The American Institute of Architects and CASE Consultants International Celebrate 50 Years of Climate and Architecture at “Where Building Science Meets Climate Science” Event

ASHEVILLE, N.C.--()--The global climate crisis is here. Between autumn heat waves and hurricane-induced flooding, the question remains: how will architects and designers respond to the present effects and future threats? CASE Consultants International and AIA Asheville's 5th Annual Climate Adaptive Design Symposium, held November 7th and 8th at The Collider in Asheville, North Carolina, provides a framework for industry professionals and the general public to address this question.

Headlining this year’s highly-anticipated event is the renowned sustainability expert Vivian Loftness, Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where she served as Head of the School of Architecture for a decade. As a researcher, author, and educator for over 30 years, she has researched advanced building systems, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplaces of the future. Professor Loftness is the editor of the recent Springer Reference Encyclopedia “Sustainable Built Environment.” She served on the National Academy of Science’s Buildings and Infrastructure committee, and is the recipient of the Award of Distinction from the AIA. “Vivian’s incredible grasp of climate adaptive and sustainable architecture since the late 1970’s makes her the perfect speaker for our Symposium’s theme this year,” says Bill Langdon, AIA, noted solar architect, author, and one of the event organizers.

Among the other notables speaking at the event are:

  • Drury B. Crawley, Ph.D., Director of Building Performance Research with Bentley system addressing the topic of building energy performance and using simulation as a tool for policy, codes, and standards
  • Professor David Hill, Co-Director of the Coastal Design Lab speaking on architectural prototypes and design to mitigate against extreme coastal climatic events
  • Anica Landreneau, Director of Sustainability at HOK presenting on how to bring small- and mid-sized firms into the AIA 2030 portfolio toward carbon-neutral sustainable buildings
  • Tim Owen, Climate Scientist and executive officer with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, explaining the national state of the climate

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About AIA

AIA Asheville is one of 300 local and state components of The American Institute of Architects, (AIA), the professional society of architects, established more than 150 years ago to promote the value of the architectural profession and to advance the living standards of people through an improved built environment.

About CASE

CASE Consultants International applies Climate Arts and Sciences Expertise to inform real-world decisions in climate adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. CASE mainstreams climate science into the practices of climate-sensitive professions. CASE connects science to solutions.

About The Collider

The Collider, a nonprofit network, boast Members who advance solutions so that all can mitigate, adapt, and thrive in a changing climate. Collider members leverage the world’s largest repository of climate data housed at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, located just steps away in downtown Asheville, NC


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AIA Annual Climate Adaptive Design Symposium in Asheville, NC held November 7 & 8 celebrates 50 years of Building and Climate Science collaboration


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