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 supports comfort, health, and wellness for the people who inhabit or visit buildings. Describe strategies for optimizing daylight; indoor air quality; connections to the outdoors; and thermal, visual, and acoustical comfort for occupants and others inside and outside the building. How does the design promote the health of the occupants? Describe design elements intended to promote activity or exercise, access to healthy food choices, etc. Outline any material health strategies, including any materials selection criteria based on third-party chemicals of concern lists, such as Living Building Challenge Red List, EPA chemicals of concern, etc. Include key results on occupant comfort from occupant satisfaction surveys.

Sustainable design includes the informed selection of materials and products to reduce product-cycle environmental impacts while enhancing building performance. Describe efforts to optimize the amount of material used on the project. Outline materials selection criteria and considerations, such as enhancing durability and maintenance and reducing the environmental impacts of extraction, manufacturing, and transportation. Identify any special steps taken during design to make disassembly or reuse easier at the building’s end of life. What other factors helped drive decision-making around material selection on this project?

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

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.