8th Annual Climate Adaptive Design Symposium - Where Building Science meets Climate Science

  • Oct 27, 2022 5:15 PM - Oct 28, 2022 5:00 PM
  • The Collider

    1 Haywood Street
    Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Ticket Price $175.00-$235.00 This event is now over

American Institute of Architects AIA - Asheville Section - continues its annual Where Building Science Meets Climate Science professional development series designed to build proficiencies related to climate change and architecture. 


Events are physically held at The Collider located at 1 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville, NC. 

The program has an on-line option for those who prefer a virtual experience

Virtual attendees will receive an email with a link to join prior to the event.


This year's theme: Existing Buildings and Design for Deconstruction.


HSW Continuing education credit hours are one hour for the Thursday evening session, six hours for the Friday program.

Thursday October 27

Join us Thursday evening at 5:15-6:00pm for a public reception and networking session followed at 6-7pm with a presentation from conference Keynote Speaker, Carl Elefante.

Thursday evening’s public lecture is free, (donations accepted), and all community members are invited to attend. 


Speaker: Carl Elefante FAIA FAPT
Topic: ZERO is a Positive Number

Climate action is the key to a healthy, equitable, and prosperous future

Climate change is not occurring in a vacuum. Communities of every description, including Asheville, confront interconnected challenges as the 21st century hits its stride, from all-too-familiar economic and social stresses to now-daily demonstrations of accelerating climate disruption. Conditions in the built environment influence them all, and in many cases are their primary cause. Decarbonizing the built environment will require modifying everything about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, and operated, modifications that must be implemented everywhere, that will impact the lives of everyone. Zero is a Positive Number. Getting to zero presents an historic opportunity to leverage climate action for a healthy, equitable, and prosperous future – for all.


Keynote Speaker

Carl Elefante FAIA FAPT                                                                                                                                   

Carl is Principal Emeritus with Quinn Evans where he served as design principal on architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization projects. Known for coining the phrase: “The greenest building is...one that is already built”, Carl writes and lectures internationally on historic preservation, sustainable design, climate change, and urban topics. Carl is a Senior Fellow with Architecture 2030, on the board of the Climate Heritage Network (CHN), and Adjunct Professor at The Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland. In 2018, Carl served as President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and was elected to the College of Fellows of AIA and the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT).

Friday October 28

The Friday conference continues at The Collider with registration and breakfast from 8:15 am to 8:45 am. Aimed at the professional architect, designer, planner and construction expert. A catered lunch is included in the registration fee. The conference concludes at 5:00 pm.


Presenting the State of the Climate:  "Pulse of the Planet: The State of the Earth's Climate System" 

Speaker: Karin Gleason, Meteorologist, Climate Monitoring, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)                                                                                                               

Karin has been with NCEI, formerly the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), for the past 23 years. Early in her career, she focused on quality control of historical weather data, expanding the digital climate archive with the Climate Data Modernization Program (CDMP).  She has been a member of Climate Monitoring for the last 22 years, developing applications to make climate data accessible online, contributing to U.S. and global climate reports, summarizing and communicating the climate of the U.S., adjudicating state climate extremes records, and connecting with stakeholders to create meaningful products for a wide array of customers. Karin is an advocate for use-inspired product development. Karin received a BS in Meteorology from Valparaiso University and a MS in Meteorology from Texas A&M University

Speaker: Ahira Sánchez Lugo, climatologist, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information Ahira earned a B.S. in Physics from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. After college, she received a NOAA fellowship to work on her master’s degree in meteorology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Part of the fellowship involved training at NCEI (formerly known as NCDC), which led to the position she’s held since 2007. One of Ahira's primary job duties is lead author of NCEI’s monthly State of the Climate global assessment. Ahira is also an author and chapter editor for the Bulletin of American Meteorological Society (BAMS) State of the Climate report. As part of her work for the past several years, she’s contributed to an annual global climate report produced by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). In 2012 she served as the scientific coordinator for the report.


Presenting: Lifecycle Building Center Case Study and EPA Insights                                                       

 Speaker: Shannon Goodman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Lifecycle Building Center. Shannon spent 13 years working as an architect, most recently with Perkins+Will prior to joining LBC as Executive Director in 2012. After coordinating the donation of 62 tons of building materials from Perkins+Will’s office renovation in 2009, Shannon helped formally establish LBC in 2010 and served as LBC Board Chair until 2012. Shannon’s efforts to establish the organization beyond operations, including fundraising, marketing and broad community engagement, have led LBC through a period of remarkable growth and to a strong financial position. Shannon continues to serve LBC’s Executive Director.

Speaker: Kim Charick, Southeast Team Lead at US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)           

Kim is the Southeast Team Lead for EPA Region 4’s RCRA Programs and Material Management Branch. Region 4 represents 8 southeastern states. She supports State and local recycling programs using the Sustainable Materials Management approaches that support the building and strengthening of the state’s recycling infrastructure.  


Presenting the State of Architecture:

Keynote Speaker: Carl Elefante FAIA FAPT


Presenting: Building Reuse is Climate Action: Leveraging Existing Buildings to Achieve and Equitable, Net Zero Built Future. 

Lori Ferriss , AIA, PE, LEED AP BD+C                                                                                                                  

Lori is the Director of Sustainability and Climate Action at Goody Clancy, Founding member/co-chair of the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing and Historic Buildings (ZNCC). She leads research and project initiatives for premier educational institutions that are renewing heritage campuses while advancing climate action goals. Her professional practice as an architect, structural engineer, and conservator combines broad policy development with deep technical insights to promote a culturally and environmentally sustainable world through design. She is an international speaker and author on building reuse as climate action, and she holds roles as a City of Boston climate policy advisory, the 2023 Chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and a steering committee representative of the Climate Heritage Network.


Presenting: Case Study

Speaker: Scott Boylston, Founder and President Emeritus of RePurpose Savannah, Professor and Graduate Coordinator for SCAD's Design for Sustainability Program.                                                  

Scott is also co-founder of two sustainable food start ups, and the Sustainability Chair for IDSA. He serves on the Board of Directors of Catapult Design, a National Design Award winner, and speaks internationally on design and sustainability. He has published three design books and a book of poetry, and his essays and short stories have been published widely.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Thank you to our organizers:

The conference is a collaboration between the Asheville Section of American Institute of Architects (AIA Asheville) and CASE Consultants International - Led by Steering Committee:

Questions? Contact Organizer lindsey@caseconsultantsinternational.com 



Date & Time

Oct 27, 2022 5:15 PM - Oct 28, 2022 5:00 PM

Venue Details

The Collider

1 Haywood Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801 The Collider
CASE Consultants International

CASE Consultants International (CASE) is an SBA-certified Women-Owned (WOSB) and HUBZone Small Business (2024) focused on creating impactful science and technology solutions that help our clients do what they do better.

CASE operates a 3-part business model of federal contracting, management, scientific, and technical consulting, and manages the The Collider event venue in downtown Asheville, offering well-equipped meeting and conference rooms, and a lounge with incredible views.

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