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DESIGN LEADERSHIP

ROOF COURTYARD, DELL'S
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

AN INTERVIEW WITH GREEN BUILDING PIONEER GAIL VITTORI

INTEGRATING HUMAN
HEALTH INTO GREEN
BUILDING AND THE DELL
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
From her porch at the Center for Maximum Potential
Building Systems (CMPBS) bracketed by a large
galvanized steel cistern on one side and lush green
facades on the other, lies a view of a wide valley and the
distant skyline of downtown Austin.

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f 'keep it weird' is the slogan for Austin, then the CMPBS is the
poster child of this place. The three acre campus is home to two
solar decathlon winning houses, and innumerable green building
technologies and experiments. Driven by a small dedicated staff,
interns and the inexhaustible creativity of Gail Vittori and Pliny
Fisk III, her lifelong partner, the CMPBS is something that must be
experienced. Gail Vittori is co-director CMPBS, co-author Sustainable Healthcare Architecture and winner of 2015 Hanley Award for
her many contributions and leadership in health and green building. I caught up with Gail to find out more about her work, her
dreams and her passions earlier this year.
SWP: Congratulations Gail! How did you feel when you were notified
that you won this prestigious award? (She smiles and then chuckles.)
GV: I would say a combination of being shocked, humbled and
honoured, because I honestly didn't expect to win, particularly
given the other extraordinary nominees.

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SWP: What do you think your
most important accomplishments
have been which lead to such
recognition?
GV: I understood that one
of the recognized aspects of
my work has been mentorship
which has come about through
the people I work with every day
as interns, staff and volunteers
and with the people I collaborate with on project teams
and colleagues at the US Green
Building Council. I also think
that it would be my work on the
strategic integration of human

Photo Courtesy of Steven Peck.

INTERVIEWED BY STEVEN W. PECK, GRP

health in the practice of green
building.
SWP: Your work has led you
to pioneer human health as a key
component of green building. Can
you tell us more about that?
GV: I have had the benefit, in
an odd way, of having come to
the design profession without
the formal training of a designer
which enabled me to think differently about what should be a
foundational pillar of design. It
seemed to me that acknowledging the relationship between
design and its impact on human

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