Ken Potts, AIA, LEED AP, joined Gensler in 2014.
Ken received his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota in
1988. He practiced architecture in the Twin Cities for 12 years before
joining Target Corporation’s Real Estate Department. There, as a
Sr. Development Manager, Ken led the efforts to integrate existing sustainable
design practices and to pursue innovative strategies. Specific results of
those efforts include Target’s first LEED Certified stores (Chicago, IL). From 2005-2014 he was Director of Sustainability at McGough Companies.
Ken was elected to the USGBC Board of Directors in 2013 after more than a
decade of contibutions at various levels within the organization. He was a
founding Director of the USGBC’s Chicago Chapter in 2002 and has contributed to several USGBC national committees. In 2010 he was appointed to the USGBC’s Implementation Advisory Committee as a Subject Matter Expert. That followed three years as an elected member of the Core Committee of LEED for Neighborhood Development. From 2003-2005 Ken was Vice-Chair of the LEED for Retail Committee.
In February and again in September, 2009, Ken served as a Resource Team
Member at the American Architectural Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Design
Academy. This new initiative by the AAF provides development and technical
assistance to local community leaders engaged in shaping policy and making
design decisions in their communities.
Ken has spoken before a wide variety of audiences on the topic of
sustainability including national conferences of: The American Planning
Association, International Economic Development Council, the US Green
Building Council, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.