Please join us for our March 2019 EcoHour with featured speaker Victoria “Vicky” Kiechel for a discussion on the environmental impacts of architecture and design and her mission to serve as architect to institutions in need of affordable sustainable design and to implement solutions to the problems of our built environment.
Vicky has over 25 years of architectural practice, teaching, and research and seeks to activate social change to improve the well being of all. She serves as architect to people and institutions in need of affordable sustainable design and teaches sustainable design and urbanism in the Global Environmental Politics program at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC where she was the inaugural recipient of the university’s “Most Innovative Green Teacher of the Year” award. She is also a faculty mentor for New York University - Washington, DC’s summer Global Research Initiative. She has consulted for the Cadmus Group, LLC, since 2008, enabling the creation of high-performing new and existing buildings, cities, and the policies that support them and worked on TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program and the State of Wisconsin’s Travel Green Wisconsin project.
As a LEED® Accredited Professional in five AP specialty tracks (BD+C, ID+C, O+M, ND, and Homes), she provides expertise for projects seeking LEED and other green building certifications. Also as an ENERGY STAR® Licensed Professional she has utilized her skills to performing reviews and verifications for U.S. Department of State properties. She has also managed ENERGY STAR® Commercial & Industrial Branch Task Orders and has consulted in their commercial and industrial branch as Higher Education sector lead on issues such as energy benchmarking, curriculum development, and energy efficiency training.
Vicky has worked with the U.S. Green Building Council in the development of LEED v3 and helped develop the Smithsonian Institution’s sustainability initiatives between 2009 and 2012. She has been the principal author of studies for clients such as the Appalachian Regional Commission, the National Fenestration Rating Council, Arlington County, Virginia, and the Electric Power Research Institute and created and executed training for State of Arkansas energy managers.
Vicky is a Rhodes Scholar with an M.Phil. from Pembroke College, Oxford University and an M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in Washington D.C.
Hope to see you there!
*Teaism - Penn Quarter Accessibility Details: There is nearby ADA designated parking and the route from ADA parking to entrance is flat and paved. The door to the main entrance is not automated. Reserved seating near front for participants who are Deaf or hard of hearing is available, and the furniture is moveable for participants with mobility disabilities. Restrooms with accessible stalls are available and clear signage indicates location of accessible restrooms and elevators. As attendees to this event may experience multiple chemical sensitivities, please refrain from wearing all perfumes and use fragrance-free, unscented personal care products for the duration of the event.
*Note that networking begins at 6:00pm and the discussion with the speaker begins at 6:30pm.