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The Perpetual Value of Building Materials

July 12, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT

$15 – $30


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[urban] mining, [bio] mimicry, [solar] chemistry: The perpetual value of building materials, explored through three lenses: Urban Dynamic, Building Composition, and Human Experience.

In this 90-minute Professional Development course we will take an overview of the perpetual value of building materials, as explored through three lenses of urban dynamic, building composition, and human experience.

Elements of urban mining, biomimicry and solar chemistry are highlighted as a means to optimize materials flow in the built environment across various scales and ultimately reduce the building industry’s emissions.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand how building materials contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, and understand theArchitecture 2030 Challenge for Zero Embodied Carbon in building materials.
  2. Participants will learn techniques to lower embodied carbon of buildings through a combination of low-carbon materials selection and low-carbon construction methods.
  3. Participants will learn new methods and global emerging technologies for converting material waste to resource in order to create a circular economy at the urban and building scale.
  4. Participants will be able to define three ways in which nature manages carbon, and how these techniques can be applied to building materials.

Breakfast will be provided by host ZGF Architects.

Proudly presented jointly by Avideh Haghighi, AIA LEED – Architect, ZGF and Patricia Bijvoet, IFMA – Landscape Architect, KSA Design Studio:

Avideh Haghighi, AIA LEED – Architect, ZGF

Avideh is a licensed architect with experience on a variety of projects from K-12 to mixed use/multi-family residential and hospitality. She is personally and professionally invested in creating an environmentally sustainable and socially equitable future through an understanding of buildings as a part of a dynamic socio-ecological system. A big-picture thinker at heart, she thrives on leading design teams to discover synergies between building, social and ecological processes. Avideh is a LEED accredited professional and is a Facilitator and Steering Committee member of the Living Building Challenge Los Angeles collaborative.


Patricia Bijvoet, IFMA – Landscape Architect, KSA Design Studio

Patricia Bijvoet is a landscape architect and urban planner who, four years ago, moved from Amsterdam to Los Angeles. In Amsterdam, she worked two decades for the city’s Department of Physical Planning where sustainability has been a big concern in all projects. For example: her team developed a new residential island that returns energy back to the grid. She also developed a strategy to transform an industrial harbour site into a mixed-use area, while adapting to the rising sea level.
Patricia currently works at KSA Design Studio and is grateful to be part of the AIA|LA COTE committee. It is her ambition to implement as many of these kind of strategies into the “Third Los Angeles”, as described by Christopher Hawthorne.


July 12, 2019
8:00 am - 9:30 am PDT
$15 – $30
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AIA|LA Commitee On The Environment (COTE)


ZGF Architects LLP
515 South Flower Street, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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