Last week I attended the Sustainable Design Leaders Winter Summit. This event, facilitated by BuildingGreen, is an opportunity for sustainable design leaders from architecture firms across the country to discuss sustainability within practice and across the industry. Unlike a typical conference, the summit is a completely interactive and content is derived from what the participants want to discuss and learn.
This year, we spent three days in Arizona discussing topics such as Strategic Planning for Sustainability; the Role of Research in Architecture; Post Occupancy Results Informing the Design Process; and Setting the Agenda for Industry Engagement and Transformation. We shared ideas and developed solutions to advance sustainable design within our firms, and as an industry. I was heartened to see that firms big and small face similar challenges, and was able to gather unique solutions to implement here at Arrowstreet. The conversations were invaluable and the passion undeniable. I can’t wait for next year’s summit!