Nature in COP27 - what this means for climate action in different industry sectors - architectural design and built environment

27 Sep 2023
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Nature in COP27 - what this means for climate action in different industry sectors - architectural design and built environment

Nature in COP27 - what this means for climate action in different industry sectors - architectural design and built environment

27 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Christine Bruckner
    Christine Bruckner
    Director, Sustainability and Wellness at M Moser Associates
    "Christine is an architect actively supporting sustainability, and wellness in design. As a Director at M Moser Associates, she brings her experience with urban integration, revitalization, and design excellence to guide the development of our built environment at all scales. Her focus is working with client and community stakeholders to encourage deep-dive investigation, coordination and sustainable best practice. As the global lead for M Moser’s sustainability and WELL integrative design solution initiatives, she is dedicated to reaching the goal of carbon neutrality and developing net-zero carbon strategies suitable for application to varied client needs. Dr. Bruckner integrates Spatial HarmonyTM and Spatial ChoreographyTM in design and is passionate that she stewards architectural solutions which are: • ""Relentless in the design of spaces that heal, inspire, and empower"" • ""Inclusive in the engagement of all stakeholders towards life-affirming, creativity-provoking, healthy places for people"" • ""Responsible to create equitable, vibrant, safe communities that touch lightly on our shared planet"" "
  • Illya Azaroff, FAIA
    Illya Azaroff, FAIA
    Director of resilient design and regenerative strategies at +LAB Architect PLLC
    Mr. Azaroff, FAIA founding principal of +LAB architect PLLC, is a leader in disaster mitigation, resilient planning and regenerative design strategies. Currently, he is working on the New York State Climate Impact Assessment, as well on the 2024 Hazard Mitigation Plan for NYC. He is working with ICC/ANRC piloting community resilience benchmarks, and the US State Department has engaged him to work with foreign governments exchanging resilient strategies, most recently in the Kyrgyz Republic. His studio is advancing community resilience hubs in Hawaii, and building resilient capacity in long-term care facilities in North Carolina. He is a COP-27 Delegate for the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and leading the COP-28 delegation in Dubai. Previously, he served as a Technical Advisor to the ASPR - Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in Washington, developing the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Mr. Azaroff is a Professor at the NYC College of Technology (CUNY). Mr. Azaroff is a contributor and editor of many publications including HUD Housing and Urban Development’s Designing for Natural Hazards Series Vol 1-5 (2023), NYC Department of City Planning’s Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk, and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Resilient Housing Guidelines. He worked with Enterprise Community Partners on Keep Safe Puerto Rico (2019) Ready to Respond: Strategies for Multi-Family Building Resilience (2015). In 2022, he contributed to Climate Adaptation and Resilience Across Scales: From Buildings to Cities, Routledge. Other written works include the AIA’s Reframing Resilience publication (2016) and the AIA Disaster Assistance Handbook in 2021. He served as a subject matter expert with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities, and founding Co-chair of the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) committee (2011-21). The DfRR produces programs surrounding the wicked problems of pur time, generating the Post-Sandy Initiative: Designing a Resilient New York and Extreme Heat reports. With NDPTC - National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, he taught Hurriplan: Building Resilient Coastal Communities, and is a certified trainer of SAP-Safety Assessment Program through CalEMA. Since 2013 he has trained more than 4,000 design professionals and community leaders. He is the founder of the AIA Unified Task Force City and State responding to the pandemic as well as the founder the AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, a four-state coalition that worked across sectors including HUD, DHS, Army Corps, MTA, NYSERDA, and government authorities. He is honored to be serving on the AIA National Board of Directors 2023-2025.
  • Cassia Patel
    Cassia Patel
    Board of Directors at Oceanic Global
    Cassia Patel is an environmental engineer, marine ecologist, and sustainable design expert as an accredited LEED GA, WELL AP, and RESET AP.. She has built and led programs to catalyze conservation through coalition-building, sustainable business leadership and policy advocacy. After serving five years as the Program Director for the international non-profit Oceanic Global, she is now a Board Member.
  • Davina Rooney
    Davina Rooney
    Chief Executive Officer at Green Building Council of Australia

Key takeaways

- Participants will gain a holistic view of the impact of COP27 on architectural design solutions and be able to determine how this critical role begins with site selection and orientation.

- Participants will be able to articulate and classify critical drivers that are incorporated with COP27-raised concepts for design, stewardship and innovation, through a series of global architectural case studies.

- Participants will be able to operationalize critical aspects of nature-based solutions and understand their benefits and potential with respect to design for people, impact and measurable positive planetary impact.

- Participants will be exploring the impact design has on our shared planetary resources and some low hanging ways to add positive impact to every project, urban environment and global design.