Biophilia – Inspiring Beauty, Love, Connection, and Health through Our Places

Patricia Culley and Amanda Sturgeon to present the benefits of biophilic design

Biophilia is the innate desire in each of us to connect with nature. Join the Green Building Alliance to hear from local and national presenters who incorporate nature into the built environment and work to help people connect with various forms of life as they live, work, learn, and play. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s own Patricia Culley, Project Architect for the LEED Platinum-certified and Living Building Challenge-targeted Frick Environmental Center, will relate her experience working on this landmark Pittsburgh project into a larger discussion about biophilic design with Amanda Sturgeon, FAIA, CEO of the International Living Futures Institute. For more information, click here. Learn more about the Frick Environmental Center here.

Patricia Culley is an Associate in Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Pittsburgh studio. She is accredited in both LEED and WELL Building Standards, and regularly volunteers her time as an Ambassador presenter of the Living Building Challenge. Her extensive knowledge of sustainable design strategies and technology is best exemplified by her work as Project Architect for the recently-completed Frick Environmental Center in Pittsburgh, the world’s first free and public Living Building Challenge-targeted project. Patricia has been featured in multiple national online and print publications, and frequently speaks about sustainability at regional and national conferences. She holds a degree from the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture.

Amanda Sturgeon is the CEO of the International Living Future Institute. She joined the Institute in 2010 following a career as a licensed architect with 15-years experience designing and managing some of the most sustainable buildings in the Pacific Northwest. She has taught at the University of Washington, as well as Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Amanda was a founding board member of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council in 2000. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2013, and a LEED Fellow later the same year in recognition for her extensive advocacy and volunteer service to the green building movement. She was named as one of the top ten most powerful women in sustainability in 2015 as a recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award.