Brief biographies of all the presenters

Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq.

Julia Donoho, AIA, Esq. is an award winning architect and attorney, with three decades of experience in architecture, including 14 years in residential design. Donoho served as the 2013-15 California member of the AIA National Board of Directors and Strategic Council, and led the effort to nominate Julia Morgan, FAIA, for the 2014 AIA Gold Medal. She also championed the nomination of Robert Venturi, FAIA, and Denise Scott Brown Hon. FAIA, for the 2016 Gold Medal, the highest honor of the Institute. Donoho is finishing a book on Julia Morgan’s education, early career and innovations, to be published in 2017.

Anni Tilt, AIA & David Arkin, AIA, LEED AP

Arkin Tilt Architects, founded by principals David Arkin and Anni Tilt in 1997, is an ecological planning and design firm in Berkeley, CA. Winner of the Acterra Business Award for the Sustainable Built Environment in 2002 and 2016, the 2011 Cool California Small Business Award, and numerous design awards, their work has been published nationally and internationally for excellence in design and sustainability. The firm has a particular focus on “alternative” construction methods, such as straw bale and earth. Both principals lecture on the subject of sustainable design and have been on the boards of the Ecological Building Network and Architects Designers Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR). They are among the founding members of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA); David is the current director.

Paul Adamson, FAIA, LEED AP

Paul Adamson, FAIA, is a San Francisco-based architect, writer and preservation advocate. He has contributed to numerous journals and periodicals, focusing on mid-century modernism and is the author of the book, Eichler: Modernism Builds the American Dream, which chronicles the accomplishments of developer Joseph Eichler. He is currently working on a book on the career of the Bay Area architect Gardner Dailey.

Amy Alper, AIA

Amy A. Alper’s practice, established in 2005, focuses on contemporary custom residential projects in northern California. Amy received her degrees from the University of Michigan and UCLA and went on to work with Richard Meier and Partners, Franklin D. Israel, William Rawn Associates and Backen, Gillam & Kroeger before starting her own practice. Recognition for her work, with a team or as an individual, include the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation’s Honor Award, the AIA’s Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and NREL’s (National Renewable Energy Lab) Honor Award in for the Photovoltaics in Buildings Competition. Amy’s work has been published regionally and nationally, and her academic work includes teaching assistant to Richard Meier at UCLA and visiting critic at the graduate architecture programs of UCLA, USC and CCAC. Amy has previously served on the Board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, is currently on the Board of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation and is active in the Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA.

Phillip Ennis

Interiors, location portraiture, architecture, and landscape photography are the life's work of master photographer Phillip Ennis. He has recently expanded his passion for story-telling to include photography for non-profit organizations in Nicaragua & Kenya. Corporate promo videos and music videos have also become a continuing part of that process. An expert on the technical and artistic aspects of lighting and mood, Mr. Ennis' work ranges from serious corporate and high-energy high-tech to the romantic and opulent. Mr. Ennis' photography is much in demand by a variety of clients both large and small. Including Fortune 500 corporations, Relais & Chateaux hotels, cruise ship companies, manufacturers of high-tech audio-visual equipment, furniture, lighting, and home furnishings accessories. He works closely with interior design & architectural firms in creating & implementing their marketing & corporate identities. He is based in New York and has traveled the globe on assignment.

Loraine Fowlow

Loraine Fowlow is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Program at the University of Calgary, and is an architectural educator and writer. Her co-authored book, the revised second edition of Wine By Design, was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010. The Chinese edition was published by Gao Deng Liao Yu Chu Ban She in 2007. Other writing has been published in Tourism Revisited, Canadian Architect, Architectural Design, the Design Journal, and, The Canadian Encyclopedia. Her biographical entry was published in the 2010, 100th Anniversary edition of Canadian Who's Who, published by the University of Toronto Press. She is also on the Editorial Board of the University of Calgary Press.

Obie G. Bowman, FAIA

I was born in Santa Monica and grew up in the San Fernando Valley where, as a boy, I was traumatized by the paving of the Los Angeles River. This eventually played a part in my career decision to establish a small studio in a natural setting where I could focus on creating a limited number of thoughtfully designed projects rather than contend with the high volume required to sustain a larger office. I began on the Sonoma/ Mendocino coast in 1971 and relocated to Dry Creek Valley near Healdsburg in 1993. My work is often recognized as insightful, exemplary, and respectful of the surrounding environment.

Michael Anschel

Metro magazine named Michael Anschel “Reason #26” in their top 100 reasons to love the Twin cities. MN Business called him “One of the nation’s most outspoken green building advocates”. As Principal of Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build, he has led the firm to nearly 100 regional and national awards. As CEO of Verified Green, Inc. he writes, trains, and speaks for various publications around the nation on Green Building. As Co-Founder of WinterCAMP, he helps other entrepreneurs and market leaders find balance in their lives while careening down snow covered mountains. Born in MN, he attended Capital Normal University (Beijing), and the U of M. Studying Chinese and Ceramic Sculpture. He successfully merged a passion for art, science, and business into three profitable enterprises. He straddles the building, design, and green worlds by engineering beauty and profitability into sustainability.

Nicole J. Lemieux

Founded in 1999 by Nicole J. Lemieux, PeopleGro, LLC partners with clients to increase profitability and support human satisfaction and joy in the workplace. PeopleGro is an organizational development consulting firm with the unique ability to draw upon real world experience combined with practical application of research and theory. We collaboratively engage with our clients to facilitate Culture Change, Values Exploration, Executive Coaching, Executive Team Commitment, Strategic Employee Development and Engagement, Process Improvement and organizational capacity building. The result? Decreased friction and increased profitability. Nicole and her team have creatively worked with public sector, private sector and higher education clients resulting in significant positive shifts in achieving their goals. Nicole is an Economics graduate of Wayne State University and holds an Organizational Engineer III certification through the Organizational Engineering Institute. She is a committed life long learner and loves to share that passion with others.

Carl Seville

Carl Seville is a consultant, educator, and speaker on sustainability for the residential construction industry. His firm, SK Collaborative consults on and provides green certification for single and multifamily buildings. Previously he owned and operated SawHorse, Inc, one of the largest design/build renovation firms in Atlanta for over 25 years. At SawHorse, he was instrumental in the development of the EarthCraft House renovation program and personally supervised the pilot projects. He has won more than 100 industry awards and held numerous leadership positions in the building and remodeling industries including the board of the Atlanta branch of the USGBC. In addition to his duties at SK Collaborative, he blogs as the Green Curmudgeon at GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, and serves as half of the Green Police in Hanley Wood's video product reviews. He is the co-author of the Green Building, Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, the first college textbook on green building, and the LEED for Homes Version 4 Reference Guide. Carl is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design where he studied architecture, fine arts, and design.

Steve Byers

I get up every day excited to come to work and lead the incredible staff of professionals at EnergyLogic. I am truly a lucky person to have this job and be one of the leaders of this organization. EnergyLogic is based in Colorado and serves a wide variety of clients in the residential energy efficiency and sustainability spaces. In short, we help make homes better. I found my path in energy and sustainability and spent several wonderful years at Southface Energy institute in Atlanta before striking out on my own in Colorado. I’ve been blessed along the way to have learned a tremendous amount from a wide variety of people and thus far none of my mistakes has sunk either myself or the company. In fact, EnergyLogic is a leader in our industry, an innovator and we pride ourselves on doing things the right way.

John DeFazio, AIA 

John DeFazio, AIA, is an architect, planner, writer, critic and adjunct professor at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. He has been in private architectural practice since 1986. Before having his own practice he was an architect/designer with Ueland and Junker Architects, C2H2A Architecture, and Venturi Scott Brown Associates of Philadelphia. His work ranges from affordable housing, to luxury homes, to civic, retail and commercial and religious buildings, to mixed use and urban planning. In addition to his own practice he has collaborated with Levi Sanchick Architects, Narofsky Architects and PATH Architecture, on several award winning projects and competitions. As a planner he has led several urban design charrettes in Long Island, New Jersey and Delaware. He is the planner and architect for several projects in the New York/New Jersey Region, and is currently working on a 130 acre sustainable mixed-use urban development in Islip, New York.

Mark LePage, AIA 

Mark R. LePage is the Partner in Charge of Operations at Fivecat Studio Architecture, a leading residential architecture firm located in Westchester County, New York. Mark and his wife, architect Annmarie McCarthy, launched Fivecat Studio in 1999 at the age of 29 with no money and no clients. Together they have grown the regional firm to a staff of six, managing projects worth more than $10 million. Mark is the founder of Entrepreneur Architect, this online education resource inspiring architects to build better businesses. He launched the blog in 2007 as a personal project to document ideas for business success. In 2012, Mark relaunched Entrepreneur Architect at EntreArchitect.com and introduced the The Entrepreneur Architect Podcast. Working to become an influential force in the profession, Mark’s mission is to teach sole proprietors, small firm architects and students the importance of business success in the profession of architecture.

Marica McKeel, AIA 

Marica McKeel is an architect, designer, foodie, and entrepreneur. She is the proud founder of Studio MM, which focuses on her passion for contemporary residential design. Studio MM concentrates on contemporary residential design and strives to design each project with a personalized approach. Projects include new homes, renovations and furniture design in New York, Florida and South Carolina. Marica finds inspiration by surrounding herself with creative people, collaborating with her clients, and forging strong working relationships with her contractors. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, and having a glass of wine by a cozy fire. Born and raised in Florida, Marica now calls NYC her permanent home.

Gregory Mottola, FAIA 

Gregory R. Mottola is a Principal in Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s San Francisco office. As lead designer for a diverse group of award-winning commercial, workplace, hospitality, academic, and civic buildings, he possesses a deep understanding of how buildings can shape and transform their environment. In addition, Greg leads the design for a variety of extraordinary private residences— ranging from modest remodels in Northern California; to custom homes in established urban neighborhoods and suburban communities; to mountain retreats on remote sites in Utah and Lake Tahoe. He is keenly interested in the tectonics of building and how Modernism is shaped by the specific circumstances of place to create memorable, emotionally powerful architecture. Greg holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and his projects have been published in numerous books and periodicals. He has chaired and participated in design awards juries across the country, and regularly lectures on the topics of humane modernism, craft, and detail, and how these themes influence the work of the firm.

James Zack, AIA 

Jim Zack is the founding principal of both Zack/de Vito Architecture and BuiltForm Construction. His partner and wife is Lise de Vito. Prior to starting his own business Jim worked for a number of well-known architects in the Bay area and Japan. His professional experience covers a diverse range of project types and sizes, with an emphasis on modern residences and restaurants. Prior to studying architecture Jim was a journeyman carpenter and contractor in his home-town of Carmel. Jim continues his involvement in construction, working on Design/Build/ Development projects and select Design/Build projects for clients. This hands on experience is evident in much of the work of the firm, with creative detailing and innovative, informed use of materials and construction techniques. The work of the firm is widely published and has received numerous local, regional and national design awards. A number of his furniture pieces are in the San Francisco MOMA permanent collection. Jim received both a Bachelors and Masters degree in architecture from UC Berkeley. When he is not working, drawing or building, he hangs out with his wife and kids, travels, and can occasionally be found racing his motorcycles or riding bicycles.

Jeremiah Eck, FAIA 

Jeremiah Eck is the founding partner of Eck|MacNeely Architects, a Boston based firm that over the past 35 years has completed a wide range of residential and academic projects. The work includes houses in 14 States. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, author, landscape painter, and former lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he continues to offer professional seminars. He has written for a wide range of publications including three books “The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design,” and “The Face of Home: A New Way to Look at the Outside of Your Home,” by Taunton Press (2003, 2006). His third book, “House in the Landscape: Siting Your Home Naturally,” by Princeton Architectural Press was published in 2010. In 2012, he was made an Exhibiting Member of the Providence Art Club, the second oldest art club in the United States.

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