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The AIA Headquarters Renewal: Advocating for a Healthy Built Environment

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A major transformation is underway at the American Institute of Architects’ national headquarters in Washington, DC. Scheduled to open in late 2024, the new headquarters will be a physical manifestation of the Institute’s values, demonstrating the power of design to advocate for a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment. This session will explore the major renovation of a 1973 Brutalist building into a place of high performance and high impact—an engaging and inclusive new campus that reflects the diversity of the profession and a reimagined workplace landscape that enhances collaboration, ideation, belonging, and wellness.

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate a cost-effective path for achieving the AIA 2030 Commitment target with a fully decarbonized and climate-neutral major building renovation, one of the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Explore how the Institute is pivoting toward a new workplace destination and culture designed around collaboration, ideation, belonging, and wellness.           
  • Investigate approaches to transforming existing Brutalist buildings into welcoming places of high performance, sensory experiences, and innovation.
  • Learn how the new headquarters will become a physical resource and meaningful destination for AIA members; a new community hub; and place to share, inspire, and explore the power of design to create positive impact.  

This course is part of a series

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
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    Patricia L. Heye

    AIA, LEED BD+C (she/her/hers)

    Project Architect | EHDD

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  • Sharkey

    Rebecca Sharkey

    AIA (she/her/hers)

    Partner | EHDD

    Rebecca Sharkey is a Principal at EHDD, a West Coast Architecture and Interiors firm based in San...