Sandy Mendler, AIA, LEED Fellow, is an architect, planner and researcher creating innovative new models for buildings, campuses and neighborhoods. As the Regional Education Practice Area Leader for Gensler, in San Francisco, she focuses on the role of schools, colleges and universities can play in piloting innovative solutions that demonstrate what is possible – vibrant design solutions that promote collaborative research and student-centered experiential learning – with facilities delivering important social infrastructure to build health, wealth and resilience in communities. Sandy studied Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and Pratt Institute, and recently completed a doctoral degree in Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California. She is currently advising on the NAACP committee ‘Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector’ and is actively engaged with SCUP, SPUR, the Design Futures Council and other industry groups. She has also served two terms on the USGBC national board of directors, is a past chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and was a Pathways to Equity fellow. Through writing, public speaking and projects, she is a passionate advocate for design that meets the urgent challenges of health, climate and equity.