January Design Lecture 2024: Research and Sustainable Design


Billie Faircloth is a design leader and educator who has transformed practice-based research and earned a national and international reputation for demonstrating its value, methods, and outcomes. As partner and research director at the Philadelphia-based architectural practice KieranTimberlake, Billie leads the firm’s Research Group, a transdisciplinary team recognized for applying research, design, and problem-solving processes from fields as diverse as environmental management, industrial ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and sculpture. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Building Transparency, Chair Emeritus of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and was a co-chair of UIA2023’s Climate Adaptation panel. Billie is an Adjunct Professor at the Weitzman School of Design in the Environmental Building Design program and the Robotics and Autonomous Systems program. Billie’s present work in practice and academy focuses on socio-technical interactions between building culture and the environment and architecture’s outcomes as critical grounds for innovation.

At this session we will learn how architects can integrate climate research into design practice. Billie will share her firm’s experiments and projects addressing issues of embodied carbon, environmental justice, and supply chain equity. She will share her insights on how to empower designers through inquiry.

This is a hybrid event with in person and online options available.  Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees.

January 9, 2024
12-1 PM

Earn 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA Members, Allied Members, and Sponsors: Free
Non-Members: $20

Register here.

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