Hankin Lecture highlights small shifts to create big changes in housing industry

August 22, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Timothy McDonald, president and co-founder of Onion Flats LLC in Philadelphia, will deliver the 2019 Hankin Distinguished Lecture, titled “Leverage Points: Climate Change and the Imperative of Affordable Housing,” at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 in the HUB-Robeson Center's Freeman Auditorium at University Park.

The event is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow.

McDonald is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been teaching and practicing for more than 20 years, with a focus on community development, multidisciplinary thinking, and making high-performance building technologies and alternative construction methodologies. Through his research and practice, McDonald, along with his partners at Onion Flats, has developed, designed and built some of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified gold and platinum projects in the country and the first certified Passive House and Net-Zero-Energy-Capable project in Pennsylvania. 

Established in 2006 to honor the late Bernard Hankin, the Hankin Distinguished Lecture Series brings world-class speakers to Penn State to address students, faculty, industry members and the general public with thought-provoking topics and education related to the housing industry.

For more information about the event, including an abstract of McDonald's lecture, visit the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center website.

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    Timothy McDonald, president and co-founder of Onion Flats LLC in Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Hankin Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 13.

    IMAGE: Onion Flats LLC

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Last Updated August 22, 2019