Get to know more about the stars of the 2016 Symposium.
Bill Browning is one of the green building and real estate industry’s foremost thinkers and strategists. Early in his career, Bill helped build Buckminster Fuller’s last experimental structure. In 1991, he founded Green Development Services at the Rocky Mountain Institute, an entrepreneurial non-profit. Beginning in 2004, Bill was the Director of Design and Environment for Haymount, a New Urbanist community in Virginia. In 2005, he co-founded Browning+Bannon LLC, an independent real estate and consulting firm focused on environmentally responsive development.
Bill writes and lectures widely. He is a co-author of Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate; A Primer on Sustainable Building; Greening the Building and the Bottom Line; and Biophilic Design; The Economics of Biophilia and Midcentury (un)Modern. He has published articles in Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Urban Land, and AIA’s Environmental Resource Guide. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and he has been interviewed by NPR, CNN, and PBS.
Bill received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from University of Colorado, specializing in energy-conscious architecture and resource management. He holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from MIT, where he was awarded the MIT Center for Real Estate’s 1991 Public-Sector Fellowship, and, in 1995, the Charles H. Spaulding Award. In 1998 Bill was named one of five people “Making a Difference” by Buildings magazine. In 2001, he was selected as an honorary member of the AIA, and in 2004 he was honored with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership Award.
In 2006, Bill founded Terrapin with longtime partners Bob Fox, Rick Cook and Chris Garvin to craft environmental strategies for corporations, governments, and real estate developments.
“We want to design and provide places that increase daily contact with nature for the people who live or work there.”
Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and various scientific fields. She has investigated scientific rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Cajal Institute in Madrid, utilizing these significant scientific collections in the creation of her work.
Kamen received an MA in art education from the University of Illinois, and an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally, including in China, Hong Kong, Chile, Korea, Egypt, and Spain. She was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, two Strauss Fellowships, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Recently, as an artist in residence at National Institutes of Health, Kamen has transformed neuroscience research into sculptural form. In 2015, she was a fellow at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria, presenting a lecture on “The Neuroscience of Art.”
Currently, as professor emeritus of art at Northern Virginia Community College, Kamen continues to investigate how creativity can be used to enhance innovation and our understanding of science.
“Art and science share much in common. Both fields engage in creative problem solving, discover truths related to the notion of aesthetics and beauty, and utilize visualization to make the invisible, visible.”
Haresh Lalvani, Ph.D., sculptor, architect, morphologist, visual mathematician, inventor, and a professor at Pratt Institute, has been working for over 30 years to “decode the morphological genome” – essentially, identifying the principles underlying natural and man made forms. While most of us live in three dimensions, Lalvani lives in a genomic world of several hundred dimensions or more and has dedicated himself to sequencing the morphological genome. In sequencing the morphological genome and sculpting works derived from such principles, Lalvani stands at the dawn of genomic art, as Alberti did at the dawn of perspective painting and Picasso at the dawn of Cubism.
Lalvani’s principal concern is with the relationship between genetic codes and sculptural creation, and more specifically, between “genomics”–sculpture derived from formal rules, and “epigenomics”–works created through external agents like forces, respectively. Intrinsic to Lalvani’s creative process is the balance between two dimensional and three dimensional concepts.
“Every piece is an experiment, and teaches us something about the fundamental nature of form, space, material and process. In nature these are one. We are heading in this direction, one small step at a time.”
President and Chief Technology Officer
Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
President, The Beyond Benign Foundation
John Warner, Ph.D., is a leader in the field of Green Chemistry and in 2007 founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, LLC (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). His recent work in the fields of semiconductor design, biodegradable plastics, personal care products, solar energy and polymeric photoresists are examples of how green chemistry principles can be immediately incorporated into commercially relevant applications.
Warner has published over 200 patents, papers and books and co-authored the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. He was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries and in 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader. John received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University.