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Greenbuild Closing Plenary - What's Next?

Greenbuild’s closing plenary is always about “what’s next?” and in 2016, that question had special resonance as incoming USGBC CEO Mahesh Ramanujam prepared to take the reins. He shared his perspective on how the next chapter of USGBC will leverage the momentum of the market transformation underway to accelerate the adoption of a sustainable mindset across geographic borders, business sectors and diverse stakeholders. He was joined onstage by BIG founder Bjarke Ingels, who leads his multi-cultural, multi-talented team of architects, designers, builders and thinkers right to the heart of the “fertile overlap” between the pragmatic and the utopian to deliver stunning projects that are as technically innovative as they are cost- and resource-conscious. We were excited to have him at the closing plenary stage, and hope you were able to join us as we wrapped another iconic year of Greenbuild. 

The 2016 Closing Plenary was sponsored by:


Bjarke Ingels

Founder and Creative Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group

Bjarke Ingels is a cultural innovator. Ingels started BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke has developed a reputation for designing buildings that are as programmatically and technically innovative as they are cost and resource conscious


Named one of the most innovative companies in architecture by Fast Company, BIG, is a Copenhagen and New York based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating withinthe fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes.


Some of Bjarke’s designs include the Danish Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the Mountain Dwellings and the Amager Bakke waste-to-energy plant in Copenhagen, the Grove at Grand Bay residences in Miami and the West 57 apartment project in Manhattan. Up next, Bjarke will be designing Google’s corporate headquarters, the Mountain View Googleplex.


Bjarke has taught at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, and Rice University and is an honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.