2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON


This conversation will orient people and communities at the center of the climate and carbon conversation and highlight the varied ways people are impacted by climate changes and rising greenhouse gases, from air quality issues, to water pollution and flooding, to political advocacy. Catherine Flowers will tell her personal story of her evolution of an activist, from country girl to student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how climate change impacts low-income communities disproportionately.
  • Learn how air quality and water pollution can be minimized with simple measures for low incoming housing.
  • Discover how to use architecture skills to improve environmental justice for under-served communities.
  • Gain knowledge of how rural communities suffer unjustly and can be improved when building projects are designed using modest sustainable measures.


The AIA/ACSA 2020 Intersections Research Conference was dedicated to the INTERSECTION of Education, Research and Practice, the conference sought to strengthen the INTERSECTION between academia and design practice, especially when it comes to research and innovation, focused on climate action and carbon management strategies. The virtual conference raised awareness of research happening in both academia and design practice and created opportunities for new partnerships, sources of funding, and collaborations. The conference took place live online September 30-October 2, 2020.


Available in the AIA Bookstore

Waste: One Woman's Fight Against America's Dirty Secret by Catherine Coleman Flowers

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  • Lynne Dearborn Headshot

    Lynne M. Dearborn

    PhD, AIA

    Professor of Architecture | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    President | ACSA

    Lynne M. Dearborn is Professor of Architecture, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign....
  • Catherine Flowers Headshot

    Catherine Coleman Flowers

    Founder | Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice

    Catherine Coleman Flowers is the founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental...
  • Jane Frederick Headshot

    Jane Frederick


    Principal | Frederick + Frederick Architects

    2020 President | American Institute of Architects

    Jane Frederick, FAIA, is principal at Frederick + Frederick Architects, which received AIA South...