As a practicing architect for over 23 years, Lois’ career goes well beyond the domain of project design. She has been a national leader in the application of private and commercial green technologies and sustainable planning to the public and private sectors. She is a public policy advisor to elected officials and has participated in the development of policies to lessen the negative impacts of the built environment on the health of people and on our natural resources.
As a practicing architect for more than 25 years, Lois’ career goes well beyond the domain of project design. She has been a national leader in the application of private and commercial green technologies and sustainable planning to the public and private sectors. She is a public policy advisor and has participated in the development of policies to lessen the negative impacts of the built environment on the health of people and on our natural resources. Her specialty is found in the intersection between applied technology and the development of policy provisions for City, State, and Federal entities. Internationally, Lois is a Sustainable Designer for Kuwait Gulf Oil Corporation in Kuwait. In addition, Lois applies these technologies and practices to leading edge sustainable designs and consulting to design teams and clients to maximize the environmental potential for projects.
Besides her work as a practicing architect, Lois is adjunct faculty at Northwestern University where she teaches sustainable construction and LEED Faculty with the US Green Building Council.
Lois’ career has been both driven and distinguished by environmentally sound building practices.
Her portfolio consists of more than 80 LEED projects including prominent projects such as the LEED Platinum Hidden Oaks Nature Center and the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center – one of the first LEED certified buildings in the country.
Lois is Wight & Company’s Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO). In her capacity as Wight’s CSO, Lois is responsible for setting sustainability goals for the company’s business practices and for it’s practice paradigm. In addition to the highlighted projects below, Lois acts as a resource to all projects pursuing LEED certification and facilitates EcoCharettes for all of those projects. Under her guid- ance, Wight has also established a Sustainability Standard to set a minimum threshold for sustain- abiity for projects not pursuing LEED certification.
Examples of her civic work include:
• Co-Chair of the Living Architecture Performance Tool – Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (2012-2013)
• Member of the Metropolitan Planning Council, Sensible Growth Committee (2013)
• Commissioner of the Downers Grove Environmental Concerns Commission (2007-2013)
• Development of sustainable guideline for 10-year expansion of O’Hare International Airport (2005)
• Consulting to the City of Chicago to facilitate and accelerate the acceptance of green roofs by the private sector (2003-2006)
• Member of the Illinois Climate Change Advisory Council (2006)
• Review of Mayor Richard Daley’s 2003 Water Agenda (2003)
A sampling of Lois’ recent speaking engagements include:
• 2013 Chicago Hamburg Business Forum, Hamburg, Germany
• 2013 Design Futures Council, Minneapolis, MN
• 2013 USGBC IL Chapter Event - 3 Firms, 3 Ideas
• 2012 USGBC IL Chapter Event - Catalyst for Environmental Education Beyond the Classroom, Chicago, IL
• 2012 USGBC IL Chapter Event - Making Indoor Comfort Visible
• 2012 EPA Panel Symposium, Chicago, IL
• 2012 SAME Executive Forum, Los Angeles, CA
• 2012 Keynote South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium Sustainability
Conference, Joliet, IL
• 2012 Cities Alive, Chicago, IL