ROBERT FERRY, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is the Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative and Studied Impact. His focus is on designing buildings that go above and beyond current popular notions of sustainability to achieve complete harmony with their local and global environments and with the people that use them. His designs of “positive-impact” buildings that double as renewable energy power-plants have been featured in “Superlative Emirates” (Daab Publishing), several Popular Science Magazine articles, and have been shown at international exhibits. The Land Art Generator Initiative has been in feature articles in numerous international press outlets, including The New York Times and Dwell Magazine. While based in the UAE, he has consulted on such projects as Masdar City and ADNOC HQ.
ELIZABETH MONOIAN is an interdisciplinary artist and designer who is currently working on large-scale international public art projects that both address and expose models of environmental sustainability. Her work has been screened and exhibited in venues throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.
Elizabeth is the founder and director of Society for Cultural Exchange, a non-profit organization that is developing international exchanges between communities, academics and artists. She is the Principal and Co-Founder of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI). LAGI is a worldwide public arts initiative that offers the opportunity for collaborative teams of artists, architects, landscape architects, and designers, working with engineers and scientists, to create new ways of thinking about what renewable energy generation looks like. The LAGI project calls on design teams to conceive of large-scale public artworks for specific sites that, in addition to their conceptual beauty, also have the ability to harness clean renewable energy from nature, convert the energy to electrical power, and distribute the power to the utility grid of the city. The project has been in feature articles in numerous international press outlets, including The New York Times and Dwell Magazine.
Elizabeth received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.