DesignDC 2024: The Climate Crisis and Responsive Design

The built environment generates almost 50% of global CO2 emissions. Architects, engineers, and building owners must work together and commit to net zero emissions by 2030 to reduce the impact on climate change as specified by various climate and decarbonization initiatives. Further, in order to address climate change and decarbonization, policymakers are enacting building performance laws that require buildings to meet certain performance standards. Design professionals are uniquely suited to mitigate help resolve the climate crisis through design, educating clients, and working with navigating policy requirements to advance decarbonization and build greener cities.

Join us at the District Architecture Center for the first DesignDC symposium of 2024, where architects and designers will gain key insights on mitigating operational and embodied carbon, talking to clients about regenerative design, policy, and financial incentives and resources.

Doors open at 8:30am

8:30 - 9:00am: Coffee + Check-in

9:00am: Morning Keynote

  • Kate Johnson -  Head of US Federal Affairs, Regions & Mayoral Engagement, C40 Cities

10:15am: Decarbonizing Your Design

  • Roger Frechette, PE, LEEP AP - Managing Principal, Interface Engineering
  • Lauren Wingo - Senior Structural Engineer, Arup
  • Jim Martinoski - Vice President, Miller & Long Co., Inc.
  • Benjamin Holsinger, Assoc. AIA - Product Development Global Resilience Leader, Gensler

11:30am: Meeting DC’s climate goals through Zero Emissions building policy 

  • Anica Landreneau, Assoc. AIA , LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP - Director of Sustainable Design, HOK
  • Jenn Hatch - Chief, Green Building + Climate Branch, DOEE

12:30pm: Lunch, provided by the District Architecture Center

1:15pm: Translating Goals: Environmental, Social, and Governance in Project Design

  • Jon Penndorf, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, RELi AP - Associate Principal, Senior Project Manager, Perkins&Will

2:45pm: Incentives + Financing Green Design

  • Sonia Khanna - Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, Forbright Bank
  • Patrick Keeney, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP O+M - Senior Associate, Walter P Moore
  • Sabine Rogers - Federal Policy Project Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Lance Davis, FAIA, LEED Fellow -  Sustainability Architect and P100 Program Manager, U.S. General Services Administration

3:45pm: Closing Remarks + Adjourn

In partnership with COTEdc and the Carbon Leadership Forum