AIA San Diego’s Annual Conference On Architecture

AIA San Diego’s Annual Conference On Architecture

3:30 pm -
8:30 pm
| Park & Market, 1100 Market Street, San Diego, CA, 92101

Join us at a’23xSD, San Diego’s Annual Architecture Conference!

Prepare for “Designing Our Resilient Future,” a celebration of creativity, sustainability, and San Diego’s architectural excellence.

Explore educational programs, gain experts’ insights, and earn up to 5 HSW CEU credits, including new Zero Net Carbon Design (ZNCD) mandatory education requirements.


Thursday, September 28, 2023
3:30 pm – 8:30 pm (PT)

Title: Strategies for the Decarbonization of Universities, Colleges, and Schools. Case Study: Southwest College – Instructional Building.

Speakers: Amanuel Woldemikael, Thomas Walborn from Gensler San Diego, and Robert Fagnant from Syska Hennessy.

Description: Achieving net zero carbon impact is one of the major challenges facing the design community when planning for new or remodeled buildings and campuses, requiring a fundamental shift in our approach to design. This presentation will explore and identify the various elements of decarbonization and the steps we can take to create a path toward carbon neutrality. A complete understanding of the metrics that drive the design process and a holistic view of the environmental impact of a new building is required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and define terms like greenhouse gas emission (GHG), embodied carbon, operational carbon, and decarbonization related to the construction industry.
  • Understand the three scopes to reduce emissions.
  • Explore the different scopes in a building project lifecycle for reducing carbon footprint by removing fossil fuels and applying new technologies and logistics.
  • Recognize the various decarbonization strategies used at the case study complex.
  • Understand and pledge a commitment to play a role in the process of decarbonization in the construction industry in general and in educational buildings in particular.


Park & Market,
1100 Market Street,
San Diego, CA, 92101

To register, click here

Questions? Please feel free to contact Djana Venolia at or call 760-717-5063