Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Future of Sustainable Projects - Should All Projects Be Sustainable?

Sustainable design is often seen as a specialty within the architectural design file.d Even now when LEED certification has become accepted in mainstream design and increasing numbers of design professionals are following sustainable principles, it is still not a completely integrated part of the design approach for many firms and professionals.

Join the Women in Architecture Committee as we debate if sustainable design should be integrated in all architectural design projects. Examine the impacts and limits of existing enforcement measures towards that goal. Discuss the inclusion, or exclusion, of sustainable design in the architectural academic curriculum. Should the majority of sustainable design training take place in an academic setting or the workplace? How do you see the concept of the sustainable project evolving in the future? Do you see a shift to a sustainable project model that is less incentive-based that the current approach?


Elizabeth Cordero, Principle of Green Building Consulting, based in Santa Cruz. Cordero is a practicing architect and sustainability consultant, working on institutional, educational and commercial projects across the country. With a particular interest in the process that integrated design plays in each project, she leads team efforts to produce strategic, systemic, sustainable design.
Cordero has been a featured speaker, moderator and peer reviewer at the US Green Building Council's International GreenBuild Conference. She has served as a judge for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Building Green Building Awards and is a regular presenter at industry conferences.

Piper Kujac, LEED accredited designer and Contributing writer at Inhabitat, has architectural experience ranging from project manager at C. David Robinson Architects to design consultant at Origo Inc. Trained in Architecture at the environmentally-conscious University of Oregon, she admits to have an obsession with materials and resources and thrives on finding new means and methods of sustainable design. She is co-chair of the NCC Emerging Green Builders committee of the USGBC and teaches a class in Sustainable Project Development at the UC Berkeley Extension.

Rebecca Evans is an environmental activist and chair of the San Francisco Group Sierra Club. Evans also chairs the Presidio Committee and is a Founding Board Member of the San Francisco League of Conservative Voters. Evans has been a San Francisco resident for 44 years and has been a park activist for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for 40 years. She served on the San Francisco Waterfront Advisory Committees in the 70's and 80's and is a former commissioner for the Commission on the Environment.

The Future of Sustainable Projects - Should All Projects Be Sustainable?
This forum is presented by the Women In Architecture Committee.
Time: 600pm - 7:30pm
Location: AIA East Bay Chapter Office, 1405 Clay Street, Oakland.
Contact: 510/464-3600 or Laura de la Torre, Assoc. AIA
Cost: None; this program open to all. Please RSVP.

For more information: 510/464-3600

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