John Connell

Speech Topics:
- Sustainable (and Accessible) Treehouse Design
- The Design/Build Alternative for Residential Architecture
- Custom Home Design — Why It Matters and How to Make It Affordable
- Design Your Custom Home and Save the World!

John Connell, AIA, CORA, NCARB, is a residential architect, artist, author, and educator. He is an expert on home design, residential building and energy-efficient construction. His firm, 2morrow Studios, LLC., creates hands-on art, architecture, and interiors.

In 1980, Connell founded Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont to promote the creation of sustainable owner-built homes. Graduating approximately 100 non-professional students each year, the Yestermorrow curriculum presents energy-conserving and environmentally enlightened design/build methods as a standard approach to residential construction. In 1984 the school expanded its curriculum to include professional students, becoming the first and only institution in the nation where architecture students can learn about sustainable design/build technology, methods and materials through hands-on construction. An award-winning artist, Connell also provided all the marketing, brochure design and advertising artwork for the Yestermorrow School from 1980 to 1988.

He is the author of Creating the Inspired House (The Taunton Press, 2004) and Homing Instinct: Using Your Lifestyle to Design and Build Your Home (McGraw Hill, 1999) and is a member of the National AIA Housing Committee Advisory Group.

In 2001 he helped set up the Forever Young Treehouses organization to provide ADA compliant treehouses for children in wheelchairs. He continues to teach ways to improve the health of the built environment through classes in designing and building sustainable and green ADA compliant treehouses for children.

His projects include the earth-sheltered WindStar structure for John Denver in Aspen, Colorado, Saint John the Divine in New York City, the largest cathedral in the world, and Ben & Jerry's Diner. Travels from Warren, Vermont.

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