Session 4 Speakers

Janet Bloomberg, AIA

Janet Bloomberg is a partner and founder of KUBE architecture in Washington DC. She has over 25 years of experience in both commercial and residential architecture. She is a native of the Washington area, and attended the University of Virginia and Columbia University. While a student at Columbia, she was awarded the SOM Traveling Fellowship, with which she traveled to India and Nepal for research on ritual space. She has taught architectural design at a number of universities around the country, including the University of Virginia and Catholic University. Ms. Bloomberg founded KUBE architecture with her partner, Richard Loosle-Ortega, in 2005, and the rm has won numerous local and national awards, and has been published extensively both nationally and internationally. Their body of work challenges the norms of daily life, attempting to reinterpret ways of working and living in the built environment. Ms. Bloomberg has been the president of the Washington Architectural Foundation for 2 years, and in 2012 she founded the Design in Action program, which places DC high school students in architecture offices for their spring break – she now directs the program, which is in its fifth year. She is presently developing a new design-build program called Design in Action Build, which will pair DC high school students with DC university students to design and construct a sustainable community structure on an urban DC site.

Stefan Schwarzkopf, AIA, LEED AP

Always believing in the power of good design and the benefit to making this accessible to more people, Stefan has been involved with a variety of pro-bono work throughout his career, including such diverse projects as a large scale art installation in a public park, graphic design and layout for music CDs, and set design for a community theatre. His professional experience has spanned from single family residential work at Waring Architects in New Orleans to an airport expansion at Baker and Associates to a variety of commercial projects at Gensler while working in the Baltimore, Washington DC, and Shanghai offices. Before being particularly aware of terms such as social impact or public interest design, Stefan strove for nding a balance of meaningful work, which led to him to join Inscape Studio in early 2009 where he has enjoyed participating in a collaborative approach to a high level of design on a variety of project types and scales. In late 2010 he cofounded the nonprofit rm Inscape Publico, which works in tandem with Inscape Studio as a social enterprise and increases Inscape’s capacity to do a greater number of pro-bono projects for nonprofits.

Elin Zurbrigg, LEED AP

Elin has over a decade of experience in community development. Prior to joining Mi Casa, she worked and volunteered with nonprofits as a homeless rights advocate and teacher, leading and developing urban environmental conservation and design projects. She holds a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Maryland with a concentration in community development and design and affordable housing. She is a LEED accredited professional for new construction and existing buildings and holds Housing Development Financial Professional Certification. Elin also serves on the board of the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development.

Amy Custis, MPP

A policy wonk by training and an advocate by profession, Aimee Custis is a communicator who uses the power of storytelling to teach and engage. She is an unabashed Millennial, digital native, and evangelist for clear, conversational writing and visual communication.Aimee is the Communications Manager at the Coalition for Smarter Growth, where she manages digital advocacy, email outreach, social media, and websites. Offline, her communications portfolio includes publication design, photography, media relations, and coordinating the Coalition’s internship program. She is a longtime editor and recently finished a yearlong stint as Managing Editor at the urbanist blog Greater Greater Washington.

Before joining the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Aimee managed federal grant programs and advocacy at the non-pro t Transportation Learning Center. Aimee holds a Master of Public Policy from American University and a BA in Political Theory from Tulane University.

Sophia Lau, Assoc. AIA

Sophia Lau has been active in AIA|DC’s Advocacy Committee since 2012. As Chair of the committee, she works on communicating policy changes affecting the profession and organizes community outreach and education events. Having been an educator and design critic at Harvard University (her alma mater), University of Maryland and Catholic University, Sophia has found
the Advocacy Committee an ideal outlet for design professionals to share their insights on and enthusiasm for architecture and design with the public.She has been practicing professionally for over 10 years and has lived along the two coasts of the United States, Asia and Europe. Now in DC, Sophia is a Project Designer at Hickok Cole Architects.

Andrew Goldberg, Assoc. AIA

Andrew Goldberg was named the AIA’s Managing Director of Government Relations and Outreach in 2011, following four years as Senior Director of Federal Relations. As Managing Director, Goldberg runs the AIA’s advocacy program before Congress and the Executive Branch and its grassroots mobilization efforts, including ArchiPAC, the AIA’s political action committee.Goldberg spearheaded the AIA’s successful lobbying efforts to enact far-reaching legislation to promote energy efficiency in federal buildings, reform procurement regulations that unfairly target architects, and spur the State Department to create a design excellence program for America’s embassies. Goldberg also created and led the AIA’s Rebuild & Renew campaign to promote long- term economic recovery through investments in sustainable buildings and communities.

After studying architecture in the early 1990s, Goldberg turned to politics and public policy, spending six years on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to members of Congress; managing government and media relations for a health care association in London, England; and serving as executive director of Democrats Abroad, the Democratic Party organization for Americans living overseas. He also has worked on numerous political campaigns at the national, state and local levels.

Goldberg sits on the Advisory Board of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the Advisory Board of the U.S. House Livable Communities Task Force. He has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Roll Call, Politico, and Business Week.

Goldberg received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Design of the Environment program in architecture and landscape architecture.

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