Seminars: Session Details

Session A1 (HSW)
Resilient Design for Changing Climate
Time & Location 8:00AM - 9:00AM | Room 317A
Mike Hill
Gensler & Associates
Katy Hintzen
UH Sea Grant College Program
Dean Sakamoto
Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE

Moderated by:
Matthew Gonser
City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency

Hawaii is the most isolated place in the world and vulnerable to the effects of climate change like nowhere else. As we begin to see these changes happen, the pressure will be felt here at a greater and greater intensity. This includes issues of sea level rise, frequency and intensity of hurricanes, food scarcity affecting already high-priced foods being shipped from the mainland, and oxygen depletion in our oceans due to the death of coral reefs, to name a few. A panel of experts across multiple disciplines will discuss these effects and what we can do today to help mitigate or adapt to them, such as policy changes, resilient community/building designs, adaptive design, holistic community planning, and moving toward net-zero (positive) energy, among other ideas.

Mike Hill, D. Arch, Assoc. AIA, is an associate and design resilience leader with Gensler and has 13-plus years of architectural and planning experience. Previously he lived and worked in Hawaii where he focused on resort master-planning and design. He graduated from UH Manoa with a Doctorate of Architecture where he wrote his dissertation on hurricane-resilient design for multifamily high-rises on the South Shore of Oahu. At the same time, he was a graduate research assistant at the NDPTC where he developed courses on disaster mitigation for FEMA.

Katy Hintzen is an environmental outreach and engagement specialist with over five years of project management experience for Sea Grant. She specializes in development and maintaining strong community partnerships, coordinating multidisciplinary teams, and communicating science to decision-makers. She is particularly passionate about coastal conservation and climate change issues.

Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, LEED AP, is a practicing architect and educator with a national presence and diverse local experience. His Honolulu and New Haven, Connecticut-based firm, Dean Sakamoto Architects/SHADE group is known for its environmentally sensitive and culturally specific designs of buildings and places. Projects include the Juliet Rice Wichman Botanical Research Center, a 21,000-square-foot LEED Gold certified building on Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Garden campus that is designed for hurricane resilience. Dean is the founder and director of SHADE (Sustainable Humanitarian Architecture & Design for the Earth), a collaborative design practice and a non-profit professional training and community service institute.

Matthew Gonser, AICP, CFM, is with the City and County of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency where he focuses on coastal and water issues generally, with attention to community planning and design, natural hazards mitigation, sea level rise and climate change adaptation, and green infrastructure and stormwater management. Matthew also manages the development of a resilience strategy through the City’s award from the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Program.