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For over 40 years, he has worked in 11 countries on 5 continents creating innovative places to live, work and learn. Bob’s life-long vision for a green building era is becoming a reality — and he is sharing his knowledge through a range of sustainable design and development consulting services.

Robert J. Kobet is the CEO of The Kobet Collaborative, a capstone parent company begun in 1979 as Energy Design Associates. The Kobet Collaborative is a multi-disciplined architectural consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and development, high-performance green buildings, LEED certification, and environmental education. In addition to his professional services as an architectural consultant, Bob has enjoyed a parallel career as a college professor and K12 educator.

Bob’s individual impact on the built environment spans several decades over a wide area of influence. His green building and sustainable community development projects around the world range from small non-profit endeavors to multi-million dollar developments. Differentiating himself as a design professional offering comprehensive, integrated services from conceptual design through implementation, he is one of a very few individuals with his depth of experience and expertise to be practicing as both a consultant and educator on an international level. He is a highly sought after educator, lecturer and conference speaker, well known for his ability to combine a deep understanding of the subject with the passion and ability to explain complicated and complex issues in simple, usable terms.

One of Bob’s most notable contributions to architecture and education is his early promotion of allergy free nontoxic environments and human ecology as a design determinant. These are manifest in the first Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on the subject written for the American Society of Interior Designers in 1989. He has since developed and conducted several versions of this workshop around the US and Canada including ASID’s Super Campus Continuing education conferences. He has also used his expertise in allergy free nontoxic design to inform his work as Chair of the US Green Building Council’s LEED for Schools Initiative to promote healthy schools. Bob has been at the vanguard of promoting green building principles through his positions with the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

Bob’s combined expertise in sustainable design and development and human ecology as a design determinant were also applied in his efforts to co-found the country’s first Master of Science in Sustainable Systems (MS3) at Slippery Rock University. His contributions include the design and construction of the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Research and Education as his Master’s thesis. The curriculum Bob wrote for the program received the first Three Rivers Award for Environmental Education in 1997. The Macoskey Center has since received a LEED Silver certification for Existing Buildings.

Bob truly believes in meeting individual client needs through customized solutions which minimize environmental impact and maximize health and productivity. Sustainability is a consistent focus in all of his work. The Kobet Collaborative portfolio includes individual buildings and sustainable community development projects the United States, Canada, Haiti, the Czech Republic, Poland, Africa, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Mexico, Guam, and China. Most notable among these are the Minimum Energy Building in the Bejing Olympic Village, the Pittsburgh Convention Center, Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, the Central European Linkages Project, sustainable community development in Rwanda and consulting to the Cultural Section of US State Department, and the Department of Defense. (Please see my Projects page)

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Design Professional (LEED Faculty) First in Pennsylvania
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Advanced Faculty
  • Selected as one of Twelve faculty in 2010 to work internationally and train other faculty
  • One of the initial twelve professionals chosen by USGBC in 2000 to conduct LEED accredited workshops nationwide.
  • Chair, LEED for Schools
  • Co-author, LEED for General Contractors and Construction Managers
  • Authorized to conduct USGBC sanctioned workshops for:
    • LEED V3 Green Building Design and Construction
    • LEED V3 Interior Design and Construction
    • LEED V3 Core Concepts
    • LEED V3 for Schools
    • LEED for General Contractors and Construction Managers
  • 2006 Registered Architect, State of Florida #AR92767 (retired)
  • 1981 Registered Architect, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania #EX8685 (retired)
ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS
  • 1993 Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA Graduate Cum Laude
  • 1980 Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
    Recipient, Outstanding Achievement Award
AWARDS and RECOGNITION
  • Selected Distinguished Alumni, University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art and Architecture 2002
  • 2008 Gold Metal Building of America as a consultant to
    Pine Jog Elementary School and Environmental Education Center, Palm Beach County, FL. LEED Consultant to Zyscovich Architects
  • 2005 AIA National Committee on the Environment Top Ten Award Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA. LEED and Green Design Consultant to Gardner, Gannon, Pope and Davis
  • 2005 Pittsburgh’s Green Champion awarded by the Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2002 AIA National Committee on the Environment Top Ten Award Conservation Consultants Incorporated Center (CCI), Pittsburgh, PA. Project Manager and Director of Green Building Services to CCI
  • 1999 Governor’s Energy Award CCI, Pittsburgh, PA. Project Manager and Director of Green Building Services to CCI
  • 2000 Governor’s Energy Award
  • 1998 Pennsylvania’s First Green Facility
    Department of Environmental Protection South Central Office Building Harrisburg, PA. Consultant to DEP
  • 1994 Three Rivers Award for Environmental Education
    Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, Slippery Rock University
    Slippery Rock, PA. Co-founder of the SRU Master of Science in Sustainable Systems and author/professor of the Built Environment track between 1990 and 1995
  • Co-recipient 1977 Progressive Architecture Award for Applied Research
    Progressive Architecture Magazine
  • Outstanding Achievement Award University of Cincinnati, 1997
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • 2008 Beijing Olympic Village Minimum Energy Building
    Beijing, China
  • New town development, Guilin, China
  • Celebrity housing development, Shanghai, China
  • 2008 WMS Metals Industries, LLC
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2006 The Celebrity Housing Development
    Shanghai, China
  • 2003 US State Department, Sustainable Community Development Consultation, Buenos Aires, La Plata and Cordoba, Argentina
  • Episcopalian Dioceses of the US, Sustainable Community Development Consultation, Ruhengeri and Kigali, Rwanda, Africa
  • 1998 Central European Linkages Project, Sustainable Community Development Projects, Hostalkovice, Czech Republic and Marklowice, Poland
  • Hopital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haitl
  • Bank Street Project, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
AUTHOR AND EDUCATOR
  • Past Member USGBC LEED Faculty
  • 1990 to 1995 – Adjunct Professor, Slippery Rock University School of Environmental Education, Slippery Rock, PA
  • 1995-2003 – International Viewpoints on Sustainability — Adjunct Professor
    Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1995-2003 – Fourth Year Studio Instructor — Adjunct Professor
    Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1996 Co-Author, Residential Builders Guide to Act 222 Manual, Commonwealth of PA Department of Environmental Education
  • 1979 -1990 Co-founder, Master of Science in Sustainable Systems (MS3) Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
  • Co-Author, LEED for Contractors and Construction Managers Workshop
  • Guidelines for Sustainable Development, Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Guidelines for High-Performance Green Buildings, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • 1989 Allergy Free/Nontoxic Design Module — American Society of Interior Designers
PUBLIC SPEAKING

Bob receives ongoing invitations to speak nationally and internationally at conferences, regional meetings and training programs. Examples include:

  • International Green Building Challenge
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
  • International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  • Global Green
  • USGBC Greenbuild Conference
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tools for Schools
  • American Society of Interior Designers Allergy Free/Nontoxic Environments
  • Wingspread Conference Barriers to High Performance Schools (HPS)
  • National Schools Expo
  • National Association of School Board Officials
  • Greenprints National Conference
  • Environmental Design and Construction Conference
  • Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
  • Ohio Schools Facilities Commission
  • Ohio Environmental Education Commission
  • University of Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni Lecture
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
  • St. Mary’s College Annual Environmental Forum
  • Cleveland Green Building Coalition
  • Cleveland Public Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Miami Tropical Green
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Past member – American Institute of Architects
  • Past member – United States Green Building Council
  • Past Member – Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI)
COMMITTEE/BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Current and Former)
  • AIA Board of Directors – Pittsburgh Chapter
  • AIA Board of Directors, Commonwealth of PA
  • National AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE)
  • Chair, Commonwealth of PA Energy Conservation Committee – Appointed by Governor Robert Casey
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Waldorf School
  • Board of Directors, Pittsburgh Garden Center
  • USGBC Steering Committee on Education
  • LEED Accreditation and Curriculum Core Committee