My name is Alejandro Ogata, but all of my friends call me Alex. I was born in Lima, Peru and moved to the United States after graduating high school to study architecture at the University of Kansas. I am currently a LEED AP* architect working at HNTB Architecture in Kansas City, MO and a part time student at KU pursuing a Masters in architectural management.
I have lived in Kansas City for almost 10 years and have grown quite enamored with it. Some of my interests include teaching (I am a mentor at Wyandotte HS), cycling, tennis, oil painting, and visiting new restaurants and bars.
My interest in this class is two-fold. First, I am what you would call a “moderate green”. This means I believe in a way of living that is sensible and a compromise between the requirements of modern life and a need to maintain a balance in the environment. For example, I live close to work and bike or try to maintain my driving to within a 50-block radius (the trip to Edward’s campus is one of the longest ones I will be doing). However, I do plan to keep my car, and am not too keen on wearing hemp or joining PETA.
I am also interested in this class because I have seen the need to be able to speak effectively about sustainable issues. Sustainability in architecture is a movement that still carries some of the connotations from the 1960’s and 70’s. Entities like the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) have developed a communication strategy which notably distances itself from the more esoteric notions of green building, opting instead for a quantifiable points system which is the base of the LEED initiative. Yet, I think that a holistic message for green design is still far away as LEED neglects the political and social issues of sustainability.
*Leadership in energy and environmental design accredited professional
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