Green Design Event - Sustainable Design Careers Panel - 22 Feb 2012

Join Green Design and Career Services for a great event next Wednesday evening, February 22nd.

Hear from five accomplished panelists in different sustainable design disciplines about their own career paths. Learn from their experiences and get ideas on how to build your own career in sustainability. Then stay for a networking session with hors d'oeuvors.

Attendees are encouraged to email questions for the panelists in advance to Dan or Elliot.

Bios of Panelists

Barbra Batshalom
Executive Director, Green Roundtable

Barbra Batshalom is the founder and Executive Director of The Green Roundtable. GRT is an independent “not-just-for-profit” organization whose mission is to transform the paradigm of the built environment so that natural systems and human systems thrive in synergy. 

Under her direction, GRT organizes and facilitates a forum for proactive dialogue among diverse professions and provides resources and expertise to the development, design and construction community. GRT is also active with legislative and policy initiatives so that eventually, sustainable strategies become "business as usual". Barbra is an educator, design and policy consultant and works with a wide range of governmental, institutional and private sector clients.

Barbra provides the vision and direction for GRT’s programs to transform the market from products to practice and policy to planning. Barbra created and launched the first industry wide Sustainable Performance Institute Certification for design and construction companies. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and seventeen years in architecture and consulting, Barbra brings a variety of skills to all of her work and unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work, to ultimately optimize building system integration, enhance quality and performance of projects.

Philippe Généreux
Architect + Sustainability Coordinator, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates

Philippe Généreux brings 17 years of experience in architecture and interior design, having worked at distinguished design firms in both Montréal and Boston. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2003, Mr. Généreux has been a member of the Boston Society of Architects’ Committee on the Environment for the last twelve years and his now co-chair of the committee. His passion for environmentally-friendly design is reflected through his dedication to the mission of SMMA’s Sustainable Design Committee. Mr. Généreux has implemented BIM software through all phases of design and construction for documenting several of the firm’s LEED and MACHPS projects.

* University of Montreal, Bachelor of Architecture
* CÉGEP du Vieux-Montréal, Technical Degree in Architecture

* Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island, Providence, RI, 360,000sf 13-story new corporate headquarters, LEED NC Gold, Energy Star Certification
* Ft Devens, Armed Forces Reserve Center, design build for new 273,000sf, 6-building campus
* Quincy, MA, New Comprehensive High School with Science and Technology Academy (320,000sf), 1500 Students, Grades 9-12
* Springfield College, Springfield, MA, Campus Union
* Wellesley High School, Wellesley, MA, New High School (220,000 sf), 1400 Students, MACHPS
* Bedford, MA, Hanscom Air Force Base, Full Design Services for New Acquisition Management Facility (40,000 sq. ft.)
* Andover Elementary School, Andover MA, 101,000 sf, LEED for School Silver predicted.

Erin Kelly  MLA ‘11
Detroit Revitalization Fellow, NextEnergy

Erin is a landscape architect and designer who was born in Oregon, raised in Texas, and educated on both of the coasts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in community development and propaganda from the Evergreen State College in 2002 and a Master Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2011. Erin comes from a lineage of woodworkers and believes that transforming space with materials is a privilege.

As a Detroit Revitalization Fellow with NextEnergy, Erin is working to grow southeast Michigan’s regional waste economy. The majority of her time is spent accelerating the City of Detroit’s capacity to remove formerly residential structures, while enhancing local opportunities to diversify this process as it unfolds in the private and non-profit sectors. In addition to her work with Detroit’s urban wood waste stream at NextEnergy, she is presently leading the development of a proposal for Detroit’s first geothermal energy district project.

Irina Mladenova  MUP ‘10
Vice President of Research + Consulting, Sustainability Roundtable

Irina Mladenova brings an interdisciplinary urban planning and development perspective. She completed an A.B. in Urban Studies at Harvard College and a Master in Urban Planning with concentration in Sustainable Design and Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Currently Irina serves as a Vice President of Research and Consulting at Sustainability Roundtable Inc. (SR Inc), a private, mission driven, research and consulting company based in Cambridge, MA. 

Irina helps global leading companies such as AAA, Adobe, Autodesk, BNY Mellon, Brandywine Realty Trust, Brookfield Properties, Capital One, Cisco, Equity Office Properties, IBM, ING Clarion, Intuit, J.P. Morgan, Oracle, SAP, Symantec, US GSA, among others to accelerate the development and adoption of management best practices in more sustainable business and higher performance global corporate real estate portfolios. She leads the development of shared-cost member-directed research methodology, decision frameworks, best practice case study format, tools, templates, checklists. Key areas of research and consulting include portfolio-wide sustainability strategy, advanced energy management systems (AEMS), enterprise energy and carbon accounting (EECA), green leasing,  alternative workplace strategies (AWS), innovating financing for energy efficiency,  renewable energy, water efficiency, etc.

Prior to joining SR Inc, Irina was a core member of the Harvard Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure as well as an intern at the New York City Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. Irina has extensive research experience on both local and international level. Her field work and research include China, India, Argentina, Singapore, Austria, Bulgaria, Senegal, and US.

Robert Osten, Jr.
Principal, Lam Architects

In his 26 years of lighting design experience, Bob has consulted on numerous large-scale projects totalling several billion dollars in construction cost, and is the author of several articles and technical papers. He has a particular interest in architectural daylighting and in emerging design tool technology, and is the primary developer of Lam's "Sunscan" daylight model testing software. In 2008, he co-presented a half-day daylighting workshop at the AIA National Convention.

* MIT, Master of Architecture, 1977
* Harvard College, Bachelor of Arts, 1970

* IESNA New England Section Illumination Design Award, 2007 – MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences Center, Cambridge, MA
* IESNA-IIDA Award of Merit, 2006 – Purdue University Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, West Lafayette, IN
* IALD Award of Merit, 2001 – University of Pennsylvania Module VII Chiller Plant, Philadelphia, PA