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    The Great Reset | Series Event 3: Advocacy and Design Leadership

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST

    How can individual practitioners take the initiative to help deliver building projects that make a difference?

    Four skilled design professionals will respond to these questions with a short presentation, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion and audience Q&A. Join us to hear how these practitioners from a variety of firm sizes and backgrounds adopt new approaches while they adapt to design in the Climate Age.


    This program is accredited by AIASF to provide 1 HSW learning unit to AIA member attendees


    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Identify how practitioners from many fields are working to address climate and resilience through design leadership and advocacy.
    2. Gain awareness of a range of actions being taken to adapt to and mitigate impacts from climate change, and become inspired to take action as well.
    3. Evaluate what opportunities exist for architects and design professionals to engage in leadership and advocacy.
    4. Initiate conversations with Clients and Design Teams about areas of action to address climate and resilience planning in their design projects.


    Gold-level Sponsorship

    Thanks to the generous support of David Baker Architects and JENSEN Architects through a joint gold-level sponsor of the Great Reset series, registration is free and open to all.



    About the Panelists

    Sustainability Director, Firmwide Design Resilience Co-Leader | Gensler

    Gail is a licensed architect with 40 years of experience over a broad spectrum of project types ranging in scale, industry, global location, and scope of work. Gail’s responsibilities as a Gensler firmwide design resilience leader include coaching and advising project teams on wellbeing, inclusive design, sustainability, resilience and climate adaptation. She serves on the AIA National Resilience & Adaptation Advisory Group, the AIA National Government Advocacy Committee, is an active member of AIA San Francisco’s Committee on the Environment, and is co-founder of Gensler’s Inclusive Design Network.

    Partner | EHDD

    Scott is a nationally recognized expert on high-performance buildings.. He brings a strong integrated design approach to each project, partnering with clients, researchers, and the broader design and construction team to create facilities that excel in all aspects of their performance. He is Chair of the AIA California COTE Advocacy Committee where he is actively supporting decarbonization policies at the state and local level for both operational and embodied carbon. For the past decade he has led the design of EHDD’s university buildings for science, ranging from the advanced Biomedical Sciences Research labs to new facilities for entire departments designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Manager, Carbon Free Buildings | RMI

    Rebecca Esau is a manager with RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program. Rebecca employs her experience as a licensed architect and deep knowledge of high-performance buildings to develop scalable approaches to decarbonize the build environment, with a current focus on embodied carbon and net-zero roadmaps. Prior to joining RMI in 2020, Rebecca was manager at Building Energy Exchange, a New York City based non-profit. As a practicing architect, Rebecca worked on a variety of design and construction projects across North America for private, institutional, and corporate clients.


    About the Moderator

    Associate | David Baker Architects

    Erin Feeney, AIA, LEED AP, is an Associate at David Baker Architects, a progressive, collaborative architecture firm in San Francisco that creates acclaimed buildings and communities in diverse urban environments. As an architect focused on urban community design, Erin believes that design has the potential to enhance the sustainability and livability of the urban environment, offering comfort and dignity to city inhabitants. Erin holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and has a background in international sustainability research, exhibit curation and design, and non-profit leadership. She is an active member of AIASF COTE, driver of DBA’s sustainability initiatives, and a participant in the DBA_Lab in-house research and experimentation studio.


    About the Series

    THE GREAT RESET is a series of conversations with building industry professionals who are proactively embracing our changing world. Join us to hear how each of them is deepening their commitment to design practice and leadership through new and unique approaches to problem solving, research and advocacy. Sessions will kick-off with short presentations by each panelist in response to a topical question, followed by a roundtable discussion and audience Q&A. The Great Reset – A series of conversations for the Climate Age. Join Us!

    EVENT 1 – Tools for Design Practice | Monday, July 12th @12:30pm PT View Recording
    EVENT 2 – Research and Technology | Thursday, October 14 @5:30pm PT
    EVENT 3 – Advocacy and Design Leadership | Tuesday, November 30 @5:30pm PT


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