Architecture of Sustainability

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Conference Agenda

AIA Committee on Design and AIA Committee on the Environment present:
The Architecture of Sustainability
Date: May 4-7, 2006

Location: Washington, DC and Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Through educational sessions, panel discussions, and tours, this conference will explore the effect of sustainability on both the art of architecture and the science of building. Join us to examine the process of integrated design and how it makes better buildings. Conference topics will include the following:
Is sustainable design an oxymoron?
Is sustainability part of an architectural or environmental agenda?
Does the renewed interest in the environment affect both the style and substance of architecture?
What is the relationship between sustainability and form-making?
What has been the impact of sustainable design on the world?
What lies ahead for our profession, and what are our responsibilities as influencers of the built environment?

Steering Committee
David Brems, FAIA, Gillies Stransky Brems Smith, Salt Lake City (2006 Chair, AIA Committee on Design)
David Greenbaum, FAIA, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.
Lance Hosey, AIA, ATMO/AtelierModern, Washington, D.C.
Greg Mella, AIA, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.


6:30–8:00 p.m.—2006 AIA Top Ten Green Projects: Awards PresentationNational Building Museum, Washington, D.C.Since 1996, this juried competition has celebrated the best in sustainable design.

For more information, see the AIA/COTE 2005 Green Project Awards Web page. The program will include a presentation of the 2006 AIA Top Ten Green Projects, information about the Top Ten Green Projects performance metrics, and "lessons learned" offered by competition winners and jury members.The 2006 Top Ten jury includes Kevin Burke, AIA, William McDonough + Partners; David Miller, FAIA, The Miller/Hull Partnership; Kath Williams, PhD, Kath Williams + Associates; Kevin Hydes, PE, Stantec Inc. (formerly Keen Engineering); Catriona Campbell Winter, The Clark Construction Group; and RK Stewart, FAIA, Gensler, and 2006 AIA first vice president.

To register for this event on the National Building Museum Web site,

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The impending energy crisis: Is it real? What does the future hold if we continue on our current path? How are innovation and technology addressing the environmental crisis? How is sustainable design measured? What technological innovations might alter our relationship to the environment? How can planning and design contribute to environmental goals in ways that other professions cannot?

2:00 p.m.—Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Auditorium

David P. Brems, AIA, Gillies Stransky Brems Smith, Salt Lake City (2006 Advisory Group chair, AIA Committee on Design)
James L. Binkley, FAIA, United States Postal Service (2006 Advisory Group chair, AIA Committee on the Environment)
David B. Greenbaum, FAIA, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C. (conference cochair)

Opening Presentations
2:15–3:15 p.m.—Buildings and the Environment: Where Are We Heading?
Edward Mazria, AIA, Mazria Inc., Odems Dzurec, Santa Fe

3:30–4:30 p.m.—Measuring Green: Sustainable Design MetricsLEED, AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, and more
Nadav Malin, BuildingGreen and Environmental Building News
Susan Maxman, FAIA, Maxman Partners, Philadelphia
Henry Siegel, FAIA, Siegel & Strain, Berkeley

4:45–5:45 p.m.—How is Design Innovation Bettering the Environment?
Will Bruder, Will Bruder Architects, Phoenix

6:00–8:00 p.m.—Reception
8:00 p.m.—Dinner on your own
A list of local restaurants will be available on the conference Web site. Return transportation to hotels on your own.

Is "sustainable design" an oxymoron? How do environmental concerns contribute to overall design philosophy? In what diverse ways have designers embraced sustainability to enrich their work?

Meet at AIA Headquarters, 1735 New York Avenue, NWMetro stops: Farragut North (Red Line) or Farragut West (Orange/Blue Lines)

7:45–8:45 a.m.—Continental Breakfast, AIA Social Gallery, 2nd Floor

8:45 a.m.—Buses depart from AIA headquarters

9:30–11:00 a.m.—Project Tour: NOAA Satellite Operation Facility, Suitland, Md. (Morphosis/Einhorn Yaffee Prescott)

1:00–3:00 p.m.—Tour: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (SmithGroup)
National Conservation Training Center (NCTC)
698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

3:00–3:30 p.m.—Sustainable Design: An Oxymoron?
Gregory A. Mella, AIA, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.

3:30–6:00 p.m.—How Environmental Concerns Shape Design PhilosophyIn what diverse ways have designers embraced sustainability to enrich their work? The sessions will feature presentations by renowned European and American architects and a panel discussion of comparative design philosophy and practice.

Session 1: American Perspective
Peter Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Ralph Johnson, FAIA, Perkins & Will, Chicago
Mark Reddington, FAIA, LMN Architects, Seattle
Joe Valerio, FAIA, Valerio Dewalt Train, Chicago

Session 2: European Perspective
Daniel Sibert, Foster & Partners, London
Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw, New York and London

6:00–7:00 p.m.—Reception

7:00 - Dinner

8:00–11:00 p.m.—Evening entertainment

Does the integrated design process alter the traditional role of the architect?—Advances in engineering and its role in the design process—How do architects use other innovative project delivery methods, such as mass customization?

7:30–9:00 a.m. Breakfast
Registration for one-day attendees

9:00–9:15 a.m. Introduction: Process
Lance Hosey, AIA, ATMO/AtelierModern, Washington, D.C.

9:15–10:00 a.m. Integrated Design and Sustainable Communities
Russell Perry, AIA, SmithGroup, Washington, D.C.

10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon—Integrated Building Design Team: A Case Study
Genzyme Headquarters, Boston
Christof Jantzen, Behnisch Architects, Los Angeles
Greg Otto, Buro Happold, New York
Byron Stigge, Buro Happold, New York

12:00 noon–2:00 p.m.—Lunch and Committee on Design Business Meeting
Participate in the committee’s annual nominations for the AIA Gold Medal, Firm Award, Twenty-five Year Award, and Honorary AIA Fellowship, and learn about current and future COD programs and initiatives.

For details about AIA Honors and Awards submission guidelines and deadlines, see

2:00–4:30 p.m.—Re:Form
How is sustainability a driver for architectural form? What new methods and materials are being employed?
Lance Hosey, AIA, ATMO/AtelierModern, Washington, D.C.
Jeanne Gang, AIA, Studio Gang Architects, Chicago
James H. Timberlake, FAIA, Kieran Timberlake Associates, Philadelphia

4:45–5:30 p.m.—Emerging Practitioners of the Architecture of Sustainability
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis Magazine, New York City

5:30–6:30 p.m.—Design Ideas Competition: “A House for an Ecologist”
For competition guidelines, see the Call for Entries. Speakers will include competition winners, as well as the jury members:
Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Allison Ewing, AIA, Hays + Ewing Studio, Charlottesville, Va.
Susan Szenasy, Metropolis Magazine, New York City
James H. Timberlake, FAIA, Kieran Timberlake Associates, Philadelphia

7:00 p.m.—Dinner

8:30 p.m.—COD/COTE Member Slide Show
Moderators: Ronnette Riley, FAIA, and Michael A. Mense, FAIA
The annual member slide show is intended to foster a dialogue among members about recent projects. This year’s slide show will feature member projects that exemplify the architecture of sustainable design. The format is an informal slide (Powerpoint) presentation. Each participant will briefly describe his or her work as the images are projected. Click here for slide show requirements.

What lies ahead for our profession, and what are our responsibilities as influencers of the built environment? What trends are emerging?

7:30-8:30 a.m.—Breakfast
8:45 a.m.—Bus to Gannett/USA Today (Kohn Pederson Fox and Michael Vergason, Landscape Architects)McLean, Va.
10:30–11:30 a.m.—Presentation and Tour: Gannett/USA Today and campus
11:30–12:30 p.m.—Concluding Panel Discussion
12:45 Buses to Dulles Airport (arrival approx. 1:30 p.m.), Reagan National Airport (arrival approx. 2:00 p.m.), and downtown Washington, D.C. (AIA headquarters, arrival approx. 2:30 p.m.)

Please plan for flight departures from Dulles after 3:00 p.m.; Reagan National, after 3:30 p.m.


At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Garry Mason said...

Sounds like a nice conference...wish I could be there.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger David Brems, FAIA said...

Welcome to the Architecture of Sustainability Conference!

This is a first time collabration between the Committee on Design and the Committee on the Environment. For the many COD, COTE, AIA members, conference participants and others interested, who are present or not, please use this blog to follow the conference and participate with you comments.


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