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Ecology and Architecture: Integrating Bird Safe Design

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When: Oct 25, 2017 from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Join us for a forum on bird safe ecological design considerations with a keynote address by Bruce Fowle of FXFOWLE Architects followed by a panel discussion with regional experts.

Where: Oregon Zoo Education Center, a Net Zero, LEED gold building that integrates bird safe glass. (4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221)

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Javits Center by Chris Cooper

What: A forum focusing on bird safe ecological design considerations with a keynote address by Bruce Fowle of FXFOWLE Architects followed by a panel discussion with regional experts. There will be a reception before and after the program featuring Pike Road by Elk Cove Winery, beer by Ecliptic Brewing, and hors d'oeuvres. 

Built landscapes can pose unique hazards for birds, and collisions are a significant source of bird mortality. Research indicates that up to 1 billion birds die every year in the U.S. alone as a result of hitting a window. With rapid development in our growing region, it is increasingly important that we develop innovative solutions to minimize hazards for wildlife in the built landscape, especially identifying those that are synergistic with design, aesthetic, sustainability, and building performance objectives. Bird Safe Building and lighting design is a combined approach to addressing what has emerged as a very serious conservation issue. The program will focus on how architects are bringing ecosystem considerations into their building and lighting designs. 

Who: The event is geared toward architects, planners, developers, LEED consultants and design professionals and is an opportunity for professionals in the field to discuss bird safe design and to explore synergistic approaches to pushing sustainability measures to new levels.

RSVP: The event is FREE, but please register by Wednesday, October 18.

Keynote Address

Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, LEED
Founding Principal, FXFOWLE Architects

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Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE Architects 39 years ago and has guided the firm to international recognition for excellence in design and pioneering socially and environmentally responsible architecture and planning. His work has earned numerous national and regional design awards. He was the lead designer of the Country’s first green skyscraper, the Conde Nast Building at 4 Times Square, completed in 1998. Bruce recently designed the revitalization and greening of New York’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – a notorious bird killer where he reduced the mortality rate by 95% and created a 7-acre sanctuary by incorporating the largest green roof within any urban area in the U.S. 

Bruce’s dedication and contributions to the architectural industry have been recognized with many honors. In 2004, he won the AIA/New York Chapter’s President’s Award, the organization’s highest honor. In 2008 FXFOWLE received the New York State AIA’s Firm of the Year Award, and in 2016 Bruce was awarded the State’s prestigious President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the profession.

Following the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Bruce helped found and mobilize New York New Visions, a coalition of 21 civic and professional organizations formed to help shape the planning and design response to the destruction of downtown Manhattan. 


Heather DeGrella, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainability Design Leader, Opsis Architecture

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Heather has been a strong advocate of sustainable design for over 18 years and LEED accredited since 2003. Heather is responsible for the oversight of Opsis’ integration and implementation of sustainable design practices. Her project experience includes the design of several nature centers that address the restoration of degraded ecosystems, rainwater harvesting, and rain gardens. Heather has recently led the Living Building Challenge’s net-zero certification process on several projects, including the Oregon Zoo Education Center, which features bird-friendly glass. She is a co-leader for the Portland Materials Transparency Collaborative, former chair of the AIA Green Schools Committee, and a founding member and former chairperson of the USGBC Central Texas Chapter.

Brook Muller
Professor of Architecture and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon 

Brook Muller

Brook directs UO’s Portland Architecture Program and Graduate Certificate Program in Ecological Design. Brook’s research bridges design theory and ecologically responsive practice. From 1993-1996, Brook worked with Behnisch Architects in Stuttgart, Germany, serving as co-project leader on the IBN Institute for Nature Research, a European Union pilot project for human and environmentally friendly building. In 2009, he was awarded the Campus Compact Award for Civic Engagement in Sustainability. Brook is the author of Ecology and the Architectural Imagination (Routledge 2014).

Jeff Schnabel
Associate Professor of Architecture, Portland State University School of Architecture

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Jeff investigates the design opportunities of nighttime with his students and his collaborators at the Portland Winter Light Festival. This fall, Jeff is leading a graduate studio focused on student innovation of concept building designs that integrate bird safe strategies to minimize daytime and nighttime hazards for birds in the built environment. 

Mike Green
Deputy Chief, Migratory Birds and Habitat Program in Region 1, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

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Mike oversees a team that works with agencies, tribes, NGOs, and academic partners to advance the priorities of the bird initiatives across the Pacific Flyway, Hawaii, and other Pacific Islands.  With various Federal statutes as their foundation, he and his team work with many partners, on many fronts, to advance bird conservation. One of those conservation fronts is reducing the ‘incidental take’ of birds from man-made sources, including building glass.

Introduction and Moderation by:
Mary Coolidge, BirdSafe Campaign Coordinator, Audubon Society of Portland 

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Mary coordinates Audubon's BirdSafe Campaign and previously served as Portland Audubon's Assistant Conservation Director, where she initiated and managed Audubon's BirdSafe work from 2009-2012, including establishment of a Community Science project surveying window strikes at Portland area buildings. Mary consults with architects, designers and developers on bird safe design approaches that synergize with other building design and performance objectives, and has collaborated with City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) on the integration of a Bird Safe Glazing standard into the Central City 2035 Plan. Audubon's Bird Safe work is funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and is a public-private collaboration with BPS, the Intertwine Alliance, the International Dark-sky Association and local architects and designers. 

Questions? Please contact Mary Coolidge at mcoolidge@audubonportland.org or 971-222-6112

BirdSafe Sponsors


Sponsored by: The Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, The Intertwine Alliance, Opsis Architecture, and University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment.



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