SPEAKER BIOS

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“Designing With Nature”- with special guest, Cornelia Oberlander

KEN LARSSON, BCSLA, CSLA, ASLA
Principal
Connect Landscape Architecture

Ken is a Landscape Architect bringing 27 years of award winning design excellence and leadership to the planning and management of civic and regenerative landscapes.  Ken’s interest is in placemaking, creating a vibrant public realm experience, connecting building to site, and finding the balance between ecology and aesthetics.  Ken’s portfolio includes master plans, civic spaces, regenerative places, high performance buildings, and green infrastructure.

 

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“Designing With Nature” – Guest Speaker

CORNELIA HAHN OBERLANDER, OC, FASLA, FCSLA, LMBCSLA
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Landscape Architecture

Cornelia has been involved in the creation of innovative landscapes for over sixty years and includes collaboration with internationally acclaimed architects such as the late Arthur Erickson, Moshe Safdie, and Renzo Piano. A master at weaving the creativity art with the diligence of science, her landscape design concepts stem from a careful examination of the social, cultural and physical features of a given site. In June 2011 Cornelia was presented the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award, which is the highest recognition for lifetime achievement in the profession of landscape architecture.

 

Kaitlyn Gillis

“Biophilic Design”

KAITLYN GILLIS, BEng., MSc(Arch), MSc(Env Psyc), LEED AP
Project Manager
Light House Sustainable Building Centre
Kaitlyn brings a personal passion for health, wellness and sustainability in the built environment, specifically around the intersection of technological, business, and human factors. Through her work and academic pursuits she strives to advance current practices to the next level through the application of sustainable engineering, biophilic design and environmental psychology approaches. Kaitlyn has worked and studied throughout Canada and the United Kingdom and is a member of the Canada Green Building Council’s WELL Task Force.

 

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“Urban Green Space and Mental Health”

EMILY RUGEL, PhD Candidate, BA, MPH
School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine,
University of British Columbia
Emily’s research broadly explores the association between health and place. Her specific interests include the impact of natural spaces on mental health and disparities in access to health-promoting urban resources. To advance these efforts, she harnesses the power of geographic information systems (GIS) and interdisciplinary partnerships alongside more traditional tools. Before joining the University of British Columbia’s interdisciplinary Bridge Program, Emily worked at the National Institutes of Health in a variety of research and research administration positions. She holds a Master of Public Health from Portland State University and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University, but firmly believes in the acquisition of knowledge through chance encounters as well as classroom instruction.

 

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“Biomimicry and the Genius of Place”

MONA LEMOINE, M.ARCH  LEED AP BD + C
Project Manager
McLennan Design
Mona has played a substantial role in creating a positive impact in the world.  After a well-rounded experience in professional practice as an architect, she became a founding Director of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and served as Executive Director of Cascadia. She was also Vice-President Education + Events for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). Her 16 years of practice and advocacy brings unique insight and abilities to McLennan Design where she is now a Project Manager. Mona has a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture. She is based in Vancouver, loves to travel and has had the opportunity to live, work and study in Venezuela, Japan and Chile. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish and is hanging on to what she now refers to as survival Japanese!

 

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“Beyond Structure: Wood and Health”

DR. DAVID FELL
Research Leader
FPInnovations
David is a research leader at FPInnovations in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He has worked as a researcher in the field of building products for close to 20 years.  David and his team track construction trends in the US, Canada, Japan, and other markets.  In addition, they play a role in identifying market opportunities for innovations in wood construction.  In recent years he has focused on the visual applications of wood inside and outside of buildings, which led to the study of the health effects of wood and other natural materials in the built environment.  David completed his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in the field of environmental psychology. He also has a Master’s degree in Wood Science from Oregon State University and a Business degree from the University of Alberta.   Recent presentations have been made to the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), International Living Future Institute, Greenbuild, and the Modular Building Institute.