Metropolis Forums

June 23rd, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Designing Resilient Spaces

In conjunction with the Metropolis Sustainability lab at NeoCon,
presented by Aquafil

Resilient design is commonly understood as being related to disasters like fires or floods, but it actually stands for creativity informed by long-term thinking. Indoors and outside, how can designers create spaces that will endure short term shocks and have a long-lasting positive impact on people’s lives?

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Designing Resilient Spaces

 

Host

773.avinash Rajagopal Headshot Credit Nicholas Calcott

Avi Rajagopal

Editor in Chief
Metropolis

Avinash Rajagopal is the editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine. He is an expert on product and interior design in the digital age, as a historian of contemporary design as well as a frequent speaker at key industry events. He is the author of Hacking Design (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2013). and has contributed to numerous volumes on architecture and design, including Adhocracy (Istanbul Design Biennial, 2012), Making Africa (Vitra Design Museum, 2015) and Atlas of Furniture Design (Vitra Design Museum, forthcoming). He has lectured on design history and writing at the School of Visual Arts, New York; the University of Texas at Austin; and the National Institute of Design, India.

Panelists

Gabrielle Bullock

Gabrielle Bullock

Principal, Director of Global Diversity
PERKINS AND WILL

Gabrielle oversees Perkins and Will’s Diversity, Inclusion, Engagement program, which works to support and strengthen a firmwide culture that embraces a diversity of people, colors, creeds, credos, talents, thoughts, and ideas. Her unique role as an award-winning principal and the firm’s Director of Global Diversity enables her to combine her passion for architecture and social justice to effect positive change at a micro and macro level.

Gabrielle has been a key player in Perkins and Will’s success for three decades. She has led numerous complex and high-profile projects, including Destination Crenshaw, an outdoor street museum in Los Angeles and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

In 2014, she was elected by her peers as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and served on the AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission. She is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), served as the 2018-2019 President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and has been named as the recipient of the 2020 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Kate Diamond

Kate Diamond

Civic Design Director
HDR

Kate Diamond, FAIA, is Civic Design Director for HDR, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. An award-winning designer, Kate has demonstrated her commitment to sustainable design excellence throughout her professional career. She is currently working on two net-zero projects that have been awarded COTE NEXT awards from the AIA LA chapter, and her portfolio has numerous LEED certified silver, gold and platinum rated projects. She is well-known for convincing clients that they can achieve a deeper shade of green while fully addressing their functional requirements and budgetary constraints through early integrated design. Kate advocates for sustainability throughout Southern California as an active board member of the USGBC-LA.

In the past, Kate frequently taught design studios at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture where she continues her engagement with an annual lecture on integrated design and the responsibility of architects to use the power of design to protect the planet. From 1993 to 1994, she served as the first woman president of the AIA Los Angeles Chapter. She also served as president of the Association for Women in Architecture from 1985 to 1987. She continues to serve on the National Peer Review Council for the GSA Design Excellence Program.

Jill Kurtz

Jill Kurtz

Director of Building Sciences
PAGE

Jill brings 15 years of sustainability consulting expertise to her leadership of Page’s Building Sciences practice. Using a research-based and client-focused approach, she leads the integration of building performance analysis into project delivery methods and tools across the firm. Her work helps ensure that Page honors its promise of creating design that makes lives better through high-performing, healthier and more resilient buildings.

As the Co-chair of the AIA’s Large Firm Roundtable Sustainability Committee, Jill helped author the group’s recent paper, “Countdown on Carbon,” which defines the architecture profession’s obligations to address climate change and achieve the goals of the AIA 2030 Challenge. Jill also participates in an emerging leaders network at Page to develop talent and encourage diversity and inclusivity. Along with other women at Page, Jill has collaborated with the University of Houston Bauer College of Business to define policies and initiatives that help women succeed at work, and she has presented on their findings.