Knoll hosted a panel discussion on the responsibility of the design community to embrace pro bono work. Led by John Cary, Founder and Curator of PublicInterestDesign.org and author of “The Power of Pro Bono”. The panel explored a pro bono design project case study including the client, Harlem-based Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) and design firm Perkins + Will.
Principal of Perkins+Will, Robin Guenther, FAIA founded Guenther 5 Architects. Her projects have been nationally and internationally published. In 2004, Ms. Guenther completed the first LEED-certified ambulatory care facility in North America, and has since continued to influence the design of sustainable healthcare buildings globally. She received the Center for Health Design’s Changemaker Award in 2005. Two years later, Ms. Guenther co-authored Sustainable Healthcare Architecture with Gail Vittori. The author and designer Rosalyn Cama describes Ms. Guenther as “a pioneer who defied the odds.” Ms. Guenther’s work actively addresses the need for transformation in the industry and the profession, utilizing sustainability as a guiding framework for design. Additionally, Ms. Guenther serves on the LEED-HC committee, and is a board member of both the Center for Health Design and Healthy Building Network.
At the 2010 Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design, Phil Harrison, President & CEO of Perkins and Will spoke about the leadership imperative of integrating sustainable design practices into the values of architecture and design firms. For more information on Perkins + Will, visit perkinswill.com