Speakers

We are excited to be offering both live keynote presentations and on-demand presentations in a virtual platform for Banff Session 2021. Various registration packages  are available to help you make the most of this online experience. 

Audun Opdal

3XN Architects

Audun Opdal joined 3XN in 2008, hereafter becoming Senior Partner in 2018. Over the years, Audun Opdal has become an integral part of 3XN’s competition department and contributes to the design development, detailed functionality, flow, conceptual analysis and presentation of 3XN's large-scale projects in Scandinavia and abroad. 

Through his projects, Audun Opdal has gained international recognition and solid experience in designing complex projects targeting ambitious sustainability goals. His ability to deliver complex and resilient projects on a global scale enables him to work cross-culturally, with an understanding and appreciation for place-bound projects that fit into their social and climatic environment. 

With his breadth of experience, Audun Opdal is currently leading the design for the world’s largest fish market; Sydney Fish Market and the Quay Quarter Tower (under construction) in Sydney - both targeting Australia’s highest sustainability standard. Among Audun Opdal’s ongoing projects also include: T3 Bayside in Toronto, North Americas tallest timber building, as well as 2 Finsbury Avenue at Broadgate in central London, a new 36-storey development targeting Net Zero Carbon in construction and operations setting new standards to high-rise embodied carbon and carbon transparency

Eric Corey Freed

Morrison Hershfield

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.

Gerry Jue

BAMO

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.

Alfred Waugh

Formline Architecture

Alfred is one of the few status First Nations Architects in Canada. He was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with honours from UBC School of Architecture in 1993 and become LEED certified and a registered architect. Prior to his architecture degree Alfred acquired a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Urban and Regional Analysis at the University of Lethbridge in 1989. 

His firm, Formline Architecture, has developed a reputation for finely crafted cultural and sustainable buildings including the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and the First Peoples House at the University of Victoria.

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