SSI Summit Speaker Biography

Dorothy Payton

Architectural Design and Drafting Instructor, Portland Community College

Establishing a Rationale and the Motivation for Green Building Curriculum

Dorothy Payton, Associate AIA, LEED AP, is Principal of an ecological design and consulting firm in Portland, Oregon, which advocates principles of sustainable, energy efficient, and healthy building design. Her firm assists clients and design professionals to craft an "ecology of practice".  Believing that it matters how one goes about one’s practice or business as much as the products one makes, Ms. Payton’s climate-neutral firm maintains a small environmental footprint. Projects in the firm include architectural design and consultation, group facilitation, education and training. Half of the firm’s work results in buildings; one hundred percent of the work empowers green stewards and more successful projects. Rather than just designing buildings, her passion extends to building the green designers and clients of the future.

Dorothy teaches technical and sustainable courses at PCC. She is also the curriculum manager for an intensive professional "summer camp" course on sustainability in the urban built environment through the Oregon University System and the Oregon Business Council.

Ms. Payton earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1978 from the University of Oregon. Recognizing the importance of developing innovative professional collaborations to better address environmental issues in the construction industry, she earned a Masters Degree in Whole Systems Design and Organization Development at Antioch University Seattle (1997).

Her professional and grassroots organization experience includes numerous activities: founding the Wise Earth Building Network which became the NW Eco-Building Guild; initiating the AIA Portland Chapter’s Committee on the Environment; developing the chapter’s Architecture + Energy Design Awards Program; serving on numerous advisory groups and boards for solid waste management, indoor air quality, and high performance buildings; participating in the organization of and activities for the Cascadia Region Green Building Council; and initiating the nation’s first LEED User Group.

Contact Information:

PCC Sylvania
P.O. Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280-0990