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Commercial/Multifamily Building Outlook

Kermit Baker
Chief Economist
American Institute of Architects

Kermit Baker is the Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.  In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends for the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession.  He originated the AIA’s "Work on the Boards” Survey, a monthly assessment of business conditions at architecture firms and the source of the widely followed Architecture Billings Index. He also coordinates the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel, and writes regular economics columns for the AIA member electronic newspaper, AIArchitect.  

Kermit also is the Project Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. This research effort is aimed at developing an improved understanding of the dynamics of the U.S. repair and renovation industry.   Prior to joining the AIA, Kermit was Vice President and Director of the Economics Department at Reed Business Information, where he was responsible for industry forecasting. During his ten years at Reed, he developed the Top U.S. Construction Markets Report, and served as editor of Reed Business Information’s Building and Construction Market Forecast newsletter.




LEED v4: Translating Market Requirements to Reality

John Jewell
Senior Consultant

John Jewell works for thinkstep as a Senior Consultant, with 11 years of experience managing and working on LCA projects from industry-wide Life Cycle Inventories to detailed product comparisons at individual companies.  In his project work, John has provided clients with valuable marketing collateral and offered time-reducing solutions through support with Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations, interactive decision-making tools, and water footprinting.  




Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): System Update and Policy Initiatives

Amelia Harris
Business Development Manager
Forest Stewardship Council-US

As Business Development Manager, Amelia supports FSC's Director of Marketing and Business Development in consumer and business-focused marketing efforts. She coordinates FSC's events, creates and maintains continuing education courses, and has the pleasure of celebrating forest stewardship visionaries through the development and coordination of FSC Leadership Awards.

She joined FSC in 2012 after graduating from Carleton College with a BA in Environmental Studies. Her undergraduate research focused on agricultural development in areas of East Africa and Central China. Before FSC, Amelia worked with a leading environmental nonprofit in Sri Lanka to develop a climate change mitigation program for the country.





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