Jim Hair, LEED BD&C, IIDA, NCIDQ
Partner & President at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Orlando. As the founder of the Orlando office for Little, a global, multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm known for delivering breakthrough ideas that improves people’s lives, Mr. Hair has been responsible for design direction, day to day operations, business development and strategic growth of the office since 1999, the office recently being recognized by the Orlando chapter of the AIA as the 2017 Firm of The Year. Serving on the board of the non-profit A Gift For Teaching since 2014, and as Board Chair since 2016, his focus has been on bringing design thinking strategies to bear towards solving for challenges in the delivery of equal opportunities in learning for every child in our community. A former adjunct faculty member and School of Interior Design advisory board member at the International Academy of Design, Jim remains dedicated to volunteerism with active roles on the Community Engagement Council for Urban Education at UCF, IIDA Student Mentor for Seminole State College, guest critique/reviewer and sponsor/mentor at UF City Lab Graduate School of Architecture for senior thesis reviews and student competitions & sponsor/mentor for the NAIOP/UCF College of Real Estate. An advocate for the design of Immersive Learning Environments that enable learning spaces to be student centered, he is currently leading design teams to deliver breakthrough projects for a potentially Net-Positive Energy STEM High School for Osceola County (The NeoCity Academy) as well as a STEM oriented innovative K-8 learning environment for the Galileo School for Gifted Learning.
Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson, AIA, NCARB, LEED®AP
Tomas Jimenez-Eliaeson is the Design Principal for the Charlotte Community Practice Group, and a Partner at Little, an industry leading architecture and design firm with more than 400 professionals in six locations across the USA and China. He leads a team of architects and designers dedicated to educational, cultural and civic projects including academic institutions, cultural facilities, performing arts centers, and libraries. Tomas is a member of the AIA, NCARB, A4LE, and is a LEED Accredited professional. Originally from Spain, Tomas received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and a Master Degree in Architectural Design from the University of Texas at Austin. Tomas blends his European and American experiences and injects them into thoughtful design solutions. His emphasis is on urban design, building design, building technology, and the design process from concept to construction administration. His creativity and expertise come together to provide clients with collaborative solutions that acknowledge social and environmental responsibility, build community connections and enhance business performance.Tomas is focused on projects that fuse typological redefinitions and environmentally conscious design with leading-edge technology and innovation. He is highly passionate about the future of education and has written about the Immersive Learningscape, an approach to the design of educational facilities that respond to 21st century skills, innovation and trans-disciplinary collaboration. He is also researching the relationship and connectivity between learning and workplace in the future, and the role of Neuroscience and Wellness in the design of the Learning Ecosystem. He has presented at various National and International conferences, including the AIA National Convention, NEOCON World’s Trade Fair, A4LE International Conference, Innovate Conference in Brazil, and ASB Unplugged in India.
Derek Cavilla, EdD
Dr. Cavilla earned his education doctorate from UCF with a specialization in gifted education. His areas of research include how to maximize student success through the infusion of social-emotional learning, which includes helping students learn skills such as empathy, self-regulation, curiosity in the everyday classroom setting. His expertise also includes how to better identify and support both underachieving and dual-exceptional students, such as those who are both gifted and learning disabled or who are both gifted and on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. He entered the field of education in order to make a positive impact on society and has touched the lives of thousands of students from kindergarten to the graduate level having held various roles, including fifth grade teacher, high school English teacher, university professor as well as a school-based administrator in both public charter and private schools in Florida and California. Prior to entering the field of education, Dr. Cavilla ran a graphic design business for over a decade. When not busy helping to shape today’s youth and their teachers, Dr. Cavilla enjoys traveling the globe to new and exciting places, flying around the Bay Area in his single engine plane, and exploring culinary delights in his home city of San Francisco.
Matthew has spent 45 years in the public school system, including 27 years as an educator. For the last 19, Matthew has founded and directed The Walden Project, an innovative internationally recognized public school program where students follow Thoreau's dictum of living deliberately and consciously. Meeting outside through Vermont's four seasons, the curriculum emphasizes student choice, as well as writing, environmental studies, and the social sciences. Matthew is also the Founder and Director of The WIllowell Foundation and serves on the board of a number of other non-profits, including the New England Young Writers Conference. Matthew has received a B.A. in English/Psychology, an M.A. in Education, and an M.S.W. from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to his work in education, he served as a writer, actor, and director in Just Kidding Production Company.
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