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Beyond the Red List: Healthy Materials

August 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

$25.00 – $35.00


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Beyond the Red List: Healthy Materials and the Construction Industry’s Impact on our Communities

1  LU | HSW


1 General LFA CE credit

Can our most sustainable buildings be considered healthy if they only focus on the health of building end users? Based on their experiences with the Living Building Challenge, the team from the Santa Monica City Services Building will share how toxic materials in the building industry not only impact the health of building end users and jeopardize our high performance goals, but also impact the health of construction and manufacturing workers, first-responders, and frontline communities. Several common chemicals used across the industry will be highlighted using the US Toxic Release Inventory data map, and their impact on different communities and stakeholders will be discussed. Approaching the topic from a multidisciplinary perspective, attendees will hear architectural, construction, engineering and operational viewpoints consider our prevailing approach to sustainable design to examine “Why the supply chains of our most sustainable buildings still cannot match our project aspirations?”


*6:00PM-6:45PM – networking with drinks and snacks*



  • Kathleen Hetrick – LEED AP BD+C, EcoDistricts AP, WELL AP, Sustainability Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering | Sustainability
  • Mariam Mojdehi – AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Frederick Fisher and Partners


Kathleen Hetrick – LEED AP BD+C, EcoDistricts AP, WELL AP, Sustainability Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering | Sustainabili

Kathleen Hetrick is a sustainability engineer at BuroHappold Engineering. Kathleen combines her passion for sustainable design with her background in Architectural Engineering to identify opportunities for more equitable solutions in product supply chains, building operations and organisational transparency. She has gained experience through a wide range of  cutting-edge technical projects as both an engineer and a sustainability consultant, including work on LEED Platinum projects, Living Building Challenge projects, historical adaptive reuse, WELL certification and  university carbon neutrality plans. She is also co-facilitates BuroHappold’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum, spearheading outreach initiatives to encourage K-12 students to pursue sustainability-focused careers in STEAM.

Mariam Mojdehi – AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, Frederick Fisher and Partners

As Project Manager, Mariam will work as the day-to-day contact for the firm
on the project. She is responsible for the dedication of the team’s resources required to meet the goals of the project. She has experience on numerous institutional projects, and knows how to successfully integrate the various user needs into responsive and cost-effective design solutions.  With over 15 years of professional experience, Mariam imbues her work with dedication. Mariam’s oversees the development of FF&P’s projects from programming and design through construction administration, coordination, and resource allocation. She has been sited with awards from Columbia University, taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Parsons the New School for Design and Georgia Institute of Technology, and contributed to Atlanta’s largest temporary public art project Art on the Atlanta BeltLine in the fall of 2012.  Her ability to manage projects like the Santa Monica City Services Building has been essential to the award-winning work at FF&P. Urban projects are her passion which is fueled by her love of travel and culture as well as her experience living and working in New York. On projects such as SMCSB, Mariam has proven to be careful, consistent and thorough in helping to translate the client’s needs from the initial programming stages into an efficient and effective final design for the project. She received her Bachelor of Science and Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Ms. Mojdehi is fluent in English, Farsi and Spanish.

Please contact LFA External Provider, Avideh Haghighi with any questions.


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Photography: Frederick Fisher and Partners


August 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT
$25.00 – $35.00
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BuroHappold Engineering
800 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017 United States
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