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Design Excellence and Climate Change | AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit + Bay Area Case Studies (1.5 HSWs)
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Design Excellence and Climate Change | AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit + Bay Area Case Studies (1.5 HSWs)

When: Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:30pm
11:30am - 12:00pm: Lunch & Networking | 12:00pm - 1:30pm: Program
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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A presentation at the AIASF by the authors of the new AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit, followed by COTE® Top Ten project case studies presented by members of three award winning Bay Area architecture firms. Event is produced by the AIA San Francisco Committee on the Environment in collaboration with the PG&E Energy Training Centers. Lunch will be provided for event attendees at the AIASF.


Event Overview

Climate change is the fundamental design problem of our time, and architects need the skills to help make beautiful, resilient, high performing buildings. However, limited access to quality information that is both usable and concise is a major barrier to the universal adoption of sustainable design. The recently released AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit seeks to close this information gap and make sustainable design strategies accessible to all architects through a framework that can guide the design of any project - large or small, budget high or low, located in Schenectady or San Diego. The Toolkit identifies patterns that emerge in projects that achieve both design excellence and exceptional performance, and includes a variety of high-impact, low-cost strategies that can elevate the quality and outcomes of any project.

This lunchtime event begins with an overview of The Toolkit and its accompanying Super Spreadsheet, by co-authors Tate Walker, AIA and Corey Squire, AIA. They will be followed by case study presentations from three Bay Area COTE® Top Ten award winners: EHDD, LMS Architects and Siegel & Strain Architects, whose projects reflect a diversity of project scale, type and practice size. The presenters will discuss their integrative design process and lessons learned, followed by a Q&A session with all the presenters.

Event is produced by the AIA San Francisco Committee on the Environment in collaboration with the PG&E Energy Training Centers.



Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn about the COTE® Top Ten Toolkit and how the best practices in this resource can be used to improve project performance within the purview of an architect.
  2. Attendees will learn 10 effective and easy to implement sustainable design strategies.
  3. Attendees will review case studies of projects where sustainable best practices were implemented.
  4. Attendees will learn where to find sustainable design best practices and ways to quantify their impacts.


About the Presenters:

Tate Walker, AIA LEED Fellow
OPN Architects
Madison, WI

Tate is the Director of Sustainability at OPN Architects and leads projects and initiatives across the firm’s four offices. His experience is rooted in the architectural design process, but also includes program and project management, and the development of technical guidelines for high performing buildings. He has served many organizations over the course of his career, including cities and universities, AIA’s Committee on the Environment and the USGBC’s Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Tate firmly believes that the nexus between architecture and energy provides leadership opportunities for architects as creative problem solvers, particularly for those willing to stretch their practice beyond its traditional boundaries.

Corey Squire, AIA
Lake Flato Architects
San Antonio, TX

Corey is the Sustainability Manager at Lake|Flato Architects, a firm that focuses on regional and site based strategies to create buildings that are respectful in their use of natural resources and promote occupant happiness. Corey works with all project teams to establish sustainability goals, analyze designs with performance modeling software, and collect post-occupancy performance data. He also coordinates the Lake|Flato R&D Program and manages the firm’s sustainability knowledge via the intranet. Outside the office, Corey co-leads the San Antonio Committee on the Environment and has taught design and sustainability courses at Tulane University and The University of Texas San Antonio.

Marsha Maytum FAIA, LEED AP
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA)
San Francisco, CA

Marsha is a founding Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSa) in San Francisco, winner of the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. For over 35 years Marsha has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially-responsible projects that promote sustainable design. She is the 2019 Chair of National AIA COTE®. Ten of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE® Top Ten Green Projects.

Brad Jacobson AIA, LEED AP BD+C
San Francisco, CA

Brad is a Principal at EHDD, an architectural design firm based in San Francisco. His focus is on helping clients lead the way towards a carbon neutral built environment by 2050, starting with all electric, grid optimal buildings today. Six of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE® Top Ten Green Projects.

Susi Marzuola AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Siegel & Strain Architects
Berkeley, CA

Susi’s goal as Principal at Siegel & Strain Architects is to design projects that root themselves in place and community, and that marry a client’s mission with visionary design solutions that achieve the highest levels of sustainability. Four of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE® Top Ten Green Projects.



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