What is Regenerative Design and what does it have to do with Bahá’í teachings? This presentation looks at how undertaking a spiritual life underpins the practice of what might be called ‘the leading edge of sustainability’. Tom will illustrate how the reality of Oneness manifests itself in a design process that induces architecture to naturally unfold from its social/spiritual/environmental context. As a case study, Tom will discuss the process utilized to design and construct the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The Leopold Center produces as much energy as it uses and claims to be Carbon Neutral in operation. As the first Platinum LEED building in Wisconsin, the center was also selected by the AIA Committee on the Environment as one of 2008’s Top Ten environmentally responsible buildings.
Tom Kubala, AIA, lists his greatest achievement as having been born into a stable, loving Bahá’í family, followed by the fortunate meeting of his bride to be, Patty, to whom he has been married for 46 years. Anything he can list beyond these accomplishments pales by comparison and can be directly attributed to being imprinted, at an early age, with the principle of Oneness as manifested in family. In 1980, he co-founded, along with Allen Washatko, The Kubala Washatko Architects, a 27-person studio now located in Cedarburg, Milwaukee and Seattle. The firm has produced a wide variety of places and buildings and has a substantial record of design with sustainability as a foundation. In 2006, TKWA received the AIA Wisconsin’s Firm Award.