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Bob Berkebile “Healthy Communities and the Dialogue that Builds Them”

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As part of the on-going exhibition "This Green Space" at the Lawrence Percolator, Bob Berkebile will give the keynote address to a day of facilitated dialogue about public spaces and creative placemaking. Bob Berkebile,FAIA Founding Principal of BNIM Architects Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. Highly regarded by fellow professionals and the recipient of numerous awards, Bob focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work. He is a founding principal of BNIM, which received the 2011 AIA Firm Award, and he brings over four decades of experience to the architectural profession. He is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system. Bob and his firm are setting new standards for regenerative design and resource efficiency at the building and community scales on a broad range of projects including: the Omega Institute for Sustainable Living, which is the world’s first LEED Platinum Living Building; the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, which will transform education and research by setting a new benchmark as the world’s most sustainable academic lab building; Eden Hall Campus of Chatham University that will become a model sustainable living and learning community for the region and beyond; and the Oberlin Green Arts District at Oberlin College, which will be a pilot for a partnership between the college and the City to create the first post-carbon economy in America. By combining his design and leadership skills, Bob has consistently created new approaches to holistic, integrated community building. He utilizes education, systems thinking, dialogue and collaborative design as tools to restore social, economic and environmental vitality.

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