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SEC: Crafting a Regenerative Approach (Virtual)

  • COST

    Free for BSA members | $20 for non-members

  • TYPE



    Design Enthusiasts


    1 LU/HSW AIA credit.

Event Description

When Amy Van Lauwe and David De Celis partnered to establish DCVL Design they developed a manifesto aligning their tripartite vision –Design, Academics and Advocacy– with their comprehensive approach to sustainability and regenerative design. In other words, they consider the impact of their work in the built environment, while also curating a sustainable approach to their professional development and healthy work environment.

DCVL will discuss this model by sharing their Design, Academic, and Advocacy work. They will address both sustainability and work-life balance as reflected in four recent projects of varied scales –incorporating Passive House, zero energy design principles and universal design for aging in place– as well as their academic and advocacy endeavors. Amy and David will describe how their tripartite model helps them address carbon emissions, climate change and materiality; and how their volunteerism and collaborations allow advocacy for the arts, education, wellbeing, and social justice.


David Tomás De Celis, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate | Adjunct Faculty, RISD, Co-Founder and Principal, CFO at DCVL Design ― Greater Boston | the Palm Beaches

Amy Van Lauwe, AIA, NCARB, CPHC Candidate | Adjunct Faculty at the BAC and Suffolk University, Principal at DCVL Design ― Greater Boston | the Palm Beaches

Team BIO / ABOUT DCVL Design:

Amy Van Lauwe and David De Celis are registered architects and active educators that believe a balance between academic, professional and community engagement provide limitless sources of inspiration for their design work and research in technology and materials. Amy and David have collaborated for over 10 years. In 2016 they co-founded DCVL Design, a 100% Minority/Women owned office and certified MBE; and have been honored by the U.S. Department of Energy with a 2021 Housing Innovation Award for their Zero Energy Home in Wilton, NH.

Amy received her MA from Boston College and MArch from the Boston Architectural College (BAC). She has worked in the design field for nearly 25 years. Her career has incorporated Passive House, zero energy, and LEED strategies in educational and residential projects. Amy has spent over 18 years as an adjunct faculty at the BAC and Suffolk University, teaching studios and sustainable systems courses. In 2016 she was awarded the Boston Society of Architects Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her background in political science and architecture has led to a passion for integrating sustainable practices, social virtue, and inclusive design.

David earned his BArch from the University of Miami School of Architecture and MArch from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Having taught in Miami and New England, he currently teaches studio, systems, and materials courses at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work focuses on the interrelationship between architecture, the arts, and design through the lenses of history, sociocultural, and socioeconomic considerations, seeking to better understand the evolution of our relationships with natural and built environments. David has practiced for over 30 years, collaborating with many teams, clients, and stakeholders on successful projects throughout the U.S.