Founders Circle

The Green Warrior Society was founded as a collaboration of designers, engineers and builders engaged in designing some of the world’s most ecologically advanced and socially just projects by partnering non-profits with leading industry experts to push the limits of sustainability and social justice for those who need it most. The Founders Circle provide industry leadership and experience that will help shape the Green Warrior Society during its pilot phase over the next two years.

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Brian Court, AIA, LEED AP

Partner, Miller Hull

A partner with The Miller Hull Partnership, architect Brian Court’s award-winning body work includes single and multi-family residential, urban infill, higher education and waterfront projects. Notably, he led the design of the Bullitt Center–one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world. The recipient of the 2013 AIA Seattle Young Architect Award, Brian is highly sought after to share his knowledge with the design and sustainable business-minded community throughout the U.S. and abroad. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington.

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Jason Forney, AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Bruner/Cott

A specialist in both transformative reuse and high-performance design, Jason thrives on connecting the grittiness of our past with the potential of our future. He believes that the layering of old and new is what makes the world great, and his thoughtful and creative designs express a vision of a sustainable future.

As a principal, Jason has been the design leader on many of Bruner/Cott’s award-winning projects, including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and the Lesley University Lunder Arts Center in Cambridge. The Regenerative Village at Yale Divinity School Master Plan and the R. W. Kern Center at Hampshire College in Amherst both aim to meet the high standards of the Living Building Challenge, including net positive energy and water, and Jason has designed multiple LEED Gold and Platinum certified college campus projects across the country.

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Dave Goldberg, AIA

President, Mithun

Dave Goldberg is President at Mithun, an integrated design firm known nationwide for creating environmentally sensitive buildings and places. Dave is design partner on a wide range of educational, institutional, and corporate projects, and speaks nationally on sustainable integrated design and the integration of buildings and campuses into the educational process. He earned his architecture degrees from the University of Virginia and University of Washington, and currently serves on the Boards of Woodland Park Zoo and IslandWood, where he was recently Board Chair. David’s high performing projects include multiple LEED Platinum and LEED Gold designs, and numerous design awards including AIA COTE Top Ten recognition.

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Bob Harris, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Partner, Lake|Flato

Bob Harris’s work reflects his belief that sustainability and design are two sides of the same coin – balanced, integrated, and inseparable. As Lake|Flato’s partner in charge of sustainability he oversees innovative design strategies for the firm. Bob is an innovator who pushes sustainability in new directions, finding beauty in sustainable solutions and pioneering regionally based designs for buildings that elegantly do more with less. As a project leader and designer with over 20 years of experience, his work has received national recognition for sustainable design, including 8 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green projects under his leadaership.

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Jason F. McLennan

CEO, McLennan Design and Founder, Green Warrior Society

Considered one of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today and the recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason F. McLennan’s work has made a pivotal impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada and he is a much sought after designer, presenter and consultant on a wide variety of green building and sustainability topics around the world. McLennan serves as the CEO of McLennan Design and is the Founder and Chairman of the International Living Future Institute – a leading NGO that focuses on the transformation to a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative.

An Ashoka Fellow, Jason is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program. He is the author of five books; The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect’s Guide to Glazing Selection, The Ecological Engineer, Zugunruhe and Transformational Thought.

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Paul Schwer, PE, LEED AP

President, PAE

Paul has been on a mission for more than 30 years to design the highest performing buildings possible. The proof is in his projects; from the Bullitt Center, which is the largest commercial Living Building in the world, to the Rocky Mountain Institute’s new headquarters, which is seeking to go beyond Net Zero Energy. As President of PAE, Paul leads a talented group of over 200 engineers and designers committed to sustainable design. Paul has spoken extensively throughout the nation at events including Living Future, Greenbuild, Labs 21, and the New York Academy of Science. He is also a Fellow at the International Living Future Institute, a past AIA board member, and served on the national juries for both the AIA COTE Top Ten Awards and the ENR Top Project Awards. Paul has donated his expertise to numerous pro-bono projects such as the Green Portable Classroom project, which involved creating a healthier, more energy efficient and affordable alternative than the previous modular classroom. Other pro-bono projects Paul has contributed to include theHatfi eld Affordable Housing Passivhaus, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Oregon Collage of Art and Craft. One of his favorite projects was working with his sons to buidl their own Net Zero Energy tree house and 30’ rope bridge in their backyard.


Z Smith, PhD, AIA, LEED Fellow, Living Building Ambassador

Principal, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, winner of the 2014 AIA Firm Award.  His built work includes academic, laboratory and residential buildings earning LEED Platinum certification, winner of the AIA COTE Top Ten award, as well as projects pursuing Living Building Challenge certification.  He brings training and experience in physics (MIT) and engineering (Princeton) to the field of architecture (UC Berkeley), named as inventor on 10 patents and author on over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He teaches at the Tulane School of Architecture, is former Chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter, and serves on the national Advisory Group of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), the national USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group, and the national advisory board for the River Road African American Museum.


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