Doug Farr

Speech Topics:
Green Building: Energy-efficient Design and Technologies
Green Urbanism: The Costs and Benefits of a Sustainable Approach
Designing Sustainable Urban Environments
Historic Preservation and Sustainability
Sustainable Practices for Cities
Sustainable Practices for Rural Areas and Towns
Techniques and Metrics for Sustainable Urbanism
LEED for Neighborhood Development
The New American Dream

Douglas Farr, AIA, is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an architecture and planning firm regarded by many as one of the most sustainable design practices in the country. Having a mission to create sustainable human environments, Farr Associate's unique niche is in applying the principles of LEED at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates also holds the unique distinction of being the only architecture firm in the world that has designed two LEED-Platinum buildings: the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The LEED Platinum rating is the United States Green Building Council's highest honor in energy-efficient and environmentally responsible buildings.

He is the author of Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature (November 2007, Wiley). An architecture graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, Farr is on the board of the Congress for the New Urbanism and also chairs the LEED Neighborhood Development project (LEED-ND), a first-ever leadership standard for sustainable land developments, which is in the pilot phase. Farr Associates designs healthy and valuable places and buildings for its private, not for profit and public sector clients. Having worked for John Vinci, Davis-Brody and Paul Rudolph, Farr's own work has been featured on PBS, in Architectural Record, The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune.

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