Each year for the past 19 years, the College of Environmental Design has recognized the achievements of a select group of outstanding alumni who have made a significant impact within their profession. As 2016 Distinguished Alumni, Karen Alschuler FAICP, LEED AP; Scott Johnson FAIA; and Kim Wilke join an elite cadre of over 70 previously recognized alumni from the departments of Architecture, City & Regional Planning, Decorative Art/Design, and Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning.
For the last two decades, my research and creative work has focused on sustainable and high performance buildings. Along with my partner George Loisos and our firm, Loisos + Ubbelohde, I have pioneered research on new methods of energy conservation and production, lighting and daylighting design, natural ventilation, and design and fabrication of light emitting and controlling elements including light sculptures.
In 2012 after completing my degree in Architecture at CED and two subsequent years of training at SDG architects Inc. in Brentwood CA, I left for Uganda to work with the NGO Building Tomorrow. Founded by George Srour and directed by Joseph Kaliisa, Building Tomorrow catalyzes communities and individuals in support of access to quality education for students in East Africa.