CMPBS Panel Discussion and Book Signing - April 14, 2011


The Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems is proud to announce the release of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems: 35 Years of Serious Commotion. The Limited Edition Compendium chronicles the Protocols, Policies, and Prototypes that emerged from the nation's oldest sustainable design non-profit organization.To celebrate the release of the book CMPBS will host a panel of four of our favorite alumni who are continuing to work toward a more sustainable future in Central Texas and beyond.

Event Information:

When: Thursday, April 14, 2011
6:30 - 9:00 PM
7 - 8 PM: Panel Discussion
8 - 9:00: Reception and Book Signing

Where: CMPBS
8604 FM 969
Austin, 78724

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

This is an outdoor event. CMPBS is a smoke free environment.

$15 Suggested Donation


Book for Purchase: $100 plus tax (Cash/Check/Credit)


Lucia Athens, ASLA, LEED AP: Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Austin
Lucia Athens has served as a leader in the green building movement for two decades. Recognized internationally as an authority on green practices, she is a licensed landscape architect as well as author of the book, Building an Emerald City: A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies, published in 2010 by Island Press. She began her career on the development team for the City of Austin's Green Builder program, the first such program in the United States. Since then, she has served on many prestigious and policy-making boards including the U.S. Green Building Council and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.

Michael Gatto: Co-Founder and Executive Director, Austin Community Design and Development Center
Michael Gatto is co-founder and Executive Director of the Austin Community Design and Development Center (ACDDC), a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all by providing sustainable design, planning, and development services to low and moderate income individuals, families, and neighborhoods. Prior to founding ACDDC, Michael was intern architect and project manager at Foundation Communities, a regional affordable housing provider, where he completed his architectural internship during his Rose Architectural Fellowship, and was Design Associate at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.

Richard MacMath: Sustainable Design Project Manager, HDR Architecture
With over three decades in the architecture profession, Richard has extensive experience in the fields of sustainable architecture, green building, and community sustainability planning. Areas of expertise include climatic design, renewable energy, zero-energy homes, commercial and residential green building, life cycle analysis of green building products, and municipal sustainability plans. Before joining HDR's Austin office, he served as a Conservation Specialist Sr. with Austin Energy Green Building for over five years. Prior to that, he was the Architect of Record at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin for ten years. He began his career in 1974 as co-founder and principal of Sunstructures Architects in Ann Arbor, MI.

Jim Walker: Director of Sustainability, University of Texas at Austin
Jim Walker was appointed the Director of Sustainability for the University of Texas at Austin in April, 2009. The appointment furthers UT's commitment to a greener campus and to integrating sustainable practices into daily operations, academics and the University's role within the broader Austin urban area. Before UT, Jim was the Executive Director of the Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project. Jim worked at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems from 1993 - 1995 in various construction and digital design roles.

Praise for Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems: 35 Years of Serious Commotion:

"CMPBS's 35 Years of Serious Commotion is a magnificent oeuvre. I hope it finds many pathways into the minds and hearts of those who want to transform the world and to those who do not understand how transformable the possibilities truly are. "
Paul Hawken - Author, The Ecology of Commerce

"A wonderful book, which chronicles the many contributions of Fisk, Vittori, and CMPBS since 1975. The scale and scope of those contributions are breathtaking. They have undertaken projects from Austin to Haiti and China and beyond to the whole planet. These amazing projects have fundamentally changed how we design with nature."
Frederick R. Steiner - Dean, University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture