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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Gordon Whittenberg

Professor of Architecture
School of Architecture
Rice University

Gordon Wittenberg is a Professor and Director of the Technology, Environment, and Practice Program in the School of Architecture, and a partner in WO Architects. He teaches design studios in both the undergraduate and graduate cores and the introductory course in technology: "Introduction to the Science and History of Building," as well as a seminar in "Advanced Materials and Systems." When Professor Wittenberg frst came to Rice his primary focus was teaching and research in the area of energy conservation and sustainability. He has written a number of articles and a book on the special problems related to cooling and comfort in hot, humid climates such as Houston and the traditional architecture of the South as a response to climate. More recently, Professor Wittenberg has been involved in experimenting with ideas about environment, design, and materials through the work of his architectural frm, WO Architects. Since the firm was started in 1991, it has won many awards for excellence in design including a TSA award in 2004 and awards from both the masonry and metal building industries.

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