DuPont Building Innovations Sponsors Program’s Scholarships

The Design Futures Council has named seven professionals its Emerging Leaders for 2014. These individuals will receive registration scholarships to attend the 13th Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design in Deer Valley, Utah on September 28-30. The scholarship is sponsored by DuPont Building Innovations.

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 drivers of change, 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 sixth 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 2014 Emerging Leaders are:

  • Dr. Benjamin Lee Champion, a Rhodes and Udall scholar and researcher who led the creation of sustainability programs at Kansas State University. He is now the director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Arizona.
  • Katherine Darnstadt,  the founder of Latent Design, a Chicago-based progressive architecture firm and strategic design consultancy that works at the intersection of design and community development.
  • Scott Larrick is the founder of ELEVEN:59 STUDIO, which is becoming the first architecture firm in Austin, Texas to specialize in the design and construction of small, prefabricated, net-zero energy homes at an affordable price.
  • Alexandria Mathieu of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas was selected for the AIA Emerging Leaders program and is actively engaged in sustainable projects for her firm, including a current project for a university that is under design to be powered “off grid.”
  • Demetra Mazria is the founder of HandsomeLA, a communications design firm. She has developed all the major initiatives of Architecture 2030, including the 2030 Palette, AIA+2030 Series, and 2030 Districts.
  • Jennifer McKenzie is a Sustainable Design Leader for Gensler Chicago retail practice studio. She has been project architect for multiple LEED certified projects and has been a volunteer for the Chicago Center for Green Technology.
  • Prem Sundharam of DLR Group is an expert resource for energy modeling and sustainable design, playing a vital role on integrated project teams across the country. He also is a member of the DLR Group Practice Forum.


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 print and online 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.