Regenerative Design

Friday, April 27
Free, bring your own lunch
Please RSVP for room setup
A presentation of the Committee on the Environment

How can we move beyond the “less bad” approach to design? While efficiency and check-lists reduce negative impact, they do not provide proactive beneficial solutions. Even the term “Net Zero” implies the best thing a project can do is go away. How can buildings be “more good,” actually providing benefit to the environment around them, what does this look like, and can we get there? This presentation and discussion will examine architectural and engineering trends toward the integration of human and ecological systems. 

About the Speaker:

Josiah Cain, RLA, ASLA, Design Ecology
Josiah Cain is a licensed landscape architect, teacher, and consultant with over 20 years of direct experience in the sustainable design industry. His visionary ecological integration strategies and projects are regularly presented at major universities and conferences addressing the role of ecology in the built environment. He has provided design services to major clients including University of California, New York Dept of the Environment, and California Academy of Sciences. Josiah is the founder and principal of Design Ecology, a San Francisco Bay Area design and consultation firm known for elegant and technologically integrated landscapes, green roofs, living walls, and water management systems. Josiah is also the former Director of the Professional Program in Sustainable Design at UC Berkeley Extension. He will share his approach and projects, in a context of sustainability through full ecological integration.


1. Assess the efficacy of rating systems and prescriptive green design approaches

2. Better understanding the importance of site integration

3. Gain insight into the performance of ecological systems

4. Learn the value of interdisciplinary integration in realizing ecological benefits

5. The role of technology in optimizing ecological performance in the built environment


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