COMMITTEE ON THE ENVIRONMENT 2021
COMMITTEE CHAIR BIOS

Chair
Ismar Enriquez, AIA, LEED AP
Director of Sustainable Design, the architects collective

Ismar has been practicing for 15 years and he is currently Director of Sustainable Design at TAC, focusing on housing that fosters social, equitable, and sustainable communities.

Ismar was the Chair in 2017 for 2×8, which has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships. He has led discussions in past AIA conferences and other non-profit organizations addressing the housing crisis and social justice.

As the 2021 COTE Chair, Ismar is addressing issues of carbon neutrality, resiliency, climate justice, and equity. In addition to the sustainability initiatives, Ismar is involved in government policy change and advocacy efforts across the State.

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Vice-Chair
Miranda Gardiner
Assoc. AIA, LEED Fellow, Fitwel Ambassador, Estidama PQP, EcoDistricts AP
Vice President, Sustainable Design Leader
HKS, Inc.As a part of HKS’ DesignGreen team, Miranda Gardiner is a vice president and sustainability leader in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She manages multiple sustainability projects out of various offices and curates educational content on topics such as energy modeling and material selection for her region. In addition to her commitment to AIA-LA COTE, this past year she spoke at the CarbonPositive Summit and California Energy Commission’s EPIC Virtual Forum, served on the Greenbuild Advisory Board, and volunteers with USGBC-Los Angeles. A San Francisco native, her career and studies have afforded her multiple international experiences such as field work on an excavation site in Greece, a research fellowship in Germany, and a secondment with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.

Prior to her role at HKS, Miranda managed the technical development of LEED rating systems at USGBC National, including the launch of the LEED for Healthcare system and the LEED Pilot Credit library in 2010. With a passion for the environment and bringing people together to improve sustainable practices, she believes that caring for oneself resonates in one’s ability to care for the greater good (she is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast). In May 2021, Miranda is tackling her first ultramarathon with the Climate Ride organization – she will be running 42-miles on Oregon’s trails and has raised over $5000 for environmental non-profits such as Architecture 2030 and the LA County Bicycle Coalition.

Miranda serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Green Building Council and on the LEED Advisory Committee with USGBC. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English Literature and Fine Arts from Georgetown University.

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Past Chair
James Donaldson, AIA
JED is a Principal at Johnson Fain with more than 20 years of professional experience in designing large scale projects including Creative Office, Residential, Housing, and Mixed-Use Developments. JED earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a Master of Architecture Degree from Virginia Tech. JED’s knowledge of the building industry is complemented with his interest in green building technologies and advanced computer modeling. JED has taught architectural courses and/or been a guest studio critic at UC Berkeley, USC, and UCLA Extension as well as a speaker at USC’s BIM symposium.

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