W. Cecil Steward

Speech Topics:
- China's Development in the 21st Century: Green building as an Economic Opportunity and a Global Necessity
- The Five Domains of Sustainability: Tools for Achieving Sustainable Communities
- City and Regional Planning: Balancing Growth, Communities and Eco-systems
- Urban Sprawl vs. Agricultural Land: How to Manage Growth and Eat Well Also
- Design for Deconstruction: Curtailing Waste and Throw-away Materials
- Sustainable Design & Construction: Recycling and Conservation
- Historical Preservation and Building Reuse
- The Architectural Imperative: Sustainable Design
- Living in the Circle of Consumption: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, ReDesign

W. Cecil Steward, FAIA, is a world expert on sustainable development and sustainable design. Dean emeritus and emeritus professor of architecture and planning at the University of Nebraska College of Architecture in Lincoln, he is president and founder of the International North/North Network for Urban Sustainability and the Joslyn Castle Institute for Sustainable Communities, Omaha/Lincoln.

In 1999 he was awarded the national Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, jointly, by the American Institute of Architects and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. In 1997 his peers in the AIA Nebraska awarded him the Gold Medal for Architecture. He holds a visiting faculty appointment at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, and is a Senior Fellow of the national Design Futures Council.

His academic programs in teaching and research include architecture, interior design, community and regional planning, and sustainable community development, as well as the initiation of faculty/student exchanges and research projects in France, Ireland, Germany, China, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Canada, Hungary and Denmark.

He earned his professional B. Arch. degree from Texas A&M University in 1957 and his M.S. in Architecture from Columbia University in 1961 (Educational Facilities Program), after study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in France. In 1991 he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri.

Steward has practiced architecture in Texas, New York, and Nebraska. In addition, he has been project director for planning and design of Nigeria's new Imo State University (1981-88), and a consultant on the advancement of the profession and architectural education to the People's Republic of China since 1979. As designer/developer/owner, he completed, in 1994, an award-winning “green design” residential project from a former commercial structure in mid-town Lincoln, Nebraska.

In 1991 he was elected to be the 68th president of the American Institute of Architects, the first career educator to be installed. During his two years of service as president-elect and president he completed work with the White House commemorating the 200th anniversary of the building, established the first international chapters of AIA in London, and Paris, established the first task force on Cultural Diversity in the profession, and the first requirement for continuing professional development. In 1992 he initiated the first profession-wide study of architectural education which engaged all five architectural organizations, known as the Boyer Study.

A past president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Steward has served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the AIA and on the charter board of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. He continues to serve the board of directors of the Asia/Pacific Center for Architecture, the national Design Futures Council, and the steering committee of the United Nations Center for Human Settlements Best Practices Network and its international Dubai Award for Best Practices in Sustainable Development.

In 1992 and 1993, he participated as an invited juror in the judging of design competitions for the Seoul, Korea International Airport and the Jin Mao World Trade Center, Shanghai, China. In 2001 he served as a juror for designs for the redevelopment of the Wang Po River, Shanghai. These projects were to be the world's largest of their type, when completed. Recently he has been invited to be a design juror for the Memorial to the 911 Victims of United Flight 93, and a professional advisor to the Architect of the Capitol for a new master plan of the grounds of the U.S. Capital.

In public service he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Lincoln Association, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission, and the Lincoln Children's Museum Board of Directors. In 2005, he started the Nebraska Center for Sustainable Construction, which operates a recycled building materials store in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is a member of the Nebraska Capitol Environs Commission where he assisted in the writing of the first design guidelines for urban protection of the Nebraska Capitol building.

At the national level he has served on the National Easter Seals Advisory Committee, on the national Peer Review Committee for design reviews of selected General Services Administration projects, and as a member of the Pennsylvania Avenue Design Charrette Team in Washington, D.C.

At the international level he served as a member of the National Committee on U.S./China Relations, and the UNESCO-sponsored design charrette team for the international Memorial to West African Slave Trade, Dakar, Senegal. Since 1984, he has served as a consultant to the Peoples Republic of China in establishing accreditation and licensing for architects.

Travels from Lincoln, Nebraska.

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