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Conference: Metropolis Perspective: Sustainability Los Angeles

Setting higher energy efficiency goals, promoting social equity, and building resilience.

W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
October 30, 2019 at 9:30am
October 30, 2019 at 6:30pm

Join Metropolis Magazine’s full-day symposium and shape the future of sustainability

This event is free and open to the public; space is limited.

Registration required: Click to register
CEUs: 2 AIA, IDCEC, and LFA CEU HSW credits available


  • 9:30am- 10:00am: Registration
  • 10:00am-10:15am: Program kickoff- Opening remarks
  • 10:15am-11:15am: Panel Discussion (ENERGY EFFICIENCY)
  • 11:15am-11:45am: Q&A + Closing remarks
  • 12:00pm- 1:00pm: Registration + Lunch and Networking
  • 1:00pm- 1:15pm: Program kickoff- Opening remarks
  • 1:15pm-2:15pm: Panel Discussion (SOCIAL EQUITY)
  • 2:15pm-2:45pm: Q&A + Closing remarks
  • 3:00pm- 4:00pm: Registration + Networking
  • 3:45pm- 4:00pm: Program kickoff- Opening remarks
  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: Panel Discussion (BUILDING RESILIENCE)
  • 5:00pm-5:30pm: Q&A + Closing remarks
  • 5:30pm- 6:30pm: Networking/reception following discussion

Panel 1: Energy Efficiency

The A&D industry has been focused on energy savings since the start of the sustainability movement, and this was a core tenet of the USGBC and LEED. Now with the support of both the private and public sector, we are part of policy initiatives and new codes and are finding unexploited opportunities for energy savings and energy generation. What are some of the new goals and priorities for energy efficiency in architecture and design?


  • Russell Fortmeyer, SCI-Arc faculty; Electrical engineer and sustainability consultant, Arup
  • Dan Heinfeld, President, LPA
  • Stet Sanborn, Principal, Engineering Discipline Leader, SmithGroup
  • Kellie Ballew, Director of Sustainability, Shaw Industries
  • Anita Snader, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Armstrong World Industries


Panel 2: Social Equity

In the bigger picture, it is clear that sustainable architecture and design cannot thrive without cultural change and touching the lives of people. At the same time, unsustainable practices only worsen social inequity and pit people against each other when resources are scarce. While social impact is widely acknowledged as an important aspect of sustainable design, how can we measure and validate this impact, and then amplify it?


  • Angie Brooks, Principal, Brooks + Scarpa
  • Rand Ekman, Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, HKS
  • Tracy Backus, Director Sustainable Programs, Teknion
  • Mike Johnson, Director of Sustainability, 3Form


Panel 3: Building Resilience

In the past, architecture and design have often sought to keep nature outside and to insulate our living and working environments. But those buildings and structures don’t stand up well in the face of the inevitable natural events of fire, floods, earthquakes, or storms, and have a long-term negative impact on the environment that only makes the disasters more frequent. So in recent years, we have changed strategies and are starting to work with nature rather than against it. What have been the successes of resilient architecture and design, and what opportunities lie ahead?


  • Shara Castillo, Principal, ZGF
  • Kate Diamond, Civic Design Director, HDR
  • Sean Quinn, Senior Associate, Sustainable Design Leader - Pacific Region, HOK
  • Richard Murlin, Sales Director, USG Ceilings Plus
  • Roxane Spears, Vice President Sustainability North America, Tarkett


In Association With: SCI-Arc & International Living Future Institute
Platinum Sponsors: 3Form, Armstrong Ceilings, Shaw Contract, Tarkett, Teknion, USG
Gold Sponsors: Aquafil

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