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Each panelist has been involved in recent design competitions, each design taking sustainability into consideration, and some designs have actually been built.
Associate Professor/Founding Director, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School
John has also served as Chair of the University’s undergraduate program in Environmental Studies, and was co-lead faculty for The New School’s U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon finalist entry (“Empowerhouse”), which won the competition’s Affordability Contest. Empowerhouse was subsequently reconstructed with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. as a two-family home, and won the D.C. Mayor’s Award for Sustainability.
Commissioning Engineer, Skanska
Omer has more than 10 years of experience in construction in the U.S. and around the world. In addition to overseeing EcoBuild's operation and business development, Omer works as a LEED Coordinator for Skanska. In 2012, Omer was a finalist of the USGBC’s National Talent Design Competition Visioning Charrette, Most recently, Omer was the Public Vote Champion of the Operation Resilient Long Island’s 3C Comprehensive Coastal Communities Competition
Principal, Nastasi Architects
John Nastasi is both the principal of the studio and a long standing design professor. An alumnus of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, a recipient of Harvard’s Rice Prize for Advancement in Architecture and Engineering and a 1996 recipient of the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League of New York, John has consistently and progressively set the highest standards for his work. In 2004, John founded the multi-disciplinary Product-Architecture Lab at Stevens Institute of Technology where he continues to serve as the Graduate Program's Director.
Sr. Project Manager/Environmental Analyst, Environmental Connection
Chad has been involved in the environmental consulting industry in the New York City area for over 8 years, and has worked in a variety of industry sectors ranging from sustainable development, to environmental integrity monitoring, to regulatory compliance. He has been involved with Urban Green Council for over two years. And was involved in the Charrette-style design competition hosted by EP, as well as the recent full scale design competition, R3build.
Architectural Designer, FXFOWLE
Steve has been working around the globe in the architecture and construction fields for over 10 year. His experience includes being a carpenter in Maine, designing custom homes in the Rocky Mountains and affordable houses for women in Uganda, and being project architect for sustainable new city in Nigeria. Steve earned a master’s in architecture from Parsons in 2011, where he was student project manager for The Empowerhouse, the New School/ Stevens Institute Solar Decathlon team.