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Designing Housing to Adapt to the Changing Needs of Families, Neighborhoods, Cities, and our Natural Environment

  • 08 Mar 2022
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom


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Evening Educational Program

Designing Housing to Adapt to the Changing Needs of Families, Neighborhoods, Cities, and our Natural Environment

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How homes are conceived, clustered, and constructed can be the foundation for building community or breaking it. Homes involve personal factors such as how individuals live today and how the home can adapt to the changes of our stages of life over time, making them one of the most dynamic and diverse kinds of projects for architects. 

From single-family to affordable housing, homes invoke environmental factors of climate action - such as what we build them out of, material, how much energy they use, design, and how long they will serve their purpose before being torn down, resiliency. Housing is complex and prolific.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm, virtually, Wyly Brown will present some of the complexities of designing quality housing that is environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, and financially feasible. Topics of focus will include Net-Zero energy use, minimizing a home's carbon footprint, affordability, multi-generation living, retrofitting existing (and historic) buildings to enable aging in place, and the use of recycled materials and products.


  • Wyly Brown, Founding Partner, Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten and Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School 

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.


  • Explore net-zero energy use and design practices to minimize a home's carbon footprint from an AIA award winning case study of affordable, energy-positive housing.

  • Investigate design strategies for the holistic retrofit of existing housing stock to address urgent issues of climate change, such as the impact on regional carbon footprint through emissions, embodied energy, and carbon sequestration.
  • Analyze the benefits of alternative spatial/unit arrangements, Additional Dwelling Units, and precise technical interventions to make homes more adaptable, resilient, and affordable, particularly in the context of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Understand concrete strategies to rehabilitate and retrofit existing and historic buildings to enable aging in place homes while minimizing their carbon footprint.


Submitted for AIA CES credit approval

Eligible for 1 GBCI CE self-reported hour

**In order to receive full CEU's for AIA and GBCI - participants must be present at this LIVE event and engaged until the end of the educational program.


Tuesday, March 8, 2022

5:30 - 7:00 pm


Virtual event via Zoom.

Registrants will receive login details in the event confirmation email.

Recording and presentation details will be emailed following the event. 


FREE for USGBC-MGC Members

FREE for Full-Time Students

$10.00 for Non-Members


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Evening Educational Programs are held 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of every month online until summer 2022 or at locations around the Gateway Region. Registration is required; all programs are FREE to USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter members and full-time students; $10 for non-members. View previously recorded events here.

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