I am happy to announce our three keynote speakers for Environmental Awareness Week 2015. With this year’s theme of “High Performance. Positive Impact,” our speakers will present inspirational solutions for high performance design at the building, city, and regional level. We hope you will join us in October!

What is Environmental Awareness Week? It is CannonDesign’s week-long event to immerse our staff, clients and the building industry in a week-long conversation about sustainable ideas that have a meaningful impact on our daily lives. Learn more by visiting the EAW website for sponsor information, previous speakers and local office participation.

L_Brown1LANCE JAY BROWN | Principal, Lance Jay Brown Architecture + Urban Design | Professor, Spitzer School of Architecture

Tuesday, October 27
CannonDesign host office: New York City

Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA, is the principal of Lance Jay Brown Architecture + Urban Design in New York City, fellow of the Institute for Urban Design, ACSA Distinguished Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture, CCNY, and served as 2014 President of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. Publications include:  Learning from Lower Manhattan (2004), Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People (2009), Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (2012) and The Legacy Project: New Housing New York: Best Practices in Affordable, Sustainable, Replicable Housing Design…Via Verde (2014) and his most recent co-authored edition, Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable Equitable, and Resilient Cities (Wiley 2014).

He is a recipient of the prestigious AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education and more recently local and national awards for his Post-Sandy work He has served as director of the School of Architecture at CCNY, director of the City College Architectural Center, and assistant director for programs at the National Endowment for the Arts. Brown teaches, lectures, and consults nationally and internationally.

Vivian+LoftnessVIVIAN LOFTNESS | Professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

Wednesday, October 28
CannonDesign host office: Pittsburgh

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. Vivian is recipient of the National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students and the Sacred Tree Award from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Michael Harcourt | Former Premier of British Columbia

Thursday, October 29
CannonDesign host office: Vancouver

Mike Harcourt served as Premier of British Columbia from 1991-1996 and was mayor of Vancouver prior to that. During his term, Harcourt helped the province earn its reputation as one of the most livable places in the world, and he speaks from experience on the importance of creating vibrant, sustainable cities and communities.

After stepping down from politics, Harcourt was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy. There, he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was also a federally appointed BC Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities, mandated to examine the future of Canada’s cities and communities.

Harcourt is currently chair of the Advisory Board for the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability.   In addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow, he chairs the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel and is the lead faculty in The United Way’s Public Policy Institute. In 2014, became a member of Canada’s ECOFISCAL Commission, and AGE-WELL Board chair, for the national research and training network of university, industry and public sector partners aimed at helping older Canadians to maintain their independence, health and quality of life.

Harcourt’s exemplary career as Lawyer, Community Activist, and Politician has been honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, Canadian Urban institute’s Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award, and Order of Canada.

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