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Design Excellence and Practice. Leading in Uncertain Times

An essential discussion of the 2020's foundational implications for how you approach your work, your business, and the needs of our communities.


The events that unfolded in 2020 have upended our practices and created a renewed sense of urgency in how we approach the built environment, conduct our businesses, and promote health and well-being for all. This fast-moving two-hour course examines design excellence and practice under the lenses of social justice, climate change, and COVID-19. Through a series of panel discussions, insights from AIA members, economic research by AIA, and provocative discussion, learners will gain new insights into how to approach projects, lead thriving practices, and increase our value and relevance with clients.


Social justice

Antoine Bryant, Assoc. AIA, NOMA
Project Manager/Business Development ǀ Moody Nolan
Lisa Cholmondeley, AIA, NOMA
Principal ǀ Gensler
Rosa Sheng, FAIA
Principal, Director of Equity, Inclusion/Higher Ed Studio Leader ǀ SmithGroup

Climate change

Laura Lesniewski, AIA
Principal ǀ BNIM
Marc Mondor, AIA
Principal ǀ evolveEA
Ed Soltero, PhD, FAIA
Assistant Vice-President, University Architect ǀ Arizona State University


Andrew Ibrahim, MD
Surgeon ǀ University of Michigan
Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare & Senior Principal ǀ HOK 
Staci Nesbitt, AIA
Principal ǀ GGA Architects
Liz York, FAIA
Senior Advisor, Buildings and Facilities Strategy and Innovation ǀ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Moderator: Michael Strogoff, FAIA  

Learning objectives

  • Understand how design excellence and practice should look under the intersection of social justice, climate change, and COVID-19
  • Gain insights into how to approach projects to increase value and relevance with clients
  • Demonstrate how firms can find success by proactively embracing social justice, climate action, and health considerations in their work
  • Recognize architects’ role in improving society through design


This course was recorded live on October 13, 2020. 

User rating:
Average: 4 (377 votes)
 $50  non-member
 $35  member
2.00 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA