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12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth, U.S. Green Building Council

Welcome to 12 Questions, a Q&A series where we pose the same set of 12 questions to intriguing folks at the intersection of insurance, risk management, commercial real estate, and digital innovation.

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This week, we chat with Tim Wright, Senior Advisor & Director at Archipelago!

1. What is the most interesting idea you’ve encountered in your world lately?

I am intrigued by the potential to create a digital wholesale broker that connects non-standard risks anywhere in the world to specialist insurance capital globally at a fraction of the current cost.

2. Where do you think no one is looking right now?

The insurance industry has, for some time, suffered from a market failure; despite being overcapitalized, a substantial majority of insurable risks remain uninsured or underinsured.

3. If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your industry?

I would love to make the insurance industry a magnet for young talent, given its purpose of facilitating enterprise and its potential for personal and professional development.

4. What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?

I love working with smart people to translate great ideas into new businesses; just a couple of years ago, neither Archipelago nor McGill existed and today they are thriving businesses.

5. What do you envision the next 12 months will bring?

It is my sincere hope that the coming 12 months will bring a resumption of some kind of normality, enlightened by the experience of the past 12 months and liberating an explosion of energetic creativity.

6. What’s your favorite building?

King’s College Chapel in Cambridge, England, has been my favourite building since escaping the library while studying in Cambridge many years ago. It is a gothic masterpiece that still fills its visitors with awe and wonder, five hundred years after it was built. Just imagine the impact on its first visitors.

7. Please dispel a myth or misconception about your work.

Insurance is anything but boring! Steeped in history and grounded in science and mathematics, it enables risk-taking, grows faster than the economies it supports and is populated by some of the most interesting and fun people I have ever worked with. 

8. What are the tools, apps, or gadgets that you just can’t live without?

All the usual suspects, but especially my Fitbit Ionic, which motivates me to offset the calories.

9. What’s your biggest pleasant surprise related to remote work?

For the past thirty-odd years, I have traveled constantly, and although I’m very fortunate to have a house in London and a small place in France, I never really appreciated them and their surrounding spaces until remote working.

10. What’s your favorite productivity tip for staying motivated and getting work done?

Write To-Do lists, but rank them in order in terms of preference and then complete them in reverse order. With exercise, I prefer endurance sports, but with work, it’s the opposite: work in sprints, with good breaks in between.

11. What or who do you read/watch to keep informed?

I am pretty traditional. I start my day reading

Throughout the day I read

My favourite column is by Quentin Letts at the Times, who provides a wonderfully satirical political sketch.

12. Nominate two people who should answer this next. Why?

Steve McGill, eponymous founder and CEO of McGill and Partners, because although he has worked in the insurance industry at the most senior levels for the entirety of his career, he is always bubbling with new ideas.

Rowan Douglas, Head of the Climate & Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson, because he has managed to bridge the world of insurance and public policy better than anyone else I know.


Thank you to Tim Anglade, VP of Product at Archipelago, for inviting Tim to answer 12 Questions.

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12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

About the author

Roger Platt drives global strategy for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In addition to his role advising the CEO on mid-to-long-term strategy matters, he also leads USGBC's LEED for Cities efforts and business development in the New York City region.

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Welcome to 12 Questions, a Q&A series where we pose the same set of 12 questions to intriguing folks at the intersection of insurance, risk management, commercial real estate, and digital innovation.

Suggest someone we should feature next.

This week, we chat with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council.

1. What is the most interesting idea you’ve encountered in your world lately?

For the first time, it seems to be dawning on even the least progressive real estate owners that the ultimate human users/occupiers of real estate are actually their customers, not just borrowers to whom they are fronting an interest in real estate in return for repayment over the length (and in the form of) a lease. As a result, seemingly obvious ideas like making offices healthier, more productive places for their users are being treated as acts of genius. In the end, it is a very interesting (but perhaps not brilliant) idea that these customers will want places to work that have some of the best features of being at home during the pandemic without the loneliness.

2. Where do you think no one is looking right now?

In my world, there is a lot of talk about all-electric buildings as the stationary equivalent of the Tesla. What I think is not getting appropriate attention is the huge amount of additional electrical load that will be placed on our new green grids due to all the electricity used by the torrent of all-electric cars and all-electric buildings.

3. If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your industry?

We need more mutual respect across our remarkably balkanized supply chain. It is well known that the ultimate operators and users of real estate seldom communicate effectively with those who are designing or engineering buildings. But sadly, even the architects and engineers seldom really collaborate with each other or the multiple building trade sub-contractors that produce buildings. With a magic wand, I would begin ensuring there was the training of all parts of this chain about the value their fellow professionals across that chain are producing and how communication up and down that chain benefits all of their work…and most importantly the ultimate users.

4. What’s the most rewarding part of what you do?

Helping people get recognition from peers, investors, or government for their world-changing commitments to sustainable real estate.

5. What do you envision the next 12 months will bring?

The roaring 20s with about 70% of our fellow Americans ready and willing to do the “roaring”. Covid is producing a strong minority of permanently hyper-cautious people.

6. What’s your favorite building?

The Bosco Verticale (“Vertical Forest”) in Milan. As a species, our biophilia is real and transformative.

7. Please dispel a myth or misconception about your work.

Green buildings don’t have to be expensive or luxury buildings. They can also be among the most resilient buildings when it comes to climate and other growing risks.

8. What are the tools, apps, or gadgets that you just can’t live without?

Noise-canceling headphones, Spotify, and Audible books.

9. What’s your biggest pleasant surprise related to remote work?

Learning to cook Indian food without spending four hours doing the preparation.

10. What’s your favorite productivity tip for staying motivated and getting work done?

Don’t obsess over productivity. Relax by building exercise and relaxation into your day and ensuring that you spend a little time every day catching up with another human being.

11. What or who do you read/watch to keep informed?

12. Nominate two people who should answer this next. Why?

Harriet Tregoning (former City Planner of DC and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Housing and Community Development at HUD). She focused extensively on resilience in partnership with various major foundations when she worked in the Obama Administration. She is very concerned that communities are just “building back” exactly the way things were built in the past. She now works for World Resources Institute.

Chip Rodgers and/or Jeff DeBoer. Although I suspect you’ve already reached out to them!


Thank you to Fred Kipperman, Managing Director of Archipelago, for inviting Roger to answer 12 Questions.

Suggest someone we should feature next.

12 Questions with Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Growth at the U.S. Green Building Council

About the author

Roger Platt drives global strategy for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In addition to his role advising the CEO on mid-to-long-term strategy matters, he also leads USGBC's LEED for Cities efforts and business development in the New York City region.

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