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About a year ago, an architect with whom we regularly work asked if I would give a presentation at their office in New York as part of their Evening Lecture series on current industry topics. I was given carte blanche on picking the topic and told “we trust you, just speak on something current that interests you that will be informative and relevant to our staff.” This was an excellent proposition - I could focus on what I was seeing in the industry, and why I felt we have the ability to continuously realign ourselves to help our clients find innovative solutions for all types of questions and projects.
As I began to outline my presentation, four major themes emerged; concepts that have consistently been exposed to me by my colleagues, peers, collaborators and clients. And I found that these themes are consistently perpetuated in the industry as, well, mistruths.
I decided to frame this talk as “The Four Truths.” The ideas are focused around the energy sector, but pertain to larger sustainability drivers as well. The gist:
I am fortunate to talk to a variety of groups through teaching and ASHRAE New York connections. Although I did not anticipate that this framework would exist past its original showing, I’ve kept returning to these four themes. I’ve really enjoyed using them as a regular part of dialogue with my peers and clients. I’ve taken this talk on the road and have presented nearly 15 versions of it to various colleges, agencies and design firms. In short, these four truths still hold in my everyday run of play.
If you would like to hear more, and join the conversation, let me know.
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