Teacher Biographies



Robin Dorrell is the Founder of the Green Building Learning Center and an instructor for several GBLC classes. Robin is a professional Designer and pioneer in the area of bringing professionals in the design and building fields together to create more effective links to clients and have a more positive impact on communities. She is the Creator and Founder of “Architects Designers Contractor Network” (ADC Network) and “ComeOnHome.biz”.  Both are effective and affordable ways for New Mexico design and building professionals to collaborate, find their market, and support their communities.

Robin did professional design work in New York City for 14 years, where she started “DesignLink”, a hub of Designers and Architects who were able to meet and serve good clients easily.  After moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, she started ADC Network and added general contractors to her professional network knowing that you get good buildings on budget when the client, architect and builder work well together.  In 1997 she – with the help of her New Mexico network of architects, general contractors and building professionals — developed a series of classes at Santa Fe Community College that focused on green building topics, in order to help homeowners, commercial building owners, contractors, architects and designers make smart choices so they can design and build better buildings. This series of classes at SFCC have been so popular that they were offered every semester – three times each year – every year for 18 years.

Now these popular classes are offered online so people can learn from the convenience of their home or office. We’re delighted to be able to teach people anywhere in the world through this online method of teaching.

Robin’s passions include outdoor adventures in nature, animals, music and metaphysics.



Daniel Buck has been an instructor for several GBLC classes and is an expert advisor to GBLC. He was a long-time instructor in the “green” home building and design series at SFCC offered through www.ADCNetwork.org. He is owner of Daniel Buck Construction, a licensed General Contractor in the State of New Mexico who has been building green and energy efficient homes since the mid-1970s. He is a past Co-Chair of the Green Building Council of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, and has built some of the first “certifiably” green homes in New Mexico that qualify for various tax incentives and credits.

Danny started his career in the construction field building passive solar homes in New Mexico in the 1970s and 1980s. He is passionate about green building and energy efficiency and has built many projects using a variety of building materials including adobe, straw bale, pumic-crete, insulated concrete forms (ICF), and aerated autoclaved concrete (AAC). He is currently exploring new “Advanced Framing Techniques” that offer extreme energy efficiency with recent advances in building technology.