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Helen J. Kessler

Helen J. Kessler

Principal, Up Front Regenerative Design

Up FrontHelen J. Kessler, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP is Principal with Up Front Regenerative Design.  She is also President of HJKessler Associates, a sustainable design consulting services firm founded in 2003.  With over 35 years’ experience in sustainable design and energy efficiency, she is passionate about connecting the dots, recognizing complex systems such that stakeholders can identify solutions that work for all.  She specializes in the use of an integrative design approach and has had a leading role on over 80 diverse LEED projects. 

Helen is a former Board member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois Chapter, co-directed its education programs for many years, was on the Greenbuild host committee and was a voting member of the national LEED for Commercial Interiors Core Committee.  She is past co-chair of the AIA Chicago Committee on the Environment, chaired the Energy Code Committee, which created Chicago’s first energy code, and was a voting member on the ASHRAE committee that created Guideline 0 – The Building Commissioning Process. 

Helen is a frequent speaker and author on sustainability topics and regularly teaches various courses, including “Systems Thinking for Sustainable Design” and “Sustainability in Construction” at Northwestern University.  She is a graduate of “The Regenerative Practitioner,” and continues to participate with Regenesis Group in developing regenerative practices.

Helen has received numerous awards, including the USGBC Illinois Chapter Natural Leaders “Intent to Matter” award as well as its Chapter Leader award, AIA Illinois’ R. Buckminster Fuller Award for Social Good, the inaugural Illinois Real Estate Journal Women in Real Estate “Impact award” and Alumnus of the Year, The University of Arizona Honors College.  She is a member of the inaugural class of LEED Fellows.



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