McLennan is the creator of the Living Building Challenge – the most stringent and progressive green building program in existence, as well as a primary author of the WELL Building Standard, which is sweeping the globe. He is the author of seven books on Sustainability and Design – used by thousands of practitioners each year, including the Philosophy of Sustainable Design, which is considered the ‘bible’ for green building’ – and is both an Ashoka Fellow and Senior Fellow of the Design Future’s Council. He has been selected by Yes! Magazine as one of ‘15 people shaping the world’ and works closely with world leaders, Fortune 500 companies, leading NGO’s, major universities, celebrities, and influential development companies –all in the pursuit of a world that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. He serves as the Chairman of the International Living Future Institute and is the CEO of McLennan Design – his own architectural and planning practice designing some of the world’s most advanced green buildings. McLennan’s work has been published in dozens of journals, magazines, and newspapers around the world.
Dale Duncan AIA LEED AP
Dale has a reputation for being the kind of project manager that isn’t finished until a project succeeds. Clients and designers alike know Dale as the responsive, go-to person who keeps the project on track. No matter what role he plays on the design team – and he can play many – his passion for good work, sustainability, and his commitment to quality turn concepts into reality.
Dale has been responsible for project management, materials selection, consultant coordination, supervision of construction-document production, and construction administration for major projects in Kansas City and surrounding communities.
Dale was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Kansas, and in 2016, he served as the President of the AIA-Kansas City chapter (over 1,000 members). He is a LEED accredited professional, registered in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Connecticut, and British Columbia, and holds CSI and NCARB memberships. Dale is Chairman of the Board of the Spencer C. Duncan Make it Count Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation.
Joshua M Fisher
Highly collaborative and team-oriented, Joshua brings each project to life with a fresh perspective and a compelling vision of how a regeneratively designed future might look. As a founding member of the McLennan Design team, Joshua has been contributing his unique artistic sensibility for five years as Director of Creative Media to projects spanning North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia. These projects have included a diverse range of master planning, urban design, hospitality, commercial and residential.
Joshua’s approach leverages best available technologies and the visual arts to communicate design aspirations through content creation that elevates projects’ potential and clients’ expectations. In his work, deep-green design integration happens at each stage of the process, from feasibility to concept design to marketing.
At home in the Pacific Northwest, Joshua takes inspiration from art, design, the outdoors, and skateboarding, and shares his love of life with his wife and two little boys.
When not designing buildings that strive to create positive change in our communities, Gregor can be found floating around the Salish Sea with his little family aboard their sailboat seeking adventures and delicious seafood to harvest and eat while at anchor. Gregor is an avid fisherman, surfer, and free diver.
As a designer and artisan, Chris is interested in shaping meaningful relationships between place, people, and memory, while strengthening community, and increasing the impact of design in contributing to healthful daily life. With a background in industrial design for underserved communities, furniture fabrication, carpentry, and illustration, his approach is informed by social and ecological principles as foundations for deep green contextual design. He holds a Master of Architecture with distinction from UBC SALA, and a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Emily Carr University. Commitment to wellness and family is central, and he cherishes moments with his son, spouse and friends—swimming, hiking, paddling, cooking, sketching, building, and connecting.
Phaedra Svec, AIA, LEED AP BD + C
Phaedra is an architect, regenerative systems planner and Director of Regenerative Design with McLennan Design. With over 20 years of experience in the sustainable design movement, she has served as chief sustainability trouble maker on many award-winning, high-performance projects. A master at interrupting traditional process, she creates opportunities to infuse Biomimicry and regenerative design and development processes into an integrated design process. Phaedra’s approach to regenerative design and development is holistic, systems-based, inspired by living systems and deeply personal. She believes that regenerative design is not a new set of standards or best practices to comply with, but rather a way of coming to a project with a mind intent on discovering and improving the on-going vitality of a place and its living systems.
Gabrielle is a designer and student that is exploring her passions for creating a better world through sustainable design and empathy. Growing up in Portland, Oregon greatly influenced her attitude towards social justice, equity, and the environment, which she carries into her approach on architecture. She is approaching her final year at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she will receive her BArch with minors in Italian Studies and Art History. In her free time, you can find Gabrielle paddle boarding, watching true crime documentaries, or learning how to craft the perfect vanilla latte.
Jason Wilkinson, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Rushyan Yen, AIA LEED AP BD+C
As an architect with a background in urban ecology and fine art, Rushyan’s work successfully bridges research and design to solve complex problems using data-driven analysis and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her commitment to creating equitable, sustainable, and healthy urban environments is fueled by her love of the natural world and the myriad cultures she’s encountered during her travels. An avid trail runner and hiker, she finds inspiration during long adventures in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Rushyan is a LEED accredited professional and holds dual master’s degrees in Architecture as well as Environmental Management from Yale University.