Ralph Bicknese is a widely respected thought-leader, proponent and practitioner of green design with over 30 years of experience and is a principal and co-founder of Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects. H+B provides architectural, planning and consulting services centered on sustainable solutions that enhance and enrich life.
Mr. Bicknese is an architect, a member of the AIA, a LEED AP with BD+C specialty and LEED Fellow. His expertise and dedication to green design has been demonstrated through his long-term work history and volunteer activities starting while a college student with committee work with the City of Ames, Iowa in 1980 and has continued through his involvement on more than 35 projects seeking certification under the LEED® Green Building Rating System and on the Living Learning Center, tied with another as the first building in the world certified under the stringent Living Building Challenge. Projects range in location throughout the U.S and in Central America.
Ralph assisted in the founding of the U.S. Green Building Council - St. Louis Regional Chapter where he served as Chair, Program Chair, Government Advocacy Chair, and most recently as the chapter’s Green School Advocate. He was a juror on the USGBC-Minnesota Chapter’s 2011 Leadership in Sustainability Awards, served on two Greenbuild Session Selection Committees, the Greenbuild 2005 Program Committee, USGBC Advisory Committee on Haiti Recovery, initiated, helped organize and facilitate the Katrina Charrettes at Greenbuild 2005, and was a contributor to The New Orleans Principles. Ralph is a board member of the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (Washington DC), Vice Chairman of the SMART Sustainable Building Product Committee (Washington DC), serves on the Maplewood-Richmond Heights School District Sustainable Futures Committee and the City of Maplewood, MO Sustainability Commission, is a member of the St. Louis Regional Higher Education Sustainability Consortium and is a frequent mentor, juror and panelist for architectural and sustainability courses at local and regional colleges and universities. He served on Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s Home Building and Residential Energy Efficiency Panel in 2009, served as an Advisor on the State of Missouri MDNR-Department of Energy Missouri Energy Stakeholder Process in 2011, was a peer reviewer for the Public School District’s Adherence to Guidelines For Environmentally Sound Practices in 2010 and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s Missouri’s Energy Efficiency Potential: Opportunities for Economic Growth and Energy Sustainability in 2011, and worked with State Legislators to establish the Missouri Green Schools Legislative Caucus in 2009. Ralph advocates regularly for green schools and green building legislation locally and at the state and national levels.