Livable Buildings Award Jury 2009

Our awards jury are a diverse group of leading industry professionals from CBE's consortium.

The jury for CBE's 2009 Livable Buildings program reviewed project narratives, images, and occupant survey results for finalist projects and identified the top projects for overall design and performance. The jury for the 2009 awards includes:

Peter Alspach


Peter Alspach is an Associate with Arup's Seattle office. He is a specialist in the design of low energy HVAC systems in a wide variety of building types, including commercial offices, museums, laboratories, and theaters. His experience includes all aspects of design, from conceptual design through construction administration. Peter is also a specialist in the design of renewable energy systems, including photovoltaic, solar thermal, and wind energy systems. Peter is also Arup's lead building physics analyst for their U.S. offices. He is an expert in building energy simulation, detailed envelope analysis, and the simulation and integration of advanced façade designs and building mechanical systems. As such, he has served as an industry technical advisor for many research programs, including the development of new modules for EnergyPlus.

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey

Advanced Environmental, WSP Flack + Kurtz, LEED AP

Rachel Bannon-Godfrey is an Environmental Design Specialist in the San Francisco office of Advanced Environmental, a specialist environmental design service of WSP Flack + Kurtz. Her work experience to date includes time as a sustainable design research assistant for the European Union; a sustainable design & master planning specialist for a global engineering firm and, for over 5 years, an architectural designer for internationally recognized firms (SOM, HOK). Rachel is an active member in California’s sustainable design community. She served as a juror for the San Francisco Chapter AIA Awards ‘Energy & Sustainability’ category, and in 2008 Rachel was awarded the AIA Young Architects Award.

Bridgette Baugher

Southland Industries, EIT, LEED AP

Bridgette Baugher is an energy engineer with Southland Industries. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was an active member of the design build team for ecoMOD III - a sustainable affordable house. She has experience in the design and analysis of HVAC systems for new and existing buildings. Her current position allows her to use computer modeling to simulate building components for overall energy efficiency. She is currently a member of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Robert Marcial

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Robert Marcial is the Director of the PG&E Pacific Energy Center (PEC) in San Francisco. The PEC offers design advice, energy efficiency educational training, and building diagnostics tools free of charge to various professionals in the commercial building industry. Robert joined the Energy Center in 1991, and has worked on energy consultation, course development, fieldwork & data acquisition, and website development. He served as the 2007-2008 President of the Golden Gate Chapter of ASHRAE. He received a B.A. in Architecture in 1991, and an M. Arch. in 1998, from UC Berkeley. Robert is also an Adjunct Professor at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco where he teaches courses on green building design, energy efficiency and integrated building systems. Robert has also been a lecturer at UC Berkeley, and has taught in Valparaiso, Chile, at the Pacific Energy Center, and the University of Oregon.

Sandy Mendler

Mithun, LEED AP

Sandy Mendler is a nationally recognized design leader and advocate of sustainable design. For more than 20 years, her focus has included a variety of high profile projects, including research laboratories, corporate complexes and higher education buildings. Sandy’s strength as a designer stems from her ability to organize and lead teams that integrate complex technical requirements into elegant design solutions. Taking a hands-on approach to each project, she is skilled at building consensus among multiple stakeholders. She has taught, lectured and served on peer review and expert panels, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and industry events.

Kevin Powell

U.S. General Services Administration

Kevin Powell is the Director of Research for the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service, where he focuses on identifying promising new building technologies and policies, and developing tools that enhance commercial real estate operating decisions and procedures. Kevin brings nearly two decades of experience in design research and policy analysis, and is an expert in office acoustics. Kevin manages a portfolio of more than two dozen active research projects, in the areas of workplace design, post occupancy evaluation, building systems performance, sustainability, and virtual design and construction/building information modeling (VDC/BIM). Kevin previously served as the Executive Director of the Center for the Built Environment, and has a long-standing commitment to green building design, improved energy efficiency for commercial real estate, and smart growth policy. He received his Master's and undergraduate degrees in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and has published numerous articles about acoustics, workplaces and urban design.

RK Stewart

Perkins + Will, FAIA, Hon FRAIC, Hon RAIA, Hon JIA, LEED AP

RK Stewart is an Associate Principal in the San Francisco office of Perkins + Will. In this role he acts as market sector leader, and project director for architecture, planning and interior design projects for commercial, institutional and public sector clients. He is also a technical leader with expertise in complex regulatory approvals, construction processes and engineering coordination. He has a keen interest in sustainable design, and the use of technology in the design and construction . He is active in the AIA, having served in positions at the local, state, and national levels, including that of president in 2007.

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