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The Sustainable Design of Historic Buildings

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

View recording on Arizona Preservation YouTube Channel


Part 3 of "The Greenest Building" webinar series discusses the environmental benefits of preservation through sustainable design projects across Arizona. We can learn from past generations’ designs to learn how buildings can be best designed for their climate and landscape. This can be through designing new buildings based off that knowledge and incorporate them into rehabilitation projects.


Welcome & Introductions

  • Kathryn Leonard, Arizona State Historic Preservation Office

  • Alesha Adolph, Arizona Preservation Foundation

“The Comfortable Arizona House: Territorial Technology Tips for Our Homes of the Future”

  • Don Ryden

"The Manzanita Hall Restoration: On-Campus Residence Hall at Arizona State University”

  • Russ Myers

  • Jason Wills 

Questions & Answers

  • Alesha Adolph

Resources & Closing

  • Alesha Adolph

  • Kathryn Leonard

About the Presenters


Don Ryden is from Phoenix Arizona and studied at Arizona State University’s College of Architecture. He is a well-rounded professional who tirelessly pursues the practice of architecture with a sincere concern for the environment, respect for the cultural context, and adherence to the timeless doctrines of harmonious design. He devotes most of his professional time and energy within three major disciplines – architecture, planning, and historic preservation. As an architect, Don is skilled in all aspects of professional services ranging from programming through design and production to construction observation. As a planner, Don has successfully completed master planning projects involving sensitive natural and cultural resources, economic redevelopment, transportation modes, zoning considerations, and public/ government interaction. He served as the Arizona State Historic Preservation Coordinator for the American Institute of Architects, was a member of the Arizona Historic Advisory Commission to the State Legislature, and currently serves as vice-chair of the State Historic Sites Review Committee (member since 1993). As a scholar and author, Don has revealed the “architecture of optimism” in his groundbreaking book "Midcentury Marvels: Commercial Architecture of Phoenix 1945-1975." 


Russ Myers is an industry veteran in a wide variety of mixed-use, student housing, hospitality, and retail projects. His historic preservation experience has touched some of the most iconic structures in Arizona including ASU Manzanita Hall, Phoenician Resort, Park Central Mall Redevelopment, Uptown Plaza Redevelopment, and Scottsdale Fashion Square. He is a proud Arizona State University alumnus and an advocate for mentorship in youth and future construction students as he leads Kitchell's recruiting and internship programs.


Jason Wills leads American Campus Communities’ ESG reporting efforts and is heavily involved in the company’s on-campus development projects – including market analysis, project feasibility, design, team oversight, and managing relationships with college or university partners. Jason works closely with partners to customize housing solutions that best serve the student body as well as the university’s mission and values, architectural design standards, financial goals, and operational needs. To date, Jason has spearheaded 64 projects totaling nearly $3.2 billion in development value – including 17 of their 25 largest projects. Jason was deeply involved in the genesis of the 21st Century Project, a groundbreaking initiative of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International. Working with fellow members of the ACUHO-I Foundation Board, Jason helped envision the student housing of the future and outlined the planning principles that are transforming the industry. Under Jason’s leadership, ACC has combined these principles with their experience and operational expertise, resulting in on-campus developments that fully support and enhance the academic experience of today’s university students.

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Don Ryden


Russ Myers

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Jason Wills

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