The Design Futures Council has named five professionals as its Emerging Leaders for 2012.

DuPont Building Innovations Sponsors Program’s Scholarships

NORCROSS, Ga. – The Design Futures Council has named five professionals as its Emerging Leaders for 2012. These individuals received registration scholarships to attend the 11th Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design in Portland, OR Sept. 11-13. The scholarship is sponsored by DuPont Building Innovations.

“At DuPont, we’re focused on reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, and that’s one of the reasons why the Design Futures Council is important to us,” said Doug Baker, Americas director of DuPont Building Innovations and a Design Futures Council Executive Board member. “Providing scholarships for the Emerging Leaders initiative allows DCF members like DuPont in the energy, talent, and fresh perspective of young professionals who will influence and shape the future of sustainable design.”

The Design Future Council’s annual Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design brings together a delegation of 100 people from the world’s most influential architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) firms, along with educators and leading building product manufacturers to identify change drivers, analyze emerging data, and explore innovation in sustainable design.

One of the Design Futures Council’s missions is to identify and recognize future leaders who are having – and will increasingly have – an impact on design practices, design professions, and the community. The Emerging Leaders scholarship program, now in its fifth year, addresses this goal by selecting individuals who represent the future of design practice in terms of its broadening scope, service to society, sustainable design, and technological innovation.

The 2012 Emerging Leaders are:

  • David Dewane is an architect with Gensler and a visiting professor at Catholic University in Washington DC.  In 2010 he founded Librii with seed funding from the World Bank Institute. The project aims to construct a network of digital libraries along Africa’s expanding fiber optic infrastructure. Dewane trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. He has also held leadership positions on three teams in the U.S. DOE’s Solar Decathlon competition.
  • Sarah Peck is a writer, designer and researcher. She works in the spaces between landscape architecture, urban design, technology, communications and strategy. She is the founder of the award-winning Landscape Urbanism website and journal and speaks about the future of cities, landscape, urbanization and the relationship between narrative writing and design. In 2012, she co-published the inaugural IDEAS journal for international landscape firm SWA Group; previously was the assistant editor for “via: Occupation,” the Penn Design journal for architecture, landscape architecture and design. 
  • Colin Rohlfing is a sustainable design leader and director of sustainable consulting for Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum Inc. (HOK). For the past seven years, he worked with local, regional and firm-wide teams to facilitate sustainable design integration on projects, most notably KAUST, the world’s largest LEED Platinum project. Rohlfing is a member of USGBC Illinois, the co-founder of Biomimicry Chicago and is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the world. In 2010, he was named in Midwest Construction’s Top-20 under 40 and received a Chicago AIA Presidents citation for his work on the 2030 Challenge Tool.
  • Katherine Williams is a licensed architect in Virginia. She was formerly a project manager and Rose Architectural Fellow at the San Francisco Housing Development Corporation. She has served in numerous positions including the AIA Housing Knowledge Community advisory group, editing the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) magazine and on several nonprofit boards. Williams graduated from Howard University and is a LEED accredited professional. She is a mom to one daughter and writes about community design online at
  • Paul Zenke is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Education. His dissertation focuses on the future and emerging roles of colleges of design as leaders in academic and institutional change. Zenke’s research agenda focuses on applying design to create social change in interdisciplinary contexts to build a more sustainable future. Zenke works at UW-Madison’s DesignLab, a digital composition center providing design consultancy on the conceptual and aesthetic dimensions of design-based research.


About the Design Futures Council

The Design Futures Council is an interdisciplinary network of design, product, and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment. Members include leading architecture and design firms, dynamic manufacturers, service providers, and forward-thinking A/E/C firms of all sizes that take an active interest in their future. DesignIntelligence, a bi-monthly journal of cutting-edge research, practical advice, and peer-to-peer information exchange, is the Design Futures Council’s official publication, published by Greenway Communications.


About the DuPont Building Innovations

DuPont Building Innovations, a strategic business unit of DuPont (NYSE:DD) helps residential and commercial builders, architects, general contractors, engineers and their teams determine the best, highest-performing solutions that meet the unique needs of their projects. From DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems to DuPont™ Corian® solid surfaces, DuPont™ Zodiaq® quartz surfaces and more, DuPont Building Innovations is committed to increasing the performance of building systems and creating more sustainable structures.