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Executive Director | Carbon Leadership Forum

Professor & Chair, Department of Architecture | University of Washington

Kate Simonen


Kate Simonen, is the executive director of the Carbon Leadership Forum and Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington. Licensed as an architect and structural engineer, she connects significant professional experience in high-performance building design and technical expertise in environmental life cycle assessment she works to spur collective action to bring net embodied carbon to zero through cutting-edge research, cross-sector collaboration, and the incubation of new approaches. Kate directs the research of the Carbon Leadership Forum and convenes collaborative initiatives such as the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (the EC3 tool) and the Structural Engineers 2050 Challenge.