Sustainability to Regenerative Design forest

Join the Conversation: From Sustainability to Regenerative Design: A Necessary Evolution

Are you ready to take the leap to Regenerative Design?

Join a lively conversation to explore the meaning of Regenerative Design and discuss ways to create an industry-wide definition with metrics and benchmarks across various ecological categories. Learn how industry leaders are challenging the status quo to lead the industry toward Regenerative Design practices.

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A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

    Will You Join Us?

    Thursday, June 21, 2018
    5:30 – 8p.m. (conversation: 6 – 7p.m.)
    The Press Lounge (rooftop) at Ink48
    653 11th Ave., New York, NY 10036

    Earn 1 AIA LU | HSW credit. Program sponsored by HDR.

    Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres served.


    Whitney Austin Gray, Delos
    Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP

    Executive Director, Delos

    Whitney is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.

    Her experience includes delivering transformative projects to design clients and working to develop and promote new ideas that increased the impact of health research and innovation on the design industry. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, and co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, and supports health and design research through the AIA, ULI, and EDRA.

    Bob fisher, DesignIntelligence
    Bob Fisher

    Principal, DesignIntelligence

    Every day, Bob’s work exposes him to both a macro and micro view of the industry. He spends half of his time looking broadly to understand the larger trends and forces shaping both business and leadership in architecture, engineering, construction, and design. The other half is deeply embedded in individual firms, getting to know their unique strengths and challenges. In either case, Fisher’s role is to help firms that create our built environment thrive in business and do great work. He serves as editorial lead on all DI Media publications and platforms, and also develops programming for the Design Futures Council, an interdisciplinary think tank.

    Tom Knittel, HDR
    Tom Knittel, AIA, LEED BD+C

    Director of Regenerative Design, HDR

    Thomas is the design principal for the firm’s Seattle architecture studio. Passionate about the intersection of architecture, sustainability and ecology as an engine for creativity, Knittel embraces the opportunity to bring ideas to form and to mentor the next generation of architects. He is a frequent lecturer on design innovation and biomimicry. He earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and he is a certified biomimicry professional. A volunteer design leader for the LEED and WELL Platinum William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he also serves on the advisory board of the Biomimicry Center at Arizona State University.

    Colin Rohlfing, HDR
    Colin Rohlfing, Associate AIA, LEED BD+C

    Director of Sustainable Development, HDR

    Colin works directly with design teams to capitalize on proven and high performance opportunities, helping to infuse new thinking about human and environmental health. He has extensive experience guiding sustainable design integration in diverse projects and is passionate about facilitating the marriage of performance and aesthetics, believing both are necessary for a project’s success. His projects include tenant fit-outs, individual building designs, building retrofits, campuses, real estate portfolios, design guidelines, sustainable assessments, climate action planning, sustainability planning, corporate responsibility reporting and city master plans.

    Special Note:

    You’ll also have the opportunity to provide input on the current definition of Regenerative Design (below) to build consensus around industry acceptance and future project execution.

    The term “regenerative” describes processes that restore, renew or revitalize their own sources of energy and materials, creating sustainable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. The basis is derived from systems ecology with a closed loop input–output model or a model in which the output is greater than or equal to the input with all outputs viable and all inputs accounted for. Regenerative design is the biomimicry of ecosystems that provide for all human systems to function as a closed viable ecological economics system for all industry.