Opportunities for Regenerative Design

Patti Reiter

Patricia Reiter
Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Global Futures Laboratory, ASU

Patricia is the Arizona State University director of strategic initiatives for the Global Futures Laboratory, and formerly the executive director of the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service. She is a social entrepreneur directing eight programs driving impact of sustainability initiatives by focusing the intellectual assets of the University on solving sustainability challenges, educating future leaders and engaging the public. She is dedicated to applying business methods to advance educational and cultural enterprises and has an uncommon level of creativity and design thinking used to bridge diverse perspectives and align financial, marketing and operational activities. Patricia holds a BFA and B.Arch from the University of Tennessee along with a MBA from the Simmons School of Business in Boston.


Jon Sargent

Jon Sargent
VP of Product, Solemma

Jon is an architectural designer and software developer based in Los Angeles. As VP of Product for Solemma, Jon creates tools that help architects and consultants evaluate the daylighting performance of their projects. His areas of focus include circadian lighting, daylight simulation workflows, and data visualization. Prior to working full time on simulation software, Jon worked as a designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York and San Francisco, where he applied data-driven methodologies to a number of award-winning international and supertall projects. Jon holds an M.Arch with distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


Anticipated change in how we deliver services

Parke MacDowell

Parke MacDowell, AIA
Project Architect | Fabrication Manager | Associate, Payette

The hands-on exploration of shapes, textures, materials, and details is a critical component of Parke’s design process – both for interrogating design problems and for communicating solutions. As Parke succinctly states: “Making clarifies ideas. Clear ideas expedite decisions. Decisions move projects forward.”

As an architect, Parke leverages his background in construction to inform design and project management. He is committed to embedding fabrication within architectural practice in order to maintain design intent, control risk, and add value. Parke uses models, prototypes, and full-scale mock-ups to help all parties understand the problem and have a voice in its resolution. This is an incredibly powerful way to facilitate decision-making.

With a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, Parke also worked as a CNC machinist, welder, and carpenter before joining NADAAA in 2011. Parke spearheaded NADAAA’s NADLAB, leading design-build projects in addition to more conventional architectural roles.
Parke joined Payette in 2015, bringing unique expertise in computational design and digital fabrication. He established Payette’s in-house design research facility, which uses conventional and digitally controlled tools for wood, composites, and metals to enhance design work. Perhaps most importantly, Parke has crafted both a Curriculum and a Culture that seed the requisite skill and aspiration to embed this approach within every project team.

As Project Architect for the recently completed Northeastern University Pedestrian Crossing, Parke championed the position that best-value for the Owner is supported by a clear and direct relationship between the Architect and the Builder. On this project, the transparent communication of priorities, constraints, and opportunities served all parties well.
With a special interest in the community-building potential of architecture, Parke leads numerous pro-bono and outreach initiatives, positioning Making as a powerful tool for outreach, community engagement, and building for the future.


Emerging Leaders Panel

Jason Richards

Jason Richards, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate, EskewDumezRipple

Jason Richards has been a critical member of many award-winning projects, including the widely-published Rosa Keller Library & Community Center, the New Orleans Ace Hotel, and its sister property Maison de la Luz Hotel. He is currently involved in several ongoing projects with the firm’s higher education clients including Tulane University, Cornell University, and Louisiana State University. As a Senior Associate and Team Leader, Jason is a talented, tireless architect who has achieved tremendous growth and advancement in a very short amount of time.

Jason’s attention to detail, strict management of deadlines and cost control, and his focus on design quality make him a valuable asset to our project teams and well appreciated by each of the Clients with whom he works.

Since the beginning of his career, Jason has been involved in community and professional organizations, including his local neighborhood association and serving the board of a neighborhood charter school in New Orleans. Professionally, Jason served as the President of AIA New Orleans in 2017 and maintains active membership in AIA, ULI and USGBC.


Ashley Richardson

Ashley Richardson, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, EYRC Architects

Ashley is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, has been a key member of EYRC's team for 6 years and is a seasoned project manager on large complex projects including the Pendry Hotel + Residences. Her ability to manage large teams to ensure seamless documentation and delivery, while building strong client relationships, has made her an indispensable part of the firm's leadership team. She was elevated to Principal in 2019. Ashley is the former AIALA Design Awards Committee Chair and is currently the Co-Vice Chair of the Women in Architecture Committee. In addition to her firm management responsibilities, Ashley is currently EYRC’s senior project manager working closely with design build team members Kitchell, HKS and SWA on the 2,000 bed Future College Living and Learning Neighborhood at UC San Diego.


Melissa Higgs

Melissa Higgs
Principal, HCMA Architecture+Design

Melissa is passionate about creating innovative public buildings where communities come together, and is a believer in the power of architecture and design as a catalyst for positive change in the world. She enjoys working closely with clients to find creative solutions to their unique design challenges. Her expertise in recreation facilities, arts and culture, and long-range vision plans are demonstrated by the success of the award-winning Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre, Clayton Community Centre, Granville Island 2040, and the Vancouver Aquatic Strategy.

Melissa plays a key role in managing and developing the cross-disciplinary aspects of HCMA, including communication design, sustainability, and community and stakeholder engagement to augment our architecture practice, enhancing our reach and impact. She believes that true collaboration and transdisciplinary design has the power to improve creative outcomes across all project types and scales.

Melissa is currently on the Board of Directors and member of the Policy Advisory Committee for the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), and a member of UBC’s Advisory Urban Design Panel (AUDP). She is a past member of AIBC’s Diverse Membership Group and the City of Surrey’s Advisory Design Panel. For the past two years, Melissa also teaches an architectural design studio at UBC.


Carbon as a design influencer

Gaurav Sant

Gaurav Sant, Ph.D.
Professor and Henry Samuel Fellow, UCLA

Gaurav is a Professor and a Henry Samueli Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he is also the Director of the Institute for Carbon Management. Gaurav’s research interests include chemical reactions at solid-liquid-vapor interfaces including dissolution, precipitation, and electrochemical corrosion with applications across industry sectors encompassing construction-, energy- and waste management. The objective: to develop pioneering market-focused technologies for carbon management. The outcomes of this work are described in > 120 refereed journal publications. Dr. Sant also leads Carbon Upcycling UCLA / CO2ConcreteTM: a venture based at UCLA that is a Finalist in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Competition, and was selected as a Global Top10 Innovation at The International Cool Earth Forum 2018.

Dr. Sant's research has been recognized by numerous awards including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, a Hellmann Fellowship, RILEM's Gustavo Collonnetti Medal, the American Concrete Institute's Walter P. Murphy Jr., and J.C Roumain Awards, and selection as one of UCLA's Optimists. Dr. Sant received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in 2006, 2007, and 2009, respectively. Gaurav is a voting member of ACI 231 and 236, and an associate member of ACI 212. He is also a voting member of committees ASTM C01 and C09 and a member of ASCE, ASTM, RILEM, the American Ceramic Society and the American Chemical Society.