HDR’s Robert Phinney Awarded LEED Fellow Designation

(November 13, 2013) - HDR's Robert Phinney, AIA, PMP, ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C has been named a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Fellow Program is the green building industry's most prestigious professional designation recognizing the distinguished leaders in green building and sustainability. The official ceremony to honor this year's LEED Fellows will be held in November at the 2013 Greenbuild conference in Philadelphia.  

Robert, based in HDR's Alexandria office, is the firm's sustainable design services director. With nearly 20 years of experience in the design industry and an architect with a lifelong love of designing and creating, he is dedicated to supporting and driving innovation in green design.  During his career he has worked on over 40 LEED certified projects, and integrated sustainable design into multi-million dollar federal, civic, science + technology, and healthcare projects.

Involved from the beginning of the at-the-time, fledgling movement, Robert actively participated in the early development of the Green Guide for Healthcare and served—and continues to serve—as a key contributor in developing LEED systems and credentialing exams. As one of the first accredited professionals and system verifiers, he participated in the development of the ISI Envision infrastructure rating system. He is a recognized leader at HDR and within the overall sustainable community. 

Helping clients and project teams to craft and implement the sustainable vision and goals for a project gives him great satisfaction. As a young architect, his 'AHA moment' came during a class in graduate school when he was struck with what would become his passion—designing for the future with buildings that lessen the environmental impact by saving energy, reducing water usage and providing healthy environments. Continuing to build on these lofty goals he now also inspires others to integrate sustainable solutions into the design of the built environment.

Recently completing a third term on the Executive Committee of the USGBC NCR Board of Directors, he is very active in the green building community and the local and national USGBC, the City of Alexandria Green Building Advisory Board, and the Maryland Clean Energy Council, along with serving as an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge, a diverse group of sustainable leaders from around the world. 

Robert is an accomplished writer and lecturer, and frequently shares his insights and knowledge on sustainable design in publications and at conferences throughout the U.S.  An educator and mentor, he inspires architecture students and others in the industry to embrace sustainable design so they too may experience that 'AHA moment.' 

With his new credentials, he will lead others in integrating sustainable design and practices, and green building initiatives, while also influencing strategy and implementing policy within the industry.