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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.

Recording of the Pratt Housing Consortium's Decarbonization Symposium

  • 1.  Recording of the Pratt Housing Consortium's Decarbonization Symposium

    Posted 06-24-2022 04:16 PM
    A recording of the Pratt Housing Consortium's Decarbonization Symposium is now available on YouTube

    Part 1 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H0npkoQO48
    Welcome Remarks:
    1. Frances Bronet, Pratt Institute President
    2. David Burney, Pratt School of Architecture Housing Consortium

    Part 1 Topics:
    a) The urgency of reducing Embodied Carbon in the 2020s - Why and How.
    b) Bio-Materials for New & Existing Structure: Sustainable Forestry, Mass Timber Construction, Cross-laminate Timber (CLT).
    c) Building Envelope Low-Carbon Retrofits.

    Moderators:
    1. Meta Brunzema, Architect, Collective for Community Culture & Environment, LLC, and Professor, Pratt Institute
    2. Fatou Jabbie, Sustainability Consultant, NYC Accelerator, Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

    Panelists Presenting in Part 1:
    1. Bill Caplan, Author of "Thwart Climate Change Now: Reducing Embodied Carbon Brick by Brick"
    2. Paul L. Crovella, Environmental Engineer, SUNY, Environmental Science and Forestry
    3. Gabrielle Brainard, Principle of Fabric First Architecture & Consulting, PLLC, and Professor at Pratt Institute

    Part 2 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H0npkoQO48
    Part 2 Topics:
    a) Mass Timber and Building Codes in NYC
    b) Mass Timber Design of Grace Farms in CT
    c) Q&A Panel Discussions

    Panelists Presenting in Part 2:
    1. Werner Morath, Architect, Loading5
    2. Jay Gorman, Project Executive, F.J. Sciame Construction

    Q&A Panel Discussion:
    1. Bill Caplan, Author of "Thwart Climate Change Now: Reducing Embodied Carbon Brick by Brick"
    2. Paul L. Crovella, Environmental Engineer, SUNY, Environmental Science and Forestry
    3. Gabrielle Brainard, Principle of Fabric First Architecture & Consulting, PLLC, and Professor at Pratt Institute
    4. Werner Morath, Architect, Loading5
    5. Jay Gorman, Project Executive, F.J. Sciame Construction

    Moderators:
    1. Meta Brunzema, Architect, Collective for Community Culture & Environment, LLC, and Professor, Pratt Institute
    2. Fatou Jabbie, Sustainability Consultant, NYC Accelerator, Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

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    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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