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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

2022 COD Conferences

The next domestic conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 thru Sunday, October 23 in Los Angeles.  An international conference is not planned for 2022 or 2023.

  • 1.  Decarbonization Symposium

    Posted 04-07-2022 06:09 PM

    Pratt Institute's Housing Consortium has organized a Decarbonization Symposium for Earth Day 2022 (4/22/2022) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

    The Decarbonization Symposium celebrates the release of the Housing Consortium's Housing in New York City In the Context of Carbon, Climate, and Social Justice, a compendium that includes two decarbonization policy briefs (NYC Local Law 97 and Mass Timber in NYC). Building on this effort, the Decarbonization Working Group has convened a series of panelists to critically expand on these topics and to offer informative and innovative perspectives. 

    The Decarbonization Symposium will be a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of decarbonization of the built environment - with a special focus on efforts to reduce embodied and operational carbon emissions in New York City. 

    Participants will learn about the challenges of understanding embodied carbon in building materials and products - and why we must prioritize the reduction of embodied carbon emissions now, rather than merely focusing on lowering operational emissions. Specifically, the panel will address: 

    1. New perspectives on understanding, measuring, and specifying materials and products that reduce embodied carbon in retrofits and new buildings;
    2. How building professionals and policymakers should rethink embodied and operational carbon emissions, in order to slow the effects of climate change;
    3. New materials and technologies for reducing carbon emissions, in building retrofits and new construction;
    4. The emerging market for carbon-sequestering materials like mass timber and other bio-based materials that may transform the construction industry. 

    Participants will be able to apply this knowledge when planning, designing or developing sustainable new projects that can meet or exceed 2030/2050 carbon-neutral GHG emission goals.

    The Decarbonization Symposium, (free), April 22, 2022 - 9 a.m to 12:00 p.m. will be held via zoom:

    REGISTRATION LINK   After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    Decarbonization Symposium Participants


    • Frances Bronet, Pratt Institute President
    • Harriet Harriss, Pratt Institute, Dean of the School of Architecture


    • Meta Brunzema, Architect, Collective for Community Culture & Environment, LLC, and Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Graduate Architecture & Urban Design
    • Fatou Jabbie, Sustainability Consultant, NYC Accelerator


    • Gabrielle Brainard, Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt, UG Architecture, and Principal of Fabric First Architecture & Consulting, PLLC
    • Bill Caplan, Assoc. AIA, Author, Design Consultant, and Materials Engineer
    • Paul L. Crovella, Environmental Engineer, SUNY, Environmental Science and Forestry
    • Jay Gorman, Project Executive at F.J. Sciame Construction
    • Werner Morath, Architect, Loadingdock5

    Bill Caplan, Associate. AIA
    Author of "Thwart Climate Change Now: Reducing Embodied Carbon Brick by Brick"
    Environmental Law Institute ELI Press, November 2021
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