Fellow of the AIA and Vice President of Huitt-Zollars

Zaida Basora, FAIA is Vice President at Huitt-Zollars. She is the former Assistant Director of Dallas Public Works. She is a registered architect and sustainability advocate with over 30 years of experience in public policy, planning and design. She has led and championed both the LEED green building program implementation for the City since 2003, and the development, adoption and implementation of the Dallas green building and construction codes since 2008. Her work has been recognized with the Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT) 2008 award of excellence for extra-large jurisdictions and a 2009 CLIDE Award in the public policy and planning category. As a recognized green building expert, she was appointed to the GSA’s Office of High Performance Green Building's Green Building Advisory Committee, and serves as vice chair of the Codes and Standards committee of Dallas AIA and as a member of the Texas Society of Architects Sustainability Committee. She was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in January of 2012.


Dean of Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University

Al Sacco Jr. is dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. Before coming to Texas Tech, he was the George A. Snell Distinguished Professor of Engineering and the director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing at Northeastern University. He flew as the payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia on shuttle mission STS-73 in 1995. The 16-day mission aboard Columbia focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science and fluid mechanics contained within the pressurized Spacelab module. Born in Boston, Mass., Sacco completed a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston in 1973, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He then joined the faculty of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, becoming a full professor and serving as the chair of the chemical engineering department from 1989 until 1997, when he joined the faculty at Northeastern. He has consulted for numerous companies in the fields of catalysis, solid/gas contacting, zeolite synthesis and applications, and equipment design for space applications. Sacco has more than 192 publications (including book chapters) in the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, transition metal and acid catalyst and their deactivation, and zeolite synthesis, and he has been the principal investigator on more than $24 million in research grants. Using his space flight experience, Sacco has given more than 300 presentations to approximately 27,000 K-12 teachers and their students as a means to motivate students to consider careers in science and engineering. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and in 2004 was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics.


CEO & Chief Executive Officer of Global GreenTag Americas

Multi-Disciplinary Professional Sustainable-Regenerative-Resiliency Development Specialist. USGBC-CaGBC-GBCI- LEED, Living Building Challenge and Green Globes Project Certifications; Planning, Consultation, Project Management and Construction Management with Professional Accreditations in the United States, Canada and Globally. Goals include advocacy and educating to further the acceptance of sustainable-regenerative development via contributions to real projects as well as furthering the knowledge base within society while developing ever improving techniques, materials and delivery methodologies for use in the development-construction, Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning and Project Management professional fields. Specialties: PMI Project Management Professional, LEED AP O+M~BD+C, Living Future Accredited, Living Building Challenge Facilitator, ASHRAE Commissioning Project Management Professional, ILFI Educator-Presenter-Facilitator, ILFI-NBI NetZero Energy Building Certification, Green Globes Professional, Green Globes Assessor, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, EPA Energy Star for Buildings Certifications, EMERGE Leadership Project Faculty, U.S. Department of Energy Building Envelope Technology Research Team, DOE Solar Decathlon Mentor 2012-2013, 2014-2015. Formally Educated with Degrees in Engineering, Architecture, Urban Planning, minors in Community and Business Development, Sustainable Design, Machine and Mechanism Design. Additional experience within the fields of technology, integration, business planning and marketing, infrastructure solutions.



Sociologist / Urban Sociologist / Social and Philosophical Anthropologist / Business Administrator

He is one of the most famous broadcasters (co-founder, manager, anchorman) and journalists (correspondent, director) in Turkey. He has 25 years of experience in broadcasting and 38 years in journalism. He has many titles and professions such as social psychologist (ego psychologist), sociologist, urban sociologist, social and philosophical anthropologist. He has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and holds a master's degree in business administration (MBA). He received "religious philosophy" and "astronomy" trainings at the doctoral level. He is the founder of Popular Science Journal that has been published for 26 years. He received more than 100 awards in various areas. He has 47 published books.


Director of the Environmental Laboratory of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

Dr. Ilker Adiguzel is director of the Environmental Laboratory (EL) of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. EL provides relevant, value-added technology supporting the environmental mission of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Nation. The EL’s interdisciplinary staff of over 220 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel plans and executes all phases of the technology development process, from basic research to field implementation to commercialization. Partnering with Federal and State agencies, academia, and the private sector, the EL uses its distinctive technical capabilities to resolve complex, multi-disciplinary environmental sustainability problems. Dr. Adiguzel was selected to the Senior Executive Service in 2006 and served as Director of the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) from 2006 to 2017. Before joining CERL as a federal employee, Dr. Adiguzel was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Civil Engineering Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he conducted infrastructure research and taught a number of courses. Dr. Adiguzel holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering (water resources) from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and a doctorate in civil engineering (systems/operations research) from the UIUC. He also has had extensive leadership and management training, including the Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership Program; an executive development assignment at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Pentagon; Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows Program; and Federal Executive Institute, Leadership for a Democratic Society Program. Dr. Adiguzel is a founding associate editor and member of the Editorial Board for the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Infrastructure Systems. He served as a member of the ASCE Construction Institute Owners Directorate Executive Committee, Construction Research Council, and the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, and the Society of American Military Engineers. His honors include Department of the Army Meritorious Service Medal; Federal Laboratory Consortium, Laboratory Director of the Year; Society of American Military Engineers Technology Advancement Medal; U.S. Green Building Council, Public Sector Leadership Award; University of Illinois, Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Army Engineer Association, the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal; and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sustainability Hero Award.


Executive Director of U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter

Jonathan Kraatz is the first Executive Director for the USGBC Texas Chapter. In 2015, Kraatz was named Interim Executive Director over the formation of USGBC Texas, bringing together green building resources and knowledge from across the state. He helped to facilitate the merger of the four Texas Legacy Chapters, and accepted the permanent role in January 2016. Previously he served as Executive Director for the USGBC North Texas Chapter since 2010, he was hired as the Chapter’s media and communications strategist and was quickly promoted to more responsible positions within the organization. He earned a LEED Green Associate credential in 2010 and speaks regularly about the Chapter’s mission, LEED, and building sustainability. Kraatz has presented best practices workshops to national audiences for USGBC and was elected to the Board of Directors for the Dallas Fort Worth Association Executives, a chapter of the ASAE, in 2013. He was also named part of Who’s Who in Energy by the Dallas Business Journal in 2012, 2013, and again in 2014. Kraatz is also part of the Dallas 2030 District Leadership Council and the Advisory Council for the City of Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge (Co-Chair beginning in 2017). In 2015 he was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award, a premier volunteer awards program encouraging citizens to lead a life of service from the President of the United States, for his efforts with the USGBC Chapter Network Evolution Working Groups. He holds a degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University and credits being challenged early in his career by great mentors for the flexibility and adaptability that has shaped him as a leader.


Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Center For Maximum Potential Building Systems

Green Urbanist

He has long been recognized as a leader and one of a handful of original pioneers for what has become the green building/sustainable design and planning movement. Pliny is one of those rare visionaries considered eccentric just for being decades ahead of his time. He imagines a future yet to be realized and with tools such as his Lens protocols, he begins to chart a course of how we might get there. The biography titled Pliny Fisk III: Creating a Maximum Potential Future tells many tales of how the work of this remarkable innovator, inventor, and rabble-rouser influenced a generation of designers. Author Sam Martin artfully combines specific details from the colorful life and storied career of Pliny with reflections from the man himself, weaving into the narrative an impressive cadre of his colleagues and cohorts through the years. Part mad scientist, part visionary, and always a roll up his sleeves and get things done man of the people, Pliny has become an icon of the green building movement. From prototype to podium, Pliny and his Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems have revolutionized the way we design for an ecologically inspired built environment.


Co-Director of The Center For Maximum Potential Building Systems

Green Urbanist

For more than three decades, Gail has been a catalyst for local, state and national initiatives advancing green building protocols, policies and prototypes with a focus on the intersection of green building and human health. In 1989, Ms. Vittori developed the conceptual framework for what evolved as the City of Austin’s Green Builder Program, the first green building program in the world. In 2001, she convened the Green Guide for Health Care, catalyzing a revolution in healthcare design, construction and operations. She is the 2018 Chair of Green Business Certification Inc., and served on the USGBC Board of Directors from 2002-2010, including as Board Chair in 2009. In addition, Gail is Vice-Chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Board of Directors, was Founding Chair of the LEED for Healthcare committee (2004-2008), and co-author of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture. She was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and was featured as an Innovator: Building a Greener World in TIME Magazine. The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, established in 1975, is a non-profit education, research, and demonstration organization specializing in life cycle planning and design. We undertake projects based on their potential contribution to site, regional and global sustainability and human health, and actively pursue collaborations with associate organizations, businesses and professional firms. Projects emphasize regional contexts as bases for responsible resource use relative to materials, energy, water, waste, food, and meaningful employment. Our expertise is accessible through green planning and design services, conference presentations, public lectures, and published papers.


Doyen of Urban Science, Urban Law, Environmental Science, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Policy in Turkey

Urban Scientist/Researcher/Writer

He is known as the leader of urban science and environmental science in Turkey. He graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences (SBF) and Faculty of Law. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences for two terms (1971-1975). He was a researcher and visiting lecturer at various universities in the USA and Japan (New York University, Massachusettes Institute of Technology, University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley, Harvard University). He gave lectures at Ankara University, Middle East Technical University, TODAIE, Bilkent University, Eastern Mediterranean University on urbanization, local authorities, urban politics, environment and housing policies. Currently, he is an emeritus professor in Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences and continues his academic studies and lectures. He has published many books and articles in various languages. His honors include Abdi Ipekci International Special Peace Award (1993), Kun Sante Zui Ho Sho (The Order of the Sacred Treasure: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, Imperial Order 1993) Award, Turkey Chamber of Architects Special Award of Contribution to the Profession (2014), Middle East Technical University Outstanding Professional Service Award (2018).


USGBC Texas Chapter-North Texas Region

Vice Chair of U.S. Green Building Concil

Mr. Powell currently is the Sustainability Consultant for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in collaboration with mOrphosis and the Executive Architect on the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box Office in collaboration with Foster + Partners. He was the Executive Architect on the recently completed Annette Strauss Artist Square in collaboration with Foster + Partners. Past Arts District projects also include Project Architect for the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Hamon Recital Hall in I.M. Pei’s Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center. His work with GFF has included 1407 Main Street, winner of the 2009 Downtown Association award for contribution to the historic Main Street in downtown Dallas. The project has been published in World Architecture News and FAR2000 in Asia and has received an AIA Dallas design award in 2011. Mr. Powell graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and received his Master of Architecture from Syracuse University. He also completed a year of both under-graduate and graduate study in Florence, Italy. Mr. Powell will serve on the Texas Society of Architects Board of Directors, representing AIA Dallas in 2013-14 and as the Vice Chair for the North Texas US Green Building Council in 2013, and Chair of the organization in 2014. He has served as the AIA Dallas Treasurer for 2011 and 2012. In 2010, he served as the AIA Dallas Commissioner of Environment and Design, in 2009 he chaired the AIA Dallas Design Awards Committee and in 2008 & 2009 chaired the AIA Dallas Committee on the Environment (COTE). In 2008 Thom won the AIA Dallas “Young Architect of the Year” award and has served on the Board of Directors of the North Texas USGBC since 2009. In 2011 he served as TSA Convention Tour Organizing Committee chair.