Unexpected opportunities: From a college co-op to a career

In October 2016, I found myself conducting a bilingual project meeting inside a security dog kennel in a small Mexican border town, as the design manager for an AECOM design-build project. For anyone who has been inside a security dog kennel, especially in the Mexican heat, you would probably be wondering why I spent that […]

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Imagine 2060: Resilience, innovation key to success of New York’s waterfront

The future of cities is not only dependent on making them sustainable and connected hubs—they must transform into accelerators of resilience, said Judith Rodin, president emerita of the University of Pennsylvania and The Rockefeller Foundation, during her keynote address at the “Imagine 2060: Delivering Tomorrow’s Cities Together” event in New York on September 14. Thought […]

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Reflections on World Water Week 2017

“Water and waste: reduce and reuse” was the theme of this year’s World Water Week, attended by more than 3,000 in Stockholm. As usual, the topics discussed were wide-ranging. The following are some that caught my attention. Back to the future Non-networked solutions and approaches, like fecal-sludge management (FSM) services, have captured the imagination and […]

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Where millennials can build a career

As Construction Dive recently reported, the construction industry is facing a huge hurdle when it comes to recruitment – a 200,000 to 250,000 worker deficit, to be exact. When thinking about it objectively, it doesn’t make sense – the pay is competitive, an aging workforce will continue to yield plenty of jobs, and there are many different specialties […]

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Does your building have a future?

Presented at the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, Hong Kong, June 2017. We are experiencing more disruption than ever with artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, and autonomous vehicles are no longer science fiction. So what does this mean for construction? Will the building you’re thinking of designing today be obsolete even before it’s completed? […]

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What makes a resilient neighborhood?

The issues of urbanization, globalization and climate change are playing out at a city scale, posing new challenges and uncertainty to all of us living in cities. It used to be that a sustainable neighborhood was one that used less energy and less water and was made of renewable materials. While those are still important […]

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Being Well: Challenges in designing healthy, sustainable buildings

While buildings traditionally provide comfort and protection from external threats, we are discovering health risks associated with our internal environments. With people now spending 90 percent of time indoors, it is evident that we must design, construct and operate buildings that are both sustainable and healthy. The criteria in new standards like WELL and Fitwel […]

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