University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

2015 Symposium Highlights



John Reynolds, emeritus professor, enjoys reconnecting with former students and professionals involved in sustainable design and energy policy.
John Reynolds, emeritus professor, enjoys reconnecting with former students and professionals involved in sustainable design and energy policy.

On May 17, the inaugural John S. Reynolds Sustainability Symposium brought together over 150 alumni, professionals, faculty members and students to listen to an impressive group of speakers and to network with each other on the leading ideas and issues for sustainable design.

This event was made possible with private donations and sponsorships.. In order to build the endowment fund to successfully host future symposiums of this quality, please consider a charitable donation to the John S. Reynolds Symposium Fund. Thank you for your participation and interest.

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Please find the 2015 symposium highlights below with links to the presentations, the slide show of alumni tributes to Professor Reynolds, and photos of the event. 


Alumni Tributes to Professor John Reynolds

Thank you to the Department of Architecture alumni who shared the lessons learned from Professor Reynolds and images of themselves and current work in the visual presentation that filled the screens throughout the event. 
Download presentation. [PDF file forthcoming]

Featured Speakers
The symposium included thought-provoking topics on energy use, conservation initiatives, design strategies and mountains of factual information about the economics of energy.

Many speakers offered inspiring ideas for advancing sustainable policy, practices, and design. The speakers and the Oregon Taught Teachers panel discussion brought ideas forward that can be important in the continued effort of creating a better world.

You can view all presentations on the UO media site.

Margie Harris speaking at the podium
Margie Harris, Energy Trust of Oregon
Designing the Possible: What Architects Can Do Today to Guarantee Affordable, Clean Energy Tomorrow
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Denis Hayes at the podium
Denis Hayes, Bullitt Foundation
Living Inside a Living Building
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Ed Mazria
Ed Mazria, Architecture 2030
Road to Zero
Presentation was via a live video link from Atlanta, Georgia
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Mick Pearce at the podium
Mick Pearce, Architect, Pearce, McComish Tarabuku Architects, Harare, Zimbabwe
A Review of Melbourne City Council House 2
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Jean Carroon
Jean Carroon, FAIA, Goody Clancy
Defining Sustainability: The Power of Historic Preservation
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Oregon-Taught Teachers panelists at the podium
Oregon–Taught Teachers Panel
Virginia Cartwright, moderator, University of Oregon
David P.Y. Lung, University of Hong Kong
Susan Ubbelohde, University of California, Berkeley
Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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John Reynolds at the podium
John Reynolds, FAIA
Courtyards: Aesthetic, Social, and Thermal Delight

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Event photos

G.Z. Brown at the podium
G.Z. Brown, Philip H. Knight Professor of Architecture and Allied Arts, and long time collaborator with Reynolds, provided a heartfelt introduction prior to Reynolds’ presentation on his research on passive cooling strategies in courtyards located in Mexico and Spain.

The 2015 John S. Reynolds Sustainability Symposium in the UO Ford Alumni Center
The inaugural John S. Reynolds Sustainability Symposium filled the UO’s Ford Alumni Center in May.

Former Solar Energy Center Directors
Former directors of the Solar Energy Center line up for historic photo. Pictured, left to right, John Hogan, John Jennings, Jason McClellan, Jason Wilkinson, Ross Leventhal, and Ben Gates.

Marsha Maytum and Bill Leddy
Marsha Maytum and Bill Leddy, from the firm Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects were symposium contributors. The firm’s project Sweetwater Spectrum Community was selected in the AIA COTE 2015 Top Ten Projects.

Ross Leventhal reconnects with Art Paz. Bill Gilland
Ross Leventhal reconnects with Art Paz. Bill Gilland, FAIA, former dean and architecture faculty member looks on.

Outside the 2015 John Reynolds Symposlium:
Symposium participants enjoyed a sun break with former faculty and friends outside the Matthew Knight Arena.

Thank you to the 2015 Sponsors and Contributors


Presented by the School of Architecture and Allied Arts with the support of generous sponsors.

Better Bricks
International Living Future Institute (ILFI)
Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB)
Energy Trust of Oregon
The Van Evera and Janet M. Bailey Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Better Bricks logo
International Living Future Institute
Energy Trust
Oregon Community Foundation


Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. Opsis Architecture, Phyllis R. Naylor