Bill Reed, AIA, LEED

Principal at Regenesis Group


Regenerative Development & Design



+1 Continuing Educational Unit


It’s a stretch—but it’s possible. Place by place. Working in harmony with nature and each other—this is how rapidly we have seen health-giving interrelationships take hold in whole social and environmental systems.

Unfortunately, Western culture is trying to solve gigantic and existential issues with the same technically oriented mind that created them; working on fragmented problems, in silos of activities, addressing them in a generic way, and at an impossible-to-manage planetary scale.

In complex living systems, there are no simple cause and effect relationships. Since what we are trying to sustain is life itself, let’s begin by working with the way life works.

“The law is in the land, not in the people” – Anne Poelina, a Nyikina-Warrwa (Indigenous Australian) woman who belongs to the Mardoowarra, the lower Fitzroy River, during the launch of Regenerative Songlines Australia.


Bill Reed will explore the dynamic relationship between human and ecological systems and learn why regenerative development is gaining traction worldwide as a viable solution to major global issues. Such initiatives include the Commonwealth’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change, which aims to establish regenerative carbon-capture strategies and whole system health within a group of nations that comprise one third of the world’s population.

This conference will examine the distinguishing principles of regenerative development in relation to living systems. Practitioners who are interested in moving beyond sustainability simply as a damage-mitigation method will benefit from this presentation.

“Regenerative development working to reverse the degeneration of ecosystems through harmonizing human activities with the continuing evolution of life on our planet."


Regenerative Development and Design


Bill is an internationally recognized Planning Consultant, Design Process Facilitator, Lecturer, Teacher, and Author in sustainability and regeneration. He is a Principal of Regenesis, Inc.—a regenerative design, living systems integrator, and education organization. His work centres on creating the framework for and managing an integrative, whole and living system design process. This work is known as Regenerative Development. The objective: to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places and therefore the planet. The more immediate benefits of this process include higher efficiency, lower costs, reduced waste, faster time to market, and the realization of exponential value to the social, ecological, financial and human qualities of a project, the community, and its ecosystem.

An author of many technical articles and contributor to multiple books including co-authorship of the seminal work “Integrative Design Guide to Green Building”, he is a founding Director of the US Green Building Council and one of the co-founders of the LEED Green Building Rating System. In addition to being considered one of the leading thinkers in this field, Bill has also consulted on over two hundred green design commissions for buildings and city master plans. He is also a keynote speaker at major building and design events as well as a guest lecturer at universities throughout Europe, North America, and Oceania, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, and UPenn.


Regenerative development is a process by which cities, towns, and other human communities bring themselves back into life-giving alignment with the ecological systems that support them. As a practice, it seeks to create a built environment and human systems that are capable of coevolving with nature.

As a starting place, regenerative development begins with the premise that all human activities have the potential to feed new life, health, and wealth into the myriad ecological and social systems that they touch. The key to doing so is to understand the unique socio-ecological context that a project or initiative aims to impact, rather than applying generic, one-size-fits-all thinking to our work. In this way, regenerative development recentres the unique ecological identity of a place as the foundational enabler of the health and future prosperity of our human communities [1].

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