Behind the Walls: Architect Alex Yuen interviews Edie Dillman, co-founder of B.Public Prefab for BeInkandescent Health & Wellness magazine

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It's not easy to be green, but it's essential for the health and well-being of the planet. In this podcast interview, architect and Harvard University School of Design lecturer Alex Yuen interviews Edie Dillman, co-founder of B.Public Prefab about how we can all be part of the change we wish to see.

A Note from Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, BeInkandescent Health & Wellness magazine — As we look forward to 2022, I can’t think of a better cover story of the January-February issue BeInkandescent magazine than architect Alex Yuen who will be interviewing Edie Dillman, CEO of B.Public Prefab.

“B.Public prefab panelized off-site construction system radically reduces carbon footprint while maximizing comfort and low-energy performance for new home construction,” explains Edie of her company based in Santa Fe, NM. “Craftsman prefab designed to exceed your greenest dreams.”

Alex and Edie discuss: 

  • Why green design is essential to the future of architecture
  • How architects are responding to the challenge of economic and supply chain problems
  • The obstacles in making a change to current thinking about what green building means
  • And so much more!

Note: Alex and his partner Weijia Song, both professors at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, are collaborators in the Inkandescent Health & Wellness Retreat Center. We introduced them in the January 2021 issue of the magazine, and are excited to share more information this year about what we are cooking up.

Scroll down to learn more about Edie and Alex! And click here to read more about the Future of Building in the January-February 2022 issue of BeInkandescent magazine.

About Edie Dillman: The CEO and co-founder of B.Public Prefab has created a decidedly disruptive company, committed to systems change and the rapid adoption of solutions for the natural and the built environment. She is a proven leader of creative and business teams from architecture studios, web design firms to magazine publishing within a large variety of companies across non-profit, government, and the private sector.

In her previous work at Innovate + Educate, she worked nationally to shift to skills-based education and employment in the critical change for equitable workforce pathways. Before that, she was Publisher & Art Director of New Mexico Magazine, an enterprise venture within the New Mexico State Tourism Division. As the owner of her firm, Small Fires LLC, she worked with private clients for 15-years in strategic growth, product design, marketing, and communications.

Edie currently serves on the board of directors of the Santa Fe Art Institute, North American Passive House Network, and Talentnomics. These organizations support activists artists, building science transformation, and gender parity/diversity in business leadership. Learn more at

About Alex Yuen: Alex is an architect and urban designer hailing from Hong Kong and San Francisco. He is a founding partner of Collective Operations, a young practice dedicated to the improvement of the built environment through the combined capacities of design, research, and development with ongoing work in the US and New Zealand.

Alex received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where his work was published, exhibited globally, and received numerous awards including the William Ward Watkin Fellowship and the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development.

He subsequently received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD), with Distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received both the Award for Excellence in Urban Design and the Urban Design Thesis Award for his research and design proposal for a new platform for innovation in the American Rustbelt. Alex has previously brought his emphasis on multi-scalar design and representation to the faculty at the California College of the Arts and the University of Virginia.

Prior, he was an architectural and urban designer at the New York offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) where he worked on a range of public, private, and research projects including the third phase of the Highline, and environmental resiliency plan for the city of Hoboken, and the competition winning proposal for the 11th Street Bridge Park. Alex is a registered architect in the State of New York.