Buildings Can Save the Planet

with Mark Loeffler and experts in architecture and sustainability

The audacious idea that buildings can save the planet is fundamentally optimistic and absolutely necessary. This is a gathering of locally based and nationally prominent experts who are at the forefront of advanced building theory, science, planning, design, and construction.

This interactive conversation will explore the future for regenerative, climate-positive buildings that go beyond sustainability to actually sustaining and healing the environment.


MARK LOEFFLER is the director of the New Haven office of Atelier Ten, an international environmental design consulting firm. He has been an influential environmental and lighting design consultant for more than 25 years. Full bio


MICHELLE ADDINGTON is the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University School of Architecture, co-author of Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions and author of recently published Emerging Technologies. Full bio

HOWARD BROWN is the co-founder of dMASS and co-author of Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Leader Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation & Competition. Full bio

VIRGINIA (GINGER) CHAPMAN, Director of Sustainability, Yale University Full bio

AL GOGOLIN, PE, LEED AP is a senior vice president for Skanska USA (construction manager for the Living Building Challenge certified Bullitt Center in Portland, OR among many other notable green buildings) and he heads the firm’s New Haven office. Full bio

ANTHONY (TONY) MARKESE, AIA, RIBA, LEED AP is a principal at Pickard Chilton, designer of many significant buildings around the world, and part of the team that recently published The Office Building of the Future. Full bio

AARON SMITH, LEED AP BD+C is Assa Abloy’s Director of Sustainable Building Solutions and chairs New Haven’s Living Building Challenge Collaborative. Full bio

Impossible Ideas

This panel is part of IMPOSSIBLE IDEAS, a series of conversations and connections with the innovators among us that imagine the future while celebrating past achievements, including talks, tours, and activities.

After the Talk

Join the Connecticut Collaborative following the talk for lunch, networking, and a brief overview of the Living Building Challenge. More information (pdf)

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