Sim Van der Ryn
Sim Van der Ryn is an architect, author, and educator dedicated to incorporating ecological principles into his work. He was a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley for 40 years and was California’s State Architect for Governor Jerry Brown in the late 1970s. He designed and built the State’s first energy efficient and climate-responsive building. He has long been incorporating sustainable practices into architecture and design and is recognized for his contribution and influence in shaping the Green Architecture and Sustainable Design movement. He is the President of the Ecological Design Collaborative, and the author of several influential books, including Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting People, Nature, and Self, Sustainable Communities, and Ecological Design. He and his colleague Jim Campe founded the “Outlaw Builders,” an irreverent and visionary group experimenting with new and more sustainable practices.