Program: To many architects, “sustainability” is a relatively new concept. Sustainability is in fact an approach that was employed by nearly all native peoples and ancient civilizations around the planet prior to the rapid changes forced upon us by the first industrial revolution.” So, what does it really mean to design sustainable architecture? Is this some new fad like destructivism or post-modernism? Do sustainable buildings look different than “ordinary” buildings? Are sustainable buildings more expensive or more difficult to construct?
Presenter: Gary Gene Olp, directs GGOArchitects, Corp., an acclaimed architectural studio in Dallas, Texas. GGOArchitects was the first green practice in Dallas, focusing on green buildings that incorporate energy efficiency, passive solar techniques, natural day lighting, non-toxic materials, advanced building science and enhanced indoor air quality. GGOA has since completed more than 375 projects including residential, commercial, institutional and museum work throughout the United States. Gary’s civic involvement in the City of Dallas reflects his commitment to a broader vision as a practicing professional. He has served as a board member on various cultural, educational and civic boards, committees and task forces. Gary is most proud of his service with the Boy Scouts of America serving as Assistant Scout Master and High Adventure Coordinator for Troop 744 & 861. Both of his sons achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Gary and his studio continue to be recognized as a leading sustainability-focused firm and has been recognized with 7 major design awards, 3 NAHB Energy Value Housing awards, multiple green building awards and honors. GGOA designed the first LEED Platinum certified home in the State of Texas; Heather’s Home which was featured in Oprah Magazine. Recent awards include Green Ribbon Award for a Public LEED Project, (USGBC NTX), Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE), Outstanding Individual and GreenSource DFW’s Sustainable Leadership Award. When he isn’t designing or volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his family on his organic urban farm, tending to their backyard bees, and chickens, and enjoying the antics of three rescue dogs.