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Over the course of two Fridays for half a day, on March 5th and 12th, The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles’ Committee on the Environment (AIA LA COTE) will be presenting the 4th annual 1.5°C Symposium on Climate Change. Renamed “1.5 Degrees Celsius” from 2 Degrees Celsius, the Symposium underscores the urgency for the design and construction industries to provide carbon-mitigating solutions, which will prevent the global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

As in previous years, AIA LA COTE is providing a conference that reflects the most relevant dialogues in society and has incorporated this thinking into a two-day split virtual symposium around Climate Action and Climate Justice. A diverse set of presenters will focus on a wide range of topics, inclusive of Carbon Neutrality, Healthy Building Environments, Resiliency, and Equity.  Such keynote-speakers as Farhana Yamin, an international environmental lawyer and activist, who has co-authored a number of international treaties on climate change, including the Paris Climate Agreement, will lead the days’ sessions.  Below is an outline of the two-day conference:


 

 


SPEAKERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

1.5 ◦ Celsius features an extraordinary global retinue of speakers from across Europe and the United States. The Headliners are:

 

+ Farhana Yamin | Lawyer, Author, Activist, Expert Adviser to Climate Vulnerable Forum
+ Edward Mazria, FAIA, HON. FRAIC | Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030
+ Elizabeth Rhoades | Director of the Climate Change and Sustainability Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

 

Amongst the speakers are:
+ Tamara Streefland | Cities Program Lead, Metabolic | The Netherlands
+ Brendan Edgerton | Director of Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development | Switzerland
+ Johannes Kreissig | Founder, German Sustainable Building Council | Germany
+ Grant Ervin | Chief Resilience Officer at City of Pittsburgh | Pennsylvania, United States
+ Victor Olgyay, AIA | Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute | Colorado, United States

 

SYMPOSIUM TOPICS

Day 1, Climate Action – March 5th, will include a series of keynote speakers, 2-panel presentations that will discuss Carbon Neutrality and Resiliency from a city, institute, university, and design professional perspectives. This day will also host the highly acclaimed and widely popular “Lunch Think” breakout sessions, where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a specialist in their field via an intimate online zoom breakout session.

 

Day 2, Climate Justice – March 12th, will include policymakers, institutions, activists, and design professionals, who will address Environmental Activism, Environmental Justice, and will host carbon-efficient technology case studies that speak to the topics of a post-pandemic world.

This year’s virtually-held conference will take place on the Whova and ZOOM online app platforms. We capitalize on the opportunity to share the conference with anyone across the nation or internationally, expanding the conversation outside of the sphere of Los Angeles and into the Global community.


WHEN | WHERE | LU's

WHEN:

Friday, March 05, 2021
Friday, March 12, 2021

9:00A – 12:30PST (both days)

WHERE:

A Virtual Conference

Presented on Zoom and Whova

CES Learning Units:

3LU/HSW per day

SCHEDULE

Day 1 – Friday, March 5th
9:00A Welcome Address, Wade Killefer, FAIA
9:05A Program Introduction, Ismar Enriquez, AIA, LEED AP
9:10A Keynote: Farhana Yamin
9:35A Keynote: Ed Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC
10:00A Panel 1, Carbon Neutrality
10:50A Panel 2, Reimagining the Future of Resiliency
11:30A Lunch Think
12:20P Day Recap

Day 2 – Friday, March 12th
9:00A Welcome Wade Killefer, FAIA
9:05A Keynote: Elizabeth Rhoades, PhD
9:35A Panel 1, Healthy Materials
10:20A Three Mass Timber Case Studies + Panel discussion
11:20A Environmental Activism
12:05P Anthony Brower, 10 Strategies for Action
12:20P Closing Remarks


TICKETS

2 Day Pass 

$60 – AIA Member

$90 – Non Member

$20 – Student

1 Day Pass

$40 – AIA Member

$60 – Non Member

$15 – Student

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HEADLINERS
Farhana Yamin
Lawyer, Author, Activist, Expert Adviser to Climate Vulnerable Forum
Elizabeth Rhoades
Director of the Climate Change and Sustainability Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Edward Mazria, FAIA, HON. FRAIC
Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030

AIALA COTE Chair
Ismar Enriquez, AIA, LEED AP
Project Architect at Torti Gallas + Partners
Wade Killefer, FAIA
AIALA President, Founder - KFA

SPEAKERS
Robyn Eason
Senior Sustainability Planner, City of West Hollywood
Grant Ervin
Chief Resilience Officer at City of Pittsburgh
Julie Hendricks
Director of Design and Construction Services, UCSB Facilities and Planning
Natalie Teear
VP, Sustainability and Social Impact, Hudson Pacific Properties
Daniele Horton, AIA
Founder & President, Verdani Partners
Bill Walsh
Founder, Healthy Building Network

Johannes Kreissig
Founder, German Sustainable Building Council
Elizabeth Timme
Co-Director, LA Más
Nalleli Cobo
Co-Founder, South Los Angeles Youth Leadership Coalition
José Luis Palacios, AIA
Design Director, SOM
Victor Olgyay, AIA
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute
Miranda Gardiner, Assoc. AIA
Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader, HKS, Inc.

Zoe Elizabeth
Senior Energy Consultant, Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Heather Rosenberg
Associate Principal, Arup
George Reilly
Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering
Mingyuk Chen
Senior Associate, Michael Green Architecture
Thomas Knittel
Design Director, HDR
Anthony Brower, AIA
Global Sciences Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Hasti Khodabakhsh, AIA
Architect, Design Illustration Group

Lunch Think Leaders
Jill Edelman, AIA
Senior Project Architect, HDR
David Wachtel
CallisonRTKL
Laura Karnath, AIA
Senior Technical Designer, Walter P Moore Enclosure Practice
Luke Lombardi
Project Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti
Brendan Edgerton
Director of Circular Economy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Colleen FitzSimons
Executive Director, San Diego Green Building Council

Erin McDade, Assoc. AIA
Senior Program Director, Architecture 2030
Kristen Torres Pawling
Sustainability Program Director, Los Angeles County Chief Sustainability Office
Simone Barth-Auster, Assoc. AIA
Project Manager, Omgivning Architecture/Interiors
Kira Gould, Allied AIA
strategist/writer, Kira Gould CONNECT
Carla Mays
Co-Founder and Head of Global Research, #SmartCohort & ULI Pathways to Inclusion Fellow
Anthony Brower, AIA
Global Sciences Practice Area Leader, Gensler

Bhavna Sharma
Assistant Professor, USC School of Architecture
Daniele Horton
Founder & President, Verdani Partners
Denise Braun
CEO/Founder, All About Waste
Dr. Joshua Fisher
Climate Scientist, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jan Jongert
Founding Partner, Superuse Studios
José Luis Palacios, AIA
Design Director, SOM

Katrina Leni-Konig
Supervisor, Technology Scale-Up and Outreach, Energy Research & Development Division, California Energy Commisson
Katie Ackerly, AIA
Principal, David Baker Architects
Charles Marshall
Partner, DIALOG
Dr. Katherine Kortum
Senior Program Officer, Transportation Research Board
Tamara Streefland
Cities Program Lead, Metabolic
Lindsay Baker
Senior Fellow, Rocky Mountain Institute

Srividya Unni
Sustainable Design Leader, HKS, Inc.
Alex Gamble, AIA
Architect/Sustainability Coordinator, Indian Health Services
David Capelli
Co-Founder & Director, #SmartCohort
Nicole Acaron-Toro, AIA
Associate | Project Architect, HKS, Inc.
Roberta Kowalishin
Chief Information and Technology Officer, DIALOG
Colin Skinner
Energy Modeler, BuroHappold Engineering

Lance Collins, AIA, NOMA
Director, Partner Energy
Vikas Shrestha, AIA
Associate Principal/Director of Sustainability, Steinberg Hart
Amy Rider
Principal Consultant, Archamy Consulting
Sandra S. Gramley, AIA
President, Platt/Whitelaw Architects
Heather Rosenberg
Associate Principal, Arup
Sabrina Bornstein
Associate Principal, Head of Climate Resilience, BuroHappold Engineering

Kathleen Hetrick
Senior Sustainability Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering
Matt Jungclaus
Manager, Rocky Mountain Institute
Saurabh Shrestha
Sustainability Consultant, DIALOG
Mikhail Davis
Director of Technical Sustainability, Interface
Dave Intner
Architect & Certified Energy Manager, Southern California Edison

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