Power of Beauty in Sustainable Design

The 6th annual 1.5°C Symposium on Climate Change challenges our industry to explore the power of beauty in sustainable design to bridge the practicality of building construction with our desire to live in harmony with the natural world. There has been a paradigm shift that beauty is only a consideration of formal aesthetics; true beauty in architecture must inherently be grounded in an integration of physical form with community connection, livability, equity, resilience, and adaptability.

Throughout the course of the event, our speakers will:

Highlight how our brain perceives and compares aesthetics in a built environment

Showcase building materials that are harmonious to nature

Share stories through re-use and reconfiguration

Challenge our idea of appealing design through innovation

Synchronize human experience and sense of community with equity and justice

This Symposium will inspire a renewed passion for innovative design through environmentally sound and thoughtful practices.  Our goal is to influence participants’ respective thinking of aesthetics in architecture and equip them with tools to transform our built environment of the future.





Monday, April  3, 2023

8:00AM – 4:00PM

In-Person: CA Endowment

1000 Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

CES Learning Units: 6LU/HSW




AIALA Member – $120

Non-Member – $155

Student – $55


Anjan Chatterjee
Director of the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics, University of Pennsylvania
Anthony Brower, AIA
Global Climate Action & Sustainability Practice Area Leader, Gensler - Adjunct Professor, USC School of Architecture
Barbara Buser
Architect and Town Planner, Zirkular GmbH
David Baker, FAIA
Principal, David Baker Architects
Ety Benichou
Associate Principal, Englekirk
Jonathan Heppner, AIA
Principal, LEVER Architecture

Lance Collins, AIA
Director, Partner Energy
Loriane Icibaci
Director, Superuse Studios North America
Megumi Hironaka, AIA Chair
AIA|LA COTE & Associate Principal, HED
Michael Bulander, AIA
Design Principal, HED
Mitchel Le Heux
Senior Project Director, Englekirk
Russell Fortmeyer, LEED AP BD+C
Global Sustainability Leader, Woods Bagot

Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, F. SEAOC
Commercial Business Development Manager, Boise Cascade
Associate, Atelier Ten
Abbey Ehman
Vice President, Lincoln Property Company
Ismar Enriquez, AIA, LFA, LEED AP
Director, AIA Los Angeles & Senior Associate, Steinberg Hart (moderator)
Gauri Rajbaidya
Principal, SERA
Tahmores Zandi, AIA Vice Chair
Senior Associate Principal, Skidmore, Owings & Merrilll LLP

Pablo La Roche, AIA
Principal, CallisonRTKL
Vikas Shrestha, PhD, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, LFA
Associate Principal / Director of Sustainability, Steinberg Hart
Avideh Haghighi, AIA
Sustainable Design Lead, ZGF
Audrey Peterson
Holos Communities (f/k/a Clifford Beers Housing)
Jed Donaldson, AIA
Principal, Johnson Fain
Alison Crowley
Senior Manager - Real Estate Development, Skanska

Dave Intner, AIA
Senior Advisor, Southern California Edison
Paul Poirier, AIA
Principal, Poirier + Associates Architects
Keith Hempel, FAIA
Chief Design Officer, LPA
Michael Bohn, AIA
Partner, Studio One Eleven
Simone Barth-Auster, Associate AIA
Associate Principal, Mithun
Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA
Design Principal, CO Architects

Brendan Bailey, AIA
Project Architect, Torti Gallas + Partners
Christopher James, Associate AIA
Business Development Manager, Holmes
Sabrina Yuen, AIA
Associate, ZGF
Christopher Locke
President & Co-founder, Designing In Color

Presenting Sponsor
Student Scholarship Sponsor

Happy Hour Sponsor

Networking Sponsor

Friends of 1.5 Degrees Sponsors