PLEA 2009


École d'architecture
Faculté d'aménagement,
d'architecture et des arts visuels

Université Laval
Québec, Canada G1K 7P4
Groupe de recherche en ambiances physiques

































Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective


  Keynote Speakers [français]

Architecture, Energy and the Occupant’s Perspective, main theme of the PLEA 2009 conference in Quebec City, will be organised into three days: Challenges, Strategies and Integration. Our keynote presentations feature Ray Cole, G. Z. Brown, Peter Busby, as well as the Manitoba Hydro project Team: Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Auer, Tom Gouldsborough and Glen Klym.


Ray Cole
Ray Cole is Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Colombia. He has been teaching environmental issues in building design in the Architecture program for the past thirty years. Dr Cole is the Academic Director of the Design Centre for Sustainability - the focus of sustainability related research within the School. He was co-founder of the Green Building Challenge - an international collaborative effort to benchmark progress in green building performance and environmental assessment - and has served on numerous national and international committees related to buildings and the environment. Dr Cole was selected as a North American Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor for “sustained commitment to building environmental research and teaching” in 2001. In 2003 he received the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Barbara Dalrymple Memorial Award for Community Service and the US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award. He is currently a Director member of the Canada Solar Buildings Research Network, a past Director member of the Canadian Green Building Council, and holds the UBC designation of Distinguished University Scholar.


G.Z. Brown
G.Z. “Charlie” Brown is the founding director of the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory at the University of Oregon and a nationally recognized educator, author, and researcher on daylighting and energy use in buildings. Brown has authored or coauthored books, software applications, and more than 100 papers and reports including “Sun, Wind & Light” which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. He has been a Fulbright scholar in Norway and in Nigeria. Brown received the Cascadia Fellows Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the U.S. Green Buildings Council 2005 Leadership Award in research for his work on sustainable building practices. He was elected into the College of Fellows of The American Institute of Architects in 2006, and selected as a Fellow by the American Solar Energy Society in 2005. Brown has been honored by the Architectural Research Center Consortium with the James Haecker Distinguished Leadership Award in Architectural Research (2000). Brown had a founding role in the organization Society of Building Science Educators, now with more than 250 members in countries around the world. The Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory has performed more than $16 million in externally funded research since 1977 when Brown joined the faculty. The lab has supported more than 200 graduate research assistants and provided design assistance in energy conscious design on over 17 million square feet in the U.S. and abroad.



Peter Busby
As Managing Director of Busby Perkins+Will, Peter oversees over 100 employees working on projects across North America and around the globe. A founding member and current Chair of the Canada Green Building Council, Peter is recognized internationally as a leader in green building design and leads what is considered one of North America’s leading green design practices with the largest portfolio of built green projects in Canada. In recognition of his professional and community contributions, Peter was invested as a member of the Governor General’s Order of Canada in 2005. In 2008 Peter was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Science by Ryerson University.



Bruce Kuwabara, Thomas Auer, Tom Gouldsborough and Glen Klym
Manitoba Hydro Place – IDP Team Leaders



Bruce Kuwabara
Bruce Kuwabara is a founding partner of the Toronto-based firm of Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and the 2006 RAIC Gold Medalist. His projects have been recognized in Canada with eight Governor General's Awards for Architecture, and internationally by the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Athenaeum, and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He chairs the design review panel for Waterfront Toronto, and sits on the board of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA).


Thomas Auer
Trained as a Process Engineer at the Technical University in Stuttgart, Thomas Auer is a partner and managing director of Transsolar GmbH, a German building energy design consultancy, with offices in Stuttgart, Munich and New York. Thomas is a specialist in integrated building systems and energy efficiency in buildings. Projects include the naturally-ventilated Hochtief Prisma in Frankfurt, Bad Aibling, and the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Thomas teaches at the Yale University School of Architecture, and he speaks frequently at conferences and symposia.

Tom Gouldsborough
Tom Gouldsborough, Division Manager of Corporate Planning & Business Development for Manitoba Hydro, has acted as Project Manager for Manitoba Hydro Place since 2002. He played an integral role establishing design parameters and the project charter, and ensuring the vision and objectives were realized in built form. Tom is also responsible for Corporate Strategic Planning, Performance Measurement and business development, including mergers and acquisitions. Tom has an engineering background in Electrical Utility Design, Construction and Commissioning and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.



Glen Klym
Glen Klym is a LEED Accredited Architect with Smith Carter Architects and Engineers. He was the Project Manager and Architectural team LEED coordinator for Manitoba Hydro Place. With a diverse background in architecture and construction and a passion for sustainable design, Glen fosters enthusiasm for the setting of realistic goals early in a project. A strong proponent of the IDP process, Glen is a trained LEED Charette Facilitator and most recently was responsible for managing development of the LEED certification package for Smith Carter’s corporate headquarters.