Doug Farr, AIA, LEED AP is the founding principal of Farr Associates, an award-winning architecture and planning firm identified by The New York Times as "the most prominent of the city's growing cadre of ecologically sensitive architects." Having a mission to design sustainable human environments, Farr's niche is in applying the principles of LEED at the scale of the neighborhood and in designing green buildings exclusively for urban contexts. Farr Associates has designed seven LEED Platinum-rated buildings in Chicago, including the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago Center for Green Technology and Christy Webber Landscapes., which stand as models of urban architectural sustainability. In December 2012, the firm was named AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year.
Farr was born in Detroit and received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Michigan and his graduate degree in architecture from Columbia University. He is Vice Chair of the board for the Congress for the New Urbanism, a member of the LEED Steering Committee and was the inaugural chair of the LEED for Neighborhood Development committee. He is the founder of the 2030 Communities Campaign that seeks to reduce vehicle miles traveled. Farr's work has been featured in Architectural Record, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and the PBS documentary "The Green Machine."
Based on the firm's pioneering sustainable design practice and his insights gained from chairing LEED-ND, Farr authored Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature (Wiley). This planning bestseller visualizes Sustainable Urbanism—the growing sustainable design convergence that integrates walkable and transit-served urbanism with high-performance infrastructure and buildings—as the normal pattern of development in the United States by 2030.
Doug Farr's talk will start at 5:10pm. Location will be announced later this year. This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you at this event!