PRO Bono: Leadership in Public Interest Design


Saturday, October 5
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Teknion Showroom641 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10011

In the 15 years since the LEED rating system was established, enormous progress has been made in understanding how design impacts the environment. This discussion about the impact of public interest design focuses on Perkins+Will’s pro bono work, initiated through their participation in Public Architecture’s 1% program and most recently focused on post-Sandy reconstruction. Design can also impact social outcomes by spurring higher levels of health, education, and inclusively for clients and the extended community and in how the field of public interest design is evolving.


Filippo Soave, NCIDQ, LEED AP of Perkins + Will

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Filippo Soave, Perkins + Will, Associate Principle, NCIDQ, LEED AP 

Filippo Soave is an associate principal and senior interior designer at the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. With nearly 20 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction industries and master’s degrees in both architecture and business, Filippo brings strong aesthetic sensibilities and demonstrated management skills to every project. As a leader within the firm’s Social Responsibility Initiative, Filippo also provides strategic direction on all pro bono design collaborations in the New York office.


Gisela Garrett of Perkins & Will

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 Gisela Garrett, Perkins + Will, Brand Manager

As a multidisciplinary brand manager at the global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, Gisela Garrett is focused on the connections among design teams, clients, collaborators, and project beneficiaries. A firm believer in strong organizational values, she actively advocates a triple bottom line approach to business. Gisela holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the psychology of space, and has been volunteering at the intersection of design and community development since childhood. 


Amy Ress of Public Architecture

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Amy Ress, Public Architecture, Director of the 1% Program

Amy Ress is director of The 1% program, a national network of architects and designers contributing $45M annually in pro bono services for underserved communities. She expands on the program’s value and participation by launching new initiatives and projects, and building strategic partnerships. Her recent projects include the Resilient San Francisco Design Challenge, an initiative that asks architects and allied experts to play a collaborative and proactive role in creating community-based resiliency strategies that respond to an expanded set of social, environmental, and economic criteria. Amy serves on the Executive Committee on the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery board. Previously, she worked in project management on San Francisco’s Better Streets Plan and the Great Streets Program at the San Francisco Department of Public Works. Amy’s interest in architecture and design solidified during her internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Venice Architecture Biennale where she studied distortion of architectural volume through photography. Returning to San Francisco, she was the Architecture & Design Forum coordinator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, contributing to exhibitions, publications, and programs, including Glamour: Fashion, Industrial Design, Architecture. Amy received a bachelor of fine arts from San Jose State University and a master of landscape architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley.