Director at Atelier Ten – Benjamin Shepherd, LEED Fellow



As Atelier Ten’s planning practice leader, Ben has extensive experience with urban ecology, renewable energy systems and green development assessments. He has directed numerous projects and managed the development of sustainability guidelines for a wide range of master plans on a multitude of sectors including commercial, university, government, and transportation. He has consulted on more than 100 high-performance building and planning projects including one of the first outpatient facilities to achieve LEED for Healthcare certification in New York City and a comprehensive environmental framework for Harvard Business School.
Ben is a proud recipient of the ENR New York’s Top 20 Under 40 Award, which celebrates the excellence of young professionals who represent the “Best-of-the-Best” in the construction and design field. He is a member of the University Development and Innovation Council at Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves as Co-Chair of the ULI New York Infrastructure Council. His dedication and enthusiasm to sustainable master planning and buildings and his attention to the wellness of people and the built environment have provided a unique, cutting edge perspective to all projects throughout his career.
Ben also teaches core courses on environmental design and building services at Yale School of Architecture. He holds an MA in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA in Environmental Science from Northland College. Ben has also earned the rare LEED Fellow designation.

Show Highlight

  • Be proactive in creating a healthy building center that is flexible with metering and monitoring of these spaces too.
  • Atelier Ten strives to achieve higher levels of sustainability and connections.
  • Leverage your involvement where you can make the most impact in the climate crisis, personally and professionally.
  • Connecting the dots between all the different disciplines.
  • Hit your client goals and get as much green into the projects by motivating your design teams to find connections between their specialities.
  • Further and maybe even less than some of those travel carbon emissions. We still have to do that to a certain extent, but can really optimize that more than we did in the past.
  • Optimize what tools to use that benefit operational emissions from energy and everything from passive techniques in the facade surrounding accounting for embodied carbon.
  • Build resiliency in your projects to tackle climate change and “global weirding of climate trends,”for immediate and long term impact.
  • Tips to gain experience and fail along the way to carve out your path.

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