SoA Alumni Spotlight
Todd Evans, AIA, LEED-AP, BD+C
Class of 2003
In his junior year Todd was bitten by the sustainability bug and while a lot of his classmates went really big on their theses, he went in the opposite direction and did a sustainable single family farm house. Sustainability awareness hadn't really taken hold yet and LEED barely existed, so looking back he can understand why some people thought his topic choice was a bit unambitious. Since then he has done his best to be involved in eco-minded projects.
Upon graduation he was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks working as a teaching assistant with former FAUSA director Aron Temkin at Fallingwater in Pennsylvania. Todd then went to work for a firm in Fort Lauderdale that focused on automobile dealerships where he tried to share an ecological approach to no avail. As gas prices soared and dealership ceased to build the firm closed its doors in 2005. Shortly after, Todd went to work for Donald Yoshino, FAIA, in Boca Raton. Under Don’s guidance Todd’s passion for sustainable architecture developed allowing him to receive his LEED certification as well as his architectural license and work with clients to complete some LEED certified buildings.
In 2009 Todd went to work for Black & Veatch where he is currently a project manager in their Washington, DC office. He has worked in the "federal services" division of the company doing work for government agencies. Todd has been involved in projects for agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, the Smithsonian, and the US Department of Defense. His favorite projects have been for the US Department of State designing alternative energy systems for embassies, consulates, and diplomatic properties around the world. His work has given him the opportunity to travel extensively to Portugal, Malta, Turkey, France, England, Peru, Colombia, Djibouti, Mauritania, Curacao, and Nicaragua. (By the way, he has gotten food poisoning twice and been vaccinated against just about everything!)
He is licensed in Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Washington, DC and Maryland. Because he is in DC and close to the headquarters of both the AIA and the US Green Building Council, he stays involved in both organizations. Todd has been involved in the development of the LEED exams and he is part of the committee that selects the educational speakers at the annual Greenbuild conference.