In this podcast, we’ll discuss the BNIM’s success in community-based and sustainable design with three members of the firm: Bob Berkebile, FAIA, Steve McDowell, FAIA, LEED AP, and Laura Lesniewski, AIA, LEED AP.
Bob Berkebile, FAIA, is founding principal of BNIM and one of our profession’s most influential environmentalists and preservationists. In 2009, Bob received a Heinz Award for his role in promoting green building design and for his commitment towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program.
Steve McDowell, FAIA, LEED AP, Director of Design for BNIM. Steve maintains that good design is about people – boosting their health and productivity and lifting the human spirit. His current work sets new standards in high performance design and includes the first Living Building project, The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY. Other projects for the campuses at UCLA and Oberlin are further exploring the concepts of community building and post-carbon economies.
Laura Lesniewski, AIA, LEED AP, of BNIM. Laura is dedicated to pursuing the highest levels of sustainability to build truly thriving communities. She led the design team efforts on the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, which features the first Living Machine™ in the State of Missouri, and she was project manager for the Lewis and Clark State Office Building, a LEED Platinum project. Her recent work includes a net-zero community redevelopment: Petite Riviere in Montreal, Quebec.
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