief Administrative Officer of San Francisco; Director of Facilities and Operations for the Port of San Francisco; Chief of Staff to the Mayor; General Manager of the Municipal Railway; Vice President of URS Corporation; Director of Economic Development for the City and County of San Francisco; Chief Operating Officer of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; Vice President and Partner of EPC Consultants; and most recently, Program Manager for the $4.2 billion Transbay Terminal Program. He is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He has led numerous boards, including the San Francisco Board of Education, and San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), for which he served as President and Vice President, respectively.
Steven W. Peck, GRP, HASLA, Founder and President, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
Steven W. Peck is the Founder and President of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, the North American trade association for the green roof and wall industry. He is also the co-founder of the Green Infrastructure Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to promoting living green infrastructure and co-founder of the World Green Infrastructure Network. For well over a decade, Steven has conducted public policy research on a variety of environment and economy issues with a focus on environmental technology transfer and public policy. He is a founding member of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) that encourages the formation of green roof industry associations throughout the world, and the Green Infrastructure Foundation Ontario Coalition.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24 - CITIESALIVE MORNING KEYNOTE AND PANEL DISCUSSION
8:00 AM TO 9:15 AM - "WHAT IS THE EMERGING ROLE OF THE DESIGNER TO IMPROVE RESILIENCY IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE?"
Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, Architect, Principal, organicARCHITECT
Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with over 20 years of experience in green building. Eric co-developed the Sustainable Design programs at the Academy of Art University and University of California Berkeley Extension, and currently teaches at Boston Architectural College. He is on the boards of the Inland Empire Chapter of the USGBC, Architects/Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), and Sustainable Stewards, as well as the advisory boards of over a dozen other organizations.
He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He is a regular contributor for Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. Eric lectures around the country at over 50 conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.
When Eric was just 25 years old, noted architect and critic Philip Johnson described him as "one of the real brains of his generation". Today, Eric continues the tradition of “Organic Architecture”, first developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
He is a founding board member and current Chair of the Coachella Valley branch of the US Green Building Council, and sits on the Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert. He has received awards from several Mayors, and worked with dozens of municipalities around the country to help implement sustainable policies.
Eric is the author of four books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His latest, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects."
Peter Busby, C.M., AIA, FRAIC, MAIBC, MAAA, MOAA, BCID, LEED AP, DSc (Hon.), Managing Director, Perkins+Will
Peter Busby is an internationally recognized architect and champion of sustainable design. Peter’s body of work has gained a reputation for design excellence and innovation, becoming a powerful catalyst in the growth of the high performance sustainable design movement.
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco
Jeff Joslin is Director of Current Planning for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to his recent appointment, he was based In Portland Oregon as an urban designer, planner, regulatory artisan, and developer.
For 15 years he managed Portland’s urban design and preservation programs and processes. During that time, he contributed to a range of sustainability efforts; including the establishment of numerous green policies, programs and regulatory frameworks. Previous to this public service, Jeff was a practicing architect, sustainability researcher, award-winning salvage and recycling author, renewable energy lobbyist, educator, and activist.
Christina Weber, LEED Green Assoc., Business & Community Development, DIRTT Environmental Solutions Ltd.
Christina leads Business Development for DIRTT Environmental Solutions. DIRTT - Doing It Right This Time — provides custom pre-fab interiors for commercial, hi tech, education and healthcare environments. DIRTT’s construction materials include interior walls, low profile floor, casework, modular power & data and their Breathe living wall system. In her role, Christina collaborates with A&D firms, general contractors and end users to help promote sustainable and agile construction. Notable Bay Area clients include Google, GE, SAP, Apple, Intel, Netflix, LinkedIn, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Nokia, Union Bank and University of San Francisco. The company is the winner of more than 25 prestigious awards, including a PM100 for Innovation Mastery by Progressive Manufacturing magazine, a Manning Award for Outstanding Innovation, and the Excellence in Partnership for Industry Green Contractor from the U.S. Coalition for Government Procurement. Christina brings over 12 years of sales and business development experience focused on sustainability in the built environment and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the USGBC Northern California Chapter.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 - CITIESALIVE CLOSING PLENARY
5:00 PM TO 6:30 PM - Living Architecture Policy: Today's Accomplishments, Tomorrow's Next Steps
Scott Potter, Director of Metro Water Services, City of Nashville
Scott Potter has been an advocate for green since becoming the director of Metro Water Services in 2002. Metro Water Services (MWS) is a public water, sewer and stormwater utility that primarily serves the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Scott has helped shaped the area’s green roof policy through the creation of plans, design manuals and generous incentives.
In 2009, under the direction of Mr. Potter, MWS developed the Green Infrastructure Master Plan. This Plan assessed the potential impacts of green infrastructure in Nashville's combined sewer system. The Plan’s green roof analysis determined that if green roofs were installed on all flat roofs within the combined sewer area, 112 million gallons of runoff could be prevented from entering the system. Pilot projects demonstrating the benefits of green infrastructure were also identified. One such project would install a green roof on an area high school, which could be integrated into the science curriculum and help educate generations to come. The Green Infrastructure Master Plan has served as an example to other departments, the development community and the public, demonstrating the importance of green solutions.
Mr. Potter advocated for the creation of a green roof rebate for the combined sewer area, which was approved by the Metro Council in September 2012. Nashville’s rebate is one of the more generous in the nation and will pay $10 per square foot of green roof installed. Mr. Potter also drove the creation of Nashville’s new Low Impact Development (LID) Manual as part of the City’s goal to encourage green development and become the greenest city in the southeast.
Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning, San Francisco Planning Department, City and County of San Francisco
Jeff Joslin is Director of Current Planning for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to this appointment, he was based In Portland Oregon as an urban designer, planner, regulatory artisan, and developer. For 15 years he managed Portland’s urban design and preservation programs and processes. During that time, he contributed to a range of sustainability efforts; including the establishment of numerous green policies, programs and regulatory frameworks. Previous to this public service, Jeff was a practicing architect, sustainability researcher, award-winning salvage and recycling author, renewable energy lobbyist, educator, and activist.
Laura Tam, Sustainable Development Policy Director, SPUR
Laura Tam coordinates SPUR's work in five major policy areas: green buildings, water supply, wastewater, energy and climate change. Prior to joining SPUR, Laura worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General, where she conducted research and analysis that produced recommendations for the EPA to better manage environmental problems. In this position, she worked on a variety of policy issues, such as enforcing the Clean Water Act and managing electronic waste. She previously worked for the Northern Forest Center on rural development and conservation in the Northeast. She is the author of the book, At Home in the Northern Forest. Laura earned a Master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and received her BA in Geography from Dartmouth College.
Melissa Waage, Campaign Director, NRDC
Melissa Waage is a Campaign Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nationwide non-profit environmental group that combines the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Melissa has spent fifteen years helping people, businesses, and organizations advocate for a healthy environment as a grassroots organizer, Capitol Hill lobbyist, and campaign manager. She currently manages NRDC’s campaign to engage the public in support of strong, federal clean water protections. Melissa holds a BA with honors in Politics from Princeton University.
Karen Kubick, P.E., BSME, Director, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Ms. Kubick has over 26 years of experience working in operations, program management, and engineering capacities in the Wastewater, Power, and Water utilities for the City and County of San Francisco. At the SFPUC, her positions have included senior project manager for the $1 billion Local Water System, Project Director for the $4.6 Billion Water Supply Improvement Program, and Manager of Power Enterprise capital programs for renewal energy and energy efficiency. Currently, she is the SFPUC Program Director for the multi-billion dollar Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), which addresses aging infrastructure, operational reliability, and sustainability of San Francisco’s sewer system.
Please Note: This program is subject to change without notice.