APRIL 1-3, 2015


Living Future 2014 will explore beauty and inspiration by convening creative minds from the realms of art, music, science, architecture, engineering and design. This diversity of perspective facilitiates a level of dialogue and discovery rarely found at building industry conferences. Learn about our keynote speakers below and visit our full unConference program for an index of Living Future 2014 speakers and presenters. 

Keynote Speakers

Focused on providing proven, practical, ambitious and visionary strategies that address whole earth impacts, a diverse collection of inspiring keynote and plenary speakers will surely keep the positive energy flowing throughout Living Future.

  Maya Lin / Artist, Maya Lin Studio
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Open to the public.

Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture throughout her career, having virtually redefined the idea of the monument with her highly acclaimed Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in 1982. She has since gone on to successfully pursue the creation of a remarkable body of work that encompasses large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works and memorialsFull Bio.
  Jason F. McLennan + Special Guests / CEO, International Living Future Institute
Thursday, May 22, 2014

An Ashoka Fellow and the recipient of the Buckminster Fuller Prize, Jason is the founder and creator of the Living Building Challenge, widely considered the world’s most progressive and stringent green building program. His work in the sustainable design field has been published or reviewed in dozens of journals, magazines and books. Full Bio.

Jay Harman / Naturalist and Author
Friday, May 23, 2014
An award-winning entrepreneur and biomimetic inventor, Jay Harman has taken a hands-on approach to his lifelong fascination with the deep patterns found in nature. He has founded and grown multi-million-dollar research and manufacturing companies that develop, patent and license innovative products. Harman is also the author of The Shark's Paintbrush. Harman’s goal—both as an author and an entrepreneur—is to show industry that improving the efficiency of industrial equipment is beneficial for both the bottom line, and the planet. Full Bio.

Master Speakers

New for 2014, we're happy to offer our Master Speaker Series, which features hour-long sessions from two of the leading minds in sustainable design and placemaking.

  The Coming Revolution
Lance Hosey, RTKL
Thursday, May 22 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Does going green change the face of design or only its content? In The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, the first book to outline a clear set of principles for the aesthetics of sustainable design, Lance Hosey argues that beauty is inherent to sustainability, for how things look and feel is as important as how they’re made. Form and image can enhance conservation, comfort, and community at every scale of design, from products to buildings to cities. Aesthetic attraction isn’t a superficial concern—it’s an environmental imperative. Finally bridging the gap “good design” and “green design” could revolutionize every aspect of design and architecture.
  Gold is the New Green: A Shifting Paradigm
Nan Ellin

Friday, May 23rd 11:100am -12:00 pm

We have the knowledge, skills, will, and resources to create sustainable places, yet are not doing so reliably. Nan Ellin identifies strategies for clearing hurdles along the path toward a living future, drawing from practices that are shifting the paradigm in urban design, placemaking, and community building. She shares a process for accelerating this shift in your own practice composed of 6 steps: Prospect, Polish, Propose, Prototype, Promote, and Present. Whereas green was the new black, producing myriad positive transformations through the sustainability movement, gold may be the new green, prospecting for the true riches in people and places.

Education Session Speakers