Carbon Sequestering: Synthesizing Passive House and Healthy Materials
Passive House approach to operational energy with challenges of addressing upfront embodied carbon, as a key combination to address in approaching carbon-zero buildings.
Corey McCormack, AIA
Associate Principal – Technical Architect at SOM
Corey McCormack is an Associate Principal and Technical Architect in SOM’s New York office. Since joining the firm in 2014, Corey’s work focuses on leading interdisciplinary teams for large scale adaptive reuse and repositioning projects in New York City. Major project work includes the Repositioning and Renovation of Citi’s Global Headquarters in Tribeca and the Renovation and Adaptive Reuse of the Landmarked Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan. Corey believes strongly that our work adapting, renovating and reusing existing buildings represents a significant tool to save embodied carbon and combat climate change. Corey is on the Board of Directors at New York Passive House. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Corey received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is licensed to practice architecture in New York State and is a LEED accredited professional.
Rowan O. Georges, AIA
Senior Associate Principal – Specifications Writer at SOM
Rowan Georges is a Senior Associate Principal specializing in Specifications Writing in SOM’s New York office. Rowan joined the firm in 2005 and has over fifteen years of experience as an Architect and Specifications Writer. Rowan has extensive project experience working on projects ranging from educational buildings to large-scale, mixed-use towers. Prior to SOM, Rowan worked at diDomenico and Partners where he gained valuable experience working with New York City governmental agencies on transportation and primary and secondary school education projects. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Rowan received his Bachelor of Architecture and his Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design from New York Institute of Technology. Rowan is licensed to practice Architecture in New York State.
Cynthia Heimann, AIA
Associate Principal – Specifications Writer at SOM
Cynthia Heimann is an Associate Principal specializing in Specification writing in SOM’s Washington DC office. Cynthia joined the firm in 2018 and has over 20 years of experience as an Architect and specification writer. She has been an integral part of design teams on a variety of building types in SOM’s recent portfolio in the US and abroad. Her leadership and coordination with the technical team has propelled the firm forward with their objective to reduce carbon and chemicals from materials and assemblies listed in the firm’s specification masters.
A member of the American Institute of Architects, Cynthia received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and her Masters of Arts from Marymount University. Cynthia is licensed to practice Architecture in Washington DC.
Principal – Design at SOM
Yasemin Kologlu is a Design Principal in SOM’s New York office. Kologlu adopts a forward-thinking and holistic approach to design that integrates wellbeing, environmental design, and technology. She is a strong advocate for equality, diversity, and innovation in the design industry. Kologlu joined the firm in 2004 and has since worked in SOM’s New York and London offices. Her portfolio of completed projects is diverse – it includes innovative headquarters, near-zero-energy offices, and net zero-carbon residential and mixed-use developments. She has extensive experience working on projects in North America and Europe, including 400 Fifth Avenue in New York, the United States Census Bureau headquarters in Maryland, the JTI headquarters and United Nations campus in Geneva, and the Karlatornet in Gothenburg – the tallest residential tower in Scandinavia.
Kologlu is an industry recognized leader and mentor in sustainable design and construction. She is a founder and firm-wide leader of SOM’s global Climate Action Group, which promotes stronger sustainable practices in our built environment. She is part of the Carbon Leadership Forum NY (CLFNY) Steering Committee, AIA New York’s Committee on the Environment (COTE), and the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) Architect Advisory Council, and has contributed to multiple industry advisory groups to help shape New York City and State policies on carbon and energy. She continues to spearhead numerous environmental design research initiatives at SOM, and is committed to pluralism in design in practice. A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Kologlu received her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and completed postgraduate studies at London Metropolitan University.
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