DesignedThingsEvery Day Design –
How Design Influences Everything from Buildings to Behavior
presented in the Green Drinks series

November 17, 2009  /  5:30–8:30pm

Jefferson Tap & Grill 
325 N Jefferson St  2nd Floor 
Chicago,  IL 60661

Beyond the physical walls and streets, the ways people behave can change dramatically depending upon how everything from consumer products to infrastructure are designed. In a world facing the realities of climate change, altering our collective behavior is paramount.

Come hear from three of Chicago’s leading designers how we might re-envision our products, buildings, and neighborhoods to alter our behaviours, improve our quality of life, and advance greater sustainability.


Jonathan Boyer, AIA
Principal, Farr Associates
Architecture Studio Head and Director of Green Consulting
Mr. Boyer has been practicing architecture in Chicago since 1974 where he has focused on environmentally sustainable architectural design and urban planning. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and Yale University (MArch). His urban design projects include community and regional planning in Colorado, California, New Jersey and the Midwest region. He has been the principal designer of many LEED projects including the Platinum LEED projects–the Center for Neighborhood Technology in Chicago and the Yannell Net Zero Energy Residence.

Andrew Burroughs
Partner, IDEO
Andrew Burroughs is a partner at IDEO and co-leads the Chicago studio, recently relocated from Evanston to a LEED certified warehouse in Chicago. He has been involved in the design of numerous medical and consumer products. In 2007, he published a small book called Everyday Engineering – What Engineers See, which explores how technology and nature interact in our built environment.

Martin Felsen
Principal, Urban Lab & Director, Archeworks
Martin Felsen, with partner Sarah Dunn, is founding principal of UrbanLab, an award-winning Chicago-based design firm specializing in resourceful civic, commercial, residential, and infrastructure projects. Mr. Felsen is also an Associate Studio Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Previously he has worked for Peter Eisenman Architects and Stan Allen Architects on large-scale public and institutional planning and public works projects.