Designing for Climate Change: Adaptation in the Built Environment

Designing for Climate Change: Adaptation in the Built Environment

Organizer: 
Ariane Laxo
HGA Architects & Engineers
Time Slot: 
Tuesday 4:30pm - Concurrent Session 3
Session Type: 
Symposium (Panel Discussion)
Abstract: 

The built environment is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Several architecture and engineering firms have been leading their industry in the field of design for climate change adaptation. This panel discussion will illustrate how these firms are approaching this new frontier, establishing new best practices in the face of uncertainty. These practices include accessing, interpreting and utilizing future climate data to inform design, establishing tools and resources for industry-wide use to help guide design teams in their efforts to design for climate change, and collaborating across sectors, both within the architecture engineering construction (AEC) industry and beyond. Panelists will present their firm’s approach, and discuss the implications of climate change on the built environment, the architect’s role in climate change solutions, opportunities and challenges resulting from a complicated project decision-making process, and the knowledge-gaps that remain in their field and how those gaps might be filled through cross-sector research and collaboration. Participants will leave the session with an in-depth understanding of the AEC industry’s approach to climate change adaptation, and how architects can be engaged to better prepare our buildings and cities for a different future. In the face of climate change, our built environment must adapt so that our communities can continue to thrive.

Panelists:

Ariane Laxo, HGA Architects & Engineers
Mark Meaders, HDR
Douglas Pierce, Perkins + Will
Cole Roberts, ARUP