November Green Building Forum – Showcase: International Green Building

As green building becomes more widely known here in NYC, we wonder about how it is developing internationally. This month’s forum will delve deeper into the issues, challenges and varying processes within the international green building sector. We have an exciting panel of four leading sustainability experts who have all worked extensively in the international realm and will speak to the comparisons between working here in the US and abroad.

Back in 2002 the World Green Building Council was formed by eight nations to stand as a voice for green building design and development. This forum will also discuss who is ahead, which countries have really embraced the shift toward a more sustainable built environment, how the economics affect the outcome and how the US LEED certification translates to the international sector. Please join us at Trespa in Soho to promote worldwide green building.

  • Wednesday – November 18, 2009 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Trespa Showroom at 62 Greene Street between Broome and Spring
  • Please RSVP below!

Moderator: Ariella Maron, Ariella Maron, Deputy Commissioner NYC DCAS, Division of Energy Management

Speakers Include:

Charles Reid, R.A., joined Gale International in October 2001 to lead Gale International’s Design and Construction Department, as Executive Vice President. The first major project was One Lincoln Street, a 1.5 million square foot office tower located in Boston’s Financial District.  This project was completed on schedule and on budget and was subsequently sold setting a new record for the city.  Since then, Charles has directed the design and construction of more than one hundred million square feet of mixed use projects in the United States and Asia, including Songdo International Business District project, one of the largest private real estate projects in the world.  In addition to overseeing the work in Songdo, Charles is directing the works of a new 1.4 million square foot mixed-use tower in downtown Boston as well as the design and oversight of a new 6.5 million square foot mixed use project in the new Boston Seaport area.

Gale International is also one of the leading implementers of sustainable development throughout the world.  Charles is presently managing this effort and has instituted one of the largest “LEED Implementation Teams” for the 100 million square foot Songdo International Business District in Korea.Prior to joining Gale International, Mr. Reid spent 18 years as partner with Tishman Speyer Properties.  In this capacity he was responsible for developing over 10,000,000 square feet of new buildings and major renovations nationally, in Europe and South America.  Prior to this, Charles served as Project Manager and Senior Associate with HLW Architects/Engineers where he was involved in major U.S. and International projects, including several in the Middle East.  A retired Lt. Col. in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, he is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Architecture, and has completed graduate studies at Columbia University and New York University.  He is a licensed Architect in the State of New York and Rhode Island.

Carolina Simon is a thought leader in international sustainable design with experience ranging from mega-structures to master planning.  She believes that designing sustainably should be a fully integrated and inherent aspect of the design process and not simply an appliqué of green elements.  Her work in Korea, India, Brazil, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the U.K. coupled with her extensive portfolio of U.S. design projects substantiate her broad knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that accompany sustainable design. Carolina has been a key player on the HOK New York design team for over six years, where her background in urban planning, urban design and architecture are masterfully fused to craft superior built solutions to complex, multi-faceted design problems.   Carolina is an award-winning designer, a LEED accredited professional, a member of the US Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute as well as the American Planning Association and an academic design critic among a host of other professional highlights.  Most recently, the Polytechnic Institute of Milan honored Carolina with the publication of her Master in City Planning thesis book, entitled, Small Urban Spaces: Programming for Good Tot Lots. Carolina is a native of Brazil who holds undergraduate and masters degrees from the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She is a resident of Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood and an avid cyclist.

HOK is a leading global architectural firm that specializes in optimal planning, design and delivery solutions for buildings and communities.

Shillpa Singh, LEED-AP, is a Senior Consultant at YRG sustainability leading the building science and energy performance analyses initiatives. Utilizing modeling tools in daylight and energy modeling, cost-benefit analysis and life cycle cost, Shillpa supports integrated design development of various LEED targeting projects in the USA and Asia. She stays actively involved to facilitate dialogue among the project key team members on all her projects. She is an active member of the ASHRAE Sustainability Committee, both the national and local chapters of USGBC, AIA local chapter, India Green Building Council and International Building Performance Simulation Association, New York.

Shillpa is trained as an architect with over eight years of international experience in development and implementation of sustainable design technologies in the construction industry. While an associate scientist at Transportation Research Limited in the United Kingdom, Shillpa co-authored an implementation book Guide to Whole Life Value in Infrastructure and Buildings. She has assisted in statewide energy efficiency incentive programs at NYSERDA in Albany, NY. She has also been involved in research on international corporate policy, climate change, urban sprawl, recycling policies, restoration ecology and public health. She also has B Arch from TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi India and an MS in Environmental Management and Policy from RPI, NY.

Albert S. Wei, Senior Urban Planner in the Integrated Urbanism Practice of ARUP, has 14 years of experience designing and managing the development of urban and infrastructure projects globally. At Arup, he focuses on design of environmentally and socially sustainable urban places. Areas of specialization include: new districts and communities; urban revitalization projects
mixed-use developments; industrial and office estates; integration of urban design with infrastructural, landscape and ecological systems; urban programming and placemaking strategies; real estate development strategies; and advanced 3D visualization of urban environment

Al’s international project and program management experience gives him thorough knowledge of the commercial, construction, financial and regulatory considerations underlying any project. He holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University and dual masters degrees from MIT in Architecture Studies and City Planning.


Leave a Reply