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Members' Breakfast Forum
​​​National Zero Waste Council
Members' Breakfast Forum
Circularity and the Built Environment


Date: September 29, 2022 7:30 am - 8:45 am

Location: Vancouver Convention Centre East (rooms 2 - 3)

Review Enlai Hooi’s slides from the Members Forum.

We’re excited to announce that a special National Zero Waste Council members’ networking and peer-learning breakfast forum will take place on the margins of the 2022 Zero Waste Conference.

Framed around the theme of Circularity and the Built Environment, featured speakers include thought leaders and innovators - Enlai Hooi, Head of Innovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and Kuo Ying-Chou, Founder and Partner, Bio-Architecture Formosana. Hooi and Kuo have led design projects that have embraced circular strategies ranging from adaptive re-use to design for disassembly and closed loop production. Their work has challenged their own notion of what it means to be an architect and city-builder; and their understanding of who is critical for collaboration in design and development. They have worked in contexts ranging from North America to Europe to Asia.

Members’ forums provide opportunities for members to hear from and engage with thought-leaders on select topics, and share with each other challenges and solutions that are experienced in the waste prevention and circular economy space.

We invite you to register for this special event and join with our guest speakers, to share your stories and experiences of actively implementing circular and waste prevention solutions.

Please note: There is no requirement to register for the Zero Waste Conference to attend this members-only forum. Registration for the conference is separate and can be found here. A​ll employees of our member organizations are welcome to attend.


Time Activity
7:00 am Breakfast Opens
7:30 am Welcome to Forum from Chair Jack Froese
7:35 am Presentations from Kuo Ying-Chao and Enlai Hooi
7:45 am Attendee & Speaker Engagement
8:45 am Close and Thank You



Kuo Ying-Chao  

Kuo Ying-Chao

Founder and Partner, Bio-Architecture Formosana

​Kuo Ying-Chao is the principal architect of Bio-architecture Formosana (BaF) - a Taipei based architectural design firm. BaF has been one of the leading architecture firms in Taiwan, and its works range from culture, education, transportation, hospitality, workplace and housing for both public and private sectors. The Bei-Tou Library project completed in 2006 is Taiwan’s first certified green architecture project. The timber library is the most published Green building in Taiwan and was selected as one of the 25 most beautiful libraries in the world by US-based cultural news website Flavorwire.

Focusing on sustainability and circularity design, he incorporates biological-intelligence (BI) design approach, a design philosophy of the company, into the creation of architecture. Ying-Chao has won numerous awards for his design in sustainability and was the recipient of the 12th Awarding of Outstanding Architects in Taiwan in 2011. He has taught in several university as an Associate Professor.



Enlai Hooi

Head of Innovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

​Enlai is an architect and industrial designer specialising in the integration of engineering fields within circular design and architecture. He brings a variety of skills in dealing with complex challenges in the built environment.

As Head of Innovation, he leads the practice’s sustainability approach in competitions and develops thought leadership together with Perkins+Will on the topics of adaptive transformation in architecture, circular construction methods, materials health and change management. His projects include the integration of circular design and engineering systems into architecture, adaptive recycling, master plans and the development of a range of patented architectural products that contribute to the sustainable performance of buildings. Enlai has won a number of awards in both architecture and design.


Denise Philippe, Policy Advisor, National Zero Waste Council

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