Phil Harrison Contributes to AIA Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan

Six-month research effort to identify future directions of sustainability released

Perkins+Will President and CEO, Phil Harrison FAIA, LEED AP, recently contributed to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan. The report is the result of a six-month research effort to identify where the AIA should focus its resources to more effectively drive sustainability within architecture.

The scan pinpoints four main factors:
Energy – Drive building energy efficiency and use of renewable energy toward meeting the AIA 2030 goals.
Materials – Make materials selections that are informed by full life cycle and health-related criteria.
Design+Health – Improve human health and wellness through the design of the built environment.
Resilience – Design to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of disturbance.

Energy and Materials are central to the role of architects in designing built environments, while Design+Health and Resilience are emerging issues in which architects provide critical design leadership and enhance their value to their communities.

“A focus on human health and wellness is very positive – it resonates with many like-minded clients,” Harrison said.

One of the report’s key messages is the need for the AIA to closely collaborate with other organizations who are focused on these issues in order to further sustainability - from professional associations, government agencies, academia, to design and construction firms. The scan provides a multi-year roadmap with specific actions for each issue and is available here along with a summary video.

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