The American Institute of Architects

ROBERT J. KOBET, AIA, LEED Faculty, CEO

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For over 38 years, he has worked in 11 countries on five continents creating innovative places to live, work and learn. Bob's life-long vision for a green building era is becoming a reality -- and he is sharing his knowledge through a range of sustainable design and development consulting services.

Robert J. Kobet, AIA, LEED Faculty is the CEO of The Kobet Collaborative, a parent company that includes Sustainaissance International and The International Eco-Friends Network. Sustainaissance International, began in 1979 as Energy Design Associates, is a multi-disciplined architectural consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and development, high performance LEED Certified buildings and environmental education. The International Eco-Friends Network is a 501.c.3 organization in pilot phase designed to enable K12 students around the world to communicate with each other.

Bob Kobet's individual impact on the built environment spans several decades over a wide area of influence. His green building and sustainable community development projects around the world range from small non-profit endeavors to multi-million dollar developments. Differentiating himself as a design professional offering comprehensive, integrated services from conceptual design through implementation, he is one of very few individuals with his depth of experience and expertise to be practicing on an international level. He is a highly sought after lecturer and conference speaker, well known for his ability to combine a deep understanding of the subject with the passion and ability to explain complicated and complex issues in simple, usable terms.

Nationally recognized in design for the chemically sensitive, Bob authored the first continuing education unit in Allergy Free/Nontoxic Design featured in the professional development program for the American Society of Interior Designers in 1989. He has since developed and conducted several versions of this workshop around the US and Canada including ASID's Super Campus Continuing education conferences. He also wrote the curriculum for the Build Environment track of the Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, the first program of it's type in the US. Bob's work received the first Three Rivers Award for Environmental Education in 1997. Additionally, he is the principle author of the Pennsylvania's Guidelines for Creating High Performance Green Buildings and the Guidelines for Sustainable Development, published by The Heinz Endowments.

The project portfolio of Sustainaissance International includes individual buildings and sustainable communities in the United States, Canada, Haiti, the Czech Republic, Poland, Africa, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Mexico, Guam and China. In Beijing, Bob provided consulting services to Lawrence Berkley Laboratories and the Department of State in collaboration with the Beijing Olympic Committee and private developers for the Minimum Energy Building. This facility begins life as an Olympic athlete housing and operations center and transitions into a mixed use and Kindergarten School after the Olympics conclude. Sustainability is the one constant focus throughout all his work. Bob truly believes in meeting individual client needs through customized solutions which minimize environmental impact and maximize health and productivity.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Design Professional (LEED Faculty) First in Pennsylvania
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Advanced Faculty
  • Selected as one of Twelve faculty in 2010 to work internationally and train other faculty
  • One of the initial twelve professionals chosen by USGBC in 2000 to conduct LEED accredited workshops nationwide.
  • Chair, LEED for Schools
  • Co-author, LEED for General Contractors and Construction Managers
  • Authorized to conduct USGBC sanctioned workshops for:
    • LEED V3 Green Building Design and Construction
    • LEED V3 Interior Design and Construction
    • LEED V3 Core Concepts
    • LEED V3 for Schools
    • LEED for General Contractors and Construction Managers
  • 2006 Registered Architect, State of Florida #AR92767
  • 1981 Registered Architect, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania #EX8685

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

  • 1993 Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA Graduate Cum Laude
  • 1980 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    Recipient, Outstanding Achievement Award

AWARDS

  • 2008 Gold Metal Building of America
    Pine Jog Elementary School and Environmental Education Center, Palm Beach County, FL. LEED Consultant to Zyscovich Architects
  • 2005 AIA National Committee on the Environment Top Ten Award
    Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA. LEED and Green Design Consultant to Gardner, Gannon, Pope and Davis
  • 2005 Pittsburgh's Green Champion
    Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2002 AIA National Committee on the Environment Top Ten Award Conservation Consultants Incorporated Center (CCI), Pittsburgh, PA. Project Manager and Director of Green Building Services to CCI
  • 1999 Governor's Energy Award CCI, Pittsburgh, PA. Project Manager and Director of Green Building Services to CCI
  • 2000 Governor's Energy Award
  • Energy House, Highland Park, Pittsburgh, PA. Project architect
  • 1998 Pennsylvania's First Green Facility
    Department of Environmental Protection South Central Office Building Harrisburg, PA. Consultant to DEP
  • 1994 Three Rivers Award for Environmental Education
    Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, Slippery Rock University
    Slippery Rock, PA. Co-founder of the SRU Master of Science in Sustainable Systems and author / professor of the Built Environment track between 1990 and 1995
  • Co-recipient 1977 Progressive Architecture Award for Applied Research
    Progressive Architecture Magazine
  • Outstanding Achievement Award University of Cincinnati, 1997

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2008 Olympic Village Minimum Energy Building
    Beijing, China
  • 2008 WMS Metals Industries, LLC
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2006 The Celebrity Housing Development
    Shanghai, China
  • 2003 US State Department, Sustainable Community Development Consultation, Buenos Aires, La Plata and Cordoba, Argentina
  • Episcopalian Dioceses of the US, Sustainable Community Development Consultation, Rhuengeri and Kilgali, Rwanda, Africa
  • 1998 Central European Linkages Project, Sustainable Community Development Projects, Hostalkovice, Czech Republic and Marklowice, Poland
  • Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haitl
  • Bank Street Project, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

AUTHOR AND EDUCATOR

  • Current Member USGBC LEED Faculty
  • 1990 to 1995 - Adjunct Professor, Slippery Rock University School of Environmental Education, Slippery Rock, PA
  • 1995-2003 - International Viewpoints on Sustainability -- Adjunct Professor
    Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1995-2003 - Fourth Year Studio Instructor -- Adjunct Professor
    Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1996 Co-Author, Residential Builders Guide to Act 222 Manual, Commonwealth of PA Department of Environmental Education
  • 1979 -1990 Co-founder, Master of Science in Sustainable Systems (MS3) Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
  • Co-Author, LEED for Contractors and Construction Managers Workshop
  • Guidelines for Sustainable Development, Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Guidelines for High Performance Green Buildings, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • 1989 Allergy Free/Nontoxic Design Module -- American Society of Interior Designers

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Bob receives ongoing invitations to speak nationally and internationally at conferences, regional meetings and training programs. Examples include:
  • International Green Building Challenge
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  • Global Green
  • USGBC Greenbuild Conference
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools
  • American Society of Interior Designers Allergy Free/Nontoxic Environments
  • Wingspread Conference Barriers to High Performance Schools (HPS)
  • National Schools Expo
  • National Association of School Board Officials
  • Greenprints National Conference
  • Environmental Design and Construction Conference
  • Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • Ohio Schools Facilities Commission
  • Ohio Environmental Education Commission
  • University of Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni Lecture
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
  • St. Mary’s College Annual Environmental Forum
  • Cleveland Green Building Coalition
  • Cleveland Public Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Miami Tropical Green

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Institute of Architects
  • United States Green Building Council
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)

COMMITTEE/BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Current and Former)

  • USGBC Steering Committee on Education
  • LEED Accreditation and Curriculum Core Committee
  • National AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE)
  • AIA Board of Directors, Commonwealth of PA and Pittsburgh Chapter
  • Chair, Commonwealth of PA Energy Conservation Committee
  • Appointed by Governor Robert Casey
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Waldorf School
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Garden Center


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