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Coffee Break: Net-Energy-Positive Mixed Income Housing: Wonderful living spaces that are affordable and sustainable

  • 16 Apr 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Virtually, of course!


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Coffee Break

Net-Energy-Positive Mixed Income Housing: Wonderful living spaces that are affordable and sustainable
with guest, Wyly Brown

Need a break? A quick face-to-face with your green building community? New thoughts, ideas, and conversation to jump start your day? 

Join USGBC-MGC for a 'Coffee Break' - a quick, lively conversation on a timely green building topic on Friday, April 16, 2021 from 10:00 - 10:30 am!

Often when we design, or even discuss, sustainable and affordable housing we get caught up in the technical aspects and forget that these are spaces where people live, grow, laugh, eat, lay sick in bed, cry, and celebrate life’s accomplishments. Through the example of a competition winning multi-family home built in Boston, Massachusetts Wyly Brown, Founding Partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten, will emphasize quality of living space and a home’s long-term adaptability as the foundation of energy efficient and cost effective design.

Brown hopes to spark a lively conversation about living and how quality of space can help us live more harmoniously.


Wyly Brown, Assistant Professor, Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis

Wyly Brown is a Founding Partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten, and the partner responsible for the projects conducted in North America. Wyly holds a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology, and spent a number of years researching the connection between cultures and monuments through the reconstruction of full-scale, functional objects, often using historically accurate methods. Past projects include the reconstruction of Finnish reindeer-pulled sledges, Egyptian obelisks, British siege-engines, and Medieval man-powered cranes.

After receiving a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University in 2006, he spent two years conducting research at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, University of Stuttgart on the topic of rapidly deployable disaster relief structures. In 2008, due to Wyly’s experience in innovative approaches to structural optimization, he was hired at Behnisch Architekten. In the four years at Behnisch, Wyly developed parametric optimization design tools that were implemented on several award winning projects, including the Max-Aicher Speed Skating Arena in Inzell, the “Spider’s Web” of the Spinnereipark in Kolbermoor, and a High School in Ergolding.

In 2014, he founded LBGO architects in Munich, with Andreas Leupold and Christian Goldbach. He approaches design through a process of analysis and optimization, searching for simple unified solutions to complex, and often contradicting, requirements. In addition to his professional practice, Wyly taught parametric design and fabrication methods as an adjunct faculty member at the Chair for Architectural Informatics of the Technical University Munich in Germany. Upon returning to the US in 2016 to open a Boston branch of his architectural practice he continued teaching through Massachusetts College of Art and Design, focusing on Design-Build Community Service courses combining his academic pursuits with his professional experience. Wyly is a licenced architect in both Germany and in the United States, and continues to practice architecture while also conducting research on innovative natural building materials as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis.


Friday, April 16, 2021
10:00 - 10:30 am

Virtual event via Zoom.
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Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff at
 fbrandt@mobot.org or 314-577-0884. 

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