Teresa Jan Named Director of Climate Positive Design

September 13, 2022

Teresa’s commitment to people, the natural and built environments has led to thoughtful, holistic design interventions and, most recently, to the award-winning design entries Timber Town and the master plan of  The Center for Food and Agriculture.

With a deep focus on reimagining experiential infrastructure, Teresa advocates for adaptive reuse, the introduction of mass timber, and integrating urban farming strategies.

She has contributed to The Building Decarbonization Practice Guide Volume 5, a free guide for practitioners to reference when drawing down emissions. She will attend the Net Zero Conference to present, “Let’s decarbonize our childcare first!”

Image 1: Timber Town was the Green Award Recipient in 2020 for San Francisco Affordable Housing.

Anthony Rohr, FAIA, National Managing Principal, stated,

Teresa is known for her relentless pursuit of design solutions for man-made, positive climate change.

It’s beyond a passion; it’s a commitment towards doing what she can do today to change the course of devasting climate change for our families, including her own.

I am excited about this opportunity for Teresa and the impact she will have across our work and communities.

Image 2: Using a factory town as its model, Timber Town provides prefabricated mass timber housing, community infrastructure, and economic opportunities for its residents by repurposing an existing automotive facility for onsite housing production.

Moving forward, Teresa will take a collaborative leadership approach to elevate sustainability efforts across the studio, searching for regenerative design solutions that positively impact the climate and strengthen the community’s equity and resiliency.

In addition, Teresa has accepted an invitation as a 2023 AIA Architecture Award jury member to evaluate entries based on the Framework for Design Excellence.

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