Faculty

Sustainable Design faculty are a blend of real-world practitioners, thought provoking authors and innovative researchers. Just as the curriculum rewards multiple learning styles, the program’s faculty members are selected to present the various approaches, concepts, skills and strategies needed to understand and participate in the sustainable design process.

Rob Fleming, Director, LEED AP BD&C, Green Advantage Certified, Co-Director Engineering and Design Institute, Philadelphia University Associate Professor 

Rob Fleming began teaching full time at Philadelphia University in 1996. In the undergraduate Architecture Program Fleming developed the Sustainable Design Studio in 1997 and taught that course for ten years. In 2000, Fleming co-founded the Engineering and Design Institute at Philadelphia University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach. Fleming co-founded the MS in Sustainable Design program in 2007 - one of a handful of such schools in the country. He is a LEED-accredited professional and has also provided consulting to a number of firms and companies that are designing green buildings. He also has served as a team leader on several integrated sustainable-design charrettes. Fleming is a founding board member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council and is the curriculum developer for the nationally offered Green Advantage Training Program. Rob recently published his first book: Design Education for a Sustainable Future, which argues for a great leap forward in design education to reach higher levels of integration and deeper levels of sustainability in the built environment. visit www.formfollowsworldview,com for more details

Robert Fryer, LEED AP, Associate Professor in Sustainable Design, Philadelphia University 
For more than ten years, Professor Fryer has designed and managed architectural projects and has been a LEED consultant. The focus of his work is the creation of sustainable buildings that are resource-efficient and work with the climates in which they are located. After earning his master's degree in the Environment & Energy Programme at the Architectural Association in London, he has focused on alternative designs and research centered on adaptive building skins and interior applications of membranes and textiles, which combine new technologies with climate analysis in the design of dynamic membranes. The goal of Professor Fryer's research is to enhance buildings' interaction with microclimates to effectively reduce energy consumption, while using recyclable or biodegradable material. He joined the Engineering & Design Institute as senior research associate in 2004.

Christopher Pastor, Ph.D. Professor, School of Design and Engineering, Philadelphia University, Co-Director Engineering and Design Institute, Philadelphia University
Dr. Pastor has a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, and an M.S. and B.A. in mathematics. He received the Distinguished Young Scientist award from the Fiber Society in 2000, and was a recipient of the Leadership in Sustainable Buildings Award from the Pennsylvania Resources Council in 2004. Professor Pastor has been teaching engineering and related topics since 1988 and has published over 100 papers and five books. His research expertise is in novel materials, including low-density composites and green materials.

Scott Kelly, AIA LEED Fellow, Senior Fellow in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University 
Scott Kelly is co-founder and Principal of Re:Vision Architecture, a deep green architecture, planning, and sustainability consulting practice committed to revisioning and restoring the balance between natural and built environments.  Since its inception in 2001, Scott has led Re:Vision’s interdisciplinary team in designing or participating as sustainability consultants on over 100 LEED projects around the nation, including over a dozen at the Platinum level.  With an interest in leadership projects, Scott led the design of the 2011 NESEA Zero-Net Energy Award Winner and has several Living Building Challenge projects in process.  Throughout his career, advocacy has always been an important part of Scott’s work. He is a long-standing Chair of the Philadelphia AIA Committee on the Environment and was a founding Board Member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC).  Scott lectures around the country on a variety of issues related to the integrated-design process, sustainable design, and the LEED rating system.  Scott’s inclusive and collaborative approach to sustainable design has inspired numerous other architects, building owners, developers, building contractors, and interested community members to incorporate green thinking and design into their buildings.  Looking to the next generation, Scott is a Senior Fellow and Curriculum Advisor within Philadelphia University’s Masters in Sustainable Design program.

Robert Diemer, PE LEED® 2.0 Accredited Professional, Senior Fellow in Sustainable Design, Philadelphia University
Robert Diemer is committed to providing innovative and cost-effective building solutions that enhance the built environment, while minimizing the environmental footprint of each project. He is a partner of AKF Engineers, LLP and has over 25 years experience in the design and integration of mechanical- and electrical-engineering systems for many different building types. Diemer has collaborated on the design of buildings incorporating innovative sustainable features such as radiant floor heating, displacement ventilation, geo-thermal heat pumps, mixed-mode ventilation and photovoltaics. He is a LEED® 2.0- accredited professional and a leader of the sustainable design initiative for AKF Engineers. Diemer is chair of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.

Shannon Kaplan, PE, LC, LEED AP, Fellow in Sustainable Design, Philadelphia University
Shannon Kaplan specializes in the design and analysis of high performance electrical systems for buildings with an emphasis on ultra low-energy lighting systems, daylight harvesting and on-site renewable energy. Kaplan’s work includes design work to optimize energy usage in buildings and has helped develop innovative tools such as plug load policies to achieve energy goals. She also has conducted daylighting studies, lighting and controls energy efficiency studies. She has designed and commissioned renewable energy systems. She has lectured extensively on sustainable design and high performance buildings including at the AIA Philadelphia Chapter Design on the Delaware Conference. Kaplan is a Professional Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a Lighting Certified Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional. Kaplan attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a Bachelors of Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Illuminating Engineering.

Nancy S. Cleveland, JD, LEED AP, Green Advantage Certified
Nancy Cleveland is the Founder and President of Rubicon Crossings, LLC, a sustainability consulting firm serving the real estate industry. Having been a real estate attorney for more than 26 years and as a LEED AP, Cleveland is knowledgeable and has extensive business experience regarding legal, financial, and practical issues facing property owners and developers as they build new, or transition existing buildings to, sustainable properties. She has administered LEED certification filings, as well as developed and implemented sustainability policies, practices, and documentation for operating and managing commercial buildings to sustainability standards. Cleveland has conducted training on sustainability practices, goal setting, incentives, and program implementation. Prior to founding Rubicon Crossings, LLC, Cleveland served as senior vice president and director of sustainability for BPG Properties, Ltd.

Orly Zeewy, Brand Identity Consultant, Fellow in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University
Orly Zeewy is a brand identity consultant with a focus on branding sustainable companies and with 25 years experience in design and marketing communications. Zeewy has been a guest lecturer in the MSSD program since 2008 and teaches the course The Sustainable Organization Primer: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise in the 21st Century, a course she co-developed. Zeewy is a guest lecturer at Wharton and a frequent panelist at the Sustainable Business Network Social Venture Institute. In the fall of 2009, Zeewy was a lead speaker at a national conference in Washington D.C. and, in June 2009, she was interviewed for the article “What is a Green Brand?” which was featured in the business section of Ma’arrive, the second largest newspaper in Israel. Zeewy grew up in Lausanne, Switzerland, and is bilingual in French and English.

Gage C. Duran, AIA Associate, LEED GA
MS in Sustainable Design, Philadelphia University; B Arch, University of Southern California
A sustainable design professional, Gage is Real Estate Development Project Manager for Mt. Airy, USA and has worked on both private and commercial projects including an Eco Resort Master Plan on the Island of Grenada, a major renovation for an historic residence in Holmby Hills, California, and the Targeted Home Preservation Program in Pennsylvania.

 

Contributing Faculty

Sandy Wiggins, Principal, Consilience, LLC
During his 29-year career in the real estate development and construction industries, Sandy Wiggins has worked with project teams through the development, design and construction of projects totaling over $800 million. In 2001, he co-founded the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, an organization devoted to changing the way these industries work in order to regenerate the natural environment and leverage the built environment to improve human health and productivity. In 2004, he founded Consilience, LLC, a consulting and development company with a mission to build environmentally, socially and economically sustainable communities by bringing together the principles of green building with other emerging development strategies that facilitate regeneration of the natural environment, and improved health and increased social equity.

Gerry DeSeve, President, GreenerApplications
Gerry DeSeve launched GreenerApplications and its flagship GreenerApps carbon management system. He has 15 years of involvement with Web technologies, and has spent more than a decade working on strategy projects for clients in government agencies, Fortune 500 businesses, and Big Five consulting firms. This experience gives him a unique perspective on how clients can successfully use sustainability and technology to reduce costs and maintain strong stakeholder relationships. DeSeve is a columnist on sustainability issues for Management Insights for Public Managers, a joint project of Governing and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Ash Institute.

Todd Woodward, AIA, LEED AP
Todd Woodward is a Principal of Philadelphia based SMP Architects, a nationally recognized leader in sustainable design. As Principal of SMP, he has led environmentally responsible projects for higher education institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. Woodward is a member of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia and in 2003 received the Young Architect Award from AIA Philadelphia. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Context, the Journal of AIA Philadelphia; the board of the Penn Design Alumni Association; and the Advisory Council of the Community Design Collaborative. Todd has taught in the architecture departments at Philadelphia University and Temple University.