Sustainable Design

Education Session - Presentation Format

SAT-A10 - Design Like It Matters: Do Rating Systems Work?

Saturday, October 20
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: 109


Sustainability rating systems tend to either draw ire or excitement. Join us to review the historical context, focus areas, components, and real-world examples of success, hindsight moments, and challenges of three such rating systems: LEED, SITES, and the Living Building Challenge (LBC).

Learning Objectives:

José Almiñana, FASLA, SITES AP

Andropogon Associates

José has been instrumental in the development of industry-wide standards and landscape performance metrics that place landscape architects at the core of the sustainability movement. He has been a significant part of the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), which aims to shift traditional land development and management practices towards the preservation and provision of ecosystem services. Beyond SITES, José and his colleagues at Andropogon have completed multiple LEED and Living Building Challenge projects and are advocating for robust, post-ocupation monitoring and adaptive management programs that are critical to making sure our designs perform as intended.


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Jason Curtis, ASLA, SITES AP

Andropogon Associates

Jason’s agricultural upbringing and direct experience with sustainable systems provides him with a unique perspective as a landscape architect. During his seventeen years in the profession, he has used his diverse background and interests to effectively address the intricacies of small residential projects as well as complex urban and institutional sites. Jason enjoys multidisciplinary collaboration in the design process and discovering how to accomplish more with less. He is an active participant in the development and implementation of several sustainable design rating systems, helping clients understand the value of an ecological landscape design approach.


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Scott Kelly, AIA, LEED AP

Re:Vision Architecture

Beginning his career with historic preservation and adaptive re-use projects, Scott became acutely interested in the design elements and construction methods that cause buildings to endure and be more sustainable. Since founding Re:Vision in 2002, Scott has led Re:Vision’s interdisciplinary team in designing or consulting on hundreds of innovative green projects, many of which are “firsts” of their kind. Scott is a champion of green building standards and verifications, including LEED, Living Building Challenge, SITES, Net-Zero Energy, and PassiveHouse. Scott’s engaging and collaborative approach has inspired numerous others to incorporate green thinking into their buildings and lifestyles..


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