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Designing for Extremes: Building a Resilient City

A symposium on designing, building, and renovating the next generation of buildings to create and protect market value in a more volatile weather environment. Co-sponsored by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and George Mason University’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship.

How should architects, developers, and owners respond to extreme and escalating weather trends and design the next generation of buildings? Join us at the District Architecture Center to hear from leading climate experts, designers, policy makers, and developers with innovative strategies for resiliency, disaster mitigation, and recovery after extreme weather events. Participants will gain knowledge and tools for operating in our changing weather environment and learn how to implement innovative solutions for creating the next generation of buildings.

Speakers include:

  • Louis A. Gritzo, Ph.D., Vice President, Research, FM Global
  • Kate Johnson, Chief, Green Building & Climate Branch, DC Department of Energy and the Environment
  • Ben Myers, Director of Sustainability, Boston Properties
  • Jon Penndorf, FAIA, Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability Leader, Perkins+Will
  • Jason Samenow, Weather Editor, The Washington Post and Capital Weather Gang Chief Meteorologist
  • Katie Wholey, Sustainability Consultant, Arup

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At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze and listen from weather experts on the recent trends and expected future trends of extreme weather days in the Washington, DC area;
  • Explore from architects and engineers about how new buildings in other markets are being designed and built to continue operations or recover quickly from extreme weather events;
  • Discover developers’ new strategies on building resiliency as the next building amenity and competitive advantage; and
  • Discuss with our area’s policy makers on public investments, policies, and changing building regulations in keeping with Washington DC’s 100 Resilient Cities designation.