An engineer and journalist, Russell Fortmeyer’s work engages the technical and performative complexities of architecture and systems with the needs of cities and people. He joined the global engineering firm, Arup, in 1999 and currently leads sustainable design for its Los Angeles office. His most recent book, Kinetic Architecture: Designs for Active Envelopes, published by Images Press in 2014, explored the integration of environment and technology toward greater energy and comfort performance in buildings. For the last two years, Fortmeyer acted as the technical advisor to the Building Resilience Primer for Los Angeles, published in 2016. He previously served as the technology editor for Architectural Record, where he remains a contributor. Since 2011, Fortmeyer has been a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where his classes focus on environmental systems and facades. He currently serves on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LA Chapter, where he advocates for sustainability in the build environment. His professional work includes the Seattle Public Library, TreePeople Center for Community Forestry (LEED Platinum), 8 Chifley Square (6 Star Greenstar), Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center (LEED Platinum), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, and the Beirut Embassy, as well as strategic planning work focused on ZNE buildings, green infrastructure, materials, comfort, and microclimates. In 2016, Fortmeyer was awarded a Bellagio Residency by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of a collaborative project on urban microclimates and air quality with the architect Doris Sung. Fortmeyer holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and MA in Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles.