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Jonee Kulman Brigham

Jonee Kulman Brigham, AIA, LEED AP, Research Coordinator and Adjunct Teaching Instructor, kulma002@umn.edu


Jonee Kulman Brigham, AIA, LEED AP, is a research coordinator at the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota. She is an Associate Fellow of the Institute on the Environment and is faculty for the Master of Science - Sustainable Design Track at the College of Design. She is currently developing CSBR’s work in the area of Green Schools and Environmental Education focusing on integrating school greening efforts with environmental education that engages students with the systems interconnecting their schools with larger human and natural communities. ¬†She is a USGBC Minnesota Green Schools Committee member, a Minnesota Association of Environmental Education member and conference presenter, and the CSBR liaison to the Minnesota Green Schools Coalition.

During the past ten years at CSBR, she has served in a number of roles. She was Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Editor for the B3 State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines and led sustainable post occupancy evaluation work at the Center. She was a faculty advisor for the University of Minnesota’s ICON Solar House entry to the DOE/NREL Solar Decathlon. Jonee also served on the Minnesota Greenstar Green Homes and Remodeling Technical Committee, worked on outcome-focused sustainable case study projects for USGBC, and performed materials life cycle analysis studies. She led a daylighting training program for architects, and has taught graduate courses for the School of Architecture in the areas of daylighting, electric lighting and acoustics. She represented the Center as a board member of the Mississippi Headwaters Chapter of the US Green Building Council and served on committees for the technology curriculum and the development of the MS Sustainable Design Track.

Before coming to the University, Jonee worked at The Weidt Group as an energy and environmental analyst, at Cuningham Group Architects as a practicing schools and restaurant architect and environmental committee member, and at Intep, LLC, as a Senior Project Manager for sustainable schools consulting projects. Based on her varied experience, She co-authored Sustainable Design, a 100-page primer for architects, published in 2001 by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards. She also served on the AIA Minnesota Housing Advocacy Committee (formerly Search for Shelter Committee,) and the AIA Minnesota Committee on the Environment.

Outside of work, Jonee is completing an interdisciplinary Master of Liberal Studies degree on a model for experiential interconnection in environmental education using art and design, to interpret infrastructure and the built environment. She also practices public and studio art through Full Spring Studio. Her project, “Downstream/Upstream: A Journey Through the Urban Water Cycle” was on exhibit at the University of Minnesota Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library May 12-August 8, 2012.

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