Design Excellence: Ecology and Water

June 16, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Credit: 1.5 HSW
325 N. Saint Paul St.
Suite 150
Dallas, TX 75201

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AIA empowers architects to design a world that allows people, communities, and our planet to thrive.  Its members work to advance our nation’s quality of life and protect the public’s health, safety and welfare.  While AIA has a long history promoting sustainability in architecture, in 2019, AIA took several actions to inspire sustainable, resilient, and inclusive design in all projects.  At the AIA Conference 2019, Betsy del Monte, FAIA, presented Resolution 19-11: Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action, which garnered a favorable vote of 93% of the constituents present and which was ratified by the AIA Board of Directors.  To support this resolution, AIA is developing the Framework for Design Excellence, made up of 10 dimensions, formerly known as the COTE Top Ten.  It organizes our thinking, facilitates conversations with our clients and the communities we serve, and sets meaningful goals and targets for climate action.

These sessions will be led by designers for designers.  Each session will start with networking over drinks and snacks, followed by a short presentation and case study to facilitate the ultimate goal of a conversation about how to explore these topics with clients.


Sustainable design protects and benefits natural ecosystems and habitats in the presence of human development. Looking at the larger or regional ecosystem (climate, soils, plant and animal systems) in which the project is sited, in what ways does the design respond to the ecology of this place? How does the design help users become more aware of or connected with place and regional ecosystems? How does the design minimize negative impacts on birds and other animals (e.g., design to prevent bird collisions, dark-sky compliant lighting)? How does the project contribute to biodiversity and the preservation or restoration of habitats and ecosystem services?

How does the project use water wisely and handle rainfall responsibly? Sustainable design conserves and improves the quality of water as a precious resource. Illustrate how various water streams flow through the building and site, including major water conservation and stormwater management strategies. How does the project relate to the regional watershed? Describe strategies to reduce reliance on municipal water sources. Does the project recapture or reuse water?

Come be part of the conversation and be better prepared to take part in the solution.

Tony Schmitz, AIA, Hoeffer Wysocki
Ben Crawford, AIA, HOK
Brian Halsell, Studio Outside


What are my Options to Attend?
Attendees have the option of attending in-person or via Zoom.  Virtual attendees will be provided a link to the ZOOM Webinar to sign in for the event.  Those who attend in person will be asked to follow the procedures attached below.

How Do I Get to the AD EX?
For your convenience, please use our parking & commuting guide when planning your visit to AIA Dallas. For this event, we will NOT be validating parking. If you have any questions about alternative parking options, please feel free to call our reception desk at 214.742.3242.  Republic Center Valet services are following recommended procedures to protect you from the spread of COVID-19.