The CaGBC is proud to present Dr. Ray Cole, one of Canada’s most influential educators and trailblazers of sustainable architecture, as the final keynote speaker of Building Lasting Change 2017. It is our privilege to set the stage for him as he delivers his final official presentation before he embraces the luxury of his well-deserved retirement.
Charting a Positive Future – Rethinking Environmentalism
We are entering an increasingly dynamic and uncertain period where the global physical climate is changing, populist political movements are gaining momentum and faith in scientific rationality is waning. These, and other contextual developments, provide an opportunity to rethink the traditional notion of environmentalism as it relates to the built environment and to formulate fresh approaches to chart and maintain a positive path through such uncertain times. While the future is unknowable, this presentation explores approaches that are likely to gain significance for the green building community and which current ones are likely to become less potent.
Ray’s many great accomplishments have contributed to the creation of the vibrant green building industry we all know today. Join us, and many others, who have been inspired and influenced by Ray over the course of his distinguished career.
Dr. Ray Cole is a former director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he has been teaching environmental issues in building design for over 35 years. His current research interests relate to regenerative design, building environmental performance assessment, and human and automated intelligence.
Ray 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 US Green Building Council’s Green Public Service Leadership Award. Ray was the recipient of the 2008 Sustainable Buildings Canada Life-Time Achievement Award and the 2009 Canada Green Building Council’s Life-Time Leadership Award. He is a past director of the Canada Green Building Council, an honorary member of the Architectural Institute of BC, Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and holds the UBC designation of Distinguished University Scholar.