This program is the fifth in the Materials Matter series of five continuing education sessions. Click here to return to the full series overview.
Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice
The AIA Materials Commitment, managing risk while encouraging material transparency, and immediate action items for design firms
Session 5 unpacks how to integrate healthy materials selection into firm culture and practice. It introduces the AIA 2050 Materials Commitment, and clarifies the risk around material transparency for firms and shares strategies for managing risk while encouraging transparency. It investigates how firms balance making better material choices while considering client and firm values, and how firm-based decisions ultimately impact the ‘bigger picture’ – human and environmental health. Local manufacturers will share their perspective on the challenges and opportunities of healthy, sustainable materials. The session ends with immediate actions participants can take to apply their new knowledge and skills.
Date and time
4.0 HSW LU Hours
4.0 GBCI credits applied for
- Describe and apply strategies, standards and procedures used by firms to promote better material choices.
- Explain risks firms face in applying materials transparency and implement strategies for managing risk.
- summarize the challenges and opportunities of materials transparency for manufacturers and develop strategies for working collaboratively with them.
- Effectively communicate with clients to start conversations about healthy, sustainable materials choices
- Connect how material decisions made at the practice level impact the bigger picture of human and environmental health.
Annie Bevan is a sustainability collaborator, facilitator, and visionary. Annie doesn’t just talk about sustainable impact, she facilitates action to create large-scale change, using sustainability as a strategic business enabler. Annie enables positive change and market transformation through her company, SMS Collaborative. To enable the vision of SMS Collaborative, Annie takes on roles that empower macro-level industry change, as she does in her role as Executive Director at mindful MATERIALS. She also enables micro-level company-wide sustainability program implementation through her role as the Global Head of Sustainability at Superior Essex.
Mark Kalar, AIA
Mark Kalar is associate principal and general counsel at Cuningham Group. A “recovering architect,” Mark co-chairs the AIA Minnesota Government Affairs Committee and serves on the AIA National Risk Management Committee.
Paul Mellblom, FAIA
Using architectural practice-based leadership and problem-solving skills, Paul has guided dozens of organizations as an architect, dedicated volunteer, and board officer to realize complicated building projects and organizational change focused on elevating the human condition. Paul shares leadership of the firm’s focus on creating highly sustainable, healthy work and living environments. Paul actively donates his time, currently serving on the Tulane University Center for Public Service Board, the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Jobs Task Force, the ULI Minnesota Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force and as a member of the ULI Healthy Leader’s Network.