2°C: A COTE AIA|LA Symposium on Climate Change
March 2, 2018, 8:00AM-3:30PM
LA Department of Water & Power Auditorium | DTLA

2°C: A COTE AIA|LA Symposium on Climate Change

When: Friday, March 2, 2018 from 8:00AM - 3:30PM
Where: LADWP Auditorium | 111 N Hope St. | Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets: $95 for members | $50 for students | $135 for the public
6.5 HSW Learning Units!
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The 2°C Symposium is a unifying platform for the public, the architectural design community and the building industry to discuss and address the sustainability issues challenging our society today.

Unfortunately, even with global awareness of and commitment to acting on climate change, we cannot rely on public policy mandates in the US to drive the important changes needed in creating the built environment. Los Angeles needs to take action. As architects and stakeholders within the built environment we need to use our expertise to lead and inspire the building industry. 2°C will embrace current innovations in the industry and progress the dialogue that is occurring within the developer, political and academic communities.
2°C’s name is based on the need to keep the global average temperature from rising more than 2 °Celsius above pre-industrial levels in hopes of preventing irreversible and damaging climatic changes.

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Headliners include:

International Keynote Speakers

"The Power of a Drop: In Times of Climate Adaptation and Search for Livability.”

What can landscape architects, engineers, and designers offer in today’s context of extreme weather conditions; increasingly heavy precipitation, long periods of heat, and absolute droughts? What are the plans of action for cities that are getting denser, with increasing stress levels, burnouts, depression, and other destructions on human life? Successful cases show the need for increased social interactions and innovative methods to cultivate responsible leadership and respectful engagement of all inhabitants. Herbert Dreiseitl has been working on addressing these topics all his life and will share his experiences and give insight into his current research and practice at 2°C.

  • Herbert Dreiseitl is an artist, landscape architect, Urban Designer for Resilient Water Sensitive Cities, Founder of Atelier Dreiseitl, and Director of Ramboll’s Liveable Cities Lab.

  • Massimo Catalani is an artist, originally trained as an architect, whose installations and paintings investigate man’s impact on the environment and, sometimes, directly intercede in harmful interactions.
National Keynote Speaker

  • Angela Brooks, FAIA, is the 2018 COTE Chair and Co-Principal of Brooks + Scarpa. Brooks sees architectural design and building performance as an instrument for the triple bottom line.

Local Keynote Speaker

  • Jonathan Parfrey is the founding director of Climate Resolve, a Los Angeles-based advocacy organization, as well as the founder of the LA Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability.

Welcome Speakers

  • Tania Van Herle, AIA, is the President of the 2018 AIA|LA Board of Directors and Managing Principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED).
  • Nancy Sutley is the Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer at Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, our generous host of this conference.


University Panel Moderator:

  • Pablo La Roche, Assoc. AIA, is a Professor of Architecture and the Interim Director of the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona University and Sustainable Design Leader and Associate Vice President at CallisonRTKL
Panelists on "The Path to Carbon Neutrality: What are Universities doing?":

  • Nurit Katz is UCLA's first chief sustainability officer, working to foster partnerships among academic, research, and operational departments to facilitate a world-class living laboratory for sustainability at UCLA.
  • Jon Christensen is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA’s cityLAB.

  • David Herd brings over 25 years of career experience in high performance building design, collaborative involvement, and sustainable master planning.
  • Buzz Yudell, FAIA, has taught extensively, including at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UT Austin. In 2006, Moore Ruble Yudell received the Architecture Firm Award.
  • Colleen McCormick became the first Director of Sustainability at University of California, Merced in December 2014.

Political Panel Moderator:

  • Joel Cesare is the Sustainable Building Advisor for the City of Santa Monica's internationally recognized Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

Panelists on Sustainability and Politics:

  • Lauren Faber O'Connor is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of LA who drove the implementation of the Sustainability City pLAn, released in April 2015.
  • Len Hering is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues.
  • Cris Liban is Los Angeles METRO's Executive Officer of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, overseeing their internationally recognized Environmental, Sustainability, and Energy initiatives.

Developer Panel Moderator:

  • James E. Donaldson, AIA, is a Johnson Fain Principal, involved with the client during all phases of project development and steers the Sustainability Lab for the studio.
Panelists on "The Developer's Bottom Line: Long Term Return on Investment for Sustainably Designed Projects":

  • Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at Kilroy Realty Corporation- who took Kilroy from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 office real estate company on sustainability in North America.
  • Daniele Horton brings almost 20 years of experience in corporate sustainability, real estate and project management. Daniele is an architect, LEED Fellow and a Certified Energy Manager.
  • Hakim Khalil is MATT Construction’s SVP of Estimating, leading a staff team who are dedicated to the company’s reputable preconstruction services.
  • Hardy Wronske is a Co-Founder of Everelle Build Co., who has built 44 LEED certified townhomes under LA's small lot ordinance.

Additional information on panels and speakers in the weeks to follow!


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