Alex Steffen is a planetary futurist. He believes growing cities are the key to responding to our climate emergency and that in order to build a beautiful future, we have to be able to imagine a beautiful future.
Alex has been on the forefront of climate thinking for more than 25 years. An engaging speaker and a prolific writer, Alex has written thousands of pieces, been profiled in numerous media interviews, and given hundreds of talks to audiences around the world. Alex has spoken at the United Nations, YIMBYtown, performed celebrated TED talks, and, in 2010, initiated Seattle’s Climate Action Plan in a two-night series of talks at Town Hall.
Working for A2M from 2004 until 2019, Julie is an architect and former partner at the office.
Alongside her work as an architect, she has produced several books, publications, and articles. In 2009, she co-founded and directed “be.passive” magazine. A regular trainer for professional networks, she ensures a steady schedule of presentations, lectures, and training programs.
Building up her vision, Julie directs the international developments of A2M. Now working in New York, she leads projects in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.
As founding member of A2M, Sebastian Moreno-Vacca leads A2M’s vision, design aesthetic, and drive to be the most sustainable and energy-efficient architect possible. Since starting A2M in 2000, Sebastian has led the firm to international recognition through his sustainable building knowledge and his numerous roles as president of the board of the Belgian Passive House Association. During his presidency, he significantly contributed to the establishment of a mandatory passive standard in the Brussels region. Since 2006, he has also been university faculty at ULB Architecture. In 2009, he co-founded and edited “be.passive” magazine.
Manon is a Belgian architect, collaborator at M2A (A2M's NYC office), with five years of experience in Passive House design. She studied architecture and sustainable design at ULB in Brussels, graduating with honors in 2015 with her master’s degree. She then began working for Pierre Blondel Architects in Brussels where she demonstrated her ability in sustainable design. Manon has worked on Passive House buildings from small, residential projects to large-scale, urban plannings throughout Europe. In 2018, she moved to New York City to manage A2M’s U.S. office (M2A), where she has since trained professional networks.