The Sustainable Office: Speakers

On October 19th, our HQ2050 conference will examine what it means to be a sustainable office , focusing on performance improvements for both buildings and their occupants. Learn about a few of our remarkable speakers below and register soon to be join the conversation.


Emanuela Frattini Magnusson (AIA, LEED AP) joined Bloomberg LP in October 2013 as Global Head of Design. In her role she is responsible for the design strategy for Bloomberg workplaces worldwide, and has completed projects on all continents, from Stockholm to Hong Kong.
 Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was the founder and principal of EFM Design, an international award-winning multidisciplinary practice spanning architecture, interiors, product design, brand development, and graphics. Notable projects include the Aqua townhouse development in Miami, retail concepts for Russell Athletic, offices and showrooms for Knoll International, and a variety of diverse projects in the United States and Europe, including the renovation of a Frank Lloyd Wright House. 

Opening Remarks

Pamela Campbell (LEED AP) joined COOKFOX in 2003. An integral member of the design team 
for the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant 
Park, Pam was instrumental in attaining the LEED certification through coordinating the architectural component of the process as well as the New York State Green Building Tax Credit application. Among other projects, Pam led the team for Live Work Home, a prototype for affordable, sustainable urban infill solutions that was named a winner of the international From the Ground Up design competition in 2008. Prior to joining COOKFOX, Pam worked in the 
United Kingdom and Germany.

The Sustainable Office: What's New in Form and Function

Rafael Pelli (FAIA, LEED AP) is the Partner-in-Charge of the Pelli Clarke Pelli New York office. Pelli has directed the design for a wide range of projects, ranging from 731 Lexington Avenue (the Bloomberg Tower), to the Business Instructional Facility on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. He has long advocated for sustainable design principles in his work, completing award-winning LEED Platinum projects for commercial, residential, and academic buildings. He has worked at Pelli Clarke Pelli since 1989, becoming a Partner of the firm in 1995. Pelli received a Bachelor of Arts in 1978 from Yale University and a Master of Architecture in 1985 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He serves on the Board of Directors of Urban Green Council.

Adrian Tuluca (RA, LEED BD+C) is Senior Principal with Vidaris, Inc., where he leads a 40-person group specializing in energy efficiency and sustainability. Under his supervision, the team has worked on efficiency projects for over 100 million square feet of facilities, including U.S. energy efficiency firsts like Four Times Square, and Oberlin College’s award-winning Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. Tuluca and his team helped train the NYC Department of Buildings on Energy Code compliance and been part of the group that helped develop the NYC Green Zoning bonus. He was involved with the development of the NYS Energy Code, as well as the Net Zero initiative currently being promoted by New York State.

Pulling Together: 2050's Owners, Tenants, and Facility Managers

Daniel Egan is Vice President of Sustainability and Utilities for Vornado Realty Trust, where he oversees all LEED and Energy Star affiliated programs. Egan also manages Vornado’s Energy Efficiency Capital Improvement fund, which executes projects with measurable energy reduction targets. The projects are part of a retrofit cycle for Vornado’s existing portfolio that includes energy audits and retrocommissioning, third party design and validation of retrofit projects, project management, and measurement and verification. He also leads a team in New York that manages Vornado’s utility spend for its 25-million-square-foot office and retail portfolio as well as its network of sub-metering infrastructure.

Jonathan Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer in 2007 and oversees global sustainability efforts for the company. In this role, he manages sustainability certifications, investor communications, worldwide performance tracking, procurement strategy and technological innovation implementation. Flaherty joined Tishman Speyer as part of its Leadership Development Program and has held various roles within the company, including in asset management and portfolio management for New York. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Chuck Schumer in Washington, DC. Flaherty is on the board of directors for the Building Energy Exchange and is a team leader for the ACE Mentor Program.

Emily Kildow (LEED AP+BD&C ) is the Sustainability Manager for Taconic Management Company, where she manages overall sustainability goals for Google’s One City Block facilities at 111 Eighth Avenue, as well as other Google Campus buildings. Previously, she consulted on sustainability and design for commercial architecture and construction management projects, providing insight on environmentally responsible materials, indoor air quality, energy efficiency, building water usage, and sustainable site design. As an active member of the green building community, Kildow has facilitated LEED workshops, career fairs, and sustainable fashion shows for Urban Green Council.

Dana Schneider (LEED AP BD+C) leads JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects team nationally and heads the Northeast division in a region anchored by New York City, Boston, and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy optimization as well as the development and implementation of energy and sustainability programs for a broad range of clients and project types. She specializes in comprehensive energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new buildings, existing building retrofits, portfolios, and commercial interiors. Prior to joining JLL in January 2002, Schneider worked as a mechanical engineer at Flack & Kurtz, where she managed engineering analysis, design and project management aspects of sustainable design and architectural engineering projects. Schneider is also a 2016 USGBC LEED Fellow.

The Design Team/Client Conversation: How to Move Beyond “Is This a LEED Project?”

Zachary Edelson is the Web Editor of The Architect's Newspaper. He writes on a diverse array of topics and his recent feature articles have focused on smart city technology, micro apartments, and urban green infrastructure, with work appearing in Dwell, Curbed, Architectural Record, Architizer, and others. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. 

Michael Kocher (AIA) is a Project Leader at Behnisch Architekten, Boston. He has worked with Behnisch for more than seven years, focusing the design and coordination of the external envelope for both the John and Frances Angelos Law Center and New Science Center, among other projects. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Master of Architecture program, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture. During his studies, Michael worked at a variety of offices, including the renowned firm Coop Himmelblau in Vienna.

Michael Szabo (OAA, RAIC, LEED AP) joined Diamond Schmitt Architects in 1995, becoming a principal in 2004. In addition to work ranging from custom homes in the Caribbean and Canada, a botanical garden atrium, and large institutions, Szabo served as Project Architect for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, named the greenest campus in North America when it opened in 2003, and which won the Society for College & University Planning award for campus design. Currently, Szabo is master planning and designing for the 17 million-square-foot Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, constructing an entire city center from the ground up.

Jan Willemse (AIA, ARCHITECT AIBC, LEED AP BD+C) is a managing partner of ZGF Architects LLP, with expertise in project management, technical architecture and integrated design. As ZGF’s firm-wide technical design partner and head of ZGF’s Project Performance Team, his role is to ensure that design intent manifests itself in all aspects of ZGF’s technically complex projects. His work includes the Zuckerman Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Port of Portland Headquarters, the Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center, the Twelve | West Building, Clif Bar Headquarters and Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City. His contributions have secured numerous LEED Platinum certifications and national honors for high-performance design in workplace environments.

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