Designing for At-Risk Communities: High-Performance Standards and Biophilic Design as Care Strategies

29 Sep 2023
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Designing for At-Risk Communities: High-Performance Standards and Biophilic Design as Care Strategies

Designing for At-Risk Communities: High-Performance Standards and Biophilic Design as Care Strategies

29 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Catie Ryan Balagtas
    Catie Ryan Balagtas
    Director of Projects at Terrapin Bright Green
    Catie is Director of Projects for Terrapin Bright Green. Since 2008, she is responsible for the strategy and implementation of complex projects with a focus on environmental sustainability, human health and resilience. Her projects range in complexity from community master planning, to hotel guest experience and community resilience innovation, and have included a Biophilic Design framework for Google’s Owner Project Requirements and global Project Guide, the healthy building and passenger experience strategies for Portland PDX airport terminal redevelopment in Oregon, and the LEED administration of the Merdeka 118 tower in Malaysia. Catie was a co-author of "Nature Inside, A Biophilic Design Guide" (RIBA Publishing, 2020), "14 Patterns of Biophilic Design" (2014) and the award-winning report "The Economics of Biophilia" (2012; 2023), a seminal piece on the direction of the industry and business case for designing with nature in mind. Catie has served as a subject matter expert and advisor to the ILFI's Biophilic Design Initiative, IWBI's WELL Building Standard including the new Health-Equity Rating System, and the US GSA "Workplace Matters" working group. Catie splits her time between Brooklyn and the Philippines.
  • Darin Reynolds
    Darin Reynolds
    Partner at COOKFOX Architects
    Darin Reynolds is a partner at COOKFOX Architects and joined the studio in 2006. He has led a diverse range of projects, from workplaces to urban affordable and supportive housing. His work includes multiple high-performance supportive housing developments.Darin was Partner-in-Charge of Betances Residence, a Passive House residential development providing permanent housing for at-risk seniors in the Bronx. Additional projects include The Hegeman in Brooklyn, winner of the 2012 AIANY Award of Merit for Multi-Family Residential, and Webster Avenue in the Bronx. All were designed for Breaking Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness. In Brooklyn, Darin led the project team of 550 Vanderbilt, a multi-family residential building featuring biophilic design elements. Most recently, Darin was the project architect for two wellness-focused high-rise buildings in Tampa, FL. The high-performance designs are a part of a new 60-acre urban development that is pursuing LEED ND and WELL Communities certifications.
  • Brenda Rosen
    Brenda Rosen
    President and CEO at Breaking Ground
    Brenda Rosen has devoted her career to the issue of homelessness, beginning as Assistant General Counsel at the New York City Department of Homeless Services. She joined Breaking Ground in 1999 as Director of the Prince George, where she helped to establish a model of sustainable supportive housing for New York City. In 2006, she advanced as Director of Property Management and Programs, overseeing more than 20 housing and program sites. In the role of President and CEO since 2011, Brenda leads Breaking Ground in its mission to address homelessness in New York. Brenda is Board Chair of the Supportive Housing Network of New York, on the boards of Homeless Services United and The Thinkubator, and an advisory member of New York Housing Conference. She received her B.A. from Hunter College and holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
  • Nick Elster
    Nick Elster
    Nick Elster is a California-based Architect with over 15 years of diverse professional experience in a range of housing typologies, as well as commercial and institutional projects at various scales. In his role as a Project Manager at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects in San Francisco, he works on a range of environmentally sustainable, community-focused projects including multi-family housing for marginalized community members across the Bay Area. Recent work on the HomeRise at Mission Bay project, in partnership with public agencies and nonprofit housing developers helped deliver resilient permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless members of the changing Mission Bay community in San Francisco. Nick brings a deep commitment to social and environmental justice, and design equity to his work. His broad experience informs a practice of Architecture rooted in empathy and the humanity of those it serves.
  • Janéa Jackson, AICP
    Janéa Jackson, AICP
    Chief Executive Officer at HomeRise
    Janéa Jackson, AICP is HomeRise’s CEO. HomeRise’s mission help people experiencing homelessness secure housing and become self-sufficient. Janéa brings nearly two decades of management experience in affordable housing, government administration, and urban planning. With a track record of building successful partnerships at the local, state, and federal level, she was previously HUD’s Multifamily West Region’s Asset Management Division Director in San Francisco. Ms. Jackson has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her spare time, you will find her taking her three children to their music concerts, attending sporting events, enjoying new restaurants, and traveling. Disclosure information not submitted.

Key takeaways

- Upon completion, participants will be able to define biophilic design strategies for vulnerable populations.

- Upon completion, participants will understand high performance systems and biophilic design strategies as components of wraparound care for vulnerable communities in supportive housing contexts.

- Upon completion, participants will learn how developing a mission-driven culture in the studio translates to more holistic design practice. They will learn how to apply purpose to practice.

- Upon completion, participants will learn how to leverage policy to achieve higher performance in vulnerable markets.