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Thursday May 20, 2010, Dinner Speaker
Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

Friday, May 21, 2010, Lunch Speakers
Jill Lerner, FAIA Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC
Scott R. Ceasar, Senior Vice President /Director, Sustainable Design, Cosentini Associates

Friday, May 21, 2010, Dinner Speaker

William D. Browning, Partner, Terrapin /Bright Green, LLC

Monica Ponce de Leon

Monica Ponce de Leon is a Venezuela-born architect and founding principal with Nader Tehrani of Office dA, Inc. in Boston. Throughout her career, she has exhibited a strong commitment to teaching and practicing architecture concurrently. On September 1, 2008, she assumed the position of dean of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Ponce de Leon previously was a professor of architecture and the director of the Digital Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Prior to her appointment at Michigan, Ms. Ponce de Leon was Professor of Architecture, director of the digital lab, and acting architecture program director at Harvard. Alongside Tehrani, Ms. Ponce de Leon received both the Young Architects Award in 1997 and the Emerging Voices Award in 2003 from the Architectural League of New York. In 2002, she received an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Scott Ceasar

Scott R. Ceasar, PE is the Director of Sustainable Design and a Senior Vice President at Cosentini Associates, Consulting Engineers. His responsibilities include promoting sustainable design practices in the building industry and within the firm. Mr. Ceasar consults on many of Cosentini Associates’ projects to insure that sustainable design goals and energy efficiency targets are achieved. Mr. Ceasar is a LEED Accredited Professional and assists in the obtaining of LEED Certification for current projects. In addition, he has developed and supervises the advanced technology and analysis group at Cosentini. This group is responsible for researching and implementing new technologies and for performing high level computational analysis (CFD analysis, energy simulations and 3D modeling, including REVIT).
Mr. Ceasar has been involved in sustainable design projects since 1996 when he encouraged Cosentini Associates to join the U.S. Green Building Council.

Jill Lerner

Jill Lerner  is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in New York and has been a practicing architect for over 30 years. KPF is an internationally recognized design firm with projects throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S. and the Middle East. At KPF for almost 15 years, Jill has been a leader in diversifying KPF's body of work into new building types, particularly in academic and institutional design. Lerner has led numerous award-winning projects and competitions, and is responsible for all aspects of the project as the primary client contact — from initial programming and conceptual design through project completion. Although her experience includes a range of building types, her primary focus has been on complex institutional buildings for both private and public clients. Lerner is currently leading major academic and research projects at the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, UCLA, and for the City University of New York (CUNY) in Manhattan, as well as a new research institute and clinical expansion Methodist Hospital in Houston.

William D Browning

Bill Browning is a partner in Terrapin Bright Green and one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists, and an advocate for sustainable design solutions at all levels of business, government, and civil society. His expertise has been sought out by organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, non-profit organizations, the U.S. military, and foreign governments.

Bill was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors, and still serves on the USGBC’s Governance Board. Over the years Bill has served in a Board or advisory role to numerous other organizations, including: the Nature Conservancy, Greening America, the American Institute of Architects, the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, RealEnergy, the Roaring Fork Conservancy, and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Currently, he is a member of the Real Estate Council for The Trust for Public Land, the Interface “Green Dream Team,” the Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board, and is an editorial advisor for Environmental Building News, Environmental Design & Construction Magazine, and Green @ Work.


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