christine-gyovaiChristine Muehlman Gyovai

Christine Muehlman Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue + Design Associates and an Affiliated Associate at the UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation. She holds certificates in NCI Charrette Systems, mediation and permaculture design, with a focus on increasing community resilience and environmental sustainability, and she is a member of the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals. Ms. Gyovai consults and lectures regionally about permaculture with the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network. She holds a M.U.E.P. in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Burlington College. She lives at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her husband and two young children.

FINAL_reedReed Gyovai Muehlman

Reed Gyovai Muehlman is a registered Architect and environmental designer based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Muehlman is a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds certification from the National Charrette Institute, and in permaculture design and urbanism. He has over twelve years of experience working in the architecture field, and has consulted on several diverse project types including academic master plans, residential visioning and permaculture design, and dairy design. He holds Masters degrees in Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and Bachelor’s degrees in Art and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Mr. Muehlman designed the passive solar straw bale house he and his wife live in with their two children near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Emily Carlson

Emily Carlson is a Designer with Dialogue + Design Associates, assisting with facilitation, permaculture design, graphic design, and architectural modeling. Emily received a Masters of Landscape Architecture from Penn State, where she was named an Olmsted Scholar. She also received a Pohland Fellowship for her capstone research in Southern West Virginia, which lead to receiving a 2015 EDRA best paper award for “Wayfinding Design as a Tool for Community Empowerment and Storytelling: a Case Study from Central Appalachia.” She earned a BA from Eastern University in Ethnoecology. Emily worked previously as a research assistant for Greening the Lower Susquehanna, and in social research, environmental education, community watershed management, stream and wetland design, as well as community design and planning.



San Luis Sustainability Group

Since 1976, the San Luis Sustainability Group, based near San Luis Obispo, California, has focused on designing a variety of building types with the common thread of being environmentally friendly with regard to function, process, and composition. Their buildings range in size from small cottages of 400 square feet to large scale commercial complexes that incorporate energy efficient design techniques such as passive solar heating, passive cooling and day lighting, as well as the use of green building materials and/or integration of photovoltaic electricity generation. In addition, San Luis Sustainability Group provides sustainable planning, research and consultant services that promote building practices to better integrate human activities with the natural environment.

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Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Founded in 1980, the Institute for Environmental Negotiation (IEN) based at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture provides mediation and consensus-building services to governments, citizen organizations and businesses dealing with conflicts and complex policy choices about land uses and the natural and built environment. The Institute designs public involvement processes for land use planning projects such as watershed plans, brownfield and Superfund site redevelopment, forest management and other related projects. The IEN team comprises seven highly qualified staff members specializing in urban planning, public administration, conflict management, and environmental policy. IEN is committed to building a sustainable future for communities through:

  • Practice: Bringing people together to develop sustainable solutions.
  • Capacity Building: Providing people with learning opportunities to be creative and collaborative learners.
  • Knowledge building: Building understanding of best collaborative processes.

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