On-demand Webinar - The Integrative Process: A Virtual Roundtable , 56 minutes

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The integrative process holds great promise—identifying cost savings, improving building performance, and helping teams discover and implement unique solutions. Proponents also point to other benefits, including shorter project timelines and a more inclusive (and even joyful) work climate. Despite these enticements, this way of working has not yet become common in the building industry.

In this one-hour panel discussion moderated by Candace Pearson, Director of Consulting at BuildingGreen, we’ll tap leading integrative process experts, who will talk about the rewards of having an integrated team and provide real-world advice on how to make it happen. The webinar will benefit people who know something about the integrative process but are ready to deepen and broaden their knowledge and practice—and perhaps even change their firm's culture.

We’ll discuss:

  • The different "flavors" of the integrative process
  • How to recognize when you're coordinating but not integrating your team
  • Frameworks and tools for guidance and succcess
  • "Designing the design process"
  • Setting goals that are aspirational but achievable
  • How to build a team and firm-wide culture that values and realizes integration

A brief Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

This integrative process roundtable is your chance to learn how to:

  • Recognize and understand the value of the integrative process
  • Use the process to discover and implement better environmental and health outcomes
  • Use smart change-management strategies within your project team and firm to encourage an integrative process in the service of improved environmental and health performance
  • Identify signs that a process is not integrative, and correct course when it’s not working as it should
  • Select project-specific goals to guide a successful integrative process and lead to better environmental, social, and economic performance


Barbra Batshalom is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Sustainable Performance Institute, CEO of BuildingEase, and past founder and president of the USGBC Affiliate in Massachusetts, which she ran for nine years. She’s an industry leader whose vision drives market transformation programs from public policy to professional practice.

Barbra’s work focuses on the intersection of systems, processes, and culture. With a diverse background in fine arts, social psychology, and 20+ years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective—engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work. She's an educator, public speaker, and change agent working with a wide range of governmental, institutional, and private-sector organizations to help them institutionalize sustainability and achieve measurable improvements in performance and profitability.

Barbra teaches leadership and entrepreneurship for sustainability at Boston Architectural College and taught sustainable real estate development at the Brandeis University International Business School. She has served on AIA’s 2030 Commitment working group and now serves on the boards of Mindful Materials and the Carbon Leadership Forum. She has served on numerous boards and task forces to help develop public and corporate policies for sustainability and teaches courses on change management for sustainability for professionals around the world.

Darrah is an experienced architect, designer, and pre-design specialist. She focuses on climate-responsive solutions, human health and well-being, and carbon reduction efforts across the firm’s portfolio.

In her leadership role at MHTN, Darrah is responsible for deepening the firm’s commitment to sustainability and further ingraining sustainability into the culture. She is passionate about the power of pre-design in setting sustainability and well-being goals that stick. She seeks to elevate the experience of people through a seamless integration of buildings with their natural context. Darrah brings an energy that infuses teams with an integrative mindset throughout the life of a project.

Patrick is an experienced executive and a nationally recognized thought leader with who inspires individuals, groups, and organizations to achieve something they did not know was possible. He has a proven history of developing inventive approaches and innovative solutions as well as leading organizations and teams to consistently achieve high-performance results. Patrick is a frequent keynote and featured speaker and regularly published. His work has been honored with numerous awards.
Patrick’s approach aims to end what he calls the “syrup syndrome” associated with viewing sustainability as a condiment on top of a stack of conventional design decisions. He is on the board of the UC–Berkley Center for the Built Environment and was an original member of the national AIA Large Firm Roundtable group that introduced the 2030 Commitment. He has also pioneered sweeping adoption of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence for every project at JLG Architects and is working on the re-write of the framework. 

Candace leads BuildingGreen’s consulting practice in the areas of alternative project delivery models, collaborative construction contracts, and owner representation. She believes that the best projects come from project teams aligned around values, and that such alignment can be reinforced by clear, artfully crafted contracts. She has a knack for facilitating kick-off meetings, and she has partnered with construction attorneys to translate learnings into contractual agreements. In 2015, she co-authored a guide on Integrated Design and Delivery funded by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

In addition to her consulting work, Candace is an adept writer and researcher for BuildingGreen.com. Her areas of expertise include resilient design, biophilia, and grid services. 

Candace and her husband recently retrofitted a house to be all-electric with all major energy loads run during off-peak hours. If you ever want to talk duck curves, Candace is your gal.