Prisca Weems, Founding Partner, LEED AP. Prisca has been working as a design professional in Europe and the US since 1995 integrating sustainable design and development practices in residential, commercial and government sectors long before they were mandated by statute. She is known in the industry for providing strategy and oversight in the design, management and execution of federal, community and regional projects. Her public reach has included advising legislative and municipal bodies, as well as industry groups that include chapters of the USGBC, HBA and AIA in program and policy development. Prisca holds a MArch from Tulane University School of Architecture and a post-graduate degree in Advanced Environmental and Energy Sciences from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales/University of East London. She is currently completing a MSc with an emphasis on stormwater management, and is an adjunct professor at Tulane University where she teaches systems thinking and design to Masters students in the Sustainable Real Estate Development program.
J.O. Evans III, Director, LEED AP, PDC Creating ‘elegant’ solutions to our greatest environmental challenges is Joe’s mission. As leader of the FutureProof Ecological Design Division, Joe’s approach leverages his skill and experience in diverse fields including research and development, sculptural art construction, LEED projects and Permaculture-based design to humanize what can be highly technical projects into engaging, sustainable environments. A project manager and systems designer of Joe’s stature has the ability to visualize the complex integration of parts and pieces and continually steer the process toward the conceptualized end, while maximizing performance and cost benefit. Joe lectures broadly on topics that include sustainability, emergy, LEED, and progressive stormwater management. Mr. Evans serves as Board President of Groundwork New Orleans, a regional branch of Groundwork USA, supported by the EPA Brownfields Program and the NPS Rivers and Trails Program. He is a Fellow of Loyola University’s Institute of Environmental Communications.
Peter Lingieres, Landscape Architect: Peter designs and project manages high-performance integrated landscapes including regenerative systems for re-establishing balanced urban ecology. With a background in urban and transportation planning, he plays a strong role in the sustainability masterplanning process. Peter promotes sustainability through the use of environmentally sensitive green construction materials, water reclamation and reuse, and indigenous plant materials. He places the keenest emphasis on resilience, having observed Hurricane Katrina’s damage to the Gulf Coast. As a Landscape Architect registered in multiple states, Peter leads his team in the production of high performance, ecology-driven designs, and their transformation into readily constructible features in urban and natural landscapes.