Public Architecture in the Age of Climate Crisis

When:  Oct 20, 2021 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Public Architects Committee

Public Architecture in the Age of Climate Crisis

1 AIA LU/HSW | free

Although we understand the importance of Net Zero Carbon Buildings, we struggle to achieve them. In design, operational and embodied carbon are two sides of the same coin, and as building emissions dwindle, carbon impacts increasingly come from materials and construction processes.

Public architecture plays a vital role in setting precedent for innovation. We can design and build to balance the carbon budget. This interactive workshop explores this critical subject and public architecture’s role in climate action.


Learning objectives

  1. Participants will learn how carbon impacts increasingly come from materials and construction processes.
  2. Participants will learn how some cities now require municipal new construction and major renovations to be all‐electric.
  3. Participants will learn about the possibility to design, build, and occupy buildings to balance the carbon budget.
  4. Participants will review the AIA Framework for Design Excellence metrics to understand and account for carbon throughout the building lifecycle.


Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker.Eric Corey Freed
SVP of Sustainability, CannonDesign

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, he leads the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward better and higher performing buildings for over 15 million square feet a year. For two decades, he was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.  His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities. Eric is the author of 12 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies.” In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25.  He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.

Eden Brukman Eden Brukman
Sr. Green Building Coordinator, SF Environment

For twenty-three years, Eden Brukman has focused on establishing socially and environmentally responsible solutions for human habitat. A highly regarded instigator of actions for ecological accord, she coauthored Living Building Challenges and directed its evolution and global deployment 2007-2012; was the first Technical Director of the Health Product Declaration® Collaborative; and contributed to the early development of other programs such as the Pharos ProjectTM, DeclareSM, and EcoDistricts®. She is a recipient of the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge award, and was designated a Living Building Hero, as well as one of the Forty under 40 in Portland, Oregon. Eden is a licensed architect, providing technical counsel about a broad range of sustainability topics nationally and internationally. Her efforts have led to policy reform, restorative developments, and the creation of a network of local action groups in cities all over the world.