Eric Corey Freed
Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, 11-time author, global speaker and notorious comedian. As a trained facilitator, adjunct professor, and sought-out lecturer, Eric has educated more than 250,000 people across all 50 states and 7 countries on issues related to sustainability, high-performance building, and the built environment. His books and videos have been viewed by over 1 million people worldwide.
He is Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, an innovative architecture firm that designs high-performance spaces around the world. In that role, he identifies creative solutions to improve the quality of over 15 million square feet a year of all project types, including healthcare, education, and commercial spaces. For two decades, he was also Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. As a licensed architect, Eric brings over 25 years of experience in helping architects, builders and owners use sustainability to improve the design and operational savings for thousands of buildings around the country. Companies like Autodesk, Pixar, Apple and Lowe’s have hired Eric to help them incorporate deeper sustainability into their businesses.
Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", a bestseller with over 200,000 copies in print, and "Sustainable School Architecture." His how-to book, “Green$ense for your Home” won the 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Previously, he was Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone, and Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that developed the Living Building Challenge, a global, regenerative, deep green building standard.
Eric has served on the boards & advisory boards of dozens of companies and non-profits throughout his career focused on helping them get "unstuck" through strategy, planning, and implementation for next stage planning. His real skill lies in helping these organizations connect the dots and uncover new opportunities to raise funding, generate revenue, attract customers and streamline operations. He does this through the lens of sustainability: return on investment, lifecycle costing, carbon accounting, social equity, and supply chain optimization.
Eric is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine in 2008. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25 and the following year, Fixr’s Top 200 Influencers in the Construction Industry. He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.
Like many creative types, Gerry Jue’s wheels are constantly in motion. With architecture degrees from U.C. Berkeley and Harvard (Bachelor and Masters respectively), his project approach is methodical while his application of ideas is fluid and flexible.
Since co-founding BAMO in 1991, Gerry has designed urbane, quietly sophisticated properties worldwide. In addition to his hospitality and residential commissions, Gerry also leads the firm’s senior living practice and has designed a number of award-winning, luxury facilities in Japan… think 5-star living through your golden years. Gerry pays attention to all aspects of design from planning to detailing to artwork, often integrates custom furniture and lighting into his projects.
Gerry is a member of Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle and his work has been featured in Interior Design, Hospitality Design, and Town & Country. He is a licensed architect in CA and FL, a member of the AIA and serves on the Executive Cabinet of the Leaders of Design Council.
Gerry’s portfolio includes Four Seasons Resort Carmelo in Uruguay; Matsuri, a Japanese restaurant in Santiago, Chile; The Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto; and many senior living facilities in the Tokyo and Kansai areas of Japan. Gerry recently completed the design for the Capella all-suites resort hotel as well as the Four Seasons Residences on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently overseeing the design of the new Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Residences in Miami.
Kasper Guldager Jensen
Kasper Guldager Jensen is a senior partner with 3XN Architects based in Copenhagen. He is also founder and director of the Danish company GXN, (‘G’ is for ‘green’) which has led many innovations in ecological design research since 2007.
In the past decade, Kasper has become an international spokesperson for the shape of future architecture, focusing on the ‘circular economy’ and new materials. Kasper currently holds visiting professorships with the University of Calgary, Delft University of Technology, and Munich University with an educational focus on digital, circular and behavior design.
Kasper served as a ‘circularity expert’ for the City of Amsterdam in 2018, and chaired the Building and Construction section for the Danish Government’s industrial advisory board on circular economy in 2017.
Front Inc. | MIT School of Architecture + Planning, Cambridge
Marc Simmons is a founding principal at Front Inc. based in New York, Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, Cambridge and the past Ventulett Chair in Architectural Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Design, Atlanta.
Marc is a licensed architect in New York state and holds bachelor degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. With 25 years of experience, his specialist facade knowledge is built upon previous work at Foster + Partners, Meinhardt Facade Technology, and Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners. Marc is a recognized global leader in the design, analysis, procurement and implementation of innovative and high-performance building facades. Select examples of Front's work include: China Central Televison HQ by OMA, the Amazon Spheres by NBBJ, Grace Farms by SANAA, the Perez Art Museum by Herzog de Meuron, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Shenzhen Energy Building by BIG, Guardian Art Center by Buro Ole Scheeren, and the Perelman Center for the Performing Arts by REX.