Author Talk: Russell Fortmeyer

Date: July 10, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Host: Urban Green Council

Type: Lecture/Presentation


Facades emerged as a concern for building performance in the 1800s, and architects have addressed the issue with a variety of solutions. In their study of active envelopes, authors Russell Fortmeyer and Charles Linn explore 27 buildings from around the globe, each with unique architectural features, but chosen by the same criteria – envelopes that respond dynamically to the climate and transfer energy toward productive ends.

In his presentation, Russell Fortmeyer, will put the development of glass skins and dynamic facades in historical context. He will also explore several of the exemplar projects analyzed in Kinetic Architecture, including the towers of Aedas’s Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters, with their shading screens inspired by traditional Arabic architecture, as well as experimental projects exploring new technologies, like Doris Sung’s Bloom, an operable canopy temporarily installed in the courtyard of a Los Angeles gallery.

6:00 – 6:30pm  Registration and Reception
6:30 – 8:00pm  Presentation and Discussion



Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Associate, Arup

Russell leads sustainable design for Arup’s Los Angeles office. His key projects include the Seattle Public Library with OMA, 8 Chifley Square in Sydney with Rogers Stirk Harbour, and the Ronald Reagan Medical Center with Perkins+Will and Pei Partnership. He writes regularly for design publications, including Architectural Record, Architect’s Newspaper, and Contract.


Joann Gonchar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Editor, Architectural Record

Joann is a senior editor at Architectural Record. She joined Record in 2006, after working for eight years as an editor at its sister publication, Engineering News-Record. Prior to this, Joann worked for several architecture firms including Team Zoo/Atelier Iruka and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.