Any list of accomplished, influential environmentalists and preservationists includes Bob Berkebile. He is a founding principal of BNIM Architects and brings more than 37 years of experience to the architectural profession. By combining his design and leadership skills, he has consistently created new approaches to holistic, integrated community building. He utilizes education, historic preservation, quality housing, mental health and public safety, and neighborhood conservation as tools to restore social, economic, and environmental vitality.
Bob Berkebile and BNIM Architects are setting new design standards for resource efficiency at the building and community scales including energy, materials, and human resources on a broad range of projects, including Greening of the White House, Greening of the Pentagon, Greening of the Grand Canyon, two facilities at the University of Texas at Houston, and a 3,000-acre redevelopment in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Berkebile is a board member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Nature Conservancy, and the Center for Global Community, and has been a juror and/or guest lecturer at numerous universities, from Harvard to Rice to Cambridge. As one of the nation’s leading authorities in the field of sustainable design, he was the founding chairman of the AIA’s National Committee on the Environment. He has conducted numerous sustainable design charettes and workshops for the National Park Service, the Unites States Department of Energy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Canadian Provincial Architects. He also served as a delegate to the Earth Summit in Rio, and has presented lectures and workshops at international environmental conferences in Stockholm, Helsinki, Cambridge, Caracas, Vancouver, and Ottawa.