SPI’s Program Partners are brilliant thought leaders in our industry who have the insight, skills and expertise to help your organization achieve its sustainability goals and institutionalize the systems, processes and policies needed to get you to the next level. The mix of knowledge and skillsets to do this work is rare, so we seek out those uniquely qualified individuals who are grounded in technical knowledge but understand organizational dynamics and change management, and are able to facilitate the transformation necessary to achieve your goals.
Betsy del Monte, FAIA, LEED BD+C
Betsy del Monte, FAIA, is the Founding Principal of Transform Global. Betsy’s experience and expertise includes high performance building design, sustainable and resilient community design, and fully integrated project delivery.
As a registered architect, Betsy has thirty years of architectural practice and sustainability consulting. As Adjunct Professor at the SMU Lyle School of Engineering, she helped create and teaches a Master of Arts degree in Sustainability and Development. She also serves as the SMU Campus Sustainability Consultant.
She was formerly a Principal in Architecture and Director of Sustainability for the Beck Group, a national, integrated firm providing architecture and construction services. Betsy has been named a Fellow by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and as a Senior Fellow in the Design Futures Council.
Betsy received her Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. Her experience includes work at architecture firms in Atlanta and Houston, as well as nine years with Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York.
Jim Weiner, LEED Fellow, AIA
Managing Principal Jim Weiner founded Collaborative Project Consulting as the natural progression of a thirty-year career as a design architect & educator. He is a recognized thought leader in architecture & sustainable building in the U.S. and internationally. Green building policy has been shaped by his hands-on work with the U.S. Green Building Council, major utilities, universities and local governments. Jim is an educator & speaker for groups including the American Library Association, Community College Facilities Coalition, UCLA, USC, UCSB, SCIARC, Association of Energy Engineers, American Solar Energy Society, AIA, ASHRAE, Energy Resource Center & the U.S. Green Building Council
After 30 years of working on technological solutions in the building industry (from architecture to construction to development), Julia learned that engaged and supported people are what truly drive success. Consequently, Julia pivoted her focus and established Ensight Consulting to help businesses realize the opportunities of organizational development.
Julia has both a BA and Masters in Architecture. She has received leadership awards from both USGBC and the AIA, co- founded Baltimore Green Week, has been a government appointee to several green building task forces, and co-authored USGBC’s Green Operation’s Guide.
Alicia Ravetto, FAIA, LEED fellow, ASES Fellow
Alicia Ravetto grew up in Argentina where she received her professional degree in Architecture from the National University of Rosario . She lived in sunny and dry Mendoza for six years doing research in passive solar design and daylighting, which set the tone for her professional career. She came to the US in 1985 as a Fulbright scholar to pursue her Master of Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Alicia moved to NC in 1987 and lives and works in her high performance solar house that she designed and built in 1996 with her husband Paul Konove, design/builder. Alicia combines deep technical knowledge and skills in design with an instinctive understanding of team collaboration and can help firms and project teams realize their technical goals by helping them enhance their capabilities of integrative design.
Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Mary Ann Lazarus is founding Principal of MALeco, LLC, a sustainability consulting practice with a focus on resilient design. The practice is built on Mary Ann’s 35 year experience as a sustainable design leader at HOK, a global design services firm, and her role as the Resident Fellow on Sustainability and Design and Health at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC.
With over 35 years of architectural experience at HOK, Mary Ann served as firm-wide sustainable director for over a decade promoting the implementation of sustainable strategies in all of HOK’s work and clients. Mary Ann led a network of leaders across HOK’s global practice to raise awareness and create a consistent base of knowledge across the firm. She was instrumental to HOK’s research effort on a prototype market rate net zero design and HOK’s unique alliance with Biomimicry 3.8 to bring natural systems solutions to the built environment.
In her role with the AIA, Mary Ann provided strategic leadership to significantly improve the architectural profession’s impact in sustainability and design for health. She authored the AIA Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan that outlines the AIA’s top priorities for architects to drive sustainability leadership. Mary Ann worked closely with AIA National leaders and AIA member groups on implementing the key recommendations from that report.
Mary Ann has also had a long-term focus on resilient design. She played an instrumental role in the green building community’s response to Hurricane Katrina that led to the USGBC’s New Orleans Principles. More recently, she led HOK’s efforts in the collaboration with the USGBC in the design of the new William Jefferson Clinton Child Center and Orphanage in Port au Prince Haiti. Mary Ann serves on the Advisory Board for the Resilient Design Institute and led the team in the creation of three new Resilient Design pilot credits for the USGBC LEED rating system.
Mary Ann is considered a thought leader on sustainability and speaks regularly at national and international events. She was the 2012 “Perspective” Evergreen award recipient from Eco-Structure magazine. Mary Ann is co-author of The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design, Second Edition, Mary Ann is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. She was a member of the Vision 2020 Sustainability Council in 2014.