AIA + 2030 Professional Series


 The final session of the AIA+2030 Professional Series occurred on Friday, June 8th. The session featured Carol Ross Barney, Principal of Ross Barney Architects (Chicago), Steve McDowell (Director of Design) and Joe Keal of BNIM (AIA National 2011 Firm of the Year) from Kansas City. The session was a huge success, and capped off what has been an eminently successful program. 

This program's success was the direct result of a lot of hard work by many individuals on the COTE committee and beyond, and we'd like to express our appreciation and thanks for the efforts of all. We'd like to first thank all of our sponsors and presenters. This course simply would not have been possible without their enthusiastic participation. 

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Why Join the 2030 Challenge?

Why Commit
The profession is confronting the fact that buildings are the largest single contributor to production of greenhouse gases and almost half of the total annual production. As architects, we understand the need to exercise leadership in our role in creating the built environment. Consequently, we believe we must alter our profession's actions and encourage our clients an the entire design and construction industry to join with us to change the course of the planet's future.
Altering current practices of design and construction to realize significant reductions in the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources, and waste production and promote regeneration of natural resources will require a multiple-year effort.

About the AIA 2030+ Professional Series


Climate Change is Real. Architects Have Solutions.
Credible scientists gave us 10 years to be on our way toward global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Fifty percent of those greenhouse gas emissions can be traced to buildings. With proper tools and training, architects can help make a difference.

To impact the threat of climate change, Architecture 2030, a non-partisan, national non-for-profit started by renowned architect Ed Mazria, has issued the 2030 Challenge asking the global architecture and building community to reach the goal of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.

AIA Columbus, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects,  has embraced the opportunities of this challenge and is taking tangible steps toward reaching the goal. One of those steps is creating the AIA+2030 Professional Series, a 10-part series of intermediate-level professional development courses designed to provide specific ways to make our built environment energy-efficient. The courses address items such as Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Modeling, Active Solar Systems, and a variety of techniques and strategies specific to creating the type of buildings we need to be creating in the future. The AIA+2030 Professional Education Series has been approved by Architecture 2030 and by the national American Institute of Architects.

What makes this program unique?

  • National leadership. This is the first program in the nation that teaches the architectural profession specific ways to reduce carbon emissions. With our region in the lead, we hope this series will become a 'best practice' that other cities can replicate for their own local architectural communities.
  • Specific tools. As we know, the term 'sustainability' and even 'green' are so commonplace (at least in our region) that it is hard to distinguish talk from action. The AIA+2030 Professional Education Series provides tools, not just theory. These tools have been shown to make a direct impact and the more architects are trained to do this work; the closer we are to reducing the impact of climate change.
  • "Green collar" jobs. There is often a divide, real or perceived, between the environmental movement and the economy. This program makes a direct link to how a profession can make a positive impact on the most significant environmental challenge we face today. By focusing on how a profession can make a difference beyond actions of individuals, we can reach our goal much faster while boosting the economy.
AIA Columbus is looking forward to working with the design community and the public policymakers to take on the 2030 Challenge. For more information, contact AIA Columbus at (614) 469-1973 or visit the AIA Columbus website.