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Newsmakers 2012: Sergio Palleroni
PSU associate professor and fellow at Institute for Sustainable Solutions
The mantelpiece must be getting crowded these days for Sergio Palleroni, professor of architecture at Portland State University and co-owner of Palleroni Leite Design Partnership, which he owns with his wife, Margaret Leite, an associate professor in the architecture program at PSU. Prestigious awards from all over the world are competing for space above the fireplace.
Palleroni won the Special Jury Commendation award from the Smithsonian Institution in 2005. In 2009 a private home he designed, the Kavouri residence in Greece, was featured on the Discovery Channel as one of the greenest houses in the world.
As co-founder of the BaSiC (Building Sustainable Communities) Initiative in cooperation with the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Washington, he has a hand on projects throughout Latin America and the United States. He is a board member of the Austin Community Design & Development Center and he is working on the Alley Flat program, a plan to design and build sustainable, affordable, green housing in Austin’s underused network of alleys.
The American Institute of Architects named him one of four recipients of the organization’s 2011 Latrobe Prize for a research proposal that examined the current and future roles of architects in public interest projects. The prize includes $100,000 for continued research. He’s also been nominated for the Brit Insurance Design Award for the Ladakh Commonwealth Peace Pavilion and Classroom in Ladakh, India, in the Himalayas, part of the Druk White Lotus School project there.
Somewhere in between, he contributed to a book that will be available March 31. “Beyond Shelter” presents projects from across the globe, collectively illustrating the reality that evolving risk requires new ways of thinking and that architects have a leading role to play in that thought shift.
Locally, Palleroni is co-director of the Oregon BEST Green Building Research Lab at PSU. He and his colleagues at PLDP organized a series of meetings, the first in August 2011, as part of an initiative from Gov. John Kitzhaber for the Oregon Solutions, a program to design better portable classrooms for Oregon school districts. The goal was to share information about the situation of portable classrooms in Oregon and then pinpoint major issues and possible design solutions.
In a previous interview with the DJC, Palleroni lauded Portland as a model environment for progressive and environmentally conscious designers.
“There are a lot of activist firms here,” he said. “(They) are all leaders in the community, actively involved, expanding and working with the mayor and the governor. I’m lucky to be in the heart of so much already.”