Smart Pad Living™

healthy lives  -  healthy places

Blurring the Lines.......taking a multi-disciplinary approach


Whether its designing and building a successful smart phone, a car, or an aircraft, what is clear is that cutting across and integrating traditionally separate disciplines results in better products.  The same is true for the design and assembly of sustainable habitats that need to address and resonate with a wide range of human needs and emotions.


This is why we continue to build our team's capabilities across several business and product design areas including:


  • public health
  • architecture and engineering
  • place-making and urban design
  • materials science
  • historic preservation and environmental stewardship
  • product design and manufacturing
  • advanced technologies for building information modeling (BIM), surveying & construction
  • operational/functional programming and space planning


Get in Touch with the Smart Pad Team:



Founders and Principals


Philip D. Allsopp, D.Arch., RIBA, FRSA, CSBA
Chief Design Officer
Co-Founder, Smart Pad Living™, LLC
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Arizona State University, Global Institute of Sustainability


As a Human Ecologist Phil brings his diverse business, public health and design capabilities to the development of Smart Pad Living™ business and the design of its human habitat products.  He was born and educated in England, becoming a licensed architect (Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects) and then pursuing post-graduate research in environmental physics and energy conservation at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology.  Moving to the United States with a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Scholarship, he studied health services planning and design at Columbia University, New York.  After serving two years as a Public Health Service Fellow with the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington, D.C., Phil held practice leadership positions with multinational firms including Perkins and Will , A.T. Kearney and SAIC, and also as CEO of Axios Data Analysis Systems, a Blue Shield of California clinical and business data analysis and simulation subsidiary.  He relocated to Arizona in 2006 serving as President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, based at Taliesin West where he restructured governance and operations, built cultural partnerships (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation) and expanded public outreach programs.  Since 2010–and as a Senior Sustainability Scientist at ASU–he has been active in shaping public policy to improve human habitats and wellbeing while reducing environmental impact, serving on Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and also as a Commissioner for the City of Scottsdale’s General Plan 2035.  In August 2016, Phil was elected President of the Royal Institute of British Architects USA.  He is a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Society for the Arts and is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor in the United States.




Robert H. Brookson, Jr.,
Healthy Environments Technologist
Co-Founder, Smart Pad Living™, LLC



Bob is a Minneapolis native and graduate of MCAD , accepted into the Yale University Art and Architecture Graduate Program and formed a design and marketing consultancy firm soon after graduation working for such clients as Project Public information Washington ,D.C., IDS Financial , 3M and University of Minnesota Health Sciences Center.  Bob is a diversified entrepreneurial business development and management specialist, with experience in research and development and innovation incubators in Jackson Hole WY. and Phoenix AZ., real estate development/investment and land acquisition, technology product development and marketing, healthcare/nutritional products industries and renewable energy technologies including solar and algae.  He owned and operated international award winning RBD marketing communications in Phoenix , AZ, serving American Express, AT&T, Visa International, First National Bank and numerous Fortune 500 companies.



Rodney L. Eaves
Precision Manufacturing and Design
Co-Founder, Smart Pad Living™, LLC


Rod began his career in the architectural design field in 1977. That experience ultimately led into the construction industry and in 1984 he joined The Tanner Companies as an Architectural Coordinator.  In 1995 the company was acquired by one of the largest construction companies in North America “Kiewit” where he was responsible for all Precast Concrete materials fabrication and erection. He remained with Kiewit as President and Area Manager until his retirement in 2012.  During his 29 yr. tenure he participated in hundreds of projects in commercial construction including, Transportation, Hospitality, Education and Sports facilities. He also served on the board of Directors of the Precast Concrete Institute.  Rod’s significant skills and experience in precision manufacturing, process management and industrial safety bring important insights on quality, logistics and manufacturing to the design and assembly of Smart Pad Living™ environments.



Lauren B. Allsopp, Ph.D.
Director, Community Development and Environmental Stewardship


Lauren is the 2015 recipient of the Arizona Governor's Heritage Preservation Honor Award, conferred for her career-long work in Arizona, the United States and globally to conserve community assets and historic properties.  Her work is focused on the convergence of physical habitats with community history and sustainability.  This is where buildings and history come together especially within communities seeking a more self-sufficient and sustainable way of life.  Lauren applies the tools, technologies and forensic capabilities of historic preservation to enable the conservation of existing buildings and their materials to be carried out.  Lauren works extensively with communities in Phoenix, the Gila River Indian Community and Portland, Oregon.  Her work with Native American Communities includes assisting Tribal Leaders and Elders to mitigate the damaging effects of proposed highway expansion projects slated for construction on Native American lands.  Lauren also serves as a Career Professor teaching in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Oregon and as Faculty Associate in the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies and in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.  Lauren is a well-published expert in historic masonry and construction materials – including adobe and its repair and conservation.




David Allsopp
Strategic Sourcing and Product Design



David is a systems thinker combining economic, business and product design capabilities to help drive Smart Pad product development and implementation.  He holds a BS in economics from Penn State’s Smeal College of business and worked in for Bristol Myers-Squibb’s Global Strategic Sourcing.  He was involved with not only the procurement of technical hardware, software, and consulting services, but also analyzed how the sourcing of these goods and services would affect the cost and time of getting drugs to market.  David’s role at Bristol Myers-Squibb included data mining, data analysis, contract negotiation, and acting as a liaison between multiple business units.  David’s skills also span product design, innovation, engineering and manufacturing in the automotive sector; additional experience he brings to Smart Pad Living™.  He is also an accomplished user of Building Information Modeling technology, specifically ArchiCAD by Graphisoft Corporation, a core system that Smart Pad Living™ employs for all of its human habitat product design.





Marcia L. Karasek, MLA

Business Development Director


Marcia's involvement with SmartPad living is in the arena of commercialization and business development.  She is focused on identifying opportunities Smartpad's deployment in the areas of sustainable and affordable housing.  There is significant need to supply the real estate development industry with product that meets the demand for smarter and more cost effective building solutions for today's buyers.  She is natural collaborator inclined towards identifying and cultivating strategic  business relationships and opportunities for the company.    A masters degree in landscape architecture and urban design underpins her current work in urban infill development, community development and placemaking initiatives equally informed by her background in economic development.  Growing up in a family involved academically and professionally in the arts, she has a lifelong passion for the built environment, aesthetics, and the human experience within it.  Marcia has long cultivated her global perspective and interest having lived, worked, and studied internationally.



Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA 1995

Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) from Georgetown University - Washington, DC 1987

Development Economic Studies from Université de Dakar - Dakar, Senegal 1984


Jean Lasee
Program Management, Project Management, Human Performance and Communications


Jean is a graduate of Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA with a Master of Arts in Organizational Management. She worked for the largest consulting company in the world and led several projects that improved collaboration, communication and interaction among all levels in an organization. Her clients included BC Hydro, Tesoro and BP. As a result of her work, engagement, as well as team and organizational performance moved to higher levels. For the last five years, she has applied her skills to the sustainability and human well-being field. She is a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and has consulted with Fielding Graduate University, Gila River Indian Community and the City of Scottsdale to improve sustainability strategy and practices.



Ethan Fisher
Technology Development and Innovation


Ethan’s cross industry work experience and expertise affords Smart Pad Living™ an ability to provide unconventional solutions for bringing affordable new technologies to the market. He is a multidisciplinary innovator with multiple designs in various stages of being patented.  With a work experience history that ranges from DB2 programming, to CFD ICE exhaust design, Ethan is able to leverage a broad background to solve technical barriers beyond conventional methods.  In 1996 Ethan provided consulting services through IMI Consulting for the IT industry in an enterprise database environment.  He helped transition various legacy databases for Y2K compliance.  In 2001 he transitioned to a mechanical engineering discipline and helped guide Cobb Tuning LLC through product development, successfully designing various aftermarket power system components, which continue to influence the automotive power industry.  In 2011 he researched and helped form an aftermarket company, Allsher Interiors, which employed new production techniques to a traditional carriage industry helping to restore and refurbish classic and near classic BMWs working with original equipment manufacturers and new production methods to provide products previously unavailable.

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