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This program was scheduled to be the closing keynote address at the A’22 MN Conference. Due to illness, the presentation was not able to happen. We are now scheduling Jason Twill, LEED Fellow, to present this keynote presentation virtually on Wednesday, March 8 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. The presentation will be followed by a one-on-one conversation between Jason and Paul D. Bauknight, Jr., an urbanist, advocate, community builder, and architectural designer.

Who can attend?

  • Those who registered to attend the A’22 MN Conference Keynote F49 will receive an email with instructions on how to register to attend at no charge. 
  • All others, AIA members and non-members, may register HERE for $35.

Presentation summary

We are at a critical point in human history where there is a pressing need for a new paradigm to drive humanity forward toward a safe, just, and ecologically regenerative future. The “green” or “sustainability” paradigm that has pervaded industry and government for the past three decades to harmonize environmental, social, and economic progress has come under strong critique in recent years. Unfortunately, the reality is that human responses to climate change and social justice are falling significantly short to match the speed, scope, and magnitude of these converging crises we face in the 21st century.

Community-led urbanism offers a means to rebalance inequitable and unsustainable urban growth models and
serve as a foundation for a regenerative urban future. Citizen- involved models are disrupting traditional approaches to urban development and providing a means for more equitable, sustainable, and socially dynamic cities. By having the ability to engage directly with future residents in designing a community, architects are tapping into new potential and reimagining the future of urban life.

From urban cohousing in Vienna and cooperative precincts in Zurich to community land trusts in London and architect-led housing in Melbourne, Jason’s talk will take us on a journey around the world’s cities with examples of how these community- led models are changing urban landscapes and setting new exemplars for architectural design excellence.

    Continuing education

    1.5 HSW AIA Learning Units

    Learning objectives

    1. Identify the key differences between ‘”green”, “sustainable”, and ‘”regenerative” paradigms of ecological design and development.
    2. Examine the ideological differences between Western and non-Western views of ‘sustainability’.
    3. Describe how collaborative urbanism and community-led development are unlocking more equitable and inclusive growth models in our cities and communities.
    4. Examine how community-led housing is changing the nature of healthy and sustainable urban living.


    Jason Twill, LEED Fellow
    With a career spanning over 24 years in climate change, education, sustainability, and urban regeneration, Jason has been at the forefront of social, ecological, and economic transformation. A globally recognised pioneer in regenerative development and design, Jason’s work is advancing next generation solutions to reverse global warming and restore planetary health. His career experience includes managing award-winning urban regeneration projects throughout North America and Asia Pacific, serving as a world change advisor to Paul G. Allen, heading sustainability and innovation for Lendlease Australia, and consulting for multiple local and national governments on climate action and social equity strategies. Most recently, Jason served as director, World Cup, for the Qatar Foundation where he developed a multiple-year plan to shape the national legacy for Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World CupTM.

    A regular lecturer at multiple universities across the world, Jason previously served as a Runstad fellow at the University of Washington and a research innovation fellow at the University of Technology Sydney where he led research into regenerative urbanism, housing affordability, and Indigenous knowledge systems.

    Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014. He is a cofounder of both the International Living Future Institute and the Green Sports Alliance and was named a 2015 and 2017 Next City Global Urban Vanguard. He is a member of the Climate Reality Project (2008 cohort), a former advisor to the Clinton Climate Initiative and Seattle Green Ribbon Commission, a National Advisory Committee member to the Climate, Mind and Behaviour Project of the Garrison Institute, and Advisory Board member for the International Living Future Institute.

    Currently based in Minneapolis, Jason is president of Urban Apostles, an international consultancy practice that provides strategic C-suite advisory services to major government and institutional clients focused on equitable, inclusive, and climate-resilient growth strategies for the world’s cities.

    Paul D. Bauknight, Jr.
    This presentation will conclude with a one-on-one conversation between Jason and Paul D. Bauknight, Jr. Paul is an urbanist, advocate, community builder, and architectural designer, and a valued collaborator with AIA Minnesota and AIA chapters across the nation. He is the founder and president of the Center for Transformative Urban Design, an emerging nonprofit based in North Minneapolis. As part of this work, Paul has taken on a year-long residency with GGN landscape architects in Seattle and Washington DC – organized around a Design Justice Studio – to advance equity in both office practice and project design. Additionally, Paul is entering his second year as the inaugural civic scholar in residence at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

    Click HERE to register now.

    Questions? Contact Deanna Christiansen or Angie McKinley