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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.

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Design the Future podcast: Arathi Gowda, architect/advocate

  • 1.  Design the Future podcast: Arathi Gowda, architect/advocate

    Posted 05-05-2022 12:49 PM
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    The latest guest on the Design the Future podcast (hosted by Lindsay Baker and me) is architect Arathi Gowda, who leads ZGF's East Coast Sustainability Practice.

    She is an advocate for collective climate action and is the current co-chair of US Architects Declare and a member of the American Institute of Architects' Committee on the Environment Leadership Group. Arathi was at SOM for 20 years in Chicago before moving recently to her new role, and her move to DC was inspired in part by her notion of advocacy as part of architecture.

    Arathi is a keen observer of the architecture profession and the real estate and financial worlds within which it functions. She cites signs of progress in recent years, and mentions that after the persistence of NIMBY-ism, "we are finally getting to a moment when there is no more Someone Else's Backyard. Those of us who have some political power and institutional capacity need to do whatever we can to amplify that."  

    She points out that designers, as the optimists in the house, need to help people see a future that is beautiful and beneficial. "We need to show how solutions for the collective good can be positive for everyone," she says.

    Listen on our site (" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> or on your favorite podcast platform (please consider leaving a review; it helps people find us).

    As always, much #gratitude to our producers, Clare Becker and" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> Amber Artrip, who are part of this labor of love. 


    #climateaction #womeningreen #womeninsustainability

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA
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