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On April 16, UK/CoD Dean Michael Speaks will serve on a interdisciplinary panel of experts on sustainability and design for a provocative conversation on the USC's entry in the Solar Decathlon competition.
Other panelists include Thom Mayne, Founder/Principal of Morphosis and Pritzker Prize laureate; Neil Denari, Founder/Principal of Neil M. Denari Architects and Professor/Vice Chair of UCLA Architecture & Urban Design; Ralph Knowles, Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California; Anuradha Mathur, Professor and Associate Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania; and moderator Alice Kimm, Director of Undergraduate Architecture and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Southern California.
The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that challenges interdisciplinary collegiate teams to design a net-zero-energy single-family house. In doing so, the Department of Energy hopes to advance innovation in the area of single-family-home design and to help bring these innovations to the mass market.