David Stieglitz

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Mr. Stieglitz' expertise includes: classical archaeology, architecture and planning, environmental research and design, futures studies, communication technologies, and urban education issues. He has been published and lectured widely in each of these areas.

Mr. Stieglitz studied architecture, archaeology, and fine arts at Cornell University (1957-1962) and received his Masters of Architecture from SUNY at Buffalo in 1971. Subsequently, he completed his coursework and dissertation outline for a PhD. in design education. From 1963 to 1968 he was a practicing design professional in Finland and Switzerland winning numerous design competitions and awards. He also spent five active seasons as a supervising field archaeologist in the Middle East working with Harvard and Cornell Universities and The American Schools of Oriental Research in Turkey and then with the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Museum and The American Research Center in Egypt. His documentation of excavations and archaeological reconstructions at the ancient cities of Sardes and Mendes are currently in the archives of four major museums.

Mr. Stieglitz was one of the founding faculty of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design at SUNYAB in 1968. He developed core curricula in architectural design, urban planning and future studies and taught undergraduate and graduate studio courses at both SUNY and Ohio University throughout the 1970's and 80's. A committed environmentalist and futurist, he has keynoted many convocations and presented to numerous university-level study groups and special interest organizations like the Club of Rome. He was also one of the twelve conveners and co-chairs of the World Future Society's "First Global Conference on the Future" held in Toronto in 1980 ("Think globally, act locally") and more recently, was invited to address the 1997 International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) "Human Village Conference," also held in Toronto.

Mr. Stieglitz founded his architecture and planning consulting firm in Buffalo NY in 1970. Since inception it has been in the vanguard of the environmental and "energy conscious" design movements - now embodied in the overarching LEED approach. The firm is also recognized for its excellence and innovation in designing educational, broadcasting, and housing projects. While receiving many design awards over the

years, the firm's school facilities are particularly noteworthy in that they have been cited by the American Institute of Architects, the International Council of Educational Facility Planners, and the American Association of School Administrators as being among the very best examples of new schools in the Country. The firm's ability to assist clients in resolving complex planning issues has also resulted in many noteworthy commissions and awards including the recently completed Master Plan for a unique "on-campus college town" at the North Campus of the University of Buffalo, New York.

During his professional career, Mr. Stieglitz has also founded several specialized companies and research groups. The first, Environmental Design International, established in 1966, accumulated many years of experience in environmental analysis and problem solving in the USA and abroad. Efforts focused on assessing the impact of technology on human behavior and natural environments with a view toward evolving new development models and settlement patterns which would be safer and less stressful for their human occupants, as well as more responsive to local ecological imperatives. This work culminated in a planning approach which was embodied in a theoretical model for sustainable development - a prototype city named "Capricorn 2050" - given to Philadelphia's Franklin Institute for their permanent Futures Exhibition. The Energy Research Group, a not-for-profit corporation Mr. Stieglitz formed in 1973, has been involved in advanced research on a variety of alternative energy development possibilities including district heating systems, ultra-fine pulverized coal, synthetic fuels, solar (active/passive), wind, and biomass conversion technologies. Mr. Stieglitz was also a founding partner of Digital Broadcasting Resources Inc, a group of companies which provided integrated design, technical, and construction management services to major corporations in the broadcast industries (e.g. Fox, Hearst/Argyle, Post/Newsweek) as they transitioned from analog to digital operating environments.

More recently, Mr. Stieglitz co-founded the Education Transformation Group, LLC (ETG), which is focused on improving both the design of spaces where education takes place and the means which support its delivery. The company consults with educators about creating new "learner centered" environments and supporting these with appropriate interactive communication technologies. ETG successfully fostered a unique collaboration between the City of Buffalo and its Public Schools, by creating the "Joint Schools Construction Board (JSCB)," and charging it with the responsibility for redeveloping all the City's schools at no local cost (i.e. by employing alternative financing techniques) - a ten year billion dollar effort currently being implemented. ETG is now working with several other cities and urban school districts to replicate and/or improve upon this model.

In addition to consulting with many educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad, Mr. Stieglitz has served on several special urban advisory commissions charged with exploring impediments to reforming and/or reconfiguring their public education systems. One of the ideas ETG is deeply committed to is creating a network of "urban public residential schools" designed to provide safe, nurturing, and supportive environments for "lost" children living in extraordinarily compromising circumstances. Implementing this concept will not only help these children succeed academically, but also reduce classroom disruption, thereby greatly improving other students' overall learning potential.