Pamela Conrad, ASLA
Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture; Founder, Climate Positive Design
Pamela is a Principal at CMG Landscape Architecture in San Francisco, CA. She brings a strong ecological background focusing on resiliency and climate mitigation to her projects ranging from parks and open spaces to master plans and the public realm. Her drive to protect the environment stems from her childhood on a farm, education in plant science and regenerative landscape architecture, and experience restoring waterways at the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a licensed and LEED accredited landscape architect, she focuses on transforming challenged urban areas into socially valued and ecologically performing public open spaces. Pamela is has experience leading two of the largest environmentally innovative projects in the San Francisco Bay Area responding to climate change - Treasure Island Parks and Open Space and the San Francisco Waterfront Resilience Program. She is a recipient of the 2018 Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellowship for the development of the award-winning Pathfinder landscape carbon calculator application and the Climate Positive Design Challenge – products of an extensive research initiative, which she is sharing around the globe. She recently spoke at the ASLA Southern Pacific Coast Regional Climate Action Event, Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, ESRI GeoDesign Summit, and HOPES Conference. Pamela serves as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects Climate Action Committee and was recognized as a 2019 SF Business Times NCRE Woman of Influence and 2020 ENR Top 25 Newsmakers.
Marla Gayle, AIA (facilitator)
As a director in SOM’s New York office, Marla Gayle brings a deep commitment to sustainability as well as two decades of experience dedicated to the programming, planning, and project management of large-scale transportation and infrastructure programs. She is passionate about the role and importance of transit architecture in creating sustainable cities—improving the way people live and work in and around urban areas. She thinks of each new airport and rail station as a statement about the values and cultures of the city and a gateway for connecting people with each other, as well as to new places, experiences, and ideas. Gayle currently serves as the project manager for the transformation of the McKim, Mead & White 1913 James Farley Post Office into the new Moynihan Train Hall. This $1.6 billion design-build project is a critical part of the redevelopment of the entire Penn Station Complex, serving as an anchor to the burgeoning development of Manhattan’s Far West Side and providing a reinvigorated gateway to the entire Northeast Corridor. Prior to joining SOM, Gayle was a leader on more than 20 airport master planning, redevelopment, and expansion programs, including each of New York’s metropolitan airports, and projects across North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and China. She has also led the design of major light rail systems and transit hubs in the United States, Canada, and Israel. Gayle is a proven team builder whose leadership approach reinforces SOM’s commitment to design excellence, innovation, and sustainability.
Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC
Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, his seminal research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping our world. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems, and host of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series and inspiration for the 2030 Districts movement in North American cities. Mazria speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of architecture, design, energy, economics, and climate change and has taught at several universities, including the University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, UCLA, and the University of Colorado-Denver.
Sustainable Buildings Lead, Amazon
Julia has 20 years of experience focusing on sustainability in the built environment and working to create healthy, resilient buildings and landscapes that are responsive to communities and ecosystems. In particular, she maintains expertise in net zero energy, net zero carbon buildings, and both vertical and horizontal sustainability in the built environment. For many years, she supported buildings and real estate portfolios as well as landscape and planning scale efforts focused on ecosystem services and water systems. As Amazon’s Sustainable Buildings Lead, Julia leads the company’s sustainable building program, which covers three core pillars for the global real estate portfolio. She supports and empowers teams to take action in support of The Climate Pledge and other company commitments. Her primary focus is carbon reduction across the retail, office and fulfillment networks.