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Integrated Thinking: Working Towards the City of the Future

October 17, 2017, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | $5 – $35
Integrated Thinking Working Towards the City of the Future - AIA Portland

Tuesday, October 17
5-8PM | Vestas
$5-35 | 2 HSW

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AIA Portland’s Committee on the Environment’s Green Champions Summit will tackle the city of the future with a focus on integrated thinking and approaches to sustainable design on October 17th at 5:30 pm at Vestas headquarters in Portland, OR. We will take a rare look at how sustainable design impacts the urban scale. Nico Larco from the University of Oregon will frame the conversation of integration between a variety of scales and disciplines.

Speakers will illustrate:

  1. The integration of designers and community members can create district-size sustainable initiatives to fight climate change;
  2. Neighborhood-scale systems for sharing resources within a community to meet current and future resource demands in energy, water, and other resources;
  3. And that the future must reach beyond sustainability and create district systems that are accessible, educational, and beautiful to celebrate green and healthy cities.

These ideas, combined with the idea of a community-wide integrated approach to city design, will generate compelling conversation as Portland continues to grow at a fast pace. Following the presentations, we will facilitate an interactive discussion with the attendees and speakers focused on the city of the future.

Many thanks to our sponsors at Interface Engineering & PAE Engineers



About the speakers:
Nico Larco, AIA
Associate Professor of Architecture
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
University of Oregon
Nico Larco is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment. Professor Larco’s research focus is on sustainable urban design and how technological advances are changing city form and development. He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that organizes the range of urban design elements and approaches related to sustainability.

Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was recently a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Urban Design, the Journal of Urbanism, and the Journal of Architecture and Planning Research. His work has been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Forbes, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Financial Times of London. He is a licensed architect, has worked professionally in the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Planning, and Development, and is principal of Larco-Knudson, an urban design consulting firm.

Naomi Cole, EcoDistricts AP, LEED AP-BD+C
Naomi leads EcoDistricts programs that advance the market for exemplary sustainable neighborhood projects and practitioners. She helped launch the precursor to the EcoDistricts Protocol, at the Portland Sustainability Institute, where she developed and piloted an EcoDistricts approach in Portland and began to expand it to other cities.

She brings over a decade of experience in urban sustainability including roles at ZGF Architects and CLEAResult. Naomi studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University.
As a native Portlander, Naomi returned to her hometown after college, determined to invest her life and career in the place that was formative to her own development. She lives in a nearly net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

Katie Zabrocki, PE
Katie is a registered professional engineer at PAE, a leading sustainable design engineering firm with offices in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. She has nearly a decade of experience in the sustainable building industry as well as a Master’s in Business Administration from Portland State University.

Katie’s background includes mechanical system design, energy modeling and performance contracting. She has experience across a wide variety of building sectors and understands the nuances of approaching energy, water, and carbon reduction strategies. She has worked on a dozen LEED rated or registered projects including Facebook’s Headquarters in Menlo Park, CA and the new Nike Headquarters building in Washington County, OR. Katie is passionate about engaging project teams and using collaborative processes to develop innovative solutions.

Charles Brucker, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP – Principal, PLACE
A landscape architect and co-founder of PLACE, Charles Brucker’s design talent and leadership distinguishes many of the firm’s award-winning projects. Known for his widespread knowledge of progressive sustainable planning solutions, his green techniques successfully integrate natural systems with human use and design aesthetics resulting in sustainable designs that serve humanity, engage the environment respectfully, and increase public awareness of the natural issues relating to the site. Charles has managed and led the design and planning efforts for projects throughout the Northwest and Asia over his 25-year professional career.


About AIA Portland Committee On The Environment
The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is committed to educating professionals and the public on sustainable design issues and supporting an agenda of various public and private agencies and organizations. Their belief is that design excellence can only be discussed within the context of sustainability.


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