“Today, for the first time, we have a building technology to transform the way people think and feel—to create homes and offices that by their mere design promote good health, clear thinking, happiness, and prosperity.”
—Jonathan Lipman, AIA
Michael Sorkin, AIA
Mr. Sorkin is the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City—a design practice devoted to both practical and theoretical projects at all scales with a special interest in the city. The studio is the recipient of a variety of awards, including three I.D. Awards and a Progressive Architecture Award. Mr. Sorkin is also Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York. Mr. Sorkin has served as professor at numerous schools of architecture, including Cooper Union, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, Nebraska, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Minnesota. Mr. Sorkin lectures widely and is the author of many articles and books. He is currently contributing editor at Architectural Record and Metropolis.
Jonathan Lipman, AIA
Mr. Lipman is the director of the Institute for Maharishi Vedic Architecture in Fairfield, Iowa. He is an award-winning architect who has spent the last decade designing buildings according to the principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture in his work throughout the U.S. Mr. Lipman is a past president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and has done historic preservation work on some of the nation’s most distinguished landmarks. He is widely published and is a frequent speaker at national architectural conferences. Mr. Lipman is also chief architect of Maharishi Global Construction.
Richard Bialosky, AIA
Mr. Bialosky is a principal with Mandala Development Group, Florida. He is an award-winning commercial and residential developer and architect with an expertise in the area of affordable housing. Over the past four years Mr. Bialosky has completed more than $40 million in development projects. He and his partner, David Ederer, are now developing the Mandala Club—a unique project that integrates Vedic architecture, nontoxic construction protocols, environmental sensitivity, and planning techniques to promote a sense of community.
Mr. Clark is chief architect and planner for Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa. He has been an architect in Iowa for 25 years, and for the past 14 years, Mr. Clark has utilized the design principles of Vedic architecture for single- and multi-family residential, retail, corporate headquarters, schools, and university buildings. Mr. Clark is also an author and the recipient of several awards for his architectural designs.
Jeffrey S. Abramson
Mr. Abramson is a partner in The Tower Companies in Bethesda, Maryland—whose portfolio includes commercial, residential, warehouse, retail and office park development in the Washington, D.C. area. As a developer committed to the environment, Mr. Abramson created the Tower Building in Rockville, Maryland—named “Green Office Building of the Year” by the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA). Mr. Abramson also cochaired for the National Building Museum, “Big and Green: Sustainable Buildings for the 21st Century”—a groundbreaking, traveling exhibit focused on the exploration of sustainability in contemporary architecture and development.
Doug Greenfield is a 25-year builder and real estate developer and president of Maharishi Global Construction in Fairfield, Iowa. Mr. Greenfield is the first developer in the world to incorporate the design principles of Vedic architecture in residential and commercial buildings. He has overseen the development of much of the $80 million in Vastu building construction in the Maharishi Vedic City area—and much of the $250 million in Vastu building construction in North America during the past decade.
Veronica Butler, M.D.
Dr. Butler is coauthor of a breakthrough research study on the benefits to health and quality of life of Vedic architecture, to be published this fall in the Journal of Social Behavior and Personality. She received her M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan. Dr. Butler is a board-certified family practitioner, Director of Women’s Programs for the Institute of Natural Medicine and Prevention, and Director of the Family Practice Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Kent Boyum, Ph.D.
Dr. Boyum is director of the federally funded Rebuild America program for Maharishi Vedic City—Iowa’s newest incorporated city and the world’s first city that has been designed according to the principles of Vedic architecture and community planning. He is a biologist and environmental scientist who has been awarded several grants from the U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for projects promoting sustainability and renewable energy programs now being implemented in the city and region.