Metropolis Forums

June 16th, 4:00PM–5:00PM EDT

Putting Carbon to Work

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

The most important way that designers can combat the climate crisis is by bringing down carbon emissions. How can designers leverage the strategies for low-carbon design to deliver better spaces and experiences for clients and end-users alike?

Sponsored By

Econyl by AquafilIndiana Furniture

Putting Carbon to Work

 

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

Kate Simonen

Kate Simonen

Founding Director
CARBON LEADERSHIP FORUM

Kate Simonen, AIA, SE is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington. Connecting significant professional experience in high performance building design and technical expertise in environmental life cycle assessment she works to spur collective action to bring net embodied carbon to zero through cutting-edge research, cross-sector collaboration, and the incubation of new approaches. Kate directs the research of the Carbon Leadership Forum and convenes collaborative initiatives such as the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (the EC3 tool) and the Structural Engineers 2050 Challenge.

Stephanie Carlisle

Stephanie Carlisle

Principal and Environmental Researcher
KIERAN TIMBERLAKE

Stephanie Carlisle investigates the interaction between the natural and constructed environment, including embodied carbon, life cycle assessment (LCA), urban ecology, material toxicity, and equity. Combining a background in environmental science and architectural design, Stephanie serves as a bridge between research and practice, bringing data-driven analysis and topical research to complex design problems. Stephanie is a core member of the development team for Tally®, a whole building LCA tool that empowers designers to run full-building life cycle assessments during design.

Stephanie is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where she teaches classes on embodied carbon, climate change, and ecology. She serves as the chair of the Education and Research Focus Group of the Embodied Carbon Network. She is on the board of the Carbon Leadership Forum, two organizations dedicated to raising carbon literacy and developing open-source research, strategies, and tools for the AEC community.

Greg Mella

Greg Mella

Vice President, Director of Sustainable Design
SMITHGROUP

Greg Mella is a pioneer and expert in sustainable design, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on green design topics and initiatives, including net-zero energy design, rainwater harvesting and net-zero water design, resilient design, materials transparency, and energy metrics and benchmarking. He works to accelerate the industry’s understanding and adoption of high performance buildings to create an ecologically resilient and regenerative built environment. Greg is a past co-chair of the AIA 2030 Commitment Working Group and has helped define the metrics architecture firms use to report their progress towards meeting the 2030 energy targets.

Robert Atkinson

Robert Atkinson

Senior Designer
IA INTERIOR ARCHITECTS

Robert is a senior designer, project manager and sustainability consultant, with a broad history across multiple design disciplines and industry sectors.

Working together with our clients, he begins by delivering a vision, project charter and a strategic approach to workplace design. He is then responsible for all creative, technical, financial and organizational aspects of the project, collaborating with the creative team, contractors and specialist consultants in its implementation. In addition, he is a sustainable consultant with a background in environmental science. He co-chairs IA’s sustainable wellness group and advises on certification standards to improve the health and wellbeing of a company’s workforce.