AIA|LA Values Forum #2: Our Responsibility as Architects to Mitigate Climate Change
March 18, 10AM-12PM
Woodbury School of Architecture's WUHO Gallery - 6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Forum #2: Our Responsibility as Architects to Mitigate Climate Change  

moderated by Lisa Fay Matthiessen, FAIA

When: Saturday, March 18, 2017 (10AM - 12PM) 

Woodbury School of Architecture's WUHO Gallery 

6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP to - venue space is limited to 40 people

Forum #2: Our Responsibility as Architects to Mitigate Climate Change  

moderated by Lisa Fay Matthiessen, FAIA

with participation from AIA|LA COTE co-chairs Simone Barth-Auster, Assoc. AIA & Fabian Kremkus, AIA

On March 18th, our core values forum will serve as an opportunity to further discuss the following in a roundtable format:

  1. What can and should architects be doing to positively impact climate change?
  2. What are our biggest challenges or obstacles to making that positive impact?
  3. What resources do we need?
  4. Who should we be working with in terms of other professions and organizations?
  5. Do you think the AIA's stance on climate change is the right one? What would you recommend the AIA do differently?
  6. What are the biggest opportunities you see for this region in terms of climate change?

Call to Action from AIA COTE:

With a new administration in place, new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency will be reevaluating the agency’s priorities. They believe that EPA activity is limiting economic growth and job creation – but designers know that isn’t the case. That’s why it is crucial that architects make a business case for retaining EPA programs that enable them to design healthy, energy-saving buildings. As key positions are being filled, we need to educate these officials about the importance of the programs they will be tasked with managing.  Please add your firm to the letter by March 13!

Target Finder, Portfolio Manager, and the TSCA inventory are just a few examples of the tools and resources that provide vital information for meeting the performance standards which clients demand and many jurisdictions mandate. As the administration prepares to send its budget request to Congress, decisions about the futures of these vital programs will be made over the months ahead. Now is the time to make your voice heard!  

Please sign this letter on behalf of your firm, or bring it to the attention of a firm leader.


Click here to view the updated letter.


Forum #1: Designing Our Profession for Inclusion and Diversity (January 14)

Forum #2: Our Responsibility as Architects to Mitigate Climate Change  (March 18)

Forum #3: Housing for Social Equity (April 15)

Forum #4: The Impacts of Transportation and Citymaking (June 10)

Forum #5: Architecture and the People who Build- Exploring Fair Labor Practice within Our Profession (date tba)


AIA|LA is producing a series of forums to further engage architects and designers in an open dialogue about the profession's on-going commitment to promoting social equity, inclusion, diversity, and care for the planet.  These forums will serve as an opportunity to strengthen our priorities relative to building healthier and more inclusive communities and further promote strategies to mitigate climate change,

Each forum will focus on one of the many challenges of social equity, inclusion and environmental responsibility with a brief panel presentation followed by extensive dialogue with the audience. Our goal is to generate positive actions for the profession and our community.

These forums will also serve as an opportunity to bring together the voices of emerging professions with active practitioners to define design actions that reflect our shared values. In this moment in history, it's important that we focus on collective action. We hope that you will bring your perspective to help define the path forward.


  • Supporting human and civil rights, the universal respect for human dignity, and the unbiased treatment of all persons in employment, civic, and business transactions
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion as central to our professional mission. This means that we must renew and rebuild our country's social infrastructure—the buildings that define our communities such as our schools, libraries, and cultural arts facilities—based on mutual respect, empathy, and concern for the health, safety, and well-being of all Americans
  • Recognition that diversity is a cultural ethos – a way of thinking or acting that fosters inclusion and enhances our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. We represent and serve all members of society, regardless of race, nationality, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious practices, or even political beliefs
  • Our commitment to leverage the transformative power of architecture to design a better world. This means creating more vibrant, equitable living environments that embody our nation’s democratic ideals
  • Our belief that communities thrive when people are sheltered and safe, and that justice demands equal access to healthy living environments and affordable housing
  • Sustainability as a cornerstone of our work, particularly in light of a changing climate embodied in the 2030 Commitment. We uphold the architects’ seminal role in guarding the planet for future generations, by designing with appropriate materials and systems for energy efficiency, resilience, and health
  • Drive positive legislative and policy outcomes at all levels of government and to promote the value of architects.

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