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Designing for a sustainable and resilient future is the pre-eminent challenge of our time. The responsibility to address this challenge crosses all geographic, political or socio-economic boundaries. Please join the school of architecture and a panel of guest experts in a discussion framing the critical issues facing the industry from multiple points of view.  Moderated by the director of the center for sustainable building research, Richard Graves, AIA, the panel discussion will focus on the pivotal role the design practitioner will play in creating a sustainable and resilient future.
Co-sponsored by the School of Architecture and AIA Minnesota.  Thank you to HGA for providing conference space.

Students and practitioners

The session is being held as part of a review of the Master of Science in Architecture – Sustainable Design program.  The program affords students a unique opportunity to explore high performance design and develop an understanding of the underlying ecological problems that are at the root of current unsustainable practices and participate in the creation of alternative eco-effective solutions. The University of Minnesota School Of Architecture’s sustainable design program was ranked #5 in the nation by Design Intelligence in their 2016 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey.

Date, Time, Location

Thursday, April 14 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Lunch is provided – please arrive early for lunch
HGA Architects and Engineers, 420 North 5th  Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN  55401


$25 – includes lunch

Continuing education

1.5 HSW LU Hours

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the current and future challenges of sustainability and practice
  2. Understand alternative definitions of sustainability beyond ecological consideration
  3. Gain insight on how design education can prepare future practitioners to address sustainable and regenerative design
  4. Gain insight on the skills need to successfully implement sustainability in practice
  5. Gain insight into current and potential public policies impacting sustainability and energy


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Casius Pealer, Esq., Assoc. AIA,  LEED AP, Coats Rose, PC (Of Counsel) and Adjunct Lecturer Tulane University
David Waldron, principal, Synapse Strategies and Adjunct Professor UC Berkeley
Janet Streff, former manager of the State Energy Office, located in the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources
Tony Layne, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, co-director sustainability, Perkins + Will

Moderated by Richard Graves, AIA, director, Center for Sustainable Building Research


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director