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Bob Berkebile, FAIA, "A Tsunami of Opportunity: Changing our Practice to Change the Outcome of the Human Story"

  • Portland Museum of Art 7 Congress St Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)
Bob Berkebile, FAIA

Bob Berkebile, FAIA

AIA COTE groups from Maine, New Hampshire Vermont and Boston have partnered for a unique event.

Bob Berkebile, FAIA is a national leader in sustainable architecture, co-founder of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and with his firm BNIM, has won firm of the year and 10 top COTE awards.

About Bob Berkebile
Bob Berkebile, a founding principal at BNIM in Kansas City, focuses on improving the quality of life in our society with the integrity and spirit of his firm’s work.  Bob has received numerous awards for his commitment and action towards restoring social, economic and environmental vitality to America’s communities through sustainable architecture and planning, including: the Heinz Award, the Hanley Award, ULI & USGBC leadership awards, and was named Game Changer Emeritus by Metropolis Magazine.

Among his contributions to his industry, Bob is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ National Committee on the Environment (AIA / COTE) and was also instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system.

Bob's firm BNIM has received 10 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Awards, including the 2014 COTE Plus Award for the Iowa Utilities Board.  Additionally, in 2011, BNIM was selected for the AIA National Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor, for their role in promoting green building design.

Projects include:

  • The Omega Center for Sustainable Living at the Omega Institute, the first building in the world to achieve the Living Building Challenge and LEED Platinum certifications. 
  • Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus Master Plan, the university’s vision to build the nation’s first sustainable campus.
  • Bancroft School Apartments in Kansas City’s Manheim Park neighborhood, a collaboration with Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation to renovate an existing school into healthy, affordable, and LEED Platinum rental units with community amenities.