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Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP BD+C

Associate Principal, Arup

Russell is an associate principal who leads sustainability for Arupís Los Angeles office. Trained in both architectural engineering and architecture, he has practiced as an electrical engineer and currently focuses on high-performance buildings, infrastructure master planning, sustainability policy, and resilience. Trained as both an engineer and architect, Russell takes a research-based approach to developing new concepts for clients to tackle the increasingly complex and inter-connected environmental realm to address issues like climate change, resilience, resource scarcity, and social equity in the context of creating healthy and efficient buildings and cities. As an author and former editor with Architectural Record, his skills in communication allow him to connect with clients and stakeholders to identify innovative solutions to in passive design, smart cities, energy and water efficiency, and new technologies. He lectures widely on sustainability topics and has been on the applied studies faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture since 2011. His book, Kinetic Architecture, which gauges the emerging field of dynamic facades, was published in 2014.