Integrative Design: Redefining the Practice of Sustainability

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Looking at natural systems as a model for whole systems thinking allows us to move beyond incremental improvements to true restorative and regenerative design. 

Current standards and procedures often rely on sequential, discrete steps taken by siloed teams of professionals—from architects, to contractors, to sustainability professionals. Integrative Design is a way to engage all project team members in the process of discovering synergies between systems, components, and co-creators (design and construction team) to produce much higher levels of building performance, human comfort, and environmental benefits, with less wasted time and resources. 

Join us for a discussion with 7group's John Boecker on integrative design concepts and case studies, and learn steps toward implementing this approach.


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

Clare Miflin, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Certified Passive House Designer
Architect, Kiss + Cathcart Architects

Clare is an architect with Kiss + Cathcart, Architects - a firm well known for their philosophy of “productive” architecture to produce human, environmental and economic benefits. She considers buildings within the larger systems of which they are part, integrating energy production, vegetation and even agriculture. Her projects include Bushwick Inlet Park, which won a 2014 AIA Cote Top Ten Award and she is currently working on a large mixed use passive house project. She is a member of Urban Green Council’s Monthly Programs Committee and NYC Living Building Collaborative.

John Boecker, AIA, LEED Fellow
Founding Partner, 7group

John Boecker is an Architect and founding partner in 7group, an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary consulting firm focused on integrative design and regenerative development. Along with his 7group partners and Bill Reed, he co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building, a seminal book published by Wiley in April, 2009. His design work has been recognized by over 40 design awards, including 25 Design Excellence Awards from AIA, three Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence in 1998, 2001 & 2003, and AIA’s nationwide Top Ten Green Projects in 2000, 2009, and 2016. John has taught Architectural Design at Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg Area Community College, and guest lectures at Harvard.