May
2007

GBBN & AIA Ohio Connect For National Perspectives On Sustainable Design

AIA Ohio celebrates the American Institute of Architect's 150th anniversary by introducing new perspectives in sustainable design practices in an initiative known as Ohio's 2020 Vision. Last month, AIA Ohio continued to raise awareness for sustainable design by bringing a national speaker to a three-city lecture tour and hosting a luncheon with representatives and senators in the state capital.

Ohio's 2020 Vision is part of the national initiative called AIA 150 - a Blueprint for America in which architects, using their unique skills in a cooperative manner, can make a lasting difference for their communities. Ohio architects continue to promote the advantages of sustainable design practices, and GBBN Architects has been asked to lead this effort statewide. Alan J. Warner, AIA, chair of AIA Ohio's Committee on the Environment and Bob Knight, AIA, AIA Ohio's 150 Champion, both of GBBN worked with Kate Brunswick, AIA  Ohio Director of Member Services to arrange the lecture tour and Legislative Day at the state capital. 

The speaker, Mr. Sym Van der Ryn was brought to Ohio as part of three-city lecture series that included stops in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Over 300 elected officials, educators, students, and architects were in attendance statewide, and were also on hand for the final presentation which culminated at the state capital. Mr. Van der Ryn is a highly regarded author, educator, and architect; and is the former California State Architect who introduced the nation's first sustainable architecture over 30 years ago. "It is very exciting to help bring his perspective to our state, his experience, and perspective helps add momentum and fresh ideas to our progress."  said Knight.

It seems that Ohio has something to offer the national perspective as well, Van der Ryn addressed the audience, "I've been around the country regarding the 150 program, but this Ohio Chapter really seems to be on the case."