AIA, LEED® AP BD&C
Sustainable design education is the primary focus of Professor Rob Fleming's career. Courses span from undergraduate studios in sustainable design to the development of a master's degree in Sustainable Design to professional development courses in green construction, ecological design and integrated design.
Associate Professor Rob Fleming received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University and went on to practice architecture for the next 7 years, earning his professional registration in 1992. In 1996 Rob received his Masters of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech: Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium. His thesis project, The Seeds of Sustainability set the stage for a lifelong research pursuit dedicated to better understanding, promoting and visualizing a sustainable future. Rob began teaching full time at Philadelphia University in 1996 and was charged with the design, development and teaching of courses focused on computer aided design, multimedia design and sustainable design. His undergraduate sustainable design studio, taught 1997 - 2007, explored the relationship between environmental efficiency, community vitality and green aesthetics. In 2004, Professor Fleming received the University's President's Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2006, Professor Fleming co-founded the Master of Science in Sustainable Design and assumed the position of Program Director. The Program, one of a handful in the country, began in the Fall semester of 2007. The Program received the United States Green Building Council's Excellence in Education award. In 2012, the program received the National Institute for Building Science's award for "Best High Performance Building Initiative" in the USA.
In 2000, Rob co-founded with Chris Pastore, the Engineering and Design Institute @ Philadelphia University, an interdisciplinary research center focusing on green materials, sustainable design and community outreach. Funded by a grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, the center develops new green materials, serves as a resource for firms seeking to design green buildings and provides community outreach initiatives such as the Sustainable Design Resource Library. In 2006, The Institute, in partnership with The Green Building Alliance formed the Pennsylvania Green Growth Partnership, a multi-university and non-profit consortium focused on green building technologies, materials and design. In 2004, Professor Fleming and Chris Pastore received the Pennsylvania Resource Council's "Leadership in Green Building Award." And in 2007 a Philadelphia Sustainability Award from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. In 2008, the Institute received Delaware Valley Green Building Council's, "Leadership in Green Building Award."
Professor Fleming is a Member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction and has provided consulting to a number of firms including Re:Vision Architecture that are designing green buildings. He has served as a team leader and facilitator on over a dozen integrated design charrettes. Professor Fleming is a founding board member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council where he worked with Joe Weidle to design and offer the first training program in the country for Green Advantage Certification – a program that has trained over 6,000 construction professionals nationwide about sustainable design and construction. Rob is currently focusing on sustainable design education and has made presentations in the fall of 2011 in Toronto, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Rob is currently working on a book: Design Education for a Sustainable Future to be published by Routledge/earthscan in early 2013. Click here for details.
Tune into his weekly radio show co-hosted with Chris Pastore. http://www.philau.edu/ecomanandtheskeptic