Burdock - Development Industry Consultant
Chip Conley - Hotel and Real Estate Entrepreneur
William Levis - Urban Land Institute Policymaker
Jon Jerde - Urban Designer
Paolo Soleri - Architect
Vice President, The Dutko Group, brings the expertise of being a former senior advisor in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the broad knowledge of the housing to our clients. Liz has worked on affordable housing, community and economic development issues for the past 13 years. Liz served for five years under the Clinton Administration as a Senior Advisor to FHA Commissioner and Assistant Secretary for Housing. Prior to that role, she served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research and assisted in the writing and development of the President's Urban Policy Report-- State of the Cities . While at HUD she worked on a variety of policy issues including welfare reform, economic development, workforce investment, brownfields redevelopment and public housing. In addition, Liz served as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) a White House sponsored partnership between the American home builders, businesses, environmental groups and the 13 federal agencies.
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Chip Conley is a real estate entrepreneur and the founder, chairman, and CEO
of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, the innovative Bay Area hotel
chain. Conley founded Joie de Vivre in 1987 after working as
an analyst for Morgan Stanley's real-estate division, and then
moving on to become a project manager for Bay West Development
Co., overseeing historic-building renovations in San Francisco.
Conley's book, "The Rebel Rules: Daring to Be Yourself
in Business", was published in January 2001.
Bill Levis is a Senior Associate for the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. "Bill" Levis is one of the nation's leading authorities
on non-profit tax law and management, and is vitally interested
in the initiatives being developed by the Green Century Institute.
Bill is serving as the Treasurer of GCI and advising on general
management and project development.
In this capacity, Mr. Levis
has organized and implemented research, developed and disseminated
projects to define the scope of nonprofit reporting problems,
made recommendations for improving the quality of reporting,
and implemented those recommendations. He regularly consults
with the IRS on foundation tax law and works with various state
and national agencies on special projects. Bill has authored
many articles in professional journals and is a member of several
professional organizations, including the National Center for
Charitable Statistics and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Jon Jerde is Founder and Chairman of Jerde Partnership International. Since founding his Los Angeles-based urban planning and architecture
firm in 1977, Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA, has explored the architecture
creating large-scale, multi-function urban districts or focusing
on small-scale prototypes, experiences, not objects, are the
focus. Mr. Jerde's visionary ideas began to synthesize when
he created the design of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in
1984. His other revolutionary projects include Horton Plaza
in downtown San Diego; CityWalk at Universal City; Las Vegas;
Fremont Street Experience; Canal City Hakata in Fukuoka, Japan;
and Beursplein in Rotterdam. Mr. Jerde's projects have been
recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the
International Council of Shopping Centers, and two ministries
of the Japanese government.
University of Southern California awarded the Jon Adams Jerde,
FAIA, Endowment toward a Chair in Architecture and the Distinguished
Alumnus Award. He was named an AIA Fellow in 1990 and received
AIA/LA's Pacific Rim Award for global innovation and impact.
Mr. Jerde studied fine arts and engineering at the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1957-58 and received his
B.A. degree in architecture from USC in 1964.
Paolo Soleri is winner of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement 2006. The award is given in recognition of an individual who has made a profound, long-term contribution to contemporary design practice. Click here for more info.
Born in Turin, Italy in 1919, Paolo was awarded his Ph.D.
with highest honors in architecture from the Torino Polytechnico
in 1946. He came to the United States in 1947 and spent a year-and-a-half
in fellowship with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona,
and at Taliesin East in Wisconsin. During this time, he gained
international recognition for a bridge design displayed at the
Museum of Modern Art and published in The Architecture of Bridges
by Elizabeth Mock.
returned to Italy in 1950 where he was commissioned to build
a large ceramics, "Ceramica Artistica Solimene." The
processes he became familiar with in the ceramics industry led
to his award-winning designs of ceramic and bronze windbells
and siltcast architectural structures. In 1956 he settled in
Scottsdale, Arizona, with his late wife, Colly, and their two
and Mrs. Soleri made a life-long commitment to research and
experimentation in urban planning, establishing the Cosanti
Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation. The Foundation's
major project is Arcosanti, a prototype town for 7,000 people
designed by Soleri, under construction since 1970. Located at
Cordes Junction, in central Arizona, the project is based on
Soleri's concept of "Arcology," architecture coherent
with ecology. Arcology advocates cities designed to maximize
the interaction and accessibility associated with an urban environment;
minimize the use of energy, raw materials and land, reducing
waste and environmental pollution; and allow interaction with
the surrounding natural environment.
landmark exhibition, "The Architectural Visions of Paolo
Soleri", organized in 1970 by the Corcoran Gallery of Art
in Washington, DC, traveled extensively in the U.S. and Canada,
breaking records for attendance. His work has been exhibited
worldwide. He has been awarded three honorary doctorates, the
American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Craftmanship
in 1963, the Gold Medal from the World Biennieal of Architecture
in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1981, and the Silver Medal of the Academied
Architecture in Paris, 1984. Soleri is a distinguished lecturer
in the College of Architecture at Arizona State University.