Rob Winstead, LEED Fellow, is a nationally-recognized expert in learning space design and sustainability. Rob is an advocate for exceptional learning spaces that blend thoughtful design with high performance goals to deliver added value for clients and users. He is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences and is the former chair of the Large-Firm Roundtable Sustainability Committee.
Rob’s broad portfolio of regional, national, and international work over 25 years of practice supports VMDO’s commitment to serving clients as a regional firm with national expertise. He is well known in the Mid-Atlantic for innovative and award-winning projects and for experience with zero-energy schools. His work has been recognized with numerous awards for planning, design, architecture, urbanism, and sustainability.


  • Architecture is the social infrastructure that supports a dialogue in a community.
  • Three practice areas to focus on when building K 12 buildings.
  • Rob shares how to be an expert at zero energy schools and how to get communities to pursue that.
  • Tried and true off the shelf strategies that demystify and provide a recipe for net zero design.
  • Environmental courses on sustainable design to help atone for the materials, resources and energy.
  • A tremendous opportunity to advance sustainable systems without adding additional cost.
  • Existing buildings need green financing to meet the time and communities we serve.
  • We need to address the ability to adjust existing building stock through high performance renovations to achieve these same goals.

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