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April 17, 2024

MIT Media Lab

Sustainability in Practice

This special half-day event, organized by Architectural Record in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, offers a “master class” in sustainable design and how to make it an integral part of a firm’s DNA, led by architects who have been doing just that for decades.

This event has concluded. Attendees will receive credits for sessions attended by April 30.

This event has been approved for a total 5.5 AIA LU/HSW.

Earn up to 5.5 AIA LU/HSW
Agenda | Speakers | Location | Sponsors


Ted Flato, AIA
Ted Flato, FAIA
Lake Flato Architects

2024 AIA Gold Medalist

David Lake, FAIA
David Lake, FAIA
Lake Flato Architects

2024 AIA Gold Medalist

Carol Ross Barney
Carol Ross Barney, FAIA
Design Principal and Founder
Ross Barney Architects

2023 AIA Gold Medalist

Felix Heisel
Felix Heisel, Assoc. AIA
Director, Cornell University’s Circular Construction Lab
Architekt AKBW

Mario Cucinella
Mario Cucinella
Founder & Creative Director
MCA - Mario Cucinella Architects

Founder, SOS School of Sustainability

Andy McIntyre
Andy McIntyre
Regional Sales Manager
Kingspan | Benchmark

Andrea Zani
Andrea Zani
Sustainability and Building Physics Leader
Permasteelisa North America

Davide Mangini
Davide Mangini
General Manager, East Region
Permasteelisa North America

Alejandro Daras
Alejandro Daras
Global Projects Director


10:45 AM
Registration Check-In
Coffee & Exhibits

Morning Sponsored CE Session (.5 AIA LU/HSW)

11:15 AM-
11:45 AM

CE Session Crafting a High-Performing Double-Skin Facade

Davide Mangini and Andrea Zani

Sponsored by Permasteelisa

Permasteelisa's sustainability expert will discuss the process of designing — in collaboration with SOM — and constructing the highly innovative building envelope at the new Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT. The glass shingles that make up the building’s south-facing side not only provide ample natural light, but their unique assembly also forms a double-skin facade crafted from interlocking units to create a deep-sealed cavity, which is expected to significantly reduce energy consumption.

Lunch & Learn (1 AIA LU/HSW)

12:00 PM-
1:00 PM

Embodied Carbon and the Envelope

Andy McIntyre
Sponsored by Kingspan

In the fight against climate change, efforts intensify against the planet’s number one enemy—carbon dioxide. The building industry will play a significant role in these efforts. Embodied carbon—the global greenhouse gas emissions generated from sourcing raw material and processing, manufacturing, transporting, and installing building materials—will be the target over the next decade. This course will define embodied carbon, its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, the construction industry's impact, and the methods and tools that building designers can employ to limit embodied carbon.

1:00 PM-
1:20 PM

Coffee Break & Exhibits

General Session (4 AIA LU/HSW)

1:20 PM-
1:25 PM

Introductory Remarks

Josephine Minutillo
Editor in Chief, Architectural Record
Nicholas de Monchaux
Head of Architecture, MIT

1:25 PM-
2:15 PM

Editorial CE Session Regionalism and Resiliency

Ted Flato, FAIA and David Lake, FAIA

While architects may traditionally be known as the designers of buildings alone, 2024 AIA Gold Medalists David Lake and Ted Flato see buildings as one piece of a much larger picture. Through an integrated design process that engages climate, culture and context in dialogue with high performance building strategies, Lake|Flato conducts rigorous analysis of the social and environmental history of each place to uplift shared values and sustainable priorities. In this session, learn how David and Ted leverage the connection between regionalism and resiliency in their design process to create highly sustainable and humane architecture.

Kim Yao
Lecturer, MIT; Principal, ARO

2:15 PM-
3:05 PM

Editorial CE Session Creative Empathy

Mario Cucinella

Using lessons from the past, and architectural design as a primary tool—rather than technology—to make buildings more sustainable, this talk explores how research, data, and prototyping can help us to build differently for the future.

Christoph Reinhart
Professor; Director, Building Technology Program, MIT

3:05 PM-
3:20 PM

Sponsored SessionNEOLITH for a New Era: Improving Building Surfaces through Sustainable Technologies

Alejandro Daras
Sponsored by Neolith

3:20 PM-
3:40 PM


3:40 PM-
4:25 PM

Editorial CE Session Towards Circular Construction: Design and Policy for Reuse

Felix Heisel

The Circular Construction Lab (CCL) at Cornell University's Department of Architecture - directed by Prof. Felix Heisel - houses a design research program that advances the paradigm shift from linear material consumption towards a circular economy within an industrialized construction industry. The interdisciplinary lab investigates new concepts, methods, and processes to (1) design and construct buildings as the material depots for future construction, and (2) activate the potential of the built environment as an 'urban mine' for today's construction. Through close collaborations with academic, industrial, and legislative/ political partners the lab ensures the relevance of its work and promotes the direct and full-scale implementation of research results towards a more sustainable, low/ no-carbon, circular construction industry. The presentation will showcase highlights from recent projects in the lab across scales.

Caitlin Mueller
Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Architecture and Dept. of Environmental Engineering,MIT

4:25 PM-
5:15 PM

Editorial CE Session Sustainability Is Not Optional

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA

A discussion of Big Ideas and small solutions in everyday Architecture.

Rafi Segal
Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Department of Architecture, MIT

5:15 PM-
6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception


Josephine Minutillo
Josephine Minutillo
Editor in Chief
Architectural Record

Joann Gonchar, FAIA
Deputy Editor
Architectural Record


MIT Media Lab

MIT Media Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
75 Amherst St.
Cambridge MA 02139

In Partnership With

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Neolith Permasteelisa

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