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JOHN DALE, FAIA

John Dale has been designing educational environments for over 25 years. In 2007, he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for this focus. By defining small learning communities which boost student achievement and galvanize community involvement, he creates high performance, sustainable learning environments. Building on evidence-based research, he puts in practice the theory that students are healthier and learn more effectively in sustainable, resilient environments. John is Principal and Pre-K12 Studio Leader at HED. He was 2016 Chair of the AIA’s Committee on Architecture for Education. He is currently a member and Past-President of the Board of Directors of the A+D (Architecture and Design) Museum, Los Angeles and Co-Chair of the North American Council on Open Building.

 
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CHRIS FRENCH, Architect

Chris is the founder of District Homes, and an Open Building guide working to help DC-based Hickok Cole Architects streamline the multifamily residential design process and prepare for the coming revolution in off-site fabrication. District Homes’ first patent, “Reconfigurable Residential Unit,” (U.S. Patent No. 9,695,608) incorporates Open Building principles as part of a new way of building mixed-use rowhouses and other missing-middle scale development projects, and creates a framework for increasing choice, variety, resilience, and economic empowerment and autonomy in American communities. Working with local partners, District Homes currently has pilot projects underway in Washington, DC and St. Thomas, USVI. 

 
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STEPHEN KENDALL, PhD, RA

Dr. Kendall is a registered architect and holds a PhD in Design Theory and Methods from MIT. His career in architectural practice, research and education spans more than 35 years. His research focuses on the Open Building approach, needed to make buildings more adaptable, easier to customize to meet changing preferences and thus more sustainable. His work recognizes the increasing size and complexity of projects and the dynamics of living environments, the workplace and the marketplace where design must go beyond short-term uses and where control is distributed not only during initial planning but over time. He is author of more than 50 papers, co-author of Residential Open Building (Routledge) and editor of Healthcare Architecture as Infrastructure: Open Building in Practice (Routledge).

 
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MERRILL ST. LEGER DEMIAN, AICP CUD, LEED AP

Merrill St. Leger is a Principal and Urban Design and Planning studio leader in SmithGroup’s Washington, DC office. Merrill collaborates with municipalities, developers, and institutions to shape the future of cities through the design of beautiful, sustainable, and connected places. Her award-winning work includes the MidCity East Small Area Plan in Washington DC, the Scotts Run Master Plan in Tysons, Virginia and the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan in Alexandria, Virginia. Merrill currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the APA Sustainable Communities Division and is involved in ULI Washington’s Sustainability Initiative Council and TAP Committee.