Administrators hear their design staff talk about sustainable design on a regular basis, but few administrators have been given the training and knowledge necessary to support their staff members in achieving optimum results. Despite the efforts of the architectural and design community to reduce carbon emissions from new and renovated buildings, the profession is far behind the pace of improvement needed to forestall dire climate impacts. Every member of a design firm needs to contribute to improved and more rapid success, including administrators. This presentation is designed to equip administrators with the knowledge to engage designers in meaningful dialog and to contribute to the creation of a carbon neutral built environment in the not too distant future
About the Presenter:
Paul C. Hutton, FAIA, LEED BD+C is the Chief Sustainability Officer for Cuningham Group Architecture, an architecture/interiors/planning/landscape design firm with eight offices in three countries. Paul is responsible for training and education in sustainable design measures and monitors the firms progress toward net zero energy building, the WELL building rating system, and Resiliency.
Paul has been a leader in several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2030 Challenge. He was moderator for the 2030 Challenge Professional Series in Denver from 2011 to 2013, and has assisted 2030 in its efforts to bring about the China Accord. Paul administered the High Performance Building Program for the Colorado Energy Office for several years. In this capacity he trained hundreds of architects, contractors, and building owners, and his tireless efforts saved taxpayers more than $75,000,000 in reduced utility bills for public buildings.
Paul has specialized in sustainable and resilient design since the early 1980’s. Paul received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University and his Master of Architecture and Master of Planning from the University of Virginia. Paul was a faculty member of the University of Colorado, Graduate School of Architecture, from 1997-2013. Paul has been an active proponent of the Solar Decathlon program, and is the only architect to serve as a juror for both the American (Washington D.C., 2011) and Chinese Solar Decathlons (Datong, 2013). He lives on a sustainable ranch south of Denver with his wife, dog, and free-range chickens.