The ASID Committee on Climate, Health and Equity was created to provide professional guidance on more sustainable design. Led by David Cordell, this group of ambitious and energetic design professionals has begun focus work in three critically important areas: Advocacy, Principles of Design Excellence, and Knowledge and Education. We believe that this content will create the support network our members need to practice at a more sustainable level, stay informed and be inspired!
Jenn Chen is a Principal Interior Designer at LMN Architects who focuses on how design decisions impact both human and environmental health. In addition to planning and designing interior environments that promote health and wellbeing while enhancing the human experience, she is also passionate about the role interiors play in a building’s overall environmental impact. Jenn led a case study that quantifies the overall embodied carbon of cyclical interior renovations at LMN where the result was published by Metropolis, and she continues to look for ways to lower the embodied carbon impact of interiors over a building’s lifetime. She is on the Materials and Health Research group within the firm and helped launch a finish material library vetting process and a new waste stream process within the office. Her analysis of the impact of spatial qualities on human experiences led to the development of a metric for calculating curricular value of social interaction spaces. Jenn is also a main contributor to the local Healthy Material Collaborative, leading efforts to promote awareness for healthy building materials through public installations and engagement events at the Seattle Design Festival.
David Cordell, FASID, LEED AP, WELL AP, Fitwel Ambassador
David Cordell is an Associate Principal at Perkins&Will. With over 20 years of experience as project designer and technical coordinator, Cordell brings a particular focus on interior environments and their interaction with occupant health & wellness and sustainability. Cordell’s experience includes a variety of corporate, nonprofit, healthcare, and science and technology projects for clients of various sizes. Cordell sits on the firmwide Perkins&Will Living Design Leadership council and chairs
In her role as strategic advisor to Delos, and the International WELL Building Institute, Ms. MacMurchy helped create a new standard for healthier buildings and the healthier lives they produce. She directed a team of architects, interior designers, researchers, art directors, graphic designers, and writers in the initial creation of the Delos brand. Susan continues to innovate wellness strategies, to facilitate alliances and drive business development.
Prior to her work with Delos, Ms. MacMurchy was a consultant to all manner of innovators. Her company BBF created and executed ownable branding, strategic plans and positions.
Before establishing BBF, Ms. MacMurchy solved problems for a variety of agencies such as TBWA, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scali, McCabe & Sloves, Ogilvy & Mather, Chiat/Day.
She also spent two years as Managing Director of the not-for-profit film company, AIDSFILMS. During her tenure there, she authored the award-winning film Aids: Changing the Rules starring Ron Reagan Jr, Beverly Johnson, and Ruben Blades.
Room & Board
Emily McGarvey is the Director of Sustainability at Room & Board. She is responsible for implementing social and environmentally-sound strategies that further advance Room & Board's mission of delivering built-to-last furniture through sustainable practices that prioritize American craftsmanship. Prior to Room & Board, Emily founded Star Impact Consulting and was Target Corporation’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Linda Sorrento, FASID, LEED Fellow
Linda Sorrento, FASID, LEED Fellow is the principal of sustainability practice at Sorrento Consulting. The impact of interior environments on human health and performance has informed her career as an interior designer, educator, and health advocate. She was the inaugural executive director for the National Academy of Environmental Design and consulted with the General Services Administration for tools to make sustainable decisions and achieve high-performance. Linda spearheaded market transformation efforts for the US Green Building Council as the senior director of education partnerships and director of LEED for Commercial Interiors. She has served in numerous leadership roles for ASID, mindful MATERIALS, AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group, Healthy Building Network, and Health in Buildings Roundtable.
Jon Strassner, LEED AP
Jon Strassner, LEED AP, serves as Chief Sustainability Officer. Before joining the Society, Jon worked with Humanscale for 22 years, serving as vice president of Workplace Strategy and Industry Relations, Canadian sales director, and North American director of A&D. A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, Jon is passionate about understanding the role we all play in the Net Positive Movement, where we don’t just take less from the environment, but restore, regenerate and replace what has been damaged or destroyed. A passionate member of the Next Wave collaborative, Jon has traveled the globe to share this message, speaking at events such as the Our Ocean conference in Bali, Indonesia, ICFF in New York and Miami, Design Week Philadelphia, SCALEX, SCALE, the Leadership Experience: Presented by ASID, and more. Jon has had articles published in Contract magazine, Loft Life, and Design at Work.
Ken Wilson, ASID, FIIDA, FAIA, LEED Fellow
Ken Wilson is a design principal and the design director for Interiors in the Washington, D.C. office of Perkins+Will. He is also one of two co-global design directors for interiors and serves on Perkins and Will’s Design Board and Sustainability Council.
Ken has been practicing for over 35 years and his portfolio includes architecture, interiors, graphics, and product design. He is the only architect in the world to hold fellowships in the AIA, IIDA, and the Green Building Certification Institute (LEED Fellow). His projects have been published in seven different countries and have received over 120 national and local design awards.
In 2005 Ken was named “Designer of the Year” by Contract magazine, and in 2018 he received the ASID Designer of Distinction Award which annually honors one professional who has established a body of superior work demonstrating creativity, excellence, and innovation. He serves on the Environmental Task Force for the city of Park City, Utah and is a member of the ASID Design Impacts Lives Steering Committee.
Lisa M. Tucker, PhD
Lisa M. Tucker, PhD is a Professor and Department Head at Virginia. She is a LEED BD + C and WELL accredited professional. Dr. Tucker is a registered architect and certified interior designer and holds degrees in Architecture and Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Tucker, honored as the 2016 IIDA Educator of the Year, has been identified by Design Intelligence as a Most Admired Design Educator in 2010, 2017, 2018, and 2019. She received the Nancy McClelland Award, the Polsky Prize (2015) and is an ASID Educator Medalist. She is a Fellow of both ASID and IDEC.
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