“Ethical Design in the Era of Climate Change” was presented at the A’19 MN Conference on November 13, 2019. The program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar.

Seminar description

As our society faces increasingly complex challenges, from climate change, to social equity, to an emphasis on individual well-being, architecture provides a primary means to address these problems head-on. With the landslide vote to adopt the Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action at the A’19 national conference, the architecture community signaled its desire to choose relevance in the era of climate change, by adopting a Framework for Design Excellence.
Ethical Design and Climate Change Background


Becky Alexander, AIA, LHB Inc., an architect with a M.S. in Sustainable Design, combining performance services with architectural design in her work.
Simona Fischer, AIA, MSR, an architect with a M.S. in Sustainable Design and a leader of The Climate Reality Project.
Tyson McElvain, AIA, Snow Kreilich Architects, has a passion for merging design and construction to deliver projects to clients that are both well-conceived and well-detailed. 
Tate Walker, AIA, director of sustainability at OPN Architects, and has served on AIA’s Committee on the Environment and the 2030 Commitment Working Group.

Learning objectives

1. Examine the AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence and explain its ethical implications, as well as its impact on climate change, social equity, and individual well-being, 

2. Examine the COTE Toolkit and describe how the best practices in this resource can be used to show the impact of a project on sustainable measures such as community, ecology, energy, water, resilience, and health resources. 

3. Review case studies of projects where the framework has been implemented locally and identify ways in which high building performance and design excellence has been achieved. 

4. Explain and practice according to the AIA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct under Ethical Canon VI, Obligations to the Environment with regard to Ethical Standard 6.5: Climate Change. 


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 2.0 HSW LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for the 2.0 Ethics PDH that is a required for Minnesota licensing.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the 2.0 hour webinar and then complete the 10-question quiz (must score 80% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and credits will be recorded to AIA member transcripts


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.