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Thornton Tomasetti’s Gunnar Hubbard Appointed to AIA 2018 Committee on the Environment Advisory Group

February 08, 2018

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, announces that Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA, LEED Fellow has been appointed to the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) 2018 Committee on the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group. Hubbard, who is based in the firm’s Portland, Maine, office, will serve a three-year term.

The Committee on the Environment works to advance, disseminate, and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design. The AIA/COTE Advisory Group consists of a small group of AIA members that works on a variety of tasks, including award programs, advocacy, communication, and research.

Hubbard is a recognized leader in green building. He has more than 25 years of experience as an architect, consultant, educator and advocate for sustainable building projects throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He is an expert on green building standards and certification systems around the globe.

“Architects need to do better to combat climate change,” Hubbard said. “It is up to us to educate our clients and project partners that great design and high-performing buildings can go hand in hand. We can use our skills, organize our teams and approach design and construction in ways that are beneficial to building owners and occupants as well as the environment. I look forward to helping COTE provide the architectural community with the education, tools and resources they need to lead the charge toward more efficient and greener buildings.”

Hubbard has played a key sustainability role on a wide variety of projects including CityCenter Las Vegas, an $8.4-billion mixed-use complex; the green certification for 12 million square feet of existing real estate in Sweden; a net zero energy LEED Platinum education center in Maine; and the 5-million-square foot Shanghai Stock Exchange in Shanghai, China.

Hubbard is a licensed architect in California. He was named an AIA Fellow in 2015, in recognition of his contributions and commitment to greening the built environment. He is a long-time member of the AIA, and a board member of AIA Maine, for which he recently served as COTE chair. Hubbard is also a LEED Fellow, a founding member of the Maine chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and has been a board member for Community Housing of Maine for more than 10 years.

He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont.

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