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 Expert  729525

Expert in Energy, Sustainability, Architecture, Building Materials, Construction Methods, Codes, Controls

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Oregon (OR)
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is Founding Principal of Expert's Firm, an architecture and consulting firm in California, with over 20 years of experience in green building. He is also co-founder of Architect Exam Prep, providing innovative study guides for young architects.

He was the founding Chair of Architecture for The San Francisco Design Museum and one of the founders of ecoTECTURE: The Online Journal of Ecological Design. He is a regular contributor for Sustainable Industries Journal, Luxe, Natural Home, Metropolitan Home and dozens of other publications. Expert lectures around the country at over 50 conferences a year, and his work has been featured in Dwell, Metropolis, Town & Country, Natural Home and Newsweek. He has been seen on television on Fox News, HGTV, The Sundance Channel and PBS.

He is a founding board member and current Chair of the Coachella Valley branch of the US Green Building Council, and sits on the Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert. He has received awards from several Mayors, and worked with dozens of municipalities around the country to help implement sustainable policies.

Expert is considered a leader in the field; named by San Francisco Magazine "Best Green Architect"; "Best Visionary"; and "Green Visionary" by 7x7 Magazine. He was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects."


building design


design for environment


energy-efficient building


environmental design




sustainable design


sustainable development (urban planning)

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Portland, Oregon;  Eugene, Oregon;  Salem, Oregon;  Gresham, Oregon;  Beaverton, Oregon;  Hillsboro, Oregon;  Springfield, Oregon;  and Vancouver, Washington.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1999   MA   Ecological Design   San Francisco Institute of Architecture  
1994   B.Arch   Architecture & Urban Planning   Temple University   Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to




Founding Princpal


Expert founded this architecture firm specializing in sustainable design and green consulting. For the last 17 years, he has managed construction projects of up to $30 million for a variety of project types, especially residential, hospitality and educational projects. In addition, he was the LEED Accredited Professional on dozens of projects, including the first LEED multi-tenant office building in the US and the first LEED bakery. He has consulted to dozens of companies, providing insight into greening their products, supply chain, marketing and their facilities.

2011 to






I co-founded this publishing company which provide innovative study guides for those in the Architecture field.

Career Accomplishments:

Member, US Green Building Council Member, Living Future Institute


LEED Accredited Professional Licensed Architect, California Licensed Architect, Arizona Licensed Architect, New Mexico Licensed Architect, Oregon

Professional Appointments

Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert


Honorary Fellow, Institute of Green Professionals Best Green Architect, San Francisco Magazine, 2005 Best Visionary, 7x7 Magazine, 2008

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is the author of 11 bestselling books.

In addition, he is a syndicated columnist to dozens of magazines.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Taunton Press  
 - Wiley  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2009 to 2014   City of Palm Springs   Member   Expert currently sits on the City of Palm Springs Mayor's Leadership Council, advising the Mayor and City Council on matters related to carbon footprint, energy efficiency and strategic planning.
2009 to 2014   City of Palm Desert   Sustainability Commissioner   Expert currently sits on the City of Palm Desert Sustainability Commission, advising the City Council on matters related to carbon footprint, energy efficiency and strategic planning.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert prepared an intensive two-day workshop for Los Angeles County to train their in-house staff on the LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System. To date 300 employees have been trained (and counting).
  • In 2010, Expert helped produce the Sustainability Plan for the City of Cleveland, Ohio as part of a 20 year plan to change and transform the city
  • Expert consults to a number of companies that produce building materials and advises them on how to market their products, to needed features, to required certifications and more.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has ten years of expert witness experience. Most of his past cases have been trip and fall and construction defect cases where he inspects the site and prepares reports evaluating the compliance with the intent of the prevailing building codes.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Traffic calming expert for consulting on traffic calming devices.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2010 to 2010   Germany   Expert was the keynote speaker for one of the largest building product manufacturers in Germany. His presentation was designed to educate the entire sales force (300 in audience) on Sustainable Design. 40 countries were represented.
2007 to 2007   Norway   Expert conducted a workshop to architects from 22 different countries on Sustainable Design in Oslo, Norway, as part of World Environment Day.

Market Research:
Expert sits on the advisory boards of over a dozen various organizations so he has a unique insight into the trends in both Sustainability and the Construction Industry in general. In addition, he often provide due diligence for potential investors, venture capitalists and IP attorneys.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:

He lectures at 40+ conferences a year delivering workshops on sustainable design, sustainable urban planning, green building and the LEED Green Building Rating System. In addition, he teaches Sustainable Design at several schools.

Other Skills and Services

With over 20 years of experience in Sustainability, Architecture and Construction, he can speak to the market, trends, potential scope and issues surrounding any and all construction materials and products.


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