Architecture 2030 July 28, 2014
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Design! Life Depends on It
Ed Mazria's AIA Keynote

Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, delivered the keynote address at the AIA National Convention in Chicago last month, and now you can watch it here.

The short video, titled Design! Life Depends on It, lays out the blueprint for a carbon-free and just built environment by 2050, reviews the progress made in the building sector since issuing the 2030 Challenge in 2006, and outlines the critical role architects and designers must play in securing a livable future.

Design! Life Depends on It is a call to action and a must-see for all those involved in planning and designing the built environment.


2030 Challenge Commitments Continue to Rise

For the fourth year in a row, the architecture and design community has recognized the important role Architecture 2030 plays in transforming the built environment.

According to the DesignIntelligence 2014 Sustainable Design & Leadership Survey, 63% of U.S. architecture and design firms believe that the targets of the 2030 Challenge can be realized (up from 51% in 2012), and 54% of those firms are making it happen by adopting the 2030 Challenge targets (up from 40% in 2010).

Architecture 2030 Founder and CEO Edward Mazria ranked second in the list of individual role models in sustainable or high-peformance design, and Architecture 2030 is listed in the top five sustainable design organizational role models.

University of Oregon Ranks #1

In addition, 67.4% of architecture deans cite “sustainability/climate change” as one of the biggest concerns in the design profession.

The top five U.S. College and University sustainable design education programs are:

  • 1. University of Oregon
  • 2. Arizona State University (tie)
  • 2. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (tie)
  • 4. University of California, Berkeley
  • 5. Carnegie Mellon University

With increasing adoption and implementation of the 2030 Challenge targets, energy consumption and emissions in the U.S. building sector are continuing to fall – in fact, reductions in energy consumption are currently trending ahead of the 2030 Challenge targets.

“This is proof positive that the building sector is leading the way to a truly sustainable future,” said Mazria.


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